The National Testing Agency (NTA), as per the directions of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), conducts the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) for admission to all management programmes. CMAT is a national level postgraduate exam that facilitates Business schools to select suitable aspirants for admission to their postgraduate management programmes. CMAT Exam is a highly competitive exam given by candidates from all over the country. Hence, the candidates need to be prepared well for it.
CMAT Exam Pattern
CMAT comprises 100 questions to be done in 180 minutes. The paper comprises 4 sections of 25 questions each. Each question carries four marks, with every incorrect answer attracting a penalty of 1 mark. The maximum score that can be obtained is 400. The exam contains the following 4 sections:
i. Language Comprehension– This section tests the reading and comprehension skills of candidates, through comprehension passages.
ii. Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation– This section tests the Mathematical and analytical skills of the candidates.
iii. Logical Reasoning– This section tests the logical reasoning skills of the candidates.
iv. General Awareness– This section tests the general awareness of candidates.
How to prepare for CMAT?
- Conceptual Clarity
Candidates with better clarity about the various concepts involved in each section stand a better chance of solving the questions easily. Therefore, it is better to spend some time to understand the concepts involved before jumping into the preparation.
- Identify your strengths and weaknesses
The quickly candidates find out their strong and weak areas vis-à-vis the syllabus, the better it is for them. This awareness will help them allot considerable time to their weak areas, without neglecting the strong ones, so that, over a period of time, their weaknesses turn into strengths.
- Speed and Accuracy
CMAT is a time based exam. The candidates need to develop speed and accuracy during their preparation. A candidate should try to lower his/her response time to a question and ensure that the questions that he/she chooses to answer are answered with a high degree of accuracy. It is not important to answer all questions but maintaining a high accuracy makes all the difference.
- Mock Tests
Solving Mock Tests regularly not only gives a boost to your confidence and helps you decide a strategy and manage time, but also reveals the areas you still need to improve in. This timely reminder helps you increase your strong areas, thereby improving your chances of scoring well.
Knowing what to expect in the exam will help you chalk out a strategy on how you will go about solving the paper. Adding shortcuts and tricks to your repertoire only helps you save time and answer the questions quickly. Attempting the questions you are sure about with a high level of accuracy will increase your chances of cracking the entrance exam.
CMAT, an online exam, is taken by thousands of candidates from across the country every year. The CMAT scores are accepted by over 1000 management institutes of the country. The candidates who crack this entrance stand a chance to enrol in one of the reputed Business schools in the country. Therefore, candidates should focus on CMAT preparation and work hard.
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