Common Management Aptitude Test or CMAT is organised by NTA. It is one of the few tests in India on the basis of which, management colleges across the nation give admissions. Currently, more than 850 colleges participate in CMAT. In the previous year, more than 75,000 students participated in the test.
CMAT is designed for testing the skills of the candidates which they will use in their management careers. Hence, the test is designed in a specific manner and has been divided in relevant sections. In this article, you will get to know about the syllabus of CMAT and what topics are to be covered for it’s preparation, some suggested readings and FAQs.
CMAT is an MCQ-type test designed to measure the overall strength, knowledge and critical thinking abilities of the candidates. Hence, the exam is divided into 4 sections namely:
For each section, questions from the following topics will be asked:
To know if you are eligible for the exam, read CMAT eligibility here.
|Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation||Tabulation, Pie Chart, Bar Chart, Line Graph|
|Quadratic and linear equations|
|Simple Interest and Compound Interest|
|Profit and Loss|
|Ratios and Proportion|
|Fraction and Decimals|
|Work and Time|
|Alligation & Mixtures|
|Permutations & Combinations|
|Pipes and Cisterns|
|Logical Reasoning||Analytical Reasoning|
|Cause and Effects|
|Symbol Based Problems|
|Blood Relationship Tests|
|Direction and Distance Test|
|Statements and Conclusion|
|Coding and Decoding|
|Language Comprehension||English Grammar|
|English Usage Errors|
|Synonyms and Antonyms|
|Idioms and Phrases|
|Current Affairs of National and International Economy|
|Science in everyday life|
|Personalities in News|
There are a number of books out there which cover the topics mentioned above. However, shuffling between those books and deciding on which preparation material to be used can be quite confusing. So, here we are giving a list of books and suggested reading material which over the years have proved to be the right choice for the students.
|Quantitative Aptitude||Arun Sharma (Mc Graw Hill Education), Sarvesh K Verma (Arihant), Abhijit Guha (Mc Graw Hill Education), NCERT, Dr RS Aggarwal|
|Logical Reasoning||Arun Sharma (McGraw Hill Education), Nishit K Sinha (Pearson)|
|Language Comprehension||Arun Sharma (McGraw Hill Education, Nishit K Sinha, Dr R S Aggarwal, TIME|
|Vocabulary and grammar||Wren & Martin English Grammar, Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis, Business English and Communication by John O E Clark|
|General Awareness||The Financial Times, Hindu Business Line, Business World, Competitive Success Review|
For a competitive exam like CMAT, it is difficult to point out topics more important than others. However, questions from algebra, time-speed-distance, geometry, graphs, analytical reasoning, linear arrangements, number series, matrix arrangements, blood relationship tests, reading comprehension, grammar, English usage errors, parajumbles, etc. are all considered important in the CMAT exam.
Yes, for each wrong answer in CMAT, 1 mark will be deducted. On the other hand, for each correct answer, 4 marks will be awarded.
Yes, the syllabus of CMAT is the same as that of CAT, except the GK section. There is no GK section in the Common Admission Test.
22-23 marks in each section of CMAT with 85-90% correct answers is considered as a good attempt.
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