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CMAT 2023 Analysis (Slot 2)

04 May, 2023 By Aaliya Patel, IMS India

CMAT 2023 was conducted on May 04, 2023 in two slots  between 9 AM to 12 Noon (Slot 1) and 2.30 PM to 5.30 PM (Slot 2). This is the analysis of the CMAT 2023 analysis of the Second slot. You can find the analysis of the first slot here.



The structure of the test and estimates of good attempts are as follows:

Section No. of questions Marks per question Maximum Marks Good Attempts Overall LOD
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation 20 4 80 12-14 Easy
Logical Reasoning 20 4 80 15-17 Easy
Language Comprehension 20 4 80 17 Easy
General Awareness 20 4 80 11-12 Medium
Innovation and


20 4 80 15 Medium
Total 100 400 70-75
  • The test had no sectional timing.
  • Incorrect responses invited negative marks (-)1 for each incorrect response


Overall, according to our CMAT 2023 analysis, the difficulty level of slot 2 was similar to that of CMAT 2022 (single slot).

As is the case generally with CMAT, this time too, time was not a constraining factor. Some of the questions in the five sections were sitters. However, some questions in both General Awareness and Innovation and Entrepreneurship sections were challenging. They could become the decisive questions and impact the overall percentile. Based on the feedback received from IMS candidates and experts, we expect the following cut-offs in CMAT 2023:

Score Percentile
295 – 305 99.5+
275 – 285 99
255 – 265 95
235 – 245 90
For B-School cut-offs, see Note ** at the end




Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation:

This section was relatively easy in terms of Level of Difficulty. Out of 20 questions in the section, 1 was on Data Interpretation and the remaining 19 were on Quantitative Technique. A single question on Data Interpretation consisted of questions based on Pie Chart and it involved simple calculations.

The questions on Quantitative Techniques were dominated by questions on Arithmetic. Out of 19 questions on Quantitative Techniques, 8 questions were on Arithmetic, which included questions on Time-speed-distance, Ratio-Proportion, Profit & Loss, SICI, Average,  Partnership. There were 2 questions on Geometry, 4 questions on Modern Maths, 4 questions on Numbers and 1 question on Algebra. Most of the questions on Quantitative Technique were easy.

Area No  of Questions. Details
Easy Medium Difficult Total
Arithmetic 5 3 0 8 Time-speed-distance, Ratio-Proportion, Profit & Loss, SICI, Average,  Partnership
Geometry 2 0 0 2  Triangles
Modern Math 3 1 0 4 Probability
Numbers 2 2 0 4 Surds, HCF LCM
Algebra 1 0 0 1 Quad equations, Quad inequality
Data Interpretation 1 0 0 1 Table (Set of 5 questions)

Around 12-14 attempts in this section with 80% accuracy would be good.


 Logical Reasoning:

Out of the 20 questions in this section, 13 were on Non-Verbal Reasoning and 7 questions were on Verbal Reasoning. All the questions were standalone questions and there were no set based questions.

The questions on Non-Verbal Reasoning were spread across different topics in Logical Reasoning such as Series Completion, Arrangements, Odd Man Out, Coding etc. While questions on Verbal Reasoning included questions such as syllogisms, strong/weak arguments, assertion-reason, analogy, odd one etc.

The questions were not lengthy and many questions were straightforward and very easy to solve.

Area No. of Qs.
Odd Man Out 2
Series Completion 2
Arrangement 2
Coding 5
Miscellaneous 2
Verbal Reasoning
Syllogisms, assertion-reason, analogy, strong/weak arguments, Implicit assumptions, odd one etc. 7

Around 15-17 attempts in this section, with 80% accuracy, would be a good attempt.


Language Comprehension:

The Language Comprehension Section consisted of 4 Reading Comprehension questions and 16 Non-RC questions. The length of the RC passage was around 650 words. The passage was easy to read. The topic of RC passage was ‘What is religion?’. Most questions were easy to answer.  The non-RC questions were easy as well.

Area No. of Qs.
Reading Comprehension 4
Vocabulary – Synonyms (meaning of the phrase), word meanings, idioms, foreign phrase (match the column), etc 6
Grammar – FIB, Sentence correction, Active passive voice etc. 9
 Verbal Reasoning – PJ ( 4 statements) 1

Around 17 attempts in this section with 80% accuracy would be good.


General Awareness:

Out of the 20 General Awareness questions, 15 were based on Static GK. 5 questions were on Current Affairs. The majority of questions were based on Indian events. Only a few questions were on international events. The questions were on  Sports, constitution, history, books and authors, physics, geography, etc. Overall, this section was of medium difficulty level.

11 or 12 attempts in this section with 80 % accuracy would be a good attempt.


Innovation and Entrepreneurship:

Out of the 20 questions, 17 were based on Business and Entrepreneurship concepts. 3 questions were on Business GK. Overall, this section was of medium difficulty level.

15 attempts in this section with 80 % accuracy would be a good attempt.



Approximate Cut-Off for CMAT Based colleges


The following B-School admissions (based on our CMAT 2023 analysis and expected scores) generally close at these percentiles:


MMS Programs – (All India Seats)

JBIMS – 99.99 percentile

Sydenham – 99.95+ percentile

KJ Somaiya – 99.94

Welingkar Institute Of Management- 99.9


PGDM Program


Great Lakes, Chennai – 90 + percentile + profile based

GOA Institute of Management – 95+ percentile

KJ Somaiya – 95 + percentile

IFMR – 85 + percentile

NIBM – 90 + percentile

Welingkar Institute Of Management – 70 + percentile (eligibility) + profile based