CMAT 2019 Analysis and Expected Cutoff by IMS
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CMAT 2019 Analysis and Expected Cutoff by IMS - The National Testing Agency, better known as NTA has successfully conducted both the morning/ first shift (9.30 AM to 12:30 PM) and afternoon/second shift (2:30 PM to 5:30 PM) of CMAT 2019 on Monday, January 28, 2019. Last year, around 60,000 candidates appeared for the test from 73 cities across India. CMAT 2019 was conducted for 64,582 registered candidates at 183 test centres spread across 84 cities of 24 States and Union Territories. According to the overall feedback of the test takers, the exam was pretty easy as compared to CAT, XAT, IIFT examinations. Many of them had completed the exam much ahead of time and had enough time to check their responses. All the sections were easy, however, there were a few out-of-the-box questions from General Knowledge section. Post CMAT examination, the aspect which gains utmost importance is no other, but CMAT 2019 analysis. IMS Learning experts have provided a detailed analysis of CMAT 2019 at 7 PM, on January 28, 2019, and the video analysis of CMAT 2019 will be made available on January 29, at 7 PM.

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All training institutes, like Careers Launcher, T.I.M.E, IMS Learning etc, have released their experts’ analysis for the convenience of the test takers and other prospective candidates. Careers360, in this article, will bring forth the CMAT 2019 analysis and expected cutoff by IMS Learning, one of the renowned institute of its kind.

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As per the exam analysis of CMAT 2019, the overall difficulty level of CMAT exam was easy and most of the questions were doable. All the sections were very easy except some questions in the General Awareness section Language Comprehension was the easiest section while the Quantitative section was the toughest followed by the Logical Reasoning section, as mentioned by the candidates from both the first and second slots.

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CMAT 2019 Exam Pattern

CMAT 2019 will be conducted in three hours/180 minutes. Each question will carry four (4) marks and for each wrong answer, there will be a negative marking of one (1) mark. The total number of questions covering four sections is 100, with each section having 25 questions.


Number of questions

Total marks

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation



General Awareness



Logical Reasoning



Language Comprehension






Overall CMAT Analysis 2019 by IMS Learning

IMS experts have shared a combined CMAT analysis 2019. Additionally, CMAT 2019 analysis by IMS Learning will also provide the expected cutoff based on the difficulty level of CMAT 2019. As per the experts from IMS coaching institute, CMAT 2019 was one of the easiest CMAT examinations in recent years. More than half of the questions in the QT & DI section and almost all the questions in the  LR section were easy. The Language Comprehension and GA sections were equally easy to solve. However, out of all the sections, the General Awareness section was composed of some moderately difficult questions. Time was not a severely constraining factor. Some candidates stated that they could complete the exam much ahead of time, precisely, in much less than three (3) hours, leaving enough time to check their answers. All the four sections had several easy questions. 

CMAT 2019 Analysis - Previous Year’s Overall Analysis

The experts from IMS coaching institute stated that the overall difficulty level of last year's CMAT (2018) was moderate. The Quantitative section was the toughest in both the first and second slots of CMAT exam followed by General Awareness section which was moderate to tough as most of the questions were based on current affairs. The Logical Reasoning questions were mainly based on puzzles, conditionalities/grouping questions, coding-decoding, direction sense, alpha-numeric-symbolic series, cubes, Venn diagrams, family tree/relations, and matrix arrangements (distributions). Lastly, the Language Comprehension section which was composed of four Reading Comprehension passages and a total of 15 questions was defined as an easy to moderate section.

CMAT 2019 Analysis by IMS Learning – Sectional

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

According to CMAT 2019 Analysis by IMS experts, around 23-25 attempts with 90 percent accuracy within 50-55 minutes will be good enough to fetch a seat in top management school.

The QT section, like the previous CMAT exams, had all single questions and no set-based ones. The Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation section had nine (9) moderate questions, two (2) difficult questions while the rest was easy. Test takers reported that the section had 13  easy questions (sitters) which required the implementation of simple basic concepts.

