How to Prepare for CAT 2019 and Other MBA Exams Simultaneously

How to Prepare for CAT & Other MBA Exams Simultaneously

If you are an MBA aspirant, one of the first thing you need to decide is which all exams will you want to write. From a wide range of exams conducted at national, state or university level, it only makes sense to choose your exams wisely and economically (cost factor).  

 

Each exam and its exam pattern are unique, be it CAT, XAT, SNAP, or MAT. The difference lies in:

  1. No. of questions – total and sectional
  2. Sections
  3. Type of questions – MCQs or Non-MCQs or Combination
  4. Time Duration – total and sectional
  5. Marking scheme
  6. Difficulty level

 

However, if you look closely the sections are similar and most topics are overlapping. All exams test you on:

  1. English Language – Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  2. Reasoning – Logical, Analytical, Critical, Verbal
  3. Mathematics – Quant, Data Interpretation, Data Adequacy and Data Sufficiency

 

In addition, some other areas where you may be tested are – general awareness (CMAT) and decision making (XAT)

 

If you are writing an array of management entrance tests along with CAT 2019 you must prepare smartly. Few things to keep in mind are:

  1. Compare the syllabus
  2. List down all common and different topics
  3. Understand the difficulty level of each exam
  4. Prepare the individual topics based on the difficulty level of each exam
  5. Write individual mocks for each exam you are preparing.

 

For our students’ reference, we have collated the syllabus topics for top 5 exams – CAT 2019, XAT 2020, SNAP 2019, CMAT 2020 and IBSAT 2019.

 

English Language

Note: Reading comprehension is common across all exams.

 

CAT 2019

XAT 2020

SNAP 2019

CMAT 2019

IBSAT 2019

Analogy

Antonyms - Synonyms

Analogy

Analogy

Analogies

Antonyms

Completion of paragraph

Antonyms - Synonyms

Antonyms - Synonyms

Cloze test

Contextual usage

Correct Use of Words

Comprehension passages – prose and poetry

Contextual Usage

Contextual usage

Fill in the blanks

Fill in the Blanks

Fill in the Blanks

Fact Inference and Judgement

English Grammar

Foreign language words used in English

Jumbled Paragraphs

Idioms and phrases

Figures of speech

Idioms and Phrases

Grammar

Sentence Completion/Correction

Jumbled paragraphs

Fill in the blanks

Incorrect words

Idioms

Vocabulary

One-word substitution

Foreign language words used in English

Para Jumble

Jumbled paragraphs

 

Sentence Completion/Correction

Grammar

Punctuation

One-word substitution

 

Syllogisms

Matching word meanings

Replace the missing words

Para Completion and inference

 

Verbal Reasoning

Odd word out

Sentence completion

Para-jumbles

 

Odd man out

Paragraph formation questions

Spot the error

Reading Comprehension

   

Phrases

Syllogisms

Sentence completion/correction

   

Prepositions

Synonyms and Antonyms

Syllogisms

   

Spellings

Usage of appropriate words

Verbal Logic

   

Syllogisms

Vocabulary

Verbal Reasoning

       

 

Quantitative Ability

 

CAT 2019

XAT 2019

SNAP 2019

CMAT 2019

IBSAT 2019

Algebra

Algebra

Algebra

Allegation & Mixtures

Algebra

Averages

Averages

Averages

Algebra

Arithmetic Progression

Geometric Progression

Binomial Theorem

Binomial Theorem

Averages

Average

Geometry

Complex numbers

Complex numbers

Co-ordinate geometry

Co-ordinate Geometry

HCF & LCM

Co-ordinate geometry

Co-ordinate geometry

Clocks & Calendars

Discount

Inequalities

Equations - Linear & Quadratic

Equations - Linear & Quadratic

Geometry

Geometry

In-equations Quadratic and linear equations

HCF & LCM

HCF & LCM

HCF & LCM

Inequalities

Logarithms

In-equations

In-equations

In-equations Quadratic and linear equations

Installment Payments

Mensuration

Interest - Simple & Compound

Interest - Simple & Compound

Installment Payments

Mensuration

Number system

Logarithm

Logarithm

Logarithms

Mixtures and Alligations

Partnership (Accounts)

