CMAT 2021: Cracking Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation

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Read key tips to crack Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation section of CMAT 2021. Also understand sorts of questions asked and the way to unravel them.

CMAT preparation for Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation section requires planning and focus. Most of the CMAT aspirants appear for other MBA entrance exams too like CAT, XAT, IIFT, and SNAP therefore the basics of exam preparation remains an equivalent . Since the Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation subjects are clubbed together in CMAT, an exam -centric planning is required here. CMAT 2021 are going to be persisted Washington’s Birthday and 27. So, with just over a month to travel for the exam, shift your focus from threory to practicals.

In this article, we’ll share tips and shortcuts to crack Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation section of CMAT 2021, along side other key details about the section. Read on.

  • This section of CMAT exam contains 25 questions in MCQ format.
  • Each question carries 4 marks for right answer and -1 mark for wrong attempt
  • The difficulty level of CMAT exam’s Quantitative Technique & Data Interpretation section is usually moderate to high
  • Out of 25 questions, about 22 right attempts are considered good attempt in this section.

CMAT Quantitative Technique & Data Interpretation Syllabus

  • In CMAT, Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation are clubbed together as both the subjects are Mathematics based. It is easy for students to solve QA and DI questions in the exam and it is easy to evaluate, as well. Given below are the main topics of Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation, candidates need to study for CMAT 2021.

GeometryQuadratic and linear equationsPermutations & Combinations
Time-Speed-DistanceRatio and ProportionProbability
Profit and LossPercentages, Simple Interest and Compound InterestPartnership
Work and TimeQuadratic and linear equationsAllegation & Mixtures
MensurationIn-equationsTabulation
Number SystemAlgebraPipes and Cisterns
  1. The Complete Reference Manual for CMAT by SK Sinha, S Satyanarayan and JS Rana
  2. How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma
  3. Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission Into IIMs by Sarvesh K Verma (Arihant)
  4. Mathematics Books for Standard 8, 9 and 10 by NCERT
  5. Quantitative Aptitude by Dr RS Aggarwal
  6. Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha (Mc Graw Hill Education)
  7. CMAT Online Test Series by Gradeup
  8. Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency for CAT/XAT/IIFT/CMAT/MAT/Bank by Disha Experts
  9. How to prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma

The difficulty level of this section of CMAT exam is usually high, but if you are strong in Maths, scoring well in this section is not too difficult. Keep the following tips in mind while preparing for Quantitative Technique & Data Interpretation section of CMAT 2021.

  1. This section of CMAT exam is usually dominated by Quants question. Data Interpretation questions are usually limited to 4-6 based on Table.
  2. Within the Quants section, most of the questions are from Arithmetic. Last year, there were 10 Arithmetic questions out of 25. So, pay special attention on Arithmetic during exam preparation.
  3. Spend a good amount of time in gaining clarity of concepts, formulae and theorems, even if you’ve studied Maths in graduation. This is the base of proper CMAT preparation.
  4. After studying a topic, solve a few sample questions. This will help you understand application of the theory studied just before.
  5. Solving sample questions will also help you assess whether you have understood the topic or not.
  6. Both Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation sections are calculation based, there is nothing intuitive about them. So, adequate practice of questions is a must.
  7. Solve CMAT mock tests, sample papers and previous years question papers to familiarize yourself with a variety of questions based on Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation.
  8. Sample paper booklets for practice are also available in the market. Solve them to gain control over tough topics.
  9. In the last one month before CMAT 2021, start solving mock tests on alternate days. After every mock test, assess your performance and score to know what your weak points are.
  10. By practicing CMAT mock tests, you will be able to evaluate your strong points which can be immensely helpful in selection of questions in the CMAT 2021 exam. Attempt only those questions which are your type i.e. the ones you can solve with accuracy.
  11. Memorise Tables up to 20, Square and Square Roots up to 100, Cubes, etc for quick calculation.
  12. Devise an exam strategy for the test day. If Quantitative Technique & Data Interpretation are your strength area, start CMAT 2021 by solving questions from this section.
  13. In the CMAT exam, try to reach the minimum sectional cut-off level and then go ahead with other sections. You can come back to attempt the remaining questions if time permits.

To conclude, memorizing all the formulae and theorems is the key. Keep aside two hours twice a week for revision of formulae and theorems. If you have conceptual clarity of each of the topics included in the Quantitative Technique & Data Interpretation section CMAT, you can score well.

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