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7 Tips to Beat CMAT 2023 With A Bang!

Anjani Chaand
Anjani ChaandUpdated On: May 03, 2023 05:10 pm IST | CMAT

It is only human to get nervous when facing a tough examination such as CMAT 2023. It becomes very important in such a scenario to keep a clear head and tackle the question paper methodically.

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There are many Master of Business Administration (MBA) aspirants who are unable to get a good score on the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) despite putting in a lot of hard work. Even after studying the best books to prepare for CMAT and following the best preparation tips, they are just not able to get the CMAT results that they want.

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Most of the time, you find students blaming their luck for their poor score. However, more often, the real reason behind this is how they tackle the CMAT question paper. Candidates often forget that getting a good score in CMAT 2023 is not all about preparation. It also requires knowledge of how to approach the CMAT question paper.

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Getting Nervous When Approaching CMAT 2023 Question Paper

Candidates with basic preparation but a positive approach are sometimes able to score higher than their colleagues who have prepared well but get nervous in the examination hall. Many of my friends have told me how they have sometimes struggled with doing even basic calculations when faced with the question paper.

If you are at such a point, your ability to control your nerves becomes more important than knowing any theorem or formula. It is also what makes the difference between scoring average and scoring good in Common Management Admission Test (CMAT).

How to Regain Your Calm Before CMAT 2023

Each student has their own rituals and beliefs that they use to calm their minds and get in the zone before approaching the question paper. For some saying a prayer works, for others, it can be eating 'dahi cheeni' (sweet yoghurt) in breakfast but it is not always limited to that.

I like to have a drink of water and use the washroom and spend some time on my seat before the examination starts. It helps me cut off from everything else, clear my thoughts and get in the zone. This is another reason why I like to reach the examination centre early.

The point is, follow whatever rituals you have to calm yourself before the exam, even if it might seem silly to others. However, this should not serve as a replacement for sitting down to study and investing your time and effort in practising and getting better at solving CMAT 2023 questions.

Also read: Importance of Time Management for CMAT 2023

7 Best Tips to Beat CMAT 2023

Here, we have compiled some of the best tips to help you beat CMAT 2023 and get a good score.

1. Prepare Well

Ensure that you are following an ideal preparation strategy for CMAT 2023, which gives you ample time. It is also advisable to revise the important topics for CMAT 2023 such as the important formulas, calculation shortcuts etc. On a similar note, do not start a new topic at the last moment as that can cause confusion on the exam day.

2. Reach the Centre Before Time

When you are on schedule, it takes a lot of mental pressure off. It is always advisable to reach the examination centre early to have enough time to deal with any emergencies and avoid the last-minute rush, especially in the times of COVID-19.

3. Read the Questions Carefully

It is suggested that one must not be in a hurry while inside an exam hall. So, stay calm and read the questions thoroughly. Divide the questions into sets of two-three in order of your ease in attempting them. Manage your time well and try not to spend much time on a single question itself.

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4. Start With the Comfortable Section

It is always advisable to start the test with the section you are most comfortable with. Solving 2-3 easy questions at the beginning of the test is a good way to give yourself a confidence boost and warm-up for the more difficult ones. Once you attempt the comfortable part, you get enough time to think upon the other sections.

5. If in Doubt, Leave it Out

When in doubt about the correct answer to a question, it is best to mark it and leave it for the end. The time you spend on solving that question would be time wasted if you are able to solve two other questions in the same span. Remember that you get equal marks to solve the easiest question and the most difficult one.

6. Revise

Go through the question paper at the end of the test and try to solve as many of the questions that you initially left out. Some of these may prove to be easier to solve after coming back to them. If there is time left, it can also be helpful to go through your answers once and chalk out any silly mistakes. Remember that changing every incorrect answer to correct will add 5 marks to your score.

Also read: CMAT 2023 Complete Revision Plan

7. Relax

Once the test is complete, just take some time off for yourself and relax. Giving yourself some leisure time spent without thinking about the test will give you a morale boost, increase happiness and improve mental health!

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How to prepare for CMAT 2023?

Every aspirant has their own method of preparing for the CMAT exam. Building conceptual clarity is the foundation of the CMAT preparation plan, which is then followed by sufficient practice. You should dedicate three to five months to CMAT preparation. Make sure to use a sequential and systematic approach when preparing for the CMAT '23. In conclusion, you must keep in mind that the CMAT is intended to evaluate you on a number of basic management skills, including time management, prioritization, stress management, knowledge, and striking a balance between accuracy and speed.

Is the CMAT exam tough or easy?

The overall difficulty of the CMAT exam is known to range from easy to moderate, based on past year trends. The General Awareness section of CMAT is rated as the hardest out of all the other sections by test-takers. However, as compared to other popular MBA entrance exams conducted for MBA admissions in India, the overall difficulty is easy.

Can the CMAT exam be cracked with 1 month of preparation?

Yes, the CMAT exam can be cracked with 1 month of preparation, depending on the level of effort and type of study material that a student prepares from. Even if you decide to take the CMAT 2023 exam at the last moment, you can still do well as long as you follow the appropriate path and take the proper actions. In order to prepare for the CMAT 2023 in one month, a thorough understanding of the syllabus is necessary. Additionally, you must concentrate on time-bound revision and practice mock exams regularly.

Is CMAT easier than the CAT exam?

In comparison to the CAT exam, the CMAT is a less challenging exam. For incorrect responses, CMAT awards a negative marking of 25% while CAT awards a negative marking of 33% for incorrect responses. The IIMs shortlist candidates based on the minimal qualifying sectional score and if a candidate does not meet the required cutoff they are eligible for MBA admissions. However, no CMAT candidate is dismissed and is eligible for shortlisting.

What are some of the best books for CMAT preparation?

Preparing from the right study material is vital for achieving a good score on the CMAT exam. Candidates can also study from sample papers and previous year's question papers for better preparation. Here are some of the best books for CMAT preparation:

  • National Policy on Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015- Published by Govt of India
  • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT’- by Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay
  • The Complete Reference Manual for CMAT by SK Sinha, S Satyanarayan & JS Rana
  • ‘How to prepare for Quantitative for the CAT’ - by Arun Sharma, published by MGH Education

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