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CMAT 2021 (Slot 1) – GK difficult, Reasoning easy, say candidates

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IMS Learning shares its analysis of CMAT 2021 (Slot 1) which was held today (March 31) from 9 a to 12.30 pm. Overall, today’s test was found to be slightly more tougher than CMAT 2020.
CMAT is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).
This time around, CMAT added a new section to the examination, making it a three and a half hour test form the earlier three. The new section named Innovation and Entrepreneurship was optional and carried 25 questions. Candidates who opted for the additional section received 30 minutes extra.

While the examination had no sectional timing, overall Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation was found to be moderate in nature. Logical Reasoning was easy-moderate while Language Comprehension was found to be quite easy. General Awareness was overall a difficult section say candidates.

Overall, candidates found 2021 version of CMAT more difficult that the 2020 exam. According to IMS, General Awareness Section which was challenging, will become the decisive section and impact the overall percentile.
Based on the feedback received from IMS candidates and experts, we expect the following percentiles against scores for CMAT 2021 (based on Slot 1)

Overview of the Sections

Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation
● Like is generally the case in CMATs (2020 being an exception with one DI set of 3 questions), it had all single questions and no set-based ones.
● The Quant Section was slightly tougher compared to the Quant section of CMAT 2020
● Students reported that the section had a lot of easy questions or sitters that required
implementation of simple basic concepts.
● As normally is the case, this section was dominated by Arithmetic based questions.
● The rest of the questions were distributed in the areas of Algebra, Numbers, Modern Math
and Geometry.
● This time both Data Interpretation questions were singular questions.

Logical Reasoning
● The Logical Reasoning section was quite doable and easier compared to the LR section of CMAT 2020.
● There were 25 logical reasoning questions out of which 3 were verbal.
● All the questions were stand-alone. The questions were not lengthy and many questions
were straight forward and very easy to solve.
● According to students, the section had questions on Coding-decoding, Series, Analogies,
Blood Relations, Circular Arrangement, Matrix Arrangement, Counting number of figures, Syllogisms, Visual Reasoning etc.

Language Comprehension
● The Language Comprehension Section consisted of 14 Reading Comprehension questions and 11 Non-RC questions.
● This year there were four Reading Comprehension passages with 14 questions. The lengths of the passages varied from 80 words to 400 words. The questions on the two short passages (about 80 words each) were of a higher difficulty level compared to those on the longer passages (400 to 500 words each).
● The non-RC questions were easy to medium.

General Awareness
● Out of the 25 General Awareness questions, 17 were based on Static GK. 8 questions were on Current Affairs.
● Around 15 questions were based on Indian events, 7 were on international ones and the remaining 3 were miscellaneous ones.

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