KMAT KERALA Preparation 2024: Tips, Strategy & Guide

Kerala Management Aptitude Test 2024 ( KMAT KERALA )

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Updated on Jul 2, 2024 15:37 IST

KMAT Kerala preparation: KMAT Kerala is a state-level entrance exam conducted by the Commissioner of Entrance Examinations (CEE) for admission into the MBA programmes offered by various colleges and universities in the state of Kerala. The best B-schools in the state of Kerela accept KMAT Kerala scores.

KMAT Kerala exam was conducted on March 3, 2024. The session 2 exam was held on June 30, 2024. Candidates who are planning to appear for KMAT Kerala 2024 should look at the preparation tips below which will help them in cracking the exam.

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Q:   Is KMAT Kerala exam difficult to crack?


The perception of difficulty can vary from person to person. What may be challenging for one individual could be manageable for another. Cracking the KMAT Kerala exam is based on an individual's preparation, aptitude and familiarity with the KMAT Kerala syllabus and exam pattern. 

The KMAT Kerala exam is designed to assess a candidate's aptitude in areas such as Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, and English Language Skills. The KMAT Kerala exam tests the candidate's knowledge, reasoning ability, problem-solving skills, and language proficiency.

The difficulty level of the exam can be influenced by various factors, including the complexity of the questions, time constraints, and the candidate's level of preparation.  To crack the KMAT Kerala exam, it is important to have a comprehensive understanding of the KMAT Kerala exam syllabus, practice regularly, and develop effective time management and problem-solving strategies. Preparing with the help of study materials, KMAT Kerala's previous year question papers, and mock tests can also be beneficial in getting acquainted with the exam pattern and building confidence.

Additionally, staying updated with current affairs and general knowledge can be advantageous for sections like English Language Skills and Logical Reasoning.


Q:   Which are the top MBA colleges which accept KMAT Kerala scores?


There are several top MBA colleges in Kerala that accept KMAT Kerala scores for admission. Here are some of the prominent management institutes in Kerala that consider KMAT Kerala scores:

  1. Rajagiri Centre for Business Studies, Kochi
  2. SCMS Cochin School of Business, Kochi
  3. Amrita School of Business, Kochi
  4. Toc H Institute of Science and Technology, Ernakulam
  5. Marthoma College of Management and Technology, Ernakulam
  6. Saintgits Institute of Management, Kottayam
  7. DC School of Management and Technology, Kottayam
  8. Nehru College of Management, Thrissur
  9. Institute of Management and Technology, Kannur
  10. Chinmaya Institute of Technology, Kannur
  11. Sree Gokulam Institute of Management Studies, Alappuzha
  12. XIME Kochi

It must be noted that the list above is not exhaustive, and there may be other institutes in Kerala that accept KMAT Kerala scores. It's always advisable to visit the official websites of the respective institutes for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding their admission process and eligibility criteria.


Q:   Does IIM Kozhikode accept KMAT Kerala scores for admission to MBA programme?


No, IIM Khozhikode does not accept KMAT Kerala test scores for admission. If you want to get admission to the IIM, you will have to appear in the CAT exam. With the score of the KMAT Kerala test, you can get admission in about 129 management colleges in Kerala. You can get admission to the following top management colleges such as:

  1. Rajagiri Centre for Business Studies, Kochi
  2. SCMS Cochin School of Business, Kochi
  3. Amrita School of Business, Kochi
  4. Toc H Institute of Science and Technology, Ernakulam
  5. Marthoma College of Management and Technology, Ernakulam

How to Prepare for KMAT Kerala 2024?

An effective exam preparation strategy goes a long way. While preparing for KMAT Kerala 2024 it is essential to be focused, calm and confident. Candidates must make short notes, practice sample papers, solve previous years’ question papers and take an ample number of mock tests. Another important aspect of the KMAT Kerala preparation strategy is knowing the KMAT Kerala syllabus and exam pattern. Read on to know more.

Q:   What is the syllabus of KMAT KERALA exam?


KMAT Kerala exam consists of four major sections, each with its own specific syllabus:

1. English Language Usage and Reading Comprehension: Vocabulary, Synonyms, Antonyms, Analogies, Word meanings, Idioms, and Phrases, Sentence correction, Fill in the blanks, Error identification, Sentence improvement, Reading Comprehension passages, Drawing inferences, etc.

