The purpose of the management entrance tests is to assess your aptitude for the programme you are planning to pursue.

Route to your dream B-School

Purpose of Entrance Test, GD and PI

Almost all the admission processes of the various B-schools have three different stages, with minor differences - Written Test, GD and PI.

Ever wondered why management entrance tests assess you, in varying degrees of difficulty, in mathematical and verbal ability skills? All entrance tests, be it the CAT for admissions to the IIMs and other premier B-Schools; the various medical and engineering tests or GRE/GMAT, all basically test your aptitude. They attempt to gauge your aptitude for the specific career you seek.

The skills tested during the entrance tests are the ones that will aid you not only in your course but also when you get placed in an organisation. English skills tested through the sentence correction, check your knowledge of grammar; usage based questions, test your ability to understand the context and reading comprehension assesses your ability to comprehend voluminous written records and identify the key aspects therein. Data Interpretation analyses your ability to draw conclusions from the data given; Data Sufficiency checks your ability to judge whether the data before you can help you arrive at a decision; and, the other problems measure how quick you are at calculations.

In short, the purpose of the management entrance tests is to assess your aptitude for the programme you are planning to pursue. It is, be clear about it, not a test of your intelligence level or your capacity to memorise and reproduce

Purpose of Group Discussion

Your English and Math skills have been tested in the entrance tests. But these two skills are not enough for you to be a successful manager. You must also have the:

Ability to perform in a team

Ability to nurture

Assertiveness

Creativity

Communication Skills

Flexibility

Leadership

Proactive Attitude

Purpose of Personal Interview

Personal Interview is a tool used by the B-schools to evaluate your personality and also to assess whether you can fit into the particular profile they are looking for. It also helps them to gauge your aspiration levels and what motivated you to think of a career in management.

How to Improve Your Aptitude

As mentioned, what is tested in a management entrance test is your aptitude. We have put together few tips that we feel will help you improve your aptitude:

Cracking the entrance tests:

Fundamentals are fundamental:

Brushing up the fundamentals, be it English or Math can help you immensely. The question appearing in these tests have been designed to test how well you know the basics. If you have basics right, then it becomes much easier for you to solve the questions. IMS ICAP(Interlinked Concepts & Application based Pedagogy) is one of the most innovative methodology to build your basics. With ICAP you actually understand why the concepts have been devised, how they interlink with other concepts and finally, how they make sense in solving problems.

One man’s technique is another’s deterrent:

A fact you have to remember is that there is no more one common technique that all can follow. Try to build your own techniques rather than following one that has been created by somebody.

Determine your approach:

Be very clear on how you will approach the test – whether you will tackle the verbal section or the quantitative section. This has to be decided after you analyse your strengths and weakness. Never ignore any section for many tests have sectional cut-offs.

Build on your strengths and work on your weakness:

Don’t be surprise by this statement. If you build on your strengths, then you can always solve those questions faster and spend more time on questions from your weak areas. Again, work on your weak areas for it is essential to clear the sectional cut-offs.

PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! :

Unfortunately there is no easy way out for cracking the entrance tests. However if you were to practice relentlessly in a scientific manner, you can sail through the hurdle – entrance test – easily. The number of hours of preparation, the time of study all varies from individual to individual.

Acing the Group Discussion

The ideal way to gear up for the GD stage is to read a national newspaper, a general magazine and a business magazine to keep yourself updated on current affairs while preparing for the entrance tests. You can jot down important events and also try to form some opinion on these. If you have a fear of speaking in public you can try the following:

First try talking in front of the mirror. This will help you reduce the unnecessary hand gestures or other non-verbal communication.

Try talking to your parents and siblings in front of the dinner table.

Ask your friends to help you out by analyzing your defects when you speak.

Tackling the personal interview.

An ideal method of tackling the PI would be to prepare on the following topics:

Academics

Job experience – if you have some industry experience

Hobbies

General Awareness

Career Goals

If you feel that you are hamstrung by the lack of scientifically prepared preparatory material to help you started, we are here to help you. With a view to help build your English aptitude we have published Enhancing Your English Proficiency.

The book covers all the important aspects of verbal ability, verbal reasoning and reading comprehension. The uniquely designed GK Power Pack will keep you up to date on the general knowledge section of certain management entrance tests. Finally, the Achievers Workshop will aid you ace the GD stage of the admission process.

Pankaj Tawde

Regional Manager

IMS Kerala

queries: cochin@imsindia.com

DCSMAT

The DCSMAT group of Institutions promoted by D C Books and D C Kizhakemuri Foundation offers a variety of management programme for the year 2008. DCSMAT invites applications for its highly ranked two year fulltime MBA programme approved by AICTE & Affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam at Vagamon campus and two year fulltime PGDM programmes (equivalent to MBA) approved by AICTE at Thiruvananthapuram and Vagamon campuses. Innovative course design, committed faculty and exposure to international academia and industry are some of the hallmarks of these courses. Specialisations for MBA are in Finance, Marketing, Information Systems and Human Resource Management and that for PGDM are Media Management, Retailing, Logistics & Supply chain Management, Tourism & Hospitality Management, Finance&Financial Services, International Business, Marketing Management, Information Systems and Human Resource Management. Candidates who have valid MAT score can apply. Those who are appearing for MAT are also eligible. For Application forms, send a demand draft for Rs.750/- in favour of DCSMAT payable at Kottayam to the Admissions Office, D C Kizhakemuri Edam, Good Shepherd Street, Kottayam-1. Applications can also be down loaded from www.dcschool.net.

T.I.M.E.

Triumphant Institute of Management Education (T.I.M.E.), having 146 offices in 78 cities across India, is undoubtedly the leader in professional entrance training in the country. It was established in 1992 by three management graduates – two of them from IIM, Ahmedabad and the third from XLRI, Jamshedpur. In just a decade and a half, T.I.M.E. has grown into a specialist, multi-location, multi-programme training provider running on corporate lines.

It started off by providing entrance training for the CAT exam to qualify for admissions into the IIMs – India’s most reputed and among the world’s best B-Schools.

Today 773 out of the 1500 students in IIMs (2007-09 batch) are from T.I.M.E.. This represents approximately 51.5% of the total seats available in IIMs in the batch. In CAT 2007 examination, 6 T.I.M.E. students got a perfect 100 percentile.

T.I.M.E. today is truly pan-national, but with a local focus as well. While offering training for national level exams like the CAT, NIMCET, IIT-JEE, AIEEE, etc., it also caters to local needs with training for exams like the Kerala MCA Entrance, CUSAT-Common Admission Test, Kerala Engineering and Medical Entrance etc. and other local exams in different states. T.I.M.E. also offers training for international tests such as the GRE® test, the GMAT® and the TOEFL® iBT.

Besides an expansion in its product portfolio, the company has also grown as an organization. Today T.I.M.E. has over 1250 full-time employees (including those employed by its franchisees) in its Faculty, Research, Management, Marketing & Administration teams. Financially, the last few years have been rewarding.

T.I.M.E. achieved an impressive brand turnover of Rs. 100 Crores in the financial year 2006–07 and has been growing at a CAGR of over 60% for the last 5 years.

The success of T.I.M.E. is because of its philosophy to provide everything possible for the success of the students and more.

It believes in giving the highest quality of education to the students at reasonable fees, and to act in the best interest of students at all times.

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