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MBA Rendezvous poll is out on the preparation of exams

Published :  Saurav Seth | August 03, 2015 | 05:47 PM IST

Over a period of time, it is perceived that for taking up MBA entrance exams, you need some coaching? Some say this is a must, others say may not be essential. 

Fact of the matter  is that since MBA entrance exams are not degree exams and aspirants compete  with each other to get highest percentile hence, the perception getting coached becomes top of mind with aspirants and peer group also. 

For the benefit of aspirants, team MBA Rendezvous conducted a classified poll with last year passed out students who not only gave insight but pollsters were able to dig out corrections on perception. 
On our putting this question that since Notifications of all MBA entrance exams are being announced so your preparation is dependent on self-study or do you prefer to be coached?  Or do you take crash courses? 

Total 72 respondents   from top cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata replied with one voice that they always felt that self-study is the best way of preparation for exams like CAT, IIFT, NMAT. 

A) Self-study (68.06%)
B) Coaching (26.39%)
C) Crash Courses  (5.56%)

MBA Exam  preparation

Further revelations were that since exam pattern of exams get changed almost year by year hence, run of the mill preparation will not be sufficient. Aspirants believe that not only relevant updated content is required by them but a continuous SWOT on preparation will get them near to highest percentile. 

Exam Pattern for CAT 2015

CAT aspirants may note that countdown has already begun and this year IIM Ahmedabad is convening CAT 2015. Exam is on 29th November 2015. CAT 2015 will be conducted in 2 sessions. It will be conducted in 650 test centers in 136 cities. The test cities are likely to be available at in the middle of October 2015.

There will be 3 Sections in CAT

  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)
Section  No. Of Questions
Quantitative ability (QA)  34
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)  32
Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC) 34

Duration of the Exam will be 180 Minutes.Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they cannot switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section.Three (3) points will be awarded for each correct answer; one (1) point will be deducted for each wrong answer.There is no penalty for questions that are left unanswered. No negative marking for descriptive questions.

Exam Pattern for IIFT

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) will conduct its written examination on 22nd November 2015 for admission to its MBA-IB (MBA in International Business) programme 2016 - 18 at IIFT New Delhi and IIFT Kolkata.

The MBA (International Business) is a foundational course for developing a competent cadre of business executives to meet the country's growing requirements for training personnel in the field of international management.

The IIFT written entrance exam will be a multiple choice objective type test in English with questions from the following areas:

  • English Comprehension
  • General Knowledge & Awareness
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Analysis

Exam Pattern of NMAT

The dates for NMAT have been announced. The registration for NMAT are open from 2nd July 2015 for admissions in its School of Business Management for academic session 2016-18 and the students, after their formal registrations in NMAT 2016, shall be able to take online test in a window period from 06th October to 19th December 2015 with a choice of two more retakes after first attempt.

Sr. No     Section     No. of Questions     Time in Minutes
1 Language Skills     32   22
Quantitative Skills     48     60
3 Logical Reasoning    40     38
  Total 120 120

it is important for you to perform well relative to other candidates in each of the 3 sections of the test as the score of each section and the overall score will be used to shortlist the candidate for the second stage of the selection process as well as in the final ranking.

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