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Tips of Common Admission Test - MBA

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MBA is one of the most desirable tags on a professional resume. However, going by the current trends, the traditional options are gradually taking a backseat, leading to a definite shift of interest towards taking the road less travelled - the unconventional and the relatively ‘not-so-popular’ courses. Though these courses are still striving to carve a niche for themselves and break through the market of the more established MBA specialties; there is no denying that they have already made their presence felt.

The Common Admission Test is conducted in October-November every year and that remains the same for this year also. Even the number of questions asked remains the same. The change has been incorporated in the number of sections that the CAT paper will have. There will be two sections to be attempted now instead of the usual three. There will also be an additional time of five minutes to complete the test. As per the official statement released by Prometric and the IIMs, the new division of sections is supposed to work as follows: Section I – Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation; Section II – Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning.

How should you attempt these sections?

In Common Admission Test, one thing is very importance to know that how should you attempt this test. The statement also gave an answer to this question saying that the two sections will be “implemented sequentially with separate time limits”. In the total examination time of 140 minutes, the test-takers will have 70 minutes to answer 30 questions within each section. There will be an on-screen countdown timer to help you know your time limit.

The minus point here will be that once the 70 minutes are over, individuals will not be able to go back and attempt the questions that they were not able to complete in the given time. Another change greeted with open arms by the students was the check-in time. The check-in time will now be one and a half hours before the paper begins instead of the previous two hours.

Tips you can’t go wrong with

i) Leave your mark: When you’re in the practicing stage, mark the questions that you can’t solve in the first attempt with an asterisk (*). This will make things easier for you when you go back to revise that particular topic. When you’re short on time, there is no point in revising each and every question; especially those which you have been able to crack

ii) Don’t get caught unawares: Finding a question, similar to something you have practiced before has a very calming effect on you and will help boost your confidence. The best way to achieve this is to practice all kinds of questions. If you’ve covered everything, there is very little chance of getting caught unawares.

iii) Learn. Practise. Test. Online: There are some very good modules available for learning, practising and testing. Make use of them! Test Gym and MBA-on-Demand are especially helpful in these last few months. Moreover, these are available online and give you the added advantage of familiarising yourself with the online medium.

These factors are confidence, hard work and dedication. If your confidence is shaking you will not possess the strength needed for breaking the negative obstacles coming your way. A high dedication assists your way to get reach your aim. Hard work will never deceive you in your goal of scoring high ranks. If you follow all these steps you can definitely be the luckiest student to qualify CAT with attractive rankings.

With the new CAT pattern in place, its time you get expert help! Abhishek Gupta, CL’s in-house Quant expert, offers invaluable tips and advice on how to score better in the Quantitative Aptitude section. For more detail you can visit on

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