CMAT 2017 Exam Analysis: Morning Slot

Structure of CMAT 2017 was as per the CMAT standards with 25 questions in each of the four sections. Aspirants had 3 hours to attempt the test paper.

It was unusual to see all 100 Questions without any sectional partitions.

Section wise analysis is as follows:

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation (25 Questions):

Barring exceptions of one question on Data Interpretation (Pie Chart) and one on Data Sufficiency, all the questions were from Quantitative Aptitude.

There was a significant share of the problems on percentage and its applications. Up to 6 questions tested % increase, decrease and successive change with some of them relating to Profit and Loss. Numbers had an unusual presence of just two questions. Three questions from Quadratic Equations represented the Algebra side of quant. Approximately 5 questions needed the aspirants to use their Ratio related competency. These questions varied from Mixtures and Time & work to Time Distance. There was no presence of Permutation Combination, Probability, Logarithm, Function or Inequality.  The Presence of a question on Trigonometry should be the talk of the day. Geometry had a limited share of 4-5 questions.

Overall, the questions of this section were easier than the last edition of the test. With Approximately 12-14 questions easy to solve, an attempt count of 20 can be termed good with a suggested time of 50 minutes.

Logical Reasoning (25 Questions):

This section had a good variety of questions ranging from Cubes, Blood Relations, Coding, Input-Output, Series, Clocks, Calendar to typical questions on Arrangements and Puzzles.

Approximately five questions related to Arrangements and Puzzles were the most time consuming questions of the test paper. Up to three questions of Coding and Decoding, a couple of questions having application of Set Theory and same number of questions on cube cutting were also there in this section. There were a couple of questions related to Verbal Reasoning (Syllogism and Assumption).

Overall, this section was the most time consuming one among all 4 sections of the test paper. An aspirant with good practice of reasoning questions should be able to reach up to 19 questions in a recommended time of 60 minutes.

Language Comprehension (25 Questions):

This section can be divided in two parts: Reading Comprehension based questions (15 Qs) and Verbal Ability based questions (10 Qs)

The section tested reading skills of the aspirants with 4 RCs, out of which one had 6 Questions and the other three had 3 questions each. Most of these 15 questions were direct and easy to solve.

The Verbal Ability part was made of three Fill-in-the-blanks, one Antonym, a couple of questions testing Grammar and Verbal Reasoning questions related to strong/weak argument and conclusions. There was no presence of Para Jumbles.

Overall, this section needed some time to solve due to presence of 4 RCs but can be called moderate. An attempt of 22 attempts can be termed good with a suggested time of 60 minutes.

General Awareness (25 Questions):

This section was a good mix of questions on variety of topics. At least two questions were asked from each of these categories: Sports, Science, Geography, Government Schemes, and Business. A Good number of questions on current affairs and some miscellaneous questions created the rest of the section.

Overall, 14-15 attempts can be termed good in a suggested time of 10 minutes.

Overall 100 Moderate 10 minutes 75 240
Level of Difficulty
Suggested Time
Good Attempts
Good Score
QT and DI 25 Easy to Moderate 50 minutes 20 70
LR 25 Moderate 60 minutes  19  66
LC 25 Moderate 60 minutes 22 68
GA 25 Moderate 10 minutes 14 36

60 Net Correct questions can be called equivalent to 99%ile for morning slot of CMAT 2017.