How To Prepare For CMAT 2018CMAT 2019 Preparation begins few or several months before exam. Preparation for CMAT 2019 starts with knowing about exam and its syllabus. CMAT preparation know hows in one place will make things easier for MBA aspirants. Here is all about how to prepare for CMAT 2019.

Here you will read about following:

  • What is CMAT?
  • CMAT exam timeline
  • Tips to prepare
  • Important books for CMAT 2019 preparation
  • Study time table

What is CMAT?

Common Management Aptitude Test is conducted by All India Council of Technical Education every year as per the directions of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, but recently a new committee known as NTA (National Testing Academy) has taken the responsibility to conduct the CMAT exams. It is meant for admission to various management colleges/institutions in India. The test is computer based and is conducted once in a year. It comprises of various components like Quantitative Aptitude, Language Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, and General Awareness.

Candidates can register for CMAT from October 22, 2018 and there are 2 months to complete the application process. Exam takes place on January 27, 2019 and the results are declared in the first week of February 2019. The candidates are advised to read this article to prepare for this  qualifying exam. So you have seen here that between the application start date and exam day, there are almost 4 months which if utilized well can get you a good score. But if the aspirants wants to perform even better than he/she should start preparing now. Here we have brought you a list of must do’s to succeed in the exam. Let us see what and how you can start preparing. If you have any ideas that you want us to feature in the next preparation tips articles, you may leave your suggestions in the comment box below.

Tip #1. Books to refer

  • The complete reference manual for CMAT by S.K Sinha
  • CMAT 15 Practice Sets 2019
  • Verbal ability and comprehension for CMAT by harat Patodi
  • CMAT Guide 2019 by GKP

For Quantitative Aptitude by Arun Sharma and RS Aggarwal. According to our discussions with toppers, they felt that RS Aggarwal is more than enough if you don’t have enough time. You may skip Arun Sharma and solve only RS Aggarwal. But solve both, if you have time (Arun Sharma upto LOD 2 only!)

For Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning– Verbal and Nonverbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal is more than enough for this section

Buy How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT

English – For this section, you need work on the grammar as well as Vocabulary part. By preparing this section wisely would help you increase your percentile roughly by 5–10%. You may read

General Knowledge

This section is also known as the game changer. A lot of people get stuck in this portion. It is therefore really important for you to keep a wise idea of the surrounding around you. Notice the national/international events. Read topics like history, Science, civics, geography, etc.

Also read about Dynamic GK including current affairs. Read last 10 months current affairs only. You may refer to any monthly magazine Jagran Josh website or pratiyogita darpan etc.

Tip #2. Practice papers

The more number of practice papers you practice, it will get the best of you. The practice papers provide a practical insight into the pattern of the paper that the institute follows as it lets you focus on the common themes rather than trying to study each and every thing including unnecessary topics. It prepares to equip yourself with essential techniques to be implemented in the paper.

Tip #3. Hard work pays well

This is the best time to focus on, in which direction you want to take your planning. The candidates often lose track of how they should carry their studies they miss out a good plan and rather try to cover all the topics in one go.

Study Plan for CMAT 2019 Preparation

Here is what you can consider to guide you for a year’s preparation on monthly basis

Days/Subjects Quantitative Aptitude Language Comprehension Logical Reasoning General Awareness
Day 1 Algebra 2-3 hours Reading comprehension 2 hours Analytical reasoning 3 hours Current affairs by reading newspapers for 1- 2 hours including notes/ indian constitution
Day 2 Algebra 2-3 hours Sentence correction 1-2 hours Blood relationship 2 hours/ statement assumption 1 hour Personality in news 2 hours/ current news
Day 3 Data interpretation/pie chart 5 hours Para jumbled 1 hour/paragraph completion 1 hour Visual reasoning 2 hours/ inferences 1 hour sport news/ culture 3 hours
Day 4 Pipes and cistern 3 hours Reading comprehension 2 hours Analytical reasoning 3 hours History 2-3 hours
Day 5 Pipes and cistern 3 hours Idioms and phrases 1 hour & 30 minutes Analog test 2 hours Geography 2- 3 hours
Day 6 Algebra 2-3 hours Paragraph completion 2 hours Causes and effects 2 hours/ blood relationship 2 hours Geography 2-3 hours
Day 7 Work and time / boats / streams 4 hours Antonyms 1 hour / Synonyms 1 hour Linear arrangements / visual reasoning 3 hours History 2 hours/ current news 1 hour
Day 8 Linear / quadratic equation 3 hours Reading comprehension 2 hours Ranking test/ causes and effects 4 hours Politics 1 hour / sports news 1 hour
Day 9 Percentage / Profit / loss 5 hours Idioms and phrases 1 hour Analog test 1 hour/ matrix arrangement 2 hours Economics 2 hour
Day 10 ratio/ percentage 2 hours Speed and time 2 hours English usage errors 2 hours Analytical reasoning 1 hour / blood relationship 2 hour Politics 2 hours / Indian constitution 2 hours
Day 11 Mensuration / permutation and combination 3 hours Synonyms 1 hour / para jumbled 30 minutes Symbol based problems 3 hours History 4 hours
Day 12 Mensuration / permutation and combination

