MAT toppers

  • Ankit Kumar

    Exam score : 99.99 percentile

    23 years old, Ankit Kumar was the final semester student of five year B.Tech-M.Tech in mechanical engineering at Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida when he cracked MAT with highest score. Ankit completed his class X and XII from New Green Field School, Saket. He had scored 85.2% and 87.0% respectively in 2009 and 2011. Ankit's father Vinod Gupta is a producer at the electronic media production centre at IGNOU, Delhi. His mother, Nilu Gupta, is a housewife. Ankit said that his parents, teachers and friends all helped him in achieving this accomplishment.

    This was the 1st attempt of Ankit in MAT exam. His aim was to get admission in JBIMS or SIMSREE, Mumbai and pursue MBA with specialization in finance & Operation

    My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice:

     

    For the benefit of MBA aspirants, Ankit Kumar shares about his preparation strategy and advice to do well in MBA entrance exams. Details follow-

     

    Thought of MAT very late

    I decided to appear in MAT Feb 2016 exam only after attempting CAT exam in which I did not score well. During the 2 months period I never looked back and focused on regular study of minimum 2 hours. I focused more on Aptitude section

     

    Get your basics clear

    I made sure to have absolute clarity on concepts. If you have your class 10 & 12 basics clear, you can crack the exam easily. It needs around 5-6 months of intense preparation to crack any entrance exam.

     

    Consistent preparation

    Anything can be achieved with hard work and labour. One needs regular and consistent preparation for the exam.

     

    Mocks-key to success

    Practice more Mocks, analyse mistakes and diarise not to repeat them - should be the part of preparation strategy.

     

    Plan for entrepreneurship

    After completion of my MBA, I wish to gain Corporate working experience by joining them to know more about business. Then I wish to launch my own venture.

  • Ashish Patial

    Exam score : 99.99 percentile

    Ashish Patial belongs to Chandigarh. He did diploma from Indo-Swiss centre, CSIO, Chandigarh and then completed AMIE course, equivalent to a BE degree from the Institution of Engineers. He was employed with Global SGS, Chandigarh while preparing for CAT and MAT exams. Despite being a working professional, he studied hard to crack the exams with high scores.

    Ashish is not a book worm. He loves football and riding his bike.

    My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice:

    For the benefit of MBA aspirants, Ashish Patial shares about his preparation strategy and advice to do well in MBA entrance exams. Details follow-

     

    Q. Took time out of busy working schedule

    A. I was employed with Global GSS, Chandigarh when I decided to prepare for CAT & MAT. I made it a point to study regularly however tired I was. In my 1st attempt at CAT I could score 97 and in the 2nd attempt I hit 98.5 percentile. Since the Centralized Admission process (CAP) in Maharashtra allows admission on the basis of all the All India exam scores, I appeared in MAT also and cracked it with 800 out of 800.

    Despite facing the shortage of time, in the last two years, I studied way more than I studied in the last 22 years of my life. If I could not study on a particular day due to over work and my busy schedule, I studied for 9-10 hours on holidays and week-ends.

     

    Q. Prepared hard to improve English

    A. I was not very good in English, so whatever, I had in front of me, I read it every-day which ultimately helped me increase my speed in English and improved my vocabulary base. This resulted in high score in English in MAT & CAT exam.

     

    Q. Math my strong domain-improved it further

    A. Mathematics is my strong area. I further strengthened it. In fact your strength can be a game changer. I was good in the subject but for the exam, I aimed to be excellent to increase my overall score. I also aimed to be good in English and thus focused more on this subject. If I have to rate myself on the scale of 10 (before my preparation), I would say, I was 2-3 in English and 6-7 in maths. But after my preparations, I was 9-10 in maths and 6-7 in English

     

    Q. My CAT preparation helped much

    A. I prepared for CAT and this helped me a lot to crack MAT with top score. My 1st attempt at CAT yielded 97 percentile but the second attempt brought me a score of 98.5 percentile.

     

    Q. Coaching not a necessity

    A. Coaching is very helpful in preparation but only if you need guidance. If you are a self-motivated person, can do self study and preparation, you may not need any coaching. A sincere, dedicated time and rigorous preparation will help you crack the exam.

     

    Q. Practice plenty of Mocks

    A. Whether MAT or CAT, the need is to practice plenty of mocks with good speed and accuracy and must know how to choose and prioritise the MAT exam sections in order of preference.

     Two other things test takers should note are that you should know your strengths and weaknesses and leave your ego outside the examination area.

  • Ketan Anand

    Exam score : 99.90 percentile

    Ketan Anand belongs to Ambala. He has studied at P.K.R. Jain Sr. Sec. Public School and scored 80.72% in class 12. He took admission in B.CoM in Kurukshetra University, and obtained 64.66%. Ketan was working with his father in the family business, which built his interest towards the business world. This inspired him to pursue MBA and prompted him to prepare and appear in the MAT and CAT exams. Ketan wants to achieve good position in Corporate after completing his management education.

    My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice:

     

    For the benefit of MBA aspirants, Ketan Anand shares about his preparation strategy and advice to do well in MBA entrance exams. Details follow-

     

    Clear Basics

    The very first thing which I did was to clear the basics. With the conceptual clarity on topics it was much easier to gain speed and accuracy while attempting the questions.

     

    Mock Tests

    I wrote plenty of mocks and spent time analyzing the same. Writing the mock tests helped me increase my speed of solving the questions and also I was able to identify my weak areas. I kept taking mocks and converting my weak areas into stronger ones.

     

    Focused on Grammar

    For the English section in MAT exam, I focused mainly on grammar portion. I used to read business magazines, newspapers and solve reading comprehensions too.

    Self study is best

    Self-study is best for MAT exam preparation although joining a coaching class also helps and acts as a positive factor in your preparation. I took coaching from Bullseye and I referred to the course material and online test series provided by them only. I felt no need to go for other books as the course material given by them was more than enough. More than the text books I concentrated on the mock tests.

     

    Choose PBT in MAT

    Since there is option in MAT exam to choose between paper based MAT or Computer based MAT, my advice to the students is to opt for paper-based test. In PBT MAT exam you can see all the questions at once. Marking the answers on an OMR sheet is easier and faster than marking the answers using mouse.

     

    Prioritize the questions

    Make a wise choice of questions. This will help you to manage each section well. Be accurate and prioritize your questions. It is good to attempt those questions first which are from your strong areas and only afterwards, you should choose such questions which appear difficult to you.

     

    GK not necessary

    It is not necessary to attempt GK questions in MAT. The section is not taken into account to calculate your percentile and merit score.