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HPCMAT - Himachal Pradesh Combined Management Aptitude Test Overview

All about HPCMAT - Himachal Pradesh Combined Management Aptitude Test

The Himachal Pradesh University business school conducts Himachal Pradesh Combined Management Aptitude Test HP CMAT as an entrance test into their MBA course. Those who clear this test will be selected for the course as this is one of the selection criteria.

Course Stream: Management - BBA / MBA / Diploma

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Preparation

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.

Syllabus Summary
No. Of Subjects No. Of Units No. Of Chapters
3 11 89

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.

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HPCMAT - Himachal Pradesh Combined Management Aptitude Test Eligibility Criteria

Educational qualification

Any first bachelor's degree of a university, established by law in India, at least with 50% marks (45% marks in the case of Scheduled Cast/ Scheduled Tribe candidate). The students who are appearing for their final bachelor degree examination in 2016 shall be allowed to appear in H.P. State Combined Management Aptitude Test (HP-CMAT).

Basis of Admission - The admission is based on competitive examination which comprises of applications ratings, Management Aptitude Test (objective type having multiple choice Questions), group discussion and personal interview.

Age- No Bar

Marks- At least 50 % marks

Reservation policy- Admission to MBA pro-gramme except for seats reserved for Non subsidized candidates shall be subject to the following conditions:

15% & 7½ % seats shall be reserved for SC/ST candidates respectively, having domicile of HP - irrespective of the Institutions from where they have passed their qualifying exam

The remaining 77½ % seats shall be filled up as under-

 

i) 25% of the seats for admission shall be open for all the candidates- irrespective of the Institution from where they have passed their qualifying exam

ii) 75% of the seats shall be filled out of the candidates, who have passed their qualifying exam from the HP University or HP Krishi Vishwavidayalaya Palampur or Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, HP Technical University & Central University of Himachal Pradesh

5% of the seats shall be reserved for outstanding Sportsmen/Women

5% of the seats shall be reserved for outstanding Cultural Activists

3% of the seats shall be reserved for Persons with Disabilities

Provided that the minimum eligibility for admission to a course in case of SC/ST will be 5% lower than the eligibility conditions for other students

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