The most common mistake you can make is to assume that if you prepare for the Common Admission Test (CAT) then won’t have to do additional studies for the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT). In my view, both exams are dissimilar in time allocation and content. CMAT comprises four sections, namely, quantitative technique, logical reasoning, language comprehension and general awareness with each containing 25 questions. You can attempt any section as they are not timed in CMAT.
To begin my preparation, I joined CMAT test series to familiarise myself with the paper pattern and to identify my strengths and weaknesses. It is important to note that taking innumerable mock tests won’t help your preparation. What is essential is not taking the mock CMAT, but analysing the result. While analysing the result, make a note of any new word or formula. Prepare a separate book for the same. List all the common grammer rules, maths formulae and general awareness points. The same book will help you during revision.
While studying for CMAT, I realised that I got ample time to solve maths and logical reasoning questions since CMAT gives you three hours to solve 100 questions.
You need to clear your basic concepts in both quant and logical reasoning and avoid silly mistakes to maximise the score. Language comprehension and general awareness should not be taken lightly.
For that, read English newspapers daily. This will help you ace both these sections. You need to build a decent vocabulary to attempt direct vocab-based questions and content of reading comprehension.
General awareness is the most important section, either you know the answer or you don’t. This section can be divided into two parts - current affairs, for which you need to be aware of the major happenings of the last six months and static general knowledge. To be good at it, the most important thing is to read up on everything - have a thirst for knowledge.
Make a list of commonly-asked things in static GK after reading mock papers such as awards, books, ministers, capitals and governors of Indian states and Indian history etc.
You can also find numerous free online tests for GK. Give at least two hours daily to prepare for this section. Remember, if you neglect this section, your overall performance will be affected.
In conclusion, I would say, plan your schedule for the last three months, reserve days for mocks. It will be worth your efforts.
The author is AIR rank 3 and Maharashtra topper in CMAT 2013 (September- first test). He scored 321 marks out of 400 in the September CMAT