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Common Management Admission Test 2024 ( CMAT )

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CMAT syllabus is prescribed by the AICTE for the NTA. It consists of five subjects – Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. The CMAT 2024 syllabus will be released by the NTA at the time of schedule announcement, tentatively in the month of February. 

Earlier, CMAT had only four subjects. In 2021, Innovation & Entrepreneurship was introduced as a fifth and optional section in CMAT syllabus. In 2022, Innovation & Entrepreneurship section was made mandatory for all CMAT test takers. So, now the CMAT exam syllabus consists of five subjects. Candidates planning to appear in the CMAT 2024 exam must prepare all the important topics of these five subjects. Check below the CMAT syllabus 2024, best books and preparation tips. 

Q:   Is CMAT easier than CAT?

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Yes, CMAT is much easier that CAT exam. Despite the fact that CMAT and CAT syllabus are same and that CMAT has two more sections than CAT the former is much easier than the latter. The CAT exam is usually of moderate to high difficulty level, whereas the CMAT exam is of easy to moderate difficulty level. There are key differences between CMAT and CAT which make the former easier. There is no sectional time limit in CMAT so candidates do not face the pressure of completing a given section within certain time limit. In CAT there are 4-5 Reading Comprehension passages which are 500-600 words, and 12-14 question. In CMAT there is usually, only one Reading Comprehension passage, having 4 questions. The Quantitative Aptitude questions of CMAT are also easier than CAT and so are Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation questions. It is easier to score high percentile in CMAT as the number of applicants is more than one Lacs less in CAT.

Q:   When can I apply for CMAT 2024?

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The next CMAT exam will be held in April or May 2024. The NTA will start registration process for the same most likely in February 2024. Those interested in appearing for the exam will be required to register for it at CMAT-NTA website and fill the online application form. The score of CMAT will be valid for one year only, so if you appear for CMAT 2024, you must take admission in the same academic year.

Apart from 1300 B-schools, the CMAT score is also valid for admission through MAH CET CAP. The Maharashtra State CET Cell conducts MBA/MMS admissions for 300 colleges in the state. It is followed by a common counselling process called CAP. CMAT test takers can also participate in MAH MBA CET CAP and secure a seat in MBA/MMS course offered by over 300 colleges in Maharashtra.

Q:   What are the benefits of appearing in CMAT?

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There are several benefits of appearing in the CMAT exam. It is easier than other exams and accepted by many B-schools. Check below some of the key benefits of CMAT.

  • CMAT is conducted at the end of MBA entrance exam season, so MBA aspirants don't have to study much as the previous experience of exams like CAT, XAT, SNAP comes in use.
  • CMAT score is accepted by about 1,300 MBA colleges in India which includes top colleges in Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities. 
  • CMAT exam is a moderate difficulty level exam so it is easier to score high in CMAT than CAT, XAT, IIFT, GMAT.
  • CMAT cut offs for admission to top colleges are not exceptionally high, so you can get a good MBA college with a decent CMAT score.
  • There's no 50 per cent aggregate criteria for CMAT application. Candidates with passing marks in graduation can also appear for the exam. 
  • CMAT application fee for women and reserved category candidates is only INR 1,000 which is quite less as compared to CAT, XAT, IIFT, SNAP fees.

What is the CMAT Syllabus 2024?

Given below are some of the most important topics from the five sections of CMAT 2024 syllabus. These topics carry more weightage in the CMAT question paper than rest of the topics. So when you are preparing for the CMAT exam, focus on these topics more.

CMAT Syllabus 20234 

Important CMAT Topics

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

Algebra, Time-Speed-Distance, Alligation & Mixtures, Geometry, Graph, Quadratic and Linear Equations, etc.

Logical Reasoning

Analytical Reasoning, Linear Arrangements, Number Series, Matrix Arrangements, Blood Relationship Tests, etc.

Language Comprehension

Reading Comprehension, Grammar, English Usage Errors, Parajumbles, etc.

General Awareness

Economy, Business, World, Politics, Sports, Culture, Society

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Questions related to innovation, entrepreneurship and start up business

CMAT syllabus

CMAT syllabus

Q:   What are the important topics of CMAT syllabus?

