CMAT Syllabus 2021

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CMAT Syllabus 2021

CMAT consists of the 4 sections – Quantitative Techniques, English Comprehension, Logical Reasoning and General Awareness. The broad topics covered under the sections are as follows –

Quantitative Techniques:  Number Systems, Ratio & Proportion, Time & Distance, Time & Work, Profit & Loss, Percentage, Pipes & Cistern, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Quadratic & Linear Equation, Line graph, Pie Chart, Bar Graph, and Partnership.

Logical Reasoning: Linear Arrangements, Statements Arguments & Assumptions, Sequencing, Matrix Arrangements, Number Series, Analogy Test, Blood Relations, Coding and Decoding, Inferences, Statements and Conclusion, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Symbol Based Problems, Direction, Distance, and Ranking.

English: Vocabulary, Para Jumble, Paragraph Completion, Error finding, One- word Substitution, Synonyms & Antonyms, and Reading Comprehensions.

General Awareness: General awareness is a very vast section. Basically, it focuses on the current affairs. Keep yourself up to date with the latest news and events.

National Testing Agency (NTI), India conducts the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) which is the national level admission test for facilitating institutions to select the suitable students for the admission in all management programmes. The difficulty level of this exam is considered from low to moderate; question paper consists of multiple-choice questions and duration of exam is 180 minutes. It is a Computer based test with four sections namely quantitative aptitude, logical reasoning, English and general awareness.

The basic pattern of the CMAT exam is as follows:

CMAT Exam Sections Number of questions Maximum marks
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation 25 100
Logical Reasoning 25 100
Language Comprehension 25 100
General Awareness 25 100
Total 100 400

Aspirants planning to apply for the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) should know the syllabus for the exam. Although, it has been observed that the best way to prepare for the exam is to solve the previous year’s papers.

Candidates can find the most important topics for each section as below:

Section CMAT Syllabus
Language Skills Section is designed to assess the command over the English language and reading comprehension ability
Quantitative Skills Section is designed to assess Numerical aptitude and basic mathematical ability.

Also, to assess the rate of problem-solving capability.

Pie charts and graphs

Logical Reasoning Section is designed to evaluate the candidate’s ability to solve various problems logically and analytically.
General Awareness Section is designed to assess the current affairs and the static GK of the candidate

The detailed syllabus of each section is given below:

The topics for the Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation are

Geometry (Lines, Cube, angles, Triangles, rectangles Spheres, Cone etc.) Ratio and Proportion
Percentages In-Equations Quadratic and linear equations Algebra
Profit and loss Averages Partnership (Accounts)
Time-Speed-Distance Work and time Number System
HCF and LCM Harmonic Mean Median
Mode Number base system BODMAS
Mensuration Allegations and Mixtures Venn Diagram
Instalment Payments Clocks Vectors
Logarithm Calendar Complex numbers

The topics for the Logical Reasoning are as follows:

Critical reasoning Visual reasoning Seating arrangement
Selection Direction Blood relations
Assumption-Premise-Conclusion Assertion and reasons Clocks and Calendars
Analogy Test Cause and Effects Ranking Tests
Statements and assumptions Identifying valid inferences Identifying arguments
Statements and conclusions Non-verbal reasoning Matrix Arrangements

The topics for Language Comprehension are as follows:

Verbal Reasoning Syllogisms Contextual usage


Fill in the Blanks
Jumbled paragraphs Sentence completion Sentence correction
Odd one out Idioms One word substitution
Different usage of same word Fact interference and judgement Foreign Language words used in English

The topics for the General Awareness are as follows:

Current Affairs Business Punch line of companies
Top officials of Big Companies Everyday Life Famous award and prizes
World records Books and authors Science
History Geography International organizations
Important Quotations Social Issues Sports
Finance Automobiles Entertainment
Politics Major Corporate Events

It is essential that the candidates should start the preparation as early as possible to cover numerous topics included in each section.

Candidates should prepare from the following books for the development:

  • For Language Comprehension section

One of the best books is Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT written by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay as it includes expert tips, sample questions, solved examples and strategy to challenge several types of RC & Verbal Ability questions.

Similarly, the next most recommended book is Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension written by Ajay Singh

Also, some good books build the vocabulary, and they are Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis and Barron’s Pocket Guide to Vocabulary

  • For Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

One of the oldest and most helpful books for this section is the Quantitative Aptitude written by RS Aggarwal. It covers all the significant topics of quant and solved questions more than 5000

One of the books which include the previous papers as well is How to prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT written by Arun Sharma

  • For the Logical Reasoning Section, the book How to prepare for logical reasoning for CAT which is written by Arun Sharma aims to provide with a simple approach to handle complex topics.
  • For General Awareness section candidate should regularly read newspapers as it is a very vast section. But for the static topics like history, geography, politics and so on then candidates can refer to the Manorama Year Book or India Year Book.

Apart from the above books, there are some other books which candidates can refer for the successful preparation which are as follows:

  1. Mission MBA guide by B.S. Sijwali and Tarun Goyal written by Arihant
  2. The Pearson MAT super course with CD written by Pearson
  3. Study package for MAT written by Arun Sharma
  4. 10 challengers MAT: 10 mock tests for MAT written by Dharmendra Mittal
  5. Barron’s guide for MAT written by Eugene D. Jaffe
  6. MAT Entrance guide by Deepak Aggarwal