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MBA Preparation: Tips to Prepare for MBA Entrance Exams

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How to prepare for MBA entrance exams - Know syllabus, pattern, book and preparation strategy of top MBA entrance exams in India. Get key tips and tricks to crack MBA entrance exams such as CAT, XAT, CMAT, MAT, IIFT, SNAP, ATMA, NMAT, IBSAT.
MBA preparation journey starts in the final year of graduation. Maximum percentage of the management aspirants start MBA exam preparation as soon as they step into the third year of their bachelor's degree programme as one needs a good number of months to prepare for MBA entrance exams.
MBA admission in India is based on MBA entrance exams. A management aspirant often prepares for more than one MBA entrance exam so that, they have a number of B-schools to choose from for MBA admission. In this article, we will share key insights on MBA preparation and tips on how to prepare for MBA entrance exams . First of all let's take a look at MBA entrance exams in India.
MBA Entrance Exams
There are over 50 MBA entrance exams in India out of which some are national-level, some are state-level and some are university/institute level exams. The most popular national-level MBA entrance exams are CAT, MAT, XAT, CMAT, XAT, ATMA, NMAT and GMAT . Some of the most popular state-level MBA entrance exams are KMAT, Karnataka PGCET, TSICET, TANCET, MAH CET, APICET and Kerala KMAT . Some of the popular university/institute level entrance exams are IIFT, SNAP, IBSAT, IRMASAT, MICAT and CUET
Given below are the top MBA entrance exams that aspirants from across the country appear for in a large number:
Common Admission Test
CAT is conducted annually by the IIMs for admission to over 1,200 MBA colleges in India.
Management Admission Test
MAT is conducted by the All India Management Association and is accepted by over 700 MBA colleges in India.
Xavier's Aptitude Test
XAT is conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur and is accepted by over 800 MBA colleges in India.
Common Management Admission Test
CMAT is conducted by the National Testing Agency and the score is accepted by over 1200 MBA colleges in India.
AIMS Test for Management Admission
ATMA is conducted by the Association of Indian Management Schools for admission to over 700 MBA colleges in India.
ATMA is conducted multiple times a year in February, May, August and December.
NMAT by GMAC
NMAT is conducted by Graduate Management Admission Council and the score is accepted by 114 MBA colleges in India.
NMAT is an adaptive test and candidates get three attempts in a particular session.
GMAT
Graduate Management Aptitude Test
GMAT is conducted by Graduate Management Admission Council and the score is accepted by about 100 MBA colleges in India.
Symbiosis National Aptitude Test
SNAP is conducted by Symbiosis International (deemed to be) University for admission to 16 constituent institutes.
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade Entrance Exam
IIFT entrance exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency for admission to IIFT Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinada.
IBS Aptitude Test
IBSAT is conducted by IBS Hyderabad for admission to its constituent institutes.
MBA Entrance Exam Pattern
The pattern of MBA entrance exams is more or less same with limited number of questions to be solved in a limited time duration. Given below are the highlights of MBA exam pattern of top exams:
2 hours
Computer Based Test
VARC
DILR
Quantitative Aptitude
+3 for correct attempt
-1 for incorrect attempt
2.5 hours
Computer Based Test
Paper Based Test
Internet Based Test
Language Comprehension
Data Analysis & Sufficiency
Mathematical Skills
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning
Indian & Global Environment
+1 for each correct entry
-0.25 for each incorrect entry
3 hours
Computer Based Test
Decision Making
Verbal & Logical Ability
QA-DI
GK
+1 mark for correct answer
- 0.25 marks for incorrect answer
- 0.10 marks for more than 8 un-attempted questions
No negative marking in GK section
3 hours
Computer Based Test
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
Logical Reasoning
Language Comprehension
General Awareness
+4 marks for correct answer --1 mark for incorrect answer
3 hours
Internet Based Test
Analytical Reasoning Skills
Verbal Skills
Quantitative Skills
+1 mark for each correct answer
-0.25 for every wrong answer
2 hours
Computer Based Test Internet Based Test
Language Skills
Logical Reasoning
Quantitative Skills
+3 for correct attempt
No negative marking
1 hour
Computer Based Test
General English
A-LR
QA, DI-DS
+1 for each correct attempt
No negative marking
2 hours
Computer Based Test
VARC
DILR
Quantitative Aptitude
General Awareness
+3 for each right question in section 1, 2 and 3.
+1.5 for each right answer in Section 4
-1 for wrong attempt in section 1, 2 and 3
-0.5 for wrong attempt in section 4
2 hours
Internet Based Test
Quantitative Aptitude
Verbal Ability
Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation
Reading Comprehension
+1 for correct attempt
No negative marking
MBA Entrance Exam Syllabus
The main subjects of MBA entrance exam syllabus are Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness. Given below is brief description of MBA entrance exam syllabus:
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC): This section of MBA entrance exam syllabus includes English Grammar, Verbal Ability Reading Comprehension Parajumbles , Cloze Test, Sentence Correction, Fill in the Blanks, Vocabulary, Synonyms, Antonyms, Odd One Out, Sentence Completion, etc.
Logical Reasoning (LR): This section of MBA entrance exam of syllabus includes Blood Relations, Seating Arrangement, Series, Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Syllogism, Sets and Series, Number Systems , etc.
Data Interpretation (DI): This section of MBA entrance exam of syllabus includes Tables, Graphs, Pie Charts, Venn Diagram , etc. This section is usually clubbed with Quantitative Aptitude or Reasoning in many exams.
Quantitative Aptitude (QA): This section of MBA entrance exam of syllabus includes Mensuration , Arithmetic, Geometry, Trigonometry, Algebra, Square Roots & Cube Roots , Time Speed and Distance, Time and Work, HCM-LCM, Simple Interest and Compound Interest, Probability , Mixtures & Alligations, Percentage , Profit, Loss and Discount, etc.
General Awareness (DA): This section of MBA entrance exam of syllabus includes current affairs and static GK. Topics to study for General Awareness are Business, Economy, Politics, Governance, Awards, Books, Personalities, World, Science & Technology, Entertainment, Art & Culture, etc.
Best Books for MBA Entrance Exam Preparation
Books for MBA preparation are the most essential part of the journey. Performance in the exam great depend upon the books candidates choose to study for preparation. Candidates must choose the books based on expert recommendation as well as books reviews by previous years' exam toppers. The MBA preparation books must have two elements – chapter wise explanations and sample questions for practice. We have listed down the most recommended books for MBA preparation comprising concepts, explanation, tips, exercises and model questions. Check below:
NCERT Mathematics books (Class 6-10)
NCERT
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT
Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations
Abhijit Guha
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT
Sarvesh Verma
Quantitative Aptitude for CAT
Nishit Sinha
Quantitative Aptitude
RS Aggarwal
A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning
RS Agarwal
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT
Arun Sharma
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT
Arun Sharma
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT
Nishit Sinha
Data Interpretation
Nishit Sinha
CAT Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
Gautam Puri
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT
Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension For The CAT
Nishit Sinha
Word Power Made Easy
Norman Lewis
High School Grammar and Composition
Wren and Martin
30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary
Wilfred Funk & Norman Lewis/ Simon & Schuster
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