How to Prepare for KMAT Exam?

    Anil Tigga Anil Tigga
    University Data Specialist

    KMAT 2017 is scheduled to be held on July 30, 2017. It is a pen and paper based exam i.e. the mode of the test is offline. Aspirants will have to answer objective type questions.

    • The question paper will be divided into 3 sections namely, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Ability and Logical Reasoning.
    • Candidates must answer 40 questions in each section, the total number of questions being 120.
    • The duration of the exam is 2 hours (120 minutes).

    In order to know how to attempt the test, aspirants should get acquainted with KMAT 2017 exam pattern and syllabus. This will give candidates a fair idea about how to prepare well for each section and the important topics they need to focus on.

    KMAT 2017 Exam Pattern

    Participants should know the exam pattern and marking scheme of the management entrance test in order to be able to tackle the questions. They will have to solve 120 MCQs within a duration of 120 minutes.

    • The question paper has 3 sections.
    • Candidates will secure +1 marks for each correct answer.
    • Negative marking will not be applicable.  
    • KMAT 2017 syllabus for the exam is usually of higher secondary school level.
    • Applicants will have to answer questions about topics covered till class X+2.

    The difficulty level of KMAT 2017 is said to be moderate. It is lesser than other management entrances like CAT or IIFT. This gives an extra edge to the exam as loads of applicants apply for this exam due to which the competition escalates to a different level. 

    KMAT 2017 Preparation Tips for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

    Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension is the 1st section of the exam which will have 40 questions. In this section the applicant’s proficiency and grasp on the English language will be assessed. Candidates will have to answer questions based on a given passage and draw inferences from it. They must comprehend the contents of the passage and utilize correct phrases, words and expressions in order to answer these questions.

    An individual’s vocabulary, grammar and comprehension skills will be tested through this section. Generally, applicants see this as a tough section but it is very scoring. The examiners tend to ask more questions related to correction of sentences and usage of appropriate words. Vocabulary words asked are of moderate standard. The important topics for this section are mentioned below-

    • Para completion
    • Word usage
    • Fill in the blanks
    • Para Jumble
    • Sentence Correction
    • Fact Inference Judgment
    • One word substitution
    • Tenses
    • Synonyms
    • Antonyms
    • Vocabulary

    Verbal Ability and Reading ComprehensionReference books

    Some reference books are mentioned below which will help applicants sharpen their language skills: -

    Book namePublisher/ Author’s name
    High School English Grammar and Composition KeyWren and Martin
    How to prepare Verbal Ability and Logical reasoning for CATArun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
    Verbal Ability and Reading ComprehensionAjay Singh
    Business English and CommunicationMcGraw Hill

    Preparation Tips

    • Reading comprehension: For solving RC questions, identify the following things- Subject of the passage, Main idea and Tone of the author. Applicants can try the QP approach which simply means reading the questions first and then the passage. This can help them in solving these questions faster by quickly scanning the content.
    • Read the rules of Grammar and sentence correction daily. Read the following rules that can help in Correction of Sentences, Tenses and fill in the blanks-
      1. If two singular nouns are joined by ‘and’ but refer to only one person/ thing then singular verb is used.
      2. If in a sentence words like ‘as well as, along with, in addition to, together with, etc.’ are used then verb should be decided on the basis of first subject.
      3. If either-or, neither-nor or not only-but also are used in a sentence then verb is decided on basis of subject closest to it.
      4. Either and neither will always take a singular verb when used as pronouns.
      5. Each of/ either of/ neither of/ one of/ everyone of will take a singular verb
    • Para Jumbles: These kind of questions can be solved by using the steps mentioned below-
      1. The sentence that introduced a person, place, concept or committee will most likely be the 1st sentence.
      2. Spot the central theme of the para jumble which will help in sequencing the sentences.
      3. If activities are mentioned, follow the order in which they happen.
      4. Look for connectives, pronouns, adjectives and articles.

    KMAT 2017 Preparation Tips for Quantitative Ability

    In Quantitative Ability section, the student’s ability to solve numerical problems with accuracy and speed. The questions asked in this section will be of Higher Secondary standard. It will include questions to evaluate how well individuals can work with numbers, do quick numerical calculations and understand various arithmetic problems. They must have a good understanding of basic mathematical concepts in order to ace this section.

