CMAT Exam Pattern and Syllabus

CMAT Exam Pattern and Syllabus

CMAT (Common Management Admission Test)

CMAT (Common Management Admission Test) is a management admission test whose score is accepted by all AICTE Approved Institutions / University Departments / Constituent Colleges / Affiliated Colleges for admissions to management programmes. From 2019 onward this test is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA). It is a three hour computer based test conducted mostly in the month of January. In this article we are discussing about CMAT exam pattern and syllabus.

Please read CMAT Exam Details, Eligibility for more details about CMAT.

CMAT Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Understanding CMAT exam pattern and syllabus will help students to prepare correctly and efficiently for the exam.

CMAT Exam Pattern

Mode of CMAT

CMAT is a fully computer based online test. The candidate sits in front of a computer and the questions are presented on the computer monitor and the candidate submits the answers through the use of keyboard or mouse. Each computer is connected to a server, which prepares the question set and delivers it to the candidate on the computer. Computer based test assumes that the candidate has basic familiarity with use of computers like use of keyboard and mouse operation. Mock tests are available at official site.

Sections Included in CMAT

The questions are coming from four sections namely Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness. Questions are of multiple choice in nature.

Number of Questions and Duration of CMAT

There will be 100 multiple choice questions in the exams with 25 questions from each section. The duration of exam is 3 hours.

Marking and Negative Marking

Each question carries 4 marks each so that total marks for a section is 100. Total marks for all four sections is 400.

There shall be negative marking for wrong answers. 1 mark shall be deducted for each wrong answer.

CMAT Syllabus

NTA is not given or release syllabus for CMAT 2019. Based on questions asked and general understanding, a probable syllabus is given below for each section.

Section 1: Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

Main topics included in quantitative techniques and data interpretation are:

Simple & Compound Interest, Quadratic and Linear Equations, Averages, HCF and LCM, Algebra, Charts and Graphs (Bar, Pie, Line), Allegation & Mixtures, Geometry, Logarithms, Mensuration, Clocks and Calendars, Permutation and Combination, Pipes and Cisterns, Probability, Profit and Loss, Venn Diagrams, Percentages, Work and Time, Time – Speed – Distance, Ratios and Proportions, Partnership.

Section 2: Logical Reasoning

Main topics included in logical reasoning are:

Analytical Reasoning, Cause and Effect, Blood Relations, Coding and Decoding, Comparisons,  Analogy Test, Matrix Arrangements, Ranking Tests, Statements and Conclusions, Seating Arrangements, Family Tree Problem, Series and Analysis.

Section 3: Language Comprehension

Main topics included in language comprehension are:

Fill in the Blanks, Grammar, Sentence Correction, Odd Word Out, Paragraph Formation, Synonyms and Antonyms, Reading Comprehension, Fact Inference and Judgement, Analogy.

Section 4: General Awareness

Main topics included in general awareness are:

Literature, Current Affairs of National and International, History, Science, Economics, Politics, Geography, Finance, Films, Sports, Trade, World Records, Important Quotes, etc.


Exam pattern and syllabus may change from exam to exam. Please verify with official notification. This article is only for informative purpose.

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