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Preparation for MBA Entrance Examinations

Published On: 28 Sep 2012 | Last Updated On: 18 Oct 2012

Preparing for MBA entrance exams is not an easy task and it cannot be done overnight. It requires a lot of systematic planning and efforts along with a sharp mind and in-depth knowledge about the topics of the exam. The best talents from all fields appear for the MBA entrance examinations and the level of competition is very high. To crack the entrance exams and get admission to one of the top B-schools in the country, the candidates need to devote at least three to four hours everyday for about four to five months before the actual examination towards MBA preparation.  CAT, MAT, XAT, SNAP, NMAT, IBSAT, IIFT and CMAT are some of the most popular MBA entrance exams which are accepted by most of the leading B-schools in India.

Even though the exam pattern and questions asked in the MBA entrance exams is different, the broad aspect is same for each of these exams. Hence, the preparation for these exams can be done along the same lines. Some of the common sections/areas of questions that are same in many exams are quantitative aptitude tests, reasoning, comprehension, case analysis, etc. Studying the previous years’ question papers can prove very helpful in the preparation process. Most MBA aspirants’ sign up for coaching centers and join study groups to enhance their preparation process and ace the exams. Being equipped with the correct books for studying is also very important.  Some of the methodologies that can be used for the preparation include:

Coaching Centers

MBA aspirants come from diverse fields of study and everybody does not have a background in management. For proper guidance and training, many join coaching centers. Coaching centers follow classroom teaching method with a more focused approach; candidates can opt to attend regular or weekend classes. These coaching centers help the candidates get their basics right, train in all the areas of the examinations. To ensure good training, it is important for candidates to carry out a thorough research before choosing and enrolling at a coaching center. Some of the popular coaching centers in the country are – T.I.M.E, AIMS Education, Chennai; brainTREE; BASE; Byju’s CAT classes; Career Forum; Career Launcher; FIITJEE Limited and many more.

Most of these coaching centers provide their own study materials, which are entrance exam specific. They also conduct Group Discussion and Personality Development classes to prepare the students for next rounds of admission process. Personality Development classes prepare students for the personal interview round and help them to improve their communication skills. Coachings also conduct regular mock tests and mock GD rounds to assess the progress of students.

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Books have always been a vital part of the education in schools and colleges. This applies for MBA preparation as well. Having the appropriate preparatory books is very important to prepare well for the MBA entrance examinations. Along with buying books for MBA preparation, the candidates can also access study material on the internet. Candidates are advised to take up mock tests at regular intervals so that they can assess their preparation progress. Aspirants can also practice from the study materials provided by the coaching centers. Candidates should focus on building their concepts and short cut methods to solve the problems. Rigorous practice will help them to manage time in examination hall. Some of the popular books candidates can refer to during their preparation are - Peterson’s MBA Programs 2006, The Wetfeet Insider Guide to Industries and Careers for MBAs, Build Your Basics First, Quant E-Book and many more.

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Study Groups

‘Group Studies’ was a common concept during school and college days, where a bunch of people would get together and prepare for the upcoming examinations. Many parents were against this ‘Western’ concept as they considered it to be a waste of time and non-productive. However, this thought has changed with time and today, group studies is very popular and has also proved in helping prepare better for examinations. Similarly, for MBA entrance exams also there are study groups. Usually, these study groups used to be formed within one’s friend circle; but today, the trend has changed. There are many official MBA study groups that are formed where people with a common goal (of getting into a top B-School) get together for studies and discussions. These sessions can prove to be very helpful for MBA aspirants. During these sessions the candidates share their methods adapted to study or solve a certain problem which others were not aware of. Doubts can be cleared and discussions on various topics can be informative for everyone. Candidates can look up on the internet or different social networking websites to know about the closest study groups and can enroll in one to prepare well for the examinations.

Such study groups also prepares students for GD rounds. Students can discuss various topics and can share their opinions. It further helps in exchanging ideas and knowledge which helps students during placements as today companies’ look for students from diverse backgrounds.

Adopting one or all of the above listed methods of preparation can prove fruitful in the journey of MBA preparation. However, choosing the right method that suits your study habits is very vital. Do not procrastinate or depend on an external motivation for MBA preparations. Devoting quality time and staying committed will help you crack these examinations.

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