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CMAT- September 2012
OVERVIEW:

The Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) conducted in September 2012 was divided into four sections: Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness. The paper was of moderate difficulty level. The total time allocated to solve the paper was 180 minutes. There were total 100 questions divided into set of 25 questions for each section. Maximum marks in each section were 100. There was negative marking of 1 mark and for each correct answer 4 marks were awarded.

DETAILED ANALYSIS

Section 1: Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation:
The most striking feature was that there were only two questions asked of Data Interpretation. One was based on pie chart and other was based on table. One Data Sufficiency question was also there. In remaining 22 questions almost every area of Quantitative Aptitude was covered barring trigonometry, log and geometry. The difficulty level of questions ranged from easy to moderate. The questions checked conceptual understanding of the participants. None of the questions can be termed as too easy neither difficult. Some of the questions were tricky i.e. if one hastens, is likely to get it wrong. Also tricks were played with the options like in case of DS the options were not numbered as the directions. A well prepared participant can easily attempt 22-23 questions with 90% accuracy.
Some of the questions were:


S. No.

Topic

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

1

Number System

4

Easy to Moderate

2

Inequality

2

Easy

3

Quadratic Equation

1

Easy

4

Time, Speed and Distance

2

Easy to Moderate

5

Work and Time

1

Moderate

6

Aligation and Mixtures

1

Easy

7

Percentage

2

Easy to Moderate

8

Profit and Loss

1

Moderate

9

Mensuration

2

Moderate

10

Coordinate Geometry

1

Easy

11

Permutation and Combination

1

Moderate

12

Probability

1

Easy

13

AP-GP

1

Difficult

14

VBODMAS calculation based

1

Easy

15

DI

2

Moderate

16

DS

1

Moderate

Section 2: Logical Reasoning
The section was of moderate difficulty level but was a bit lengthy as there was one question per case. Some of the questions were a bit difficult. The section, like Quantitative Aptitude, covered almost all the varieties of logical reasoning questions. A well prepared participant can easily attempt 20-22 questions with 90% accuracy.
Some of the questions were:


S. No.

Topic

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

1

Direction Sense Test

1

Easy

2

Number Series

1

Moderate

3

Verbal Series

1

Easy

4

Conditional Reasoning

3

Moderate to Difficult

5

Matrix Arrangement

5

Moderate

6

Blood Relations

2

Easy to Moderate

7

Notation Based

2

Easy to Moderate

8

Critical Reasoning (statement – conclusion)

2

Easy to Moderate

9

Data Sufficiency

2

Easy to Moderate

10

Matching the numbers

1

Easy

11

Figurative (Alphabet on the face of a cube)

1

Moderate

12

Calendar

1

Easy

Section 3: Language Comprehension
It was a very well balanced section. One cannot call it difficult but certainly above average. The section largely tested the reading skills of the participant. CMAT retained the short passage type questions. Some of the critical reasoning (application based questions) tested the participants with very close options. Vocabulary asked was of a good level. People good at grammar would feel disappointed to find one odd question on ‘English Usage’. A well prepared participant can easily attempt 20-22 questions with 90% accuracy.

Short Passages – Total 15 questions:


S. No.

Topic

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

1

Finding ‘Summary’ of 1-2 paragraph passage

4

Moderate to Difficult

2

Finding ‘Tone’ of 1-2 paragraph passage

2

Moderate to Difficult

3

Finding ‘Style (Source of Article)’ 1-2 paragraph passage

1

Difficult

4

Finding ‘Title’ of 1-2 paragraph passage

1

Easy

5

Finding ‘Meaning of the Phrase’ of 1-2 paragraph passage

1

Moderate

6

Application Based (Inferential) of 1-2 paragraph

2

Moderate to Difficult

7

Application Based (what strengthens/weakens the argument)

4

Moderate to Difficult

Vocabulary Based – Total 5 questions:


S. No.

Topic

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

1

A word was taken like ‘Nose’. One column has different meanings of the word and other has sentences where the word was used. One has to match the meaning with the sentence.

1

Easy

2

One column has three to four phrases and other has meaning of the phrases

1

Moderate

3

Fill in the blanks

1

Moderate

4

Find the Synonyms

1

Difficult

5

Finding the meaning of the word/phrase italicised in the sentence

1

Difficult

Miscellaneous Question Type – Total 5 questions:


S. No.

Topic

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

1

Para Completion

1

Moderate

2

Para Jumble

1

Easy

3

Fact, Inference and Judgement

1

Moderate

4

Selecting grammatically correct sentence

1

Easy

5

Jumbled word

1

Difficult

Section 4: General Awareness
Barring 4-5 questions, most of the questions of the section really tested the General awareness of the participants. Like other sections questions ranged from almost every area like science, sports, awards, authors, signs and symbols, entertainment etc. It was a tough section. A well prepared participant can attempt 15-16 questions with 90% accuracy.

 

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