MAH CET Topper Interview - Preethi Parthasarthy of JBIMS shares how to crack MAH CET 2014
In the MAH CET MBA Topper Interview series, today we will share the success mantras of Preethi Parthasarthy, who ranked 6th in MAH CET 2012 exam. Preethi shares her preparation strategy in detail and advises the MAH CET 2014 aspirants, who would be the first batch of the online test on how to tackle the biggest state level MBA entrance exam.
Preethi did her graduation in BMS from SIES College of Commerce, Mumbai. Currently, she is an MBA-Marketing student at Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai.
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Excerpts from the interview.
Careers360: You took MAH CET in the last year it was conducted offline. What was your experience?
Preethi Parthasarthy: Knowing that this would be the last CET, we didn’t exactly know what to expect in terms of difficulty levels. The paper was indeed a surprise as it was relatively harder than the past few years. However, a systematic approach, sound strategy, and a certain amount of flexibility are required to tackle the paper, and this helped me sail through.
Careers360: What was your score and rank in MAH CET 2012?
Preethi Parthasarthy: My score in written exam was 149. The score post GDPI was 179. My Maharashtra state rank was 6.
Careers360: This year MAH CET will be conducted after a hiatus of 1 year and in online format. What are your thoughts on that?
Preethi Parthasarthy: An online test would certainly help save time and effort, given that a lot of time goes in circling the answers in OMR sheets. Would be great if this was pulled off glitch free in its first implementation itself!
Careers360: What was your initial preparation strategy?
Preethi Parthasarthy: My initial plan was to cover basics the basics all over again and be absolutely thorough with them. I focused on accuracy and finding shortcuts to solve questions in lesser time. I took regular mocks and analyzed them to understand the weak areas and focused on eliminating weaknesses.
Careers360: Did you also take other MBA entrance exams like CAT and XAT? Did you find any preparation wise difference among these exams and MAH CET?
Preethi Parthasarthy: I appeared for CAT. The main difference one would have to work for is that CAT questions are definitely more complex than questions that appear in MAH CET, but at the same time the time spent per question is more. MAH CET is a game of speed. One needs to optimize accuracy and speed in order to achieve the best possible results.
Careers360: What was your strategy to tackle your weak areas?
Preethi Parthasarthy: Simply put, keeping the basics intact is the key. There are only a certain number of question types that turn up in the exam and one needs to be thorough with each of them so that no question appears new or unfamiliar in the exam. For areas where I was weak, I spent dedicated hours every other day covering and polishing the basics. This, along with regular mocks helped me track my progress and identify lingering weak areas. Also, a periodical SWOT analysis helped triangulate the main areas which required focus.
Careers360: What was your area wise preparation strategy?
Preethi Parthasarthy: My overall strategy was to cover basics thoroughly from class course material. Optimise accuracy. Then work on speed taken per problem/caselet and optimize this. Finally, it was imperative to strike a balance between speed and accuracy in order to maximize the score. Section wise specifics included a section-wise SWOT that covered each topic under each section. This helped me identify weak areas and allot my time accordingly.
Quant – I maintained a separate booklet for formulae which I went through at the start of every day.
Verbal – I went through flashcards, one RC per day, two vocabulary exercises and some grammar every day.
Visual Reasoning – Practice and more practice. I referred to material outside of the course material given by my coaching classes.
Data Interpretation – 3 caselets every day.
Careers360: What was your last stage of preparations strategy?
Preethi Parthasarthy: At this point, I had already studied everything there was to study. So for this last stage, I regulated myself to giving and analyzing one mock per day, completing past papers and analyzing them thoroughly, focusing on Strengths and Opportunities, and covering any remaining weak areas as best as I could. I went through quant formulae and English root words on a daily basis. The day before the exam, though, I kept my books aside and just chilled the entire day!
Careers360: What is your advice for the MAH CET 2014 takers?
Preethi Parthasarthy: Make sure your basics are clear. Go through the past papers and familiarize yourself with the pattern of questions. Manage your time effectively such that you optimize your attempts and accuracy.
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Questions related to MAH MBA CET
Those who will give CMAT 2021 , are they eligible for sitting in MH CET CAP COUNSELLING? If we are not giving mh cet exam?
Hope you are doing well!
CMAT and MH CET CAP are 2 different examination. CMAT examination provides MBA/ PGDM colleges all over India whereas MH CET CAP provides admission to the MBA/MMS Institutes of state of Maharashtra only!
To sit for counselling session of MH CET CAP a candidate needs to clarify that very examination along with the cut-off.
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is MAH MBA CET exam accepted by PUMBA?
Yes Department of Management Sciences, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune accepts MAH MBA CET for admissions. Department of Management Sciences, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune was established in the year 1971 and is a co-ed college. For Maharashtra candidates, students have to qualify MH-CET exam. For Outside Maharashtra Candidates (OMS), students can apply through CMAT/CAT/MH-CET.
- Department of Management Sciences, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune
i got 69.04 percentile in MAH MBA CET which college should I go in Pune ,mumbai , aurangabad.?
Rakshit, your percentile is quite low, so there are no chances to get into top colleges at all.
As per previous years records, you can join following colleges
1. MAEER MIT college of engineering pune
2. Shree Chanakya Edu. Society’s Indira School Of Business Studies, Tathwade
3. Don Bosco Institute of Technology, Mumbai
4. Durgadevi Saraf Institute of Management Studies, Malad (W), Mumbai
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I am getting a feeling that after medical cap rounds DTE will begin Mah MBA CET 2020 Cap rounds. what do you guys think?
Due to corona crisis there is a delay and the dates are not yet notified for MAH-MBA/MMS CET-2020 counselling. We cannot speculate anything now because the safety is a matter of concern. The schedule will be announced soon for that you may have to wait and check for updates and news regularly.
I got 69 percentile in MAH MBA CET 2020 which collages i should apply in pune.
You can consider the following colleges in Pune: -
- PUMBA (Department of Management Sciences University of Pune)
- Dr. D. Y. Patil Institute of Management & Research (DYPIMR), Pimpri, Pune
- Sri Balaji University Pune
- IIMS Pune: International Institute of Management Studies
- MIT School of Telecom Management (MITSOT)
- Pune Institute of Business Management