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May CMAT : A wonderful standardisation exercise To take a shot at what happened in May CMAT w.r.t.

Feb CMAT, just 2 words might suffice to summarize it: no change. Starting with Infra to the facilities to the paper pattern to the difficulty level everything was fixed. It wouldnt be wrong to say that a serious aspirant with his technical correctness, attitude, meticulousness & time management would have been amongst the toppers of May CMAT. The fact that neither of the sections saw a visible change in the difficulty levels, a section wise strategy keeping the Feb CMAT as a base, with proper time management would have ensured the requisite performance. If we start one section at a time and the easiest to choose amongst the sections on offer is the GK Section for the simple fact that either you know it or you dont, there isnt something called a time waste in this section. Going by the reading speed of a serious CMAT taker*, allocating 10-12 mins to the section would be fair. Most of the questions in this section were based on current affairs. An aspirant who has been following newspaper religiously would not find it difficult to attempt 12 or more questions. Apart from these there was one question each on books and authors, brands and tag lines, politics, classical dance forms, mergers and acquisitions & international organizations. A good candidate could take around 10 minutes to attempt this section and attempt 20 - 21 questions with reasonable accuracy rate. Hence the overall difficulty level of this section can be considered as moderate. For the further sections, I shall choose the order Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning and Language Comprehension in that order. Quantitative Aptitude section had around 19 questions spread across topics like Percentage, Profit and Loss, Shares and Brokerages, Linear Equations, Quadratic Equations, Ratio and Proportions, Averages, Partnership, Alligations and Mixtures, Time Speed Distance, Time and Work, Permutation and Combination, Probability, Inequalities, Geometry, Coordinate Geometry etc. There were 2 calculative but easy DI sets with one question each. Apart from these there were 3 to 4 Data Sufficiency Questions based on application of concepts and logic. A good candidate could take around 50 minutes to attempt this section and attempt 22 23 questions with reasonable accuracy rate. Hence the overall difficulty level of this section can be considered as easy. The sets in the Analytical Reasoning / Logical Reasoning section were based on arrangements, puzzles and decision making and these sets were lengthy especially because there was only one question for each set. However these were doable as these are time consuming but possible. Apart from these there was at least one question based on Series, Coding-decoding, Deductive-Inductive Logic, Statement assumption and Statement Conclusion. A good candidate could take around 60 minutes to attempt this section and attempt around 20 - 21 questions with reasonable accuracy rate. Hence the overall difficulty level of this section can be considered as moderate just because of the length of sets. This Language Comprehension section was exactly along the lines of the Feb CMAT with no reading comprehension & major onus of raising the bar of the difficulty level of the May CMAT lied with questions based on Critical Reasoning. There were 16 to 18 questions in this section of Critical Reasoning based on

Strengthen, Weaken, Assumption, Inference, Tone and Complete the Passage questions. 2 to 3 questions were of Vocabulary (Synonyms, Antonyms, Word Usage and analogy). There was one question each of Parajumble, FIJ, Identify the word and fill in the blank. A question of Grammar brought about nostalgia and a shot at past Feb-CMAT said others might or might not have the privilege to encounter a Grammar question. A good candidate could take around 60 minutes to attempt this section and attempt 17 18 questions with reasonable accuracy. Hence the overall difficulty level of this section can be considered as moderate to difficult. The paper is an encouragement to the industry with positive vibes indicating towards the fact that a good preparation will fetch you a proportional score. Best wishes to all the aspirants with a piece of advice Have a sectional order & time-planning in place, go for the predetermined stroke sweep or a reverse sweep, the paper is as predictable as an Harbhajan out of form & there are strong chances you will come out as shining as AB De Villiers. Sorry, but the IPL is on my mind. *My reference of a serious CMAT taker means someone who will crack into the top 500. Warm Regards, Parasharan Chari The author Parasharan Chari is an alumnus of SP Jain and is currently serving as the Chief Operating Officer at Endeavor Careers and is also associated with the design and development of its online testing portal www.CatGurus.com.