CMAT 2021 (Overall Analysis -Slot 1 & 2)


CMAT 2021 was conducted on March 31, 2021 in 2 slots (9 am -12.30 pm and 3 pm -6.30pm) . The test is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

CMAT added a new section to the test, making it a three and a half hour test from the earlier three hour test. The new section, Innovation and Entrepreneurship was optional and carried 25 questions. The candidates who opted for the additional section received 30 minutes extra.

TEST OVERVIEW

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

Section No Of Questions Marks per Question Maximum Marks Good Attempts Overall LOD
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation 25 4 100 18-20 Moderate
Logical Reasoning 25 4 100 21-23 Easy -Moderate
Language Comprehension 25 4 100 17-19 Easy
General Awareness 25 4 100 8-10 Difficult
Total 100 4 400 65-70 Moderate
Optional Section No Of Questions Marks per Question Maximum Marks Good Attempts Overall LOD
Innovation and Entrepreneurship 25 4 100 15-16 Moderate
  • The test had no sectional timing.
  • 4 marks for a correct response .Each Incorrect response invited negative (-) 1 mark

VERDICT

  • Overall, the test in both the slots was slightly more difficult than CMAT 2020 .
  • As is the case generally with CMAT, this year too, time was not a constraining factor.
  • General Awareness Section was challenging in both the slots and will become the decisive section and impact the overall percentile.

Based on the feedback received from IMS candidates and experts, we expect the following percentiles against scores for CMAT 2021 (based on Slot 1 & 2)

Score Percentile
300 + 99.95+
265-270 99
220-225 95
190-195 90

OVERVIEW OF THE SECTIONS

Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation

  • Unlike Slot 1 which had all single questions including 2 DI questions which were single / standalone questions , Slot 2 had one DI set with 4 questions. The remaining questions in Slot 2 were single questions .
  • The Quant Section was slightly tougher compared to the Quant section of CMAT 2020
  • In both slots ,students reported that the section had a lot of easy questions or sitters that required implementation of simple basic concepts.
  • As normally is the case, this section in both slots was dominated by Arithmetic based questions.

Break up of the questions in both slots was as follows

Area No of Questions. Specifics /Topics
Arithmetic 10-11 Percentages, Time-speed-distance, Time-work, Ratio-Proportion, SI-CI, Mixtures & Allegations, Work Pipes & Cisterns, Partnership, Profit & Loss,
Algebra 3-4 Quadratic equations, Linear Equations
Geometry 1-2 Triangles
Modern Math 3-4 Function, Probability , Permutation - Combination, Venn Diagram
Numbers 1-5 Properties of Numbers, Surds & Indices, HCF LCM
Data Interpretation 2-4 Table, Pie-Chart
2 single / standalone questions on DI in slot 1
A set of 4 questions on Pie-Chart in Slot 2
Data Sufficiency 0-1 Numbers( Asked only in slot 2)

This year they have introduced two new types of questions asked only in slot 1.

  • Two statements with two questions were given. In this, one needs to find true statement/s among the given statements. Here, one needs to solve 2 questions instead of one question.
  • Another type was ‘Match the columns’.

Logical Reasoning

  • The Logical Reasoning section in both slots was quite doable and easier compared to the LR section of CMAT 2020.
  • There were 25 logical reasoning questions .3-6 questions were from Verbal Reasoning and the remaining questions were on Non Verbal Reasoning .
  • All the questions were stand-alone in slot 1 . However in slot 2 , there was one set of 3 questions on Sequential Output .In general ,the questions were not lengthy and many questions were straight forward and very easy to solve.
  • According to students, the section had questions on Coding-decoding, Series, Analogies, Blood Relations, Circular Arrangement, Matrix Arrangement, Counting number of figures, Syllogisms, Visual Reasoning, Odd One Out, Sequential output etc.

Break up of the questions was as follows

Area No of Questions. Specifics /Topics
Verbal Reasoning 3-6 Slot 1 (3Qs)
Critical Reasoning (3Qs)
Slot -2 (6Qs)
Logical Consistency (4Qs)
Analogy (1Q)
Implicit statement (1Q)
Non Verbal Reasoning 19-22 Coding-decoding, Relations, Series, Analogies,Blood Relations, Arrangements(Circular & Matrix), Visual Reasoning, Directions, Counting number of figures, Odd One Out, Sequential output etc.
A set of 3 questions on Sequential Output in Slot 2.
19 questions of Non Verbal Reasoning in Slot 1 and 22 questions in Slot 2

Language Comprehension

  • There were significant differences between Slot 1 and Slot 2.
  • Slot 2 had only 5 questions of RC in 2 passages, whereas Slot 1 had 14 RC questions in 4 passages. In Slot 2 both the passages were easy to comprehend. The short passages in Slot 1 were difficult.
  • In slot 2 there were 12 FIB questions in place of the 3 questions in slot 1. Slot 1 had predominantly grammar questions instead of Vocabulary.
  • The FIB questions were a mix of Vocab and Grammar, but most of them easy to answer.

Break up of the questions was as follows

Area No of Questions. Specifics /Topics
Reading Comprehension
(2 passages)
6 to 14 Slot 1 - (14 Qs) (4 passages with 80 to 400 words)
Slot 2 - (6Qs) ( 2 passages with 200 to 300 words)
Vocabulary 3 to 16 Slot -1 (3Qs)
Synonym -1(Q) ,FIB - 2(Qs)
Slot -2 (16 Qs)
Fill in the Blanks (12Qs), Word Usage (3 Qs) , Idiom(1Q)
Grammar 3 to 8 Slot- 1 (8Qs)
Sentence Correction/Improvement (8 Qs)
Slot - 2 (3Qs)
Identify the correct sentence (3Qs)

General Awareness

  • In Slot 2 ,out of the 25 General Awareness questions, 12 were based on Static GK. 13 questions were on Current Affairs. In Slot 1 , 17 were based on Static GK and 8 were based on Current Affairs
  • Questions in both the slots were based on Indian and international events. The section was challenging in both the slots.

