CMAT 2019 Analysis and Expected Cutoff
Ranjini Basu, 29 Jan 2019, #CMAT
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CMAT 2019 Analysis - CMAT, the national level management entrance exam has been conducted on Monday, January 28, 2019; around 70,000 candidates are expected to have appeared for CMAT 2019 in 73 cities across India. The exam was held in two slots (Slot 1- 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM and Slot 2 - 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM). After the exam, before NTA releases the official answer key, experts from different coaching institutes have published the CMAT 2019 analysis. According to the CMAT 2019 analysis, the exam was quite easy as compared to other management entrance examinations like CAT, XAT, IIFT exams. Most of them solved around 75- 90 per cent questions within a span of 120 -150 minutes. As per the exam analysis, the exam pattern of CMAT remained unaltered and the overall difficulty level CMAT exam was easy to moderate. Language Comprehension was the easiest section while candidates found General Awareness section to be quite easy. Careers360, in this article, brings forth the CMAT 2019 analysis based on expert and test takers' feedback after the completion of the examination for both the CMAT time slots. The article would include CMAT Analysis 2019 (slot 1 and slot 2) sectional and overall difficulty level, question topics, number of questions and expected cutoff scores.

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CMAT 2019 Exam PatternThe total duration of CMAT 2019 is three hours. Each question will carry four (4) marks and for each incorrect answer, there will be a negative marking of one (1) mark.
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CMAT Exam Pattern 2019 - Number of Sections and Total Score


Number of questions

Total marks

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation



General Awareness



Logical Reasoning



Language Comprehension






CMAT 2019 Analysis – Sectional Analysis

In terms of sectional analysis, all the sections ranged from easy to moderate difficulty level except General Awareness. This section was the trickiest and most of the candidates found it difficult to solve the questions. Let us take a look at the individual analysis of CMAT 2019.

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CMAT 2019 Analysis – Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

The overall difficulty level of this section was of moderate difficulty level. There was no set based questions in this section. This section had a dominance of Arithmetic and Geometry areas. The other questions were from Algebra and Modern Maths. There were two Data Interpretation questions, which were singular and not set based.  

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CMAT analysis - Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation Topics


No of Qs.


Functions, linear equations



Time-Speed-Distance, Time works, Clocks, Averages 



Mensuration, Triangles, Trigonometry



Pie-Chart, Table


Data Interpretation

Probability, Permutation & Combination


Modern Math

Six Sigma, Numbers2 Miscellaneous 

According to the experts of IMS, a coaching institute of repute, around 23-25 attempts with 90 per cent accuracy in 50-55 minutes would be good for this section to fetch a seat in a renowned management school. 

CMAT 2019 Analysis – General Awareness

The questions were divided between static and current affairs. This year the overall level of difficulty in General Knowledge was moderate to tough as several questions were based on current affairs. The one who is not aware of daily news may face difficulty in solving the questions. On the other hand, the number of static affair questions was more in the second slot. As many as 12 questions were based on Static GK and 13 were on Current Affairs. Around 16 questions were based on Indian events, five were on international and four were miscellaneous. Questions from History, Geography, Mythology, Banking, Politics International Business, Sports and Economy were designated in the General Awareness section.

Based on IMS Expert Analysis of CMAT 2018, yet another coaching institute,13-15 questions with 80 per cent accuracy in around 15 minutes would be fine for this section to obtain a good score.  

CMAT 2019 Analysis – Logical Reasoning

The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate. According to experts, this section was easier compared to that of last year. The questions were on coding-decoding, relations, series, visual reasoning, analogy, arrangements, directions, syllogism etc. There were no set-based questions.

CMAT analysis - Logical Reasoning Topics

No. of Qs.





Blood Relations


Series Completion


Logic based




Counting number of squares in given figure


Square Arrangement

2Visual Reasoning
4Verbal Reasoning
3Odd one out

IMS experts state that around 23-25 attempts with 90 per cent accuracy in 50-55 minutes look good for this section to obtain a good score to get admission into a reputed management institute.

CMAT 2018 Analysis - Language Comprehension

The Language Comprehension section carried questions from Reading Comprehension and English Usage. The difficulty level was easy to moderate. There were 15 RC questions and 10 Verbal Ability questions.  There were four RC passages, three were short whereas one was lengthy. The short passages had three questions each whereas the fourth passage had six questions. The Verbal Ability segment consisted of seven to eight medium difficulty level questions.  

CMAT analysis - Language Comprehension Topics


No. of Qs.



Part with error








Word analogy


Para Jumble1
Meaning of phrase1
Meaning of underlined words1
Grammatically correct sentence1

According to the experts of IMS, around 20-22 attempts with 85-90 per cent accuracy would be good.

