CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern: Marking Scheme, Duration, Total Marks, Exam Mode

Exam Date

Mar 31, 2021

Result Date

Apr 9, 2021

May 28, 2021 | Management

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National Testing Agency (NTA) is responsible for formulating CMAT 2021. According to the CMAT Exam Pattern 2021, the test consisted of four distinct sections, namely Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, Quantitative Techniques, Data Interpretation, and General Awareness. In the latest updates, an optional section has been introduced in the question paper. More details are given below:

CMAT Exam Pattern 2021 Highlights

The number of questions that are being asked in the exam, its types and distribution throughout the question paper, and other important layouts can be known with the help of going through the CMAT Exam Pattern 2021. Effective preparation can be done. The exam pattern details are highlighted below:

  • Each section will have 25 questions with each question carrying four marks. A total of 100 questions would be asked and the total marks for the exam will be 400 (100 x4).
  • Prospective test takers should be aware that there will be a negative marking of -1 mark for each incorrect answer as per the CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern.
  • Questions that are ignored by the exam authority will be awarded 4 marks for each question.
  • As per the CMAT Exam Pattern 2021, the exam will be conducted online, in two shifts (Morning and Afternoon).

The time duration of the entrance exam will be 3 hours (180 minutes). There will be no sectional time limit. Apart from these further details are given below for the aspirants to take a look at and make a note of the same.

CMAT Exam Pattern 2021 Highlights
Specification Details
Mode Online Mode.
Type Computer-based Test (CBT)
Number of Sections 4 Sections (25 Questions Each)
Sections Language Comprehension, Quantitative Techniques, and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning and General Awareness.
Type of Questions MCQs
Number of Questions 100
Marking +4 marks for a Correct answer.
Negative Marking -1 mark for an incorrect answer. (CMAT Negative Marking)
Duration 3 hours
Timings 9:30 to 12:30
Language English

CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern Details

Each correct answer will be awarded +4 marks and for every incorrect answer mark deduction in CMAT is about 1 mark. This deduction in marks is termed as CMAT Negative Marking. The section-wise CMAT Exam Pattern 2021 is given below for the reference of the candidates. The total marks in the exam accounts for 400 marks.

Section-Wise CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern
Sections Number of Questions Maximum Marks
General Awareness 25 100
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation 25 100
Language Comprehension 25 100
Logical Reasoning 25 100
Total 100 400

Optional Section: Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This year, the conducting authorities have added an optional section, which shall contain 25 questions based on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The candidates who opt to attempt this question will get 30 minutes extra, to solve the entire question paper. For those who do so, the duration of the test will be 210 minutes.

Just like the other sections, this section will also have 25 questions, which weigh 100 marks. Hence, each question in this section will carry 4 marks. Candidates can check the topics which will be covered under the Innovation and Entrepreneurship section on the CMAT Syllabus 2021 subpage.

Section-based CMAT Exam Pattern 2021

A graphical overview of the CMAT Marking Pattern for all the compulsory sections is given below:

CMAT section wise marks

The candidates who wish to attempt the optional subject will have to specify the same while filling their application form. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship section will also contain 25 questions, where each question will carry 4 marks. Candidates should go through the CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern thoroughly prior to starting the preparation for the exam.

CMAT Marking Scheme 2021

The NTA uses the marking criteria to correct and validate the answers given by the candidates. These marking criteria are in accordance with the CMAT Exam Pattern 2021 and are very important. Given below are the CMAT Marking Scheme, which the candidates can refer to.

  • Candidates will be awarded 4 marks for every right answer.
  • The CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern has negative marking system, hence candidates will lose 1 mark for each wrong/incorrect answer.
  • The candidates should be aware that the questions with multiple correct answers will be awarded 4 marks if either one of the correct answers is written. Unanswered and wrong answers will be validated as usual.
  • + 4 marks will be awarded for each question ignored by the exam authority.

CMAT Previous Years' Paper Analysis

The previous year's paper analysis very important as to understand the general pattern, and the previous years' CMAT 2021 Exam Question Paper Pattern. Understanding the previous years' question papers and analysing their pattern allows the candidates to get an idea about the difficulty level of the CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern. This way, they will be able to anticipate how the pattern of the current exam could be and accordingly prepare for the same. The difficulty level analysis of the paper are given below for the 2020 and 2019 question papers.

CMAT 2020 Analysis

The analysis of CMAT 2020 Exam Pattern is given below. Candidates can check out the difficulty levels of the 2020 question paper and make a note of the same.

Section Level of Difficulty Number of questions
General Awareness Average 25
Logical Reasoning low 25
Language Comprehension Average 25
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation Average 25

CMAT 2019 Analysis 1

The analysis for the CMAT Exam 2021 paper pattern is given below. Candidates can check out the difficulty levels of the paper pattern and make a note of the same.

The exam pattern for 2019 analysis is split into two phases. The first phase is given below:

Section Level of Difficulty Number of questions
General Awareness Difficult 25
Logical Reasoning Difficult 25
Language Comprehension Difficult 25
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation Average 25

CMAT 2019 Analysis 2

The CMAT Exam Pattern 2019 analysis second phase is given below for the reference of the candidates.

Section Level of Difficulty Number of questions
General Awareness Difficult 25
Logical Reasoning Average 25
Language Comprehension Difficult 25
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation Difficult 25

CMAT Mock Tests 2021

Candidates are recommended to practise mock tests and sample papers for understanding the CMAT Exam Pattern 2021 well. By practising a lot of sample papers, candidates will be able to get a clear idea about the types of questions generally being asked. Practising the sample papers allows the candidates to be efficient in time management.

CMAT Paper Pattern - Guidelines

Guidelines for CMAT Exam Pattern 2021 are highlighted below. Every candidate must know the syllabus for CMAT and Preparation Tips for CMAT 2021 along with the exam pattern to prepare in the best way.

  • Test takers can move back and forth between any of the four/five sections, and answer in any order of their preference.
  • No negative marking for unanswered questions.
  • In CMAT 2021, the candidate will be seated at the desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with a scratch paper for calculation.
  • Test takers are not permitted to carry scratch paper outside the exam centre, and are advised to keep the same at the desk once they complete their examination.

Note: Candidates can regularly visit this page for further updates and information regarding the CMAT Exam Pattern 2021 and other associated events. This way, they will be on track and will not miss out any vital information regarding the exam.

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