CMAT 2021 Preparation Strategy, Study Plan & Time Table

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CMAT Study Plan, Preparation Strategy and Timetable

If you are a CMAT aspirant, then you must be well aware that cracking CMAT 2021 requires a well-planned approach and a good preparation strategy. If you are planning to crack CMAT 2021, then, it indeed becomes essential for you to prepare for it with utmost sincerity and dedication. To have an efficient preparation strategy for CMAT 2021, one should have a stronghold at the concepts and take as many mock tests for CMAT. 

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is one of the most sought after and popular MBA entrance exams among the MBA aspirants in India. It is a national level entrance examination whose score is accepted over 1000 B-schools across India. The entrance exam is conducted every year generally in the month of January. CMAT has a total of 4 sections- Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, General Awareness, Logical Reasoning and Language Comprehension in the exam comprising of 25 questions each.

Therefore, for the preparation of CMAT 2021 one should prepare strategically and must start their exam preparation well in advance and must make sure to cover maximum topics mentioned in the syllabus of CMAT 2021. 

Preparation Tips and Strategies for CMAT

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) 2021 will not only test your knowledge of any particular subject or section but it will evaluate you on your overall ability. So, it is better to pay attention to the basics such as language, logical reasoning etc. To avoid any last-minute hassle, all the CMAT aspirants are expected to go through the thorough the preparation scheme and preparation timetable of CMAT 2021 after having read the detailed pattern and syllabus of the entrance examination. 

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    Exam date: 14 Feb, 2021

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    Exam date: 20 Mar, 2021

3 Month Preparation Strategy & Study Plan for CMAT 2021

Now that only three months are left for Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) 2021, there must be a lot of pressure on CMAT aspirants to perform extra-ordinary well in the entrance examination. 

You must be thinking of when and how to prepare for CMAT, whether or not to do CMAT preparation online, which CMAT preparation books and preparation material to follow and what strategy to prepare to crack CMAT 2021 Exam with high score. So, to make it easy for you, we’ve come up with a proper study plan and schedule to make your journey easy and you can crack the CMAT 2021 like a pro:

Focus More on your Self-Preparation:

For three months, self-preparation is one thing which is utmost essential for you.  For self-preparation of CMAT, you will have to understand what books you should study for CMAT preparation 2021, whether or not to join a good CMAT exam coaching. One of the best ways to do self-preparation is to take up CMAT exam quiz 2021, CMAT mock tests that can help you with CMAT preparation.

Keep Yourself Updated:

It is necessary for you to keep yourself updated on all the latest news and current happenings. It is not only important for GK preparation but otherwise also. Apart from this, one must understand that CMAT is designed to assess your management skills like time management, stress management, prioritization, and balancing accuracy & speed which will surely give you an added edge.

You should Revise Regularly: 

Regular revision of the sub-topics of CMAT 2021 will not only make you confident about the syllabus, but you will also be familiar with the types of questions and the exam pattern of CMAT. Also, regular revision of the sub-topics will help you to concentrate more on your entrance exam preparations. 

Keep a Finishing Date in Mind:

For finishing the whole syllabus of CMAT, you must keep a date in mind and plan your preparation strategy. With three months left for preparation, it is important for you to finish your syllabus beforehand so that one can you can concentrate more on revision and take up various mock tests to crack the entrance examination.

3 Month Preparation Timetable for Cracking CMAT 2021

As the time for CMAT exam preparation is getting shorter with each passing day now, it has become utmost necessary to make a comprehensive study plan and schedule for yourself to crack CMAT 2021. Take a look at table below to improve your test-taking strategies. 