Mean – Arithmetic & Geometric

Mean – Arithmetic & Geometric

Mean – Arithmetic, harmonic

Number System

Percentages

Mixtures and Allegations

Mixtures and Allegations

Menstruation

Percentage

Profit & Loss

Percentages

Percentages

Number Base System

Permutation and Combination

Ratios and Proportion

Permutations & Combinations

Permutations & Combinations

Partnership (Accounts)

Probability

Surds and Indices

Progression - Arithmetic & Geometric

Progression - Arithmetic & Geometric

Permutation & Combination

Profit and Loss

Time-Speed-Distance

Probability

Probability

Pipes and Cisterns

Ratio and Proportion

Trigonometry

Profit & Loss

Profit & Loss

Probability

Simple Interest and Partnership

Work and time

Ratios and Proportion

Ratios and Proportion

Profit & Loss

Simplification

 

Set Theory

Set Theory

Progressions – Arithmetic, Geometric, Maxima & Minima

Time and Work

 

Speed, Time and Distance

Speed, Time and Distance

Ratio & Proportions

Time, Speed and Distance

   

Trigonometry

Simple & Compound Interest

 
   

Vectors

Time, Distance, Weights & Heights

 

 

Reasoning – Verbal, Logical, Analytical

CAT 2019

XAT 2020

SNAP 2019

CMAT 2020

IBSAT 2019

Assumptions

Analogy

Assertion and Reasons

Analogy Test

Assumption-Premise-Conclusion

Bars

Assumption-Premise-Conclusion

Assumption-Premise-Conclusion

Assumption-Premise-Conclusion

Cause and effects

Binary Logic

Binary Logic

Binary Logic

Blood Relations

Critical reasoning

Blood Relations

Blood Relations

Blood Relations

Cause and Effect

Data Sufficiency

Caselets

Coding and Decoding

Coding and Decoding

Clocks and Calendars

Logical Reasoning

Clocks and Calendars

Clocks and Calendars

Clocks and Calendars

Coding-Decoding

Statements and Conclusions

Coding-Decoding

Critical Reasoning

Critical Reasoning

Comparisons

Visual reasoning

Data Arrangement

Fact–Inference-Judgement

Identifying next number in series

Deductions

 

Data Structures

Identifying next number in series

Identifying Strong and Weak arguments

Directions

 

Data Sufficiency

Seating Arrangement

Identifying valid inferences

Family tree problem

 

Direction Sense

Visual reasoning

Puzzles

Input & Output

 

Family Tree

 

Seating Arrangement

Identifying probably true probably false

 
   

Sequencing

Linear word formation

 
   

Statements and Assumptions

Matrix Arrangements

 
   

Symbol Based problems

Ranking Tests

 
   

Visual reasoning

Seating Arrangements

 
     

Selections

 
     

Series & Analysis

 
     

Statements and conclusions

 
     

Symbol Based problems

 

 

Data Interpretation

 

 

CAT 2019

XAT 2020

SNAP 2019

CMAT 2020

IBSAT 2019

Line Graphs

Bar Graph

Bar Graph

Bar Graphs

Bar graphs and Column graphs

Pie Charts

Data analysis and comparison

Pie Charts

Caselets

Data Interpretation

Puzzles

Pie charts

Series

Pie Chart

Graphs representing area

Proposition

Tables

Tables

Line Graph

Matrix arrangements

Seating Arrangement

   

Tables

Pie chart

Series

   

Venn Diagram

Tables

Sets

     

Venn diagram

Statements

       

Syllogism

       

Tables

       

Venn Diagram

       

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