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CMAT 2018 Analysis (Update 2.30PM, Jan 20) Moderate Exam to increase cut offs

The cut offs are expected to increase as CMAT 2018 was found easier than last year. It is anticipated that an overall score of 228 will get 99 percentile while a score of 190 marks may get 95 percentile.

 

CMAT 2018 held today on January 20, by all means remained a moderate exam with less than 50% questions being termed as difficult. According to experts the CMAT cut offs may go up for admission to MBA 2018-20 batch in all the top B-schools like JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya, GIM Goa among others.

 

The presence of Data Interpretation (DI) questions in Quant section was very less but the Language comprehension had good number of Vocabulary based questions with very close and confusing answer options. Logical Reasoning, despite being termed as a bit tricky, remained quite doable and the CMAT test takers could solve 17-18 questions out of 25 in LR section.

 

General Awareness (GK) remained a mix of easy and difficult questions. The questions were based on Static GK, Current affairs, appointments, elections, constitution among others. One of the questions like ‘What is the term for early elections’ tokk many students for a ride.

 

CMAT 2018 exam was held today on January 20, 2018 from 9.30AM to 12.30PM. All the test takers had to report at the designated test venue at 8AM. The exam did not throw any surprise for the test takers although it has been termed as easy to moderate exam. It is anticipated that cut offs would increase in top B-schools shortlists.

 

Going by the feedback from the test takers, CMAT 2018 exam was reported successful and glitch free test today. The exam was conducted in a single session across the country. The test not only began on time but also did not face technical issues although few stray cases of technical glitch were reported.

 

Overall Analysis
CMAT 2018 overall was on the same pattern as that of last year with a mix of easy and difficult questions.

Total questions: 100

Total marks: 400

Maximum Marks per right answer: 4

Negative marks for each wrong answer: -1

Composition of sections and Difficulty level:

Section Name
Total questions
Total marks
Difficulty level
Language Comprehension  
25
100
Moderate, Vocab tricky
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
25
100
Easy to Moderate fewer DI questions
Logical Reasoning
25
100
Moderate
General Awareness
25
100
Moderate to difficult

Expected Cut off: 180 marks

 

CMAT Sectional Analysis
There were four sections in CMAT 2018 exam. The section-wise analysis is shared below:  

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation (Quant & DI)

Total questions: 25

Total marks: 100

Maximum Marks per right answer: 4

Negative marks for each wrong answer: -1

Composition of questions: Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Number system, PnC, Mensuration, Modern Math

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Data Interpretation: 2 Questions. Many candidates found them a bit lengthy so left them. Others attempted at the cost of difficult Quant questions

Expected Cut off: 50 marks

Detailed Analysis
Out of 25 questions in this section, 4-5 questions had higher difficulty level. The section contained all the single questions. CMAT 2018 exam had more questions on Arithmetic than on other parts of mathematics. 

 

Questions were based on Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Number system, Modern Math among others. The share of questions on Data Interpretation in CMAT remained low again with 2-3 questions out of total 25 questions. Those who attempted the easy questions first and then moved to difficult questions in this section would emerge as winner.

 

An accurate attempt of 14-15 questions out of 25 questions in this section can award you around 50-55 marks which may lead to 92-95 percentile in Quant & DI section.

 

Logical Reasoning

The 2nd section in CMAT was Logical reasoning (LR). The LR section in CMAT 2018 had many easy questions.  

Total questions: 25

Total marks: 100

Maximum Marks per right answer: 4

Negative marks for each wrong answer: -1

Composition of questions: Arrangements, Groups, Blood relations, Statements

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate. A few questions were very tricky

Expected Cut off: 55 marks

 

Detailed Analysis

Most of the questions in LR section were based on Arrangements, Groups, Blood relations. A few questions were time consuming and were a little difficult. As compared to last year Reasoning section was more or less on the same pattern. 18-20 attempts with 90% accuracy can award you with a 95 percentile in LR section.

 

Language Comprehension

Language comprehension in CMAT had questions on Verbal Ability as well Reading Comprehension.

Total questions: 25

Total marks: 100

Maximum Marks per right answer: 4

Negative marks for each wrong answer: -1

Composition of questions: RC passages, Grammar, Vocabulary

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate. A few Vocabulary based questions had very close answer options.

Expected Cut off: 45 marks

Detailed Analysis

There was more presence of Vocabulary questions as compared to last year in CMAT this year. Most of the vocabulary based questions had very close answer options which created confusion among the test takers. CMAT had four RC passages with a total of 15 questions. A few of the questions had higher difficulty also.

 

There were 3 short passages of around 300-400 words while 1 passage was long with around 600-700 words. The short passages were followed by 3 questions each while long passage was followed by 6 questions. Most of the questions were easy to answer but a few questions following the short passages were difficult. Remaining 10 questions focused on vocabulary; grammar; fill in the blanks, statements.

 

Candidates who attempted 16-18 questions with 90% accuracy could score 95 percentile in this section.

General Awareness (GK)

Going by its reputation of being a game changer, GK, despite being the last section, made its presence felt well in this year CMAT exam.