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CMAT has five sections - Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Important topics of CMAT across all the five sections are listed below: 1. Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation: Time-speed-distance, Ratio-Proportion, Profit and Loss, SICI, Average, Partnership, Triangles Probability Surds, HCF-LCM, Quad equations, Quad inequality, Graphs, Tables, Bar, Pie Chart 2. Logical Reasoning: Family Tree, Analytical Reasoning, Linear Arrangements, Number Series, Matrix Arrangements, Blood Relationship Tests, Coding-Decoding, etc. 3. Language Comprehension: Synonym, Antonym, Fill in the Blanks, Idioms, Match the Following, Reading Comprehension, Identify the Correct Statement, Direct/Indirect Speech, Classify the Sentence, Question Tag, Parajumble 4. General Awareness: Economy, Business, World, Politics, Sports, Culture, Society 5. Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Concepts of Entrepreneurship, Overview of Entrepreneurship, Evolution of Entrepreneurship in India, Role of Entrepreneurship in Economic Development, Theories and Models of Entrepreneurship, Framework of Entrepreneurship Theories, Models of Entrepreneurship, Emerging Models of Corporate Entrepreneurship, Dimensions of Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Society, Entrepreneurial Culture, Rural Entrepreneurship, etc.

Q:   How can I prepare for CMAT to secure 100 percentile?

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Common Management Admission Test is an online computer based test conducted by the National Testing Agency, India. It is a national-level admission test for facilitating institutions to select suitable students for admission in all management programmes approved by AICTE. According to the exam pattern, the CMAT syllabus for MBA admission is divided into five sections namely, Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation, Language Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, General Awareness, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. If you plan to prepare for CMAT exam, then you have to at least put in four to six hours daily into studying. 345 to 350 marks are expected to secure the 100 percentile and those securing in the range of 285 to 340 marks will obtain 99 to 99.99 percentile. CMAT merit list will include names of all the aspirants scoring CMAT score vs percentile from 0.005 to 100 percentile. Speed is not an issue at all as you have ample time available. Solving 100 questions in 3 hours is quite easy; hence time is not as important as accuracy is. I have slept for 20 to 40 minutes after completing test every year! The range of topics covered has become very important.

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Q:   Is CMAT syllabus the same as that of CAT?

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Yes, the syllabus of CMAT is the same as CAT for Quantitative Aptitude Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability sections. The topics included in both CAT and CMAT syllabi are same as listed below: 1. Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation: Mensuration Number System Algebra Time-Speed-Distance, Allegation and Mixtures, Geometry, Graph, Quadratic and Linear Equations, etc. 2. Logical Reasoning: Analytical Reasoning, Linear Arrangements, Number Series, Matrix Arrangements, Blood Relationship Tests, etc. 3. Language Comprehension: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Ability, Vocabulary, Grammar, English Usage Errors, Para jumbles, etc. However, CMAT has two extra sections - General Knowledge and Innovation and Entrepreneurship, topics of which are mentioned below: 4. General Awareness: Economy, Business, World, Politics, Sports, Culture, Society, Arts, Awards, Inventions 5. Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Questions related to innovation, entrepreneurship and start up business, models of entrepreneurship, Emerging Trends in Social Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Society, Rural Entrepreneurship, etc.

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Section Wise CMAT Syllabus 2024: Latest PDF

Given her is the CMAT syllabus PDF having section-wise topics that candidates must study while preparing for CMAT 2024 exam. All the sections of the CMAT syllabus carry equal weightage i.e. 20 questions. However, the weightage of topics may vary in each section. 

