How to Prepare for MAT (Management Aptitude Test)
MBA is considered to be a degree that will fetch you an instant and high paying job. Top business schools in India help students get placed with MNCs (Multinational Companies) at unbelievable salaries of Rs. 6-7 lakh per month. Many of them are placed outside India too. Every year thousands of graduates prepare for the various MBA entrance tests to get admission into a business school as a passport to a job.
MAT (Management Aptitude Test) is one of the many entrance exams for admission to MBA. Students of all streams – arts, science, engineering, medicine, and architecture can pursue a career in Management after clearing MAT entrance exam. If you are seeking to admission to MBA, its not enough to apply for Common Admission Test (CAT), you must keep your options open.
Clearing MAT exam is not easy and you need to put in a lot of effort. However, if you are not aware of the pattern and syllabus and don’t make a strategy to manage your time, it becomes all the more difficult. I will shed some light on the topics asked in the MAT entrance test and how to prepare for them.
MAT Written Tests:
AIMA (All India Management Association) conducts an MAT entrance tests for MBA admission. Though the basic sections of MAT are same as CAT, there are some subtle differences in the test. MAT caters to middle and lower level institutes and is conducted four times in a year.
Pattern of MAT Test:
MAT is an objective type test with multiple-choice answers. Candidates have to answer 200 Questions in 150 minutes. Questions are divided into five sections.
|Section No.||Topic||No of Questions||Suggested Time (Minutes)|
|3.||Data Analysis and Sufficiency||40||35|
|4.||Intelligence and Critical Reasoning||40||30|
|5.||Indian and Global Environment||40||15|
Remember that nobody (or very few) can do 150 questions in given time, the candidate must have the ability to pick and choose the questions that must be done.
When to Start Preparation?
Answer is as early as possible. The more you Practice the more you learn. Once you get an idea of type of questions you can devote time English reading comprehension and vocabulary.
How to Prepare for MAT?
Follow a step by step procedure. Everyone has his/her own learning curve so there is not a single method that will work for all. However I can suggest some steps:
1. Clear you basic Maths Concepts. The best place to start is the text books for Class 10 or some study material provided by an institute. Learn as many formulas as possible and find some shortcuts.
2. Work on you vocabulary. Read a lot and observe how a word in used in different contexts.
3. Develop the habit of reading. Newspapers, Magazines and TV can be a great help here.
4. Reasoning skills can be improved by solving puzzles
5. Practice a lot. Solve sets of questions within a time frame. Concentrate on each section and devote equal time.
6. Once you know your strengths and weaknesses, go for some full-length tests. Observe how you improve your score with each passing test.
7. Revise. This is what most of the students miss out on.
How to Tackle Each Section?
Here are some tips:
MAT Test has relatively easy math sums except probability and permutations which may prove difficult. Generally the paper can be solved with some patience. As mentioned earlier stick to basics.
Data Analysis and Sufficiency (DI):
MAT DI part consists of conventional data interpretation like graphs and charts with questions based on finding percentage increase or decrease.
Like many other MBA Entrance exams, MAT also follows old GRE books. It will a good idea to study from these or some old question papers of MAT.
MAT English part is pure comprehension. This is the area of concern for most students. Only thing that can help you here is reading and reading a lot.
As I said MAT is not easy but you can still crack it.
Go get it!!
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