Total questions: 25

Total marks: 100

Maximum Marks per right answer: 4

Negative marks for each wrong answer: -1

Composition of questions: Static GK, current affairs, social issues, elections in India, Constitution of India, Famous personality

Difficulty Level: Moderate to difficult. A few questions were difficult and the candidates were not able to answer them.

Expected Cut off: 40 marks

 

Detailed Analysis

GK section in CMAT 2018 exam had mix of questions on current affairs and on conventional topics. This section had a good number of different nature questions on elections in India, Articles of constitution, identification of personalities among others.

 

Constitutional knowledge, understanding of federal structure of Indian Polity, daily reading and analysing the current events surely helped the candidates in this section. Current affairs had the questions on recent happenings- national and international. There were more static questions than questions on current affairs.

 

A few questions in GK section were on:

-What is the term used for conducting early elections;

-Reason behind TajMahal turning black;

-Article 370 and Article 299 in the Constitution of India;

-Identify the famous personality of the cricket    

 

Those who attempted 12-14 questions with 85% accuracy in this section can score the sectional percentile of 94.

Cut Offs to score 99 sectional Percentile

 Section
Total attempts
Percentile at 90% accurate attempts
Percentile at 80% accurate attempts
Percentile at 70% accurate attempts
Quant & DI
20-22
99
98
96
Language Comprehension
19-21
99
98
95
Logical Reasoning
18-20
99
98
95
General Awareness
16-18
99
97
95

Expected overall cut offs
It is expected that an overall score of 228 will get 99 percentile while a score of 190 marks may get 95 percentile in CMAT 2018

Overall score
Cut off percentile
220-230
99
180-190
95
160-170
90
150-160
85
135-140
80
125-130
75
115-120
70
105-110
65
100-105
60

A few candidates completed the test before the scheduled time and wanted to come out of the testing rooms. But they were not allowed to come out before the exam was over at 12.30PM.

 

CMAT 2018 exam Analysis 12.40 noon

 

Tricky LR, Time taking DI, tough GK; overall moderate on predictable lines

CMAT 2018 exam got over at 12.30PM today on January 20, 2018. The test remained on predictable lines with moderate difficulty level but slightly more difficult Data Interpretation, tricky Logical Reasoning (LR) and tough GK.

 

CMAT 2018 was reported a successful and glitch free exam today. The exam was conducted from 9.30AM to 12.30PM in a single session across the country. The test not only began on time but also did not face technical issues although few stray cases of technical glitch were reported.

 

Live coverage at one of the CMAT 2018 test centres revealed more students reporting Logical Reasoning and General Awareness sections as bit more difficult than Quant and Language Comprehension.

 

MBAUniverse.com team took stock of the CMAT 2018 test paper from the candidates who appeared in CMAT 2018 exam. The test centre had the provision for about 100 candidates but only 70 or so candidates reported for the exam. In fact CMAT 2018 is the last exam providing the opportunity to CAT 2017 and XAT 2018 test takers who have scored between 50 to 70 percentile to improve their scores and get admission opportunity in many top MBA colleges like JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya, GIM Goa among others. 

 

Team MBAUniverse.com interviewed the test takers coming out of the exam centre. The candidates reported that the Data Interpretation part in Quant section was a little more difficulty and lengthy, LR was tricky and time consuming while GK has been rated comparative tough. However they were unanimous that Quant and Language comprehension sections were good and doable.

 

CMAT 2018 Overall Exam: 4 sections with 25 questions each

CMAT 2018 exam had 100 questions in MCQ format. There were 4 sections with 25 MCQs in each section. Each correct answer is awarded 4 marks in CMAT and every wrong answer carries a penalty of -1 negative mark. Total maximum marks are 400. The exam was conducted in 3 hours duration from 9.30AM to 12.30PM.

Section
Number of questions
Total marks
Difficulty level
Language Comprehension
25
100
Moderate
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
25
100
Quant Moderate, DI difficult
Logical Reasoning
25
100
Moderate to difficult
General Awareness
25
100
Moderate to difficult

No Surprise element

CMAT 2018 was on expected pattern with no surprise element. Although there were questions in twisted form but they remained within the topic framework.

 

Shortly will be published the CMAT exam sectional analysis, expected cut offs for MBA admission

 

CMAT exam update 12Noon
A few candidates who have completed the CMAT exam want to leave the  testing room but they are not allowed to leave their seat till the exam is over.

 

CMAT 2018 exam update 11.30AM
Except a few cases of computers not moving on to next question, a common problem that was resolved quickly by allotting other system to take the exam, CMAT 2018 exam after 2hours of its start time at 9.30 AM is going glitch free

 

CMAT 2018 Live from test centre: Update- 10.30AM
CMAT exam has started on time at 9.30AM today. So far, during the first one hour the online computer based AICTE-CMAT 2018 exam has remained glitch free. 

