How to prepare for MBA exam?

An Electrical, Electronics and Communication engineer from SGSITS, Indore, Saras Suhane acquired the first rank scoring a whopping 100 percentile in CMAT 2017, he is presently working for Infosys in Pune.

Saras clearly said, “Confidence and committing oneself to hard work, by giving equal importance to each section is the cue to achieve such a rank.” Chatting about his success, he disclosed his preparation strategy, without a pre-decided blueprint, his order was Quantitative Techniques, Logic reasoning and General Awareness followed by Language comprehension. From enjoying the process to giving importance to each and every section, not leaving any area, and being stress-free were some of the important tips and tricks recommended by Saras.


Common Management Admission Test

Widely known as CMAT is a national level Management and Business administration entrance exam conducted annually by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for admission premier Business schools across the country approved by AICTE.


Exam Format

Like all large-scale exams, CMAT also evaluates multiple aspects of the applicant. It is a computer based test which comprising of 100 objective type questions.

In a total duration of 180 minutes, the candidate has to cover 3 sections:

  1. Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation – consists of 25 questions
  2. Logical reasoning – having 25 questions
  3. General Awareness – contains 25 questions
  4. Language Comprehension – having 25 questions


According to the present day marking scheme, every correct response is rewarded with +4 marks and every incorrect response with -1 mark.


After the release of the scores, business institutions release their cut-offs and selection procedures. However, every candidate has to undertake the process of a written ability test, followed by a group discussion and finally a personal interview.  Apart from these stages, prior work experience and academic performance are taken as an important criterion for selection.


Preparation for the exam:

If one is certain upon taking up MBA, he/she should get into a Bachelor’s course which involves a business subject.

Topper’s claim, self-study and following a structured routine in a disciplined manner are key to achieve the maximum score. One should start by taking a diagnostic test, to help identify areas of strengths and weaknesses. Join any good online test series, and attempt maximum mock tests. It helps one to understand the pattern of the question paper, and strengthens the weak areas.

Rigorous practice will enable one to identify to common questions and the type of questions. The candidate must not treat any question as unimportant.

To make it to the topmost Business schools, one should not study aimlessly, divide time strategically, and give importance to each section. Also, a person should not forget to time how much time is invested on each question.

NCERT Textbooks from classes V to X can brush up the basics of Maths, calculations quicken, improving time management and increase the score. To refine Data Interpretation, one should perceive the data carefully and work on approximations. For quantitative ability, concepts should be clear. As simple questions are majorly found in this section, only concentration and accuracy can boost the scores!


To conclude with, to gain a foothold in his/her dream job one should focus early!




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