CMAT 2013 Analysis

CMAT 2013 Analysis

Overall exam pattern:

There were no major changes in the CMAT 2013 test paper. The Verbal section was made similar to the other entrance exams and LR section was the easiest but time consuming. Overall the test was of moderate difficulty level. A few incorrect questions were also reported. The test consisted of 4 sections: Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability, Logical Reasoning, General Awareness.

Total no. of questions100
Time allotted180 minutes.
Marking SchemeCorrect Answer: +4
Number of choices4
Negative Marking-1
Expected Cut-offs230+ score.

Detailed Sectional Analysis:

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation:


Entire section was covered with topics based on mathematics like Number System, Linear Equation, Inequalities, Profit & Loss etc. There was no change in QA section. DI section was full of graphs and pie charts and ratio & percentages but data sufficiency was quite tough. Average attempt would have been 20-21 questions.

Verbal Ability :


A student having basic knowledge of grammar would have easily solved this section as it comprised of idioms, vocabulary, Grammar based questions. A major emphasis was given on Critical Reasoning questions. Average attempt would have been 21-22 questions.

Logical reasoning:


Also this section had questions on Family Relations, Linear Arrangement, Coding- Decoding, Visual Reasoning, Alphabet Reasoning etc. Overall the difficulty level was moderate. Average attempt would have been 20-21 questions in 40 minutes.

General Awareness:

This section had questions from areas like banking, sports, arts & culture, history, famous personalities, geography, politics, business etc. This section was quite difficult and overall the difficulty level was moderate to difficult. 7-8 questions were from current affairs.


Overall the difficulty level was increased as compared to last year. The expected time per section was 45 minutes. Marking scheme was 4 marks for correct answer and -1 for incorrect answer.


Related Links:

CMAT 2012 Analysis | CMAT – Verbal & LR | CMAT 2014 Analysis
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