How to Prepare for MBA Entrance Exams


There are loads of MBA/PGDM entrance exams in our country and it gets very confusing for aspirants to figure out the syllabus for each one. However, even though there are certain differences between each exam, the gist of the pattern and syllabus remains the same. Be it CAT, MAT, XAT, or Sunstone’s own admission test- SEAT.

Before beginning preparation, it’s important to know how to prepare and the syllabus. But in addition to that, you need to know the MBA qualifications required- Generally you need to be a graduate with a minimum 50% marks in college.(This might differ for individual colleges). Moreover, even final year students can apply but the admission provided will be on a provisional basis.

You might be wondering what the difference between PGDM and MBA is. Head over to this link to find out.

In this article, we will tell you how to prepare and ace any MBA exam you want.

MBA Entrance Exam Pattern

 The basic syllabus of every MBA exam is divided into 3 parts- Verbal Ability, Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Ability.

Section Description
Verbal Ability This section tests your English language and comprehension skills. You need to read a lot and have a good command of grammar for this.
Reasoning Ability This section tests your logical and reasoning capability. You have to solve tricky problems as quickly as possible.
Quantitative Ability This section tests your mathematical aptitude. But it’s not the usual complex long maths, it’s more about using tricks and short methods to find the answer within time.

Syllabus for MBA Entrance Exams

 There can be minor differences in the syllabus of individual exams but mostly it’s the same. Here we give you the common bits which are a part of the syllabus of every MBA entrance exam-

Section Topics
Verbal Ability Reading Comprehension

English Grammar and Usage

Cloze Test

Fill in the Blanks

Sentence Correction

Vocabulary / Synonyms and Antonyms

Jumbled Paragraph etc.


Reasoning Ability Blood Relations

Seating Arrangement


Verbal Reasoning

Syllogism etc.


Quantitative Ability Data Interpretation

Number System



Ratio and Proportion

Profit, Loss and Discount

Time, Speed and Distance

Time and Work

Simple and Compound Interest


Mixtures and Alligations






Please note that this may not be the complete syllabus for the MBA entrance exam you are sitting for. Please check and confirm with the official authority before starting preparation.

Preparation Tips for MBA Entrance Exams

 Tips for Verbal Ability-

  • Start reading books and newspapers to increase your reading speed and vocabulary.
  • Start conversing in English in day-to-day life and watch English movies and shows to get a grasp of the language.
  • Concentrate on grammar rules and read your school English textbooks up to 12th grade.
  • Start attempting mock exams and previous year question papers to see your level and the type of questions that are asked in the exam.

Tips for Reasoning Ability-

  • Solve puzzles daily and keep practising to increase your speed and thinking ability.
  • Learn or develop your own tricks to solve puzzles and questions easily as this will help you save time in the exam.
  • Keep attempting mock tests and previous year question papers to get a hang of the concepts.

Tips for Quantitative Ability-

  • Practice a lot of questions from textbooks up to high school.
  • Learn to solve questions without complication calculations. The questions in MBA entrance exams are such that they can be solved without many calculations.
  • Learn tricks to solve questions quickly as time is less in the exam and using conventional methods will waste a lot of time.
  • Try to solve questions in your head and also attempt mock tests.

That’s that then. We have told you all the tips and tricks to prepare for your MBA entrance exams. Now it’s up to you to apply these. We wish you all the best in your journey and hope you have the exam on the first attempt!