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Any MBA entrance exam tests a student's analytical mind, memory, depth of knowledge and above all systematic planning and preparation. It is needless to say that the preparation should be meticulously and sincerely done. Overnight preparation won’t help; this is because talent from all the disciplines appears in these exams. Therefore, long run and systematic preparation is required for getting admission in a top B-School. Although the syllabi of every institute differs from each other, usually all exams test some common aspects like tests on quantitative aptitude, reasoning, intelligence, comprehension, case analysis, relationships, word power, synonyms, antonyms, general knowledge/awareness, etc. It is therefore, essential that the candidates start preparing well in advance on all the above aspects.

National Level Exams

S.No.   Entrance Exam   Institute   Eligiblity   Tentative Month   Website
1 CAT Indian Institute of Management 50% in Graduation November
2 IRMA Institute of Rural Management Anand 50% in Graduation November
3 IIFT Indian Institute of Foreign Trade 50% in Graduation November
4 MAT All India Management Association Graduation in any Discipline September, December, February & May
5 JMET Indian Institute of technology Every IIT has different eligibility December
6 SNAP Symbiosis International University 50% in graduation(regular degree) December
7 IBSAT ICFAI 50% in Graduation December
8 NMAT NMIMS 50% in Graduation December
9 XAT XLRI, Jamshedpur 50% in Graduation January
10 FMS Faculty Management Studies, New Delhi Different for different Field January
11 TISS Tata Institute of Socail Sciences Graduation in any Discipline January
12 ATMA Association of Indian Management Studies 50% in Graduation February

National Level Exams

S.No.   Entrance Exam   Institute   Eligiblity   Tentative Month   Website
1 MAH-CET Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra State 45% in Graduation in any discipline February/March
2 CUSAT Cochin University of Science and Technology Graduation in any Discipline June
3 PAM-CAT GNDU, Amritsar / PTU, Jalandhar / Punjbai University, Patiala Graduation in any Discipline June/July
5 TANCET Anna University, Chennai Graduation in any Discipline May
6 OCET Punjab University, Chandigarh Different Eligibility for Different course June
7 UP-SEE UP Technical University 45% in Graduation in any discipline April
8 Orissa JEE Orissa JEE Graduation in any Discipline May
9 GCET Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board 50% in Graduation July -----
11 RMAT Rajasthan Technical University 50% in Graduation June
12 UPMCAT Uttar Pradesh Technical University Graduation in any Discipline May -----

The following are some tips for preparation of entrance exams:

Quantitative Aptitude:
A candidate seeking admission to MBA program is expected to have aptitude for basic and elementary accounting as well as the knack of solving the simple arithmetic problems. This is one of the areas in the admission test which, if properly prepared and practiced, is likely to put the candidate ahead of others, as one can hope to score even 100% marks in this part. There may be several types of questions that may form part of quantitative aptitude test.

  • The first category could be simple arithmetic problems including profit and loss, percentages, ratio, averages, partnership, etc. Such problems involve simple calculations and with a little practice and basic aptitude, can be solved correctly.
  • The second category of questions could involve multiplication or divisions in 5 to 6 figures or decimals. It may be quite time-consuming if the candidates start actually attempting the entire calculations. Since the candidates are required to work against time it is not advisable to waste time on such calculations. With a little practice, the candidates can easily eliminate most of the choices straightaway to arrive at the correct answer even without any calculations. This can be achieved if the candidates look at all the choices carefully before actually attempting the calculations.
  • Another category of questions may be directed at testing only the intelligence of the candidate and not his/her ability to calculate. There may be some other questions aimed at testing the common sense of the candidates.
  • The entire area of quantitative aptitude, therefore, needs constant practice to calculate quickly with accuracy. 
    Logical Reasoning:
    Questions on logical reasoning may be of several types and in several forms. These could include 

  • A statement on which the candidates are asked to draw correct interference out of the given choices.
  • There could be questions on series of words and figures, arrangement of alphabets, brain teasers or even such questions as only call for drawing logical inferences.
  • In case there are more than three questions on arrangements of alphabets, it is advisable to write down all the alphabets on the rough work sheet. This will facilitate easy and quick attempt of questions on alphabets.
  • Similarly, there could be certain questions on distances travelled in different directions. In such questions it is proper to draw a rough diagram giving distances travelled in various directions to get the correct answer.
  • The entire area of quantitative aptitude, therefore, needs constant practice to calculate quickly with accuracy. 
    Comprehension Test:
    Comprehension test is aimed at gauging the understanding of English language by the candidates. Usually, a paragraph is given which the candidates are required to go through carefully and then answer the question by choosing the correct answer. To attempt this part speedily and correctly, the candidates must practice reading with a quick speed and understanding the entire passage. Answers to most of the questions are easily located within the passage itself. But there are certain questions, answers to which are not directly available in the given passage. Such questions can only be answered by those candidates who can understand the passage fully. Although effective handling of this part depends on the basic understanding of English language by the candidates. Regular practice would help the candidates to attempt the comprehension test in more effective and appropriate manner. Tests of English language given in every issue of this magazine invariably contain small comprehension passages. Practice of such passages may be of great help to the candidates for preparing this test. 

    General Awareness:
    As the name suggests, the test of general awareness aims to judge the general knowledge of the candidates. Basic facts about all aspects of general knowledge like Science, Geography, History, Economics, Polity, etc are essentially required to be known. A good knowledge of all branches of general knowledge is essential which can only be achieved by reading good books. This part can also be strengthened by regular reading of good newspapers.

    In addition to the above four aspects, which usually form part of all admission tests/entrance tests, there are other aspects like word-power, word relationships, case analysis, etc which also need careful preparations and practice. A serious candidate has to devote a lot of time on all the aspects of the admission test and it is advisable that the preparations are started at least a year in advance. As stated earlier, this magazine takes care of most of the aspects of admission/entrance test.  

    Group Discussion and Interview
    Some of the universities/institutes have group discussions and interview also as parts of admission test to MBA program. These tests are held to judge the suitability of a candidate for the esteemed program. The group discussions are held under the supervision of the experts, who look for the qualities like ability to express, reasoning, power to argue, initiative and leadership qualities among the candidates. Interview, on the other hand, is held to evaluate other traits of personality of the candidates like knowledge, suitability, judgment, sense of proportion, manners, expression, intelligence, etc. It also looks for the variety of interests and accomplishments of the candidates in extra-curricular activities including sports. Final selection of the candidates is made after taking into account their performance in all the tests.

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