CMAT 2017 Exam Analysis 28 January, 2017

CMAT 2017 Exam Pattern

Given below is a general overview of the four sections of CMAT:


Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Type of questions

Difficulty level

Techniques &



Mostly questions were from Number System and Percentage with 2-3 questions from each of Geometry, Mensuration and Time, Distance and Work

Easy -Moderate


Logical Reasoning



21 questions of Mathematical Reasoning and 4 questions of Verbal Reasoning

Easy -




Most of the questions were based on Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Para Jumble, idiom/phrase and FIJ

- Difficult

General Awareness



Section was dominated by static GK questions with around of questions from Current Affairs

Easy - Moderate

CMAT 2017 Exam Analysis

CMAT 2017 was conducted in one slot (9:30 am-12:30 pm) on January 28, 2017. A student's performance in the sections on Language Comprehension and General Awareness would be a key differentiator since the other two sections (Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning) featured doable questions of easy to moderate difficulty level.

CMAT Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation Analysis

Arithmetic and Number System largely dominated this section with over 50% of questions being asked from these two topics. About 3 to 4 questions were from Geometry and Mensuration and rest of QT questions were from Algebra. There was one DI question based on Pie Chart. The difficulty level of the section was easy to moderate. There were a couple of tricky questions that could have posed some problems. An attempt of around 21-23 questions in this section could be considered a good attempt.

CMAT Logical Reasoning Analysis

This section had easy to moderate questions from Verbal as well as Analytical Reasoning. However, Analytical Reasoning heavily dominated the section with 4 questions from Verbal Reasoning. Analytical questions were from an array of topics viz. grouping, distribution, arrangement, comparison, coding/decoding, clock and calendar, cube, sequence etc. The section was a little time-consuming. An attempt of around 20-22 questions in this section would be considered a good attempt.

CMAT Language Comprehension Analysis

There were four passages - one passage had 6 questions and the rest three 3 questions each. With the exception of one passage, the rest were easy to read and comprehend. Except a couple of questions, most of the questions were straight forward and could be answered easily. However, the questions that followed the passages were a little difficult. Areas covered under Verbal ability questions were para jumble, idiom/phrase, FIJ (fact, inference and judgment), antonym and synonym and cloze. An attempt of around 21-23 questions in this section would be considered good.

CMAT General Awareness Analysis

The break-up of questions from this section was very similar to those of the previous CMAT exams. About 6-7 questions were based on current affairs and one could have attempted 3-4 questions quite easily if one reads the newspaper or listens to the news regularly. Static GK figured prominently with questions ranging from Science, Awards, Polity etc. An attempt of around 18-20 questions would be considered good. Overall, an attempt of about 85-88 questions with decent accuracy should fetch a good score.


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