Strategy for CETRahul Singh
Maharashtra-CET (MH-CET) is the state-level entrance test conducted for admissions to MBA and MMS Programs, offered by management colleges in Maharashtra. The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Maharashtra conducts the MH-CET every year.
The syllabus of CET covers most of the usual topics that appear in an MBA entrance exam, save for GK.
CET is based completely on speed and accuracy. Being one of the most sought-after entrance exams in the country, it would be wise to follow a strategy that would aid you in your exam preparation.
The following points give you a step-by-step guide to plan your strategy for cracking this exam:
1) The first Mock: Start your preparation by taking a Mock Test. After taking the test, analyze where you went right/wrong. This is a crucial step. Do a complete SWOT Analysis of the paper, if that helps you. But do make sure that you analyze it. This analysis will give you an idea about where you currently stand. It will also give you a good understanding of the exam pattern. Knowing the exam pattern before starting your preparation is a great way to begin.
Furthermore, build your strategy based on the analysis of this mock test.
2) Foundation building: This is the first step to cracking MH-CET. You have to build the foundations/basics of each subject. And this is to be done for all the subjects. Do the basic solved examples in Quants and Logical Reasoning. Get started with Verbal by building your vocabulary.
3) Targets: Set targets for each day. Before starting your preparation for the day, you should set a target that involves you solving a minimum number of questions on that day. Make sure that you meet that target. This will help to keep your progress steady.
Failure to regularly meet the targets will affect the entire schedule, and you will have to compensate your time from other activities. Therefore, be regular.
4) Strengths: Once you have solved a mock and completed the basics of each chapter, you will get an idea about your strong areas. They will be the areas where you pick up the concepts quickly and make the least number of errors.
Now go ahead and familiarize yourself with you strong areas. This can be done by solving each and every question type from each topic. When you say that you are familiar with a topic, you should be able to at least have an idea on how to solve any question that comes from that topic. If you can do that, then these strong areas will be your own set of fixed marks in the exam. They will be the areas that you can bank upon, after attempting all the questions.
5) Reasoning: MH CET focuses on certain reasoning questions that are exclusive to its pattern. These questions aren’t seen much in other MBA entrance exams. Therefore, if you have been studying for other exams like CAT & XAT, make sure that you devote some extra time towards these topics.
For acing reasoning questions, all you need is practice. Your practice levels should be the highest for this section. The more you practice, the quicker you can get at these questions. Also, solve few examples on Visual Reasoning every day.
6) Speed: Once you are familiar with all the questions. Your next step would be to decrease the solving time for each question.
For Quants, this can be done by learning quick calculation techniques, tables, percentages, Vedic Maths, etc.
For Verbal, you can increase your speed by reading a book/novel/newspaper every day. The more you read, the faster your reading speed gets.
To increase your speed of solving questions within the pressure of time, keep solving as many mock tests/past papers that you can get your hands on. This will help you to get accustomed to the time limit of the CET Exam.
7) Shortcuts: No matter how fast you are with your calculations, there may be some questions that will still take a lot of time to solve. Here, it is not the calculation speed that is significant, but the solving technique for the question, that matters most.
There are numerous ways to solve a question. However, the quickest way, is through shortcuts. Shortcuts will help you to reduce your solving time, significantly. Therefore, once you are done with familiarizing yourself with the different types of questions, you should start finding out and begin learning, the different shortcuts w.r.t. each subject (especially Quant & DI).
8) Weak Areas: At this point of time, you should start practicing all the topics that fall under your weak areas. Remember, for an MBA Entrance exam, it is best to have an idea about everything that is there in the syllabus. This makes sure that your attempt isn’t affected much by surprises of any sort, in the exam.
While practicing for weak areas, make sure to keep developing your proficiency in your strong areas as well. Do not compromise one for the other.
9) RCs: Up till now, you might have practised RCs, as regularly as the other topics in Verbal Ability. Now would be time to give RCs a slightly higher priority. Even though you might be of the opinion that ‘RC in CET is easy’ or ‘I Can crack VA without RC’, you should still devote special attention to RC.
This is because MBA Exams are full of surprises. You never know when the weightage of RCs might increase/decrease, as the pattern keeps changing regularly. Apart from this, practicing RCs is also a great way to improve your general language skills.
10) Mocks: While following the above steps, make sure that you are regularly giving mock tests as well. The first mock that you give shouldn’t be the only mock test that you give during your preparation. Also, while writing a mock, make sure that you have improved w.r.t. the earlier mock test. If you haven’t, spend time to analyze where or what are you lacking in.
Mock Tests help to improve your speed, accuracy, test-taking strategy, your ability to solve under pressure, and your decision making as well. So, make sure that Mocks are a regular part of your preparation.
11) Final Leg: Around 10-15 days before you exam, you should start practicing all that you have learnt up till now. Analyze the mock test that you’ve recently given. Make sure that all your strengths and weakness have been taken care by of your preparation.
Towards the end, keep a calm mind. Do not worry about what you have missed or failed to include in our preparation. Just focus on everything that you have learnt, finalize your test-taking strategy, and give it your best on the day of the exam.
All the Best!!