2. Quantitative Aptitude (QA): Number system, Percentages, Profit and Loss, Ratio and Proportion, Time and Work, Time, Speed, and Distance, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Trigonometry, etc.

3. Data Sufficiency and Logical Reasoning (DS & LR): Analysing data-related questions to determine whether the given data is sufficient to answer the question, Deductive and inductive reasoning, Coding-Decoding, Series, Blood Relations, Direction Sense, Seating Arrangements, Analogies, Logical puzzles, etc.

4. General Knowledge: Sports, Politics, Current Affairs, World News, Books and Authors, Famous Personalities, Politics, Economics, etc. 


Q:   What is the eligibility criteria of KMAT Kerala exam?


The eligibility criteria for KMAT (Kerala Management Admission Test) are as follows:

  1. The candidates should be Indian citizens.

  2. The candidates must hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent in any discipline recognised by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). The minimum duration of the degree programme should be three years.

  3. The general category candidates should have secured at least 50% aggregate in the qualifying examination. For SEBC (Socially and Educationally Backward Classes) and SC/ST (Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe) category candidates, the minimum required aggregate is 40%.

  4. Candidates who are appearing for the final year of their bachelor's degree examination are also eligible to apply. However, they must provide proof of qualifying the examination with the required percentage of marks at the time of admission.


Q:   What are the important dont's of the KMAT Kerala exam day?


On the day of the KMAT Kerala exam, it is essential to be well-prepared and avoid certain mistakes or "don'ts" to ensure a smooth experience. Here are some important "don'ts" to keep in mind:

  1. Do not reach late to the exam centre. Ensure that you reach the exam center well before the scheduled reporting time. Arriving late may lead to disqualification or not being allowed to enter the exam hall.

  2. Don't Forget Admit Card. Make sure to carry a printout of your KMAT Kerala admit card/hall ticket to the exam center. Without the admit card, you may not be allowed to appear for the exam.

  3. Don't carry prohibited items such as electronic devices (mobile phones, calculators, smartwatches), study material, notes, bags, or any other items that are not allowed as per the exam guidelines.

  4. Don't panic. Maintain a calm and composed mindset throughout the exam day. Panicking or getting overly stressed can affect your performance. 

  5. Don't engage in malpractice and refrain from any form of malpractice or cheating. Any form of unfair means can result in disqualification and strict consequences.

  6. Don't ignore exam instructions. Listen carefully to the exam invigilator's instructions before starting the exam.

  7. Don't leave early after completing the exam. Review your answers and ensure you haven't left any questions unanswered or marked incorrectly. Revise the answers before submitting your answer sheet.

By avoiding these "don'ts" and adhering to the exam rules and guidelines, you can have a better exam experience and maximize your chances of performing well in the KMAT Kerala exam.


Q:   What are the dos of the KMAT Kerala exam day?


On the KMAT Kerala exam day, candidates have to follow certain guidelines which include reaching on time, cooperating with the exam centre staff, following instructions of the test invigilator and following the test navigation for solving the KMAT Kerala questions. There are some key dos and don'ts that candidates should follow on the KMAT Kerala exam day, which have been listed below:

KMAT Kerala exam day dos:

  1. Reach the examination centre at the reporting time mentioned on your KMAT Kerala admit card.
  2. Carry two copies of the KMAT Kerala admit card, one photo ID card and passport size photos
  3. PwD candidates should carry the relevant certificates and documents as prescribed by the examination authorities. 
  4. Carry a blue/black ball point pen for signing the attendance sheet
  5. Carry personal drinking water, hand sanitizer, face masks and gloves
  6. Cooperate with the test centre staff and follow instructions during entry
  7. Candidates must write their name and roll numbers on the rough sheet provided by the invigilator and sign on it

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KMAT Kerala 2024: Exam Pattern

Take a look at the table below to know the KMAT Kerala exam pattern 2024.

Exam Features


Exam mode

Computer-based test mode (CBT)


150 minutes

Total number of questions


Type of questions

Objective type questions


Marking scheme

+4 for correct answers

-1 for incorrect answers

Total Marks

720 marks

Q:   What about the marking scheme of KMAT (Kerala)?


KMAT Kerala marking scheme is straightforward. If the candidates can recall their attempts or have the answer key with them then they can calculate their KMAT Kerala raw score by adding and subtracting scores as per correct and incorrect attempts. Check KMAT Kerala marking scheme below:

  1. For every correct attempt, 4 marks is awarded and for every incorrect answer, 1 mark is deducted.
  2. For every unanswered question, the candidate will be marked zero.

