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-
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.
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.
In fact MAT requires you to apply separately to each B-school but I did not apply to any B-school on the basis of my MAT score. I got into LBSIM on the basis of my CAT score.