How to Prepare for CMAT 2022? (as per New Pattern)

How to Prepare for CMAT 2022

How to Prepare for CMAT 2022 as per New Pattern?

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a National Level Entrance Examination for admission to Management Programs in the country. The CMAT 2022 exam registration has started. NTA has recently changed the exam pattern by adding a new section called the “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” section. This article will discuss how to prepare for CMAT 2022 as per the latest pattern.

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Before going to the preparation plan let us have a look at the new CMAT exam pattern.

Exam Pattern

Sections No. of Questions Maximum Marks
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretations 20 80
Logical Reasoning 20 80
Language Comprehension 20 80
General Awareness 20 80
Innovation & Entrepreneurship 20 80
Total 100 400

In the new exam pattern including the new section, the number of questions for each section is also changed. Each section has 20 questions, and each question carries 4 marks and a negative marking of -1 for a wrong answer.

CMAT 2022 Exam Date

The CMAT exam will be conducted in two shifts, as per the details mentioned below:

Date of the Examination Shift and Timing of Examination
Yet to be announced Shift 1: 9:00 A.M. to 12 P.M.

Shift 2: 03:00 P.M. to 06:00 P.M.

The exam date is not released yet, we will inform you immediately if the notification is released.

How to prepare for CMAT 2022 as Per the New Pattern

As I mentioned in the above section, the exam pattern has changed. So, the candidates preparing for the CMAT 2022 exam must plan their preparation strategy according to the change in the exam pattern.

Section Wise Preparation Strategy

Planning a section-wise strategy is crucial for the candidates preparing for the CMAT 2022 Exam. Before going to prepare a study plan. We recommend that the candidates go through the syllabus and identify which areas they were in weak. So in the study plan, the candidate must allot some more time to those weak areas.

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

These are the major topics in this section.

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Others (basic P&C, Probability etc).

The candidate must acquire a strong grasp of formulas to crack this section. Must practice different problems that cover all the formulas and find some easy shortcuts to solve the problems. It can improve your speed of calculation. Also, analyze your mocks and identify which areas are seemed to be difficult for you in this section. Practice more on those areas.

Data Interpretation (DI)

We recommend the candidate represent the data in an organised manner, which saves time during the calculation.

Logical Reasoning

These are the below topics that are included in this section

  • statement and argument
  • statement and conclusion
  • statement and assumptions
  • arrangements
  • blood relation
  • coding-decoding
  • number series
  • analogies etc.

This is the best section to increase your score in this exam. To crack this section, you need to improve your logical thinking ability. Solve a variety of problems and get familiarised with this section.

Language Comprehension

The below-given topics are the major topics in this section

  • Reading comprehension
  • Para jumbles
  • Antonym/synonyms
  • Sentence completion
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Grammar-based questions etc.

The only way to have a grip on this section is by improving reading capability. Read newspaper editorials online articles to improve your reading comprehension abilities. Try to do at least one RC every day.

General Awareness

The given below are the topics that are wide-ragging in this section

  • Static GK and Current GK
  • Recent government schemes
  • International affairs
  • History
  • Geography
  • Sports
  • Politics
  • Awards
  • Books & Authors
  • Arts & Culture etc

Candidates who follow the daily newspapers like The Hindu, Indian Express, etc., can perform very well in this section. Because by reading daily newspaper you can get the awareness of day to day changes in current affairs, politics, sports, etc. We recommend the candidates read the newspaper daily and go through some static GK questions from the topics including History, Geography, Arts & Culture etc., to crack this section.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The primary purpose of adding this section to the CMAT Exam is to encourage the students who are willing to see themself as an entrepreneur after the completion of their master degree.
We don’t have a particular syllabus for this section. So, we recommend the candidates become aware of the following concepts gathered from previous papers. The below concepts are for both Innovation and entrepreneurship.

Important Concepts from Innovation:

  • What is innovation management?
  • The key aspects of innovation management (Capabilities, Structures, Strategy etc)
  • Types of Innovation
  • Innovator’s dilemma
  • The technology adoption lifecycle
  • Risk in innovation management, Risk of not improving
  • The lifecycle of an innovation, Idea management systems, Product portfolio etc.
  • What does successful innovation management look like?
  • Strategies/processes such as Push vs. pull, the phase-gate process, the lean startup etc.
  • KPIs – How to measure innovation? (Input metrics, Output metrics, Types of innovation metrics, Choosing the right metrics etc)

Important Concepts from Entrepreneurship:

  • Definition of Entrepreneurship, and Who is an Entrepreneur?
  • What is a Startup?
  • State of Entrepreneurship in India.
  • The legal structure for startups, Registration Process for entities. Business Licenses, Registrations and Agreements, Legal Contracts and agreements.
  • Process of Entrepreneurship Development, business planning.
  • Role of the Central and State Government in promoting Entrepreneurship.
  • Role of Entrepreneur in the Indian economy.
  • Entrepreneur Vs. Manager, Entrepreneur Vs. Intrapreneur.
  • Environmental Analysis.
  • Schemes are offered by various financial institutions to encourage entrepreneurs.
  • Venture Capital Funding
  • Elements of future growth
  • General Partnership Company and Sole Proprietorship.
  • PEST Analysis, Market Research Activity.

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