CMAT 2021 PREPARATION TIPS
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CMAT 2021 Preparation should start well in advance to cover vast syllabus in designated time with a sound plan. Being thoroughly prepared and knowing sectional preparation strategies is a direct route to success. Experts advice that a good 6 months preparation is required to ace CMAT. Aspirants are expected to be well versed with CMAT Exam Pattern to avoid any last-minute chaos.
CMAT 2021 Syllabus comprises of Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and Verbal Ability, General Awareness. CMAT Question paper comprises of 100 Multiple type questions to be solved in 3 hours. The exam will tentatively be conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) in last week of January 2021 Check Detailed CMAT Syllabus
Before devising a preparation strategy keep the following questions in mind:
We recommend that you devote this time to learning foundational concepts and practicing as many CMAT sample papers to have an efficient preparation strategy.
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Devising a preparation strategy can be a tricky task. Here is some assistance for candidates stepwise:
No considerable change was observed in CMAT exam pattern when NTA took over CMAT from AICTE. The exam is conductedin two shifts now on a particular day.
|Total Number of Questions||100|
|Number of Sections||4|
|Questions in Each Section||25|
|Type of Question||MCQ|
+4 for correct answer
-1 for wrong answer
CMAT Syllabus is defined by NTA in the official brochure. It is to be notices that questions are not repeated in exam. 4 sections comprise syllabus: Quantitative Techniques which includes aspects of Mathematics with emphasis on airthmetic and data interpretation, English Language and Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning and General awareness.
Syllabus is further divided into sub sections to pin down important topics. Thus the scope of CMAT syllabus is quite wise likeother management entrance exams. Thre cannot be a strong preparation without getting fully acquainted with CMAT syllabus.
When thorough with CMAT exam pattern move on to solving sample papers. National Testing Agency tooreleases a official mock test on the website, do practice it to get a hold of how the question paper will look like on exam day.
In the last few days prior to the exam revision should be the focus. devote more time on topics that seem to be weak. Do not start a new chapter or topic on the last day instead focus on topics already covered. Relax a day prior to the exam and give time to rejuvenate. Avoid revising on the exam day.
Revision is the key to ace the exam as extent of syllabus can be confusing. Try to revise section wise-prepare notes for revision especially forbasic concepts, tricks and tips that suit you, theorems and formulas.
General Knowledge can be divided into three parts, and equal importance should be rendered to each section:
For Current GK, continuous preparation via newspaper reads is the only key. The section covers questions on all national and international events, by keeping no sector aloof. Conventional GK can be prepared from books as the section covers questions on Who’s who; Constitutional knowledge; Current affairs; business; economics; currency and Capitals of the countries as well as States of India; International Organizations; monetary and fiscal tools among others.
Candidates are advised to create their own CMAT GK Question Bank, and can also refer to Manorama Year Book, and visit official websites of international organizations like ASEAN, TPP, BRICS and also know basic details about them, the headquarters, the year of establishment. Topics and GK sample questions for CMAT preparation should also include National current developments, Government schemes like UDAN Scheme, Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, JAM, Demonetisation, GST among others; latest who’s who; achievements; pacts and agreements.
There are times when candidates are stuck while preparing in solving or getting through a question. In this tech savy generation, candidates can join online study groups. They are helpful in interacting with other candidates and experts and take their advice. They can act in a way doubt solving groups. It is advised to discuss topics, tricks. You can even create a whatsapp group for this purpose with your friends.
Online preparation for CMAT can also be done by downloading MBA exam preparation apps. There are youtube vidoes available along with plenty of preparation content via blogs,videos, samplle questions, analysis experts. Android users can access Google playstore to download CMAT Preparation apps.
In case you area working professional or even a student not able to spare time for regular class coaching and need guidance-online coachings can be a rescue. They cost less than regular coachings and can be scheduled in accordance with your time table.
|How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension||Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay|
|The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning||Nishit K Sinha|
|A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning||RS Aggarwal|
|Trishna’s Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for MBA Exams||TIME|
|High School English Grammar and Composition||Wren and Martin|
|How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT||Arun Sharma (Mc GrawHill)|
|Quantam for Admissiom into IIMs||-|
|Quants study module||TIME, Career Launcher and IMS|
|How to Prepare Logical Reasoning for CAT||Arun Sharma|
|Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT||Nishit K Sinha|
If a candidate attempts 50 questions with accuracy, the score can easily fetch a percentile of 96-98. Thus, preparation for CMAT 2021 does not require to study round the clock, instead one needs to study smartly and with intelligent approach to crack the questions correctly in minimum time to achieve high score.
CMAT aspirants need to prepare for CMAT thoroughly for 3-4 months considering the difficulty level of the paper and the surprise elements. As per expert opinions, the best way to prepare for CMAT 2021 exam is to know your strengths and weaknesses and start working on them now. Use all the available resources like recommended books for CMAT, online CMAT study material provided or the offline CMAT practice test papers or CMAT Test Series.