CMAT 2019 Expected Cutoff 

As per the students’ feedback so far, it’s estimated that around 72 to 75 questions with 85-90 percent accuracy would be good a score to get GD-PI calls from colleges like GIM, KJSOM (PGDBM program) etc. CMAT 2019 cutoff refers to the minimum marks or percentile required to get shortlisted by participating institutes. CMAT cutoff will depend on the difficulty level of the exam, the number of test takers and other factors. Careers360 will update the detailed information on the expected CMAT cutoff 2018 as and when it is released by experts. 

CMAT Cutoff for Top B-schools (Expected)

CMAT 2019 result will be declared on February 8, 2019. The CMAT 2019 result or scorecard download link will be sent to the registered email address by the officials for test takers to download. Based on the cutoff, CMAT participating institutes 2019 will release shortlist of candidates the next rounds of CMAT selection procedure 2019.

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i have done Diploma+BE and not 12th+BE. am i eligible to fill CMAT 2020? Please clarify!

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 17th Nov, 2019


yes you are eligible to apply. Graduate with 15 years of minimum education in any discipline from Recognized University/Institute. as it mention that minimum of 15 years of education. so as you have total 16 years of education you are also eligible to apply.

hope it would help.


Which option is I supposed to select for graduation details in CMAT 2020 form, If Im pursuing ? option is not showing in the list but B.comLL is showing. So, whether I select B.comLL or Other (then write manually "") ?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 17th Nov, 2019


see (// ll is not the course you are pursuing now. so It would be better if you choose the other option and manually write (// .

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Agri business management best college that accepts cmat score

Aditya kumar Student Expert 15th Nov, 2019
Hello there!


List of top colleges under cmat for agri business management is given below:-

  • Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
  • Doon Business School, Dehradun
  • Global Business School and Research Centre, Pune
  • Amity University, Noida
  • Indian Institute of Plantation Management, Bangalore
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Hello! I have to do CMAT 2020 exam. so from now on its only one and half month remaining , I want to know that if I will start preparation now ;so is it sufficient time for being well prepared?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 15th Nov, 2019

It depends on the quality of your preparation. There are people who do not burn the midnight oil but still emerge toppers and some students who put their heart and soul for preparation, panic on the D-day. So it totally depends on the quality of time and dedication you put in for your preparation. Please check CMAT syllabus at: . With 45 days for CMAT, you need to remember that you do not have time on your side. So you need to :

  • Manage time as efficiently as possible. You do not have time for distractions of whatsoever nature.
  • Believe in yourself that you can do it.
  • Practise a lot and revise equally.
  • Attempt as many mock tests as you can.
  • In the examination hall, read the question twice because there are chances of misreading a question.
  • Spend as much as 2-3 hours on Current affairs as this is an important section

Tips for QTDI:

QA can be categorised into Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Mathematics. Practise chapter by chapter and develop mental calculations. Like practise more of basic summation, subtraction, fractions and tables. Numbers, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership, Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series, Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Coordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry are few important topics. Because this section involves mathematics and takes most of your time, your focus should be on solving the problems efficiently in the beginning. Even if it takes time, practise upto perfection. Practise as many questions as you can in the conventional way. As and when you get a grip on the subject, you can go for short cuts. Memorise tables, square roots, cube roots, conversion from percent to fraction, etc. Solve sample papers on Mathematics. In the beginning, do not worry about the time it takes. As you practise, you will get the hang of the subject and it will be easier for you.

Logical Reasoning:

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning needs to be practised as much as possible. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis. Solve as many sample papers as possible to get the hang of the section. Make notes when required. Regular practise can help you understand and solve the questions easily as time goes on.

Language Comprehension:

The ultimate key to improve your verbal ability is to read extensively and to read books from different genres. This ensures that when the time for reading comprehension comes you are well acquainted with different writing styles and topics. Reading extensively also improves your reading speeding over a period of time. There are no shortcuts here.


sir I m doing pharmacy 3 rd yr .. I want to do mba what should I do for or cmat or baat

Pranav Mishra 15th Nov, 2019

Hello Aspirant,

There are several exams for getting admission to management courses starting from CAT in November to MAH-CET in March. So, you have ample opportunity for getting admission to any management college by scoring good marks in any of the management exams. The most popular management exams are CAT,XAT and CMAT since most of good colleges accept the scores of these exam. By seeing your graduation degree I would suggest you to go healthcare management because your graduation has a link with this course,you can also easily justify why you have taken this course Other than this the healthcare management course also has a bright future and there is no scope of recession in this course. This is my opinion for rest what you wish. But start preparing for management exams join any reputed coaching like TIME,IMS etc and start working hard.

I hope the above information is beneficial to you.

All the Best.

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