Every year lakhs of students aspire to crack top management entrance exams and convert their dream of doing an MBA into a reality. But to fare well in these exams, you need to equip yourself with thorough concepts and a positive outlook. Remember, “You were born to win. But to be a winner you must plan to win, prepare to win and expect to win.”
Some of the top management entrance exams conducted in India are CAT (Common Admission Test), MAT (Management Aptitude Test), XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) and ICET (Integrated Common Entrance Test).Here are TEN things you need to keep in mind if you aim to crack an exam like CAT, MAT or ICET like a topper.
- Know Your Exam
With so many different types of exams being conducted in India, sometimes it can get overwhelming for you. It is essential to understand the gravity and reach of the exam you are writing. For example, an exam like CAT or MAT is conducted at a national level by IIMs or AIMA respectively. However, ICET is conducted at the state level by Andhra Pradesh State Council. The competition varies for each of these exams. CAT and MAT are held in the English language whereas ICET is conducted in Telegu as well. You must also make sure you know about sectional cut off and sectional time limits. Thus, it is crucial to learn about the exam.
- Understand the Exam Pattern
In addition to knowing the exam details, it is essential to be clear about the exam pattern, marking scheme and syllabus of the exam. Although the basics remain same – Quant, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, English Grammar, and Reading Comprehension – the pattern and level of questions vary. E.g., CAT is one of the toughest management entrance exams with negative marking. MAT and AP ICET, on the other hand, are moderately tough and there is no negative marking in ICET exam.
- Recognize Where You Stand
No student ever writes only one exam. Thus, after you decide the list of exams, you plan to write, make sure you appear for a mock test for that exam. This will help you understand the type of questions andtheir difficulty level. Also, it enables you to judge where you stand in terms of preparation and know your strong and weak points.
- Prepare an Exam-wise Strategy
After you have acquainted yourself with the pattern and your level of preparedness, it’s time to chalk out a plan to crack the exam. Strategy and preparation for different exams can overlap. But you need to be careful that you spend time on areas of your strengths and weakness’. Mastering each section is essential to crack any exam with flying colors.
- Seek Help/Mentorship
Do not shirk from taking help from your teachers, friends, and relatives who have appeared for related exams. Many students prepare for exams like Cat MAT and ICET while still pursuing their graduation. Thus, seeking help from peers is advisable. If you join any coaching institute make sure you seek mentorship from teachers over there.
- Clarify Concepts
Areas like Quant, DI, and LR, need you to have crystal clear concepts. No question is ever repeated in these management entrance exams; however, the concepts are. Thusyou must make sure you practice well and keep your concepts clear.
- Read as Much as You Can
Reading is one of the most crucial aspects of doing well in an exam like CAT and MAT. It not only helps you improve your vocabulary but also propels you to master the language, comprehend well and improve your reading speed. Reading speed is very critical in management entrance exams.
- Join Test Series
After you have prepared for your exam, it is a must to join a good test series and write mock exams. It helps in boosting your confidence and gauging where you stand. Mock tests help you in time management as well.
- Digitize your Approach
Since maximum management entrance exams are conducted online (computer-based test) you need to make sure you use an electronic interface while preparing for the exams. Try to read using a laptop or kindle. Those who do not have access to computer interface regularly must make sure they equip themselves with basic computer knowledge.
While you are preparing for your dream exam, it is essential you keep giving yourself breaks in between. This will help you keep your focus intact for a more extended period and keep you mentally relaxed.
Above everything having a positive outlook and self confidence is very important to crack an exam like CAT, MAT and ICET. All the best!