Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a national level entrance examination conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) every year as per the directions of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. The CMAT is a three hour computer based online test which is conducted in a single session to evaluate the candidate’s ability across various segments like Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness. This test facilitates Institutions to select suitable graduate candidates for admission in all Management programs. The CMAT score is accepted by all AICTE-Approved Institutions/University Departments/Constituent Colleges/Affiliated Colleges.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR CMAT
REGISTRATION START DATE:
Tuesday, 03 November 2015
LAST DATE OF REGISTRATION:
Thursday, 10 December 2015
CMAT TEST DATES :
Sunday, 17 January 2016
CMAT RESULTS :
Thursday, 21 January 2016
CMAT & ITS HISTORY
By 2011, there were a number of entrance exams for management programmes in India. These included CAT, JMET, state-specific exams, exams conducted by management associations of MBA institutes and exams conducted by private colleges. AICTE launched CMAT, with an intention to reduce the physical, mental and financial burden of students in attending to multiple examinations
CMAT 2016 PATTERN
CMAT is a three-hour test. In February 2016, it will be conducted on one day in two shifts at 61 locations in all over India.
CMAT 2015 ANALYSIS
2015 February CMAT or the second test for the admission year 2015-16 conducted by All India Council for Technical education (AICTE), from 19th February’15 to 22nd February 2015. Unlike all the previous editions, this CMAT was conducted in a four day window with two slots on each day. This was a positive factor as lesser the days, lesser the papers and hence lesser the variation in terms of quality and difficulty of the overall test.
Below is the section wise analysis of the test:
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation:
Throughout all previous editions of CMAT it has been noticed that CMAT follows a pattern wherein it keeps one of the three major sections, viz. Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning and Language Comprehension on a slightly tougher side. In this edition it was the Quant Section which proved to be a little difficult for students. This section had questions from almost all the topics of Quantitative Techniques ranging from Algebra to Arithmetic to Geometry and even Trigonometry. One or two questions on Stocks and Shares were seen in some slots as well. Unlike the previous editions, there were no questions on Data Sufficiency and there was only one question of Data Interpretation (quite calculative) in each paper. A well prepared and patient student would be able to attempt somewhere around 17 to 19 questions with 85% accuracy in 50 to 55 minutes.
This section has pretty much remained same since the inception of CMAT. Like all previous editions the Logical Reasoning section of this edition of CMAT had a heavy presence (15 to 17 questions) of questions based on Arrangement and Puzzles. Most of these questions were based on conditional reasoning wherein a student is asked to select a team or form a committee on the basis of given information. These questions could easily be answered by eliminating the options. Apart from questions based on Arrangements and Puzzles, there were one or two questions based on topics like Statement and Assumptions, Statement and Arguments, Syllogisms, Cause and Effect, Directions Sense, Blood Relations, Series and Coding Decoding. A well prepared student would have been able to attempt close to 23 or 24 questions with 90% accuracy in 60 to 65 minutes.
Language Comprehension or Verbal Ability:
Like the September 2014 CMAT (first test) this edition of CMAT had 15 questions spread across four Reading Comprehensions. One of the Reading Comprehension was slightly longer than the rest and it had six questions. The remaining three Reading Comprehensions had three questions each. The passages were not dense and quite easy to understand. Although there were some inference based questions which had tricky options. One or two questions of Critical Reasoning were seen in some of the slots. Apart from these, almost all papers had two or three questions based on grammar, one question each on Antonyms, Para-jumbles, Fact Inference and Judgment, Statement and Conclusion, Fill in the blanks and Analogy. A well prepared student would have been able to attempt close to 20 questions with 80% accuracy in 45 to 50 minutes.
Off late CMAT has made it a habit to ask questions such as “Identify the person/logo in the given photograph” in this section. This time also there were questions 2 or 3 questions of this type in almost all the slots. Apart from these the section had a good mix of questions from current affairs, history, geography, science, business and polity. A student who has been following recent news and events and who had prepared basic topics of History, Geography and Science would have been able to attempt 13 to 15 questions with 80% accuracy in 10 to 15 minutes.
All the papers in this edition of CMAT were quite uniform in terms of quality and difficulty level of the sections. Almost all the papers had a moderate to difficult Quant section, easy to moderate but lengthy Logical Reasoning section and an easy to moderate Verbal Section and a slightly unpredictable GK section. As mentioned above CMAT has made it a habit to design a paper where in one of the three major sections i.e. Quant, Logical Reasoning or Verbal turns out to be a little difficult. A student who would have allotted time in a smart and efficient way to all the sections would be able to crack this CMAT. A score of 240 marks will fetch approximately 98 percentile or more and a score of 185 to 190 will fetch approximately 90 percentile.