Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University conducts the IP-CET or IPU Common Entrance Test for admission to B.Com honours course. Admission to the course will be on the basis of merit of the CET. There is no such specialization offered in this course and the eligibility is 50% in 12th standard. The exam pattern along with preparation strategies is given below. 

Exam Pattern

The CET will comprise 150 MCQ based questions to be completed in 150 minutes or 2.5 hours. For every correct answer you will get 4 marks while 1 mark would be deducted for every incorrect answer. There will be 4 sections of the CET. These are as follows. 

SectionsWeightage 
Data Interpretation 35%
General English25%
Logical Reasoning 25%
General Awareness 15%

Overall preparation strategy

The foremost task is to look into the syllabus and exam pattern to plan out your exam preparation accordingly. Look at the following basic preparation tips to crack the exam. 

1. Focus more on data interpretation 

Maximum questions are usually asked from DI section and hence scoring well in this section is crucial for scoring a good rank in the CET. Focus on solving questions of DI like graphs based questions, averages , percentages and ratio based questions. Keeping 2 hours daily to solve and learn the techniques of data interpretation will be sufficient for you. 

2. Plan your study plan in an efficient manner

Planning your study plan is essential for cracking the CET. Since there are 4 sections and you need to focus more on data interpretation, try to plan out your study schedule in such a way that you practice two sections every day. Do one hour of general awareness followed by 2 hours of data interpretation. On the other day do 2 hours each of English and logical reasoning. 

3. Solve sample papers and assess yourself

Solving sample papers is crucial for knowing your preparation level. Try to solve as many sample papers as possible 15 days prior to the exam atleast. Work on your weak areas. You can solve the Arihant book on IPU B.Com guide. 

Section-wise preparation strategy

1. Data interpretation

This section contains 35% of weightage which is maximum out of all the sections. Maximum number of questions will be asked from this section. This section involves a lot of calculations and moderate level of difficulty, hence it must be done with precision. 

Preparation strategy

  • Some questions will require more calculations, some will require your observation skills while some questions will be puzzle-like. It is advised that you go through any basic data interpretation book and solve the different types of questions. 
  • Do not waste your time in doing hard questions. Do those that you feel are easy to solve quickly. Read every line before arriving at a solution. 
  • Some important topics are pie chart based, column graph based, line and bar graph based questions. You just need to practice more questions to get accustomed to the whole variety of questions that may come in this section. 

Reference books

Data interpretation by Arun Sharma

Data interpretation and data sufficiency by Arihant

Data interpretation by Nishit K Sinha 

2. English language

This section is of 25% consisting of questions testing your grammar, vocabulary and reading comprehension skills. 

Preparation strategy

  • Focus on developing and improving your vocabulary of new words along with their meanings. 
  • Read newspapers, articles, magazines daily to improve your vocabulary. You must practice grammar from basic books. 
  • The questions asked are easy to moderate level so do not stress much and instead practice comprehension passages, grammar, etc. 

Reference books

Wren and Martin grammar

Reading comprehension by Arun Sharma

Pearson’s guide to verbal ability by Nishit Sinha

3. Logical Reasoning

This section again consists of 25% of the total CET. A good amount of practice and your common sense will help you in doing this section well. 

Preparation strategy

  • Practice logical reasoning questions from a good book. Try to solve and make a list of techniques used for quickly solving such questions. 
  • Some important topics are series, blood relations, seating arrangements, coding-decoding, series, etc. 

Reference books

Logical and analytical reasoning by K Gupta

New approaches to reasoning by Sijwali

Logical reasoning by RS Aggarwal

4. General awareness

This section has about 15% of the weightage which is a good thing I would say. Mostly the syllabus of general awareness is vast, and it requires a lot of studying and learning things. So daily one hour studying and practice of current affairs and general awareness is enough to crack this portion. 

Preparation strategy

  • Read newspapers like The Hindu, Statesman, Economic Times and Indian Express to read daily news. Make notes of any important topics and revise them daily. 
  • You can even read the current affairs available online for IAS aspirants. Make sure to read commerce and economics news as well as your entrance is of B.Com. 
  • Don’t forget to learn the static portion of GK from a good GK book. 
  • Practice GK questions daily from Eazyprep!

Reference books

Lucent’s GK

Pearson guide to general awareness

Magazines and Newspapers

I hope these tips serve you well enough for your preparations for cracking the CET for B.Com entrance. Practice well and you will surely be able to secure a place in the top colleges of IP University. 

All the best!