Just like the entrance examinations that are conducted to gain entry into various medical or engineering programs so also there are entrance examinations conducted as a decisive tool to shortlist candidates for various management programs. Of the many management entrances, one such entrance exam is the Joint Entrance Management Aptitude Test (JEMAT) that is conducted by the West Bengal University of Technology (WBUT) for admission to various M.B.A. and M.C.A. courses as well.
This kind of comprehensive test assists the concerned college authorities to evaluate a candidate’s business aptitude and other life skills which are necessary for manager and business executives. The JEMAT exam is conducted in 2 phases the former being an Aptitude test and the latter one consists of a Group Discussion or GD and a Personal Interview or a PI. Once the written exam comprising of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) is cleared thereafter the candidate has to go through a GD PI round upon clearing the two the applicant is given a nod by the institute, they can then proceed to the admission procedure.
The written exam assesses the applicants on 3 parameters namely English, Mathematics and Logical Reasoning. With the exam round the corner most students look for tips that can help them crack the JEMAT. Given the need of the hour, here are some tips to crack the JEMAT Examination.
Tip 1: English
This section assess the applicants command over the English language hence the grammar and comprehension skills are also assessed. The questions are based on analogies, synonyms and antonyms, match the list, idioms, one word for many, fill in the blanks and identify the various Figures of Speech.
- Grammar: A useful tool to improve your language skills is by referring to Wren & Martin. This book is a perfect guide for improving your grammar, essay writing skills as well as your comprehension skills because it has exercises and examples for each topic. It also comes with a key that you can use to verify if your answers are correct.
- Reading and Comprehension: The Wren & Martin has very good examples for improving your comprehension skills as well. It has sample passages that contain questions on most of the aspects covered in the English section.
- Expose yourself to the language: You can start by making use of the various resources available to you such as the Internet, newspapers, journals, magazines, television, books etc. Most importantly converse with a friend who is good at the language if possible, it is the most effective way to increase your confidence.
- Improve your English: It is absolutely essential for students to make a habit of reading as this is one of the best ways to improve your language skills. Reading English newspapers, listening to English news and writing a few sentences in English will definitely help you in the long run. When you read; it not only helps you to improve your grammar but also increases your vocabulary.
- Watch Television in English
- Maintain a Note book
- Watch English Movies with English Soundtracks and English Subtitles
- Maintain a Diary
- Read English Newspapers
- Keep a Dictionary Beside you at all times
- Read English Books
- Use a Thesaurus to Improve your Vocabulary
- Listen to English music and sing along
- Do Not Hesitate
- Practice the 4 core skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking)
- Improve your Grammar
- Improve your Vocabulary: When you come across a word that you do not understand make it a point to open a dictionary and a thesaurus therefore ensure that you have a dictionary as well as a thesaurus nearby whenever you read something. In any form either in print, on line or software. Then make sure you -
Note Down the Words or Phrases used with their meanings:
- Try to use the word in a sentence the same day
- Look for the Prefixes (un, in) and Suffixes (al, ion, ness)
- Explore the verb, noun, adjective or adverb forms
- Find Antonyms and Synonyms with a thesaurus
- Pay attention to the pronunciations of words given beside the word
- Access an on line dictionary to hear the pronunciation of the word from the speakers
Tip 2: Logical Ability
When a problem is given don’t just solve it try to analyze it for 20 to 30 minutes by asking your W/H questions such as Why, What, When Where and How.
Tip 3: Analytical Reasoning & Decision Making
The reasoning section consists of questions based on logical, analytical and critical reasoning therefore they are framed accordingly. So whenever you read a passage don’t forget to put on your thinking cap and ask your W/ H questions as often as possible. Students need to practice difficult reasoning puzzles from mock papers and books on reasoning. Solving puzzles from popular puzzle books available in bookstores will also help. Focus on lengthy puzzles on distribution involving lots of variables. The section on Decision Making can be best practiced by going through the mock JEMAT papers.
Tip 4: Data Interpretation
This section mainly consists of questions that use bar graphs, line graphs, case lets (data given in the form of paragraphs requires applicants to extract the information provided to establish a relationship between the data given), tables, pie charts or circle graphs etc. to interpret data. Similarly the questions are based on the data that is interpreted, so break up the question and note down the information that is given to you.
Tip 5: Mathematics
The Key to doing well in mathematics is by practicing as much as you can. You need to understand the concepts well, before you start solving problems. Rather than mugging the formulas it is preferable to understand the concepts and get them cleared. If you have a thorough knowledge of the concepts, you will be able to solve any problem that may come your way. It is essential that you are thorough with concepts of:
- Force, Momentum
- Calculus and its application
- Shares and Dividends
- Properties of Logarithms
- Equation of circle
- Conditional probability etc. as these types of questions are most likely to come.
- Know the formulas on the tip of your fingers
- Mental calculations should also be strong so that you can come up with your own short cuts. These are important skills as you will definitely benefit from it.
- When practicing, “Practice as if you are the worst; perform as if you are the best.” - Jaspher Kantuna.
Tip 6: Group Discussions
Try to be loud and aggressive in an appropriate manner, if you need to get your point across. If unclear about the topic wait for someone else to begin. Try and summarize the points that have been discussed at regular intervals.
Tip 7: Practice
It is essential that students refer to previous years question papers and rely on mock tests, as this will familiarise them with the paper pattern thus, giving them an idea about the type of questions asked. Hence, students are better prepared for the examination.
Tip 8: Join Coaching classes: this will ensure that students practice regularly and ensure that they are better prepared because they can resolve their queries about a particular topic.
Tip 9: Health Matters: it is important to ensure that you get enough rest, eat a balanced diet and most importantly exercise. It is important that you sleep on time, eat properly and exercise; if you wish to perform well in the examinations because both the body and the mind need to rest in order to function to its optimum level.