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CMAT Feb 2014 Analysis
 

CMAT Feb 2014 Analysis

TestFunda ,  28-Jun-16
The second (and final) CMAT for the 2014-15 academic season began from 20 Feb. The overall exam has stuck to the same pattern in terms of format. There were 4 sections, with 25 questions per section. Also, like in the previous attempts, the order of these sections has also remained constant.  QADI and LR were slightly tougher compared to earlier exams while VA was at par with the Sep 2013 CMAT and followed the same pattern (due to group questions on Reading Comprehension.) The General Awareness section, which is considered to be the make-or-break section in CMAT, also followed the Sep CMAT patter with a high proportion of static GK questions. A couple of questions seemed almost the same as questions asked in the UPSC Civil Services Prelims exam conducted in 2013. 

Summary

Number of Sections

4

Options per Question

4

Marks per Question

4

Negative Marking

1

Expected Overall Cut-offs

270-280



1. Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation:
Like earlier CMAT exams, this section was manageable in terms of difficulty. Arithmetic and Algebra formed the bulk of this section. Approximately 60% of this section comprised questions from areas like averages, percentages, interest and growth rates, ratio and proportion, time and distance, number systems and theory, equations and inequalities. The questions in geometry were either property based or involved principles of co-ordinate geometry. This season also saw a question on maxima and minima. Like last time, there were 2 questions on DI. Though the questions very manageable, the quality of questions was better compared to previous CMATs. Hence, a well-prepared student could have attempted the entire section in approximately an hour. 

2. Logical Reasoning:
Following the trend set in Sep 2013, there were no Critical Reasoning questions in this section. On the other hand, the proportion of arrangement-based and logical-condition based questions went up, with nearly two-thirds of the questions being from these two areas. Some of the other areas that were represented were critical path, directions, odd man out, cubes, data sufficiency, calendars and sequential output tracing. Some the arrangement questions were trick-based questions in the sense that solving the whole arrangement was not required to answer the question. So, a student could have lost time here. On the whole, the section was lengthy and could have been attempted in 65-70 minutes. 

3. Verbal Ability:
The Verbal Ability section was on the same lines as Sep 2013. There were 5 passages (with 3 questions each) and these were from areas as diverse as history, philosophy, current affairs etc. Each passage had 150-250 words, thereby making them longer than passages in earlier CMATs. Also, the questions in these passages were inferential in nature, involving style, tone, title, inference, assumptions etc. Some of the other question types that were covered included FIJ, jumbled sentences, vocabulary, sentence correction, errors in usage etc. Question selection would have been critical for this section. 18-20 questions would have been a good attempt for this section. 

4. General Awareness:
This section had a good mix of static and dynamic questions, with the tilt being towards static GK. Also, the current affairs based questions were from diverse areas and a person with basic knowledge of the news over the last 6-8 months would have done well in this section. A good attempt for this section would have been around 16 – 18 questions. 

Overall, CMAT Feb 2014 was similar to CMAT Sep 2013. However, students expecting RC passages and lot of arrangement questions would not have been surprised in this CMTAT, unlike Sep 2013. 70-75 correct attempts or a score of 270-280 would be a safe score for the top 10 colleges under CMAT.
The second (and final) CMAT for the 2014-15 academic season began from 20 Feb. The overall exam has stuck to the same pattern in terms of format. There were 4 sections, with 25 questions per section. Also, like in the previous attempts, the order of these sections has also remained constant.  QADI and LR were slightly tougher compared to earlier exams while VA was at par with the Sep 2013 CMAT and followed the same pattern (due to group questions on Reading Comprehension.) The General Awareness section, which is considered to be the make-or-break section in CMAT, also followed the Sep CMAT patter with a high proportion of static GK questions. A couple of questions seemed almost the same as questions asked in the UPSC Civil Services Prelims exam conducted in 2013. 

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