4 hours

Vocabulary enhancing 1 hour / reading newspaper 1 hour Sequencing / coding / decoding 3 hours geography / science 2 hours
Day 13 Time and distance 4 hours Spotting errors 2 hours Number series 2 hours Literature 3 hours
Day 14 Data interpretation / pie chart 5 hours Reading comprehension 2 hours Ranking test 2 hours Literature 3 hours
Day 15 Simple interest and compound interests 2 hours English grammar 3 hours inferences / statement assumptions 4 sport news 1 hour
Day 16 Simple interest and compound interests 3 hours Synonyms 1 hour / para jumbled 1 hour Analytical reasoning 4 hours History 2-3 hours
Day 17 Number system fractions / decimals 1 hour One word substitution 2 hours Number series / coding / decoding 5 hours Economics 2 hour
Day 18 Number system fractions / decimals 2 hours Sentence improvement 2 hours Non verbal test / number series 3 hours Personality in news 2 hours / current news
Day 19 speed / boats / streams 4 hours English usage errors 2 hours Symbol based problems 3 hours Literature 3 hours
Day 20 speed / boats / streams 4 hours Sentence improvement 2 hours Analog test 2 hours Literature 3 hours
Day 21 Linear equation 3 hours Synonym 30 minutes / Antonyms 30 minutes Ranking test 2 hours Personality in news 2 hours / current news
Day 22 Percentage / Profit / loss 5 hours Vocabulary 30 minutes / error spotting 1 hour Visual reasoning 2 hours / inferences 1 Indian constitution 3 hours
Day 23 Calendar 3 hours Idioms and phrases 1 hour Analytical reasoning 2 hours Indian Culture 2 hours
Day 24 Averages 2 hours / percentage 2 hours English usage errors 2 hours Causes and effects 2 hours Politics 2 hours
Day 25 Probability 2 hours Vocabulary enhancing 1 hour Sequencing 3 hours Current affairs 2 hours
Day 26 Probability / time and work 3 hours Idioms and phrases 1 hour direction / distance test 2 hours Science 3 hours
Day 27 Pie chart / data interpretation Reading comprehension 2 hours direction / distance test 2 hours Literature 1 hour
Day 28 Calendar / boats / streams 4 hours Sentence improvement 2 hours Sequencing / coding / decoding 3 hours Trade news 2 hours
Day 29 Probability 2 hours English grammar 3 hours Ranking test 2 hours Economy 2 hours

The above table is for just a reference purpose only. You can choose your subjects as you like. With the month’s time table in your hand, you will feel motivated to complete a day’s target. If you like you can switch the subjects, but do not skip the schedule at all. We will advise you to take a print of the page so that you can stick it up on your wall where you study and it will remind you what task to carry out for a day

Tip #4. Color Note

The candidates are often found to have misplaced what they had read over the weekend. Therefore, what you can do to avoid such errors is to make stick color notes on the top of the page as per your plan schedule. When you complete a day’s task you should write it down on the chart paper or A4 size sheet, however, you want to take the print of the above time table/ or you can estimate mark what you have achieved and leave the incomplete task as highlighted. Next day when you begin the test first complete the leftover task. If you feel that the hours assigned for each subject and tpis are kinger you may take a break of half an hour not more than that. When you complete the task, use a color note to track how much you could complete.

Tip #5. Do not panic

Friends keep faith in yourself. Just give your hard work and forget everything else. If there are some topics you do not understand at all. You may take help of your teachers. The time table is meant as a reference in cases where the candidate wants to assign as much time as possible for self study. This is no compulsion for you and stress out for no reason. Trying is what matters. Believe in your hard work.


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