Total No. of sections in the entrance examination 

4 Sections

Name of the Sections of CMAT 

Logical Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative techniques and data interpretation and Language Comprehension 

No. Of Sub Topics in Each Unit

15 to 20 (Let us Assume 20 )

Total No. Of Sub- Topics to be covered within 3 Months

20*4 =80

Total No. Of Sub Topics to be covered in a Day

At least two or three 

Total No. Of Sub Topics to be covered in a Week (Monday to Friday )

5X2 = 10 sub-topics

Practice test series or mock test on Saturday and Sunday

At least 2-3 Mock Tests

Last Month 

Revision of sub-topics of all sections, the practice of mock tests or test series

Day- Wise Preparation Timetable for CMAT 2021

For a smooth and successful CMAT 2021 preparation, it is always advisable for you to plan and divide your time of the day as per the topics you will have to prepare for the entrance exam. We’ve tried to list a proper study plan for the students who wish to prepare in the morning and for those who wish to do their preparation late at nights. Have a look.

CMAT 2021 Time Table for Those Who Study Early in Morning:

Total Number of Hours to  Study

8 to 10  Hours

Morning Time (6:00 AM to 8:00 AM)

Out of the four sections, start a sub-topic from one of the sections. Plan what to begin first and start understanding the topic.

Note down all the important points side by side/ make notes

8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Take Rest or follow your daily other activities

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Revise the topics that you have studied in the morning and then start with a sub-topic from a different section.

Make notes from the sub-topic

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Take a Break/ Rest

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Revise the topics that you have studied so far and then start with a sub-topic from a different section.

Make notes from the sub-topic

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Take a Break/ Rest/ Go for a Walk

8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Revise all the sub-topics that you have studied during the day and then start with a sub-topic from a different section.

Make notes from the sub-topic

10:00 PM

Go to Sleep

 

CMAT 2021 Time Table for Those Who Study Late at NIght:

Total Number of Hours to  Study

8 to 10  Hours

Night Time (10:00 PM to 12:00 AM)

Take up a sub-topic from the syllabus of CMAT. Start a sub-topic from one of the sections. Plan what should be studied first and start reading and understanding the topic.

List down all the important points side by side/ make notes

12:00 AM to 01:00 AM

Take Rest/ Take a Break

01:00 AM to 3:00 AM

Revise the topics that you have prepared before and then start with a sub-topic from different section out of CMAT  syllabus.

Make notes from the sub-topic chosen

3:00 AM to 4:00 AM

Take Rest/ Take a Break

4:00 AM to 6:00 AM

After revising the sub-topics, start any other subtopics mentioned in the syllabus of CMAT. 

Keep making notes from the sub-topic

6:00 AM to 8:00 AM

Take Rest/ Take a Break

8:00 AM to 10:00 AM 

Revise all the sub-topics that you have studied during the night and then start with a sub-topic from the syllabus of CMAT.

Month-Wise Preparation Timetable & Study Plan for CMAT 2021

Check out the month-wise preparation timetable and schedule for cracking CMAT 2021. By following the month-wise schedule, you can cement your preparation and improve your test-taking strategies. You may prepare from the topics that have been given below:

