CMAT 2016 Test Analysis

CMAT Jan 2016 was conducted on a single day test window on January 17, in a single day and single slot from 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM thereby eliminating anxieties over normalization of scores. Each centre accommodated a vast number of students. This delayed the start of the test in many centers as students had to wait for the completion of the biometric authentication process. At some centers, the students were asked to queue up after the test for the completion of the biometric process.As per student feedback,there were no major technical glitches during the test.

Overall, the test was of a moderate difficulty  and marginally tougher than the previous year. The LR section had a number of easy 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 5-6 difficult questions; the rest were of an easy-medium level of difficulty. The GK section,which is generally the differentiating section , was the most challenging, with less easy questions.
Now coming to the sectional feedback:

Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation:

This section can be rated as moderate primarily on account of the 5-6 medium to difficult questions . Like the previous CMATs, it had all single questions and no set-based ones.This section was heavily dominated by Arithmetic based questions,most of which were on the easier side.Amongst the  questions which students found most  challenging, one was based on quadratic roots  and the other on the minor axis of the ellipse.The question based on the mixtures of metals and the problem on ages were found to be a bit time consuming by some of the students. The Data Interpretation questions were all easy and should have been attempted.One of the questions on pie charts was ambiguous because of 2 close options. It would have been a good idea to attempt the sitters first and then come back to solve the tougher lot of questions later. In around 50-55 minutes, around 21-22 attempts with 85-90% accuracy would be considered good. A general snapshot is as follows:

Area No of Qs. Specifics
Algebra 2 Roots of  quadratic equations
Numbers 3 Prime numbers,Odd /Even Factors,Divisibilty
Arithmetic 9 Time Speed & Distance(2),  Profit & Loss(3),  Averages(2),Problem on Ages(1),Mixtures(1)
Geometry 4 Ellipse, Circle,Parralelograms, Equation of a line
Modern Math 4 Venn Diagram, Logarithm, Probability, Progression
Data Interpretation 3 Pie Chart(2) and Line  Graph (1)

Logical Reasoning:

 This section can  be rated to be on the easier side.  This section was dominated by Arrangements and Group & Conditionalities questions.  Most of the questions were not lengthy ,even the ones based on Arrangements  and Groups & Conditionalities. The section too had single questions only and no set-based ones. The single question on Visual Reasoning was found to be difficult by most students .About 3-4 questions on Arrangements and Groups & Conditionalities were time consuming primarily on account of the bulky data provided in the question.There were 3 questions based on verbal reasoning including one each on Fact-based inference, Statement/Implication and Statement/Conclusion type.There was 1 question on Data Sufficiency based on arrangements.

In this section too, it would have been advisable to solve the sitters first and not waste too much time on solving the time consuming  questions initially. A general snapshot is as follows:

Area No. of Qs. Specifics
Arrangements 9 Circular, Linear, Matrix
Groups and Conditionalities 4  
Clocks 1  
Cubes 1  
Visual Reasoning 1  
Directions 1  
Coding 1  
Family Tree 3 One using symbol based logic
Data Sufficiency 1 Based on Arrangements
Fact-based inference 1  
Statement/Implication 1  
Statement/Conclusion 1  

In this section,20-22 attempts, with 85-90% accuracy, in about 50-55  minutes would be  considered good.

Language Comprehension:

This section was quite similar to the earlier CMAT. There were 4 passages with a total of 15 questions. The questions accompanying the passage were of moderate difficulty level. Three of the passages were short (about 200-300 words) and contained 3 questions each. 1 was long (about 700 words) and contained 6 questions. Most of the questions were inference-based, however, some involved critical reasoning. The long passage was on ‘Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease’ and the questions were of easy-to-medium difficulty level. Two short passages were based on ‘Failure/Success’ and ‘Gender Diversity at the Work Place’. Their questions were on the easier side. One short passage was on ‘Ageing and Baby Boomers’. It contained 3 difficult questions and would have been best left without being attempted. In 4-5 questions, the options were close. Out of the remaining 10 questions, 6 were simple for someone who had been preparing vocabulary and grammar. 3-4 vocabulary, idiom and grammar-based questions were challenging.

Around 20-22 attempts, with 85-90% accuracy, in around 50-55 minutes would be good. A general snapshot is as follows:

Area No. of Qs. Specifics
Reading Comprehension 15 4 passages
Option that weakens-the-argument 1 1 question
Synonyms 2 1-Synonym of a word mentioned in a sentence,
1-standalone word ‘Arcane’
FIB 2 1-Idiom based
1-Identify a word pair that would fit the single blank
Idiom-based match 1 1-Match  four idioms with their meanings
Grammar 4 3-Identify correct sentences,
1-Identify correct words from homonyms in four sentences

General Awareness:

Almost 22 questions in this section were static and 3 dealt with current affairs. The questions were spread across all areas: science, history, geography, literature, Indian culture, sports, business and economics. About 6 questions were easy, 11 medium and 8 difficult. Around 3 questions were based on Indian events and 22 on international ones.

In this section,10-12 attempts, with 80% accuracy, would be considered good.

CMAT 2016 and CMAT 2015 Results

According to CMAT 2016 results, a score of 300 was equivalent to 100 percentile, a score between 296-283 was equivalent to 99.99 percentile, a score between 278-273 was equivalent to 99.98 percentile, a score between 278-273 was equivalent to 99.98 percentile and a score between 252-251 was equivalent to 99.84 percentile.

For your reference and a better understanding of the test, we have also mentioned CMAT 2015-16 First and Second test results.

According to CMAT September 2014 results, a score of 251 was equivalent to 99.13 percentile and a score of 185 was equivalent to 90.05 percentile.

According to CMAT February 2015 results, a score of 220 was equivalent to 99.55 percentile and a score of 198 was equivalent to 98.64 percentile.


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