The Maharashtra MBA/MMS-CET is scheduled to be conducted on March 12/ 13, 2016. About 74,000 students from the state have registered for the entrance test. There is a steep rise in enrollmentss as against last year when 60,000 students appeared for the exam, a 25 per cent rise in enrollment. Exam structure: Contrary to the trend, this year the MAH-MBA/MMS CET will have a fixed number of questions from each section. The sections are referred to as tests in the brochure given on the DTE website. The student can shuffle between tests and questions during the examination. The breakup of the paper is as follows:
|Sr.No.||Topics||No. Of questions||Marks Per Question||Maximum Marks|
|4||Verbal ability / reading comprehension||50||1||50|
No of options: 5
Negative marking: No
Test duration: 150 minutes
Mode of examination: Online Read: MAH-CET 2015 topper Nishant Shah says, ‘Take mock tests regularly’ Key changes in the exam this year There have been positive changes in the MAH – MBA CET this year .
a) “Commissioner, State CET Cell’ is the Competent Authority to conduct the MAH-MBA/MMS CET 2016. As a dedicated CET cell is formed to conduct the exam, chances of glitches happening is lesser.
b) Unlike every year, the number of questions from every test is fixed.
c) The questions will be presented test wise.
d) The number of options will be 5, unlike 4 last year.
e) Admissions to JBIMS for MMS will happen through the CAP rounds, which means, students not having a strong academic profile and work experience, also stand a good chance to get into the esteemed institution.
f) There is no GD PI process for MMS admissions. Strategic techniques for preparing the exam The MAH–MBA/MMS CET over the years has been a test of speed. To attempt 200 questions in 150 minutes will require the candidate to be on toes during the entire exam.
Therefore, a lot of practice is required to build up the speed. It can be said your marks in the CET exam is proportional to the number of questions you practice. The more you practice, the better you do in the test. Read: Comparison between Indian and Foreign MBAs Insight on each section Quantitative Aptitude (QA): Questions in this section will cover areas like Basic Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra, numbers and modern math. This year Data Interpretation (DI) and Data Sufficiency will be incorporated in the QA section itself. The level of difficulty of the questions in this section has been easy over the years.
Revisit the basics from school level Math books and solve the practice questions from a good source. As speed is what you need in this exam, know your tables, squares and cubes very well.
DI would form a major chunk of the QA section. I would advise the students to practice DI questions every day. Mental calculations and methods of approximations need to be practiced rigorously to solve calculation based DI sets. Make it a point to solve at least four sets of DI daily, by assigning about 5 minutes a set. Also, ensure that you use the best methods to solve them. Also, the weightage of chapters like Geometry, Mensuration, Permutation Combination and Probability is generally higher in these exams, so practice these chapters thoroughly.
Generally, the level of difficulty of the CET paper is easy, so know your basic formulae and concepts well and practice questions from all chapters. Logical Ability (LA): Any aptitude test is incomplete without this section. This is the section where the student can actually boost his scores spending very less amount of time. Some areas in LA which are really easy and scoring like coding decoding, symbols and notations, blood relations, direction sense, deductions, Input output, Analogies, Venn diagrams, decision-making et al are to be taken very seriously as this is where the students can maximise attempts with a greater accuracy.
Other areas that occur in the LA section are verbal reasoning, analytical puzzles, linear circular arrangements, series and so on. This is the tougher part of LA section.
A lot of practice is needed in these areas as the chances of making mistakes is higher. It will also take more time to solve such questions. I would advise the students to solve at least four analytical puzzles on a daily basis, by giving about 5 minutes per puzzle having 5 sub questions, as this area generally has a considerable weightage in the paper.
The recent CET models encapsulates a combination of critical reasoning with logic. The students can expect questions on courses of action, assumptions, strengthening and weakening of arguments embedded in the same question. The approach would be to revise at least one topic of verbal reasoning and logical ability each everyday in the last few days. Abstract Reasoning: This is analogous to visual reasoning. Series, odd figure, analogies are some general areas that occur in this section. As this section will have 25 questions, the best the students can do here is solve 25 questions every day by giving themselves 15 minutes to complete them. Verbal ability and reading comprehension: Jumbled paragraphs, sentence correction, vocabulary, sentence/ paragraph completion, synonyms – antonyms, idioms and phrases, phrasal verbs, close passages and reading comprehension are the frequently occurring areas.
The best part of this section lies in the fact that verbal ability questions can be solved in a very less amount of time. Students good at this section can save a lot of time and utilise it in QA and DI areas where time is a big issue. Read: 5 techniques to improve memory for exams Last 10 days tips In the last few days, I would recommend the students should practice at least 2 RCs every day giving themselves a time limit of about 5-6 minutes for short passages and 10-12 minutes for long passages. Grammar rules should be on their finger tips. The students should have a sufficient amount of practice of jumbled paragraphs, close passages. Familiarity with idioms and phrasal verbs will strengthen their preparation.
Finally, the students are advised to solve as many mocks as possible from a good reliable source. There are many mocks and previous year CET papers available in the market, which are irrelevant as per the CET pattern, even the previous year CET papers that are published by a few of the coaching institutes are not up to the mark.
The students should try and give the mock tests in the same time slots as their actual CET exam, this will help them to get accustomed to write an exam during that time of the day. Tips on test taking As the CET level of difficulty / type of questions generally do not change, after giving a few mock tests the students will have a good idea about the paper and the questions asked. The students are supposed to categorise the questions into the following areas:
i) High speed high accuracy (HSHA)
ii) High speed low accuracy (HSLA)
iii) Low speed high accuracy(LSLA)
iv) Low speed low accuracy(LSLA) Also read: Things to consider before taking an education loan At first, the student is supposed to finish off all the HSHA questions and ensure that none of them are left. Usually, a paper will have about 80 – 90 HSHA questions. The ideal time for allocation of such questions is about 60 minutes.
The students should also be open to surprises as the difficulty levels may vary. In some cases an easier paper may include more of HSHA questions and a tougher paper would include less of HSHA questions.
Solving the HSHA questions should also help the student complete the first scan of all the 200 questions. During the first scan, along with solving all the HSHA questions, the student is supposed to also locate the HSLA and LSHA questions which he is supposed to attempt in the next 60 minutes.
He should take up the HSLA and LSHA questions in the next 60 minutes and the last 30 minutes should be kept for LSLA and guessing the unsolved questions as there are no negative markings.
The above strategy may change at times as per the student’s level of preparation. For instance, a well-prepared student will have more questions in the HSHA area and may have to spend more time there which means he will have fewer questions in the other areas and require less time there. The students are advised to give as many mocks as possible and experiment different time allocation strategies in the mocks.
– by Ranjit Calangutkar, T.I.M.E. Mumbai
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