CMAT 2018

CMAT 2018 was conducted on 20th January, 2018 in two sessions.

Just like last year, CMAT was conducted once this year, instead of the customary two tests (September and February) that used to take place prior to 2016.

The CMAT was conducted in the Computer Based Test (CBT) format. The duration of the exam was three hours (180 minutes). The structure of CMAT 2018 remained the same as that of the earlier CMAT exams.

The test had four sections with 25 questions each. Each correct answer carried four marks while there was a penalty of 1 mark for each wrong answer. There was no time limit for each section – a candidate could freely move across the sections throughout the exam duration.

The distribution of the questions is as given below

Section No. Section Name No. of questions Marks per section
1 Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation (QTDI) 25 100
2 Logical Reasoning (LR) 25 100
3 Language Comprehension (LC) 25 100
4 General Awareness (GA) 25 100
Total 100 400

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

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation (QTDI): As compared to last year's exam, there were fewer number of calculation-intensive questions. The questions were spread across a wide range of topics viz., Ratio & Proportion, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Linear Equations, Geometry, Inequalities, P&C, Probability, Sets & Venn Diagrams, etc. There were three questions based on Data Interpretation, one each on Table, Pie Chart, and Caselet. A well-prepared student could have attempted 17-18 questions in the section.

Logical Reasoning (LR): Similar to last year, most questions in this section were on the difficult side. Questions included coding-decoding, direction sense, alpha-numeric-symbolic series, cubes, venn diagrams, family tree, matrix arrangements (distributions), comparisons, series based, logical consistency. Questions on matrix arrangements (distributions) had a lot of content, which made them a little more time consuming to solve. A good student could have answered 17-18 questions.

Language Comprehension (LC): There were four Reading Comprehension passages in the third section LC. There were a total of 15 questions. Three of the RC passages had just one or two paragraphs and had three questions each. The fourth passage was relatively longer and had six questions. The Verbal Ability segment had ten questions. These included questions on Synonyms/ Antonyms, Analogies, Fact-Inference-Judgement, Figures of Speech, Meaning of words and their usage in sentences, etc. A serious test taker should have been able to answer 18-20 questions.

General Awareness (GA): This section was moderate in difficulty level and had questions on

  • Indian Constitution,
  • Indian Penal Code,
  • General Science including topics related to health and diseases,
  • Politics,
  • Banking,
  • Quotation by a famous personality,
  • Sports, and
  • Current events.

A good student would be able to answer around 15 questions.

T.I.M.E. wishes the CMAT 2018 test takers all the very best for the results!

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