MBA entrance written test consists of Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, Comprehensive Test and General Awareness. The 4 important sections of MBA entrance exams have been discussed below:
(a) Quantitative Aptitude:
A candidate who seeks admission in any MBA programme is expected to have an aptitude for basic and elementary accounting as well as the knack of solving simple arithmetic problems. Having properly prepared and practiced this aspect for the admission test, it will put the candidate ahead of others, as one can hope to score even 100% marks in this part. There are several categories that form as part of quantitative aptitude test.
The first category may be simple arithmetic problems including profit and loss, percentages, ratio, averages, partnership, etc. Such problems involve simple calculations and with a little practice and basic aptitude, can be solved correctly.
The second category of questions may consist of multiplication or divisions in 5 to 6 figures or decimals. With a little practice, the candidates can easily eliminate most of the choices straightaway to arrive at the correct answer even without any calculations.
The third category of questions may be directed at the intelligence and common sense of the candidate and not his/her ability to calculate. The entire aspect of quantitative aptitude, therefore, needs constant practice to calculate quickly with accuracy. Even if a candidate does not have the basic aptitude for figure-work, he/she can make up for this deficiency by regular practice and a lot of hard work which will even boost their confidence. It is recommended that candidates practice and attempt all the questions.
(b) Logical Reasoning:
Questions on logical reasoning can be of several types and forms. For instance, it could include a statement on which the candidates are asked to draw correct interference out of the given choices or questions on series of words and figures, arrangement of alphabets, brainteasers or even such questions as only call for drawing logical inferences. Most of the questions under this category infact test the common sense and sense of proportion and reasoning among the candidates and therefore, must be attempted with a cool head.
In case of statements, the given statement as well as choices given must be read at least twice before choosing the right answer. In case there are more than three questions on arrangements of alphabets, it is advisable to write down all the alphabets on the rough work sheet. This will facilitate easy and quick attempt of questions on alphabets.
Similarly, there could be certain questions on distances travelled in different directions. It is better to draw a rough diagram giving distances travelled in various directions to get the correct answer. Constant practice in the questions on reasoning would make the candidates confident to tackle this particular aspect of the test. To do well in this part of the test, the candidates must therefore, really practice hard.
(c) Comprehension Test:
This test aims at determining the candidates’ understanding of English language. Usually, a paragraph is given and the candidate is required to go through it carefully and then answer the questions by choosing the correct answers. To attempt this part speedily and correctly, the candidates must practice reading with a quick speed and understanding the entire passage. Answers to most of the questions are easily located within the passage itself.
However, there are certain questions that do not have directly available answers in the given passage. Candidates who can understand the passage completely can only answer such questions. Regular practice would help the candidates to attempt the comprehension test in a more effective and appropriate manner.
(d) General Awareness:
As the name suggests, it aims at judging the general knowledge of the candidates. The candidate should have basic knowledge of Science, Geography, History, Economics, Current Affairs, Politics etc. A good knowledge of all branches of general knowledge is essential, which can be achieved by reading books, newspapers that will keep the aspirant updated with the happenings around the world.
After the test: Some institutes have an interview before final selection, or a round of group discussion. You must simultaneously prepare for the next part of the selection process: the group discussion and the interview. Read newspapers and magazines, and become aware of the latest issues. Discuss them and learn to put forward your viewpoint forcefully.
Pat your back after clearing the most difficult part of seeking admission in a B-School but do not let this stage act as a hindrance in preparing yourself for the next two difficult and equally important stages in seeking admission – Group Discussion and Personal Interview.