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CMAT Syllabus: Section Wise Weightage

Section-wise weightage of subjects included in CMAT syllabus is equal. CMAT question paper 2024 will consist of 100 MCQs divided equally among all the sections. For every correct attempt, four marks will be awarded and for every incorrect attempt there will be a deduction of one mark. Given below is the CMAT 2024 question paper break-up:

CMAT Sections

Number of Questions

Marks Allotted

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

20

80

Logical Reasoning

20

80

Language Comprehension

20

80

General Awareness

20

80

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

20

80

What is the CMAT Exam Pattern 2024

CMAT exam pattern is similar to other MBA entrance exams in terms of overall structure. The questions are asked from CMAT syllabus in MCQ format. Check below key highlights of CMAT exam pattern 2024:

  • All the sections of CMAT 2024 exam will have an equal number of questions (20 each).
  • Four marks will be awarded for every right attempt and one mark will be deducted for every wrong attempt.
  • Total marks of CMAT 2024 will be 400.
  • CMAT exam will be held in Computer-Based-Test mode.
  • The exam duration will be 180 minutes or three hours.
  • There will be no sectional time-limit in CMAT.
  • Difficulty level of CMAT exam is usually easy to moderate. The GK section is tougher than rest of the sections.

Also Read: CMAT 2024 exam pattern

Q:   What is the benefit of solving official CMAT question papers?

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Solving previous year CMAT question papers is very important for optimising your performance in the exam. There are several benefits of practicing the official CMAT question paper but one of the most important benefits is that the candidate will know the latest exam pattern and difficulty level. The CMA question papers are set by the examination authority on the basis of questions asked in last 10 years or so. Thus, if you practice CMAT previous year papers, you will be familiar with all types of questions asked in the exam in the last few years. Since, MBA entrance exams are all about speed and accuracy, it is very important to be familiar with the types of questions. CMAT question papers help you in time management skills as well as the skill to choose the right questions to ask. Candidates must solve CAT question papers of at least last five years for best results.

Q:   How many mock tests to attempt to score 99 percentile in CMAT?

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There is no particular number of CMAT mock test that you should target to solve during your preparation phase but on an average it has been seen that about 30-40 CMAT mock tests are good enough to score 99 percentile. Candidates must start solving CMAT mock tests after completing the syllabus as it will help them gauge which are the topics that they have understood well and which are the topics that require more work. 30-34 CMAT mock tests are recommended as, CMAT exam is all about speed and accuracy. The more questions you'll solve in an exam environment, the better you'll get at understanding, choosing and solving questions faster and correctly. Important point to note about practicing CMAT mock test is that one should analyse every mock test to understand the gaps and fissures and what to do to fill them. Another aspect to keep in mind is not to overdo it. When you start to score 98-99 percentile in CMAT mock tests consistently then you should stop and focus on revision, etc.

Q:   Is there any negative marking in CMAT?

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Yes, there is negative marking in CMAT exam. For each wrong answer, 1 mark will be deducted. For example, if a candidate attempts 18 questions from Logical Reasoning and gets 15 questions correct but 3 questions incorrect. Then the candidate's score for this section will be 15x4-3, i.e. 57. However, no marks will be deducted for unanswered questions. Thus, candidates must choose only those questions to solve which they are sure of solving accurately. It is anyway not possible to solve all 100 questions, so candidates must weigh their options viz. Strength and weak areas and then choose questions carefully. If candidates are not sure of answering a question correctly or it is taking too much time, then they should leave that questions and move to next as they also need to keep a tab on the time limit.

CMAT Syllabus for Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

The CMAT Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation section has 20 questions in MCQ format. Candidates are required to study these topics thoroughly. Some of the topics of this section of CMAT syllabus are:

CMAT Syllabus: Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation Topics

  • Tabulation
  • Geometry
  • Pipes and Cisterns
  • Time-Speed-Distance
  • Alligation & Mixtures
  • Profit and Loss
  • Permutations & Combinations
  • Percentages
  • Work and Time
  • In-equations
  • Quadratic and linear equations
  • Line Graph 
  • Number System
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Pie Chart, Bar Chart

Q:   Which are the best books for CMAT Quantitative Aptitude preparation?

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The Quantitative Aptitude section of CMAT has questions from Arithmetic, Geometry, Modern Math, Numbers, Algebra and Data Interpretation. The questions are of moderate difficulty level and one can prepare for it with the help of best books for CMAT recommended by experts and toppers. We have listed down some of the popular CMAT books that candidates usually refer: 1. NCERT Mathematics Books for Class 8, 9 and 10 2. The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams 3. How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Arun Sharma (Mc Graw Hill Education) 4. Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission into Iims by Sarvesh K Verma (Arihant) 5. Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha (Mc Graw Hill Education) 6. Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by RS Aggarwal.

