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Guru Nanak Dev University Common Entrance Test(MBA ) Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

Total 200 Questions in four papers. Each paper is of 50 marks


Title of the paper

No. of Questions



Mental and Numerical Ability




General Knowledge




General English




Business Aptitude



Test duration- 2.30 hours

Marking System – 1 mark will be given for each right answer and there will be no negative marking.


Syllabus Summary

No. Of Subject 5
No. Of Unit 16
No. Of Chapter 122
  1. Critical Reasoning
  1. Number series
  2. Letter Series
  3. Series Missing Numbers
  4. Odd one out
  5. Blood Relation
  6. Calender
  7. Clock
  8. Cubes
  9. Matrix
  10. Coding Decoding
  11. Direction and Distance test
  12. Ranking Tests
  13. Sitting Arrangement
  14. Matrix Arrangements
  15. Mathematical Puzzles
  16. Venn Diagram
  17. Linear Arrangements
  1. Data Sufficiency (statement type)
  1. Strong & Weak Arguments
  2. Statements Assumptions
  3. Statements and Conclusions
  4. Statements & Inferences
  5. Course of Action
  6. Causes and Effects
  7. Syllogism
  8. Logical Deduction (based on syllogism)
  9. Verbal Classification (Odd one out)
  10. Analogies
  11. Logical Sequence of Words
  1. Comprehension
  1. Sentence­ Jumble
  1. Nouns
  2. Pronouns
  3. Adjective
  4. Adverbs
  5. Prepositions
  6. Articles
  7. Verbs
  8. Tense
  9. Sentence Improvement
  10. Parallelism
  11. Modifiers
  12. Subject Verb Agreement
  1. Sentence completion
  2. Analogies
  3. Synoymns
  4. Idioms and Pharses
  5. Cloze Test
  6. Homophones
  7. Confusables
  8. Migratory Words
  9. Phrasal Verbs
  10. Word Usage
  11. Antonym
  1. Indian Judiciary
  2. Banking and Finance
  3. Business
  4. Institutions of India
  5. Defence & Space
  6. Science and Technology
  7. Economics
  8. Geography
  9. History
  10. International Relations
  11. Literature
  12. Awards & Honours
  13. Movies
  14. Current Affairs
  15. Who's who
  16. Indian Constitution
  17. Politics
  18. Indian Industries
  19. Indian Agriculture
  20. Sports
  1. Hindu Law And Muslim Law
  1. Essential Elements Of Contract
  2. Types Of Contract
  3. Breach Of Contract & Damages
  4. Performance Of Contract
  5. Discharge Of Contract
  6. Specific Contracts
  1. General Defenses & Capacity
  2. Vicarious Liability & Vicarious Liability Of State
  3. Remoteness Of Damage
  4. Essentials & Defences & Nuisance
  1. General Principles
  2. Stages Of Crime Offences
  3. Right Of Private Defense Of The Body And Of Property
  1. Data interpretations
  2. Data Sufficiency
  1. Percentage 
  2. Profit, Loss and Discount
  3. Time, Speed and Distance
  4. Averages
  5. Age
  6. Pipes and Cisterns
  7. Ratio and proportion
  8. Alligation and Mixture
  9. Relative speed
  10. Compound interest
  11. Circular Track & Upstream-downstream
  12. Partnership
  1. Properties of Circles
  2. Area and Volume of 2D and 3D figures
  3. BODMAS/Simplification
  4. Quadratic equations
  5. Number System
  6. Probability 
  7. Angles, lines
  8. LCM and HCF
  9. Permutation and Combination
  10. Height and Distance
  11. Logarithm
  12. Linear Equation
  13. Indices
  14. Arithmatic and Geometric Prograssion
  15. Set Theory & Venn Diagram
  16. Geometry and Mensuration
  17. Properties of Quadrilaterals
  18. Properties of Triangles

How to prepare

Preparation Strategy

Make a proper Time Table

It is very important that you make a time table and stick to it and you will have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it.

Concept clarity rather than rote learning

It is essential that you have a clear idea of the formulas and concepts rather than rote learning of things for the papers. While you might require it for memorizing formulas it is important that for other stuff you make sure you clear your basis and concepts before moving on.

Prepare Notes

It is very important to make small notes or a comprehensive list of formulas on each covered topic and chapter which will come in handy at the time of revision. This will require you to be regular with your work but will surely make things easy at the time of revision.

Aspirants should focus on core quant topics and theory. Try and finish all the topics in the next two months. Thereafter, do not touch new topics or comfortable areas. The chief strategy should be to attempt familiar questions and leave non-familiar/non-comfortable questions. Candidates should be able to decide this within 10 seconds.

Speed will be also very critical in the exam. Apart question learning to select a question, candidates should also to reject a question in less than 10 seconds.

Expect some calculation-heavy problems. These questions are meant to be left alone. Give it a try only if are not very close.

So focus on CAT quant syllabus. Here are some core topics that you can expect:

Candidates can safely ignore Trigonometry & Statistics. This topic has a maximum of one to two questions, which are generally easy. Questions related to Data Sufficiency has not been observed so far.

Logical reasoning is comparatively easier than Quant and Data Interpretation in the exam. We can expect a similar pattern in the exam 2016. Questions in LR can range from Decision Making to Verbal Logic.

Verbal ability section usually consists of grammar, reading comprehension. There’s no different strategy for VA section. Candidates need to focus on an overall strategy for MBA exams while preparing for verbal sections, because all the exams have a similar syllabus.

While revising GENERAL AWARENESS, candidates need to go through top news stories regularly. Apart from that, focus on static topics.

Except for the section on General Awareness, all the other sections of the exam get well covered with a good preparation for CAT. However, it would be advisable for a student to work on his/her speed the exam. Some of the questions under Data Interpretation tend to be calculation intensive. 

For preparation on General Awareness, in addition to reading newspapers regularly, it would be advisable for a student to prepare from the following sources:

  • Also, in the various issues of MBA Education & Careers magazine, focus on features like Business GK, Current Issues & Events, and Current Event Chronicle (this feature captures important tidbits). 
    In addition to the above, please run through the GK Model Papers feature titled, improve your GK.

  • Go through the GA Note (Study Material) booklet for stock GK (like history and geography). Also use the GAT papers, each with 50 questions.

  • Manorama & CSR Year Book - it helps in preparation for stock type questions In Manorama Year Book and CSR, please focus on the following chapters.

  • Who is who

  • What is what

  • Science scan

  • Human body

  • Computers

  • Landmarks of history

  • The Universe

While preparing for this section, a student should focus on issues related to National & International Events, World Bodies, and Foreign Trade-related information.

Finally, practicing past years' question papers, as well as Mock Tests of various players, are perhaps the best source for preparation. It provides the opportunity to plug the loopholes in the preparation of entrance exam and one should give maximum importance to these question papers.

Duration : 150 Minutes

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