Total Number of Days

Sections to be Covered

Sub-topics to be Covered from the mentioned section 

Sub-topics to be Covered from the mentioned section

Sub-topics to be Covered from the mentioned section

Sub-topics to be Covered from the mentioned section

Day 1

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

Set Theory

Pipes and Cisterns

Calendar

Algebra

Day 2

Logical Reasoning

Critical reasoning

Assertion and reasons

Ranking Tests

Blood Relations

Day 3

Language Comprehension

Verbal Reasoning

Contextual usage

Syllogisms

Analogies

Day 4

General Awareness

Geography

Social issues

Books and authors

Finance

Day 5

-

Revision of the sub-topics from all sections 

Revision of the sub-topics from all the sections

Revision of the sub-topics from all the sections

Revision of the sub-topics from all the sections

Day 6

-

Take a Break

Take a Break

Take a Break

Take a Break

Day 7

Language Comprehension

Jumbled paragraphs

Antonyms

Sentence Correction

Odd one out

Day 8

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

Algebra

Geometry

Time-Speed-Distance

Allegation & Mixtures

Day 9

General Awareness

Sports

Politics

World Records

Famous award and prizes

Day 10

Logical Reasoning

Visual reasoning

Clocks and Calendars

Cause and Effects

Statements and assumptions

Day 11

Language Comprehension

Sentence correction

One word substitution

Fill in the Blanks

Idioms

Day 12

-

Take a Break

Take a Break

Take a Break

Take a Break

Day 13

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

Graph

Quadratic and Linear Equations

Geometry

Ratios and Proportion

Day 14

General Awareness

International organizations

Automobiles

Top officials of big companies

Culture and Society

Day 15

Language Comprehension

Fact Inference and Judgement (FIJ)

One word substitution

Sentence correction

Contextual usage

Day 16

Logical Reasoning

Statements and conclusions

Non-Verbal Reasoning

Matrix Arrangements

Identifying arguments

Day 17

-

Revision of the sub-topics from all sections 

Revision of the sub-topics from all the sections

Revision of the sub-topics from all the sections

Revision of the sub-topics from all the sections

Day 18

-

Take a Break

Take a Break

Take a Break

Take a Break

Day 19

General Awareness

Current Affairs

World Records

Social issues

Science

Day 20

Language Comprehension

Syllogisms

Sentence completion

Jumbled paragraphs

Analogies

Day 21

Logical Reasoning

Analogy Test

Direction

Assumption-Premise-Conclusion

Statements and conclusions

Day 22

General Awareness

Economy

Famous award and prizes

Automobiles

Business

Day 23

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

Profit & Loss

Number system

HCF & LCM

Mensuration

Day 24

-

Take a Break

Take a Break

Take a Break

Take a Break

Day 25

Language Comprehension

Different usage of the same word

Syllogisms

Antonyms

Jumbled paragraphs

Day 26

General Awareness

Social issues

Sports

Important quotations

Current Affairs

Day 27

Logical Reasoning

Matrix Arrangements

Clocks and Calendars

Blood Relations

Seating Arrangement

Day 28

-

Practice Mock tests for CMAT

Practice Mock tests for CMAT

Practice Mock tests for CMAT

Practice Mock tests for CMAT

Day 29

-

Stay calm and confident, revise and practice mock tests 

Stay calm and confident, revise and practice mock tests 

Stay calm and confident, revise and practice mock tests 

Stay calm and confident, revise and practice mock tests 

Day 30

-

Appear for CMAT 2019

Appear for CMAT 2019

Appear for CMAT 2019

Appear for CMAT 2019

Is it Possible to Start Preparing for CMAT 2021 at Home?

It is indeed very much possible for the CMAT 2021 aspirants to start preparing for CMAT 2021 at home provided they have the right guidance and materials to start preparing for CMAT 2021 without taking the help of the CMAT 2021 coaching centres. Given below are some of the self-preparatory tips that will help them prepare for CMAT 2021 from home:

  • Go through the revised CMAT 2021 exam syllabus and CMAT 2021 exam pattern first

  • Identify your strong areas and weak areas

  • Gather the best CMAT 2021 study materials 

  • Work hard on your weaker areas

  • Take the maximum number of CMAT 2021 mock tests available on CollegeDekho’s CMAT 2021 mock test page

  • Resort to reading English novels, articles and watching English movies with subtitles to prepare well for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) section

  • Try learning at least 8 to 10 new words you encounter every day while reading newspapers or articles

  • Start dedicating extra time to Data Interpretation (DI) questions as they are the most time-consuming questions in the entire paper

Last Minute Tips for CMAT 2021

Mentioned below are some of the last-minute tips for CMAT 2021:

  • Collect all your relevant things that might be required at the exam centre.

  • Don’t forget to keep your CMAT 2021 Admit Card along with a valid ID Proof.

  • Check on your test centre, understand the location well and plan how you will commute. Google your test centre and note the time of travelling, so that, you may leave your home on time.