Given below is the process of calculating the KMAT Kerala score with the help of the KMAT Kerala answer key. The first two sections (QA and English Language Usage) of the KMAT Kerala question paper has 50 questions and the last two sections (Data Sufficiency and Logical Reasoning and General Knowledge) have 40 questions each. So suppose in Quantitative Techniques section you got 34 questions right, 2 questions wrong and skipped 4 questions. So, your score will be 134 out of 200. Similarly, calculate the score of other sections. After the add all four to arrive at the overall raw score. For example, you scored 134, 144, 120 and 140 in four sections, then your sum total will be 538/720. 


Q:   What are the passing marks for KMAT Kerala?


If you're a General/SEBC candidate, you need at least 72 marks out of 720 (10%) in KMAT Kerala to pass. But if you're from SC/ST/PWD category, you should get 54 marks (7.5%) to qualify. Only the aspirants who score above this criteria will be eligible for admission to the KMAT Kerala partiipating colleges. Candidates who are aspiring admission to top MBA colleges in Kerala must ensure that they meet the qualifying cutoff criteria in order to secure a seat and be eligible for the admission process. The admission completely depends on the total number of seats available in the college. 


Q:   Is KMAT Kerala syllabus difficult?


The difficulty level of KMAT Kerala syllabus is usually moderate as compared to other MBA entrance exams. If you prepare well and follow the KMAT Kerala exam pattern well, you will be able to score well. Besides having an understanding of the KMAT Kerala syllabus, candidates also need to be well aware of the KMAT Kerala exam pattern before they start preparing for the exam. The exam has 180 questions which are to be solved within 150 minutes. The syllabus is still moderate as compared to other exams. The most important things to keep in mind are:

  1. KMAT Kerala exam mode is online
  2. Each question carries four marks
  3. There is negative marking of minus one mark for wrong attempts 

KMAT Kerala Preparation: Section-wise Preparation Strategy

According to previous years’ trends, the KMAT Kerala exam is moderately difficult. Check out the section-wise preparation strategy for the KMAT Kerala exam below.

KMAT Kerala Important Topics

KMAT Kerala Important Topics

Section 1: Quantitative Aptitude: To ace this section, candidates must brush up on their basic mathematics skills. Candidates must focus on speed and accuracy to fetch good marks in this section. Prepare for topics such as Percentages, Time and Work, Pie charts, Bar graphs, Basic Arithmetic, Simple and Compound Interest, Algebra, etc. Candidates must note that the KMAT Kerala exam has negative markings; hence they must first focus on solving questions that they are one hundred per cent sure of. Candidates can refer to NCERT books of class 10 and Class 12. It is vital to solve mock tests and sample papers, as it will improve speed and accuracy. Regular practice will definitely go a long way.

Section 2: English Language: This section of the KMAT Kerala question paper is all about the English language, its usage and reading comprehension. To score well in this section candidates must improve their vocabulary and practice grammar. Since this section has comprehension passages, it is important to focus on speed. Candidates must prepare for topics such as Grammar, Word Meanings, Tense, Antonyms and Synonyms, Para Jumbles, etc. This section can be a little consuming because of the long passages. Hence, candidates must divide their time accordingly.

Section 3: Data Sufficiency and Logical Reasoning: This section of the KMAT Kerala exam analyses the candidates’ critical and logical thinking capabilities. To prepare for this section, candidates must prepare for topics such as Bar Graphs, Pie Charts, Tables, Blood Relations, Data Structures, Clocks, Direction Sense, Strong and Weak Arguments, Coding and Decoding, etc. Solve an ample number of mock tests and previous years’ question papers. Focus on solving the questions with accuracy. Candidates must make short notes while preparing and writing down formulae and tricks.

Section 4: General Knowledge and Business Scenario: The only preparation tip to ace this section is to be updated with the latest news and trends. Candidates should make newspapers their friends to score well in this section. They must be updated with all the business news, trends and scenarios. Not only this, but they must also be well acquainted with history, current affairs, world news, sports, etc. Candidates must also have a basic knowledge of Science, Geography, Politics, etc.

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Best Books for KMAT Kerala Preparation 2024

Here is a list of the best books for KMAT Kerala preparation that candidates can refer to.


