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

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.  

  1. Check for the experience level of the faculty members 
  2. Don't get lured by the results. Not only check the number of calls, but also check the number of students who were coached 
  3. More ads does not mean that the institute is good, it simply means students do not come to them by word of mouth 
  4. Check what does the institute do to get results out of students who are average at studies 
  5. Check if the institute is using technology to enhance quality of teaching and better understanding 

  1. Is the institute/programme AICTE approved?
  2. Location of the institute: Is it in metro, tier-2 city or outskirts of a city? This is important because while doing an MBA you need to have a constant industry interface for projects and assignments.
  3. Admission procedure of the institute: The more stringent the process, the better will be your peer group there and hence has a capability to attract better placements.
  4. Timing of giving out calls and conducting the admission procedure: Earlier the calls a B-School gives, better are the quality of the students it tends to attract.
  5. Industry Affiliations: Does the institute enjoy patronage of some good companies and hence enjoys good placements and projects and also faculty to share industry experience.