Break up of the questions was as follows

Area No of Questions. Specifics /Topics
Static GK 17 (Slot-1)
12(slot-2)
Mix of Indian Context, International and Miscellaneous questions
Current Affairs 8 (Slot-1)
13 (Slot- 2)

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Area No of Questions. Specifics /Topics
Reading Comprehension 9 A passage on entrepreneurship of ethnic minorities and minority institutions. Easy to moderate to read, but the questions had close options.
Entrepreneurship/ Management 5 to 8 Based on the management side of entrepreneurship.
Business Awareness 8 to 12 Based on entrepreneurs - personalities, biographies etc.

Overall , the I & E Section was moderate in difficulty level. 15- 16 questions could be attempted with high accuracy.

CMAT 2021 (Slot 1)-Analysis

CMAT 2021 (Slot 1) was conducted on March 31, 2021 between 9 am and 12:30 pm. The test is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

CMAT added a new section to the test making it a three and a half hour test form the earlier three hour test. The new section, Innovation and Entrepreneurship was optional and carried 25 questions. The candidates who opted for the additional section received 30 minutes extra.

TEST OVERVIEW

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

Section No Of Questions Marks per Question Maximum Marks Good Attempts Overall LOD
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation 25 4 100 18-20 Moderate
Logical Reasoning 25 4 100 21-23 Easy -Moderate
Language Comprehension 25 4 100 17-19 Easy
General Awareness 25 4 100 9-11 Difficult
Total 100 4 400 65-70 Moderate
  • The test had no sectional timing.
  • 4 marks for a correct response .Each Incorrect response invited negative (-) 1 mark

VERDICT

  • Overall, the test was slightly tougher than CMAT 2020.
  • As is the case generally with CMAT, this year in slot 1 too, time was not a constraining factor.
  • General Awareness Section was challenging and will become the decisive section and impact the overall percentile.

Based on the feedback received from IMS candidates and experts, we expect the following percentiles against scores for CMAT 2021 (based on Slot 1)

Score Percentile
300 + 99.95+
265-270 99
220-225 95
190-195 90

OVERVIEW OF THE SECTIONS

Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation

  • Like is generally the case in CMATs (2020 being an exception with one DI set of 3 questions), it had all single questions and no set-based ones.
  • The Quant Section was slightly tougher compared to the Quant section of CMAT 2020
  • Students reported that the section had a lot of easy questions or sitters that 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 Algebra, Numbers, Modern Math and Geometry.
  • This time both Data Interpretation questions were singular questions.

Break up of the questions was as follows

Area No of Questions. Specifics /Topics
Arithmetic 10 Percentages, Time-speed-distance, Time-work, Ratio-Proportion, SI-CI, Mixtures & Allegations, Work Pipes & Cisterns,
Algebra 3 Quadratic equations, Linear Equations
Geometry 1 Triangles
Modern Math 4 Function, Probability , Permutation - Combination, Venn Diagram
Numbers 5 Properties of Numbers, Surds & Indices, HCF LCM
Data Interpretation 2 Table, Pie-Chart

This year they have introduced two new types of questions.

  1. Two statements with two questions were given. In this, one needs to find true statement/s among the given statements. Here, one needs to solve 2 questions instead of one question.
  2. Another type was ‘Match the columns’.

Logical Reasoning

  • The Logical Reasoning section was quite doable and easier compared to the LR section of CMAT 2020.
  • There were 25 logical reasoning questions out of which 3 were verbal.
  • All the questions were stand-alone. The questions were not lengthy and many questions were straight forward and very easy to solve.
  • According to students, the section had questions on Coding-decoding, Series, Analogies, Blood Relations, Circular Arrangement, Matrix Arrangement, Counting number of figures, Syllogisms, Visual Reasoning etc.

Break up of the questions was as follows

Area No of Questions. Specifics /Topics
Verbal Reasoning 3 Critical Reasoning
Non Verbal Reasoning 22 Coding-decoding, Relations, Series, Analogies,Blood Relations, Arrangements(Circular & Matrix), Visual Reasoning, Directions, Counting number of figures etc.

Language Comprehension

  • The Language Comprehension Section consisted of 14 Reading Comprehension questions and 11 Non-RC questions.
  • This year there were four Reading Comprehension passages with 14 questions. The lengths of the passages varied from 80 words to 400 words. The questions on the two short passages (about 80 words each) were of a higher difficulty level compared to those on the longer passages (400 to 500 words each).
  • The non-RC questions were easy to medium

Break up of the questions was as follows

Area No of Questions. Specifics /Topics
Reading Comprehension
(4 passages)
14 (approx. 80 to 500 words)
Vocabulary 3 Synonyms, Fill in the Blanks
Grammar 8 Sentence Correction/Improvement

General Awareness

  • Out of the 25 General Awareness questions, 17 were based on Static GK. 8 questions were on Current Affairs.
  • Around 15 questions were based on Indian events, 7 were on international ones and the remaining 3 were miscellaneous ones.

Break up of the questions was as follows

Area No of Questions. Specifics /Topics
Static GK 17 Indian Context 15 questions
International 7 questions
Miscellaneous 3 questions
Current Affairs 8

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