Learn how to prepare and crack FMS Entrance Exam from FMS 2011 Topper
FMS 2011: 99.93 FMS percentiler guides you:
FMS entrance exam preparation; we will present
you the tips, planning and advice from the student of FMS Delhi. Athira scored 99.93
percentile in FMS.
Manage your time well as that is the most crucial factor
for FMS exam. Don’t linger for long over one question. All questions carry equal
weightage: Athira Warrier, FMS topper"
Excerpts from the interview:
Q: How is FMS entrance exam different
from the other MBA entrance exam like CAT, XAT, IIFT to name a few?
A: FMS entrance exam has a lot many questions as compared to
the other exams. It tests the speed with which a person can solve the questions.
Since there are around 200 questions to be solved in 120 minutes, with not even
a minute per question, the difficulty level is slightly lower. This is true for
the Quant, DI and Comprehensive Passage sections. But the Verbal Ability section
requires a very good vocabulary as the synonyms and antonyms of words are not ones
used in everyday language. A person can pretty quickly score well in this section
if he builds on his vocabulary. Also, the 50 percentile cut-off required in each
section ensures that students don’t slack in any section.
Q: What was your special preparation
strategy for FMS entrance exam?
A: I mainly supplemented my vocabulary from the
GRE book Barrons as I knew it would help me score a lot in very less time. Apart
from that, I solved mock question papers to get the feel of solving such a large
number of questions in just 2 hours. I tried to increase my speed in thinking as
also in making fast calculations.
Q: How shall FMS takers prepare for
the exam a week and a day before the test?
A: Try building up on the vocabulary. Comprehension
questions are almost always directly based on the passage. Hence not much preparation
is needed there. Just solving two to three passages from old FMS question papers
to get the hang of it would be enough.
For Quantitative and Data Interpretation sections, a revision of concepts would
be good. Having a few tricks and formulae at ones fingertips would help in reducing
the time taken to solve questions. Practice solving a few question papers to increase
problem solving speed.
A week before revise from any compendiums made, learn formulae and solve one or
two old FMS question papers while timing yourself. This would help in understanding
what strategy to follow on the final day, as regards the order of attempting the
individual sections. Just a day before the exam, just relax. No need to irritate.
If last moment mugging has helped you always, then do it. But if you are a person
who worries before an exam, chuck it and go party. (That’s what I did!)
Q: FMS is known for its Verbal Ability
section and emphasis on Vocabulary. What is your suggestion to the FMS aspirants
A: There isn’t much to be done except mugging
up the words. Different methods work for different people. Some might learn root
words, attach incidents or ideas to words or might try using them in their daily
conversation. As not much time is left, a quick study of common difficult words
can be studied from Barrons book, used for GRE. Flash cards can be carried around
everywhere, as they are very easy to use. Say, 10 words while travelling to college
is not a bad idea. Also constantly revise words learnt earlier as it is of no use
if you can’t recall the meanings of words at the last moment. If you know you are
weak in this area, then score in the other sections.
Q: Any other suggestion you would
like to share with the FMS aspirants?
A: Manage your time well, don’t linger for long
over one question. All questions carry equal weightage, so there is no point wasting
time on one question, when you can solve two easier ones in the same time. Remember,
you have less than a minute per question. Try going for accuracy. From personal
experience I would say that solving one question per minute is also good if you
are sure about the accuracy.