Q:   What is the latest CMAT exam pattern?

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The latest CMAT exam pattern as prescribed by the National Testing Agency NTA is as follows: The question paper carries 100 question. The format of questions is multiple choice type where for each question, four options are given to choose the correct answer from. The 100 questions are divided equally between five sections, Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Language Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, General Awareness and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Each of the five sections carry 20 questions. Earlier, there were only four sections in CMAT and each section has 25 questions. In 2021, Innovation and Entrepreneurship was added as the fifth section. The time limit for CMAT is 180 minutes without sectional time limit or break. As per the latest marking scheme, for every correct option 4 marks are awarded and for every incorrect option, one mark is deducted. There is no negative marking for unanswered questions.

CMAT Syllabus for Logical Reasoning

The CMAT Logical Reasoning section has 20 MCQs. Most of the questions are logic based so the candidate needs to work upon basic concepts and formulae. Some of the topics of Logical Reasoning section of CMAT 2024 syllabus are:

CMAT Syllabus: Logical Reasoning

  • Analogy Test
  • Direction and Distance Test
  • Linear Arrangements
  • Blood Relationship Tests
  • Ranking Tests
  • Statements and Arguments
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Statements Assumptions
  • Inferences
  • Statements and Conclusion
  • Matrix Arrangements
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Symbol Based Problems
  • Number Series
  • Cause and Effects

Q:   Which are the best books for CMAT Logical Reasoning preparation?

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CMAT Logical Reasoning topics are similar to CAT so the preparation is also to be done in a similar manner. The Logical Reasoning questions of CMAT are not very difficult. One can crack it with some practice and revision. If you are planning to appear for CMAT exam, prepare for the Logical Reasoning section from the following books. 1. Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha 2. How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma 3. A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by RS Aggarwal 4. Concepts of LR - Logical Reasoning for CAT and Other MBA Exams by Gajendra Kumar Apart from these books, you must practice previous year CMAT question papers to be familiar with the latest type of Logical Reasoning questions asked.

Q:   How can I master Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation topics of CMAT?

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Cracking Logical Reasoning section of CMAT is all about how well and how quickly you understand the puzzles and patterns. To master this section of CMAT exam, sample questions for practice and sectional mock tests for CMAT are the best resource. You should start practicing Logical Reasoning questions early on in the preparation cycle. Pay attention to the topics from which Logical Reasoning questions are asked in CMAT. Prepare for those type of questions only. For Data Interpretation section of CMAT. You should be well versed with reading tables, graphs and charts correctly. For quick calculation, you should strengthen basic mathematical calculations like multiplication, division, square, square roots, cube, cube roots, etc. This section is all about observation and ability to break down information into pieces, so you need to practice a wide range of data interpretation questions.

CMAT Syllabus for Language Comprehension

The CMAT Language Comprehension section has two sections – Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension. Both the parts together have 20 questions. Important topics for English Language section of CMAT syllabus 2024 are:

CMAT Syllabus: Language Comprehension

  • English Usage Errors
  • Synonyms
  • English Grammar
  • Antonyms
  • One-Word Substitution
  • Sentence Correction
  • Idioms

Q:   Can I prepare for CMAT from CAT books?

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Yes, CMAT candidates can refer to the books recommended for CAT exam preparation as the syllabus is same for both exams, but they must also solve mock tests and sample questions specific to CMAT to get the hang of it. The CMAT exam is easier than CAT but if you don't know the nature of CMAT questions, you may find it difficult to crack. Candidates can refer to these books for studying the concepts: 1. How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma (McGraw Hill Education) 2. Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission into Iims by Sarvesh K Verma (Arihant) 3. Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha (McGraw Hill Education) 4. NCERT Mathematics Books for Standard 8, 9 and 10 5. Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by Dr RS Aggarwal To know more similarities between CAT and CMAT read this article: https://www.shiksha.com/mba/articles/is-cmat-easier-than-cat-know-the-differences-and-similarities-blogId-58019.

