MAH CET Preparation for MBA: Topper Tips, Strategy, Books
Aditi Garg, 07 Feb 2019, #MAHA CET
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MAH CET Preparation for MBA: Topper Tips, Strategy, Books - As MAH CET 2019 exam scheduled on March 9 and March 10, 2019 draws closer, prospective test takers must shift a gear up to ensure thorough and complete preparation. The ones who have prepared well, need not worry much about their performance. However, with a handful of days left before the big day, optimising the time remaining in hand to the fullest should be every candidate's prime focus. The ones who still have a long way to go, need to pull up their socks and fine-tune their preparation. This can be done with the help of MAH CET Preparation Books for MBA, along with the topper tips and best books for MAH CET MBA preparation. This article of Careers360 will give you the MAH CET Preparation for MBA, topper tips, exam-taking strategy and best books to prepare for MAH CET MBA in order to ace the exam.

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In the last few days, not much is left for preparation. All you need to do is to practice and work on your speed to up your performance in the exam. This article will give you the exam strategy preparation tips by last year's MAH CET toppers, as well as area wise preparation overview.

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MAH CET MBA Preparation 2019- Sectionwise preparation strategy

 Quantitative Ability – The difficulty level of this particular section is usually moderate, which was the case last year as well. Knowing the basics will help you tackle. 

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QA is an integral part of any aptitude test. The questions in this section cover areas such as basic arithmetic, number systems, mensuration, algebra, 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 to moderate over the years.

Toppers suggest that working on basics and going through school-level Math books would be of good help. Speed is of primary importance in this exam, and thus memorising tables, squares, and cubes is compulsory. Data Interpretation (DI) would form a major chunk of the QA section, so candidates need to pay heed to this part and practise atleast four DI sets extensively every day. Also, topics like Geometry, Mensuration, Permutation Combination and Probability carry heavy weightage and practicing these topics simultaneously everyday would be beneficial. Writing down formulae in a separate register is a good idea. 

Talking about her strategy for QA, Vaishnavi Chandarana, AIR-3 of MAH CET 2018 suggests,”Try to find better ways of solving questions- mainly in Quantitative Ability.”

Verbal Ability – The general difficulty level of this section is moderate. The general difficulty level of this section is moderate. This area takes quite some time to solve. Toppers suggest that one must solve atleast one RC per day along with two vocabulary exercises and some grammar. Making flashcards for vocabulary words is a good idea. 

Good language skills are a requirement for any MBA entrance exam, and even afterwards to qualify the GD and PI rounds. Some of the relevant areas pertaining to VA section for the MAH 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 with a lot of practice and who have a knack of reading fast, can save a lot of time and utilise it in time consuming sections like QA and DI areas where time is a big issue. Familiarity with idioms and phrasal verbs will strengthen their preparation.

Logical Reasoning – Sharing her preparation strategy for this section, AIR 1 of MAH CET 2018, Divya Biyani says “A major part of questions are from the Logical Reasoning section so I focused on that during the exam. I made sure that I quickly solve those and finish with the major part to move on to the other sections.

During my school days, I appeared for exams like NTSE which laid the foundation of time-bound exams for me. After writing so many of these time-bound tests, one doesn’t find exams like MAH CET very challenging. Those exams gave me good practice and a strong foothold over attempting the exam in a given time frame.

I also love solving puzzles in my spare time. I make sure that I time myself while solving puzzles and the habit of keeping it time-bound helped me a lot during the MAH CET exam. I already knew how much time I am taking and how much is left as I have practised and timed myself several times. Practising in speed is the key.”

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.

Abstract Reasoning – Vaishanvi, sharing her preparation strategy for this section, enunciates “I practised Visual Reasoning from the IMS visual reasoning book because it was a new section for me.”

Now we share with you 5 points for overall preparation strategy to follow before the actual exam day.

Avoid complex areas – It is not possible to cover every topic under the MAH CET syllabus. If you have left out some areas which carry less weight as per the past patterns, or owing to their complex nature, you shall not start them now. “One must know which questions and which ones to leave. According to me, one must not waste time in trying to solve questions which they don’t have much knowledge about. Rather, keep solving the ones you are familiar with,” says Divya on her test-taking strategy.

Time Management – As the differentiating factor of MAH CET exam compared to other MBA entrance exams is time, you must plan your time management policy well. 

MAH CET Topper Divya is of the opinion that MAH CET MBA is an exam of time more than knowledge. “It is a test of how much you can attempt within a given time frame. Hence it’s essential to keep track of time and keep practising in a time-bound environment,” she says. 

Following suit, Vaishnavi explains, “Sections like Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability in MAH CET can be time-consuming and thus require adequate practice. Also, one needs to learn the art of leaving lengthy questions in MAH CET which can cause one to have less time for the easier questions. I would recommend future aspirants to solve the easy questions in a particular section in one round and then tackle the time-consuming questions.”

Plan your sequence – Having a plan in advance helps you to identify which questions to attempt first. It is best to start with the area of your strength in order to gain confidence and slowly move towards the other areas. 

Last year's topper and MAH CET AIR 6, Shaunak Satpute says, “MAH CET is all about utilising the 150 minutes efficiently. I planned my examination approach accordingly. I worked on my strengths to attain maximum accuracy. There are two aspects to the MBA entrance preparation: Planning and practising. One must distribute their time doing these things and will definitely score well.

Take mock tests – In the last week, you can take about 3 mock tests in every alternate day and analyze it in between two tests. Make sure that you don’t repeat the mistakes. 

Topper Divya shares her mock-taking strategy, “I prepared for MAH CET on my own. I didn’t want to take any coaching classes. However, I joined CETking’s online mock tests. The mock tests are a series of almost 20 full-length mock tests of two and half hours each. That further helped me to time myself.” 

"In my opinion, the most important aspect of MAH CET preparation is mock tests. I analysed mocks thoroughly and practised the questions for which I took more time than needed. CET is an exam which requires both high speed and high accuracy. Along with regular practice, one also needs to be calm during the exam,” explains Vaishnavi.

DTE might also release MAH CET mock test on its website. It is a good idea to take the practice test for MAH CET MBA to get a hang of the test environment prior to the exam.

Keep calm and give your best shot – Be confident about your preparation so far and revise them thoroughly. As MAH CET 2018 AIR 8, Vaibhav Muley puts it, “I would suggest the aspirants to study hard like never before but it is important to do the smart way at the same time. Self- belief is the key to crack any entrance exam. Keeping oneself motivated and envision oneself at their desired B-school is crucial and keeps one going.”

Tips for the D Day

Don't forget your Hall Ticket - The MAH CET Admit card 2019 is the compulsory and most important document for the exam. Without the hall ticket, you will not be allowed to enter the test hall or take the test. Along with that, you must also carry a photo identity card such as Passport, Voter ID, PAN Card, Adhar Card etc.


Read the center an hour in advance - Make sure that you reach the test center at least an hour before the test schedule. In order to reach on time, start as early as possible. Visit the test center a day before the exam so that you are absolutely clear about the route and know the estimated time.

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