Preparations aside, what actually matters in the CET are the strategies you adopt for the exam.
Unlike other MBA entrance exams, the CET requires the highest number of correct responses per minute. For instance, those who appeared for the CAT 2009 / 10 will quite likely get a call from any of the IIMs if they chose one correct response every three minutes or so. But to get into a management institute such as JBIMS, students need to get at least one correct responses every single minute in the CET 2010. Here is how you can maximize the number of correct responses at the exam.
Avoid prioritizing questions:
A Shuffling pages to locate your favorite question might makes sense when you have time to spare. However, this strategy can prove to be quite fruitless when you are seeking to attempt a question, or more per minute. At the same time though you do not want to leave the exam hall and regret missing out on the simplest questions that happen to be at the end of the exam booklet. So you could take the middle path and adopt the following strategy. Avoid shuffling pages for most of the exam time, say 120 minutes. Then, glance at the remaining few questions, and ascertain whether your favorites are towards the end of the exam booklets.
Attempt all questions:
This strategy has two important components. Firstly, you need to attempt questions quickly. The cutoff for admissions to JBIMS last year was 182 / 240. Assuming that you score 32 / 40 in your post CET evaluation (GD and PI) you still need to score 150 / 200 in the written test. Since 100 per cent accuracy is utopian, you will need to attempt at least 165 questions sincerely to be able to score 150.
Secondly, you need to maximize on the rare opportunity afforded to you by the fact that the CET does not have negative marks. Make sure to guess the answers to questions you are unable to attempt sincerely. Statistically, in CET you would score one point for every five responses you choose randomly.
Most MBA entrance exams have tough questions in the math section. This results in engineers performing much better than non engineers. A quick look at the student profile at too B-schools in India reaffirms the unfair advantage engineers have over students other fields securing admissions. However, this is not true about the MBA / MMS CET as the emphasis as well as the level of difficulty of math is lower than in other exam.
Avoid verifying your answers:
This might sound counter intuitive since most parents as well as teachers encourage students to verify their responses before submitting the exam paper in school / college exams were not speed tests. If you are not convinced consider the following: You compute a result in the CET. For your satisfaction, you double check it. However, in your second attempt, you get a different result. Now, which result do you gauge as the correct response? Do you triple check?
Of course, you do not have to follow this as the gospel truth. In the case of paragraph completion questions, it is worth reading the paragraph once over, after you have filled blanks.
The strategies listed earlier are based on certain assumptions. These assumptions may or may not hold true for everyone so ensure that you adopt a strategy that works for you. This is where all those mock tests that you have been attempting will help.