Tips to Prepare for MBA Entrance Exams

Tips to Prepare for MBA Entrance Exams: Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Best Books

MBA, Masters of Business Administration, is one of the popular courses opted by the students these days. But to pursue an MBA, one has to write an entrance exam. There are various MBA entrance examinations for different Business schools like CAT, GMAT, XAT, MAT, CMAT, ATMA, NMAT, etc. 

MBA SYLLABUS


Generally, the syllabus of all the different types of entrances for an MBA is the same. The syllabus includes topics like Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, Quantitative Ability, Decision Making, etc.

1.Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning


Verbal Reasoning, Sentence, completion, Grammar, Syllogisms, Jumbled paragraphs, Para Completion and inference, Contextual usage, Foreign language words used in English, Reading Comprehension, Analogies, Sentence correction, Verbal Logic, Different usage of the same word, Idioms, Para jumbles, Antonyms, One-word substitution

2.Quantitative Ability


Geometry, Trigonometry, Algebra, Mensuration, Partnership (Accounts), Profit & Loss, Ratios and Proportion, In-equations Quadratic and linear equations, Surds and Indices, Time-Speed-Distance, Number System, Geometric Progression, Inequalities, Work and Time, Percentage, Logarithms

3.Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension


Fill in the blanks, Verbal Reasoning, Sentence completion, Grammar, Syllogisms, Jumbled paragraphs, Para Completion and inference, Contextual usage, Foreign language words used in English, Reading Comprehension, Analogies, Sentence correction, Verbal Logic, Different usage of the same word, Idioms, Para jumbles, Antonyms, One -word substitution.

NOTE: Along with these topics mentioned above, CMAT includes a special section of  General Awareness, which covers topics like Economy, Business, World, Politics, Sports, Culture, Society.

Also, MAT exams have an extra section of GK(General Knowledge) which includes conventional GK-available in books, Current, GK- based on the current reading of newspapers and periodicals;  Business & Economics GK -for example changes in Fiscal and monetary policy, CRR, Repo Rate, Devaluation and up the valuation of Rupee,  Business, National and International events, Who’s who, Constitution of India, Currency and Capitals of the countries, States of India, International Organizations Monetary and fiscal tools, Emblem, Identification of personalities, companies.

Below mentioned are a few top MBA entrance examinations.

MBA Entrance ExaminationDuration (in hours)Number of QuestionsMarking Scheme
CorrectIncorrect
CAT(Common Admission Test)3100+3-1.0
ATMA(AIIMS Test For Management Admissions)3180+1-0.25
XAT(Xavier Admission Test)3100+1-0.25
MAT(Management Aptitude Test)2.5200+1-0.25
CMAT(Common Management Admission Test)3100+4-1.0

BOOKS TO BE PREFERRED FOR VARIOUS MBA ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS ARE GIVEN BELOW


1.CAT


  • How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma, Quantitative Aptitude Quantum by Sarvesh Kumar. 
  • How to prepare for verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT by Meenakshi Upadhyay and Arun Sharma. 
  • A modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by R. S. Aggarwal.

2.ATMA


  • The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations      
  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma

3.XAT


  • How to prepare Data Interpretation by Arun Sharma. 
  • A modern approach to Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning by R.S.Aggarwal
  • Target XAT by Disha experts.

4.MAT


  • Mission MBA MAT Guide by Tarun Goyal and BS Sijwali. 
  • Study package for MAT by Arun Sharma. 
  • Also, one can refer to the books used in CAT preparation for preparing for XAT.

5.CMAT


  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by RS Aggarwal
  • General Knowledge by Disha experts
  • The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability by Sujit Kumar

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