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While the classroom programs provide a larger view of each topic, with a broader emphasis and a detailed approach on the basics, credible online programs help you understand the basics and develop an extra edge alongside equipping the students with smarter techniques to solve problems.

It is indispensable to take Mock Tests for management entrance exams because they help you develop speed and accuracy, besides helping you in creating the right preparation strategy for yourself. Analysing the Mock Tests is equally important as it helps you identify your areas of strengths and weaknesses so you can work on improving them.

It is recommended that one should be strong with the basics before proceeding to take on Mock Tests, however, you should not wait to complete the entire syllabus before starting with the Mocks. It is advised that you take Mock Test right away as a diagnostic test to see how you perform as a beginner and gradually start increasing the frequency of Mock Tests as you delve deeper into your preparation.

Solving previous years question papers is crucial to get a fair idea of the exam you are going to write. It helps you get the hang of every section of the exam and be familiar with the structure and the exam pattern.

Regular practice and timely revisions will definitely help you ace the Quant section. You should possess a solid understanding of the exam pattern, important topics, and the weightage of each topic. Generally, good problem-solving skills equipped with a strong foundation in Algebra, Arithmetic, Numbers/Geometry is an ideal combination to help score a 99%ile in this section.

For LRDI, the solution lies in picking up the right kind of sets to answer. You must first pick the sets you are most comfortable with. Notably, the DI sets are gradually becoming more logical in nature for the past few years. Also, there is no rule which says that one needs to attempt all the sets. You must practice this section daily to boost your speed and accuracy. Working through the section smartly and effective time management will help you score high in this section.

Reading Comprehension does not require any formulae or strategy to ace it because the key to solving RCs lie within the RCs - there is no external context or information required, all you need can be found within the 3-4 paragraphs of the RCs. Also, you should be careful to stick with the given information only while answering the questions.

Cracking a management entrance exam with a decent score is obviously beneficial but does not guarantee a selection in the B-school of your choice. You also need to perform well in Stage 2, i.e. the GD-PI-WAT rounds to be selected in your desired B-school. To prepare for the same, you need to be abreast with current affairs, know how to put your arguments forth in the GD rounds, be calm and composed during the PI alongside having good answers under your belt about your CV and other strong attributes.

XAT, IIFT, SNAP, TISSNET,CMAT, MAT are the MBA entrance exams which have GK section.

Prior work experience is considered beneficial during the shortlisting process before joining the MBA/PGDM program, however, it is not mandatory. The weightage of work experience comes around 10%-15% during the profile-based shortlisting. The work experience generally helps you relate to the corporate realities and to maximise your MBA to the fullest.

There are various entrance exams conducted by the B-schools for providing admission into their management courses. a). The CAT exam is conducted by the IIMs and is accepted by the B-Schools pan-India. b). The XAT exam is conducted by XLRI for admission into its several management institutes all over India and other b-schools. c). IIFT conducts its own entrance exam known as IIFT for admission into its management course d). The NMAT exam is conducted for securing admission into NMIMS and associated branches. e). The SNAP exam is conducted for admission into 15 Symbiosis institutes. f). The MH-CET exam is the MBA entrance exam for institutes in Maharashtra g). TISS-NET is conducted for bagging admissions into Tata Institute of Social Studies for its management courses. CMAT, MAT are some other MBA entrance exams conducted for admission into various B-Schools pan-India.

The first thing you must do is to inculcate in yourself a reading habit. You should read newspapers, editorials, journals and magazines. Also, it is recommended that you interact with people around you in English to strengthen your communication skills. Frequently practice question types like Parajumbles, Paracompletion, Summary, Critical Reasoning among others. Also, it is of supreme importance that you go through every Mock you write. Mark the difficult words from the RC passages, learn their meaning and their usage in the context.

PGDM stands for Post Graduate Diploma in Management and is awarded by the autonomous bodies (not affiliated with a University) which conduct management courses. The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree is granted only by a University.
Other key differences are as follows:
  • PGDM is looked upon as more industry-oriented than MBA.
  • An MBA gets universal recognition, while a PGDM Diploma needs to be backed by AICTE for recognition and may not hold a strong recognition in the global landscape.
  • PGDM is offered by top B-schools like the IIMs, XLRI, NITIE, MDI etc.
  • Candidates can opt for either as both are duly recognized in India. Also, the placement opportunities in India are extremely high for both, as long as they are backed by a reputed institution’s name.
The CAT exam is meant to test the candidates’ skills in various sets like QA, DI,VA,RC etc. The most crucial part of the exam is speed and there is no one logical reason behind providing an on -screen calculator to students in this tough exam, however, there can be two obvious reasons behind the same:
  • To make calculations easier for you in QA and in DI or
  • To give tougher calculations
Another possible alternative can be that it is meant to confuse students, as
  • The CAT exam does not stress much on calculation, rather on understanding. Where QA is concerned, calculations have never been a problem.
  • In DI, the calculations are usually not difficult and "what to calculate" instead of "how to calculate" is the problem area. However the on-screen calculator might be a bit useful in this area.
  • An on-screen calculator is also available in the GRE and GMAT exams, however, using it leads to a greater wastage of time instead because the calculations are usually simple and most of the students hardly use them.
  • Engineers, who are good in Maths, cannot hide behind LR and avoid RC.
  • Even if you are good in language (RC + Verbal), you cannot afford to ignore LR or DI. Therefore, this paper will require you to do well in all areas.

Yes, your work experience in a CA firm must be mentioned as it will fetch you marks both for work experience and also make the interview more inclined and invested into your work. Notably, IIMB has a higher weightage for work ex[perience and can get you a call at a lower CAT score compared to other IIMs. Likewise, SP Jain has a high weightage for relevant work experience. In case you apply to SPJIMR for Finance; then you also have a good chance of being shortlisted for the interview with a CAT score of 90%ile.

As per the CAT 2019 eligibility criteria goes, you need to provide the Aggregate Percentage up to the last marks statement received from the University.

Since GK is very vast and not restricted to a particular syllabus or fixed number of chapters, you need to broaden your approach when preparing for the same. First thing first, you should start reading a good newspaper like ‘The Hindu’, watch one current affairs program/ news channel a day that you like, maintain a notebook of important events containing short notes which you can easily go through at leisure, leverage the internet for information and join discussion groups. This is more than enough to strengthen your GK for the entrance exams.

One size does not fit all, and the same applies to choosing your MBA specialisation. You need to consider parameters like your interests, aptitude and capabilities and also the resources, faculty and placements offered by the institute. Marketing, Human Resource, Operations, Finance, International Business are some specializations offered by majority of the B-Schools.