CMAT 2021 Exam Analysis – Shift 1, 2 – Difficulty, Expected Cut Off

CMAT 2021 for both shifts is now over. Experts have analysed, and reviewed the CMAT 2021 exam to assess the difficulty level, section-wise questions distribution, and to arrive at some expected cut offs.

All MBA aspirants who appeared in the exam can make use of the CMAT analysis 2021 for predicting their results. Whereas those who will appear for future CMAT exams can utilize this to prepare a strategy for their exam.

Recommended: Check CMAT 2021 Answer Key, and CMAT 2021 Response Sheet to calculate score. Then use CMAT Percentile Calculator to predict percentile. [Also CMAT 2021 Exam Analysis Released by IMS]

CMAT 2021 Exam Analysis

The National Testing Agency conducted the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) on March 31, 2021. Shift / slot 1, 2 timings were 9 am to 12, 12:30 pm, and 3 pm to 6/6:30 pm. The shorter end timing applied to those who did not opt for optional section, whereas the longer one was for those who took the newly introduced optional section.

The structure of CMAT 2021 exam was as follows:

SectionQuestionsTotal Marks
Language Comprehension25100
Quantitative Techniques & DI25100
Logical Reasoning25100
General Awareness25100
Innovation & Entreprenuership (Optional)25100
Total100 / 125400 / 500

CMAT Exam Analysis 2021 for Shift 1

CMAT 2021 Shift 1 Analysis Overview

  • The overall level of difficulty in the exam was moderate.
  • As per the initial reaction of the students, the most difficult section was general knowledge and reasoning was the most easy one.
  • In total, there were 5 sections in the exam and in each there were 25 questions.
  • For the first time, CMAT was held for Optional Innovation & Entrepreneurship Section. Candidates who opted for this section received additional 30 minutes (optional).
  • VARC, the weightage of RC questions was increased this time.

CMAT 2021 Shift 1 Section Wise Analysis

CMAT 2021 SectionsDifficulty Level
Language ComprehensionModerate
Quantitative Techniques & DIModerate
Logical ReasoningEasy
General AwarenessVery Difficult
Overall Difficulty Level Moderate

CMAT 2021 Shift 1 GK Section Analysis

Surprisingly, GK was the most difficult section in the exam. It had a lot of questions based on static GK and History. Candidates comments on some youtube preparation channels show that GK questions were unexpected.

Section-wise number of questions in this section were as follows:

CMAT 2021 Shift 1 Language Comprehension Section Analysis

This time, there were four Reading Comprehension (RCs) in total. From these, a total of 14 questions were asked. However, the level of the RCs was standard. Yet, some students found the entire section to be a bit lengthy.

Section-wise number of questions in this section were as follows:

TopicsNo. of questions
RC’s on Education14
Vocabulary 4
Error Vocabulary 2
Active – Passive 2
Fill in the blanks3

CMAT 2021 Shift 1 Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation Section Analysis

It had a mix of tough and easy questions. However, students found some questions too difficult. The questions were asked from Algebra, Permutation and Combination.

Section-wise number of questions in this section were as follows:

TopicsNo. of questions
Number System 5
Geometry & Mensuration2
P&C / Probability 3
DI 1 – Pie1
DI 2 – Table1

CMAT 2021 Shift 1 Logical Reasoning Section Analysis

This was the most easy section in the exam and majority of students were satisfied with their performance.

Section-wise number of questions in this section were as follows:

TopicsNo. of questions
Blood Relation2
Syllogism 2
Statement – Conclusion1
Direction Sense1
Coding – Decoding 4
Odd-One Out 1
Seating Arrangement
Rank & Order 2
Selection & Grouping
Visual Reasoning

CMAT 2021 Shift 1 Exam Analysis – Good Attempts and Scores

So now that we know a clear analysis of CMAT 2021 shift 1, then what should be a good score to clear the exam? Well, as per experts, it is as given in the table below.

SectionsNo. of questionsGood AttemptsGood Score
Language Comprehension2520+76+
Quants & DI2521+80+
Logical Reasoning2522+84+
General Awareness2516+60+
I & E2518+60+
100 / 12585+ / 103+300+ / 360 +

CMAT 2021 Exam Analysis for Shift 2

Overall CMAT Shift 2 Analysis

  • As compared to the last year, the difficulty level of CMAT 2021 was moderate to difficult.
  • Many students found, one question wrong in Logical Reasoning section. A question on Linear equation was also wrong.
  • 2 questions from Quants section were wrong
  • GK was considered to be the most difficult one. Logical Reasoning section was the easiest.
  • There were total 4 sections with one optional section. Each section had 25 questions.
SectionsDifficulty Level
Language ComprehensionEasy
Quantitative Techniques & DIModerate
Logical Reasoning Easy
General AwarenessModerate – Difficult
Innovation & Entreneurship Moderate
Overall Moderate

CMAT 2021 Shift 2 Language Comprehension Section Analysis

Unlike Shift 1, there were just 2 Reading Comprehension questions. One of the RC had vocabulary questions.

Topic-wise number of questions of this section were as follows:

TopicsNo. of questions
RC – 1 Human Emotions2
RC – 2 Chemical Composition of Human Body3
Central Idea1
Active and Passive1
Fill in the Blanks11
Correct Sentence5
Total 25

CMAT 2021 Shift 2 Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation Section Analysis

Quants section was difficult to moderate considering the time quotient. Many students found the Quants section tricky. Many questions were asked from Algebra.

Topic-wise number of questions of this section were as follows:

TopicsNo. of questions
Arithmetic 11
Number System 1
Geometry & Mensuration1 + 1
Algebra + Function3
Quadratic Equation + Series2
Pie Charts 4
P&C / Probability2

CMAT 2021 Shift 2 Logical Reasoning Section Analysis

Many students found Logical Reasoning section doable. One question was wrong in this section and was observed by many students. Question on Coding-Decoding was very easy.

Topic-wise number of questions of this section were as follows:

TopicsNo. of questions
Blood Relation 2
Coding-Decoding 4
Verbal Reasoning3
Seating Arrangement2
Rank & Order1
Visual Reasoning 1

CMAT 2021 Shift 2 General Awareness Section Analysis

This section had mixed questions from Static GA and Current Affairs. The current affairs questions were of the year 2018 / 2019. Other questions were from Education policy, New Education Policy etc. This section was moderately difficult.

Topic-wise number of questions of this section were as follows:

TopicsNo. of questions
Static GA13
Current Affairs12

Entrepreneurship & Innovation (Optional)

TopicsNo. of question

CMAT 2021 Shift 2 Exam Analysis – Good Attempts

Now that the exam for Shift 2 is over, check the section-wise good score that is required to clear the exam.

SectionGood attempt
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation19-21
Logical Reasoning 20-21
General Awareness19-21
Language Comprehension21-23
Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Optional)19-20

CMAT 2021 Exam Analysis – Expected Cut Off

Check the expected cut-off for CMAT 2021 given below.

Percentile Expected CMAT 2021 Cut-off
95 245-250

About CMAT 2021

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a national level entrance test conducted by NTA. It is conducted for admission into MBA prorammes across the country. The exam is conducted in the online mode. It is a 3 hour duration test. CMAT score is accepted by all AICTE approved institutions / university / departments / affiliated colleges.

Last year a total of 74,486 candidates had applied for the exam. Whereas 63,297 appeared in exam.

AIR 1 had obtained 347 marks in CMAT exam. Whereas AIR 10 got 329 marks. Likewise AIR 25 had 319 marks. And AIR 50 had got 314 marks. And AIR 100 had 305 marks in the exam.

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