How to Prepare for MBA Entrance Exams?

March 27, 2023

How to Prepare for MBA Entrance Exams?


If we talk about a popular master’s choice for young adults across the globe and especially in India, then MBA is the most lucrative option. MBA is also a very important degree because it allows us to study an industry-specific curriculum, allows us to understand the business, helps us understand the functioning, builds the network, makes us more vocal and confident, but most importantly gives the person a push and in some cases a shift which they long for. To take full benefits of your MBA it is very important that you do it from a top-graded B-school in the country or outside because then only the package is worth it and you can take all the benefits of your 2-year investment. To get into the top bracket colleges there is only one way. The first and the most important thing is to take the entrance exam. The entrance exam is the rejection stage. If you clear it there are high chances that you will also get into your dream college but if you score low then your dream to do an MBA is disturbed in the very first stage. 

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In India, we have several entrance exams to get into the top graded B-schools of our country such as IIMs, XLRI, NMIMS, Symbiosis, SP Jain. Some of these popular entrance exams are CAT, XAT, SNAP, NMAT, GMAT, MCAT.


To start with your entrance exam prep it is very important to have a set mind on what institutes you are targeting, what tests do they accept, what are other tests you have to give, what are other areas that you need to focus on. This will give you clarity on what your final goal is. Having a fixed goal allows us to set milestones and achieve the target.


The major sections such as verbal and quants remain the same over various exams; only the concepts within the subject might vary from test to test. Another prominent section in the test is logical reasoning-Data Interpretation and general awareness. Now for instance, If you have decided that you will take the CAT exam, you should first know everything about it. Know the duration of the test, the sections it is tested upon, and questions and time limit for each section. Then study each individual section in the test. For verbal in the CAT exam, there are RCs, Para-jumbles, Para-summary, Odd One Out. But for the same section in the NMAT exam, there are analogies, grammar tests, sentence corrections. So it is important that you decide your exams and know the topics that you have to study because it is practically impossible to study and master everything.


As an individual, we have our own lifestyle and daily routine. If we are appearing for a very important competitive exam it is not possible that we stop everything else and just focus on the exam and study for it 12-14 hours every day. The more practical way would be to accept it and make some space for it in daily life. You should acknowledge that there is a time constraint so it is important that you give some time every day to your preparation rather than doing more on some days and not doing anything the other days. Bring consistency.


We humans believe that we can do everything and be experts overnight. A lot of us have a tendency that we will do all topics and learn every concept from every book. But this is practically impossible. Like time constraints we also have knowledge constraints and we cannot grasp everything. On exam day, we cannot stay confused, there should be a clutter-free mind. But this is only possible when you don’t learn everything but only the concepts and approach that will help you in your exam. You can take help from a coaching institute or if you are self preparing, talk to someone who has already done it and seek guidance. Don’t switch your material and stick to one or two good CAT books and finish it completely. Learn not only the concepts but the approach to tackle a question.

By Shirin Tarachandani

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