How to prepare for other MBA entrance exams along with CAT 2015
CAT is the most coveted entrance exam for the MBA aspirants. But in order to make it to one of the top B-schools, the aspirants follow the theory of more the merrier. The more tests you take, the chances of securing multiple admission opportunities in prestigious management institutes gets better.
The clock is ticking towards the big day for CAT 2015 aspirants, and you must be preparing hard for the biggest MBA entrance exam with mock tests and revision of concepts. But if you have registered for other top MBA entrance exams as well, ensure that you are putting your best efforts to crack those exams as well. This article brings to you the strategy to follow to balance your preparation for CAT along with the other top MBA entrance exams in which you are most likely to appear.
Let us first have a look at the other top MBA entrance exams which you are likely to take along with their schedules.
NMAT by GMAC 2016
October 6 to December 19, 2015
November 22, 2015
November 29, 2015
MAT December 2015
December 6, 2015
December 13, 2015
December 15 to December 30, 2015
December 20, 2015
ATMA December 2015
December 20, 2015
January 3, 2016
January 9, 2016
Although broadly the patterns of these exams are same with multiple choice objective type questions from Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning as common areas, most of the exams have a differential factor as well. While some of the exams have General Knowledge section, some tests are a combination of subjective and objective questions, such as XAT and MICAT. You need to focus on and prepare for these unique aspects in each of the exams.
Let us have a look at the exam pattern and the preparation strategy to follow exclusively for that exam.
XAT 2016 – This year, XAT paper has undergone changes in terms of duration and marking scheme. In comparison to CAT, XAT is different in a number of aspects; hence along with the common sections of Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, you have to focus on the preparation for the exclusive sections of XAT such as Decision Making, Essay Writing and General Awareness.
The duration of XAT paper has been increased to 3.5 hours instead of 3 hours from this year. The Paper 1, including objective multiple choice questions on Quantitative Ability, English Language & Logical Reasoning, and Decision Making sections would be of 3 hours duration and the Paper 2, including Essay Writing and General Awareness sections would be of 30 minutes duration. The number of questions in the Paper 1 ranges from 80 to 100. There are 30 questions in the General Awareness section. The negative marking scheme would vary for wrong answers and un-attempted questions.
Decision Making - The Decision Making section tests your interpretative, calculative and logical skills. The questions are in the form of caselets. Ravi Handa, MBA expert explains, “In Decision Making, a situation (like a case study) is presented to a student and broadly two types of questions are asked on it:
a) What would be the ideal course of action to take in such a situation?
b) What lead to such a situation?
These kinds of questions require a logical approach and a clear understanding of the situation. It often requires going through large amounts of text and then logically interpreting the information presented. To put it in conventional terms, it is a combination of Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning and traditionally students who are good in these two areas tend to do well in the Decision Making section as well.”
Sharing the preparation strategy for this section, Handa says, “A good way to prepare for Decision Making would be to look at previous year papers. You can have a look at questions from XAT 2008 to XAT 2013 which would give you approximately 100 questions to practice from.”
Essay Writing – Essay Writing is another exclusive area in XAT. Since there will be 30 minutes for Paper 2, assign 20 minutes, the original duration of XAT Essay Writing. The topics are mostly abstract in nature and you have to relate it with a topic of relevance or of current importance. Reading is the best way to prepare for Essay Writing. The more you read more you would be acquainted with the issues of current importance and relate it to your essay. Practice writing an essay of 200-300 words every day to be well versed with the habit of writing in pen-paper mode for around 30 minutes.
General Awareness – The General Awareness section has 30 questions. As per last year’s analysis, the difficulty level of this section was tough. The questions were a mix of static and current affairs. Last year, there were questions on national and international news, statements to be classified as True/False or required arrangements of multiple entities etc. The topics included Economics, Politics, History, Social Movements, Literature, Awards & Recognition, Technology, Movies, Geography, International Relations, Sports etc.
IIFT 2015 – IIFT 2015 is the entrance exam for Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. The test is conducted in paper pencil based mode in 2 hours duration. The number of questions is not fixed and varies between 118 and 150. There are 5 sections, namely:
The questions have differential marking system but the negative marking scheme is the same, which is 1/3 of the allotted marks. While the other sections are common, General Awareness is one section which you need to prepare for if you want to crack IIFT. Although the weight-age of General Awareness section is the lowest, you need to clear the minimum cutoff if you want to get shortlisted.
This section bears 2 types of questions, static GK and current affairs. As per the past few years’ trend, the static GK questions are more in number than the current affairs. Since IIFT offers MBA in International Business, prepare the current happenings on the international business and political scenario. As per Yogesh, an IIFT topper and alumnus, the topics which you must prepare for the General Awareness section include merger and acquisitions, recent appointments, corporate facts, sobriquets of famous personalities, awards and awardees namely Nobel Prize to Dara Shikoh Awards etc.
