CMAT 2017 Preparation Tips and Tricks – The Common Management Admission Test or more commonly known as the CMAT is conducted via the AICTE in order to shortlist candidates and facilitate the admission of students into different B-Schools in India. Previously those candidates who were MBA aspirants had to face numerous examinations that were conducted via the different institutions for their MBA programs for the purpose of taking admissions. The CMAT was initiated as a step to club together the various exams into one and thus aim at reducing the mental pressure that the students are put through annually.
The CMAT exam is held bi-annually within a gap of 6 months but the date and pattern is susceptible to change every now and then. The highest score of the two is taken into consideration at the time of admission.
Those candidates who have already prepared for CAT or XAT wont find the paper difficult as its similar except for the general awareness sections which is aimed at testing the candidates overall knowledge . Its easy to be a blubbering mess at the time of any entrance exam or be confused and overwhelmed at the time of the preparation. Given below are some strategies that will help see through your preparation and exam with ease.
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Preparation Stage for CMAT Exam
These are a few tips that will help you get through the preparation stage of your examination. Try to inculcate most or all of them in your routine and you will notice a decrease in your stress and anxiety levels
- Get a daily preparation routine:
Its really a pre-requisite to set a fixed study routine for the exam and it helps you stay more focused and you wont feel like you are all over the place. It also helps you get more disciplined . You can also plan what topics you would keep for preparation daily. Don’t have a monotonous routine though as it will just get you into a rut. Keep changing it.
- Keep a Balance in your studies:
The exam paper comprises of four sections and no section hold extra importance or vice versa, thus you should ensure that you do invest equal amount of time daily for each section and this way you spare yourself the boredom of studying one subject the whole day.
- Mock Tests:
This point cannot be emphasized more often that candidates should keep giving mock tests as they are one of the best and the safest ways of knowing how prepared you are and where exactly you stand. Its also advisable to browse through the previous years papers as they will help in giving you an idea about the kinds of questions that are asked in the exam.
- Time Management:
You should always practice time management by setting a goal for yourself and challenging yourself to solve a certain amount of questions within a certain time limit and over a period of practice you will get better in your practice and your speed is bound to increase.
- Stay fit both mentally as well as physically:
Its very easy to lose yourself just in studies keeping our dreams in mind and thus in turn ignoring the needs of our body. But it really isn’t beneficial. Skipping meals or losing on physical activity that you enjoy doesn’t really help, instead if you indulge in them it helps in the release of dopamine the “happy” hormone that helps fight stress and makes us feel fresher and thus improving concentration.
Exam Time Preparation
This is the most crucial time as everything depends on the here and now. These are a few tips that will help you scre better and lower your anxiety levels.
- Read questions carefully:
As soon as the test commences skim through the questions carefully and make a mental note of the questions you are sure of and those that would take abit longer as you are unsure . Ensure that you have divided a fair number of questions in each section in order to keep asection wise balance and thus aid in attaining the cut off score.
- Begin with your strong foot first:
Start with a section that you are fairly comfortable in dealing with of all the four sections . Beginning the examination with the questions from your strong point will help instill confidence in you which will result in your paper going well and as there isn’t a compulsory section to begin with thus you can leverage the opportunity and take your pick.
- Manage your time well:
The total duration of the test is 3 hours and the number of questions is 100. As per Sandeep Manudhane, Chairman, PT Education, an attempt of over 15 questions in each section will fetch you a good score. As per this you will be required to be prudent with your time and allot time to each question carefully so that you don’t run out of time towards the end and thus attempt lesser number of questions than you had previously planned.
- Don’t obsess for too long over a question:
Sometimes those questions that at first glance seemed easily solvable can result to be a tricky one and thus may take longer than usual to get an idea of which direction to move towards. In cases like these its better to let that question be and move on to another questions. Usually you tend to get a brain wave within two minutes of reading the question and if you don’t get an inkling pertaining to the direction of the answer than that question isn’t meant for you to be solved.
- Employ your scratch sheet to the maximum:
You will usually receive a scratch sheet for your raough calculation . Utilize it to the maximum via showing your step by step method of calculation as the examiners will be checking your scratch sheet to ensure that you have answered a question correctly and on the basis of your calculation method itself. Ensure to keep the scratch sheet neat and presentable so that your work is in fact decipherable to the examiners and ensure to mention your name or roll number on each page of the scratch sheet as would be instructed via the invigilators.
- Stay away from guesswork:
It isn’t uncommon to receive a wrong question in your CMAT paper and none of the answers make sense or match with the answer that you have derived post spending a fair amount of minutes working it out. The only options in this scenario are that the question is incorrect or your method is erroneous. Either way its better to leave it out.
If in the case you get done prior to the allotted time then ensure to revise your answers as well as your scratch sheet to look for any silly mistake or fallacy that could damage your score. While giving the test you should manage your time in such a way that you will be left with a fair amount of time for revision.
Section wise preparation tips
Part 1- Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation:
- Practice fast calculation techniques
- Know your formulas well.
- Register yourself with a website to solve online mock tests.
- Do not try to stick to a question to solve it again and again.
- If you are afraid of numbers and is weak at maths, try to brush up your knowledge by solving entrance books.
Part 2 – Reasoning:
- Maintain a cool while solving this. Any misunderstood fact can lead to all wrong answers.
- For family tree, blood relation, direction questions try to make a chart in rough.
- Break your paragraph in smaller sentences while attempting the Inference based, cause & effect, assumption questions.
Part 3 – Language Comprehension:
- While attempting the composition question, read the questions before the paragraph. This will help you mark your answers as you read, saving time.
- Strengthen your vocabulary. This can be done by learning the words from previous tests besides regular practice.
- For sentence correction questions, try to re-read the corrections in your mind.
Part 4- General Awareness:
- This is the area which can help you achieve maximum.
- Brush up your knowledge by reading regular dailies and magazines.
- Take up tests and solve papers.
- Divide your GK preparation in sections and make maximum notes.
Hope this helps you score well in your exam..Best of luck!!:)