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CAT & Other MBA exams syllabus

The MBA syndrome has only got stronger with the much hyped economic slowdown and management gurus are upbeat about the “Power of an MBA” to beat the recessionary trends in global economies. The selection process to the glorified portals of B-schools remains sacrosanct and cracking the various management entrance tests (CAT, XAT, SNAP, CMAT etc) remains a significant milestone for admission to top B-schools. While the physical parameters (number of sections, number of questions, duration etc) of these tests may differ, all of them have a striking similarity in their structure and anatomy and this basically stems from the fact that they all intend to measure the same trait – affinity and potential for a formal course in management. The various domains across the gamut of management tests have been profiled below:-

Quantitative Ability –

In student parlance, this area is also labeled as Problem Solving or Math. It encompasses questions from the modules of Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Modern Math. Though prima facie questions seem to be based on concept areas of Math, a covert analysis reveals that most of them are designed to test potent management skills. For example, proficiency in Arithmetic reflects an eye for symmetry, trend analysis and pattern formation;  Algebra (with questions on topics like Time, Speed & Distance, and Equations) mirrors a knack for correlating multiple variables and contextual fitment; Geometry is indicative of spatial understanding, while Modern Math (with topics like Permutations & Combinations) reflects the ability to think laterally. This section has historically been the dominant theme of students’ preparation process because of its concept intensive nature.

Logic & Data Interpretation –

This domain comprises questions from the modules of Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation and Data sufficiency. Logical Reasoning involves questions on arrangements (simple and matrix), coding- decoding, family trees etc and measures an ability to analyze and flowchart data for effective decision making. Data Interpretation consists of questions on different statistical tools (histograms/bar diagrams, line charts, pie charts, data tables etc) and reflects the ability to comprehend statistical data and process it effectively and efficiently. It also tests the ability to approximate, speculate and integrate information for tangible conclusions. Data Sufficiency involves questions on Numeric and Verbal problems and evaluates the ability to take decisions on the basis of an optimum data base, thus emphasizing on the importance of “pace” in contemporary business scenario.

Verbal Ability & Comprehension –

This area profiles questions from the modules of Grammar & Usage, Verbal Reasoning and Reading Comprehension. Grammar & Usage comprises questions on sentence correction, spotting errors, fill in the blanks, synonyms, antonyms etc and measures the ability to connect with verbal and alpha numeric data. Verbal Reasoning entails questions based on fact-inference-judgment, jumbled sentences etc and measure the ability to analyze and critically evaluate information. Reading Comprehension sources passages from a multitude of subject areas (like geography, history, Freudian psychology, sociology etc) and evaluates an ability to comprehend elaborate data and effectively adapt to change.

General Knowledge –

This part has surfaced only in certain tests like SNAP and IIFT and entails questions on current and general awareness. While current awareness embodies questions on contemporary issues, largely from the domains of business, economy & polity, general awareness consists of questions from static subject areas, like history, civics, geography, literature, economics, science etc. The objective of this section is to gauge the students’ sensitivity to the static and dynamic elements of the environment. Certain institutes offering specialized programs customize this section to measure a discrete skill set. For example, in the entrance test of IRMA, this section is labeled as “Issues of Social Concern” and is based on a comprehensive understanding of the economic and social development.

The above cover majority of the areas that appear in various entrance examinations. Each of these requires you to fine tune your preparation strategy and @hitbullseye.com, we provide individual treatment for each of these sections. Our value added-sections, such as Vocab Builder, GK Junction, Bull Persona, E-library and Puzzle Corner, provide special tips, suggestions and preparation material that you can use to improve your test preparation.



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