The most challenging part of MBA studies, is to crack the entrance exams. CPLC faculty gives you tips and tricks to ace these exams and get into your dream B School

Managers have to deal with large amount of data in order to make informed decisions. As a marketing manager, you may have to make critical decisions on the launch of your new product based on the data provided by your market research department. As a finance manager, you need to analyze the financial data of your company and make critical decisions pertaining to some important factors. As an HR manager, you need to go through records of your employees in order to take decisions regarding appraisals and evaluation. Hence managers need the aptitude to process large amount of data and draw quick conclusions out of it. Perhaps this is the reason why CAT has always given importance to Data Interpretation.

Aspirants wanting to secure admissions into the country’s IIMs need to be prepared for some changes. The IIMS of late have been gradually changing their admission process with most of them doing away with the Group Discussions. Some of these IIMS, including IIM Ahmedabad & IIM Lucknow have introduced changes in their admission policy.

1. What should be the ideal number of attempts in verbal?
About 80% of the total questions in the verbal section should be attempted. Since most successful candidates will have maximized their score in verbal, a modest attempt will not be sufficient to reach the overall percentile to get a call. A mere cut-off score will be useful only if you are able to score extremely well in the other 2 sections, which may prove to be more difficult than scoring well in verbal.

CAT registrations for this year have ended at 2,18,664 after the registration deadline was extended for 5 days. This decision was a bid to avoid the low registrations of the previous two years, and it seems that the decision was a sound one. This year’s registrations have been the highest seen for 3 years.

Maharashtra CET for MBA is said to be the easiest of all MBA entrance exams. But if there is one question type, that is an eye sore to even the CET test takers, it is the ‘Visual Reasoning’.

Every year there are 25-30 questions on ‘Visual Reasoning’, and the candidates fear these 30 marks in the CET the most. In fact for all practical purposes most candidates consider the paper to be of 170 questions instead of 200 and leave out the Visual Reasoning questions. For the first time in 2011, CET had only 25 Q’s instead of 30. But in 2012, the exam was back with 30 questions.

CMAT September 2014 or the first test for the year 2015-16 conducted by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), was conducted smoothly with no report of technical glitch or erroneous questions or options. The CMAT September 2014 was on the expected lines and the overall difficulty level was termed as easy to moderate. The General Awareness section was the toughest while Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation section was the easiest. The other 2 sections were of moderate difficulty level where some questions were easy but several challenging questions were also there.

CMAT second test for the academic year 2014-15 was easy in terms of difficulty level as compared to CMAT September 2013. Overall the test was easy and students are expected to score more than they did in the Sep 2013 CMAT. Along with easy questions, the sections of Quant and Logical Reasoning were less time consuming compared to theCMAT September 2013 exam.

A popular belief amongst the MBA aspirants goes – “Prepare for the CAT or the CMAT and you are prepared for all the other exams!” Though this is true for most exams, it is surely not true for Maharashtra MBA-CET. This exam is an altogether different creature to tame. The truth is that is that about 70% of the students, who take CET, have already prepared themselves for the CAT or the CMAT and allied exams before; hence, they are quite familiar with aptitude tests by the time they take the CET.

  • Mindset is the key: It is not about mastering mathematical concepts, it is just about applying these concepts
  • Know your basics right: Squares, Cubes, Reciprocals, Multiplication Tables
  • Know the typical question types that are asked in different exams
  • Attitude: Stop telling yourself you are weak in Maths
  • Try to understand the logic behind concepts, rather than maths behind them

Myth 1: MBA is only about the CAT
Reality: Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Don't decide the fate of your career on your one day's performance. There are exams like XAT, IIFT, CMAT, NMAT, SNAP which you need to take.  

Myth 2: CAT is only about the IIM's
Reality: There are many good institutes like S.P. Jain, MDI, IIT and IMT that also accept the CAT scores  

Myth 3: One needs to attempt 90% of the questions in the exam to get an IIM call     
Reality: MBA entrance exams are about percentile and not about percentage. Absolute performance does not matter, relative performance is important.