MBA Common Entrance Test CET Syllabus

5 min readMBA CET Syllabus [2020-21]

The syllabus of MBA CET consists of five sections:

  1. Logical Reasoning
  2. Abstract Reasoning
  3. Quantitative Aptitude
  4. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

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Overview of MBA CET 2021 Syllabus

Given below are the main topics of the MBA CET syllabus:

MBA CET SectionsImportant Topics
Logical Reasoning & Abstract ReasoningLinear & Circular Arrangement, Series Completion, Coding, Symbol-based Comparison, Venn Diagram, Blood Relations
Quantitative AptitudeAlgebra, Ratio & Proportion, Percentage, Mensuration, Time & Work, Probability
Verbal Ability and Reading ComprehensionGrammar, Sentence Completion, Synonyms, Antonyms, Reading Ability, and Vocabulary

Section-wise Syllabus of MBA CET 2021

To prepare for the MBA CET exam, the candidates must study the syllabus section-wise. Given below are section wise TOPICS and subjects for the MBA CET syllabus:

Logical/Abstract Reasoning

This section of the MBA CET exam syllabus is divided into two parts:

  1. Logical Reasoning with 75 questions
  2. Abstract Reasoning with 25 questions.

The table below indicates the crucial topics in this section: 

Linear and Circular ArrangementVenn Diagram
Symbol-based ComparisonSeries Completion
Blood RelationsConditional Coding
Sequential OutputSelection Criteria
Direction Sense

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Quantitative Aptitude

This section of the MBA CET exam syllabus contains 50 questions carrying one mark each.

Given below is the list of the topics from which maximum questions are asked in this section. 

ArithmeticQuantitative Reasoning
AlgebraData Sufficiency
ProbabilityRatio & Proportion
TrigonometryData Interpretation – Graphs, Charts, Tables

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

The Verbal Ability section of the MBA CET syllabus consists of 50 questions from reading comprehension, grammar, and verbal ability.

Given below is the list indicating the most important topics form which maximum questions are asked:

Reading ComprehensionAntonyms & Synonyms
Spelling/Inappropriate usageError Correction
Fill in the BlanksSentence Completion and Word Arrangement
Para JumblesGrammar
VocabularySpelling/Inappropriate usage

MBA CET Exam Pattern 2021

For scoring well in the MBA CET exam, candidates must thoroughly understand the exam and test structure pattern. Take a look at the highlights of the MBA CET 2021 exam pattern below:

MAH CET Exam PatternDetailsQuestion Time Analysis
Number of sections, questions, and marksLogical Reasoning75 questions75 marks40 Questions can be completed in 40 seconds to 60 seconds. The other 35 Questions will consume around 2 to 3 minutes.
Quantitative Aptitude50 questions50 marks15-20 Questions can be completed in 30 to 40 seconds. The remaining questions can consume more than 3 minutes.
Abstract Reasoning25 questions25 marksPrimarily on non-verbal reasoning, the section will have around ten questions which can be attempted in 40-60 seconds.
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension50 questions50 marksThe section can have around 20 questions that can be attempted in 30-90 seconds.
Exam duration150 minutes 
Mode of examinationComputer Based Test 
Medium of examinationEnglish 
Marking schemeNo negative marking one mark for each correct question 

The Sectional Topics for MBA CET Syllabus 2020

Quantitative Aptitude

The level of difficulty of the Quantitative Aptitude Section is from moderate to difficult. There are four sets of Data Interpretation questions, and mostly the questions are on Arithmetic. Twenty questions are of Data Interpretation, and the remaining questions are from Quantitative Aptitude.

According to the previous year question papers based on MBA CET important subtopics under the topic, Quantitative Aptitude is:

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Mensuration
  • Probability
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Numbers
  • Percentage
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Data Interpretation – Graphs, Charts, Tables

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Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

In this section, most of the questions are on contextual vocabulary usage, phrases, synonyms, and antonyms. According to previous year papers, few questions are complicated, and some are moderate. Reading comprehension has 15 questions out of 50 questions from this section.

According to the previous year question papers based on MBA CET, important subtopics under the topic Verbal Ability and Comprehension are:

  • Antonyms
  • Comprehension of passages
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Para Jumbles
  • Synonyms
  • Sentence completion
  • Sentence Correction
  • Spelling/Inappropriate usage
  • Phrase replacement
  • Sentence arrangement
  • Odd Sentence Para Jumble
  • Verbal Reasoning.

Logical and Abstract Ability

The logical reasoning section has 75 variable questions. It includes question sets on series, statements,inferences & conclusions, true/false and coding/decoding.

There are about 60 questions on Non-Verbal Reasoning, and the remaining 15 are of the Verbal Reasoning section in the MBA CET. Statements, arrangements, family tree, and letter re-arrangements are among the most critical exam sections. The questions are usually in sets or are individual. They are quite lengthy and take a considerable amount of time to solve.

A majority of the Verbal Reasoning Section section’s questions belonged to the Critical Reasoning syllogism and others.  The questions on syllogisms are usually moderate, but they are time-consuming. Cause effect and strong-weak arguments are also some of the other time-consuming questions test takers have encountered in the past. However, these questions are not as difficult as compared with the different sections and are quite doable.

The Abstract Reasoning section is moderate and most exam. Most of the candidates try to maximise their attempts in this particular section. Most questions are based on analogy, series, and puzzles. A majority of the problems in this section are quite similar to Visual Reasoning questions that appeared earlier in the exam.

This year’s exam pattern had a difficulty level of this section slightly higher than last year’s exams.

According to the previous year question papers based on MBA CET, important subtopics under the topic Logical/Abstract Ability are:

  • Symbol-based Comparison
  • Linear and Circular Arrangement
  • Direction
  • Sequential Output
  • Series Completion
  • Conditional Coding
  • Selection Criteria
  • Venn Diagram
  • Verbal Ability
  • Input/Output
  • Blood Relations
  • Coding/Decoding
  • Syllogisms.

MBA CET 2020 Paper Analysis

A common observation throughout all the slots of MBA CET 2020 was that the paper was found lengthy, and it was a struggle for the test takers to attempt the paper in the given duration.

The overall section-wise difficulty level of MBA CET 2020 was as given below:

Section nameDifficulty level
Logical ReasoningDifficult
Abstract ReasoningModerate to Difficult
Quantitative AptitudeModerate
Verbal Ability and Reading ComprehensionEasy to Moderate
  • There were significant changes in the question pattern of the verbal ability section. The questions were based on the contextual use of Vocabulary, Para completion, English Language Usage, and other topics.
  • Many questions were more straightforward for the candidates to score high in uniform marking pattern.
  • 50% weightage in the exam was of Logical & Abstract reasoning. In the MBA CET, 2020 paper, Questions in Abstract reasoning were relatively easy compared to other sections.
  • The Quantitative aptitude section ranged from moderate to difficult. Out of 50 questions, more than 20 questions were on Data Interpretation, and the rest were based on quantitative aptitude.

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