MAT 2018 Topper Interview: Sumit Bhattacharyya Shares His Two Months Strategy to Crack MAT!

Management Aptitude Test 2022 ( MAT )

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If you are nervous that you started preparing for MAT exam quite late, clear your fear. You may still succeed. MAT 2018 Topper Sumit Bhattacharya cleared MAT 2018 securing 99.87 percentile with just two months preparation. Read more!

Sumit Bhattacharyya, a computer engineer from Kolkata cleared MAT 2018 with 99.87 percentile in the first attempt with just two-month preparation. He has a work experience of 5 years in IT sector and intends to pursue executive MBA by clearing GMAT exam. We at Shiksha spoke with Sumit to learn his successful strategy to crack MAT exam and his advice to the MAT aspirants. Read the interview below, to know his MAT exam strategy. 

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Q 1: Are you satisfied with your MAT result? How much score were you expecting?

Ans: Yes, infact honestly I did not expect my score to be this high!

Q2. Was this your first MAT attempt?

Ans: Yes, MAT exam was my first attempt to any management exam.

Q3. When did you start preparing for MAT exam? What was your overall prep strategy?

Ans: Two months before the exam. My overall strategy was to keep my basics clear and logically approach any and every question.

Also read: MAT preparation tips

Q4. Can you share with us your section- wise strategy?

Ans: For English, I read the questions carefully to determinethe exact facts it intended to be answered. For Maths, instead of trying to fit in formula, I tried to determine the logic in each questions.

Also read: MAT Exam Pattern

Q5. Which books did you refer to for MAT preparation?

Ans: Arihant MAT face to face 20 years is the only book I referred to. Ultimately practicing a lot only helps. So, once you go through all the questions that has come in the 20 MAT exam, you would already have practised a lot.

Also read: MAT Exam Syllabus

Q6. Did you join any coaching institute? How does coaching institute help in exam preparation?

Ans: No, I did not take any coaching. However, I will encourage others to reach out to the various test series that are available through the various coaching institutes.

Q7. How important is practicing MAT mock test series?

Ans: This is the most important part. The mock tests makes you exam ready. It most importantly makes you habituated with the time constraint. Gives you clarity on the types of question you will probably face and the difficulty level you need to adjust to.

Also read: MAT Questions & Sample Papers

Q8. What was your MAT exam day strategy?

Ans: The best way to deal on your exam day is to remain calm and not think about the outcome of the exam. Do not keep any hope. Just clear your mind and give the exam.

Q9. Which other MBA entrance exams did you take or are planning to take?

Ans: CAT, IIFT, NMAT. I used these exams as preparation for the GMAT exam, which is my ultimate objective.

Q10. How did you deal with your strengths and weaknesses while preparing for the exam?

Ans: Improved my basics. When answering the questions answered smartly. Even when I could not determine the correct answer for questions, I tried the process of elimination of wrong choices. I knew my knowledge in the environment part was weak; hence, I tried to make up for it by answering more questions and accurately in the other sections.

Q11. Any tips for future MAT aspirants?

Ans: Do not delay your exam. Attend the exam on your final year of college or within a year of passing out. This is simply because your preparation for the job entrance aptitudes will be very helpful. Also, practice a lot.

Q12. Which institutes did you join/aim to join?

Ans: I did not join any institute because I had already completed 3.5-4 years of service. Hence, I decided to prepare for GMAT and get into executive MBA.

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Which is the best book for NTSE Mental Aptitude Test (MAT)?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

8 hours ago

For students in the 10th grade, NCERT administers the "NTSE, " also known as the National Talent Search Examination. The NTSE has two papers: the Mental Aptitude Test (MAT) and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The best textbooks for studying for the Mental Aptitude Test are t...For students in the 10th grade, NCERT administers the "NTSE, " also known as the National Talent Search Examination. The NTSE has two papers: the Mental Aptitude Test (MAT) and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The best textbooks for studying for the Mental Aptitude Test are typically NCERT texts. You may, however, prefer some other MAT study guides due to the dearth of practice questions with thorough explanations. Among the books that are frequently recommended are:
1. By RS Aggarwal, Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning
2. Mental Ability for NTSE by Odisha Experts
3. Aihant's NTSE Study Guide

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Tejas Patil

Contributor-Level 6

20 hours ago

List of books for NTSE MAT exam
MEGA Study Guide for NTSE 2021 SAT & MAT Class 10 Stage 1 & 2 - 12th Edition
Odisha Experts
Study Guide NTSE MAT + SAT for Class 10 2021-22
Arihant Experts, Study Guide NTSE MAT + SAT for Class 10th 2019-2020
Arihant Experts.

