Preparation Strategy for the MBA entrance exams

March 13, 2023

Preparation Strategy for the MBA entrance exams


MBA is an aesthetical professional course on management. MBA admissions are considered on the basis of academic scores, resumes containing significant work, experience, or some volunteering work; some institutes do consider extracurricular activities, interviews, group discussions. The GMAT (graduate management admission test) and GRE (graduate record Examination) are accepted mostly to fulfil any entrance exam requirement. India prominently avoids the criteria of work experience, candidates with minimum qualifying graduation degree in any discipline can apply for the MBA admission program and appear in various national level entrance exams like CAT, XAT, MAT, MAH-CET, IBSAT, etc.


All these various entrance exams, whether globally or nationally almost cover the same syllabus including numerical ability, logical ability, English language command, communication skills, and quantitative abilities. Some procedures were followed by the essays, group discussions, and personal interviews.

GMAT (graduate management admission test)

GMAT has 4 sections-

  • Analytical writing assessment: 1 question and 30 minutes duration, including analysis of an argument.
  • Integrated reasoning: 12 questions for 30 minutes duration, includes graphics interpretation, table analysis, multi-score reasoning, two-part- analysis.
  • Quantitative reasoning: 31 questions in 62 minutes, including data sufficiency and problem-solving.
  • Verbal reasoning: 36 questions in 65 minutes, including reading comprehension, critical reasoning, sentence correction.

The quantitative and verbal reasoning sections of GMAT are computer-adaptive, i.e. analysis of the real-time problems, if you are capable of solving questions then next will be harder and if you are not able to solve the next question will be easier. You will not be able to skip or return or change your answers, because the computer chooses your preceding response to select the next question.

GRE (Graduate Record Examination)

GRE computer-based test-Total duration: 3 hours 45 minutes.

GRE paper-based exam-Total duration:  3 hours and 30 minutes.

Both formats have the same syllabus for the verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing section with the same scoring scale.

CAT (Common Admission Test)

Section 1: verbal ability and reading comprehension.

Section 2: data interpretation and logical reasoning.

Section 3: quantitative ability.

Total exam duration: 2 hours.

MAT (Management Aptitude Test)

Sections: language comprehension, intelligence, and critical reasoning, data analysis, and sufficiency, mathematical skills, Indian and global environment.

Time duration: 150 minutes.

Preparation strategy

  • Understand and choose wisely for the exam that you want to prepare for, according to your interest in institutes. It may be possible different institutes accept scores of particular entrance exams or may conduct their own exams for admissions.
  • Know your exam, exam pattern, and syllabus. Do some research on the formats and type of questions asked in the exams. Try to choose recent years' papers for the analyzing part because over the years the format keeps on changing and the level of questions is changing every year. Observe keenly.
  • Choose whether you want to join online or offline coaching or self-preparation is your way. In both the scenarios the main objective will be the same to cover the syllabus and practice as much as possible. If you get stuck while making any decision you can check out the responses of toppers, their interviews can help you to understand your capabilities and give you a brief idea about the preparations.
  • You can buy study materials and start your own preparations, but a mock test is a must. It gives you regular assessment about your preparation in detail; your weakness and your perks.
  • Time management is a crucial factor for any successful objective. Analyze and divide your time wisely in the sections you need to practice more to overcome your weakness and the areas where you only need to brush up.
  • For the verbal section, you need to improve your command over language- read novels, English articles, or newspapers and write down new words and their meaning to boost your vocabulary. Try to read at least 30 minutes a day and note down at least 5 new words.
  • Try to do mental maths, try to solve questions without using a pen; it will improve your calculation speed. As data interpretation is a section that consumes your time a lot as compared to any other section. Here you can also try approximation techniques if you are quick with the percentage and fraction.
  • Figure out the decoding part of the questions and create your own hacks- for example, you can focus on the main word or part of a reading section or you can use diagrams in the logical section to solve the questions promptly.
  • Learn new tricks to solve maths, try to avoid traditional maths for calculations, it will consume your time.
  • Cover the whole syllabus, never leave any topic even if you are excellent or weak- practice all the sections regularly.
  • Choose the best book available in the market for the preparations and join a mock test series and follow the schedule regularly. You should be able to complete your syllabus beforehand and have some time to revise the whole syllabus well before the exam. Try to avoid a hectic schedule, the day before an exam.

By Mithila Rathod

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