Master your Math

MBA aspirants who are not engineers usually fret about the level of math preparation required from MBA entrance exams. Topics such as inequalities, mensuration, probability functions, among others, cause discomfort to those who have not studied these topics since class 10. However, this does not hold true for the mathematical problems that appear in the MBA / MMS CET which are relatively easier. In addition, the emphasis no quantitatively oriented question is low (50 out of 200 questions). This is exactly what makes the CET a hugely popular exam even among academically average students.

A Typical Break Up of the CET Math Section:

Question Type Marks allocated

Data interpretation 15 – 20
BODMAS 5 – 10
Permutations, combinations
Probability 5
Miscellaneous arithmetic 5 – 10
Logical math 5 – 10

Total 50

Data Interpretation:

The CET is the only Indian MBA entrance exam that, much like the GMAT retains a high degree of standardization from year to year. The data interpretation section always has a one line graph that correlates revenue, expenditure and profit. In light of this, you have hopefully been practicing CET like tests that contain this question type. Additionally, a question with column graphs (also called bar graphs) is common.

The trick in responding to both these sets of questions is to appreciate that data can be obtained by simply looking at the graph. For instance, you could simply look at the slope of the line and figure out the answer to a question such as which month demonstrated the greatest growth over the previous month it out. In case of bar graph, imagine a line connecting the tops of each column to get the same measure. A student who insists on computing the growth misses out on the visual cues presented by the graph.

The CET gives immense importance to BODMAS. What students commonly refer to as BODMAS questions in the CET are in fact computations that are best solved using algebraic simplification and the age old BODMAS (Brackets of Division Multiplication Addition Subtraction) principle relating to priority of arithmetic operations. BODMAS questions are usually the easiest and can fetch students as much as five to 10 marks.

Permutations combinations and probability:

Questions on permutations combinations and probability are a typical feature in the CET. Though the exam usually refrains from testing students on advanced concepts in math, permutations combinations and probability problems do appear on a regular basis. This worries several students who have not studied math beyond class 10. The good news however, is that only basic questions relating to this topic appear in the exam. So, a CET question on this topic could be, Shyam has trousers in three different colors and shirts in four different colors. How many different shirt trouser color combination can Shyam wear? The answer is 3 x 4 = 12

Logical math>>>

This question type can be quite the red herring. Every year or two, the CET introduces some new questions types in logical math. An example of this question type is quantitative comparisons. Here, you are presented two different expressions. Your job is to find the expression which has a greater value.

Preparing for logical math is difficult as new questions are often introduced. For the math savvy student this presents an opportunity to score over competitors.

The CET is just two weeks away. At this point of time, it is essential to realize that success in the exams very much within reach. Also, the CET is the last of the major MBA entrance exams for the season. So make the most of this opportunity.