By Sneha Dasgupta

MAH CET Exam Preparation 2022: Exam pattern, preparation strategy, home-based reparation & last-minute tips

6th October, 2021

Good MAH CET exam preparation is essential if you are targeting top MBA colleges in Maharashtra. The difficulty level of the exam is not very, so you can ace it with focused effort. If you already have experience in taking management entrance exams, then it is an added plus.

The syllabus of MAH CET is not different from other management entrance tests. Many of the important topics covered in MAH CET overlap with the other exams. However, while doing MAH CET exam preparation, you need an added emphasis on the technical details, which are not always the same as other exams.

The type of MAH CET exam preparation strategy that you need to adopt will depend on the time you have in hand. We have designed this article focusing on the unique characteristics of the MAH CET exam. 

The details we cover will add that extra edge to your preparation. Read on to find out more! 

MAH-CET Exam Pattern

The most important thing in the MAH-CET exam is a clear knowledge of the exam pattern. It becomes quite difficult to plan an exam strategy if you are not thoroughly familiar with it. Before we start outlining preparation strategies for you, let’s take a look at the exam pattern for MAH CET first. 

MAH-CET Exam Pattern Details

You can find all the details about the MAH-CET exam pattern in the table below. 

Number of sections4 sections
Number of questions200 questions
Number of questions per section50 questions
Question TypeAll MCQs
Options per question
Total time for the exam2.5 hours
Mode of examComputer-Based Test (CBT)

Sections in MAH-CET Exam

MAH-CET exam will have  4 sections and 200 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). Individual sections don’t have a time limit, so you can divide the time among the sections according to your convenience.  

SectionsTopicsNumber of questions
Section 1Logical reasoning75
Section 2Abstract Reasoning25
Section 3Quantitative Aptitude50
Section 4Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension50
Total200 Questions

Six Months MAH CET Exam Preparation Strategy

For a robust MAH-CET preparation, six months would be ideal, even if you do not have any prior experience of taking B-school entrances. Once you are thorough with the exam pattern and the important topics in the syllabus, you will have an idea of how much time you need.

Usually, there are parts to MAH-CET preparation – covering the syllabus and making yourself exam-ready. In the first few months, you can cover the syllabus and clear all the concepts. Towards the end, you need to work on making yourself ready for the exam.

The points listed below contain an outline of the important tasks that you need to accomplish within three months. 

  • Study all the important topics from books or by taking classes at a coaching institute
  • You need to follow the books even if you are taking coaching classes, as they contain questions that you can practice
  • Remember that practising questions is critical to clearing concepts- unless you do that, listening to lecture or studying notes will not help 
  • Practice Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude chapters daily, on a priority basis
  • Make sure to regularly go back on chapters already covered before starting new ones
  • After you are done with the concepts, solve previous years’ question papers
  • Time management is very important for the MAH-CET preparation and you should practice it while solving questions

Three Months Preparation Strategy for MAH CET

Three months can be sufficient to prepare for MAH-CET, however, you need to put in more hours. It is not ideal if you’re starting preparation without any experience. In any case, the first thing you need to do is to become familiar with the syllabus as fast as possible. 

After that, you can work on the concepts. It would be better to take a crash course on B-school entrance preparation. Crash courses cover the important topics for the exam in a short period of time. With it, you will have enough to get going to the next stage. 

A checklist of things that you need to keep in mind during a 3 months preparation strategy has been given below. 

  • Immediately start working on Reasoning and Quant, as that requires a lot of practice
  • For the Verbal Reasoning section, you can revise Grammar and start reading texts
  • Even if you’re taking courses somewhere, it is extremely important to do self-study
  • Time management is important right from the beginning because the average time per question is quite low 
  • Start taking mock tests as soon as possible; they prepare you for exams and give you a proper understanding of your weakness
  • Special emphasis must be laid on the weak areas – find extra time out of your routine to work on them

MAH-CET Preparation at Home

It is also possible to do MAH-CET preparation at home. Studying at home can be flexible and students can study at their own pace. It is particularly suitable for candidates who are already on a job. However, it has its drawbacks as well, which must be kept in mind before deciding on a home-based MAH-CET preparation plan.

At home, you can start preparing by buying the books for each section. The details of the books for MAH CET preparation have been given in the last section of this article. Many resources are available for free, including PDFs of books, and video lectures on YouTube. You can also take a subscription on an e-learning platform like Unacademy or Byju’s.   

For some students, it might be difficult to stick to a schedule on their own. They might be able to stay on schedule with the guidance of teachers at a coaching centre. Students are usually taught in groups at coaching institutes, which makes learning more effective, as students can learn from other students’ questions. 

Last-Minute Preparation Tips for MAH-CET

The final week is the most important period, no matter how long you have been preparing for MAH-CET. If you do everything right at the last minute, your chances of scoring well go up significantly. We have compiled a set of last-minute so that you can add the final finishing touches to your MAH-CET preparation!

  • Focus on execution instead of learning – take mock tests and solve previous year’s questions 
  • Do not take a lot of stress – it is natural to have some weaknesses, try to work on your strength so that you can cover up for the weaknesses
  • All practice of Quant and Reasoning must be done keeping the time management in time
  • Remember the exam has no negative marking, so you can take risks, without worrying that it might not pay off
  • Stay calm and have faith in your MAH-CET preparation – you can succeed only if you believe you can

 MAH-CET Exam Day Tips

On the exam day, it is very important to keep all the technical details in mind. If you miss a single one of them, you might get disallowed from appearing in the exam. Many students tend to panic on exam day, which increases the chances of such slips. We have made a comprehensive to-do list for the exam day that you can follow to not miss out on anything. 

  • Reach the exam centre within the reporting time and make sure you’re all prim and proper before the exam 
  • Carry a printed copy of the admit card where the photograph is clearly visible
  • Protect the admit card from rain or any other mishaps – without it, you will not be allowed to appear for the exam
  • Carry a photo ID card – preferable issued by Govt. authorities – to the exam hall. Without it, the admit card will not be considered valid
  •  There is no need to study on the exam day – just focus on getting yourself ready and reaching the exam hall with all the documents 

Best Books for Preparation

 Logical Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning

  • A new approach to Reasoning By BS Sijwali & S Sijwali by Arihant
  • Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
  • How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT book by Arun Sharma
  • Reasoning Book for Competitive Examinations by Pearson

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension For The CAT by Nishit Sinha
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  • 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary Mass Market Paperback by Wilfred Funk & Norman Lewis/ Simon & Schuster
  • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT by Arun Sharma

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit K Sinha
  • Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma
  • Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency by Ananta Ashisha
  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit K Sinha
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by RS Aggarwal
  • How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma

FAQs About MAH-CET Exam Preparation

Is MAH CET easy?

The difficulty level of the questions in the MAH-CET exam is between easy to moderate. However, the time is limited and candidates have to be quite fast with it. Otherwise, the MAH-CET exam is easy, compared to other B-school entrance exams.

Can an average student crack MAH CET?

With a bit of practice, it is not difficult to crack the MAH-CET exam, even if you consider yourself an average question. With hard work and dedication, you can certainly score well in the MAH-CET exam.

How long does it take to prepare for CET MBA?

It takes between three to six months to prepare for the MAH-CET exam. 

By Sneha Dasgupta

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