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MAT 2019 Topper Tips by Ankit Kumar

Updated On - September 12th 2019By - Mohit Sarohi

Ankit Kumar, 23 years old, cracked the MAT exam when he was in the final year of his five years integrated course. He scored 99.99 percentile and topped the MAT exam in his session. 

Ankit did his Mechanical Engineering from Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida. He did his schooling from New Green Field School, Saket, where he secured 85% in class Xth and 87% in class XII. Ankit's father, Vinod Gupta, is a producer at the electronic media production center at IGNOU, Delhi. His mother, Nilu Gupta, is a housewife. Ankit gives credit to his parents, teacher, and his friends for his successful career.

Mode of examinationOffline and Online
Number of sections 5
Number of questions 200
Total marks200
Type of questionsObjective
Language of examEnglish
Duration of exam150 minutes
MAT Marking Scheme+1 for a correct answer
Negative Marking-0.25 for an incorrect answer

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Preparation Tips for MAT 2019 by Ankit Kumar are given below: 

Was this his first attempt at MAT?

This was his 1st attempt of MAT exam. He opted for JBIMS or SIMSREE, Mumbai for pursuing MBA in Finance or Operation.

Ankit decided to appear for the MAT exam quite late. He prepared for the MAT exam only for the last two months, but he made a point of studying for two hours daily.

What was his preparation strategy for MAT 2019?

I decided to appear in MAT Feb 2019 exam only after attempting the CAT exam in which I did not score well. During the 2 months period, I never looked back and focused on the regular study of a minimum of 2 hours. I focused more on the Aptitude section..

Ankit Kumar shares his preparation strategy for attempting MAT and other management exams: 

  • Make sure to have your basics clear. Good hold on the basics of class 10 & 12 will be helpful.
  • Anyhow, Its gonna take 5-6 months of intense preparation to crack any exam. 
  • Work Hard. It may sound cliche, but it is a cliche for a reason. 
  • Consistency is the key.
  • Give as many mock tests as you can. 
  • Analyzing your mock tests is equally important, in order to eliminate mistakes. 

Coaching Vs Self study? What helped him more?

A combination of both is the best mix to clear any competitive exam. Coaching Institute helps in maintaining a schedule for preparation. Coaching also helps in clearing doubts and keeping a track of your progress.

Additionally, coaching centers help you with short cut-tricks, essential in managing time. Mock test series of some particular coaching centers have been vital in shaping the performance of students, giving them an edge over students preparing by themselves. Ankit took a three-month crash course to prepare for MAT. 

Any particular strategy that he followed on the exam day?

Exam day was a usual day, says Ankit. Having a good night's sleep, the day before helps you to be in the right state of mind. He relaxed for the last few days of the exam, watched some light comedy series to lighten up the stress. I only brushed up some minor doubts and avoided taking up any new topic. 

MAT exam is not only about your aptitude learning but how effectively you respond to challenges of time-management and stress. 

Books and Study Material for MAT 2019

  • The best material to prepare for MAT 2019 is the one provided by coaching centers.
  • These can be acquired online on sites like OLX and Quikr. They contain all the relevant and topic-focused questions for practice.
  • For Maths, it is recommended to prepare from Class X and XII NCERT books.
  • The best source to prepare for Verbal is your daily reading material like novels, newspapers, magazines, etc. 
  • Go through the pages of the dictionary at random. This helps in learning new words.



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