Though the CAT is the most popular entrance examination for aspirants seeking to gain admission in B-Schools, even the CMAT 2018 has emerged as a good choice for all those who do not wish to appear for the CAT and concentrate on CMAT 2018.
CMAT is conducted by New Delhi-based All India Council of Technical Education. Here are some of the tips to crack the CMAT.
• For those who are not aware, the language comprehension section consists of 25 questions. Critical Reasoning is a key area and the difficulty levels greatly vary. Thus, students should revise different concepts related to critical reasoning, particularly on identifying argument elements, argument structure as well as interference- -based problems.
• For the remaining English language section, students can go through concepts that pertain to sentence correction, reading comprehension as well as vocabulary-based questions. Questions in these parts are quite easy and if the student thoroughly revises them, then it is not difficult to score high.
• The CMAT is a three-hour examination and students have ample time to read properly and evaluate the content and must analyze it carefully, as the choices are pretty close.
• For the data interpretation and quantitative techniques section, students should be preparing thoroughly on fundamental concepts. For the logical reasoning section, the aspirant should work on various reasoning topics like circular arrangement, linear arrangement, distribution puzzles, selections, binary logic, comparisons, Cubes, deductions, Venn diagrams and also connectives. In Logical Reasoning, the student should be aware that sometimes, there will not be sufficient data provided to find out the solution, but it would be enough to get answer for the specific question.
• Some other important areas in Logical Reasoning that the student has to work on includes symbols and notations, coding and decoding, number series, direction sense, blood relations, clocks, calendars and input-output.
• In preparing for the general awareness section, students should regularly read newspapers. Also, students can refer to some general knowledge magazines and yearbooks.
• With CMAT, students have one advantage that the time is really not a constraint. Students would surely not need more than 15 minutes for attempting 25 problems on general awareness. Thus, the students has 165 plus minutes to attempt 75 questions from the rest of the three sections.
• In the data interpretation and quantitative techniques section, nearly 80 percent of the problems are from mathematics. A maximum of three problems from this section will be from data interpretation.
• For scoring high in general awareness, students should keep in mind that the majority of the questions are based on static facts, that will simply judge how aware the student is of general affairs for the past 15 years.
There are several B-schools in India that accept the CMAT score for admissions to different management programs. Some of the reputed institutes are JBIMS in Mumbai, Alliance School of Business in Bangalore, K J Somaiya in Mumbai, UPES in Dehradun, ITM University in Gurgaon, ITM in Navi Mumbai, Welingkar in Mumbai and SIMSREE in Mumbai.