CMAT 2023 Analysis (Slot 1)

04 January, 2024
Aaliya Patel

CMAT 2023 is being conducted on May 04, 2023 in two slots  between 9 AM to 12 Noon (Slot 1) and 2.30 PM to 5.30 PM (Slot 2). This is the CMAT 2023 analysis of the first slot.


The structure of the test and estimates of good attempts are as follows:


SectionNo Of questionsMarks per questionMaximum MarksGood AttemptsOverall LOD


Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation2048016-17Easy
Logical Reasoning2048016-17Easy
Language Comprehension2048016-17Easy
General Awareness2048011-12Medium
Innovation and


  • The test had no sectional timing.
  • Incorrect responses invited negative marks (-)1 for each incorrect response


According to the CMAT 2023 analysis, the difficulty level of slot 1 this year was similar to that of CMAT 2022 (single slot).

As is the case generally with CMAT, this time too, time was not a constraining factor. Some of the questions in the five sections were sitters. However, some questions in both General Awareness and Innovation and Entrepreneurship sections were challenging. They  could become the decisive questions and impact the overall percentile. Based on the feedback received from IMS candidates and experts, we expect the following cut-offs after the CMAT 2023 analysis:


295 – 30599.5+
275 – 28599
255 – 26595
235 – 24590
For B-School cut-offs, see Note ** at the end




Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation:

This section was relatively easy in terms of Level of Difficulty. Out of 20 questions in the section, 5 were on Data Interpretation and the remaining 15 were on Quantitative Technique. A set of 5 questions on Data Interpretation consisted of questions based on Tables.  Most questions on Data Interpretation involved simple calculations.

The questions on Quantitative Techniques were dominated by questions on Arithmetic. Out of 15 questions on Quantitative Techniques, 6 questions were on Arithmetic, which included questions on Time-speed-distance, Ratio-Proportion, Profit & Loss, SICI, Average,  Partnership. There was 1 question each on Geometry and modern Maths, 5 questions on Numbers and 2 questions on Algebra. Most of the questions on Quantitative Technique were easy. Students reported that one question on Probability did not have the correct answer in any of the options.


AreaNo  of Questions.Details
Arithmetic5106Time-speed-distance, Ratio-Proportion, Profit & Loss, SICI, Average,  Partnership
Geometry0101 Triangles
Modern Math0101Probability
Numbers2305Surds, HCF LCM
Algebra0202Quad equations, Quad inequality
Data Interpretation5005Table (Set of 5 questions)

Around 16-17 attempts in this section with 80% accuracy would be good.


Logical Reasoning:

Out of the 20 questions in this section, 12 were on Non-Verbal Reasoning and 8 questions were on Verbal Reasoning. All the questions were standalone questions and there were no set based questions.

The questions on Non-Verbal Reasoning were spread across different topics in Logical Reasoning such as Directions, Series Completion, Counting the number of triangles and squares, Linear Arrangements, Family Tree, Coding etc. While the questions on Verbal Reasoning included questions such as Syllogisms, strong/weak arguments, assertion-reason, analogy, odd one etc.

The questions were not lengthy and many questions were straightforward and very easy to solve.


AreaNo. of Qs.
Series Completion1
Counting the number of triangles and squares2
Linear Arrangement2
Family Tree3
Verbal Reasoning
Syllogisms, strong/weak arguments, assertion-reason, analogy, odd one etc.8

Around 16-17 attempts in this section, with 80% accuracy, would be a good attempt.



Language Comprehension:

The Language Comprehension Section consisted of 5 Reading Comprehension questions and 16 Non-RC questions. The lengths of the three RC passages were in the range of 70 to 100 words. The passages were easy to read. The topics of RC passages were: Gandhi’s principles; Opinion on the subject of Poetry; Extract from a story. Most questions were easy to answer.  The non-RC questions were easy as well.


AreaNo. of Qs.
Reading Comprehension5
Vocabulary – Synonym, antonym, FIBs, idioms, match the following, etc7
Grammar – FIB, Identify the correct statement, direct/indirect speech, classify the sentence, question tag, etc.7
 Verbal Reasoning – PJ ( 4 statements)1


Around 16-17 attempts in this section with 80% accuracy would be good.


General Awareness:

The CMAT 2023 analysis revealed that out of the 20 General Awareness questions, 16 were based on Static GK. 4 questions were on Current Affairs. The majority of questions were based on Indian events. Only a few questions were on international events. The questions were on  Sports, constitution, history, books and authors, physics, geography, etc. Overall, this section was of medium difficulty level.

11 to 12 attempts in this section with 80 % accuracy would be a good attempt.


Innovation and Entrepreneurship:

Out of the 20 questions, 16 were based on Business and Entrepreneurship concepts (Nascent  Entrepreneur; Phases of funding; Reasons for failure etc.). 4 questions were on Business GK. Overall, this section was of medium difficulty level.

11 to 12 attempts in this section with 80 % accuracy would be a good attempt.



Approximate Cut-Off for CMAT Based colleges

The following B-School admissions (based on CMAT score) generally close at these percentiles:

MMS Programs – (All India Seats)

JBIMS – 99.99 percentile

Sydenham – 99.95+ percentile

KJ Somaiya – 99.94

Welingkar Institute Of Management- 99.9


PGDM Program


Great Lakes, Chennai – 90 + percentile + profile based

GOA Institute of Management – 95+ percentile

KJ Somaiya – 95 + percentile

IFMR – 85 + percentile

NIBM – 90 + percentile

Welingkar Institute Of Management – 70 + percentile (eligibility) + profile based


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