CMAT February 2013 has finally been flagged off on 21.02.2013. Thankfully, there were no unwanted surprises in terms of questions or format. As usual 180 minutes were allotted for 100 questions—more than sufficient time to answer the questions and in fact revise each of them. Just like in the CMAT held in September, 2012, there was no section-wise time limit—one could use the time for attempting questions in a non-sequential way so as to maximize his/her score. There were four marks for each correct answer and one negative mark for a wrong attempt.
Keeping in mind the delay that took place in the entry for the examination in the September CMAT, some of the students reported much later than the reporting time stated in the admit card. Also, a couple of examination centers reported technical difficulties such as improper functioning of computer keys and mouse. In one center at Delhi at least 4-5 students started their test earlier than the stated time as the ‘Start your test’ button went off automatically.
A student’s performance in Language Comprehension and General Awareness would be a key differentiator since the other two sections (Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning) featured doable questions of easy to moderate difficulty level.
A couple of differences were observed in comparison to the September’12 CMAT:
- There were no instructions given in the FIJ (facts, inference and judgment) question that would provide clear definition of each term (F, I, and J).
- The language used in questions, especially in the Language Comprehension was comparatively less ambiguous than that used in the September CMAT. However, grammatical errors persisted.
Below is the breakdown of the questions in today’s CMAT.
|Type of Questions||Number of questions||Maximum Marks||Pattern||Difficulty|
|25||100||Mostly questions from Arithmetic and Algebra with 2-3questions from each of Modern Maths, Geometry/ Mensuration/Coordinate
Geometry and Number Systems.
|Logical Reasoning||25||100||21 questions of Mathematical Reasoningand 4 questions of Verbal Reasoning||Easy-
|25||100||Questions on Critical Reasoning,
Summary, Vocabulary, and Single Question RCs
|General Awareness||25||100||Primarily Static GK with a couple of questions from Current Affairs||Moderate|
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
Quantitative Techniques: There were 9 questions on Arithmetic and 3 each on Geometry andNumber Systems.The 6 questions on Algebra featured 1 question from each of the following areas—Polynomials, Linear Equation, Quadratic Equation, Inequality, Progressions, Functions.In addition, there were 3 questions based on Modern Math and 1 based on Pie-Chart.
Mathematical (Analytical) Reasoning formed the majority of the questions in this section. There were questions on Linear, Circular arrangement, Selection, Directions, Blood Relations, Data Sufficiency, Cubes, Visual Reasoning, Clocks and Calendars.
Verbal Reasoning had 4 easy to moderate difficulty questions including Deductive Logic, Logical Consistency, Data Sufficiency and Statement Conclusion questions.
Reading Comprehension consisted of 7 questions based on short passages of about 120 words each. Questions were primarily tone, source and inference based.
There were 4 Summary Type Questions.
Vocabulary Questions comprised 6 questions from among Synonyms/ Antonyms, Word Usage, Idiomatic Usage, Sentence Completion and Analogy.
There was a question each on Parajumble (4 Sentence type) and Facts, Inference, Judgment (FIJ).
There were 3-4 Critical Reasoning questions, based on short passages of about 120-150 words.
In addition to all these were 2 Grammar based questions which involved choosing the grammatically correct sentence.
The section on General Awareness was primarily dominated by Static GK with around 15-18 questions. There were around 7-10 questions from Current Affairs. There were quite a few questions on famous Personalities, Books Sports and Awards.
All the Best!
Disclaimer: This Analysis pertains to the day-one-slot-one of February 2013 CMAT. All information in this analysis is based on independent evaluation made by Career Launcher. We do not take responsibility for any decision that might be taken, based on this information. We shall update the Analysis on the basis of the rest of the slots as and when required.