SNAP or the Symbiosis National Aptitude Test is conducted for the admission in the B-schools of Symbiosis International University. SNAP is a paper pencil based test of 2 hours consisting of 4 sections –
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability
Quantitative Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
General Awareness: General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Business Scenario and
Analytical & Logical Reasoning
The number of questions is variable. Last year the exam had 150 questions. The marking scheme is also differential, consisting of 1 and 2 marks. For each wrong answer there is negative marking of 25% of the allotted marks.
For SNAP, the highest weight-age is given to the Analytical & Logical Reasoning section. Hence, along with the preparation for other sections, make sure you are best prepared for this section so that your chance to obtain high score increases. There are 30 questions, each carrying 2 marks, making the total marks of this section- 60. The other sections carry 40 questions with 1 mark each.
In terms of difficulty level also, the Analytical & Logical Reasoning section is tougher compared to the other 3 sections. The topics which you must prepare for this section include:
Facts Inference Judgment (FIJ)
Double Line Distribution
Odd Man Out
The General Awareness section’s difficulty level ranges from moderate to tough. Last year, this section was exceptionally tough, being a surprise element for the test takers. The Current Affairs questions were on sports, advertisements and brands, personalities, business, politics, awards etc. The static GK questions were on India’s Constitution, History, Geography, Economics etc.
The difficulty level of the other sections ranges from moderate to tough. The topics covered are similar as CAT.
MICAT – Except for few sections, the MICAT exam pattern is completely different from the other MBA entrance exams. This year onwards, the exam would be conducted in computer based mode. The total duration is 125 minutes. Like XAT, MICAT too is a mix of subjective and objective questions. The exam is divided in 2 parts. The first section consists of 4 descriptive questions on writing arguments, story writing and essay writing.
Section II is divided into 3 parts. Part 1 is a Psychometric Test, Part 2 is Quantitative Ability, Reasoning and Language Skills and Part 3 will be a General Knowledge section, where students will have questions related to latest happenings and news.
MICA does not declare the total marks of the exam. There is no negative marking for the Section I and the Paper I of Section II. The Paper 2 and Paper 3 have 25% negative marking in case of wrong answers.
Creative quotient is the main factor for cracking MICAT, especially for the Section I. The best way to prepare for this section is to read as much as you can from varied sources, be it newspapers, magazines, novels or short stories. Not just reading, practicing from past years’ papers, will help you in getting a grip over the question types.
It is important that you take MICAT mock tests in computer and develop typing speed so that you do not fall short of time on the exam day. Apart from GMAT, MICAT is the only computer based test where you have to answer subjective questions on the computer.
Psychometric Test is another section which is exclusive to MICAT. Although some B-schools conduct Psychometric Test for the second round of selection, MICAT tests that in the entrance exam itself. There is no specific preparation technique for this section. Since this section is meant to test your psyche, you should ideally answer the questions spontaneously,
The General Awareness section of MICAT is different from that of the other MBA entrance exams. Since candidates aim to take admission in PGDM Communication through MICAT, the questions of General Awareness section is primarily on media, advertising, marketing, films, general and social issues and general global awareness. The overall difficulty level is moderate to tough. If you want to crack this section, you have to pay special attention to the questions on these lines. Know about brands and their ambassadors, taglines, mergers and acquisitions, awards and recognition etc. The crux of this section mainly lies on the Media and Communication area.
NMAT by GMAC 2016 – NMAT by GMAC 2016 has started from October 6. It is a computer-based test of 2 hours duration. There are 3 sections, Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. Similar to CAT, the sections are time bound. However, the number of questions and duration per section varies. In terms of time and number of questions and duration, Language Skills section is the toughest with 32 questions to answer within 22 minutes. In Quant and LR sections, there are 48 and 40 questions to be answered within 60 and 38 minutes respectively.
Since there is no negative marking, maximizing your attempt should be the key. This often leads to time constraint. The section wise duration ensures that you do not compromise a particular section. The strategy to maximize your score is to attempt 1 out of 2 Reading Comprehensions and rest of the attempts should be from the English Usage areas, like Vocabulary, Para Jumbles, Sentence Correction, Fill in the blanks with grammar inputs, Verbal Analogies etc.
The topics of questions in Quant and Logical Reasoning sections are common for CAT and other exams. The Quantitative Skills also include questions on Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency and the areas include Arithmetic, Numbers, Algebra, Geometry and Modern Maths. The DI sets are based on Bar Graph, Line Graph, Pie Chart, Tables etc. The topics for Logical Reasoning include Venn diagrams, operator-based questions, input-output, blood relations, course of action, statements and conclusions, series-based questions, non-verbal reasoning, analytical puzzles etc.
