‘CMAT will test your ca­pac­ity to think’

When at­tempt­ing the test, you should min­imise silly er­rors and try to solve most of the 25 ques­tions in each sec­tion

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Arun Sharma

The next Com­mon Man­age­ment Ad­mis­sion Test (CMAT) will be held from Fe­bru­ary 21 to 25. There are 25 ques­tions in each of the four sec­tions of CMAT. Each ques­tion car­ries four marks for a cor­rect an­swer and one mark is de­ducted for a wrong an­swer. The sec­tions in­clude: quan­ti­ta­tive tech­niques and data in­ter­pre­ta­tion; log­i­cal rea­son­ing; lan­guage com­pre­hen­sion and gen­eral aware­ness.

The ques­tions that ap­pear un­der each of th­ese cat­e­gories are ele­men­tary in na­ture. Un­like other man­age­ment en­trance tests such as the CAT and XAT where dif­fi­cult ques­tions are asked to test a stu­dent’s ca­pac­ity to think and build logic in var­i­ous sit­u­a­tions, the CMAT ques­tions are stan­dard and meant to test a can­di­dates ba­sic un­der­stand­ing. While at­tempt­ing the test, the key ap­proach is to min­imise silly er­rors and try to solve most of the 25 ques­tions in each sec­tion. So what should you be pre­par­ing for when it comes to each of the sec­tions?

Quan­ti­ta­tive tech­niques and data in­ter­pre­ta­tion: The prepa­ra­tion should be di­vided un­der two broad streams — quan­ti­ta­tive tech­niques and data in­ter­pre­ta­tion. To pre­pare for quan­ti­ta­tive tech­niques, break up your prepa­ra­tion into the fol­low­ing topics: Num­ber sys­tems, pro­gres­sions, set the­ory, av­er­ages, per­cent­ages, ap­pli­ca­tions of per­cent­ages — profit and loss, ap­pli­ca­tions of per­cent­ages — in­ter­ests, ra­tio and pro­por­tion , time and work, time speed and dis­tance, ge­om­e­try, men­su­ra­tion, func­tions, in­equal­i­ties and qua­dratic equa­tions.

Data in­ter­pre­ta­tion ques­tions test your abil­ity to com­pre­hend the quan­ti­ta­tive logic which might be em­bed­ded in­side a real life data anal­y­sis sit­u­a­tion. The quan­ti­ta­tive logic would typ­i­cally in­volve math­e­mat­i­cal think­ing on the ba­sis of av­er­ages, ra­tio and pro­por­tions and per­cent­ages. Need­less to say, cal­cu­la­tion skills would also be cru­cial while solv­ing this sec­tion. Fo­cus on your abil­ity to add, sub­tract, mul­ti­ply and di­vide twodigit num­bers as also im­prove your abil­ity to cal­cu­late per­cent­age val­ues and your abil­ity to com­pare ra­tios.

Log­i­cal rea­son­ing: The ques­tion types you would need to pre­pare for this sec­tion in­clude: se­quences and se­ries, blood re­la­tions, di­rec­tion tests, ages, state­ment — as­sump­tions, state­ment — con­clu­sions, as­ser­tions, cour­ses of ac­tion, math­e­mat­i­cal op­er­a­tions, puzzles based on ar­range­ments, team for­ma­tions, rank­ings and quan­ti­ta­tive rea­son­ing, cod­ing- de­cod­ing etc. Once you master the nu­ances of each of th­ese ques­tion types, it will be eas­ier for you to crack them.

Lan­guage com­pre­hen­sion: This sec­tion has a mix of ques­tions from ver­bal abil­ity and read­ing com­pre­hen­sion. Ques­tion types in­clude: crit­i­cal rea­son­ing, fill in the blanks, analo­gies, odd man out, antonyms synonyms, para­graph jum­bles, read­ing com­pre­hen­sion etc. One would not ex­pect the ques­tions to be too tough.

Gen­eral aware­ness: Gen­eral aware­ness is per­haps one of the de­ci­sive sec­tions of the test. Fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing your busi­ness knowl­edge, read the busi­ness news over the past four years from across the world. Gen­eral aware­ness ques­tions can also come from the ar­eas of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, ge­og­ra­phy, pol­i­tics and sports.


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