How to Prepare for MAT to Unlock a Successful Career
- Jul 07, 2015
What makes you choose a degree for higher studies?
Of course, there needs to be a liking for the subject. But apart from that, you also need to think of a lot of other things. A lucrative job offer is one of the most important things among them. Besides, you need to get a position high and respectable enough.
There’s one degree that can offer you all these – that’s MBA.
As a degree, MBA allows you to get a handsome package and a responsible position in an organization.
But how do you start? What are the first steps towards becoming an MBA and grabbing your coveted job?
There are quite a few exams that are conducted to choose the students for different MBA colleges across India. Some of these include the Common Admission Test (CAT), Management Aptitude Test (MAT), and so on.
In this article, we are going to discuss in detail about the ways to prepare for the MAT, so that you can come out in flying colors.
As an exam, MAT is similar to other national level management entrance exams, in the sense that it evaluates a candidate’s aptitude. The exam is so designed that it is able to judge the potential candidate’s ability to study management. So, it’s no wonder that hundreds of MBA colleges across India consider MAT scores as the criteria for admission.
MAT is conducted four times in a given year, in the months of:
Students from all streams, Science, Arts, Commerce, Engineering, and Architecture can make a career in Management after MAT entrance tests are cleared.
The candidates, all set to appear for MAT, must check out on the eligibility criteria to know whether they are qualified to appear for the exam. Here are the details regarding eligibility:
- The candidates must have completed graduation from a recognized university.
- Candidates in final year of graduation can apply.
- Candidates are required to check the percentage requirement and MAT score to be admitted to various colleges and institutions.
The candidates appearing for MAT must understand the pattern of the exam to score a nice percentile. Here is the pattern for you.
The paper consists of objective type questions with 4 choices. You have to pick the right option from these alternatives.
The exam consists of a total of 200 questions. Each question carries 1 mark and 0.25 will be deducted for the wrong answers. The total time allowed to write these exams is 150 minutes.
Here are the topics covered in the MAT questions:
Preparation for MAT
MAT is considered by many to be one of the easiest management admission exams to crack. However, the number of questions asked makes it quite daunting to finish the test on time. Don’t forget, speed is an important factor in determining your MAT score. However, the answers need to be perfect as well.
Is this scaring you?
There’s no need to be afraid. If you follow a few proper steps, there’s no reason why you should not be able to crack MAT with ease.
Here are a few quick tips to crack MAT and unlock a successful career.
Paper Specific Tips
- Mathematical Ability
The mathematical skills area chiefly consists of problems from geometry, business math and arithmetic. Those who have developed fear after the CAT mathematics will find MAT easier to tackle. The questions here involve the application of formula and concepts directly. To score better in this section, you are advised to revise basic formula and concepts and solve as many questions as possible on the above-mentioned topics.
How to crack this section? Here are a few tips for you.
- The mathematical skills section of MAT contains easy, medium and the difficult level questions. First attempt the easy and the moderate questions since that takes less time. Next, you can focus on the difficult questions. Try to answer them within stipulated time frame.
- The tricky or the difficult problems are possible to solve through short cuts or quick tricks. Try to avoid the complicated or the lengthy calculations.
- While appearing for the mock tests, never use the calculator. This will decrease your speed. You can set up a timer instead to enhance your speed of solving the sums.
- To memorize all the formulas, jot down them on a piece of paper. Now stick it on a wall in your room. Revise regularly.
- If you are stuck with a question, try answering it from the options, going the reverse way.
- Avoid random guesses. If you don’t know an answer, leave it. This will help to reduce the negative marks, which, in turn, will have a positive impact on the final marks you obtain.
- Intelligence and Logical Reasoning
Improve the logical thought process. This is the factor that earns the top rank for you. This section consists of an array of questions on analytical, critical, and logical reasoning. You can expect questions on, among others:
- coding – decoding
- input – output
- series and sequences
You cannot afford to hastily mark the answers simply because the questions are tedious and the calculations intensive. Prioritize accuracy. Make sure that you are not committing errors while maintaining speed.
- Language Comprehension
English is often an area of weakness for the MAT aspirants. It is better to start preparing for it from the very day you have decided to sit for MAT. For that, it is essential to have a proper idea about the English syllabus for MAT.
Grammar occupies the prime position in this section. The question types here include, among others:
- Synonyms and antonyms
- Fill in the blanks
- Parts of speech
- Sentence construction
If you have sound knowledge on this subject, you can crack this section easily.
All MAT aspirants need to know English grammar. If you are not good in grammar, you need to spend long hours on it and take online tests to improve your skills.
The best way to enhance reading and comprehension skills is by inculcating a reading habit.
Here are a few tips.
Read Plenty of English Articles.
Devour almost all kinds of articles that you get on different types of magazines. You can also make use of the internet.
