How to Prepare for MAT 2018

Nupur Kaushik Updated On: 16 Oct, 2018 11:54 IST

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How to Prepare for MAT 2018

When it comes to preparing for an exam like the Management Aptitude Test (MAT), it is important to have a strategy beforehand in order to perform well in the exam. MAT scores are accepted for admission to management courses offered at some of the leading B-Schools in the country. Since the level of competition for this exam is extremely high, candidates must focus on creating a plan that works for them and that they can follow easily without any hassles. 

Preparation Tips for MAT Exam:

Tools for MAT Preparation: The biggest advantage for students taking the MAT examination is the fact that MAT question paper has remain unchanged for quite some time now. Therefore, students can refer to MAT sample papers prepared by experts based on MAT previous year papers. Candidates may refer to the MAT practice questions and MAT sample papers with solutions as they are good tools for MAT exam preparation.
Familiarity with Exam Pattern & Syllabus: In the process of preparation, knowing where to start is the key to making a successful exam strategy. One should know the MAT exam pattern and MAT syllabus thoroughly to crack MAT exam paper with high score. Based on the exam pattern and syllabus, candidates may then gather best MAT exam study material such as MAT preparation books, MAT sample papers, MAT practice book and MAT previous year papers. 

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Plan Study Routine: Once you know the exam pattern and syllabus as well as the study material for MAT, candidates may plan a study routine in advance, allotting time for each subject. This way, they will be more organised and would be able to study each subject systematically. Unorganised way of preparation has the potential to disrupt test takers' concentration and reduce productivity.

Crash Courses: There is nothing wrong with enrolling in a good institute for MAT preparation. Some institutes that provide coaching for MAT exam preparation can help candidates become familiar with the exam format. Such institutes also hold tests. on a regular basis to help candidates practice well for the exam. As part of the preparation process, group discussions are also conducted to help candidates develop speaking prowess and gain knowledge about important happenings in the world. The best part, however, is that these institutes provide a very competitive atmosphere to students, which is extremely important to keep them motivated.

Speed and Accuracy: First, candidates should focus on solving the papers subject-wise, within the time-limit. Then, they may take an entire model paper or a previous paper and try to finish the same in time. While speed is a crucial aspect, accuracy is paramount to acheiving a good score in MAT. Extensive practice sessions can help candidates achieve both. While MAT's emphasis is more on accuracy rather than speed, candidates must utilise the allocated time wisely. He/she should become familiar with the mechanics of the test in order to pace himself/herself appropriately for the exam.

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Time management: Before starting the exam, candidates should spend five minutes atleast to take a look at the paper for five minutes. in the beginning, test takers should focus on solving the easier questions first and then moving on to the tougher ones. Candidates must read the instructions and questions in the paper carefully. They should not waste any time on a question if they get stuck. Re-checking the paper before submission is extremely important just to ensure that there has no misinterpretation of questions.

Confidence is the Key: Staying nervousness throughout the course of MAT exam preparation could turn out to be a big roadblock. Candidates must try and stay confident in order to answer the questions efficiently.

Best Books for MAT Preparation 2018

Students usually get extremely confused when it comes to choosing the right books to start preparing for an entrance exam. To resolve this problem, we've listed below some of the most popular books for MAT preparation that have been recommended by toppers, academicians and exam experts. Those who are appearing for the exam must choose books that contain all the necessary topics as prescribed in the MAT syllabus. Candidates may order these books online or get the same from the designated sales centre. 

  • 10 Challengers MAT by Dharmendra Mittal (Arihant Publications)
  • A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal (S.Chand)
  • Mission MBA MAT Guide by BS Sijwali and Tarun Goyal (Arihant Books)
  • Complete Guide for MAT and Other MBA Entrance Exams by Deepak Agarwal and Mahima Agarwal (Disha Experts)
  • Study Package for MAT by Arun Sharma (TATA McGraw Hill)
  • MAT (Management Aptitude Test) Entrance Exam Guide by R. Gupta (Ramesh Publishing House)
  • The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations by Dinesh Khattar (Pearson Education)
  • MAT Score Accelerator (Disha Publication)

Important Instructions

  • Candidates must report to their respective test centres at least 45 minutes prior to the commencement of the examination.
  • Candidates will not be given the permission to enter the exam hall if they come 15 minutes after the commencement of the test and no extra time will be provided for finishing the examination.
  • It is mandatory for all test takers to carry Admit Card, and Writing Materials such as Ball Point Pen, HB Pencils, Eraser, and Sharpener when reporting to the test centre.
  • The examination hall will be opened for candidates 30 minutes prior to the commencement of the test. Candidates must settle down to give the exam at the allotted place.
  • The test invigilator will verify candidates' respective admit cards. One part of the admit card will be given to the candidate as proof that he/she has taken the test. The admit card must be duly signed by the candidate and the examiner.
  • MAT exam is 2 hours and 30 minutes long, comprising of 200 questions. Candidates must attempt all questions and every question has four choices out of which candidates must pick one option.
  • Candidates must ensure that they follow the directions for answering. Only if the responses are given in accordance with directions, AIMA would be able to scan/capture the answer accurately.
  • While one should try and stick to answering questions in the order they are given in the paper, candidates should not waste time pondering over those questions that seem tough. They can always come back and answer such questions if they have time left at the end of the paper. They must first answer questions that they are completely sure of.
  • Candidates must read all the test directions carefully. The directions explain exactly what each set of questions requires to answer those questions. Read each question carefully and thoroughly. Before answering a question, determine exactly what is being asked.
  • Electronic gadgets such as a calculator, pager, mobile, etc. are not allowed inside the exam hall.
  • If a candidate completes his/her exam before time, then he/she will be allowed to leave the test room only after permission from the invigilator. Else, the candidate will have to stay in the exam hall until the exam is over. If a candidate wishes to take leave the room while the exam is on, then he/she must take permission from the invigilator. However, the candidate will not get any extra time in this case.
  • Candidates' entry to the test room will be prohibited if he/she is found to have used unfair means during the test. AIMA may also withhold the results of such candidates.
  • If a candidate does not adhere to any of the given instructions or fails to comply with any rules of the test, it will lead to cancellation of his/her candidature.

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