CMAT 2019 took place on January 28, 2019 and was conducted by NTA (National Testing Agency). It was noted to be easier than CMAT 2018, especially in terms of the Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Techniques section. Most candidates attempted above 75% of the paper within an average time duration of 130 minutes
|Section||Topics||No. of Questions|
|Algebra||Functions, Linear Equations||2||1||2||4|
|Arithmetic||Time-Speed-Distance, Time-Work, Clocks, Averages||4||2||0||6|
|Data Interpretation||Pie-Chart, Table||2||0||0||2|
|Geometry||Mensuration, Triangles, Trignometry||1||4||2||7|
|Miscellaneous||Six sigma, Numbers||2||0||0||2|
|Modern Math||Probability, Permutation, Combination||2||2||0||4\|
|Topic||No. of Questions|
|Counting No. of Squares in the given figure||1|
|Verbal Reasoning – Word Relationship, Statement Arguement, Statement Conclusion, Assertion Reason||4|
|Odd one out||3|
|Topic||No. of Questions|
|4 RC Passages||15|
|Part with error||1|
|Synonyms / Antonyms||2|
|Meaning of a phrase||1|
|Meaning of underlined word||1|
|Grammatically correct sentence||1|
|Year||Section||Level of Difficulty|
|2018||Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation||Easy-Moderate|
|2017||Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation||Easy-Moderate|
|2016||Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation||Moderate-Difficult|
|2015||Quantiative Techniques and Data Interpretation||Moderate|
“Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources”, says Charanjeet Sharma
Charanjeet Sharma scored 82 percentile in CMAT. He says give quality time for practice and revise on a regular basis. He says, besides studies, interpersonal skills and creative mind helps you to get succeed. Practice as much as you can, says Charanjeet. He said that the experience in the interviews was very good. When asked about interviews, he also stated that not only studies matters, a candidate must have interpersonal skills and creative mind. He followed only the books provided by the Time Institute. Rest, he studied NCERT books of class 8th and 10th. Charanjeet also advised the aspirants to solve more and more mock tests, focus on your speed and put more efforts in verbal and GK sections to score better.
Vishar Gor Says, “Practice makes a man perfect”
Vishal Gor appeared for CMAT and cleared it with 124 marks. When asked about his key to success he said, one must prepare regularly for something. He focused on Reasoning and verbal more. He also kept himself updates with novels and newspapers daily and spared at least 3 hours a day for CMAT preparation. He appeared in almost 4 group discussion rounds and 3 personal interviews actively. He says, don’t take too much stress be free and enjoy the preparation and try to work more and more in study groups.
Thorough preparation, a calm head and time management will turn out to be the key on the Exam Day of CMAT 2021. For the last few days heading to the Exam Date, aspirants should focus on strengthening their skills by focusing on topics that they are most comfortable with, shortcut trics for the QA section and not starting up with fresh new topics that haven't been touched yet.
Here is a list of some useful insights for the last few days to the D-Day:
Ques. How do I prepare for Language Comprehension in CMAT?
Ans. The language comprehension part for CMAT covers various types of questions such as parajumbles, reading comprehension, sentence completion, idioms and phrases, one word substitution and synonym and antonym.
One should start reading newspapers, articles and other forms of reading material everyday to enhance one’s vocabulary and grammatical abilities.Reading on a computer screen will be helpful because it will familiarize the candidate with the test format and thus in turn increase their rate of comprehension.
Check Language Comprehension Preparation Material
Ques. How do I prepare for General Awareness in CMAT?
Ans. Candidates need to be aware of all the novel schemes that are run by the indian government and major statuory bodies in the spheres of economy, environmental degradation, financial sector, sports news, political events, social events, famous awards and their beneficiaries, and major international news.
It is important to not just stick to one source of information i.e. books, journals, magazines. Candidates should prepare for general knowledge from a holistic perspective and watch videos, movies, read the newspaper aside from just focusing on the textual material.
Check Current Affairs Preparation Material
Ques. How many questions should I attempt in QA/DI to get a good score in CMAT 2021?
Ans. Based on an analysis of CMAT 2019, most of the questions in the exam arose from the geometry and arithmetic section. The overall difficulty level of the section was termed as ‘moderate’. Most of the candidates ended up attempting 23-25 questions in CMAT 2019.
Ques. How many questions should I attempt in Language Comprehension to get a good score in CMAT 2021?
Ans. Based on an analysis of CMAT 2019 Language Comprehension results, most of the questions were in the easy-moderate range. Majority of the candidates answered all of the RC questions and more than half of the non-rc ones.
Ques. How many questions should I attempt in General Awareness to get a good score in CMAT 2021?
Ans. Out of current GK and static Gk, most of the questions that appeared in CMAT are from Static GK. Around one-third of the questions posed centered around current affairs and general news. A majority of the candidates attempted 13-17 questions and achieved an average 80% accuracy rate.
Ques. How many questions should I attempt in Logical Reasoning to get a good score in CMAT 2021?
Ans. Most of the logical reasoning questions in CMAT are rated in the ‘easy-moderate’ range by candidates because there were no questions on data sets that were overly complex or complicated. Majority of the questions were from coding-decoding, blood relations, and verbal reasoning i.e. word relationship, statement arguement, statement conclusion, and assertion reason. Maximum candidates responded to more than 20 questions.
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