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Commentary on CMAT 2016

CMAT 2016 was conducted on 17 January, 2016. AICTE has decided to conduct CMAT once, instead of the customary 2 tests (Sep and Feb), from this year onwards.

The test pattern remained the same as those of the earlier versions: 4 sections - Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, and General Awareness. Each section had 25 questions with every right answer carrying 4 marks and a mark was deducted for every wrong answer. The exam was for 3 hours, and the students could move freely across sections throughout the duration. Candidates were not allowed to move out of the exam hall even if they submit their test ahead of the stipulated time.

Given below is a summary of the test based on students' observations and reactions post the test -

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation: In comparison to the earlier CMAT tests, there seemed to be more number of calculation-oriented questions. The questions were spread across a wide range of topics, as is usually seen in CMAT tests. There were a few single-questions based on Data interpretation. A well-prepared student could have attempted 17-18 questions in the section.

Logical Reasoning: Most of these questions could be categorised as tricky rather than difficult. On the whole, this section was time-consuming, albeit not difficult to answer. A good student could have answered 18-20 questions.

Language comprehension: Three of the passages in RCs were of a reasonable length, while one of them was longer than usual. There were 15 questions on RCs, whereas the remaining questions were based on sentence correction, idioms, synonyms, etc. A good student could have been able to answer 15-17 questions.

General awareness: This section was relatively easy and had questions on history, pop culture, energy resources, politics and current events. A good student should be able to answer around 15 questions comfortably.

All the best to all aspirants!

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