How to prepare for KMAT 2020 in 6 months

Check out the best tips and preparation strategy to score well in KMAT Karnataka exam 2020 in six months. Read the article below to know the exam pattern, best books, and more.

Karnataka Management Aptitude Test (KMAT) is a state-level entrance exam which is a gateway to various postgraduate courses in the state of Karnataka. KMAT is a management exam that assesses the aptitude of students in English language, critical reasoning and mathematical ability.

KMAT exam 2020 will be held on August 23 and Shiksha brings you few tips on how to prepare for KMAT in six months.

How to Prepare for KMAT in 6 Months: Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme

KMAT Karnataka is conducted in the offline mode and has multiple choice questions with four options each. The exam is conducted for admissions into more than 189 colleges in the state of Karnataka. Knowing the KMAT exam pattern is an important aspect of the preparation strategy for KMAT exam. Look at the table below to know the KMAT exam pattern and marking scheme.

Exam StructureDetails
Test ModePen-paper based exam
Number of Sections3
Subjects·Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension·Logical Reasoning·Quantitative Aptitude
Duration of the Exam2 hours
Number of Questions120 MCQs
Total Marks120
Language of the PaperEnglish
Number of answer choices4
Marks per question1 mark

KMAT question paper will have three sections as mentioned above and each section will have 40 questions. There is no negative marking, which makes KMAT exam a little easier than other MBA exams like CAT, XAT, CMAT, etc. Also, KMAT is a time-based exam, hence all the questions are to be solved in the given time.

How to Prepare for KMAT in 6 Months: Best Books to Read for KMAT

Another most important aspect of KMAT preparation is choosing the right study material. Collecting a big bundle of books will make no sense if it does not cover the entire syllabus. After knowing the exam pattern, the next step is choosing the right books for preparation. Given below is the list of best books to study from for KMAT exam.

BooksPublication/Author
Quantitative Aptitude for all Competitive ExamsAbhijit Guha
Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation CATNishit Sinha
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CATNishit K. Sinha
High School English Grammar and CompositionWren and Martin
How to prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CATArun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay

How to Prepare for KMAT in 6 Months: Section-wise Preparation

During the preparations, it is really important to be well acquainted with the KMAT syllabus. KMAT question paper has three sections, i.e. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude. Enough time should be allotted to each section during the preparations.

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension: This section of the KMAT question paper is all about the English language proficiency and grammar. Reading comprehensions take up the major part of this section. To score well in this section focus on vocabulary, synonyms, para jumbles, expressions, and language skills.
  • Logical Reasoning: This section, as the name goes, is logic-based. To ace this section you need to be able to apply formulae and draw a relevant and logical conclusion from the given statement. Prepare topics such as family tree, data arrangement, Venn diagrams, syllogism, assumptions, coding, and series.
  • Quantitative Aptitude: This section will test your mathematical skills. To excel this section brush up your mathematics. Practice algebra, geometry, mensuration, ratio and proportion, graphs, charts, interest, etc. to score well in this section. Make sure the theorems and formulae are on your tips. Also, keep a check on your calculations.

How to Prepare for KMAT in 6 months: Practice Mock Tests

Once you are done with your syllabus assess your preparations by taking KMAT mock tests and solving previous years’ question papers. KMAT previous years’ question papers are available online, and solving them will help a lot in your preparations. This will give you an insight into the type of questions, exam pattern, and the difficulty level of the KMAT exam. Not only this, but it will also help you know your strengths and weaknesses and at the same time improve your speed and accuracy in solving the questions. While solving the sample papers, you will come across all sorts of questions difficult, easy, tricky, and lengthy which will leave no room for surprise questions in the actual exam.

Try and solve at least 15-20 sample papers/ mock tests and assess your performance afterward. This will give you confidence and save you from the exam day jitters.

How to Prepare for KMAT in 6 months: Revision

Last but not the least, the preparation tip that will come in handy during your preparations for KMAT exam 2020 is the revision of everything that you have studied so far. The last 15 days should be entirely devoted to the revision of the syllabus. Go through every topic to assess your preparations. Go through all the formulae and theorems and revise them. Work on your weak points.

Six months is a good enough time to prepare for KMAT exam 2020 and score well in it, so make the best use of the above-mentioned tips and score well in your exam. All the best!

KMAT Preparation FAQs

Q: When will KMAT 2020 will be conducted?

A: KMAT 2020 will be conducted on August 23.

Q: Which institute will conduct KMAT 2020?

A: KMAT Karnataka 2020 is conducted by Karnataka Post Graduate Private Colleges’ Association (KPPGCA).

Q: How many months are good enough to prepare for KMAT exam?

A: One must dedicate at least six to nine months to prepare for KMAT exam.

Q: Which is the toughest section of KMAT exam?

A: One cannot really say which section is the toughest in KMAT Karnataka exam. But, Quant has been the toughest as per the previous years’ trends. But there are chances of another section to be tough too.

Q: Can I prepare for KMAT on my own?

A: Yes, you can prepare for KMAT on your own with strict self-discipline, hard work and dedication.

Q: Is coaching mandatory for scoring a good percentile in KMAT?

A: No, it is not mandatory. Taking coaching is an individual choice. There are some KMAT toppers who scored well by self-study only.

Q: How many questions are asked in KMAT?

A: The KMAT question paper has 120 questions.

Q: Is there negative marking for wrong answers in KMAT?

A: No, there is a no negative marking for wrong answers.

Q: Is it okay if I do not solve KMAT mock tests and only focus on the important topics I have studied?

A: Candidates must appear for KMAT mock tests, as they give an insight into the KMAT question paper, exam pattern and the difficulty level of the questions. Hence, KMAT Karnataka mock tests are important.

Q: How can I master Logical Reasoning section of KMAT?

A: To have a stronghold on Logical Reasoning section, solve as many mock tests as possible, try to identify the type of question, draw diagrams wherever possible to have a better understanding of the question. Try to simplify the questions in your language and write them down in the simplest way. These tips will help you in fetching a good score in LR section.

Q: Is practicing sample questions enough to cover Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section?

A: To build a strong base to solve any question in the Verbal Ability section, one must work on improving their vocabulary and grammar. They must also develop a habit of reading novels, newspapers and magazines to have a strong hold over the English language. Solving sample papers and mock tests are an integral part of the KMAT preparation but learning new words, improving reading skills and vocabulary is also important.

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