CMAT paper pattern for the year 2012-13

Negative marking: yes – 0.25
Total questions 100
Format: online
Sectional timing: maybe (expected to be 45 minutes per section)
Duration: 3 hours
Pattern: multiple choice test


Section Name








Logical reasoning




Verbal Ability




General Awareness







Verbal Ability

The Language Comprehension area contains questions on Reading Comprehension, Antonyms, Synonyms, Analogies, Sentence Correction, Sentence Completion, Para Jumbles, Fill in the blanks etc. with easy to moderate difficulty level. It is essentially a Vocabulary heavy section, and to do well, a student is advised to develop a good command over words. Most of the Vocabulary based questions can be answered with a sufficient knowledge of roots, prefixes and suffixes. In fact, starting with these questions makes a lot of sense as a sizeable chunk of marks can be scored here in double-quick time.

“Find Your Weak Spots: No student will be a master of each section of the test. It is important to identify your weak spots and to focus on them while studying. Temperature check can be used to check your weaknesses, including specific subsections of each section.”


Mathematical Skills

The Mathematical Skills area mostly contains problems from Arithmetic, Business Maths and Geometry. Those of who have developed a “fear-psychosis” after the CAT / IIFT mathematics would find solving these questions a much easier task. The questions involve direct applications of concepts and formulae, and none of the complicated and convoluted reasoning of the CAT! Students are well advised to revise the basic formulae and concepts of Maths and solve as many questions as is possible from the aforementioned topics in the run-up to the CMAT. The Data Analysis and Sufficiency area contains sets of questions on Tables, Bar / Line graphs, Pie chart and Data Sufficiency. Questions here, would again be calculation intensive but easy enough to find the answers to. Knowledge of multiplication tables, square and cube roots, fractions to percentage conversions and other calculation short-cuts and approximation techniques would be of immense help to the students in reducing the time taken to solve the questions.


Logical Reasoning

In the Logical Reasoning area the questions are normally seen from the various Logical Reasoning topics like Direction Sense, Blood Relations, Coding and Decoding, Data Arrangement, Input/Output analysis, Series and Sequences and Critical Reasoning. These are topics that require plenty of practice and the students are well advised to solve as many questions as are possible from these areas.

Focus Your Studies: Don’t try to study everything on the syllabus. Not only will this be too difficult to comprehend, it can cause you to worsen in other areas. The skills needed for quantitative understanding are much different than those for verbal.”


General Knowledge section

General Knowledge section contains questions from General and Current Awareness. Topics and events about a year old would be most expected to be faced in this area. Business, politics, sports, awards and distinctions, books – anything could be a part of this section. Students who have had a decent reading habit in the past one year or so of their MBA entrance examination preparations, would not find too much of difficulty in attempting questions from this section.

Common GK areas

  • History
  • General Science
  • Famous Personalities
  • Indian Politics
  • Economy

CMAT paper pattern