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Every year lakhs of aspirants dream of pursuing MBA from top universities and getting into their dream B-school. For this, they appear for some entrance exams and based upon their scores, get calls from different colleges. One such entrance exam is the Common Management Admission Test popularly known as CMAT through which numerous B-schools select candidates for their MBA course. Every year thousands of students appear for this exam and due to this competitive nature of the test, it becomes very important to understand the dynamics of it and to strategize one’s preparation in order to ace it. So, before we delve into how to prepare for CMAT, we need to first gain all the information relevant to it.
So, CMAT is an online test conducted each year in various cities across India by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission into MBA/PGDM courses in hundreds of B-schools. It is conducted once in a year and usually in the month of January. This exam consists of four sections-
Language Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, General Awareness and Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation. Each section comprises 25 questions with each question carrying 4 marks making it a total of 400 marks paper. There is negative marking of 1 for each wrong answer while no deductions for un attempted the question. Also, this is a three-hour test in which one has the flexibility to switch from one section to another at any point of time one wishes to. Refer to the following table:
Number of Questions
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
Syllabus of CMAT:
a. Language Comprehension:
This section checks upon the language skills and the command over the English language of an applicant. The different topics covered under the syllabus include- Sentence Correction, English Grammar, Jumbled Paragraphs, English Usage Errors, One Word Substitution, Paragraph Completion, Synonyms and Antonyms, Idioms and Phrases, Reading Comprehension and Sentence Improvement.
b. Logical Reasoning:
The Logical Reasoning section includes questions that test the logical abilities of an aspirant. The topics covered under this section include Arrangements, Sequencing, Analytical Reasoning, Statements Arguments, Number Series, Analogy, Matrix Arrangements, Coding and Decoding, Cause and Effects, Blood Relations, Inferences, Statements and Conclusion, Symbol Based Questions, Non- Verbal Reasoning, Directions, Statements and Assumptions and Ranking Tests.
c. Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation:
This section checks upon the mathematical problem solving and data analyzing skills of an aspirants. The quantitative questions test one’s knowledge of the concepts and their applications what one studied till the tenth standard. The Data Interpretation consists of graphs and figures and checks upon the calculations and understanding of such graphs. The topics covered under this section include Tables, Bar Graphs, Line Graphs, Pie Charts, Geometry, Mensuration, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Time and Work, Time, Speed and Distance, Simple and Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Averages, Mixtures and Alligations, Quadratic and Linear Equations, Inequalities, Graphs, Functions, Number System, Fractions and Decimals ,Trigonometry, Set Theory, Statistics, Permutations and Combinations and Probability.
d. General Awareness:
This section tests a candidate on his/her knowledge of the current happening which include the static G.K. as well as the current affairs. Even the syllabus of this section is quite vast but the topics included under this section are Indian Constitution, History, Economics, Sports, Geography, Politics, Literature, Persons in News, Current affairs on Indian and International Economy, Culture, Science, Trade Awareness, Awards, etc.
How to prepare for CMAT?
If one has been preparing for CAT and other entrance exams, then the preparation part for CMAT would be quite smooth as the syllabus part of all such entrance exams remain the same. The better aspect of CMAT lies in the fact that is a relatively easy exam compared to CAT or XAT as the difficulty level of the questions is quite low compared to CAT. Also, as this is a three hours exam in which one section is Current Awareness, which one can completely solve in 10-15 minutes, leaving good enough time for the other three sections. Also, there is the flexibility to switch between the sections (which the CAT doesn’t allow) which permit one to give more time to solve on weaker sections. For example, if one struggles with Quant and is good in Verbal, he or she may devote some extra minutes to QA to ensure good marks in that section and if one is good in Quant and struggles in the Language section, then he or she may devote more time to it. Also, as this exam is usually in the mid of January, it gives around 50 days to prepare well for this exam after CAT. But there are certain students who don’t prepare for CAT or XAT as they feel they won’t be able to score much in these exams and try for CMAT instead. For such students, the preparation should start at least 3-4 months prior to the exam and as they need to cover the entire syllabus and must have enough of practice before appearing for the exam. So, in a nutshell, even though the exam is easy in terms of difficulty but it is quite competitive as thousands of aspirants appear for it and which makes it necessary to prepare well in advance.
So, now how to go about the preparation?
1. Start studying General Awareness Daily: -
Read the newspaper daily to get abreast of the latest happenings. Subscribe to some magazines that focus on the current issues on economy, polity, sports, geography, finance, and trade, awards, climate, etc. Also, one needs to study static G.K that includes History, Literature, Culture and Indian Constitution. This is the most scoring section as well as the game-changer for many students. So, if one knows the answers to the questions in this section, it will hardly take him or her 10-15 minutes to complete the section with a high accuracy. Many of the students don’t take GK seriously during their preparation which is one big mistake. So, if you are not preparing well for this section, then you are missing out on a great opportunity and definitely it will diminish your chances of getting a high score.
2. Practice Logical Reasoning: -
The question types and models that come in this section are quite different compared to what one experiences in CAT. In CAT one will find sets comprising of four questions and these sets are quite difficult and lengthy. But in CMAT, this section has independent questions and from topics ranging from coding decoding, non- verbal reasoning, inferences to directions and number series. So, one needs to practice each and every sub topic from which the questions can appear in the exam. Such type of reasoning was and is still asked in banking and other government exams. Pick up some good books on Verbal and Non- Verbal Reasoning and start practicing each and every topic from these books. Then, only you’ll be able to increase your speed and accuracy in this section.
3. Start practicing RCs and Improve on Vocabulary:
The most important areas in the Language Comprehension section are the Reading Comprehension, Sentence Correction and Vocabulary based questions. If you are into reading, then RCs won’t be a difficult part as the passages one can expect in this section are short and easy to comprehend making it the most scoring area. Further, the sentence correction questions bank on one’s knowledge of the grammar rules. So, revise these rules quite thoroughly and practice questions on sentence correction. Last but not the least is the vocabulary-based questions like antonyms, synonyms, fill in the blanks etc. So, a good vocabulary makes these questions quite scoring. But again, learning the meaning of words is a never-ending process. So, at least learn the meaning and usage of high frequency words that one can witness while reading the editorials and words asked in other entrance exams. Remember, apart from General Awareness, this section can also be solved quite quickly and with lesser efforts.
4. Preparing for Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation:
This is one section where one can score tremendously as it involves sheer practice and understanding of concepts studied only till the X standard. Further, the easy Data Interpretation sets are the icing on the cake. We will talk in detail about how to prepare for this section in our next blog. So, stay tuned to it.
5. Solve a good number of mocks:
Each exam is different and entails a different set of strategies to ace it. Even if one is good with the content but lacks in temperament or test taking skills, he or she is bound to fail big time. So, content and test-taking skills together result into great performances in exams. The best way to strategize and know your strengths and weaknesses is by appearing for mocks. Mocks simulate the same test environment and help one to adjust oneself to perform optimum on the D-Day. So, appear for at least five CMAT mocks before appearing for the actual exam. Also, analyze each mock accurately to learn about your mistakes and to improve upon your weak areas.
With all these pointers in mind, start preparing for CMAT 2020 as soon as possible so as to get a phenomenal percentile and improve upon your chances to get into a good B-school. All the very best for your preparation.