CMAT 2020: Detailed analysis of the exam
CMAT 2020 was conducted on January 28, 2020 in a single slot from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm. CMAT scores are accepted by many top MBA colleges like Goa Institute of Management, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya etc.
The exam was conducted in the Computer Based Test (CBT) format. The duration of the exam was three hours (180 minutes). The structure of CMAT 2020 remained the same as that of the earlier CMAT exams.
The test had four sections with 25 questions each. Each question was of MCQ type with four options. Each correct answer carried four marks while there was a penalty of 1 mark for every 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 in the table below:
Students who reported at the center venues after the Gate Closure time (which was 30 minutes before the commencement of the exam) were not allowed to enter. Like last year, this year also CMAT exam was conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA).
Students were permitted to take breaks during the exam but not in the first 30 minutes and in the last 30 minutes of the exam. However, candidates were NOT allowed to move out of the exam hall with their hall tickets even if they ended their test ahead of the stipulated time.
The hall tickets of the candidates and the rough sheets taken by the candidate were collected after everybody ended their tests. This time, there was an additional procedural step of pasting one’s photograph on the attendance sheet during the exam.
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 the paper pattern two years back, there were fewer number of calculation-intensive questions. The questions were spread across a wide range of topics viz., Numbers, Ratio & Proportion, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Geometry, Mensuration, P&C, Probability, Sets & Venn Diagrams, etc.
There were four questions based on Data Interpretation which was actually easy to solve. The set was a table comprising the strength of boys and girls of five schools in 6 years.
A well-prepared student could have attempted 21-22 questions in the section.
Logical Reasoning (LR): There was one set (family tree) comprising four questions. Similar to last year, most questions in this section were on the easy to moderate side. Questions included coding-decoding, direction sense, alpha-numeric-symbolic series, cubes, Venn diagrams, visual diagrams, comparisons, series based, analogies and odd man out.
There were four questions on Verbal Reasoning (Analogy, Strong-Weak Arguments, etc.). A good student could have answered 21-22 questions.
Language Comprehension (LC): There was only one Reading Comprehension passage in the third section with five questions. A good student could have attempted 4 out of the 5 questions easily.
The Verbal Ability segment had 20 questions. These included questions on Synonyms, Antonyms, Error spotting, Fill in the Blanks, One-word substitution, Para jumbles, Meanings of words and their usage in sentences, Grammatically correct sentence etc.
The section was easy to moderate, and a serious test taker should have been able to answer 20-21 questions.
General Awareness (GA): This section was moderate in difficulty level. Most of the questions were based on Static GK. The section had questions on:
•Booker prize, Awards and Honors,
•Sports and Games,
•Current Affairs & General Knowledge.
A good student would be able to answer around 16 questions in this section.
The overall cut offs are expected to increase as CMAT 2020 is easier as compared to last year’s paper.
(Author Ramnath Kanakadandi is National CAT course director, T.I.M.E. Views expressed here are personal.)