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CMAT Exam Syllabus 2020: Section & Topic-Wise Details

cmat exam syllabus 2020

CMAT is slated for the 28th of January 2020. It is high time that you start preparing for this highly sought after examination. This it is a tough exam that tests your aptitude, knowledge, and English language skills to the maximum. Before you start preparing, you need to know a few things about CMAT 2020, and the syllabus you will be facing.


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CMAT 2020: All You Need To Know About Date, Syllabus, Preparation, Admit Card


Held by the National Testing Agency, CMAT 2020 will be considered by over 1000 institutes and colleges for all their management programs. Therefore, you can be sure that this will be a tough exam to crack. You need to be prepared for the syllabus. You will be facing 100 questions, and will only have 3 hours to attempt them all. Heres all the information you need to know about the syllabus and the exam that will help you prepare.


CMAT Exam Syllabus 2020

CMAT Syllabus is divided into 4 sections – Logical & Analytical Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, and English. All the 4 sections have 25 questions that carry a total of 100 marks. Therefore, the CMAT exam carries 400 marks in total. Each correct answer is worth 4 marks while a wrong answer will earn you a 1 negative mark. This means you have to really think hard and be sure of your answers.


CMAT Exam Sections

Logical & Analytical Reasoning – In this section, you will face questions where you will have to show logic and reasoning skills. You need to analyse each question carefully to get to the correct answers.

The questions you will face are based on the following topics:-

  • Probably true, or probably false, or definitely true, or definitely false statements
  • Assumption-Premise-Conclusion
  • Statements and assumptions
  • Assertion and reasons
  • Strong arguments and weak argument
  • Cause and effect
  • Inferences and judgments


General Awareness

This section is all about what it is named – general awareness. There are fixed types of questions or topics you will face. You be asked all about current affairs in the world, economics, politics, entertainment, history, trivia, etc. Therefore, you need to know what is happening in the world and in the country. You have to be in a habit of watching the news and reading newspapers and magazines. You can also set Google Alerts for important news events around the world. Use the internet to your advantage as well.


Quantitative Aptitude

This section tests your mathematical skills. This is one of the most difficult sections in the exam and many students struggle with it. Therefore, you need to give special attention and a lot of practice in this section. Arithmetic and algebra are covered in this section; however, these two subtopics are also vast. Lets see what you can expect in them.



  • Number systems
  • Lowest Common Multiple and Highest Common Factor
  • Percentages
  • Profit and loss
  • Simple interest and compound interest
  • Speed, distance and time
  • Time and work
  • Averages
  • Complex numbers
  • Ratios and proportions
  • Probabilities



  • Geometry
  • Quadratic and linear equation
  • Arithmetic progressions, geometric progression and harmonic progressions
  • Inequalities
  • Permutations & combinations
  • Set and functions
  • Trigonometry
  • Coordinate geometry
  • Mensuration
  • Bar graphs, pie charts, and tables


English (Verbal Ability & Language Comprehension)

This is another section that students immensely struggle with. It is almost impossible to get a perfect score in the English language, but that does not mean you cant do well. With the right kind of revision and practice, you can do really well. The English section is divided into Verbal Ability and Language Comprehension.

Heres what you can expect in the English section.

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Sentence completion
  • Same word, different use
  • Antonyms
  • Synonyms
  • Phobias and manias
  • Correct the sentence
  • Paragraph jumbles
  • Idioms
  • One word Substitution
  • Find the odd one out

This is how you will be facing your CMAT 2020 exam. The last date for registration, 30th November is drawing near and that is what students should worry about first. However, if you are done with registration, start preparing for the CMAT exam that will be held on the 28th of January.

Now that you know what to expect and what the syllabus is, it will be easier for you to prepare. If you need some more information about CMAT 2020 exam, you can check out the blogs link given below. It will really help you.


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