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'Syllabus for MBA entrance exams do overlap' a finding of MBA Rendezvous Poll

Published :  Saurav Seth | August 19, 2015 | 12:22 PM IST

Indeed MBA aspirants always get puzzled on the syllabus of the MBA entrance examinations and they really wonder that besides mention of sections in the notification of the exam syllabus is never mentioned. 

Be it CAT, XAT, IIFT, CMAT, MAT, SNAP or NMAT the confusion continuous to prevail in almost all exams.

For the benefit of MBA aspirants team MBA Rendezvous conducted a poll in cities of Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai and Chennai and put questions to 51 respondents who were mainly last year aspirants. They were put 2 questions 

(a) Do you think that sections of the exams overlap in each exam?

(b) If so how do you plan to take up each exam.? 

The finding was that the syllabus for MBA entrance exam do overlap and to the 2nd question the finding was as below :

  • 31.37% said that I will trust in my study group
  • 17.65% said that we will focus on speed and accuracy because these two factors are very important and crucial in almost all the exams
  • 13.73% were of the view that they will rely on MOCK test for each exam differently and they will also lean towards learning trends of the exams for the last 2 – 3 years but they felt equally concern that few of the competitive examinations like CAT, XAT & IIFT keep on giving surprises every year. Hence, the respondents never felt confident but were skeptical
  • Only 11.76% were of the opinion that might be dependent on coaching or crash courses 

MBA Entrance Exam Syllabus

Further to understand it will be advisable to have recap on different exams. 

CAT 2015 : This year CAT is being conducted 29th November,  2015 and the sections of the exam are Quantitative Ability which will comprise of 34 questions, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) this will comprise of 32 questions and Verbal Ability / Reading Comprehension (VRC) this will also comprise of 34 questions. CAT 2015 will be for 3 hours and each section will be allotted 60 minutes with a rider that none of the sections can be revisited after completion of the time.

IIFT : IIFT exam is being conducted on 22nd November, 2015 and sections would be Quantitative Analysis, Logical Reasoning, English Comprehension and General Knowledge on Current Affairs. The difference between CAT and IIFT is of Current Affairs.

XAT 2016 : XAT exam will be conducted in 1st Week of January, 2016 and XAT is also different from CAT that besides same sections GK differentiates this exam and Essay differentiates XAT from IIFT also. In XAT writing Essay for 20 minutes in a stipulated 200 words on assigned topic will be highly crucial.

CMAT : CMAT now will be conducted only once in a year and the next examination likely will be to be held in January, 2016. CMAT also have same sections as of IIFT but QA, LR and Language comprehension are the same in all exams.

Likewise MAT and NMAT also follow the above pattern. 

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