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CMAT Feb 2015 Analysis
 

CMAT Feb 2015 Analysis

TestFunda ,  28-Jun-16
The second and final CMAT for the 2014-15 academic season was conducted from 19-22 Feb 2015. The overall exam has stuck to the same paper pattern i.e. 4 sections with 25 questions per section. The order of these sections has also remained constant.  While the difficulty level was at par with previous exams, there were a couple of new question types in the test.  

Summary

Number of Sections

4

Options per Question

4

Marks per Question

4

Negative Marking

1

Expected Overall Cut-offs

260-270


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, with approximately 60% of the questions being from these areas. Within these, the questions were more or less equally split between the two areas. Some of the concepts prominently covered were averages, percentages and ratios, time and distance, numbers, algebraic formulae and operations, equations, trigonometry and sequences and series. Like last time, there were two questions on DI, but the quality of DI questions in Sep 2014 was better. Though the difficulty level was average, the overall quality of questions was at par with the Sep test. Hence, a well-prepared student could have attempted the entire section in little more than an hour. 

2. Logical Reasoning:
Unlike the September CMAT, there were no critical reasoning questions. The proportion of arrangement-based and logical-condition based questions remained the same, with nearly two-thirds of the questions being from these two areas. Some of the other areas that were represented were relationships, directions, coding, syllogisms and logical puzzles. In one slot, a couple of arrangement questions as well as logical condition-based questions were such that the same question with the same conditions was asked in the slot with just the data being modified. On the whole, the section was lengthy and could have been attempted approximately in an hour. 

3. Verbal Ability: 
This section was moderate with some ambiguous questions and a couple of new question types thrown in. Reading Comprehension questions followed the Sep pattern, with four passages – one passage of approx. 700 words with 6 questions and three passages of 250-300 words having 3 questions each. Most questions were inferential in nature. As usual, there were questions on FIJ, jumbled sentences, critical reasoning, vocabulary and faulty construction. A new question type reported across slots was a match-the-column type vocabulary question where you had to match a word with its meaning, synonym, antonym, collective noun etc. There were also instances reported of questions on paragraph completion, jumbling within a sentence etc. A student with a thorough knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and fairly good reasoning skills could have attempted around 20 questions in half an hour.

4. General Awareness:
Like previous CMATs this section was dominated by static GK; comprising approximately 80% of the questions. Also, the few 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 these questions. The questions featured a mix of cultural (history, music, sculpture, religious traditions etc.), science, country trivia and economic events. Like previous CMATs, there were 2-3 pictorial GK questions per slot. Around 8-10 questions would have been a decent attempt for this section

Overall, CMAT Feb 2015 was similar to the Sep 2014 CMAT. 70+ correct attempts or a score of 260-270 would be a safe score for the top 10 colleges under CMAT.

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