CMAT 2020 Syllabus – Download PDF

National Testing Agency (NTA) will hold the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) 2020 on 28th January 2020. The students who want to do management after graduation give CMAT 2020. Since CMAT 2020 is near, it is necessary that the candidates know CMAT syllabus 2020. As of now, NTA or AICTE has not given any official syllabus. Hence, CMAT Syllabus 2020 is based on the previous years’ pattern. Read the article to know CMAT syllabus 2020.

CMAT 2020 Syllabus

CMAT exam paper has four sections including Language Comprehension, Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning and General Awareness. However, no official syllabus has been defined. Since, CMAT Syllabus 2020 is based on these sections, therefore, it is important for candidates to go through the details. Let us take a look at the important dates for CMAT 2020.

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CMAT 2020 Dates
Notification Date 31 October 2019
Application Form Date 1 November 2019
Exam Dates 28 January 2020
Last Date to Apply 10 December 2019
Last Date to Pay Fee 11 December 2019
Admit Card Date 24 December 2019
Answer Key Date January 2020
Result Declaration 7 February 2020

CMAT 2020 Exam Pattern

 Major SectionsNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation25100
 Logical Reasoning25100
 Language Comprehension25100
 General Awareness25100
  • The exam will be in Online mode.
  • The duration of the exam will be 3 hours or 180 minutes.
  • The language of question paper will be in English only.
  • A total number of questions will be 100.
  • The maximum marks will be 400.
  • Negative marking will be there, for every incorrect answer,  1 mark will be deducted.
  • For every correct answer, the student will get 4 marks.’


[Correct answers] x 4 – [Wrong answers] x 1 = Total marks

Section-wise details of CMAT Syllabus 2020

  • Language Comprehension- As this section aims at understanding the verbal ability of the candidates; hence, it includes objective questions based on grammar, language and comprehension passages. Some important sub-topics are usage of Tenses, Articles, Modifiers, and Subject- Verb Agreement. Synonyms, Antonyms, jumbled sentences, Idioms, phrases, etc. are also included.
  • Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation- This section deals with the mathematical abilities of the candidates. Major questions revolve around topics such as Basic Statistics, Profit and Loss, Time and Distance, Arithmetic Ratios, Averages, Geometry and Algebra. While Data Interpretation will deal with graphs, pie-charts, tables, etc.
  • Logical Reasoning- In this section, the mental ability and aptitude are checked. Hence, major topics are Assertion-Reasoning, Numerical and Logical puzzles, Venn Diagrams, etc.
  • General Awareness- This section is about the general knowledge of candidates. Therefore, there is a wide variety of questions. Major topics such as Current Affairs, Business Economics, Constitution of India, National and International events, Monetary and Fiscal tools, etc. are included. Also, one should regularly read the newspaper.

Importance of CMAT Syllabus 2020

CMAT Syllabus is key to understand because each section holds equal weight in the CMAT exam. Hence, all four sections have 25 questions each. +4 is given for correct answer and -1 is cut for the wrong answer. Therefore, the candidates cannot ignore any section. Since it is necessary that the candidates go through the syllabus; they could also do that with the help of previous years’ papers as well.

How to Prepare for CMAT 2020

  • Firstly, go through with the exam pattern and syllabus.
  • Test yourself and your ability to perform according to the different topics.
  • You can take the help of books such as RS Aggarwal and Arun Sharma in order to prepare well.
  • Make a time-table according to your daily routine activities.
  • Give more time to the topics you think you are weak at.
  • Take the Online Trial Test of CMAT.
  • Practice daily by taking online mock tests.
  • Read the newspaper daily to enhance your General Awareness.
  • Along with the newspaper you can also read books and novels, it will improve your vocabulary.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which books should I refer to prepare for CMAT 2020?

The candidates can purchase separate books for every section. However, “The Complete Reference Manual for CMAT by SK Sinha, S Satyanarayan and JS Rana” is exclusively for CMAT preparation. Also, Arihant Publications have different books for CMAT.

Is there any change in CMAT Syllabus 2020?

No. Since, NTA has not announced any changes in CMAT syllabus after taking charge from AICTE; hence, CMAT Syllabus may be the same as last time.

Where can I find more information related to CMAT?

Visit to for any queries. Further, you can contact NTA officials.

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