Q:   Which is the lengthiest section in CMAT?

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Since the Language Comprehension section of CMAT includes reading comprehension passages, it can be considered a lengthy section. However, there is a possibility of any other section to be lengthier. For example, Logical Reasoning questions or Data Interpretation questions can also be lengthy, due to multiple levels of calculations. The weightage of each section is same in CMAT I. e. 20 questions and 80 marks, so it doesn't really matter which section is lengthy as candidates have to meet sectional cut offs to be able to get a good overall score. It is not mandatory to solve all 100 questions in CMAT so candidates have the choice of dropping lengthy questions and solving easier questions. So, the best option is to skip the lengthy questions and solve other questions correctly. Doing so will ensure that the candidate doesn't fall short of time as well as good questions to solve.

CMAT Syllabus for General Awareness

The CMAT General Awareness section also has 20 questions which is a mixed bag of current affairs and static GK. Important topics of General Awareness section of CMAT syllabus:

CMAT Syllabus: General Awareness

  • Literature
  • Trade Awareness
  • Geography
  • Indian Constitution
  • Politics
  • History
  • Current Affairs of National and International Economy
  • Economics
  • Culture
  • Personalities in News
  • Sports News
  • Science in Everyday Life

Q:   How many questions are asked in GK section of CMAT?

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There are 20 questions from General Knowledge in CMAT. All the questions are in MCQ format. Four options are given for each question to choose the right answer from. The General Knowledge section of CMAT is usually of a higher difficulty level but as it is a memory based section, it can be completed in maximum 15 minutes. The questions pertain to static GK and Current Affairs. Topics included in CMAT GK section are business, politics, awards, inventions, Science and technology, sports, society, world, advertising, trade, books and authors, arts, entertainment, history, geography and politics. Candidates should attempt the GK section in the end as the main criteria for MBA are English Quantitative Aptitude Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation. The candidate's main focus should be on getting maximum questions correct in these three sessions. GK can be handled at the end.

Q:   How to prepare for GK section of CMAT?

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Hi, Below mentioned are some tips, which you can follow for CMAT General Awareness preparation: 

  • You can read general awareness topics
  • For Static GK, read Manorama Year Book and other such GK books for competitive exams
  • Read up about latest happenings around the world
  • Take note of every event of politics, sports, economy, books, awards, titles, etc.
  • To know the latest happenings, you should read English newspapers daily.
  •  Also, you can participate in similar group discussions along with some good news channels to keep yourself updated.
  • GK is a memory based subject so you should start preparing for it towards the end of your CMAT preparation
  • Start studying GK year books in the last one month before the CMAT exam to have ll the facts and figures fresh in memory.

Good luck.

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CMAT Syllabus for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The CMAT 2024 syllabus for Innovation and Entrepreneurship includes the following topics. Candidates need to study the following in detail to score well in this section. 

  • Concepts of Entrepreneurship
  • Overview of Entrepreneurship
  • Evolution of Entrepreneurship in India
  • Role of Entrepreneurship in Economic Development
  • Theories and Models of Entrepreneurship
  • Framework of Entrepreneurship Theories
  • Models of Entrepreneurship
  • Emerging Models of Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Dimensions of Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial Society
  • Entrepreneurial Culture
  • Rural Entrepreneurship
  • Women Entrepreneurship
  • Emerging Trends in Social Entrepreneurship
  • Principles of Business Organisation
  • Motivation, Communication and Leadership

Also Read: CMAT Preparation 2024: Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Q:   What is the CMAT Innovation and entrepreneurship syllabus? Which books to study?

A:
The syllabus of CMAT Innovation and entrepreneurship section includes Concepts of Entrepreneurship, Overview of Entrepreneurship, Evolution of Entrepreneurship in India, Role of Entrepreneurship in Economic Development, Theories and Models of Entrepreneurship, Framework of Entrepreneurship Theories, Models of Entrepreneurship, Emerging Models of Corporate Entrepreneurship, Dimensions of Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Society, Entrepreneurial Culture, Rural Entrepreneurship, Women Entrepreneurship, Emerging Trends in Social Entrepreneurship, Principles of Business Organisation, Motivation, Communication and Leadership To study these topics candidates should refer to books like: 1. Innovation & Entrepreneurship by Peter F. Drucker 2. Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management by R Goal 3. Entrepreneurship - Robert D. Hisrich 4. Manorama Year Book - Mammen Mathew Apart from these books, candidates must solve last two years' CMAT question papers to know the type of questions asked in this section and their difficulty level. These questions will give you an insight into CMAT Innovation and entrepreneurship.

