CMAT Jan 2017 was conducted in one slot (9:30 AM to 12:30 PM) on 28th January, 2017. The exam had 4 sections with each section having 25 questions of 4 marks each i.e. each section’s total marks is 100. The negative marking was 1 mark for each incorrect answer.
CMAT Jan 2017 was simpler than earlier CMAT exams in terms of the difficulty level.
As the exam was comparatively easy, it is likely that the overall cut-offs can be high.
The overall paper pattern was the same. Like every year, all sections had single questions and no set based questions.
A brief analysis of each section is as under:
1. Quantitative Aptitude:
- This section had 3-4 moderately difficult questions, the rest were easy.
- Arithmetic and number systems largely dominated this section with around 11-12 questions.
- About 2-3 questions were on Geometry and mensuration. Rests of the questions were from Algebra.
- Arithmetic had questions from Averages, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Profit and Loss, Problems on Ages, Mixtures and Alligation, Time and Distance, and Time and Work. There was only one Data Interpretation question based on Pie chart.
- An attempt of around 22-23 questions in 50 minutes can be considered as a good attempt.
- The overall level of difficulty for this section was Easy – Moderate.
2. Logical Reasoning:
- There were 3 – 4 questions based on verbal reasoning including one each on Strengthening/Weakening the argument, Syllogisms and Statement/Conclusion type.
- The focus was mainly on arrangements, grouping/conditionality, distribution. Also, there were questions on family tree (1 based on symbol), comparison, coding/decoding, clock and calendars, cubes and sequence. There were data sufficiency questions based on arrangements and ranking.
- An attempt of around 21-23 questions in 50 minutes can be considered as a good attempt.
- The overall level of difficulty for this section was Moderate.
3. Verbal Ability:
- There were 4 passages - one passage was long (about 500 words) and had 6 questions. The rest of the passages were about 250-300 words and had 3 questions each. The passage had few difficult questions, while rests of them were straight forward. The questions were based on passage structure, title etc.
- Non RC questions included para jumbles, FIJ, synonym and antonyms, idioms/phrases. There were 3-4 questions on FIB.
- Also, there were 2 questions on grammar (1 on identifying the correct sentences and 1 on arranging the jumbled words into correct sentences)
- An attempt of 21-22 questions in 60 minutes will be a good attempt.
- The overall level of difficulty for this section was Moderate – Difficult.
4. General Knowledge:
Most of the questions were based on Static GK and on 9 – 10 questions were on Current Affairs. There were questions from science, sports, geography, awards, business, economics etc.
An attempt of 16-17 questions in 20 minutes will be a good attempt.
The overall level of difficulty for this section was Easy – Moderate
Overall an attempt of 82-85 questions with decent accuracy will fetch a good score.
The below are the expected Cut-off for certain colleges;
Welingkar Institute – 244
K J Somaiya – 246
Goa Institute of Management – 260