How to prepare for MBA entrance exams

March 21, 2023

How to prepare for MBA entrance exams


When it comes to MBA entrance exams, there is a lot that students have to prepare for. There are various exams that are accepted by different institutions to select the students. Furthermore, in most of the cases, the focus of the students is majorly on CAT. It is very important to balance the MBA exam preparation to all the tests for which the students appear. There are exams like CAT, XAT, MAT, SNAP, etc. Different institutes consider different exams to admit students to their respective institutes.


The syllabus for most of these MBA exams remains the same. Some sections might be different that vary from paper to paper. The type of questions include:

Quantitative Section- This section of the test includes the basic knowledge of mathematics. Most of the repeated questions include the concepts, such as number system, geometry, mensuration, average, interest, ratio and proportion, binomial theorem, HCF and LCM, functions, complex numbers, linear equations, set theory, etc. 

English Section- This section involves blanks, summary questions, vocabulary, verbal reasoning, closed passages, prepositions, the meaning of words, phrasal verbs, redundancy, parallel construction, reading comprehension, word usage, jumbled paragraphs, etc. 

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning- For this section, the data will be provided in the form of graphs, tables, or charts. Students will be asked to interpret the data and then answer the questions asked. This will include Venn diagrams, bar graphs, line charts, tables, pie charts, tables, graphical representations, etc. The logical Reasoning section will include topics like matrix, ranking tests, analytical reasoning, cause and effects, non-verbal reasoning, statements, arguments, inferences, and more.

General Awareness- As suggested by the name, this section involves current affairs, literature, history, business world, culture, sports, trade, politics, and more.

Preparation Strategy

There are lakhs of students who give these MBA exams every year and compete with one another. Therefore, it is very important to have a proper strategy for the preparation. There are approx 4000 seats available in 20 IIMS (Indian Institutes of Management). If the students are preparing just for the CAT exam then they will cover around 60% of the syllabus for the other exams as well. The only additional section in the other exams will be general awareness. Exams like SNAP, XAT, IIFT involve the general awareness section. 

Students need to thoroughly go through the exam pattern. So that it becomes familiar. 

  • The practice should include a lot of practice and mock tests. 
  • They should practice within the time limit. So that it becomes a habit to finish it on time.
  • Some of the most important things to be kept in mind are the presence of mind, time management, ability to deliver under stress, concentration, and focus. 
  • Students need at least 8 to 12 months for the preparation of CAT. 
  • Study the basic concepts of English, Maths, logical reasoning, etc. These can be studies from the NCERT books of class 10th and 12th.
  • Students should avoid the use of a calculator and put a time while practicing. 
  • Rather than solving the 20 questions at the same time, it is better to solve 4 questions of 5 different types. That will brainstorm and increase the interest and focus.
  • Doing past year's papers helps a lot. Therefore, it is better to practice as many past year question papers as possible.

 Important Books to refer for MBA Entrance Exams

Though the institutes provide enough study material to practice. The students who want to study at home by themselves can check out the below-mentioned books. Some of the recommended books to prepare for MBA Exams are:

  • NCERT Mathematics Books
  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Sarvesh Verma 
  • Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis 
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT, by Nishit Sinha
  • Quantitative Aptitude of CAT by Nishit Sinha
  • High School Grammar and Composition Wren and Martin 
  • A modern approach to Logical Reasoning by R.S Aggarwal 
  • How to prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT book Arun Sharma 

For the general awareness session, students can read daily newspapers or watch regular news to keep themselves updated. They can even begin reading magazines such as Business Standard, India Today, Financial Times. Reading on a regular basis will help.

Top Coaching Institutes

Some of the top coaching institutes that provide the most beneficial coaching and competitive study material include: 

  • TIME ( Triumphant Institute of Management Education)  
  • Edushastra 
  • Career Launcher 

By Swaranshi Chhabra 

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