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CMAT February 2015 Analysis
Format of the Paper
Analysis

2015 February CMAT or the second test for the admission year 2015-16 conducted by All India Council for Technical education (AICTE), from 19th February’15 to 22nd February 2015. Unlike all the previous editions, this CMAT was conducted in a four day window with two slots on each day. This was a positive factor as lesser the days, lesser the papers and hence lesser the variation in terms of quality and difficulty of the overall test.

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CMAT-17 (Morning Slot)
Format of the Paper

 Structure of CMAT 2017 was as per the CMAT standards with 25 questions in each of the four sections. Aspirants had 3 hours to attempt the test paper.

It was unusual to see all 100 Questions without any sectional partitions.

Section wise analysis is as follows:

Analysis

 Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation (25 Questions):

Barring exceptions of one question on Data Interpretation (Pie Chart) and one on Data Sufficiency, all the questions were from Quantitative Aptitude.

There was a significant share of the problems on percentage and its applications. Up to 6 questions tested % increase, decrease and successive change with some of them relating to Profit and Loss. Numbers had an unusual presence of just two questions. Three questions from Quadratic Equations represented the Algebra side of quant. Approximately 5 questions needed the aspirants to use their Ratio related competency. These questions varied from Mixtures and Time & work to Time Distance. There was no presence of Permutation Combination, Probability, Logarithm, Function or Inequality.  The Presence of a question on Trigonometry should be the talk of the day. Geometry had a limited share of 4-5 questions.

Overall, the questions of this section were easier than the last edition of the test. With Approximately 12-14 questions easy to solve, an attempt count of 20 can be termed good with a suggested time of 50 minutes.

 

Logical Reasoning (25 Questions):

This section had a good variety of questions ranging from Cubes, Blood Relations, Coding, Input-Output, Series, Clocks, Calendar to typical questions on Arrangements and Puzzles.

Approximately five questions related to Arrangements and Puzzles were the most time consuming questions of the test paper. Up to three questions of Coding and Decoding, a couple of questions having application of Set Theory and same number of questions on cube cutting were also there in this section. There were a couple of questions related to Verbal Reasoning (Syllogism and Assumption).

Overall, this section was the most time consuming one among all 4 sections of the test paper. An aspirant with good practice of reasoning questions should be able to reach up to 19 questions in a recommended time of 60 minutes.

 

Language Comprehension (25 Questions):

This section can be divided in two parts: Reading Comprehension based questions (15 Qs) and Verbal Ability based questions (10 Qs)

The section tested reading skills of the aspirants with 4 RCs, out of which one had 6 Questions and the other three had 3 questions each. Most of these 15 questions were direct and easy to solve.

The Verbal Ability part was made of three Fill-in-the-blanks, one Antonym, a couple of questions testing Grammar and Verbal Reasoning questions related to strong/weak argument and conclusions. There was no presence of Para Jumbles.

Overall, this section needed some time to solve due to presence of 4 RCs but can be called moderate. An attempt of 22 attempts can be termed good with a suggested time of 60 minutes.

 

General Awareness (25 Questions):

This section was a good mix of questions on variety of topics. At least two questions were asked from each of these categories: Sports, Science, Geography, Government Schemes, and Business. A Good number of questions on current affairs and some miscellaneous questions created the rest of the section.  

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 Overall, 14-15 attempts can be termed good in a suggested time of 10 minutes.

Section

Qs

Level of Difficulty

Suggested Time

Good Attempts

Good Score

QT and DI

25

Easy to Moderate

50 minutes

20

70

LR

25

Moderate

60 minutes

19

66

LC

25

Moderate

60 minutes

22

68

GA

25

Moderate

10 minutes

14

36

Overall

100

Moderate

180 minutes

75

240

 

60 Net Correct questions can be called equivalent to 99%ile for morning slot of CMAT 2017. 

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CMAT2017: Overall Analysis
Format of the Paper

Structure of CMAT 2017 was as per the CMAT standards with 25 questions in each of the four sections. Aspirants had 3 hours to attempt the test paper. Unlike last year, CMAT was conducted in two slots this year instead of a single slot.

It was unusual to see all the 100 Questions without any sectional partitions. 

Analysis

 Section wise analysis is as follows:

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation (25 Questions):

In the morning slot, there was a significant share of the problems on percentage and its applications. Up to 6 questions tested % increase, decrease and successive change with some of them relating to Profit and Loss. Apart from these, there were questions from Numbers, Quadratic Equations, Ratio and its applications, Trigonometry and 4 to 5 questions on Geometry. There were no questions of Permutation Combination, Probability, Logarithm, Function or Inequality. 

However, in the afternoon slot the number of questions on percentages and its applications came down to 2 and this was balanced by 1 question each from Time and Work, Time and Distance, Permutation and Combination, Probability, Functions and Inequalities. All these questions were relatively easier and required application of basic concepts of these chapters. Another change that was observed in the afternoon slot was that there was only one question of Geometry. Both slots had 1 questions of DI each.

Overall, the questions of this section were easier than those in previous editions of CMAT. With Approximately 12-14 questions easy to solve, an attempt count of 20 can be termed good with a suggested time of 50 minutes.

Logical Reasoning (25 Questions):

This section remained more or less same for both of the slots, the only difference being that in the morning slot there were 2 questions on cubes whereas in the afternoon slot there were none.

Apart from this, there was a good mix of questions from Blood Relations, Coding, Input-Output, Series, Clocks, Calendar to typical questions on Arrangements and Puzzles.

Questions related to Arrangements and Puzzles were the most time consuming questions of the test paper. Questions based on Set Theory were also asked in this section. There were some questions related to Verbal Reasoning (Syllogism, Assumption, and Course of Action).

Overall, this section was the most time consuming one among all the 4 sections of the test paper. An aspirant with good practice of reasoning questions should be able to reach up to 19 questions in a recommended time of 60 minutes.

Language Comprehension (25 Questions):

This section can be divided in two parts: Reading Comprehension based questions (15 Qs) and Verbal Ability based questions (10 Qs)

Both the slots had 4 RCs, out of which one had 6 Questions and the other three had 3 questions each. Most of these 15 questions were direct and easy to solve.

In the morning slot, there were questions based on Fill-in-the-blanks, Antonyms which were not asked in the afternoon slot. On the contrary in the afternoon slot there were questions based on analogies, idioms and phrases and meanings based on root word.   

Questions based on grammar and Verbal Reasoning (Assumptions, Strong/Weak Argument and Conclusions), FIJs were common to both the slots.

Overall, this section needed some time to solve due to presence of 4 RCs but can be called moderate. An attempt of 22 questions can be termed as good with a suggested time of 60 minutes.

 

General Awareness (25 Questions):

This section remained more or less same in both the slots.

The section was a good mix of questions on variety of topics. At least two questions were asked from each of these categories: Sports, Science, Geography, Government Schemes, and Business. This year however saw an uncharacteristic increase in the number of questions based on Current Affairs and Science.

Overall, 14-15 attempts can be termed as good in a suggested time of 10 minutes. 

Cut-Offs

  

Section

Qs

Level of Difficulty

Suggested Time

Good Attempts

Good Score

QT and DI

25

Easy to Moderate

50 minutes

20

70

LR

25

Moderate

60 minutes

19

66

LC

25

Moderate

60 minutes

22

68

GA

25

Moderate

10 minutes

14

36

Overall

100

Moderate

180 minutes

75

240

 

60 Net Correct questions can be called equivalent to 99%ile for morning slot of CMAT 2017.

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