NTA has declared that there will be no changes in CMAT 2020 Exam Pattern.CMAT 2020 exam will be conducted on the 28th of January at 75 centers across the country. The exam is conducted in the online mode. The aspirants are required to attempt 100 questions divided into 4 sections. As per CMAT 2020 Exam Pattern, the duration of the exam is three hours. The examination tests the student’s grip over the areas of Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation, English Comprehension and General Awareness.
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The following table gives you a brief highlight of the CMAT 2020 Exam Pattern
|Conducting Body||National Testing Agency (NTA)|
|Mode of the Examination||Online|
|Medium of Examination||English|
|Duration of the Examination||3 hours|
|Number of Questions||100|
|Number of Sections||4|
|Nature of Questions||Objective Type of Questions (MCQs)|
|Marking Scheme||+4 for correct answer; -1 for negative answer|
|Total number of marks||400 (Each section carries 100 marks)|
Taking into consideration the CMAT 2020 Exam Pattern, each section consists of an equal number of questions and carries equal number of marks. The four sections in the CMAT 2020 Exam Pattern are:
|Sections||Number of Questions||Marks (25 X 4)|
|Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation||25||100|
As per the CMAT 2020 Exam Pattern, the questions are asked from four different domains, namely Logical Reasoning, Quantitative aptitude, English comprehension and general awareness. The table below shows the most important topics with higher weightage in comparison to the rest.
|Subjects||Topics of Importance|
|Quantitative aptitude and DI||Mixtures and allegations, time and work, distance and speed, linear equations, algebra, graphical representation, pie chart etc.|
|Logical Reasoning||Seating arrangements, blood relations, number series, analytics, etc|
|English comprehension||Error correction, reading passages, par jumbles, etc.|
|General awareness||Static Gk and current affairs, topics like history, society, economy, sports etc.|
This is one of the most competitive sections of the question paper. The candidate requires to be highly efficient in order to be able to solve a maximum number of questions within the stipulated amount of time. It consists of 25 questions. The topics are grouped below, in accordance with their importance from the examination point of view:
|Most Important Topics||Important Topics||Moderately Important Topics||Less Important Topics|
|Time and Distance||Simple Interest||Progressions||Trigonometry|
|Numbers||Compound Interest||Number Series||Line Graph|
|Profit and Loss||Ratios||Allegations||Pie Graph|
|Percentages||Quadratic Equations||Averages||Case Let|
|Mensuration||Multiple Graphs||Data Comparison||-|
|Time and work||-||-||-|
Logical reasoning is an important section for CMAT aspirants. It consists of 25 questions of 4 marks each. The NTA has not issued any defined syllabus for this section and the vastness of the topic is high. However, the analysis of previous year papers shows that questions from particular topics are highly prevalent. On the basis of analysis of multiple examination questions, the following topics are required to be prepared with utmost importance:
|Assertions and Reasoning||Statements and Assumptions||Statements and Arguments|
|Number Series||Inferences and Judgments||Matrix|
|Analogy Test||Causes and Effects||Non-verbal Reasoning|
|Distance and Direction||Coding and Decoding||Symbol-based Questions|
|Decision Making||Cause and Effect||Input and Output|
Although NTA does not release any official syllabus, the analysis of the questions of previous year examination gives us an idea of the same. This section examines the candidates command over the English language with importance to their comprehension skills. The most important topic are given below:
|Fill in the Blanks||Antonyms and Synonyms|
|Verbal Reasoning||Sentence Improvement|
|Contextual Usages||Idioms and Phrases|
It consists of 25 questions. It tests the student’s knowledge about the topics of relevance which includes history, politics, society, economy etc. In this section 30% questions are asked from Static general awareness and 70% questions are asked for current affairs topics.
|Static General Awareness Important Topics||Current Affairs Important Topics||Current Affairs Important Topics|
|History of India||Current affairs on economy||Automobiles|
|Geography||Government schemes related to the economy||Entertainment|
|Economy||Sports news and Politics||Current awards and prizes|
|Brands and companies||Environmental Issues and Social issues||Major corporate news and global events|
|Books and Authors||Business and Finance||International news and global events|
Preparation books will help a candidate be aware of the CMAT 2020 Exam Pattern. Following table will help you find books for preparing for the examination.
|Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation||Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examination||RS Agarwal|
|Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency||Kiran Prakashan Think Tank|
|Logical Reasoning||A modern Approach to Logical Reasoning||RS Agarwal|
|Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation||Nishit Sinha|
|How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning||Arun Sharma|
|Language Comprehension||Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability||Sujith Kumar|
|How to Prepare Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension||Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay|
|General Awareness||General Knowledge||Disha Experts|
As there is no specific syllabus for current affairs in the CMAT General Knowledge section, it can be a tricky section to attempt. For History candidates can refer to the Manorama Year Book. Prominent newspapers like The HIndu, Financial Express, Economic Times can be referred for Economic Insights.
Regular update on newspaper editorial, interview of eminent personalities published in newspapers, magazine articles should be covered up.
CMAT 2020 Exam Pattern can be predicted on the basis of previous year analysis.
Slot 1 Paper Analysis
|Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation||QI - Moderate DI - Difficult|
Slot 2 Paper Analysis
|Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation||QI - Moderate DI - Time-taking|
Quantitative aptitude and DI
This section is aimed at testing the arithmetic and mathematical skills of the candidate.
This is a very vast area. Students are required to devote time to all the topics involving logical reasoning.
This section tests the command and grip of the student over the English language.
This section tests the awareness of the students regarding various issues happening in our society.
NTA provides a Mock Test facility on its official website nta.ac.in. Candidates can make themselves aware of the Computer Based Test and CMAT 2020 Exam Pattern. By undertaking Mock tests and practicing through CMAT Sample papers candidates will be aware of their speed and efficiency. Certain sample papers and mock test resources for CMAT are available in the market. For the sake of candidates convenience, here is a tabulated list:
|Sample Paper Resource||Author/Publication|
|3 Edge Advantage Series: CMAT Practice Test||Ayush Gupta, Diwakar Sharma, Ashwani, R.K Behl|
|Complete Reference Manual for CMAT||S.K Sinha, J.S Rana, S. Satyanarayana|
|MBA Solved Papers||Gautam Puri|
|CMAT Exam Guide||Disha Experts|
|Study Package for CMAT||Arun Sharma. Meenakshi Upadhyay|
Ques. What are the most important topics in the CMAT 2020 paper?
Ans. The most important topics for the CMAT 2020 paper are current affairs, economics, history, etc.
Ques. How much time should I give to the GK section of the CMAT 2020 Exam?
Ans. According to the Top scorers, you should start preparing for the GK section at least 3-4 months before the Examination.
Ques. How many sections are there in CMAT 2020 Exams?
Ans. There are four sections in the CMAT 2020 Exams, namely, QA/DI, Language comprehension, Logical Reasoning and GK and Current Affairs.
Ques. What is the duration of the CMAT 2020 Examination?
Ans. The duration is 3 hours.
Ques. Is it necessary to take a lot of Mock tests for CMAT 2020 exams?
Ans. Students should emphasize more on concentrating for 3 hours and analysing the performance of the paper rather than solving too many papers.