The overall difficulty level is easy to moderate. Speed, accuracy and time management is the key to crack the test.
TISSNET 2016 – TISSNET is the entrance exam for Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. It is a computer-based test of 1 hour 40 minutes. There are 100 objective type questions from 3 sections, Math and Logical Reasoning, English Proficiency and General Awareness. The overall difficulty level of the exam is moderate to tough. Like NMAT, there is no negative marking scheme in TISSNET as well. While a common preparation would suffice for Math & Logical Reasoning and English Proficiency sections, a separate preparation would be required for the General Awareness section.
The General Awareness section consists of questions on social sensitivity, history, social terms and definitions, Social Activities and Movements, Recent Social Issues and other current affairs and static GK topics. Although, as per past 2 years’ analysis, the questions are more from the static GK, still you should be well prepared lest the questions from these topics appear.
There are 35 questions each in Math and Logical Reasoning and General Awareness sections, the English Proficiency section consists of 30 questions. Each question carries 1 mark.
Other exams – The other upcoming exams, namely MAT, ATMA and IBSAT are of similar pattern and difficulty level. If you have prepared well for CAT and XAT, you should not worry about these tests. Apart from MAT, which has a section of General Awareness, the other 2 exams are of common sections of Quant, Verbal Ability and Reasoning. The difficulty level is much lesser than CAT or XAT.
Here are the pointers to follow if you are taking one or more MBA entrance exams listed above apart from CAT.
Conceptual clarity – Since the sections and topics are common in a majority of the exams, you must have cleared your basics by now. Once you have a strong base, it would be easy for you to tackle these areas invariably in all the exams.
Take proctored mock tests – While some tests are conducted in computer based format, some are in paper-based format. The duration, sectional order, and time limit are also fixed in some of the exams. Taking separate mock tests in proctored environment will help you in getting acquainted with the exam structure.
Read a lot – If you do not have a habit of reading, it is high time to inculcate it. Read newspapers, magazines, editorials, GK and yearbooks, precisely everything that will help you to prepare for the General Awareness section. Your reading habit will not only help you with the GK preparation but with the Reading Comprehension and Data Interpretation/Sufficiency sections as well.
Practice writing – For the subjective questions in XAT and MICAT, practice writing about 200-300 words daily on a topic of current issue. You can also write essays on the basis of the past years’ XAT essay topics or the IIM WAT topics. This will eventually prepare you for the WAT rounds at the selection rounds of top B-schools as well.
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see you should be very careful while applying for any exam or form filling. however you may still get the admit card and participate in the exam. but at the time of document verification you have to face questions about the wrong dob. later it would be solely depends on the exam authority whether they would accept the application or not.
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With this rank you can get following colleges based in previous ear cut-off of ranks of colleges
1)Govt Dental College RIMS Kadapa
2)REGIONAL DENTAL COLLEGE, GUWAHATI
3)Patna Dental College and Hospital, Patna
4) Government Dental College, Raipur
5) Goa Dental College & Hospital, Goa
6)Government Dental College & Hospital, Jamnagar
7) Government Dental College, Shimla
8)Dental Institue, RIMS, Ranchi
in Telangana , through AIQ you can get admission in
1)Government Dental College and Hospital, Afsalganj
To know more about the cutoff of NEET 2019 for government colleges(separately for dental and medical courses for all the states.) refer to https://medicine.careers360.com/articles/neet-cut-off-for-government-colleges
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can a ews category student apply for private medical college? and is the fees same for gen cat. and ews cat. student for private medical college?
The EWS category is an official reservation category that needs to be considered for admission into every college. So college consider EWS category also as other category. You can surely apply for private medical College.
Most of the colleges doesn't have fees as per the reservation. The fees seems to be same for every student. There might be some college that may offer scholarship to reserved category students .
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To apply for the benefit of NRI quota following are the list of documents required
NEET Score Card
A document which can claim that your sponsorer is an NRI ( document can be a Passport, Visa of the sponsorer)
Candidate's Relationship with NRI.
The candidates who had earlier applied under Indian citizenship but whished to changed to NRI quota would have to send relevant documents to the authorities at email@example.com till October 23 up to 10:00 AM.
For more information visit https://news.careers360.com/neet-2020-counselling-mcc-releases-notice-for-admission-under-nri-quota
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2.Shri sathya sai medical college and research institute.
3.MGM Medical college and Hospital,Aurangabad.
4.Manipal college of dental sciences,Manipal.
5.VMKV Medical college and hospital,Salem.
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