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CMAT May 2013 Analysis

CMAT May 2013 Analysis

TestFunda ,  28-Jun-16
The third edition of CMAT for the 2013-14 admissions i.e. the May 2013 attempt, has more or less stuck to the pattern seen earlier in September 2012 and February 2013. The exam had the same format i.e. 4 sections with 25 questions per section. Also, like in the previous attempts, the order of these sections also remained constant.  However, based on user feedback, the difficulty level of this exam was higher compared to the earlier attempts i.e. September and February.  One of the major differences compared to the earlier version was the presence of questions relying on multiple concepts. This exam had questions where syllogisms and strengthening of arguments, or data sufficiency and conclusions were asked in the same question. Across different slots, each section was found to be quite difficult. So, it could not be said that section X was easier and section Y was tougher in this CMAT. Like earlier editions, there were no group questions. 


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1. Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation:
Bucking the trend seen earlier, this section was moderately difficult. While most slots had a few sitters based on direct application of formulae and principles, there were a lot more application based questions this time around. The proportion of DI has kept on decreasing with not more than 1-2 questions being reported from different slots. In quantitative aptitude, the proportion of questions based on numbers, inequalities, sequences and series and geometry went up. Hence, question selection would have been crucial. A well-prepared student could have attempted around 18-20 questions in 45-50 minutes. 

2. Logical Reasoning:
Again, the number of critical-reasoning type questions reduced in proportion compared to earlier editions. Some slots did not have a single critical reasoning type question. Arrangements (linear, circular as well as complex) and logical conditions formed a large chunk of this section. There were also a significant number of high-quality logical puzzles and numerical logic based questions. These were interspersed with a few sitters from codes and series-based questions. Around 20-22 questions could have been attempted in an hour or so. 

3. Verbal Ability:
As expected, the Verbal Ability section was on the tougher side. In terms of overall pattern, flavour and question weightage, this section was a mixed bag. While some slots had very few reading comprehension questions, some slots had more than 10 questions from this area. Here, there was greater emphasis on tone, title and summary of the passage. This attempt also saw CAT-type word usage questions where different meanings of a word and their usage were given, and these were to be matched. There were some vocabulary based questions which were differently framed e.g. the antonym of a word was to be found but the options were in the form of anagrams. Critical reasoning was another favourite with questions on strengthening and weakening of arguments, inferences, conclusions etc being present in the paper. A person with good reading skills and knowledge of grammar and vocabulary could have attempted around 20 questions in half an hour. 

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 from 2012 onwards would have definitely helped 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 11 - 13. 

Overall, CMAT May 2013 was the most challenging of the three attempts for the 2013-14 admission season. 60-65 correct attempts or a score of 225-235 would be a safe score for the top 10 colleges under CMAT.

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