 

CMAT exam update 12Noon 

 

CMAT 2018 exam Analysis 12.40 noon 

 

CMAT 2018 on January 20, 2018 will be held from 9.30AM to 12.30PM in a single session as online computer based test. CMAT has now become a yearly exam instead of twice a year exam. MBAUniverse.com will publish a detailed analysis of CMAT 2018 exam immediately after the exam is over. The CMAT exam analysis will help you to assess your performance vis-à-vis your peers who appeared in CMAT 2018 and will guide you to check your expected score and cut offs in MBA admission 2018. The CMAT 2018 exam analysis by MBAUniverse.com will focus on following:

  • CMAT 2018 exam pattern – components and changes
  • CMAT 2018 exam difficulty level
  • CMAT 2018 overall exam analysis
  • CMAT 2018 section wise analysis
  • CMAT 2018 marking and scoring pattern
  • CMAT 2018 cut offs in MBA colleges accepting CMAT

CMAT 2018 Analysis by CL, T.I.M.E & other top experts
Based on the feedback from the candidates, not only MBAUniverse.com but also the preparation centres like Career Launcher, T.I.M.E. will share the CMAT 2018 exam analysis. We will publish the expert CMAT 2018 analysis with the expected cut offs on this page.

 

(Watch this page on Saturday, January 20 at 1PM to read the detailed CMAT 2018 exam analysis)

 

CMAT 2017 exam analysis  

Common Management Admission Test CMAT 2017 was held on January 28 from 9.30AM to 12.30PM. CMAT Exam Analysis by MBAUniverse.com reveals that overall the paper was easy, with expected questions and pattern. General Awareness however was relatively tough and tricky. A total of 59433 candidates appeared in CMAT 2017.

 

In the General Awareness Section, questions were related to current economic developments and government policies like Demonetization, Digital India initiatives, Ease of Doing Business. One of the questions was on Noble Prize 2016 awarded for Music.
 

CMAT 2017 exam had easy questions on mix of all the Quant areas like Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Number system, Modern Math among others.
 

Reading Comprehension had the major share in Language comprehension section with 15 questions. In Logical Reasoning section, all questions were independent, and not set based.

 

Section Total questions Marks for each correct answer Total marks Negative Marks for each wrong answer Difficulty level
Language Comprehension 25 4 100 -1 Easy
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation 25 4 100 -1 Easy
Logical Reasoning 25 4 100 -1 Easy
General Awareness 25 4 100 -1 Easy

 

SECTIONAL ANALYSIS, PERCENTILE & SCORES

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation (Quant & DI)

Total questions Difficulty level Major Topics Good attempts for 96-99 sectional percentile
25 Easy to moderate Arithmetic – Profit & Loss, percentage; Number system; Algebra; Geometry; Modern Math 20-22

 

The share of questions on Data Interpretation in CMAT remained low again with 4-5 questions out of total 25 questions. Those who attempted the easy questions first and then moved to difficult questions in this section would emerge as winner.

 

Logical Reasoning

Total questions Difficulty level Major Topics Good attempts for 96-99 sectional percentile
25 Moderate Individual questions not based on sets 19-21

 

Language Comprehension

Total questions Difficulty level Major Topics Share of RC passages – 15 questions Question types Good attempts for 96-99 sectional percentile
25 Moderate RC Passages, Grammar, Fill in the blanks, vocabulary usage 3 Short RC passages with 3 questions each 1 Long RC passage with 6 questions Directly related to RC passage 20-22

 

Language comprehension in CMAT had questions on Verbal Ability as well Reading Comprehension. CMAT had 4 passages with a total of 15 questions. Overall the section was easy but a few of the questions were of higher difficulty also.

Most of the questions were easy to answer but a few questions following the short passages were difficult. Remaining 10 questions focused on vocabulary; grammar; fill in the blanks, statements.
 

 

General Awareness (GK)

Total questions Difficulty level Major Topics Good attempts for 96-99 sectional percentile
25 Moderate to difficult Current affairs, static GK 14-18

 

Going by its reputation of being a game changer, GK had mix of questions on current affairs and on conventional topics.
There were questions on Brahmos Missile; Brahmaputra River; which country apart from India resorted to Demonetization and later withdrew it; Ease of doing business; Nobel Prize awardee in the field of Music; pillars in the digital India logo among others.

 

Expected sectional cut offs

Section Total attempts Percentile at 90% accurate attempts Percentile at 80% accurate attempts Percentile at 70% accurate attempts
Quant & DI 20-22 99 98 95
Language Comprehension 20-22 99 98 95
Logical Reasoning 19-21 99 98 95
General Awareness 14-18 99 97 95

 

Expected overall percentile cut offs

Overall score Cut off percentile
220-230 99
180-190 95
160-170 90
150-160 85
135-140 80

 

It is advisable to check your CMAT score on percentile predictor now as you are fresh with your memory how you performed in CMAT and can assess how many of total attempted questions are correct and incorrect. The percentile predictor will help to predict the nearest percentile you will get in CMAT exam which will further help you decide which B-school you can get based on your CMAT percentile.

 

CMAT Scoring pattern: Low scores leading to high percentile
At a score of 225, more than 99 percentile can be scored in CMAT exam. Similarly with the score, as low as 185, candidates could score 85 percentile in CMAT