Tips to Prepare for SET

  • Exam Preparation:

    The Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) is an objective, pen and paper based examination. There will be a total of 150 questions spread across four sections, namely English, Quantitative, General Awareness, and Analytical & Logical Reasoning. The duration of the exam is two and a half hour, i.e. 150 minutes.

    Exam Pattern Details and Tips:

    Section No.


    Number of Questions





    Reading Comprehension

    Dictionary meaning

    of different words


    Quantitative Aptitude





    General Awareness




    Legal Area

    Analytical and Logical Reasoning

    Coding and Decoding


    Data Interpretation

    Definitely True or False statements

    Probably True or False statements




    Section 1:

    English –

    As the name suggests, this section will have questions testing your communication and language skills. Probably the most scoring if you’ve got a good hold on the English language, this section is all about scoring high marks.

    Aspirants must brush up their knowledge of synonyms and antonyms. The reading comprehension can be tricky sometimes, so aspirants must practice as many RCs as possible. In the Grammar part, they will be assessed on their day to day grammar that is used in communication. To get a good grip over the language, aspirants must read the newspaper or e-paper every day.

    Section 2:

    Quantitative Aptitude –

    This section will consist of mathematical topics and concepts. Aspirants must be thorough with questions relating to ratios and proportion, divisibility, rational numbers, ordering, profit and loss, percentages, areas, volumes, mensuration, LCM, HCF, time, distance and work, truth tables, converse and inverse, relations and functions, questions on statements and also questions on equation of a line in trigonometry, and statistics.

    To crack this section, aspirants can first look to attempt easy and scoring questions. These questions can be solved fast and with high accuracy. This way, aspirants can spend more time on harder questions.

    To prepare well for this section, aspirants must practice quantitative questions on a regular basis. They should mark the difficult topics and spend more time on them. The only way to score in this section is to practice all topics thoroughly.

    Section 3:

    General Awareness –

    This section will cover general knowledge questions including topics like Business, Legal areas, current affairs, geography, history, economy and Health sciences. Candidates should go through the newspaper and the television news daily and must be thorough will all the current affairs across the world. Magazines are another good source of information.

    Candidates can also utilise social media portals like Google Plus, Facebook and Youtube to seek general knowledge and know what’s happening around the world.

    Section 4:

    Analytical and Logical Reasoning –

    This section deals with data analysis. Students will be tested on their ability to analyse the given situation or problem and be able to solve it. Analytical reasoning will comprise of Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving questions.

    Topics like coding and decoding, data interpretation, true or false statements, date and time arrangement problems, sequences and series etc. will be covered under this section.

    Similar to the quantitative aptitude section, this section also requires aspirants to practice as many problems as possible. Sections which the aspirants find difficult must be stressed upon.

    Exam Preparation Books:

    Here is a list of some of the preparation books that candidates can seek guidance from. Apart from these books, students can also refer sample papers and mock tests, which are easily available online.

    Book Name


    Concepts of Physics – Volume 1

    H. C. Verma

    Concepts of Physics – Volume 2

    H. C. Verma

    Problems in General Physics

    I. E. Irodov

    Complete Mathematics

    Mcgraw Hills Education

    Comprehensive Mathematics

    Mcgraw Hills Education

    Organic Chemistry

    Morrision & Boyd

    Concise Inorganic Chemistry

    J. D. Lee

    Bachelor of Pharmacy Entrance Exam Guide

    RPH Editorial Board

    The Pearson Guide to the CLAT


    Study Package for CLAT and LL.B Entrance Examination

    A. P. Bhardwaj

    LST CLAT Books and Material

    C. L. Media

    Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

    Arun Sharma


    Tips to Crack SET:

    • Read newspapers and magazine to improve reading and comprehensive abilities
    • Practice sample papers and mock tests to understand the kind of questions that are asked.
    • Solve previous years’ entrance exam papers
    • Pick new words from the newspapers and magazines and use them constantly in sentences and acquaint yourself with them.
    • If math has not been your subject in graduation, then practise all the algebra formulas and geometrical concepts.
    • Practice statistics and data interpretation questions.

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