MAT Preparation –The All India Management Association conducts the entrance test for MAT at least 4 times in a year and it has a high competition and repetitive exam takers. This article provides a complete guide for MAT Preparation to all the MAT aspirants on “How to DO it Yourself (DIY) MAT”.
So, we need to have perfect raw material first, if we want a beautiful colourful MAT of our own. The stitching will require thread and precision and finally, we need to seal the ends so it doesn’t fall apart at the ends. So, let us begin our DIY (Do it Yourself) MAT Making.
MAT Preparation – Required Raw Material
The patches that comprise the MAT are 5 in number and are as follows:
Data Analysis & Sufficiency
Intelligence & critical reasoning
Indian and global environment
All the sections will have 40 questions and the time given for each patch stitching is variable. Let us stitch them ONE by ONE.
To develop skills for this section, the candidates are required to gain knowledge of the English Words, learn how to employ them in their written and spoken English.
Sources of this patch can be as follows:
E – journals
Not only all these sources are full of the contemporary words and phrases but also offer the best way to include them in your daily life.
Please note down all these words in a word journal of your own along with their meanings. I met one aspirant some days back. He had decorated his room with white wallpaper and each wall was dedicated to a different exam section.
One had words jotted down with meanings, one had formulas, one had tricks on calculations and reasoning and the last one had the current affairs and happenings with dates and all.
He reads them when he wakes up in the morning, while tossing his basketball and finally when he goes to sleep.
I think, this can be a very helpful and unique way to prepare for the exam.
The candidates who are naturally good at Math are at an advantageous situation as they need just practice. But the other ones need practice as well as learning.
Solving problems daily and revising a topic on weekends is going to help you a lot. There are some questions where the tricks can save you a lot of time and effort of calculation. Employ them.
The candidates can also solve the online tests or mock papers as the exam approaches near. The online tests come with a timer and thus help candidates in overcoming their panic of big calculations.
The main problem with this DIY MAT is that the time given to sew a patch will be limited and variable for each patch. This makes a student focus more on the time and less on the patch.
More practice will surely help all of them in overcoming all their flaws.
Data Analysis & Sufficiency/Intelligence & critical reasoning
Both these patches are quite tricky as the number of minutes are far less than the number of questions. The candidates will not even get ONE minute per question.
Thus, these sections can prove a bit tricky and can affect the whole stitching of our DIY MAT.
While solving questions from these sections, the candidates should also read the answers keenly as sometimes, the question may not require a lot of calculation and the answers are evident.
Reasoning can be improved with the solving of proper question banks and sample papers,
Indian and Global Environment
The last and final patch in the DIY MAT. Don’t get confused by the name as the name might suggest we shall be emphasising the eco-friendly things and doings.
But the environment refers to the business and the economic environment. The trends and changes and the strategy building all will constitute the questions in this section of the exam.
Reading the news can be boring, but it will surely help you a lot in the exam as well as the later rounds.
So, finally, the patches have been assembled. Now, let us learn how to stitch them within time.
Don’t waste time in solving the problems you have NO idea about. It will only affect your speed and performance. After all, no matter how expert you are at stitching, some ends are bound to be loose (Just for Fun).
The candidates have to locate the marks in the exam paper. Finish the questions which you are most comfortable with and then pick the other ones.
The cycle which can be followed is:
Read a question
Solve if you know how to do it
Else leave it and move on to the next
Now solve the next question
Reach the end of paper
Now you will be left with the unsolved questions which you will already know you can solve or not.
So, the stitching done too. Now, let us do some brush up by learning some MAT Preparation Tips from the toppers.
The MAT will determine your problem solving speed under the stress. Thus as the exam approaches, you should solve the online sample and previous year papers in online mode too. The timers will train you for the D day.
MAT Preparation should be done as per your aptitude and not as per the aptitude of your peers. Find your strong and weak points. Then prepare for the exam, keeping both of them in mind.
So, this completes the stitching and sealing of the DIY MAT. Hope you sew it the best of all.