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CMAT Sept 2013 analysis

CMAT Sept 2013 analysis

TestFunda ,  28-Jun-16
The first CMAT for the 2014-15 academic season was conducted from 26 to 30 Sep. 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 similar to earlier exams while VA was tougher due to the appearance of group questions on Reading Comprehension. Multiple slots have had 5 RC passages with 3 questions each. The General Awareness section, which is considered to be the make-or-break section in CMAT, had a greater proportion of static GK questions this time around (approximately 60%). 


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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, interest and growth rates, mixtures and alligation, profit and loss, time and work, 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 conics (equation of ellipse). Like last year, the proportion of DI was around 10% i.e. 2-3 questions. A feature of this section was that at least 2-3 questions had incorrect options. A well-prepared student could have attempted the entire section in 50-55 minutes. 

2. Logical Reasoning:
The number of critical-reasoning type questions reduced in proportion compared to earlier editions, with some slots not having a single critical reasoning question. On the other hand, the proportion of arrangement-based and logical-condition based questions went up, with approximately half the section being from these two areas. Some of the other areas that were represented were logical puzzles, directions, relationships, number and letter codes, syllogisms, sequential output tracing, numerical logic questions and comparison based questions etc. This section could have been attempted in around 45-50 minutes. 

3. Verbal Ability:
The Verbal Ability section was on the tougher side. A drastic change compared to earlier CMATs was that multiple slots had grouped RC questions. Typically, 5 passages (with 3 questions each) were given. 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 Sep 2013 was similar to earlier CMATs, except for the VA section where group questions were present. 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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