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 exam pattern 2018, the test was conducted in online mode in two slots (Slot 1 - Morning and Slot 2 - Noon). CMAT is conducted for admissions into programmes like MBA, PGDM and PGCM offered by the B-schools in India. CMAT 2018 was conducted on January 20, 2018. Compared to last year, there has not been any change in the CMAT 2018 exam pattern. Only those candidates who successfully register for the national level exam between October 18 and December 25, 2017, were allowed to take the test. According to the CMAT exam pattern 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, making a total of 100 questions and each carrying four marks. Understanding the CMAT 2018 exam pattern is crucial for anyone planning to take CMAT 2018, as it 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 2018 including its question paper pattern, marking scheme and the topics for each section.

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Highlights of CMAT Exam Pattern 2018

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

  • CMAT 2018 is conducted in two slotsand had four sections.

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

  • There were four options for each question.

  • The time duration of the entrance exam was 180 minutes.

  • There was no sectional time limit.

The table given sums up the CMAT 2018 exam pattern:


CMAT Exam Pattern


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 mark 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 was 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 was over, candidates had to leave the rough sheet and pen at the desk, as candidates were not allowed to carry them out. 


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


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The answer key of CMAT 2018  will release with in 1 or 2 weeks after the examination. As the exam was completed today, you can probably expect the release of the answer key by the next week. ...Read More

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For CMAT sample paper, I would suggest you to check the given link below. There you can find the sample paper of 2017.

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