How to prepare for MBA exams at home
MBA in India has now become a necessity to survive in this competitive era. With every third person becoming an engineer or a doctor, students are now getting attracted towards MBA. Even those who have work experience are now inclined towards acquiring an MBA degree. MBA is your answer to becoming an entrepreneur of climbing the ladder towards top management in a company.
To pursue MBA and enter the top tier MBA colleges one has to appear for MBA Exam. These entrance exams are approved by AICTE. Through these exams, one can attain admission in IIMs or other top B-schools of India. Some of the popular MBA entrance exams conducted in India are CAT, XAT, MAT, CMAT, SNAP, NMAT, GMAT etc.
Common Admission Test is one of the biggest and most popular MBA entrance exams of India. It is conducted by IIMs on a rolling basis in November every year. Candidates with a graduate degree and with minimum 50 per cent or equivalent CGPA can appear for this exam. The score of this exam is accepted not just by IIMs but by other top management institutes such as FMS (Delhi), MDI (Gurgaon), IMI (Delhi), IITs (pan India).
Xavier Admission Test is the oldest management entrance exam of India. It is conducted by XLRI in January. The score of this exam is accepted by more than 70 odd B-schools. Any individual with a bachelor’s degree can appear for this exam.
Management Aptitude Test is a popular MBA entrance exam conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA). This exam can be taken up by candidates four times a year in February, May, September and December. The score of this exam is widely accepted in India. Any individual with a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university can appear for this exam.
Conducted by the National Testing Agency, CMAT is a national level entrance exam for admissions to post-graduate management programs. More than 100 schools across India accept the score of this MBA exam. Any individual with a minimum 50 per cent or equivalent CGPA score can appear for the CMAT exam.
The list of MBA entrance examinations is longer than this. Individuals need to identify the Top B-schools where they wish to seek admission and accordingly they can apply for the top MBA exams.
SYLLABUS OF ENTRANCE EXAMS
Most of these exams have a similar syllabus that includes common topics like Quantitative Ability, Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability and Data Interpretation. Exams such as CMAT or MAT have included the topic General Awareness in their exam syllabus.
IRMA’s entrance exam syllabus comprises of Rural Development, Agriculture, Government policies and General Awareness whereas MICAT exam syllabus includes Divergent and Convergent thinking, Essay/Story Writing and Psychometric. Thus, the exam syllabus differs based on the college or the exam conducting body and with varied syllabus comes the question of how to prepare for management examinations.
TIPS AND TRICKS FOR MBA EXAM PREPARATION
With varied syllabus, it becomes difficult for an individual to prepare for all exams. Thus, listing out the management schools you would like to study in is the topmost priority and to know which exams should be taken for getting admission in these schools.
Every MBA exam has three main sections – Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning. One should thoroughly practice these three sections. The essential focus is laid on your command over the English language and Logical and reasoning ability.
MBA EXAM PATTERN
Nowadays, all the tests are of multiple choice type objective questions and mainly conducted online. One has to balance time offered for answering the question as the ratio is quite challenging.
With MBA exams conducted online, one cannot go to the next question without answering the present question. If and only if one wishes to omit the present question then only can he skip and go to the next question. Thus, one cannot scroll down the question paper and solve the easy ones.
With continuously changing algorithms, one cannot predict the positive, neutral and negative marking weightage. Thus, everything narrows down to speed, thorough preparation with an understanding of the subject matter and a cool minded approach.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR MBA EXAM
- The moment you decide on doing MBA in India, follow the below steps to prepare yourself for MBA entrance exams without altering your schedule and burdening your brains.
- Start improving your language skills and communication ability. Read a standard National Daily Newspaper and a regular News Magazine as this will help you improve your language as well as keep you updated with current affairs.
- For improving vocabulary, you may buy a Norman Lewis Vocabulary books or consult a standard dictionary and note down all the new words you came across.
- Management is maths. Thus make sure you improve your mathematical problem-solving abilities if you are a commerce or a medical student who has been doing maths.
- Start solving daily puzzles section of the newspaper.
- Get a bit of advice on how to prepare, which books to refer to or which coaching class to opt for from seniors or others who have passed an MBA exam.
- Take tests regularly on Eduwhere. Get yourself an Eduwhere edge pass through which you can give 45 Full Mock tests, 800 section-wise tests and answer 10,000+ questions. Eduwhere edge pass is available at Rs 99 for one month and Rs 199 for 3 months.
- Make sure you go through the detailed analysis of your test and improve accordingly. Keep on giving tests and practice questions daily.
There is no end to the advice one should seek while preparing for MBA exam. But an important word of advice is not to be overconfident. Work Smart by managing your time as that is the only challenge which needs to be taken care of in the first place.