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How to prepare for CMAT 2017 in 3 months?

Last Updated - October 24, 2016

AICTE  conduct Common Management Admission Test (CMAT - 2017) on January 28, 2017, and January 29, 2017. The CMAT 2017 is a three-hour computer based online test which is conducted in a single session to evaluate a candidate’s ability across various sections. For admission to management programs, this test facilitates institutions to select suitable graduate candidates.

Only 3 months are left for CMAT 2017, the aspirants must fasten their preparations. CMAT tips and strategies can help aspiring candidates to tackle the CMAT 2017 exam well and obtain a good score.

Read About CMAT 2017: AICTE declares Jan 28 as Exam Date, Jan 29 kept as ‘Reserve Day’

CMAT 2017 Exam Pattern

Before beginning the CMAT 2017 preparation candidate must know the exam pattern. There are 4 sections in the paper as discussed below:

Type of QuestionsNo. of QuestionsMaximum Marks
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation25100
Logical Reasoning25100
Language Comprehension25100
General Awareness25100

CMAT2017 is in January which gives a candidate a window of 3 months to polish their preparation. The Preparation tips given below will help a CMAT aspirant during their preparation in the last three months before the exam.

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CMAT 2017 Preparation strategy for each section

Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation: This section is considered to be more important. There are a few topics in this section which demand more attention for preparation. So, in the last phase of CMAT 2017 preparation, try to attempt more mocks and quantitative questions to score well in CMAT 2017 exam. The aspiring candidates need to focus on following topics in this section-

  • Averages
  • Ratios
  • Mixtures
  • Profit & loss
  • Numbers
  • Time, speed and distance
  • Equations
  • Geometry
  • Percentages

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Logical Reasoning: This section requires a lot of practice. Once you know the trick, you can solve logical reasoning section fast and can score well. This section needs more of logic so in last 3 months prepare with the help of practical segments such as solving Sudoku, play chess. Some of the important areas where you should focus in last phase of CMAT 2017 preparation include-

  • Inferences
  • Statements and assumptions
  • Sequences and series
  • True and false statements
  • Symbol based problems
  • Cause and effect
  • Strong – weak arguments
  • Coding and decoding
  • Series problems
  • Linear arrangements
  • Critical reasoning

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General Awareness: This section is considered as the most unpredictable section. It needs a lot of reading habits. You can further divide this section into three parts for preparation as given in the below table-

Name of sectionPreparation Material
Current based knowledgeNewspapers and Periodicals
Conventional knowledgeBooks
Business newsNational and International

Candidate should focus on the following major topics in last phase of CMAT 2017 preparation -

  • Sports
  • Awards
  • Books & Authors
  • Art & Culture
  • History
  • Science
  • Current events
  • International affairs

Language Comprehension: This is said to be the easiest section to lose marks. In this section, the candidate needs speed and accuracy. It is time – consuming as well.

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Confront numerous types of questions to correct the errors. Revise the various parts of speech and usage of tenses e.g. nouns, articles, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, verbs, etc. If you find that time is short – go for more and more practice related to above topics.

In the last phase of CMAT 2017, candidates should begin attempting the questions from the following topics-

  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Sentence correction
  • Reading comprehension
  • Rearranging sentences
  • Synonyms and antonyms

Make use of flashcards for synonyms-antonyms, exercises on one words substitution, Phrasal Verbs, Idioms.

To ace the CMAT 2017 Exam, aspiring candidates should keep in mind the following tips and strategy-

Make some rules: Make some rules for yourself and follow them while preparing without compromising your freedom and mental peace. The candidates who are already in professional fields cannot find time for any crash course. Thus, these candidates can opt for YouTube tutorials about CMAT 2017 preparation.

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Know where you stand: Before starting your CMAT 2017 preparation, take a preliminary mock test on knowing about your current stand. This will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses.

Section wise study plan: There are 4 sections in CMAT. Read and analyze what important topics are, then start with the basics of each section.

Take mock tests: Take as many computer-based mock tests as possible in the last three months before examination. This will make you familiarize with the test environment.

Analysing mocks: The point of taking mock tests is to analyze your preparation. This way you can channelize your preparation accordingly. Practice more and more mock tests to make your weak areas even stronger and try to solve questions of next level of difficulty.

Time management: This is the most crucial factor of the CMAT 2017 preparation. You must divide your study plan accordingly.

This 3-month preparation strategy will surely work in your favour if you follow it religiously. Good luck cracking CMAT 2017.

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