    According to the last year’s paper, about 18 questions were based on Arithmetic like Profit and loss, Percentages, Time and work. The difficulty level of this section is moderate and those who have practiced well will score good marks in this section. The important topics for this section are stated below-

    • Numerical Calculations
    • Arithmetic Problems- Percentages, Average, Profit- Loss, Time & work, Ratio proportion.
    • Algebra
    • Geometry
    • Mensuration
    • Venn diagrams
    • Permutation and Combination
    • Trigonometry
    • Quantitative Reasoning
    • Interpretation of Tables, Graphs & Charts
    • Probability

    Quantitative Ability Reference Books

    Given below are few books below which cover the basic topics of this section: -

    Book namePublisher/ Author’s name
    Quantitative Aptitude and Data InterpretationNishit Sinha
    Mathematics for MBA Entrance ExamsR S Aggarwal
    Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance ExaminationsAbhijit Guha
    How to prepare for Data Interpretation for CATTata McGraw Hill

    Preparation Tips

    • Numerical Calculations: In order to solve questions in the least time possible, candidates can apply certain tricks. Multiplication of more than 3 digit numbers is a hassle. Applicants can use the method of Digital Root (DR) or Seed Number. A digital root is the single number obtained by addition of successive numbers. Eg: digital root of 721 is 7+2+3= 12, 12= 1+2=3. Hence DR of 721 is 3.

    The working of this trick is as follows:

    Q. 3286 x 4783 =

    A. 15766938

    B. 16716938

    C. 15716938

    D. 17716948

    Ans: Apply the digital root technique instead of solving it.

    DR of 3286 = 1 and 4783 = 4. As these two numbers have to be multiplied, let’s multiply their DRs i.e. 4 x 1 = 4.

    This means the DR of actual product of these numbers has to be 4 and as we can see only C option i.e. 15716938 has DR = 4 is correct.

    • Profit and Loss: For solving these questions, a few shortcuts are mentioned below-

    Let Cost Price be CP, Selling Price (SP), Profit (P) and Loss (L)

    1. If CP and P are given then, SP= (100+P)% x CP
    2. If CP and L are given then, SP= (100-L)% x CP
    3. If CP and P/L are given then, Profit/ Loss Percentage= (K x 100%)/ CP
    • Time and Work: Remember these simple formulae related to time and work. If A and B can do a piece of work in ‘a’ and ‘b’ days respectively then working together,
      1. They will complete the work in ab/(a+b) days
      2. In 1 day they will finish, (a+b)/ab part of work

              If A, B and C do a piece of work ‘x’, ‘y’ and ‘z’ days respectively then,

    1. Working together they will finish the work in 2xyz/(xy+ yz+zx)
    2. If A works alone then work will be done in 2xyz/(xy+yz-zx)
    • Questions asked on bar graphs, tables and charts can be solved easily. Break up the questions and note down the given information to extract the relationship between the given data.

    KMAT 2017 Preparation Tips for Logical Reasoning

    The aim of Logical Reasoning section is to determine an applicant’s ability to think accurately and quickly. The mental aptitude of aspirants is tested. Questions on diagrams and figures as also verbal reasoning can be expected in this section. There will also be a few questions about General Knowledge and Current Affairs. Participants are advised to read newspapers to know the various events happening around them. Questions about verbal reasoning and analogy will also be asked.

    The questions asked in this section are usually formulated into sets. It also includes individual questions. Candidates can expect this section to be of moderate difficulty level but the working out of answers is a tedious and lengthy process. The important topics for this section are given below-

    • Analytical and Critical Reasoning
    • Clock and Calendar
    • Distribution
    • Assertion reasons
    • Blood relation
    • Analogies
    • Cubes and Series
    • Assessment of diagrams and figures
    • Statements and Assumptions
    • Direction
    • Syllogism
    • Propositions
    • Data Arrangement
    • Puzzles

    As mentioned earlier, a few questions to test the General Knowledge and awareness of applicants will also be asked. The topics that will form the basis of the questions are-

    • Corporate and business
    • International Affairs
    • History
    • Sports
    • Science and Technology
    • Awards
    • Finance and Economy
    • Geography

    Logical Reasoning Reference Books

    A few reference books are given below that will help candidates to ace this section: -

    Book nameAuthor’s name
    The Pearson Guide to MBA Entrance ExaminationEdgar Thorpe
    Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CATNishit K Sinha
    A modern approach to Logical ReasoningR S Aggarwal
    How to prepare for Logical Reasoning for CATArun Sharma

    Preparation Tips

    • Syllogism: Students can follow these tips in order to solve questions on this topic. They are given below-
      1. Rapidly scan each statement given in the question. Draw a Venn diagram for each of them.
      2. Look for any similar concept or statement in the question.
      3. Find the conclusion. Draw inferences from each statement.
      4. Understand the concept and draw the Venn diagram accordingly. Answer the question in a sequential manner.
    • Direction: The first step to solve these problems is to draw the 8-pointed star having all the directions. Always assume that we are facing the North. For questions that involve rotation of a person, rotate the person in anticlockwise or clockwise direction relative to the direction he was facing last as per the question.
    • Read newspapers such as ‘The Hindu’ to know the current, ongoing events around the globe.



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