Q:   What is the section wise weightage in CMAT?

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CMAT has five sections. Every section of the CMAT exam has 20 questions. Each question of the five sections carries four marks for correct answer and one mark is deducted for every incorrect answer. Therefore, the total marks of each section is 80 and the total marks of the CMAT exam is 400. The CMAT percentile is calculated on the basis of marks scored by candidates on 400. Given below is the sectional break up of CMAT exam: 1. Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation: 20 questions of 4 marks each 2. Logical Reasoning: 20 questions of 4 marks each 3. Language Comprehension: 20 questions of 4 marks each 4. General Awareness: 20 questions of 4 marks each 5. Innovation & Entrepreneurship: 20 questions of 4 marks each.

Best Books for CMAT Preparation 2024

Since, the syllabus of CMAT is the same as CAT exam, books recommended for the latter are relevant for the former too. Below mentioned are the best books for CMAT

Best Books for CMAT: Quantitative Aptitude

Check the table below to know the best books to cover the Quantitative Aptitude section of CMAT syllabus:

CMAT books

Author Name/Publisher

How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT

Arun Sharma (McGraw Hill Education)

Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission Into IIMs

Sarvesh K Verma (Arihant)

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations

Abhijit Guha (McGraw Hill Education)

NCERT Mathematics Books for Standard 8, 9 and 10

NCERT

Quantitative Aptitude

Dr RS Aggarwal

Best Books for CMAT: Logical Reasoning

Check the table below to know the best books to cover the Logical Reasoning section of CMAT syllabus:

CMAT books

Author Name/Publisher

How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT

Arun Sharma (McGraw Hill Education)

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT

Nishit K Sinha (Pearson)

Best Books for CMAT: Language Comprehension

Check the table below to know the best books to cover the Language Comprehension section of CMAT syllabus:

CMAT books

Author Name/Publisher

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT

Arun Sharma (McGraw Hill Education)

The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for the CAT

 Nishit K Sinha

A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning

Dr R S Aggarwal

Trishna’s Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for the CAT and Other MBA Examinations

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Besides these books, one must also study from The Complete Reference Manual for CMAT by SK Sinha, S Satyanarayan and JS Rana. This book is exclusively for CMAT preparation.

Other useful books to improve English Vocabulary and Grammar for CMAT exam are listed below:

  • Wren & Martin English Grammar

  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

  • Business English and Communication by John O E Clark

  • 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary by Norman Lewis

  • The Students’ Companion by Wilfred D Best

  • A Communicative Grammar of English by Geoffrey Leech and Jan Svartvik

Best Books for CMAT: General Awareness

To strengthen Current Affairs and General Knowledge, CMAT 2024 aspirants must subscribe to the following newspapers and journals:

CMAT Preparation: Newspapers and Journals

The Hindu

Financial Express

Economic Times

The Financial Times

Wall Street Journal

Hindu Business Line

Business Today

Business World

Management Compass Career Launcher

Competition Success Review

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Q:   Which are the best books for CMAT Quantitative Aptitude preparation?

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The Quantitative Aptitude section of CMAT has questions from Arithmetic, Geometry, Modern Math, Numbers, Algebra and Data Interpretation. The questions are of moderate difficulty level and one can prepare for it with the help of best books for CMAT recommended by experts and toppers. We have listed down some of the popular CMAT books that candidates usually refer: 1. NCERT Mathematics Books for Class 8, 9 and 10 2. The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams 3. How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Arun Sharma (Mc Graw Hill Education) 4. Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission into Iims by Sarvesh K Verma (Arihant) 5. Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha (Mc Graw Hill Education) 6. Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by RS Aggarwal.