Authors/ Publications

KMAT- Karnataka Management Aptitude Test Paperback

Chandresh Agrawal

Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation for CAT

Nishit Sinha

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examination Tips, Techniques, and Short-cut Methods

Abhijit Guha

Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for CAT

Nishit Sinha

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Ajay Singh

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

Arun Sharma

The Pearson Guide to MBA Entrance Examination

Edgar Thorpe

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Q:   Which is the lengthiest section in KMAT Kerala?


Since the English Language  Usage and Reading Comprehension section includes reading comprehension passages, it can be considered a lengthy section. The English Language section does not only comprise of Reading Comprehension passages but also has various other topics such as Vocabulary, Grammar, Idioms, Phrases, Para Jumbles, Antonyms and Synonyms, etc. which make the section a lengthy one. However, there is a possibility of any other section to be lengthier.


Q:   Which are the most important topics to focus for KMAT Kerala preparation?


CEE conducts the KMAT Kerala exam at least two times a year. This year, the exam will be conducted twice in the computer-based test mode. Here are important topics for the exam according to the sections of KMAT Kerala question paper. 

  • Data Sufficiency and Logical Reasoning: This section contains questions mainly from Logical Reasoning and Critical Reasoning. Some of the important topics of this section include:
    • Syllogisms
    • Clocks and Calendar 
    • Course of Action
    • Cause and Effect
    • Statement and Conclusion
    • Strong and Weak Arguments
    • Puzzles 
    • Coding and Decoding
    • Arrangements
    • Tables
    • Graphs
    • Blood Relations
  • English Language: Just like other management entrance tests, this section is divided into Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability/English Usage. There are about four to five comprehension passages while the topics of English usage are as follows:
    • Synonyms (word pair)
    • Fill in the blanks
    • Para Completions
    • Idioms
    • Error identification
    • Word Meaning
    • Antonyms
    • Sentence Completion
    • Para Jumbles
    • Grammar
  • Quantitative Aptitude: This section of the KMAT Kerala question paper is also considered tough. However, the overall difficulty level can be considered to be moderate. Some of the important topics of this section include:
    • Percentage
    • Profit and Loss
    • Simple Interest and Compound Interest
    • Average, Mixture and Alligation
    • Time and Distance
    • Time and Speed
    • Geometry and Mensuration
    • Time and Work
    • Probability
    • Statistics 
    • Algebra
  • General Knowledge and Current Affairs: Some of the important topics include:
    • Sports
    • Awards
    • Art and Culture
    • Current Affairs
    • Politics
    • Trade Awareness
    • Economy
    • Business
    • World News
    • Technology
    • Books and Authors

Q:   What is the selection process through KMAT Kerala?


The selection procedure through KMAT Kerala basically includes the following steps:

  1. KMAT Kerala exam: The first stage is the KMAT Kerala exam itself. It is a computer-based test that assesses a candidate's aptitude and proficiency in areas such as Quantitative Aptitude (QA), General Knowledge (GK), Logical Reasoning (LR) and English Usage and Reading Comprehension (VARC). The exam consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQs).

  2. KMAT Kerala results: After the exam is conducted, the exam conducting authority releases the KMAT Kerala results in the form of scorecards on the official website which indicates candidate's overall and sectional scores.

  3. KMAT Kerala cutoff: Participating institutes set their own cut-off marks based on the KMAT Kerala scores. Candidates who meet or exceed the cut-off marks are eligible for the subsequent selection rounds.
  4. GD-PI: Shortlisted candidates are then called for the further selection process which includes Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). The candidates are assesed on communication skills, leadership skills, problem-solving skills and suitablity for the management programme. 
  5. Final merit list: After the GD-PI round, the participating institutes release a final merit list which indicates the names of the candidates who have been selected for admissions. Candidates alot seats to the candidates according to the ranks obtained by them. 


FAQs Related to KMAT Kerala Preparation

Check below the FAQs on KMAT Kerala preparation:

Q:   What is the best way to prepare KMAT Kerala at home?


