SET Preparation 2024: Sectional & Overall composition, Best Preparation Books, Study Plan

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April 14, 2024

Symbiosis SET 2024 preparation strategy needs to be devised as per the revised exam structure, syllabus and time duration. The SET 2024 exam dates are May 5 and May 11, 2024. The exam is of one hour duration. SET exam preparation is very much similar to class 12 preparation plan for English and class 10 preparation for Mathematics.


SET Preparation: Devise a Well Planned Strategy
Before randomly beginning your SET preparation 2024, you need to devise a well planned strategy and march on your study plan. Divide your SET BBA Preparation 2024 in two areas:


1. Get Acquainted with the Exam
Check the SET Exam Pattern for Key changes, sectional composition, number of questions, time duration, scoring pattern among others


2. How to Prepare for SET? Check the SET Preparation Tips
You need to understand the section wise key topics for SET BBA Preparation 2024, check for the best SET preparation books, make your study plan with time management and follow the key SET preparation tips from experts and toppers


Let us study each aspect so that you can march on your SET 2024 exam preparation


1. Get Acquainted with the Exam


1.1 SET Exam Preparation: Key Changes in Test Structure

  • SET Test duration reduced to 1 hour
  • SET 2024 Test paper consists of 60 Questions
  • All questions in SET 2024 will be of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) Type
  • There are 4 sections in revised SET Exam 2024
  • No Written Ability Test (WAT) in SET Exam 2024
  • Total maximum marks in SET Exam are 60
  • No Negative Marking for Wrong Answers.  You will get +1 mark for each correct answer and zero mark for wrong answer

1.2. SET 2024 Question Paper: Sectional Composition
Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) 2024 is an online computer based test. The sectional composition of SET 2024 test paper with number of questions and maximum marks assigned for each section are:

Sl No.
Section Name
Number of questions
Total marks
General English
General Awareness
Analytical & Logical Reasoning
60 Questions
60 Marks

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1.3 Symbiosis SET 2024 Preparation: Key Test Taking Instructions

  • No extra time will be given for candidates who report late at the test centre
  • All the 4 sections are mandatory to attempt
  • Candidates can move from section to other during the overall time limit of SET exam
  • There will not be negative marking for wrong answers in SET 2024 exam

2. How to Prepare for SET? SET 2024 Preparation Tips 

  • The Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) is an online computer based test which covers questions on major topics of class 12. Except for General Awareness and Reasoning, the candidates can very well prepare for SET exam with their class 12 books.
  • Since there is no Negative marking in SET 2024, a good guess work can also be made in the exam judiciously keeping in mind that time is not wasted.

2.1 SET Preparation 2024: Key Topics and Study Plan
SET Preparation 2024 should be based on SET Syllabus comprising following important topics:


2.1.1 Section-1: General English - 16 Questions (MCQs)
This section in SET 2024 includes questions on Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension passages. Vocabulary and Grammar based questions are an important part of General English section. Key topics in SET Preparation are:

  1. Reading Comprehension
  2. Para-jumble
  3. Idioms and Phrases
  4. Fill in the Blanks
  5. Para Completion
  6. Antonym, Synonym, Confusing Words

Best SET Preparation Books for English
The basic required Preparation books for SET exam are:

  • High School English Composition by Wren & Martin
  • ‘Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT’ - by Nishit K Sinha
  • Latest RC Passages and practice questions provided by Study centres
  • Editorial and short articles published in English news papers
  • ‘Word Power Made Easy’ – by Norman Lewis
  • Regularly solve the Verbal Ability questions from your study material especially on Para summary, Jumbled Paragraphs  

2.1.2 Section 2: Quantitative– 16 Questions (MCQs)

Key topics for SET preparation are

  1. Number System
  2. Percentage
  3. Simple Interest and Compound Interest
  4. Profit, Loss and Distance
  5. Average
  6. Time and Work
  7. Ratio, Proportion and Variation
  8. Time, Speed and Distance
  9. Sequence and Series
  10. Mensuration
  11. Permutations and Combinations
  12. Probability
  13. Equations
  14. Logarithm
  15. Geometry
  16. Coordinate Geometry
  17. Matrices and Determinants

Best SET Preparation Books for Quantitative
Following books and study material have remained a good SET preparation tool for Quant for past many years:

  • ‘The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude for competitive exams’
  • Class X CBSE prescribed books on Mathematics
  • ‘How to prepare for Quantitative for the CAT’ - by Arun Sharma, published by MGH Education
  • ‘Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT’ – by Nishit K.Sinha, Published by Pearson
  • Quant study modules by TIME, CL, IMS

2.1.3 Section 3: General Awareness – 16 Questions (MCQs)
General Awareness with 16 questions, is an equally important section in SET 2024. Major topics covered in SET syllabus are:

  1. Current national Affairs
  2. Current International Affairs
  3. Static GK questions like Currencies, capitals, Geography, Books & Authors, based questions
  4. Appointments, Agreements, questions based on constitution
  5. Questions based on Economics, finance

Best Books for SET 2024 Preparation on GK
It is advisable to go through the following on regular basis:

  • News papers like The Hindu, ToI, Economic Times
  • Current Manorama Year Book
  • Mock tests, sample GK questions provided by top preparation centres like CL, T.I. M.E.
  • Previous SET exam papers

2.1.4 Section-4: Analytical & Logical Reasoning – 12 Questions (MCQs)

Reasoning section has 12 questions but is considered as very important section in SET exam. Following are the major topics to be prepared for SET 2024:

  1. Sequencing and Arrangement
  2. Team Selection
  3. Fact Inference Judgment
  4. Passage Conclusion
  5. Analogy
  6. Statement Argument
  7. Assertions reasons
  8. Family tree
  9. Direction
  10. Series, cause & effect, calendar, distribution

The section is supposed to have moderate level of difficulty but may be more time consuming. Make sure that you have covered all of them.


Best books for SET preparation on Analytical & Logical Reasoning:

  • A Modern Approach to Logical reasoning by R.S. Agarwal published by S.Chand& Co
  • How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT’ - by Arun Sharma (Published by McGraw Hill)
  • ‘Logical Reasoning and data Interpretation for the CAT’ - by Nishit K Sinha (Published by Pearson)

2.2 How to Prepare for SET? Your Study Plan


2.2.1 Gather Study Material,  Previous Question Papers
Gather the right study material, SET preparation books as advised above and material available on Net

  • Start studying by making section wise study plan
  • Take Mocks and Analyze Errors
  • Simulated tests online/offline are a good preparation tool for SET exam
  • Practice the simulator test, analyse errors and move on
  • Practice previous exam questions. This will help to know the type and difficulty level of questions that you may face in the exam.

2.2.2 Time Management to prepare for SET

  • Divide your preparation time as per your weak and strong areas in SET test sections
  • Calculate the time you need to give for sectional preparation
  • The time that you decided for each section/topic should be judiciously arrived at so that you are able to study and resolve each issue within the prescribed time frame
  • Include short breaks if you have long study hours to keep you energetic and receptive
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