CMAT Syllabus 2020
Updated on Dec 24, 2019 - 3:34 p.m. IST by Prabha Dhavala
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CMAT Syllabus 2020 - National Testing Agency broadly specifies the CMAT 2020 syllabus for candidates to refer to during their preparation for the entrance exam. The CMAT syllabus consists of topics for logical reasoning, general awareness, quantitative techniques and data interpretation and language comprehension which are the sections in the question paper. It is advisable that candidates familiarise themselves with the syllabus of CMAT 2020 before starting their preparation. While the detailed topics of the CMAT 2020 syllabus are not specified by NTA, the topics asked from previous years have been compiled to give all candidates a good idea of what to study for the exam. Candidates can check the details of the CMAT syllabus 2020 on the page below along with links of previous year papers to refer and practise with. CMAT is a computer-based test to be held on January 28, 2020 by NTA. Application form available on the official website from November 1, 2019.
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CMAT Syllabus 2020 - Sectional Topics

The test paper is divided into four sections as follows.

  • Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

  • Logical Reasoning

  • General Awareness

  • Language Comprehension

Topics that are to be studied for CMAT 2020 have been compiled section-wise in the table given below. While the topics have not been clearly specified by the authorities, they have been compiled from the past years.

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Section Wise CMAT 2020 Syllabus

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

Logical Reasoning

General Awareness

Language Comprehension

Tabulation, Pie Chart, Bar Chart, Line Graph

Analytical Reasoning


English Grammar

Pipes and Cisterns


Indian Constitution

Sentence Correction


Cause and Effects

Current Affairs of National and International Economy

Paragraph Completion

Permutations & Combinations

Coding and Decoding

Personalities in News

Idioms and Phrases

Quadratic and linear equations

Non-Verbal Reasoning


Sentence Improvement


Ranking Tests

Trade Awareness

Jumbled Para


Linear Arrangements

Sports News

English Usage Errors


Matrix Arrangements


One-word Substitution

Simple Interest and Compound Interest

Analogy Test

Science in everyday life

Synonyms and Antonyms

Allegation & Mixtures



Reading Comprehension


Symbol Based Problems



Statements Assumptions



Statements Arguments

Number Systems

Number Series


Blood Relationship Tests


Statements and Conclusion

Profit and Loss

Direction and Distance Test

Work and Time


Fraction and Decimals

Ratios and Proportion

CMAT 2020 Exam Pattern

Before starting preparations, it is imperative that candidates understand the paper pattern of CMAT 2020 to know the types of questions asked, duration of the exam, marking scheme. This is best gauged from the exam pattern of CMAT 2020 which is listed below for students to understand.

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Exam Pattern of CMAT 2020

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Total Marks

Number of questions


Logical Reasoning




General Awareness




Quantitative techniques and data interpretation




Language Comprehension






CMAT 2020 Sample Papers

Whenever the candidates feel that they are ready to face the CMAT 2020, then they must practice and solve as many sample papers and mock tests as possible. It is by far the best source to prepare for CMAT 2020, as it will give them a good practice about the type of questions asked in exam, time management and overall confidence level.

Candidates can download the previous years question papers in the section below:

Sample Papers of CMAT 2020


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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CMAT Syllabus 2020

Question: What is the syllabus for CMAT 2020?


The various topics coming under CMAT syllabus are divided into 4 sections which are 

Logical Reasoning

General Awareness

Quantitative Ability

Language Comprehension. 

Question: What are important topics to be considered while preparing for CMAT>


While preparing for CMAT one should focus more on Quantitative Ability and Logical Reasoning. The various important topics to be considered while preparing for CMAT are :

Algebra, Geometry, Time and Distance, Mensuration, Permutation and Combination

For logical reasoning, one should prepare on various topics like seating arrangement, coding & decoding and various other topics.  

Question: Is CMAT tougher than CAT?


CMAT and CAT both are management entrance test. However, if compared to CAT, CMAT can be considered as easier as CAT is a national level paper and it is accepted by most colleges in India.

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what are the best options for preparation of cmat gk section?

Pranav Mishra 18th Jan, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

GK in CMAT is a scoring subject which can be used to increase your percentile, I am also an example of the one who has increased the percentile of CMAT by scoring good in GK, So take GK section seriously, Now for GK section in CMAT questions comes from both static GK and current affairs, Static GK is a vast topic so I will not tell you give more time cover all the topics of it, However you can spent the time in current affairs as that will be generally of last 1 year and it will not difficult to cover it, So, I advise you to cover current affairs of 1 year with some static GK which you can cover in time. Work hard.

I hope the above information is beneficial for you.

All the best.


what will be the cut off for great lakes gurgaon CMAT??

jishua thomas 17th Jan, 2020

hello aspirant..

Great Lakes PGPM Admission: Difference between Cycle-1 & Cycle-2 Application
The Cycle-1 and Cycle-2 of application process is distinguished based on the scores with which you are applying. If a candidate has last year exam score, for example for admission 2020, if you have scores of CAT 2018, XAT 2019, CMAT 2019 and GMAT (taken after 1st Jan 2017), you must apply in cycle-1.

But, if you have appeared in CAT 2019, XAT 2020 and GMAT (taken after 1st Dec. 2019), you need to apply in Cycle 2.

While in terms of the selection process, there is no preference given to applicants in any cycle and there is similar probability of getting selected, the applicants submitting application in Cycle 1 get some extra time to plan their finances, personal commitments and exit from companies better as they get an admission offer by end of December.

Entrance Exam 1 Year PGPM Expected cut off 2 Years PGDM Expected Cut off
CAT 2018/2019* 80 80
XAT 2019/2020* 80 80
GMAT **(Taken after Jan 2017 for PGPM and after Jan 2018 for PGDM) 600 600
CMAT 2019 for PGPM and CMAT 2019/2020 for PGDM 85 85

hope this information was useful to you../

all the best


does. cmat have any sebc reserves cut offs?

Ritisha Kothari 17th Jan, 2020

Hey aspirant,

National Testing Agency does not release the cutoff of CMAT 2020. Participating institutes will declare their individual CMAT cutoff 2020 after the declaration of result. CMAT 2020 cutoff refers to the minimum marks to be scored by the candidate in order to qualify for selection rounds of the participating institute.

You can go through the following link to check out the cut-offs for CMET:

Hope this helps!


Does SDA Bocconi accepts CMAT Score? if yes then what is the cutoff and last date to apply for the same

Sampriti Student Expert 16th Jan, 2020
MISB Bocconi, the Indian initiative of SDA Bocconi accepts CAT,CMAT, NMAT and GMAT scores. The cutoff for CMAT is nearly 95 percentile and that for CAT is 90 percentile. But the number of seats for CMAT is very less as compared to that of CAT.It is one of the best B School in India and though the fees it quite high but the placements are excellent.
The last date to apply for the 2nd round of admissions is 20th Of January.

what is the cutoff in CMAT for goa institute of management PGDM course?

Leon George 16th Jan, 2020

Hello Puneet,

Goa Institute of Management is one of the best autonomous B Schools in goa as well as in the country. In order to get admission into the college the candidates are supposed to appear for XAT, CMAT, CAT etc and are given admission based on same.

It offers PGDM course in various streams like healthcare, Big data analytics, management etc.

The CMAT exam will be conducted on 28th January, 2020 and the result of same is expected to be out on 7th February, 2020. Based on previous years result, the Cutoff for CMAT 2020 is expected to  be around 90-97 %.

I hope it helps and all the best.

Thank you

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