MAH CET 2018: Last minute Preparation Tips
Ranjini Basu, 05 Mar 2018, #MAHA CET

MAH CET 2018: Last minute Preparation Tips - Every test taker is required to strategically develop not only a preparation plan but also a test-taking approach to reduce the exam pressure and secure a good percentile. MAH CET 2018 is scheduled to be conducted on March 10 and 11 in computer-based mode.

The MAH CET 2018 exam pattern remains unaltered this year; however, it is advisable that all MAH CET exam aspirants should strive to develop their own exam strategy. Careers360, in this article, projects the last minute preparation tips of MAH CET 2018 exam. 

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Also, follow the expert column on MAH CET 2018 by Ranjit Calangutkar, Course Head, T.I.M.E, who shares the section wise preparation strategy along with test-taking tips for the exam day.


MAH CET 2018: Sectional Preparation Tips


The MAH MBA/MMS CET over the years has been a test of speed. The task of attempting 200 questions in 150 minutes with a high accuracy is not so easy. A few things required to crack the exam are proper preparation, good test taking strategy, practice and speed enhancement techniques. A lot of practice is required to build up the required speed. The sectional tips, mentioned here would be handy for the test takers. Planning strategically and preparing diligently are the two key phrases for achieving success. The insights related to each section is provided with regards to what best can be done in the last four-five days before the MAHCET 2018 exam.


Quantitative Aptitude (QA)


QA has been an integral part of any aptitude test; questions in this section will cover areas like basic arithmetic, geometry, algebra, Numbers and modern math. Data Interpretation (DI) and Data Sufficiency have been incorporated in the QA section itself. The level of difficulty of the questions in this section has been easy over the years.


As candidates need to work on basics, extensive practice from a good source is a mandate. Solving school level Math books would be of a good help. As speed is of primary importance in this exam, knowing tables, squares, and cubes is compulsory. Data Interpretation (DI) would form a major chunk of the QA section, so should be practised every day. Mental calculations and methods of approximations need to be exercised rigorously to solve calculation based DI sets. Solving at least four sets of DI daily, by assigning about five minutes a set would be of great help. Also, candidates should ensure to use the best methods to solve the questions, as lengthier methods can lead to a lot of time being wasted. Also, the weight-age of chapters like Geometry, Mensuration, Permutation Combination and Probability is generally higher in these exams, so thorough practice is required in these chapters. Generally, the level of difficulty of the CET paper is easy, so knowing basic formulae and concepts well; practising questions from all chapters will lead a test taker to bag a decent score!


Logical Ability (LA)


This section is the highest in terms of weightage. A candidate 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 etc., are to be taken very seriously as these are the topics where test takers can maximise attempts with a greater accuracy. Other areas that occur in the LA section are verbal reasoning, analytical puzzles, linear circular arrangements, series etc. This is part of LA section where the students struggle a lot. Not having good practice in these areas can lead to a lot of wastage of time. A lot of practice is needed in these areas as the chances of making mistakes are higher. I would advise the students to solve at least four analytical puzzles on a daily basis, by giving about five minutes per puzzle having five sub-questions, as this area generally has a considerable weight-age in the paper. The recent CET models encapsulate 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. Revising at least one topic of verbal reasoning and a regular practice of logical ability questions will be sufficient for an aspirant.


Abstract Reasoning


CET has a trend of asking questions of a high level of difficulty from this section. 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 practice 25 questions every day by giving themselves 15 minutes to complete them.


Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VA&RC)


Good language skills are a requirement for any MBA entrance exam. Some of the relevant areas for the CET exam are Jumbled paragraphs, Sentence correction, Vocabulary, Sentence/Paragraph completion, Synonyms-Antonyms, Idioms and Phrases, phrasal verbs, Cloze passages and Reading comprehension. 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. 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 five to six minutes for short passages and 10-12 minutes for long passages. Grammar rules should be at the fingertips of an aspirant. The students should have sufficient amount of practice of Jumbled paragraphs, Sentence completion, Sentence Arrangement, Sentence Correction, and Phrase Replacement. 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 take the mock tests in the same time slots as their actual CET exam; this will help them to get accustomed to writing an exam during that time of the day.


MAH CET 2018: Last minute Tips


Good Preparation alone will not help; the student also should have a good test-taking strategy for attempting the paper. As the CET level of difficulty or the type of questions generally does not change, after solving 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)


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. Ideal time allocation for the HSHA 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 take as many mocks as possible and experiment different time allocation strategies in the mocks.


One day before MAH CET


Candidates should ensure that he/she has taken proper printouts of the MAH CET hall tickets or admit cards and necessary documents to be taken at the exam venue. If possible, an aspirant should visit the exam venue before the exam date to avoid any hassles on the day of the exam.  A relaxed mind and a good sleep will help to perform well. All the prospective test takers, should try to avoid any rumours and always rely on the trusted sources for exam-related news.



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