If you have a good study plan, you can study independently at home for the KMAT Kerala exam. This exam is conducted around two times a year and is relatively easier than other exams. The following is advice from professionals on how to create an KMAT Kerala plan:

  • Using the KMAT Kerala syllabus as a guide, make a list of the subjects that the study materials must cover.
  • Plan your study time on a monthly, weekly, and daily basis according to the time available.
  • Analyze previous KMAT Kerala tests to note important topics.
  • You can find a mentor to assist you or join any online study group.
  • To enable thorough planning, assign a time limit to each section.
  • Start reading newspaper and magazine editorials to gain a command of the English language and GK section.
  • For the quantitative section, read the basic concepts and formulas from school textbooks.
  • Examine your progress through mock tests on a monthly basis.
  • Keep analyzing and improving your score over time until test day.
  • Set your score to meet the cutoff for the college to which you want to apply.

Q:   How can I prepare for KMAT Kerala?


Preparing for KMAT Kerala is relatively easy as the difficulty level of the other entrance exams is much higher. Mentioned below are a few preparation tips for KMAT Kerala exam:

  1. Candidates must familiarize themselves with the KMAT Kerala exam pattern, including the number of sections, types of questions, duration, and marking scheme. This will give you a clear idea of what to expect and help the candidates planning their preparation accordingly.

  2. Candidates must devise a study plan in a way that it allocates sufficient time for each section of the exam. Thye must set aside dedicated study hours and stick to the schedule consistently. This will ensure that they cover all the topics and have enough time left for revision.

  3. Candidates should have a thorough understanding of the KMAT Kerala syllabus. They must focus on identifying the key topics and subjects that are included in each section. This will help the candidates prioritise their preparation and focus on the areas that carry more weightage.

  4. Solving previous years' question papers and mock tests is an excellent way to familiarize oneself with the exam pattern and gain insights into the types of questions asked. It will also help the candiadtes to identify their strengths and weaknesses, allowing them to focus on areas that require improvement. The mock tests also help in assessing the preparaiton level and improve time management skills along with accuracy. 

  5. Students must be updated with the latest current affairs and general knowledge topics. They must read newspapers, magazines, and online news portals regularly. This will help them perform well in the General Awareness section of the exam.

  6. Allocating sufficient time for revision, especially in the weeks leading up to the exam can be very helpful. Review notes, formulae, and important concepts and focus on practicing sample questions and taking additional mock tests to reinforce the learning.

  7. Lastly, stay calm and maintain a positive mindset, stay motivated, and manage stress effectively. Students shoudl take breaks, get enough sleep, eat well, and engage in physical activity to keep their mind and body refreshed.

Remember that consistent and focused preparation is key to performing well in the KMAT Kerala exam. Good luck!


Q:   How can I crack KMAT Kerala in six months?


Cracking the KMAT Kerala (Kerala Management Admission Test) in six months is certainly achievable with a well-structured study plan and consistent effort. To do so, firstly, one needs to understand the KMAT Kerala exam pattern. The exam pattern includes four sections: English Language Usage and Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude (QA), and Data Sufficiency and Logical Reasoning (DS & LR) and General Knowledge and Current Affairs. Then, students need to acquire the necessary study materials, including textbooks, reference books, and online resources, that cover the KMAT syllabus. Students should devise a comprehensive study plan whilst dividing the complete syllabus in a way that sufficient time is allocated to each section based on their strengths and weaknesses. Practicing regularly is essential in order to have a strong preparation. Solve practice questions and exercises regularly to improve your problem-solving skills. Work on your time management skills, especially for the quantitative section. Try to solve problems within the allocated time. Regularly revise the topics covered to reinforce learning and retain information. If you face difficulties in any section, don't hesitate to seek guidance from teachers, mentors, or online tutorials.

Remember that consistent and focused preparation is the key to success. Six months is a significant amount of time to prepare, but it's important to use it wisely and efficiently.


Q:   What are the best books for KMAT Kerala preparation?


There is a range of books to read for KMAT Kerala preparation. Here is a list of section-wise best books for the KMAT Kerala exam:

English Language section -Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis -High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin -Objective General English by RS Aggarwal -The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for the CAT

Data Sufficiency and Logical Reasoning section -How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma -Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey -Multi-Dimensional Reasoning by Mishra Kumar and Dr. Lal -Logical and Analytical Reasoning by K Gupta

Quantitative Skills section -Quantitative Aptitude by R. S Aggarwal -Fast track objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Sharma -Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha -NCERT Mathematics Books for Class 9 and 10 by NCERT publications.

For the GK section, students can refer to Manorama Year Book for static GK. They must also regularly read newspapers, and stay updated with the current affairs. 


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