Strategy to get top CMAT results in Language Comprehension & LR
Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a national level entrance exam for admissions for over 10000 dream b-schools all over India conducted by National test Agency(NTA), for admissions to MBA & other Post Graduate Diploma courses in Management. Every year 50,000 aspirants give this computer based online exam from different parts of the country .CMAT exam is conducted every year in the month of January. CMAT results are accepted by various B-schools, all over the country.So, it is time to start planning for preparation of CMAT exam.
CMAT is an online exam conducted in two sessions from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. The CMAT question paper contains 100 MCQs with four options each to choose the right answer from. Here is the CMAT exam pattern. Each section in CMAT consists of 25 questions of 4 marks each. There is negative marking so the candidate may answer the questions carefully. For each right answer, candidate gets 4 marks and for each wrong, it gets 1 negative marks. There are no deductions for unanswered question
The CMAT Language Comprehension sections contain 25 questions with max. marks 100 which contains the following:
· Reading Comprehension
· Critical Reasoning
· Vocabulary (Para-jumbles, idioms & phrases, sentence correction, fill in the blanks, Antonyms & Synonyms, Facts, Interference & Judgement, etc)
To prepare yourself for Language Comprehension, get in the daily reading habit which is not limited to novels, books, newspapers. editorials, magazines, etc. There is no short cut for this section, reading habit is the only key to success. While reading novels, get into touch which idioms & phrases.
Traditional RC to follow, basically a paragraph with 5 questions which would be normally around the author’s view, message, etc. CMAT RC would be easier when compared to other competitive exams, as the questions would be most direct. Comprehension skills can only be attributed to a reading habit.
Critical Reasoning is an analytical way of thinking about issues for analyzing and evaluating information gathered from observation and experience in order to come to certain conclusions. Critical Reasoning clarifies goals, examines assumptions, discerns hidden values, evaluates evidence and assesses conclusions. Candidates should develop skills like observation, interpretation, analysis, inference, evaluation, and explanation.
Vocabulary includes Para-jumbles, Antonyms & Synonyms and grammar (idioms & phrases, sentence correction, fill in the blanks, Facts, Interference & Judgement, sentence completion, analogy, etc).
It consists of a group of sentences that have been jumbled up. The goal in these types of sentences is to rearrange the sentences in the original sequence. In para-jumble questions, you will be given a paragraph made of four to five sentences whose original sequence has been changed and you have a few minutes to figure out what that original sequence was.
Get Barron’s word list ready to answer antonyms & synonyms. Basically, 10 words per day from Barron’s Word List will do. Learning new words without their meaning is of no use. This can be easily remembered while we get in those words in simple sentences in day-to-day usage.
Thompson and Martinet’s ‘A Practical English Grammar’ would be a great starting point. Remember, however, that there is no shortcut to grammar. This section can cover idioms & phrases, sentence correction, fill in the blanks, Facts, Interference & Judgement, sentence completion, analogy, etc.
CMAT Logical Reasoning sections contain 25 questions with max. marks 100 which contains the following:
· Arrangements (Linear, Circular, Matrix, etc.)
· Statements & Conclusions.
· Sequences, coding, and decoding.
· Analytical Reasoning.
· Cause & Effects.
· Number series.
· Analogy Tests, etc
Logical reasoning is designed to measure the ability of the candidates to draw the logical statement or arguments. Candidates are required to decipher the logic behind the questions. Once you are there, then this section would be a cake-walk. Candidates can develop skills by solving puzzles frequently. Logical Thinking is the only key to success. Table formation is the best way to decipher the arrangements and similar questions. Diagrams and representation can also be considered to solve questions.
Quick Tips and Tricks to get top CMAT results
1) Past Papers:
This is the first step that you should take while preparing to score high CMAT results. Solving previous years’ papers will give you an idea about how the actual paper is going to be. You will be introduced to all types of questions, ranging from the simple ones to the complex.
Once you take this step, you will get a good idea about the pattern, difficulty level, and distribution of the different questions. You can then use this for prioritizing all the different topics in your prep schedule.
Make a proper schedule for your studies and follow it. This will ensure that your progress in your studies is steady.
However, do not forget to relax once in a while. Be a bit flexible in your schedule. Take breaks, and if you relax too much, compensate for it by putting in extra time. You do not want to study rigorously for months and burn yourself out before the exam.
Make sure to keep increasing your solving speed, while preparing for CMAT. To do this, set a timer while solving questions. It’ll give you a fair idea of the time taken to solve each type of question. You can then gauge and improve your speed respectively.
The above tips will help you to develop a proper strategy for the exam. Follow these tips and increase your scores.