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CMAT FEB 2013 Analysis

CMAT FEB 2013 Analysis

TestFunda ,  28-Jun-16
The third edition of CMAT i.e. the February 2013 attempt has more or less stuck to the pattern seen earlier in February 2012 and September 2012. The exam was the same format of 4 sections, with 25 questions per section. Also, like in the previous attempts, the order of these sections has also remained constant.  As expected, QADI and LR were on the easier side while VA was tricky due to the large proportion of questions based on critical reasoning. The General Awareness section, which is considered to be the make-or-break section in CMAT, was found to be slightly simpler compared to the first two editions. Like earlier editions, there were no group questions. 


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1. Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation:
Following the trend seen earlier, this section was extremely simple. The questions were based on direct application of formulae and principles. The proportion of DI seems to have reduced marginally, as the number of DI questions reported in different slots did not exceed 2-3. The questions from pure quantitative aptitude covered the whole gamut of areas ranging from arithmetic to numbers, maxima and minima, co-ordinate geometry and probability. A well-prepared student could have easily attempted the entire section in 45-50 minutes. 

2. Logical Reasoning:
Again, the number of critical-reasoning type questions reduced in proportion compared to earlier editions. Some of the areas that have a reasonable number of questions were linear, circular and complex arrangements, logical conditions, logical puzzles, number and letter codes, syllogisms, sequential output tracing, comparison based questions etc. Around 22 -23 questions could have been attempted in 30 minutes. 

3. Verbal Ability:
The Verbal Ability section was on the tougher side. In terms of overall pattern, flavour and question weightage, the verbal section differed from the patterns of February and September 2012. A lot of  emphasis was given to individual Reading Comprehension passages with questions on ‘summary’, ‘tone’ and ‘title’ being popular. There were a number of vocabulary questions, which also included challenging questions. Critical reasoning was another favourite and FIJ continued to make its presence felt in this year’s CMAT. A person with good knowledge of grammar and vocabulary could have attempted around 17 to 20 questions. Some commonly-asked question types were paragraph summary, tone, summary and title of RC passage, strengthening and weakening of arguments,  synonyms, antonyms, odd man out, analogies, jumbled sentences, idioms etc. 

4. General Awareness:
This section had a good mix of static and dynamic questions and was the most challenging section of the CMAT. Current affairs of the past 12 to 14 months would definitely help do well in this section.  There were a number of questions on cinema, country trivia, sport, political and economic events at an international level and literature. A good attempt for this section would have been around 13 – 16. 

Overall, CMAT Feb 2013 was similar to its 2012 counterparts.  65-70 correct attempts or a score of 245-255 would be a safe score for the top 10 colleges under CMAT.

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