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How to Prepare for CMAT?

Common Management Aptitude Test or CMAT is conducted by NTA for admission into management courses in various AICTE approved colleges. Some of the top management colleges accepting CMAT score are: JBIMS, GIM, KJ Somaiya, GLIM etc. Cracking any exam becomes easier by leaps and bounds if you are well-versed with the CMAT exam pattern and syllabus.

MHCET MBA 2020 Paper Pattern:




Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation



Logical Reasoning



Language Comprehension



General Awareness



CMAT 2020 Preparation Tips

Similar to majority of the other MBA entrance exams, CMAT too does not have any defined CMAT syllabus. However, there are some common topics that appear year on year in CMAT paper and are also commonly seen in other previous year papers of MBA entrance exams. Let us look at these section-wise.

CMAT 2020 Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation Section

This section is mostly dominated by Arithmetic and Geometry. The difficulty level has remained easy to moderated as seen in previous year papers of CMAT.  You should look towards solving 22-24 questions in this section with atleast 85% accuracy. If you have been diligently preparing for CAT QA section then getting a good score in this section in CMAT won’t be that difficult. Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra and Modern Maths are some topics that you must focus on mastering for a good score in CMAT.
Regular quant practice through concept revision, topic tests, sectional tests and full-length mocks scheduled intelligently along with other MBA entrance exams is the key to scoring well in this exam.

CMAT 2020 Logical Reasoning Section

For this section you can expect a variety of topics. Some topics that dominate this section are Verbal Reasoning, Blood Relations, Analogy, Coding-Decoding, Series Completion and Odd-one-outs. For a good score in this section focus on solving 23-25 questions with 85% accuracy. Schedule weekly section tests and solving 2-3 questions or sets from the above topics during the week would give you a good command over solving such questions with speed and by the exam-time you would have covered a variety of questions and topics and this would also help to eliminate any surprises on the exam day.

CMAT 2020 Language Comprehension Section

Dominated by Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary.These two topics alone can help you solve 18-19 questions. Other questions can be expected from Pra-jumbles, Idioms, Phrase Meanings, Grammar etc. In this section too you should target 22-24 questions with 85% accuracy. If you have been practicing for CAT along with focus on vocab and grammar then you find this section of CMAT of easy-moderate difficulty level.


CMAT 2020 General Awareness Section

Regular newspaper reading would take care of Current Affairs not only for CMAT but also for other MBA entrance exams with General Awareness Section such as XAT, SNAP, IIFT etc. CL’s comprehensive Static GK Compendium would help you cover up the static GK.

Some more preparation tips for CMAT that you should keep in mind are:

  1. Avoid last minute preparation rush by scheduling your preparation and mocks well in advance
  2. Ensure you have gone through all the types of topics that are expected to appear in CMAT 2020 and that you are well versed with the CMAT syllabus to avoid last-minute surprises
  3. Solve previous year papers of CMAT
  4. Mocks are a great way to keep your preparation on check and on track

Click here for detailed previous years’ analysis of CMAT

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