  • This is the time when you need to revise all that you have studied. Take a look at the short notes that you made and the formulas that confuse you the most.

  • Sleep well a night before the examination, so that, you remain fresh on the day of examination.

  • Take good care of your health and eat your meals on time.

  • The first and most important thing test takers must do is to be calm and complacent. Take deep breaths and avoid nervousness.

  • Self-confidence is what you will need at the last moment before the exam begins. Have faith in yourself and maintain the trust within you. Keep telling yourself that yes you can do it and you have studied everything.

  • At the test, the centre does as said by the examiner and do not indulge yourself in any kind of quarrel and fights.

  • Reach the CMAT 2021 examination centre an hour before the allotted time.

General CMAT Preparation Tips & Tricks

Familiarity with CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern

Preparing for CMAT 2021 means you should first become familiar with the exam pattern of CMAT. This way, you will be able to come up with a sound preparation plan. CMAT exam has four sections including:

  • Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Language Comprehension
  • General Awareness

Go Through the Entire Syllabus of CMAT 2021

Apart from understanding the exam pattern, you should know the CMAT 2021 syllabus completely. This will also help you focus on all the topics from which the questions are asked in the exam. Most of the questions asked in the paper are based on the basic concepts, and there are also some tricky questions that may require logical thinking. So, focusing on all the topics is vital during CMAT preparation.

Regular Study is the Key

It's important to set a fixed study routine for the CMAT exam 2021 as it will help you stay connected with the exam all the time. This way, you will also become more disciplined as far as exam preparation is concerned. You can also plan what topics you should study daily as part of your preparation plan.

Preparing Short Notes

No matter how much study material you gather, there is just no replacement for making your own notes. Get into the habit of making short notes. It also helps at the time of revision.

Time Management

Time management skills are vital when it comes to preparing for entrance exams. You must set a certain time limit when you set a goal to solve a certain amount of questions. Gradually, you will get better at solving questions and your speed will also increase.

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FAQs about CMAT Preparation Tips

Can I crack CMAT by preparing on the weekends only?

It certainly is possible to crack CMAT with just weekend study. However, it will significantly increase your preparation time and it will also be recommended to spend some time on daily practice while studying for CMAT.

How do I improve time management in CMAT?

Time Management is a very essential quality for CMAT preparation. In order to improve this skill, always use a stopwatch while studying and improve your general focus on how you spend your time.

Can I get good marks in CMAT from only solving mock tests?

It is possible to get a respectable CMAT score from just solving mock tests. However, it will still require the study of new topics and chapters especially in the areas of General Awareness and Language Comprehension.

Is CMAT preparation a difficult task?

No, if you have a good preparation strategy and are dedicated to clearing the exam, it is not that difficult of a task to clear CMAT, especially for an MBA aspirant.

How should I prepare for General Awareness in CMAT?

Reading the newspaper is the best strategy to prepare for the General Awareness section in CMAT. Also, dedicate a notebook for writing down events, download a current affairs app on your phone to keep in touch with the section.

Should I take coaching for CMAT preparation?

Going for coaching is not a bad idea for CMAT preparation. If you feel that self-study is not giving you the best results, go ahead and join a coaching institute without wasting any time.

Is CMAT preparation from home possible?

Yes, it is entirely possible to prepare from CMAT from home. However, the two very main things it requires are a good preparation strategy and time management.

How many hours of study is good for CMAT preparation?

Around 4 - 5 hours of study every day is enough to prepare for CMAT.

Is it possible to prepare for CMAT in 1 month?

Yes, but only if you have already prepared for any other MBA entrance exam in the same session and only need reivisi'ng for CMAT. Otherwise, a 1-month preparation strategy for CMAT is not recommended and will not yield the best results.

What is the ideal preparation time for CMAT?

Ideally, 2 to 3 months are enough for a student to prepare for CMAT if they are in touch with their studies. Otherwise, 6 to 9 months will be required for CMAT preparation, especially if you are a working professional.

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