How to Prepare for KMAT and CMAT Exams


The Karnataka Management Aptitude Test is the MBA entrance exam and this is conducted for admitting the students into MCA and MBA courses. These courses are offered by recognized colleges under the various universities of Karnataka.  Karnataka Private Postgraduate College Association is the body entrusted with conducting this exam. This is basically for those wanting seats in the management quota. This is quite a popular exam in Karnataka.The test is usually conducted in the month of June or July. Under graduates in any discipline from the recognized board or university are allowed to apply. At least 50% marks in the bachelor degree is a must. The pattern of this exam may change each year.

Structure of the KMAT

  • The candidate has to attend basic test on mathematical skills and language comprehension.
  • The students who want to join in MBA program should appear for written test.
  • Those who wish to join in MCA program have to appear for general logical reasoning test.
  • The duration of this exam is 160 minutes.

Syllabus of the KMAT

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Preposition
  • Tenses
  • Essay writing etc

Reference Books for KMAT

  • O.P Sinhal for Quantitative Ability
  • ‘Data Interpretation and Logical reasoning’ by Arun Sharma
  • Wren and Marten for Verbal Ability

The candidate should improve their vocabulary skills by reading English newspapers, magazines and watch English news. They can practice many online tests to improve their language skills.


The Common Management Aptitude Test (CMAT) is used by hundreds of private MBA institutes and government-sponsored universities to screen applicants for their MBA programmes. Among the participating institutes, some of the most well-known are Amity Business School and Alliance Business School. The CMAT Exam is a primary screening tool, which the institutes use to select candidates for further admission processes like Group Discussions, Interviews etc. After the CMAT, every MBA institute is free to use the CMAT score to its own liking. For selection procedures at different institutes accepting the CMAT score, please go to our GD/PI website wherein you will find customized coverage on MBA selection procedure for each college.

How to Prepare For CMAT ?

CMAT requires that you work on four major test areas: Quantitative Ability, Language Comprehension, Logical Reasoning and General Awareness.

  • The Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation part contains 25 questions based on everyday maths i.e. profit-loss, simple interest, time-calendar, numbers, algebra, geometry, sets, etc.
  • The Language Comprehension part contains questions based on Reading Comprehension passages, Grammar and Sentence Correction, Sentence Rearrangement, and Antonyms- Synonyms. This part of the CMAT preparation puts great emphasis on proficiency in reading.
  • The Logical Reasoning part features problems based on Assertion-Reasoning, Inferences, Critical reasoning, Assumption-Premise-Conclusion, True and False Statements, Linear arrangements, Sequences and series, Strong – Weak arguments, Statements and assumptions, Series, Coding and decoding, Cause and effect, Statement –Conclusion, Symbol-based problems
  • The part on General Awareness covers History, Indian Constitution, Culture, Geography, Economy and Business, Science & Technology, Books, Prizes, International Affairs, Current Affairs, Persons in News, Sports etc.

Try to practice with Free Online GK tests available n free guest account. To brush up your maths for, try to revise your school books from classes 5 to 10. Review the basic concepts and ensure that you solve the problems at the chapter-end. As quick calculations can be a great help, work on tables, fractions-decimal conversions, squares, cubes etc. It will save you immense time, thereby boosting your score. To tackle Language Comprehension for, it is advisable to read books, newspapers and periodicals daily, with a clear focus on new words. Consult a good dictionary for this purpose.
You can improve your Logical Reasoning by practicing with puzzle books like Shakuntala Devi’s. To improve your Data Interpretation, observe the data carefully and derive relevant conclusions. Try to work on approximations, decimal-fraction conversions and percentage to improve your performance here.