The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) opened its second CMAT test on 19th Feb for admission into the 2015-17 MBA programs in the B-schools that accept CMAT scores. Feedback from students of multiple cities indicates that the test experience has been smooth as was the case in the earlier versions.
A look at the test:
The test pattern remains the same: 4 sections - Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, and General Awareness. Each section has 25 questions with every right answer carrying 4 marks and a mark being deducted for every wrong answer. The exam is for 3 hours, with the students being able to move freely across sections. Candidates are not allowed to move out of the exam hall even if they submit their test ahead of the stipulated time.
"QT was unlike Sept CMAT, it posed more challenges. GA was not as difficult as earlier years. The other two sections were of moderate difficulty."
Quantitative ability and Data Interpretation: In comparison to the earlier CMAT tests, the number of challenging questions was more this time around. While complex computing posed the challenge in a few cases, it was the way of presenting the question that proved tricky in a few others. A well-prepared student could have attempted 17-18 questions in the section.
Reasoning ability: The section was reasonably uniform in terms of the difficulty level distribution. The variety of concepts tested within a topic was less than expected. For example, in a particular slot, there were 3 questions based on inferences and all three of them based on negation. A lot of questions tended to test one's patience and concentration more than conceptual clarity. The logic in a few questions seemed very intricate and ambiguous. On the whole, a well-prepared student could have attempted 18-22 questions in the section.
Language Ability: The pattern has largely remained the same, with 15 RC questions and a combination of vocabulary, grammar, FIJ, idiom usage, phrase replacement, dictionary usage of a word etc. However, unlike earlier years, one of the RCs was more lengthy than usual. Overall, around 15-20 questions could have been comfortably.
General Awareness: The paper had quite a few questions that could have been targeted by the test-takers, making this a potentially higher-scoring section than the previous CMAT tests. The areas include current affairs, politics, history, awards, international bodies, science and technology, literature etc. An average MBA aspirant could target more than 15 questions comfortably.
All the best to all aspirants!
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