This section was dominated by Arithmetic and Geometry based questions. The rest of the questions were equally distributed in the areas of Algebra, Modern Math, and Geometry. There were two (2) questions in Data Interpretation but these too were single questions and not set-based ones. Many candidates easily solved almost the entire QA section. 

AreaNo of Qs.Specifics

Algebra2114Functions, Linear Equations,
6Time-speed-distance, Time-work, Clocks, Averages
Geometry1427Mensuration, Triangles, Trigonometry
Data Interpretation2

2Pie-chart, Table
Modern Math22
4Probability , Permutation - Combination

2Six Sigma, Numbers

Logical Reasoning

As per the CMAT 2019 Analysis by IMS experts, around 23-25 attempts with 90 percent accuracy in 50-55 minutes will fetch good enough score to get admission into a reputed management institute.

CMAT 2019 IMS expert analysis states that the Logical Reasoning section was quite doable and easier compared to the LR section of previous year's CMAT. All the questions were sitters. According to test takers, the section was dominated by questions on Coding-decoding, Relations, and Series. The other topics covered in this section were Visual Reasoning, Analogy, Arrangement, Directions, Syllogisms, etc. All were single questions and there were no set-based questions. The questions were not lengthy and several questions were straight forward and easy to solve.

AreaNumber of Questions
Coding -decoding3
Blood Relations3
Series completion2
Logic based1
Counting number of squares in the given figure1
Square Arrangement1
Visual reasoning2
Verbal Reasoning - Word Relationship, Statement Argument, Statement Conclusion, Assertion-Reason4
Odd one out3

General Awareness

Based on the comments made by IMS experts pertaining to CMAT 2019 Analysis, 13-15 questions with 80 percent accuracy in around 15 minutes will be sufficient to obtain a good score.

The General Awareness section had 12 questions which were based on Static GK. 13 questions were on Current Affairs. Around 16 questions were based on Indian events, 5 were on international ones and the remaining 4 were miscellaneous ones. About 10 questions were easy, 10 medium and 5 difficult ones.

Language Comprehension

According to the CMAT 2019 Analysis by IMS experts, around 22-24 attempts with 85-90 percent accuracy in 50-55 minutes will be good to obtain a good score/percentile.

The Language comprehension section comprised four passages with 15 reading comprehension questions in total and 10 Non-RC questions. Three of the passages were short and contained three questions each and one passage was slightly long and contained six questions. All questions were easy to solve.  Out of the 10 non-RC questions, 7-8 were of easy-to-medium.

AreaNo. of Qs.
RC - Four (4) passages15
Part with error1
Word analogy1
Meaning of phrase1
Meaning of the underlined word1
Grammatically-correct sentence

Overall CMAT 2019 analysis by IMS Learning Experts

Based on the feedback available from test takers who appeared in the morning slot, it is estimated that an overall attempt of around 85 - 87 attempts with around 90 percent accuracy (net score 305 to 310) would fetch around 99+ percentile. Attempts of around 74-76 questions with around 90 percent accuracy (net score 260 to 265) should fetch around 95 percentile. Attempts of around 64-66 questions with around 90 percent accuracy (net score 225 to 230) should fetch around 90  percentile.

*Source - IMS official website

CMAT Percentile Predictor

For the convenience of the candidates, Careers360 has prepared a tool to predict the overall CMAT percentile, sectional percentile and compare result with other test takers before the actual result declaration. Test takers can use the CMAT Percentile Predictor tool by entering the exam details, including DOB, date of CMAT examination, scores of the sections (QA, LR, GA, VA), and overall difficulty level.

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CMAT Cutoff 2019

CMAT 2019 cutoff is the minimum scores candidates are required to obtain in order to fetch admission in the CMAT 2019 participating institutes pan India. The CMAT 2019 cutoff score will be released by the respective participating institutes after the official declaration of CMAT result 2019 on February 8, 2019. 

CMAT 2019 result will be announced on February 8, 2019. Based on the cutoff score, CMAT participating institutes 2019 will release shortlist of candidates the next rounds of CMAT 2019 selection procedure.

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