Q:   Which are the best books for CMAT Logical Reasoning preparation?

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CMAT Logical Reasoning topics are similar to CAT so the preparation is also to be done in a similar manner. The Logical Reasoning questions of CMAT are not very difficult. One can crack it with some practice and revision. If you are planning to appear for CMAT exam, prepare for the Logical Reasoning section from the following books. 1. Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha 2. How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma 3. A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by RS Aggarwal 4. Concepts of LR - Logical Reasoning for CAT and Other MBA Exams by Gajendra Kumar Apart from these books, you must practice previous year CMAT question papers to be familiar with the latest type of Logical Reasoning questions asked.

Q:   What is the CMAT Innovation and entrepreneurship syllabus? Which books to study?

A:
The syllabus of CMAT Innovation and entrepreneurship section includes Concepts of Entrepreneurship, Overview of Entrepreneurship, Evolution of Entrepreneurship in India, Role of Entrepreneurship in Economic Development, Theories and Models of Entrepreneurship, Framework of Entrepreneurship Theories, Models of Entrepreneurship, Emerging Models of Corporate Entrepreneurship, Dimensions of Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Society, Entrepreneurial Culture, Rural Entrepreneurship, Women Entrepreneurship, Emerging Trends in Social Entrepreneurship, Principles of Business Organisation, Motivation, Communication and Leadership To study these topics candidates should refer to books like: 1. Innovation & Entrepreneurship by Peter F. Drucker 2. Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management by R Goal 3. Entrepreneurship - Robert D. Hisrich 4. Manorama Year Book - Mammen Mathew Apart from these books, candidates must solve last two years' CMAT question papers to know the type of questions asked in this section and their difficulty level. These questions will give you an insight into CMAT Innovation and entrepreneurship.

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FAQs on CMAT Syllabus 2024

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Q:   What is the CMAT 2024 Syllabus?

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The Syllabus of CMAT 2024 exam includes all the important topics of English Comprehension, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude General Awareness and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Given below are important topics included in each of these subjects: 1. Quantitative Aptitude Geometry, Algebra Alligation and Mixtures, Number System Pie Chart, Lines and Graphs, Quadratic and Linear Equations, Time-Speed-Distance, etc. 2. Logical Reasoning: Linear Arrangements, Number Series, Matrix Arrangements, Blood Relationship Tests, Analytical Reasoning, Family Tree, Coding-Decoding, etc. 3. Language Comprehension: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Ability, Fill in the Blanks Grammar, Word Meaning, English Usage Errors, Parajumbles, etc. 4. General Awareness: Science, Technology, Inventions, Economy, Business, World, Politics, Sports, Culture, Society 5. Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Questions related to innovation, entrepreneurship and start up business.

Q:   Can I prepare for CMAT from CAT books?

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Yes, CMAT candidates can refer to the books recommended for CAT exam preparation as the syllabus is same for both exams, but they must also solve mock tests and sample questions specific to CMAT to get the hang of it. The CMAT exam is easier than CAT but if you don't know the nature of CMAT questions, you may find it difficult to crack. Candidates can refer to these books for studying the concepts: 1. How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma (McGraw Hill Education) 2. Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission into Iims by Sarvesh K Verma (Arihant) 3. Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha (McGraw Hill Education) 4. NCERT Mathematics Books for Standard 8, 9 and 10 5. Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by Dr RS Aggarwal To know more similarities between CAT and CMAT read this article: https://www.shiksha.com/mba/articles/is-cmat-easier-than-cat-know-the-differences-and-similarities-blogId-58019.

Q:   What is the difficulty level of CMAT exam?

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CMAT is one of the easier MBA entrance exams. Despite having an extra section, the overall difficulty level of CMAT exam is generally moderate. However, it has been seen previously that some questions in Logical Reasoning and General Awareness sections of CMAT turn out to be more difficult than questions of Quantitative Techniques, Language Comprehension and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. If a candidate can solve about 70-75 of the total questions with about 80 per cent accuracy in each section, they can score well in CMAT. The sectional difficulty in CMAT is as follows: 1. Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation: Moderate 2. Logical Reasoning: Easy to Moderate 3. Language Comprehension: Easy to Moderate 4. General Awareness: Moderate 5. Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Moderate For the latest exam pattern and difficulty level of CMAT click here: https://www.shiksha.com/mba/cmat-exam-analysis.
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Q:   How many questions should I solve to get a good score in CMAT?

