Hey Guys! We know that there are multiple entrance tests (CAT, XAT, NMAT, GMAT, etc) lined up over the next 3-4 months. CAT exam will most probably be candidates number 1 priority but most candidates also appear for other national level exams as well for MBA Admission. It is natural for you to feel that you are under huge pressure. Through this article, we will help you to keep your mind clear and ensure that you give your best while preparing and taking these exams.
Come out of your Comfort Zone
One mistake which most of the candidates do is that they start their preparation by narrowing down the syllabus and prepare only the selected topics based on what they are comfortable about. The CAT and other management entrance tests, like XAT/ IIFT/ CMAT etc have a reputation of being highly unpredictable and known to catch the students off-guard. There is a high possibility that the topics which were not asked in recent years might carry higher weightage last year. Hence, it is advised to the students to prepare for all topics to avoid any surprises in the examination.
Take Mock Test and Analyse Thoroughly
Many toppers and the entrance test expert have suggested that students should take mock test regularly. This is one of the best ways to prepare for MBA entrance exam is by taking the mock tests. But one other mistake which students do is that they do not analyze the mock test and just move forward. If you are analyzing your mistakes and rectifying them, then there will be no major improvement in your performance.
AIMCAT is the most suggested mock test series which a candidate can take every week. The difficulty level of AIMCAT is a bit higher than the management entrance tests.
Stop Speculating and Focus on Preparation
As said earlier, the CAT and the other management entrance tests consist of questions from a wide assortment of test areas. Hence, there is no point in speculating about what will happen this year. The IIMs does not disclose the number of questions in CAT exam. Therefore, it is hard to predict how many number of questions will be given in the entrance test but you should focus on your preparation so that you are prepared for all possible movements on the number of questions per section – increase/ decrease.
Look out to Maximise the Score
Do not target a pre-set number of questions to clear the cut-off score, this is probably not the best strategy. The cut-off is decided on the basis of the number of candidates who appeared for the test, the difficulty level of the paper, etc. Hence, you should be prepared to maximize the score whatever the conditions are.
In CAT, there is a sectional time limit and the students cannot move from one section to another. Since you have only 60 minutes to do what you can do with the section, and hence the task is pretty much clear. For other management entrance exams, in which there is no sectional time limit, the number of attempts per section should be decided during the test, based on the difficulty level of the question paper.
Think from your Brain; Stop Guessing
Most of the management entrance exams have a negative marking. Blind guessing the answer always and always lead to a negative/ low score. One of the key advice to the students is that you should not guess an answer. You should first and foremost solve the questions in which you are confident about, next go for those questions which needs a little thinking. Avoid marking answer to those questions, which you are not at all confident about.
Make a Measurable Prep Plan
only 3-4 months are left for preparation for these entrance tests. It will help you if you will have a focused and measurable preparation plan. For example, in the Quantitative Ability section, you should target a pre-decided number of questions/ exercises on a daily basis. A targeted plan like this will help you track your progress on a real-time basis.
Do a realistic analysis of your strengths and weaknesses. If you tend to solve the majority of questions or the topic you are comfortable about, it is better to revise the difficult/ very difficult problems. However, if you tend to skip the majority of questions from a certain topic/ section it is best advised to begin by solving the basic questions and slowly go all the way to solving difficult questions.
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