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CMAT Analysis
May 10 2024

The CMAT is a computer-based test conducted by the NTA (National Testing Agency) for admission to management programs in India. It evaluates candidates' abilities in various areas like quantitative skills, data interpretation, logical reasoning, language comprehension, and general awareness.  Scores are accepted by AICTE-approved institutions for their management programs.

CMAT is considered to be the last National level exam of the MBA entrance exams season and crucial for people who could not mark their place in any college from previous exams. 

Some Key highlights are: 

Key Highlights about CMAT:
  • The paper was easier than last year. The level of difficulty was equivalent to the SNAP exam.
  • GK section was easy as static GK was asked more but less question of Current Affairs was there. So, GK rules the roost.
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship Section was doable and anyone who is well read, has knowledge of basic GK, start-up Culture or work-ex could easily sail through the questions.
  • There were true/false, match the following questions and words from Noman Lewis Word Power Made Easy were there. CATKing Online Courses
  • Sectional Composition: The CMAT 2024 exam will have 5 sections – Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Each section will contain 20 questions, making a total of 100 questions in the exam.
  • Exam Duration: The test will last for 3 hours, with no specific time limit for each section.
  • Marking Scheme: Candidates will earn +4 marks for every correct answer and will be penalized with -1 mark for each incorrect answer. The highest achievable score is 400 marks.

Let’s Segregate and Analyze through Each Section:


In this section, questions were mostly on Arithmetic (10+), and questions from Probability were tricky. Other questions from SI/CI, Profit & Loss, Time speed Distance, Algebra were there. It had 2-4 tricky questions. Trigonometry was very easy. An ideal attempt of 17-18 and a normal attempt of 15 questions would be good. 


In this section, questions were extremely easy. Many of them were in proximity of CATKing mocks so students found it very relevant. Questions on Blood Relations, direction sense, series, alphabets, missing letters etc. were there. Pie chart and Tables in Data Interpretation were of Moderate Level. An ideal attempt of 17-18 attempts would be good. 

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CMAT loves Norman Lewis Word Power Made Easy and students were able to recognize many words asked from the book which was amazing. This section was Easy. RC from Urbanization was asked.  Ideal attempt of 18-19 questions for JBIMS would be good.


Questions in this section were Moderate. Many students found it difficult to answer. One must be well read to ace the level but except from certain 2-4 tricky questions rest were able to sail through. Questions from Static GK was asked more than Current Affairs. 


This section was newly introduced in CMAT from this year. Anyone who is well read, knows corporate culture well would be able to answer the questions. Questions from Economics, Shark Tank, CEOs, Intrapreneurship, what is Sequoia Capital (1st ever venture capital), dollar rupee determining factor etc. were asked. Match the following was there too.

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Good attempt for normal students i.e. 80-85 percentile will be 225-230 and for JBIMS would be 340+ score.

Now let’s check out CMAT score vs Percentile (expected):

CMAT Score VS Percentile 2024
Score Range out of 400  Percentile
345-350 100
281-340 90-99.99
201-280 81-89
171-200 71-80
141-170 61-70
116-140 51-60
Below 116 Below 51


Thus, we recommend 10 marks maximum deviation in the above-stated scores as these are predicted scores from the previous year's data. 

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Anisha Mukhija

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