The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) for admission to MBA/PGDM programs at major B-Schools in India. In India, it is one of the most popular MBA entrance exams. Every year, around 70,000 candidates apply for it.
The CMAT question paper comprises 100 questions from Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, General Awareness and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. CMAT has a total of 400 marks. The CMAT exam is three hours long and is administered using a computer-based test (CBT).
The Quantitative Technique (QT) and Data Interpretation (DI) sections of the CMAT demand careful planning and focus. The foundations of exam preparation, which include studying pertinent topics of Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, practising sample questions, and revising important concepts, are the same for CMAT applicants who also take CAT, XAT, IIFT, and SNAP.
Since the Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation subjects are combined in the CMAT, an exam-focused strategy is necessary.
On that note, let’s discuss a few tips and tricks to crack the Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation section of the CMAT exam.
CMAT Preparation Tips for Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation
The Quantitative Technique & Data Interpretation section of the CMAT exam is typically difficult, however doing well in this section is not difficult if you are proficient in mathematics.
Let’s talk about a few tips to keep in mind during CMAT 2022 preparation for Quantitative Technique & Data Interpretation section.
- Quantitative Techniques questions dominate this section of the CMAT exam. Questions about data interpretation are usually limited to four to six and are based on tables.
- The majority of the questions in the Quantitative Techniques section are based on Arithmetic. There were ten Arithmetic questions on the CMAT 2021. As a result, throughout exam preparation, give special attention to Arithmetic.
- Even if you studied Mathematics in college, take the time to retain concepts, equations, and theorems because this is the cornerstone of good CMAT preparation.
- After you’ve studied a topic, try a few practise questions. This will assist you in comprehending the theory’s use. For example, progression and series questions are time-consuming questions. These can be about finding the nth term of the series or the Sum of Harmonic Progression, Arithmetic Progression, or Geometric Progression series given in the question. The only way to ace these questions is through the intense practice of different types of progression and series questions.
- Both Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation sections involve heavy calculations. There is nothing intuitive about them. So, the adequate practice of questions is a must. Master fundamental topics will play a key role in both parts, like Set Theory, basic arithmetic and algebraic topics. For example, learn how to find union, intersection and Complement of a Set because these set theory concepts will not only be useful in the Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation sections but also in the Logical Reasoning section.
- To familiarise yourself with a range of questions based on Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation, take CMAT mock tests, sample papers, and previous years’ question papers.
- Assess your performance and score after each mock test to determine your weak points and work on them.
- To speed up calculations, memorise tables up to 20, square and square roots up to 100, cubes, cubes roots, and so forth.
- Plan how will attempt the exam beforehand. If you excel at quantitative techniques and data interpretation, begin the CMAT 2022 paper by answering questions from this section.
- Before moving on to the next section of the CMAT 2022 exam, try to meet the minimum sectional cut-off level. You can return to finish the remaining questions if time permits.
- To summarise, the key to acing this section of the CMAT exam is learning all of the equations and theorems. Set aside two hours twice a week for formula and theorem revision. You can do well on the CMAT if you understand each of the concepts covered in the Quantitative Technique & Data Interpretation section.