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MAT 2018 Preparation Tips by Bikramjit Das

Updated On - March 9th 2018

Bikramjit Das scored 79 percentile in MAT 2012 and chose Regional College of Management for his further studies. He says, he had a very smooth experience throughout the admission process- exam preparation, exam, group discussion and interview. 

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Here we have some questions that he answered during the interview. This will help you in preparing better.

Ques. How was your experience in the Interview Round?

Ans. The experience was good. I believe in one thing- either you earn or learn. Rejection is a part of success. If I am not earning from that interview then I try to learn something from it. It helps you in your life in general. The interview sessions were good because of the preparations I had done. It consisted of 4/5 rounds including GD, HR round, Director round and a Technical round. So, the college had decided to take all these rounds in two days and fortunately, I successfully cracked both the rounds. 

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Ques. What were the questions asked in the Interview?

Ans. I was asked the following questionsQuestions were like

1. Tell me something about yourself briefly?

2. As you have a commerce background, then why BBA/Why not BCOM?

3. How many colleges did you apply till now for your MBA?

4. What is marketing (in your language)?

5. Do you know who is Dr. Philip Kotler?

6. Why do you want to join our college?

7. Do you have the capability to represent our college in future? Various segments (sorry but I forgot the exact question).

8. Difference between MBA and PGDM?

9. Who inspires you most to go for MBA?

10. Basic marketing questions (7ps, 4ps etc)

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Ques. Which Institutes offered you Admission?

Ans. I secured a good score in both MAT & CAT. The following institutes offered me admission:

Ques. How did you manage your MAT preparation along with Graduation studies/working hours? 

Ans. It was quite tough to get sufficient time for preparation but you have to take out anyhow. Being a final year student, one important benefit is you are almost free from the attendance issue. So you can take time from there. Try to study at night because BATMAN to HE-MAN everyone shows their actual powers at that time only (laughs). 

Ques. What were your strong and weak areas? How did you prepare and what special efforts did you put for improving them?

Ans. As I am not good in numbers, I tried to work on that area mostly. Mathematical part is too tough for me, so I tried to attempt a full question paper every day. This is one way how I converted my weakness to my strongest part.

Ques. What is your Five Point Rule to excel MAT Exam?

Ans. I define it in the following way:

1. First, attempt questions which are familiar to you and you are good at.

2. Avoid confusing questions/sections.

3. Choose less time-consuming questions. If you follow this, then you will get sufficient time for other papers.

4. Try to not waste too much time before.

5. If you stuck in a single section/question, just go ahead.

Ques. What Mock Papers did you take?

Ans. As I appeared for CAT also, I had just gone through these papers which covered everything. If you are preparing for CAT then MAT also gets covered up.

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Ques. Websites you followed regularly for practicing sample papers and getting updates?

Ans. I relied on - This website helps you to cover both CAT and MAT

Ques. Which book did you refer for Language Comprehension? Any special tip?

Ans. I studied Popular guide to MAT and The practice Book of MAT. One old trick to solve the comprehension section is to read the questions before reading the comprehension so that no time is wasted in going through the passage again and again. It is advisable to spend less time on this section.     

Ques. Which book did you refer for Intelligence & Critical Reasoning? Any special tip?

Ans. Spend most of your time seeking to understand what is being asked, rather than jumping in and working on the answer. Practice hard and also another way, you can easily find many apps for your android mobile to practicing logical reasoning.

These are the books that I relied on:

  • How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma,
  • How to prepare For verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension for the CAT
  • These are the chapter I followed specifically
  • Reasoning Section 1. Logical 2. Verbal 3.
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Ques. Which book did you refer for Data Analysis & Sufficiency? Any special tip?

Ans. This can be a high scoring section and generally takes lesser time than the mathematical part. Actually, I did not refer any particular book for this section but there are only 3 ways to learn anything- Practice, Reading and Analyzing. I did the same. Try to be good in calculations and learn shortcuts but many of my friends used few books like:

  1. How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma
  2. Quantitative aptitude by R.S Agarwal 
  3. Accredited Guide to Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency by Ananta

Ques. Which book did you refer for Mathematical Skills? Any special tip?

Ans. Face 2 Face MAT, 10 challengers MAT is famous as well as you can go for SSC quantitative.

As this is the important part to score 100%, so have to be good enough to handle numbers. Try to save maximum time from other section as you have and give as much time as you can. Try to learn shortcuts and tricks. Practice makes a man perfect same goes for a woman also. Practice hard to make everything easy.  

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Ques. Which book did you refer for Indian and Global Environment? Any special tip? 

Ans. It is advisable to follow the previous year questions and try to read newspapers. The good thing is you don’t have to face any calculation kind off things in this section, so try to solve quickly as possible. Practice ample amount of questions and test papers which provide you a smoother way to crack this section. Google is a well-known face for everyone nowadays. So, make use of it smartly.

Ques. Share your thoughts on the Strategy for the aspirant who is starting two months before the exam.

Ans. This is my favorite part as I have been in this kind of situation many times. Anyway, just try to clear the basic fundamentals as early as possible. Then to take mocks and fine tune your strategy. Try to solve various types of questions instead of same types of questions every day. Try to understand what your strong area is and work on that as well as give 200% on your weak areas. But mostly try to remember the shortcuts and easy ways to solve problems in exams

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Ques. What are the things you would like to go back in time and change to get into a better college?

Ans. It would be a pleasure for me if I get that chance. Nowadays, it is very important to be active. The competitive era will ask you every moment are capable enough to handle the upcoming pressure. So, if I get that chance then I surely try to work more hard to get more score in those exams. English speaking is an essential thing, so my focus will be on that. 

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