How to Prepare for Undergraduate Entrance Examinations Without Coaching

Come April, a number of institutes spring into picture that specialise in entrance exams coaching, specifically pertaining to students who intend to appear for NPAT, (Narsee Monjee Aptitude Test) for admission into undergraduate courses in the Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal (SVKM) Narsee Monjee Institutions, Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET), Indraprastha University entrances, and Delhi University Joint Admission Test (DU JAT).

Around 40,000 students all over India appear for the DU JAT exam annually for merely 1400 seats in the three professional courses in University of Delhi (DU) colleges. One of DU’s most coveted colleges, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, offers only Bachelor’s in Management Studies (BMS) and Bachelor’s in Business Administration (FIA) and the total seats are 150 for general category candidates to enter the rolls of this college. This unreal ratio compels at least one in every four children to take coaching classes or enroll in similar test series. While it’s important to study and get a gist of the exam paper pattern, it isn’t difficult to crack these exams without taking classes, provided the student diligently studies hard for them. Here is a starter’s kit to prepare for the notorious exams, laden with personal experiences of the people who wrote the same in the past two years.


  • Be well acquainted with 12th mathematics:

In the 2016 JAT paper, 12th grade mathematics had heavy weight age. Permutations and combinations and probability, along with continuity are some of the commonly covered topics. It is highly recommended to make educated guesses using the options, but if you’re not too sure, remember that the trade-off would be with 1 mark.


  • Read newspapers religiously:

Do not indulge into the myth of coaching centres helping you better your general knowledge. The probability of those general knowledge (GK) questions, as told in the said coaching, coming in the exam is very little, as there is simply too much to remember. It is better to keep a track of the happenings in the world. Jagran Josh is a decent website that updates one-liner news on a daily basis for aspirants of various exams. It is definitely an added bonus to remember the important dates, Prime Ministers and famous personalities, and headquarters of important organisations that can help as clues in GK questions.


  • Logical Reasoning:

This is the most scoring and easy to attempt part. Out of 30 questions, be sure to attempt a minimum of 21 questions from this section, and the number should only increase in proportion to the level of easiness of the exam. Venn diagrams, distribution of data, and cubes and dices are definite questions that can be expected and are easy to attempt at the same time.


  • Verbal Ability: This section tends to be on the easier side but can be tough for those who are insecure of their verbal skills. Practicing reading comprehension under time restrictions can help improve speed. Vocabulary cannot be mugged up in such a short span of time, but skimming through past year papers can help you know what to expect.


Practice material for the maths and logical reasoning portions is readily available on the Internet. It cannot be reiterated enough, that students who are susceptible to getting stuck in questions should consciously avoid attempting the difficult ones. It is also important to remember that exam patterns are subject to continuous change and so is the criterion of admission prone to last minute modifications. It is ideal to keep a lookout of notifications on the DU website regarding such updates. Enrolling for coaching definitely helps, but it doesn’t guarantee you a seat, and the vice-versa also stands true. Good luck!


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Vijeata Balani



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