Spend Minimum One Hour Reading the Newspaper.
Make sure that you don’t just go through the sports section but check out on the world page and the editorial section as well.
Don’t Read Just for the Sake of Reading.
After going through the passage, summarize and think what does the author wants to convey. Reading is vital, but proper comprehension is equally significant.
Travel beyond Your Comfort Zone.
Go through novels and articles that are not in your comfort zone. Go through the science journals if you hate science and read the philosophical books if you sleep through it. This will get you used to reading different types of passages.
Read as much as possible. This will surely increase your chances of performing well in the comprehension part.
MAT entrance exam also tests vocabulary. Good vocabulary skills can fetch you extra marks.
Vocabulary questions are quite common in the competitive exams. You can play vocabulary games or mark at least 10 difficult words and jot them down in your diary on a daily basis.
- Data analysis and Data Sufficiency
There isn’t any fixed formula to tackle this section. The scores will simply depend upon familiarity with the question patterns.
- India and Global Environment
This section needs adequate preparation. Keep yourself abreast of developments and current affairs of India and the world in general.
- Group Discussion
Practice, practice and more practice. This is the sole way to succeed in a group discussion. Candidates tend to panic here. Don’t be afraid of the moderators and panelists. Just relax and be yourself.
Initiate group discussion among friends to practice GD. You can start discussing things with strangers. You can also try reading books aloud.
If you don’t understand the topic, wait for someone to start the discussion.
You can try being the leader of the group by summarizing the discussion at frequent interval and providing new directions.
Accent is not as vital as the presentation and content. Just don’t make grammatical errors.
- Personal Interviews
Don’t be nervous while going for the personal interviews. You may be questioned on academics if you have less than a year of work experience. So, ensure that you have a firm grip on your curriculum.
Avoid lying to the interviewers as that often leads to inconsistencies in your statement. Try out mock interviews. Be humble and honest while answering questions asked by the interviewers.
- Manage Time Properly
Time management is one of the most significant aspects in cracking any exam, and understandably so. MAT is not just about solving all the questions, but it’s about solving a decent number of them within a given time frame.
In case you have trouble in solving a problem, do not spend an hour on one question. Move on. Try and solve the easy questions first, rather than focusing all your energy and time on the difficult ones.
Take as many mock tests as possible and find out how fast you can complete them. Time, no doubt, is limited. But if you can utilize it efficiently, it will help you to sail through comfortably. You can follow a timetable to facilitate better time management.
Decide on the maximum time you can spend in solving each section. Decide on the section you excel at and begin with it. Keep the section that is most difficult for you to do at the end. This will help you to move in a disciplined way and facilitate completing the exam on time.
- Remain Updated
An updated mind can crack anything. You must remain updated about current affairs and the latest events. To get this done, you can read newspapers and watch news. This will enhance as well as update your knowledge. In fact, this is one of the most vital preparation strategies when it comes to working on current affairs. If you are preparing for MBA entrance exams, go through the newspaper thoroughly on a regular basis. You need to have adequate knowledge on India and Global Environment. Apart from reading newspapers, watch the business channels to keep abreast of the developments in the corporate sector.
- Revise Formulas and Shortcuts
One of the best ways to get this done is by listing all the formulas on a piece of paper. You can go through it a few hours before the exam. Make notes and refer to them at regular intervals. Revise your notes once right before the exam, so that your hard work is not wasted.
- Know Your Strength and Weaknesses
To prepare for any exam, you need to know your weaknesses and strengths. With knowledge on your strengths and weaknesses, you know the areas you are confident of and the areas you need to concentrate on. Figure out the topics that need more attention. This will help you to get through the exam with ease.
- Stay Cool and Calm
This is a must, given the competition you will be facing. Reduce stress as much as possible. You can meditate to increase concentration and decrease stress level. Take as many mock tests as possible. Since these tests are computer based, appear for them online. This is possible through varying education forums.
- Solve Sample Question Papers to Succeed
Solve as many mock papers as possible. This will increase your precision and speed. Be thorough with the square roots, cube roots, tables, and other significant formulas. You can apply the short cuts after gaining accuracy and speed.
- Be Confident
Nervousness will spoil your preparation. Remain calm and confident. This will help you to solve the paper accurately within time.
Special Tips for Exam Day
It’s important to study regularly and spend a few hours on preparation every day. But a few hours before the exam, you need to relax and be yourself. Here are a few tips for you for the final hours.
Remember, MAT is not the end. It’s just another exam.
Hope that the above-discussed tips help you to get an appraisable score and you can pursue the course you have long been dreaming about.
It has been observed that almost 95% of the MAT aspirants go for tuitions. You can find a great MBA coach for yourselftoo. That will enhance your chances of becoming an MBA.
All the best!
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