CMAT 2017 Test Analysis

CMAT Jan 2017 was conducted on January 28, on a single day and in two slots from 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM and from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Each centre accommodated a vast number of students. The biometric authentication process went off smoothly at most centers.

This is the Analysis of the first Slot.

Overall, the test was simpler than last year and mostly of an easier level as compared to CMAT 2016. For a change, time was not at a premium and some  students reported to have completed the paper in less than 3 hours,leaving them time to check their answers

The sections were:

  1. Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation - 25 questions
  2. Logical Reasoning - 25 questions
  3. Language Comprehension - 25 questions
  4. General Awareness - 25 questions  

Each of the four sections had many easy questions. The Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation section had 2-3 moderately difficult questions, the rest were easy. The Logical Reasoning section had 1-2 difficult questions. The Language Comprehension section contained 5-6 difficult questions; the rest were of an easy-medium level of difficulty. The GK section was moderately challenging, with around 7 difficult questions.

Now coming to the sectional feedback:

Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation:

This section can be rated as easy. Like the previous CMATs, it had all single questions and no set-based ones. The section had 12-14 easy questions (sitters) which required implementation of basic concepts in arithmetic, numbers and algebra. A general snapshot is as follows:

Specifics No of Qs. Area
Simultaneous Equation, Inequalities, quadratic equations 6 Algebra
Number series and basic properties 4 Numbers
Time Speed & Distance, Profit & Loss, Ratios, Averages 9 Arithmetic
Mensuration, Circles, Triangles 5 Geometry
Pie Chart 1 Data Interpretation

In  around 50  minutes, around 22-24 attempts with 90% accuracy would be good.

Logical Reasoning:

This section would again be rated as easy. There were 3 questions based on verbal reasoning including one each on Strengthen/Weaken Argument, Syllogism and Statement/Conclusion type.

The questions were not lengthy, not even those of groups and conditionalities. This section was dominated by puzzles and conditionalities/grouping questions. The section too had single questions only and no set-based ones.

A general snapshot is as follows:

No. of Qs. Area
8 Puzzles - 3 variables
8 Groups and Conditionalities
3 Family Tree
3 Data based
1 Strengthen/Weaken Argument
1 Syllogism
1 Statement/Conclusion

Around 21-23  attempts, with 90% accuracy, in 50-55 minutes would be good.

Language Comprehension:

This section was similar to the earlier CMAT. There were 4 passages with a total of 15 questions. The questions accompanying the passage were of easy-to-medium difficulty level.

Three of the passages were short (about 200-300 words) and contained 3 questions each. One passage was long (about 500 words) and contained 6 questions. Most of the questions were of direct type. However, some questions involved critical reasoning. The long passage was on ‘Film Critique Clubs’ and the questions were of easy-to-medium difficulty level. Some were related to the passage structure and title. The three short passages were on ‘Organisational Effectiveness’, ‘Financial Accounting’ and ‘Civil Servants’. 3-4 questions had close options.

Out of the remaining 10 non-RC questions, 5-6 were of easy-to-medium difficulty as some vocabulary, idiom and grammar based questions were challenging.    

A general snapshot is as follows:

Area No. of Qs. Specifics
RC 15 4 passages
Cause/Effect and Fact/Inference/Judgment 2 2 questions
Synonyms 1 Synonym of standalone word ‘Zealot’
FIB – 3 single and 1 double 4 1  Idiom based
1- preposition-based
1- word that would fit single blank
1 - words that would fit double blanks
Idiom-based 1 Meaning of the idiom given in a sentence
Grammar 2 1 - Identify the correct sentence
1 - Arrange the jumbled words into a sentence

Around 21-22 attempts, with 85-90% accuracy, in  50 minutes would be good.

General Awareness:

Around 15 questions in this section were static and 10 dealt with current affairs. The questions were spread across all areas: science, biology, sports, geography, literature, business and economics.

Around 13 questions were based on Indian events, 6 were on international ones and the remaining 6 were miscellaneous ones.

About 10 questions were easy, 8 medium and 7 difficult. 15 minutes should have been allocated to this section.

This section is the differentiator in this year’s CMAT. If you are able to attempt around 17 to 18 questions in allotted 15 minutes in this section with 80 % accuracy ,it would be a good attempt and would help student  to cross  275.

CMAT 2017, 2016 and 2015 Results

According to CMAT 2017 results, a score between 350-329 was equivalent to  percentile, a score between 328-316 was equivalent to 99.99 percentile, a score between 315-307 was equivalent to 99.98 percentile, a score between 295-294 was equivalent to 99.9 percentile and a score of 290 was equivalent to 99.86 percentile.

For your reference and a better understanding of the test, we have also mentioned CMAT 2016 and 2015 First and Second test 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.

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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