Maharashtra CET : Taking Guard
Come February and most of the MBA aspirants across the nation will sit for the last but highly important MBA entrance examination.
No doubt, Maharashtra CET is the dream of many, as it is the last chance for any MBA aspirant to secure a call from the B-schools of the likes of Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai and K.
J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research (KJSIMSR), Mumbai. These reputed Indian B-schools are a sure-shot media to get a break with the recruiters like Satyam, Accenture, McKinsey & Co., Infosys, TCS, TSMG, Deutsche Banks, Coca Cola, CitiGroup, Earnst & Young, AB Group, ICICI Bank, and L&T, to name a few. Moreover, with the offered average salary figures crossing Rs. 10 Lakhs in case of JBIMS and Rs. 6 Lakhs with KJSIMSR, these are the hot favourites of the test takers.
Let's see what it takes to excel in Maharashtra CET - an examination that has given reasoning-jitters to many year after year. According to the examination experts from TCYonline.com, the test consists of a Verbal Section (Verbal Ability, English Usage and Reading Comprehension) and Quantitative Aptitude, which are usually average in difficulty level; a series of questions from Data Analysis and Quantitative Comparisons, whose difficulty level is generally above average; and extremely trickier questions on Logical and Visual Reasoning. There are certain things that define the pattern of the exam.
These are: -
- The sections in the exam are all jumbled up. One has to read the questions carefully to categorize it into the sections described above.
- There is NO Negative Marking in the exam. Hence, all the questions can be (and should be) attempted.
- There is generally only one Reading Comprehension Passage in the test. The passage is normally easier to moderate in difficulty level. The number of questions in the RC passage varies from 10 to 15.
- There is generally a Cloze Passage in the verbal section wherein the missing words are to be filled in by the test takers.
- There are generally 5 options per question in the test.
Sectional Distribution & Trends
As we now know that the questions in the exam are jumbled up, we can still have a rough idea of the overall distribution of questions in the various categories. The following pie-chart explains this: -
The exact distribution, based on the information from the past 3 CETs, can be compiled in the form of the following Bar-graph: -
One can see that reasoning questions have been in majority since 2005 (and even before that). To add to it, this is perceived to be the most difficult section in the exam. Also, we can see that the number of questions in Verbal and Reasoning sections have generally been consistent. However, Quantitative Aptitude and Data Analysis have seen noticeable changes in the number of questions.
Now let us have a look at the difficulty level of the questions: -
On the scale of 10, Experts from TCYonline.com have observed that Data Analysis has come a long way from being the most difficult constituent in CET to the one that is a bit less difficult than Reasoning these days. Reasoning, however, has kept a steady trend since 2005. On the other hand, Verbal section has observed an increasing trend but the overall difficulty level is still near average.
In order to let the readers of CoolAvenues.com have a feel of the real examination, TCYonline.com has given a set of downloadable sample questions. The complete MOCK CET 2007 is, however, available on TCYonline.com for the students' reference. Please click on the link below to download the questions in the PDF format.
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