23 Dec 2018
#CareerBytes: Last-minute preparation tips to crack non-CAT management entrance exams
The Common Admission Test (CAT) is the most popular management entrance examination in the country conducted for admission to the prestigious IIMs and various other B-schools in India.
However, apart from CAT, there are several other management exams like MAT, XAT, SNAP, CMAT, etc. to get into other top institutes across the country.
Here are some last minute tips to crack non-CAT management exams.
Know the syllabus, components, and structure of the entrance exam
It is important for candidates to know and cover the entire syllabus for the management entrance exam they are going to appear. They should create a solid study plan to prepare properly.
Most management examinations are designed to assess the candidates' decision-making abilities, aptitude, general awareness, verbal ability, grammar, quantitative ability, critical/logical reasoning, writing skills, and knowledge about current affairs and important Indian/global events.
Aspirants must practice and revise as much as they can
Aspirants must solve as many previous papers, sample question papers, and practice questions as possible; they can also take mock tests. This will help them understand the exam pattern, questioning trends, difficulty level, etc.
Candidates should not try to learn any new topics at the last minute as they will not have enough time. They should instead focus on revising what they already know.
Candidates must manage and utilize their precious time properly
Aspirants must manage and utilize time well at the last minute. They should give equal importance to all topics/sections and allot sufficient time.
One must solve previous/sample papers in a time-bound manner to manage time better and improve speed and accuracy to perform well in the exam.
They should be aware of any negative-marking scheme and learn to answer only those questions they know.
Prepare, organize, and revise important notes regularly
Revising from one's self-prepared notes is the best way to revise at the last minute. While preparing or revising the exam syllabus, students must prepare important notes which will help them recall things better.
They should maintain a separate notebook for formulae, topic summaries, tricks/shortcuts, important events, current affairs, etc. Candidates can just go through these notes whenever they get time for quick revision.