CMAT 2020 Detailed Analysis

28th January , 2020 (9:30 am to 12:30 pm)

CMAT 2020 was conducted on January 28. The test is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The test structure was the same as earlier years’ and the pattern largely remained unchanged. The structure and rough estimates of good attempts are as follows:

Section No Of Questions Marks per Question Maximum Marks Good Attempts
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation 25 4 100 22-24
Logical Reasoning 25 4 100 21-23
Language Comprehension 25 4 100 21-23
General Awareness 25 4 100 14-15
Total 100 400 85 80-85
  • No Sectional Timings
  • Negative marks (-)1 for each incorrect response


Overall, the test was easier than CMAT 2019.

As is the case generally with CMAT, this time too, time was not a constraining factor. Majority of the questions in all the four sections were easy. However, a few questions in General Awareness on Static GK posed some challenges and 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 in CMAT 2020:

Score Percentile (For B-School cut-offs, see Note ** at the end)
335 + 99.95+
310 99
285 95
265 90

We estimate that an overall attempt of around 86 - 88 attempts with around 90% accuracy ( net score of around 310) would fetch around 99 percentile. Attempts of around 80-82 questions with around 90% accuracy (net score of around 285) should fetch around 95 percentile. Attempts of around 74-76 questions with around 90% accuracy (net score of around 265 ) should fetch around 90 percentile.


Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation:

Like the previous CMATs, it had all single questions and no set-based ones. The Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation section had 5 moderate questions, 4 difficult questions while the rest were easy. Students reported that the section had 16 easy questions (sitters) which required implementation of simple basic concepts.

As normally is the case, this section was dominated by Arithmetic based questions. The rest of the questions were distributed in the areas of Modern Math, Geometry and Numbers. This time, there was a set 4 questions in Data Interpretation (instead of singular questions). Many students reported that they could easily solve almost the entire QA section.

Area No of Questions. Specifics
Easy Medium Difficult Total
Arithmetic 4 4 2 10 Percentages, Time-speed-distance, Time-work, Ratio-Proportion, Profit & Loss,Compound Interest, Averages
Geometry 2 0 0 2 Mensuration, Triangles
Modern Math 3 1 1 5 Probability , Permutation - Combination, Venn Diagram
Numbers 3 0 0 1 HCF, LCM
Data Interpretation 4 0 0 4 Table

Around 22-24 attempts in this section with 90% accuracy would be good.

Logical Reasoning:

The Logical Reasoning section was quite doable and easier compared to the LR section of CMAT 2019. There were 25 logical reasoning questions out of which 7 were verbal. All the questions were sitters. According to students, the section had questions on Coding-decoding, Relations, Series. The other topics covered in this section included Visual Reasoning, Analogy, Directions, Symbol based logic, Number grid, Venn Diagram, Syllogisms, etc. There was a set of 4 questions on ‘Blood Relations’. All others were single questions. The questions were not lengthy and many questions were straight forward and very easy to solve.

Area No. of Qs.
Coding -decoding 2
Blood Relations 4
Series completion 2
Logic based 3
Symbol Based 1
Venn Diagram 1
Number Grid 1
Directions 1
Miscellaneous 1
Visual reasoning 2
Verbal Reasoning
Strong/Weak Argument 2
Analogy 2
Odd one out 1
Syllogism 2

Around 21-23 attempts in this section, with 90% accuracy, would be a good attempt.

Language Comprehension:

The Language Comprehension Section consisted of 6 Reading Comprehension questions and 19 Non-RC questions. Unlike the previous years when there used to be 3 or 4 passages and 15 Comprehension questions, this year there was only one passage with 6 questions. The passage (approx. 350 words) was an easy read. The questions were also direct and easy. The non-RC questions were easy to medium.

Area No. of Qs.
Reading Comprehension - 1 Passage 6
Synonyms/Antonyms 1
FIB (Vocabulary)- 2 Blanks 2
FIB (Grammar) 1
Idiom-based 2
Word definition 3
Paragraph Jumbles 2
Meaning of phrase 1
Antonym/ synonym of underlined word 5
Spelling 1
Sentence Correction 1

Around 21-23 attempts in this section, with 85-90% accuracy would be good.

General Awareness:

Out of the 25 General Awareness questions, 24 were based on Static GK. Only one question was on Current Affairs. Around 11 questions were based on Indian events, 9 were on international ones and the remaining 5 were miscellaneous ones. About 14 questions were easy, 4 medium and 7 difficult.

13 to 15 attempts in this section with 80 % accuracy would be a good attempt.


Approximate CutOffs 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 Programs

Great Lakes, Chennai – 90 + percentile + profile based
GOA Institute of Management - 95+ percentile
KJ Somaiya - 95 + percentile
IFRMR - 85 + percentile
NIBM - 90 + percentile
Welingkar Institute Of Management - 70 + percentile(eligibilty) + profile based


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