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Get, CET and Go!

Every year, the month of February holds a special significance to all MBA aspirants in Mumbai. Each one of them spends sleepless nights in preparing for “The CET” perhaps the mother of all entrance exams in this part of the country.

In case you are seriously considering taking the Maharashtra CET (for MBA) this Feb there is no reason to burn the midnight oil and bury your nose in the piles of preparatory material. What is required is a well planned approach in your preparations. If there is something that can be predicted about the CET, it is the paper pattern. Over the years this exam has shown a clear dislike for quant (math) and a strong affinity towards reasoning (logic). You will not find questions that are based on pure math topics for more than 20 points, as against reasoning questions that constitute almost 50% of the entire paper.

The single, most important question type is undoubtedly visual reasoning (unique to the CET). In a typical CET paper, you will find visuals all over the place. With a weightage of about 30 points, you may go nuts trying to figure out the answer in these situations. Logical puzzles also constitute about 30 points, but these questions are fairly easier to tackle in comparison to visuals. The other question types that are characteristic of CET are syllogism (conclusions, assumptions, strength of arguments), probably true probably false, eligibility criteria and sequential output tracing.

The data interpretation questions are normally calculation intensive and is perhaps the only area that requires refinement in quant. The questions based on pure math topics are fairly easy to tackle and it may be possible for even an average student to get all of them correct. The questions are normally aimed at testing your basics in topics like numbers, percentages, interest, ratio proportion, speed, time-work, algebra and geometry. Situations in data sufficiency are twisted from their normal form, but are very easy bite.

The verbal questions are largely grammar based and very less based on vocabulary. The typical question types are error spotting, paragraph construction, sentence completion, jumbled sentences and sentence correction. Usually there is one medium size passage for reading comprehension, which is again very easy to tackle, followed by about 10-15 questions.
So, how do you make the most of your preparations? For quant, you need to just brush up your fundamentals at basic topics and know your calculations at your fingertips. For verbal, you need to practice only a few exercises on the given question types. But, the area where you should be putting all your efforts into is “reasoning”. Practice as many visual reasoning questions and puzzles as possible. Know the special question types asked in CET very well. And, of course, take as many practice CET papers as possible though out the month.

Remember, succeeding in CET is all about CETting things right!

– Bhavin Gala

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