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Since every section of CMAT has 20 questions in total, solving 15-18 questions in each section with 80 per cent accuracy is considered a good attempt in CMAT and it can ensure good percentile in the exam. In GK section, about 10-12 correct attempts will be enough. Out of 100 questions, candidates must try to solve about 70-75 questions to get 99 percentile. However, candidates must aim to solve higher number of questions with maximum accuracy and minimise on negative marking. To be able to achieve this target, candidates need to prepare for the CMAT in a dedicated and disciplined manner. The candidate must keep minimum three months aside for completing the CMAT syllabus as they have to study five subjects and their numerous topics. If they have appeared for CAT XAT and IIFT exam then they can complete the CMAT syllabus in one month too. However, it is advised that candidates spend at least three months on the CMAT syllabus for complete preparation.

Q:   Which is the lengthiest section in CMAT?

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Since the Language Comprehension section of CMAT includes reading comprehension passages, it can be considered a lengthy section. However, there is a possibility of any other section to be lengthier. For example, Logical Reasoning questions or Data Interpretation questions can also be lengthy, due to multiple levels of calculations. The weightage of each section is same in CMAT I. e. 20 questions and 80 marks, so it doesn't really matter which section is lengthy as candidates have to meet sectional cut offs to be able to get a good overall score. It is not mandatory to solve all 100 questions in CMAT so candidates have the choice of dropping lengthy questions and solving easier questions. So, the best option is to skip the lengthy questions and solve other questions correctly. Doing so will ensure that the candidate doesn't fall short of time as well as good questions to solve.

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The estimated CMAT cutoff percentile is 80 for Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow admission to the MBA course. With 73.73 percentile in CMAT it is difficult to get admission in top B Schools. At this score you can apply for tier 2 - tier 3 colleges like IBMR, Sinhagad, UBS etc., for which the

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KJ Somaiya Institute of Management accepts CATMBA href="https://www.shiksha.com/mba/cmat-exam">CMAT entrance exam scores for admission to the MBA courses. KJ Somaiya cutoff percentile was 86 for CAT, 95 for CMAT and 84 for XAT for the General All India category students in 2022. Considering the pa

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Going as per the last few year trends, candidates are expected to have a good score of 85 percentile in CMAT, in order to be able to participate in further rounds. IIITM Gwalior cutoffs are released for admission to MBA course based on CMAT Scores. Candidates who meet the CMAT 2023 cut off are consi

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No, you cannot appear for the CMAT exam at any test centre. You can appear for the test at the centre mentioned in your CMAT admit card. Entry at every CMAT test centre is given to candidates only after thorough scrutiny of the hall ticket and ID proof. If you attempt to gain entry in any other test

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Yes, you can get admission to the Prestige Institute of Management and Research without a CMAT scorecard. However, If you are seeking for direct admission you should be qualified with 90% aggregate Marks in the examination.
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No, CMAT is not mandatory. Aspirants seeking admission to PGDM course with MAT/ XAT/ GMAT scores can also apply for PGDM course. The shortlisted candidates will be required to appear for a PI round. The institute shortlists candidates meeting eligibility during the scrutiny of applications. Selected

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No, you are unable to present a digital duplicate of your CMAT admission card at the testing location. The CMAT admission card must be printed out and brought with the candidate to the testing location. They should bring two printed copies at the very least. 
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You may use the MBA test preparation guide to get ready for the IIHMR U MAT exam. The language comprehension, mathematical ability, data analysis, intellect and critical thinking, and general awareness components make up the IIHMR U MAT test. The institution offers printed versions of the study guid

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Ideally, you should preserve your CMAT admit card even after the exam is over, because you may be asked to present it at the time of admission or selection process by the institute. The CMAT admit card is one of the important documents of identification, that the candidate had registered for the exa

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