CMAT Examination: How to prepare in One Month

Candidates who have started their preparations for CMAT 2020 must speed up their preparation process.  For those who are yet to start their CMAT preparation, it is high time they start practising for the test. For those candidates who have already appeared for CAT 2019, SNAP 2019 and IIFT 2020 exams, they only need to practise the CMAT mock tests and the GK questions.  If you are only planning on giving the CMAT examination, you need to put in a minimum of 4-6 hours daily for CMAT preparation.

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How to prepare for CMAT 2020 in One Month

As time is less, your focus should be on the toughest subject. Check the CMAT syllabus and make a list of topics starting from the toughest to the easiest one. Split your time accordingly and start the preparation.

As the CMAT exam pattern is quite similar to the other MBA exams, i.e. MCQs on Quant, Reasoning, English and GK, most of the books and study materials will also be the same. You must also simultaneously practice with CMAT mock tests and previous years question papers while covering the syllabus.

Best Books for CMAT Preparation

Here are some of the best books for CMAT 2020:

CMAT BookAuthor
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CATArun Sharma (Mc Graw Hill Education
The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for the CATNishit K Sinha
A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal ReasoningDr. R S Aggarwal
Trishna’s Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for the CAT and Other MBA ExaminationsTIME
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CATArun Sharma (Mc Graw Hill Education)
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission Into IIMsSarvesh K Verma (Arihant)
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsAbhijit Guha (Mc Graw Hill Education)
NCERT Mathematics Books for Standard 8, 9 and 10NCERT
Quantitative AptitudeDr. R S Aggarwal
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CATArun Sharma (Mc Graw Hill Education)
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CATNishit K Sinha (Pearson)

Here are a few useful tips for the last month preparation of CMAT exam

Mock Test: Keep practising the mock tests and the CMAT question papers of previous years. The more you practise, the sharper your understanding of the concepts will be. In the last month practise a CMAT mock test every alternate day. Remember to evaluate the result of each mock test and work on your mistakes.

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Revision: Start your chapter-wise revision 14 days before the exam. It is pointless to appear for the exam without ample revision of all the topics. Take an hour each day to brush up on your concepts and formulae. Use this time to revise the GK section too which isn’t quite tough if you have been regularly following the news and the current affairs. For static GK topics, the best approach is regular revision. Make short notes in your notebook and go through the notes a day before the exam.

Focus on exam day strategy: Make sure you have a thorough understanding of the CMAT exam pattern including the section-wise breakup, topic-wise weightage and difficulty level. Your choice of questions plays a crucial role in your overall score. CMAT has negative marking and it is better to skip the questions you are not sure of instead of giving an incorrect answer. Develop the ability to identify the questions for which you are 100% sure of the answer.

Time Management: Time management is another crucial aspect of your preparations. CMAT has 100 questions and the duration of the exam is 180 minutes, which means you have 1.8 minutes for each question, including reading the specific instructions, RC passages, mathematical calculation, etc. So work on building your speed and accuracy by solving sample questions in the last one month.

Points to Keep in Mind for CMAT Exam 2020

  • CMAT has a negative marking of -1 mark for every incorrect answer. There is no negative marking for unanswered questions
  • There is no time limit for each section. You can answer the questions based on any order.
  • Keep a time limit for each section and finish the questions within the time set. If there’s enough time, try to solve the unanswered questions again.
  • Start with the simple questions and then move on to the tough questions. Keep the GK section for the end as you need only about 10-15 minutes for this section.
  • The CMAT question paper is generally of moderate difficulty. The RC passages in the Language Comprehension section are usually quite easy to understand.

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