CMAT Exam Pattern 2018

CMAT Exam PatternCMAT Exam Pattern 2018 - The exam pattern of CMAT 2018 is prescribed by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). According to the CMAT 2018 exam pattern, the test will be conducted in online mode and in one session only. CMAT is conducted for admissions into programmes like MBA, PGDM and PGCM offered by the B-schools in India. CMAT 2018 will be held on January 21, 2018. Compared to last year, there has not been any change in the CMAT exam pattern 2018. Only those candidates who successfully register for the national level exam between October 18 and December 18, 2017, will be allowed to take the test. According to the exam pattern of CMAT 2018, the exam comprises four sections: Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation and General Awareness. Each section of CMAT 2018 has 25 questions, meaning a total of 100 questions are there, each carrying four marks. Understanding the CMAT exam pattern 2018 is crucial for anyone planning to take CMAT 2018, as it will not only help them in knowing what to expect in the entrance exam but also prepare accordingly. Here, candidates can check the detailed exam pattern of CMAT including its question paper pattern, marking scheme and the topics for each section. 

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Highlights of CMAT 2018 Exam Pattern

  • CMAT is a computer-based online entrance exam for admission into AICTE approved B-schools.

  • CMAT 2018 will be held in a single session and will comprise four sections.

  • The total number of questions will be 100, with each section having 25 questions.

  • There will be four options for each question from which the candidate will have to pick 1 option.

  • The time duration for the entrance exam will be 180 minutes.

  • While there is no time limit for any section, it will be a safe bet to spend around an hour on each section. 

The table given below sums up the exam pattern of CMAT 2018:


CMAT Exam Pattern 2018



Number of questions

Total marks


Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation




General Awareness




Logical Reasoning




Language Comprehension






Marking Scheme: The marking scheme of CMAT 2018 is convenient as each correct answer will be awarded +4 marks. Also, there will be a negative marking of -1 for each incorrect answer.


CMAT Exam Pattern 2018 - Topics Covered


Let us take you through the topics each section is likely to cover:


Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation: The section may comprise questions from the following topics:

  • Geometry

  • Number Systems

  • In-equations

  • Quadratic and linear equations

  • Simple Interest and Compound Interest

  • Alligation and Mixtures

  • Profit and Loss, etc.

General Awareness: Listed below are the topics from where candidates can expect questions:

  • History

  • Geography

  • Literature

  • Personalities in News

  • Current Affairs of National, International, Economic, etc.

  • Culture, etc.

Logical Reasoning: Prospective candidates can check the topics for logical reasoning section below:

  • Analytical reasoning

  • Non Verbal Tests (Visual reasoning)

  • Direction and Distance test

  • Cause and effects

  • Inferences

  • Statements and assumptions

  • Statements Assumptions

  • Analogy Test, etc.

Language Comprehension: Topics for Language comprehension are listed below:

  • Paragraph Completion

  • One Word Substitution

  • Synonyms and Antonyms

  • English Grammar, etc.

During CMAT 2018, each candidate will be assigned a desktop/computer system apart from which s/he may also be handed a plain sheet and pen to do any rough work. Once the entrance test is over, candidates should leave the rough sheet and pen at the desk, as candidates will not be allowed to carry them out. It is to be noted that candidates cannot carry their own plain sheet for doing rough work, nor will any other item will be allowed in the exam hall.


A Trial Test is made available for candidates to understand the computer-based test from October 25, 2017 till the test day. 


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