CMAT 2014-15 Test Analysis

CMAT Feb 2015 is being conducted over a 4 day test window from 19th Feb to 22th Feb, across 2 time slots (9:30 am to 12:30 pm; 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm). This analysis is based on the inputs given by students who appeared for the second slot on day 1.

Overall, the test was easy. The LR section had easy questions. It had no set‐based arrangement questions. All the 25 questions were individual questions. The Quantitative Ability section had 5‐6 medium‐difficult questions, the rest were easy. The English section contained just 3‐4 difficult questions; the rest were of an easy‐medium level of difficulty. The GK section was challenging, with less easy questions.

Now coming to the sectional feedback:

Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation:

This section can be rated as easy‐medium. Like the previous CMATs, it had all single questions and no set‐based ones. The section had 8‐10 questions (sitters) which required implementation of basic concepts in arithmetic, numbers and algebra. In 40‐45 minutes, around 20 attempts with 90% accuracy would be good. A general snapshot is as follows:

Area No of Qs. Specifics
Algebra 2 Simultaneous Equation, Inequalities
Numbers 3 Cyclicity rule, Surds and Indices
Arithmetic 8 Time Speed & Distance, Simple Interest, Profit & Loss, Ratios, Averages
Geometry 4 Mensuration, Circle & Quadrilaterals, Triangles
Modern Math 6 Venn Diagram, Logarithm, Permutation & Combination, Progression
Data Interpretation 2 Pie Chart and Bar Graph

Logical Reasoning:

This section can be rated as easy. The questions were not lengthy, even those of groups and conditionalities. This section was dominated by arrangements and group & conditionalities questions. There were many arrangement‐based questions with 3 variables. The section too had single questions only and no set‐based ones. 20+ attempts, with 90% accuracy, in 40‐45 minutes would be good. A general snapshot is as follows:

Area No. of Qs. Specifics
Arrangements 8 Circular, Linear, Matrix
Groups and Conditionalities 6  
Puzzles 4  
Syllogisms 2  
Family tree 3  
Directions 1  
Data Sufficiency 1  

Language Comprehension:

This section was quite similar to the earlier CMAT. There were 4 passages with a total of 15 questions. Three of the passages were short (about 300 words) and contained 3 questions each. 1 was long (about 600 words) and contained 6 questions. Most of the questions were inference‐based and some involved critical reasoning. In some questions, the options were close. The remaining 10 questions were simple for someone who had been preparing vocabulary and grammar. 2‐3 vocabulary‐based questions were challenging. 20+ attempts, with 90% accuracy, in 40‐45 minutes would be good. A general snapshot is as follows:

Area No. of Qs. Specifics
RC 15 4 passages
Fact‐Inference‐Judgement 1  
Synonyms/Antonyms 3 2‐contextual questions, 1‐match the synonyms
Para completion 2  
Critical Reasoning 1  
Grammar 3 2‐Identify correct sentences, 1‐Identify figure of speech

General Awareness:

Almost all questions in this section were static. The questions were spread across all areas: science, history, geography, literature, Indian culture, sports, business and economics. About 7 questions were easy, 12 medium and 6 difficult. Around 10 questions were based on Indian events and 15 on international ones. This section is the differentiator amongst the top score. If you are able to answer 10 to 15 questions in this section correctly, then you can easily get a 250+ overall CMAT score.

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