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HPCMAT - Himachal Pradesh Combined Management Aptitude Test Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

The exam is a multiple choice test with total 200 questions to be answered. HPCMAT paper consists of objective questions consisting of 50 questions each from the following 4 subjects that has to be completed in 3 hours:

• English Comprehension

• Reasoning

• Business Environment

• Arithmetic Comprehension & Data Interpretation

Test duration- 3 hours

Syllabus Summary

No. Of Subject 3
No. Of Unit 11
No. Of Chapter 89
Chapters
  1. Visual Reasoning
Chapters
  1. Critical Reasoning
Chapters
  1. Number series
  2. Letter Series
  3. Series Missing Numbers
  4. Odd one out
  5. Blood Relation
  6. Calender
  7. Clock
  8. Matrix
  9. Cubes
  10. Coding Decoding
  11. Direction and Distance test
  12. Ranking Tests
  13. Sitting Arrangement
  14. Linear Arrangements
  15. Matrix Arrangements
  16. Mathematical Puzzles
  17. Venn Diagram
Chapters
  1. Strong & Weak Arguments
  2. Statements Assumptions
  3. Statements and Conclusions
  4. Statements & Inferences
  5. Logical Sequence of Words
  6. Analogies
  7. Verbal Classification (Odd one out)
  8. Syllogism
  9. Logical Deduction (based on syllogism)
  10. Course of Action
  11. Causes and Effects
Chapters
  1. Reading Comprehension
Chapters
  1. Sentence­ Jumble
Chapters
  1. Nouns
  2. Pronouns
  3. Adjective
  4. Adverbs
  5. Prepositions
  6. Articles
  7. Verbs
  8. Tense
  9. Modifiers
  10. Parallelism
  11. Sentence Improvement
  12. Subject Verb Agreement
Chapters
  1. Sentence completion
  2. Word Usage
  3. Synoymns
  4. Idioms and Pharses
  5. Cloze Test
  6. Antonym
  7. Analogy
  8. Homophones
  9. Confusables
  10. Migratory Words
  11. Phrasal Verbs
Chapters
  1. Data interpretations
  2. Data Sufficiency
Chapters
  1. Profit, Loss and Discount
  2. Percentage 
  3. Partnership
  4. Pipes and Cisterns
  5. Time and Work
  6. Time, Speed and Distance
  7. Ratio and proportion
  8. Age
  9. Averages
  10. Alligation and Mixture
  11. Circular Track & Upstream-downstream
  12. Compound interest
  13. Relative speed
  14. Simple Intrest
Chapters
  1. Angles, lines
  2. Properties of Circles
  3. Area and Volume of 2D and 3D figures
  4. BODMAS/Simplification
  5. Quadratic equations
  6. Number System
  7. Probability 
  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

HPCMAT is a knowledge-based test with MCQ type test pattern, and examine your general aptitude across varied parameters such as Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis & Sufficiency,Language Comprehension, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, Indian & Global Environment etc. Hence, the preparation strategy must be carefully devised to score high and get calls from good management institutes across the country.

Since the aspect of negative marking of 25 percent exists, you need to be watchful and formulate a strategy to qualify the cut offs for each section. HPCMAT exam’s main objective to test speed and accuracy. Candidates need to attempt each question in less than 80 seconds. Selection is crucial here. 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 HPCMAT 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/CMAT/MAT 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 HPCMAT exam. We can expect a similar pattern in MAT 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 similar syllabus.

While revising INDIAN AD GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT, candidates need to go through top news stories regularly. Apart from that, focus on General Awareness Questions and static topics.

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

For preparation on Business 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 tid-bits). 
In addition to the above, please run through the GK Model Papers feature titled, improve your GK.

Manorama & CSR Year Book - it helps in preparation for stock type questions
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' HPCMAT question papers as well as Mock Tests of various players are perhaps the best source for preparation. It provides opportunity to plug the loopholes in the preparation of MAT entrance exam and one should give maximum importance to these question papers.

Duration : 3 Hours

Important Instructions

1. Bring the following documents while reporting to the Test Centre:

  • Admit Card.
  • Your latest coloured passport size photograph should be pasted on the Admit Card at the place provided for.
  • Photo identity as specified in the How to Register for SNAP ‘C’ point
  • Blue/Black ballpoint pen.

2. Cell phones, calculators, watch calculators, alarm clocks, digital watches with built in calculators/ memory or any electronics gadgets will not be allowed in the examination hall.
3. Occupy the seat allotted to you by verifying the SEAT NUMBER pasted on the desk and indicated in your Admit Card.
4. The Test Invigilator will check your Admit Card and ID proof.

For Application process-

1. This facility would be available for remittance of fee by the students only through SBI branches who would charge Rs.30/- per transaction from the students.

2. The pay in slip for “on line remittance of fee” is available on the University web site hpuniv.nic.in and annexed hereto.

3. The students would deposit the fee in any branch of the SBI and the University copy of the pay in slip in original be attached with the form.

4. In addition, the student will also produce form to the SBI branch where he intend to deposit the fee and get affixed Bank stamp thereon indicating journal number, amount and date.

5. The classification structure of fee is annexed and students are advised to deposit the fee under the appropriate head Mere deposit of fee would not be sufficient to be eligible. Examination form must also reach before due date.

6. Students are advised to deposit the form complete in all respect. Incomplete form would be rejected outrightly.