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What is the syllabus for MAT?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

22 hours ago

There are five sections to the MAT syllabus. The section-wise syllabus of the MAT exam is as follows:1. Intelligence and critical reasoning: This section checks the analytical and cognitive skills and includes topics like "visual reasoning, " "blood relations, &quot...There are five sections to the MAT syllabus. The section-wise syllabus of the MAT exam is as follows:
1. Intelligence and critical reasoning: This section checks the analytical and cognitive skills and includes topics like "visual reasoning, " "blood relations, " "column graphs, " "numerical grids, " "calendars, " "pie charts, " "arguments, " and so on.
2. Language Comprehension: The syllabus consist of basic grammar topics, Antonyms & Synonyms, Parts of Speech, Para Jumbles, Idioms, Phrases etc.
3. Data Analysis and Sufficiency: The topics in this section are bar diagrams, pie charts, graphs, data analysis and comparison, charts, and venn diagrams.
4. Indian and Global Environments: In this section, topics like company punchlines, social issues, finance, international organizations, Current Affairs books, and authors are discussed.
5. Mathematical Skills: The syllabus of this section includes elementary mathematics, the Number System complex numbers, sequences, series, Triangles set theory, and geometry.

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What is the best all-in-one book for MBA (CAT/MAT/GMAT) preparation?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

22 hours ago

It is difficult to prepare for all MBA entrance exams with one book due to different exam patterns. Also, since there are multiple sections in each exam, one book might not be able to cover the complete syllabus of these entrance exams. However, there are certain section-wise books that can be re...It is difficult to prepare for all MBA entrance exams with one book due to different exam patterns. Also, since there are multiple sections in each exam, one book might not be able to cover the complete syllabus of these entrance exams. However, there are certain section-wise books that can be referred to for different MBA exams. These are:
1. Arun Sharma or R. S. Agrawal for quantitative aptitude
2. Nisiht Sinha or Pearson for data interpretation and logical reasoning
3. Arun Sharma or Odisha Publication for Verbal Ability
4. For logical reasoning books by Arun Sharma or Nishit K. Sinha
You can choose any of these books to prepare for the exam according to the syllabus.

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What are the important topics for MAT preparation?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

Yesterday

The Management Aptitude Test MAT is conducted for admission to more than 800 colleges. Based on the analysis of previous year's question papers, the following are some of the important topics for MAT preparation:1. Mathematical Skills Section: The important topics include number systems, averages...The Management Aptitude Test MAT is conducted for admission to more than 800 colleges. Based on the analysis of previous year's question papers, the following are some of the important topics for MAT preparation:
1. Mathematical Skills Section: The important topics include number systems, averages, percentages, Algebra ratios, time and work, speed, geometry, venn diagrams, time and distance, and profit and loss.
2. Data Analysis and Sufficiency: In this section, important topics are charts, line X-Y graphs, data comparison, and caselet-based data.
3. Intelligence and critical reasoning Section: Some important topics in this section include syllogisms, direction, blood relations, statement assumptions, conclusions, arrangement, coding and decoding, and arguments.
4. Language Comprehension: For this section, vocabulary and basic grammar are very important. The topic includes one-word substitution, antonyms and synonyms, and comprehension.

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What is the best book for preparing for the KMAT exam?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

Yesterday

For studying for the KMAT exam, there is no one best book. You must choose your study materials in accordance with the KMAT exam syllabus. Here are some section-by-section book suggestions from professionals to assist you in preparing for the KMAT entrance exam:1. You must regularly read the news...For studying for the KMAT exam, there is no one best book. You must choose your study materials in accordance with the KMAT exam syllabus. Here are some section-by-section book suggestions from professionals to assist you in preparing for the KMAT entrance exam:
1. You must regularly read the newspaper in order to do well on the KMAT's verbal ability and reading comprehension sections. Additionally, you can choose a verbal aptitude book from Norman Lewis' Word Power Made Easy, Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay's Sharma and Upadhyay, or Wren and Martin's Wren and Martin.
2. You can choose from Nishit Sinha's, Arun Sharma's, or Abhijit Guha's quantitative aptitude for the section on quantitative ability.
3. You should study topics in any reputable book on logical reasoning in order to prepare for the section on logical reasoning. You can choose between Peeyush Bharadwaj, RS Aggarwal, and Arun Sharma.

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What's the difference between KMAT and MAT?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

Yesterday

Both the KMAT and MAT exams are conducted for admission to management courses. These exams differ in the following ways:1. The KMAT score is mostly accepted in Karnataka management colleges, whereas the MAT score is accepted in more than 800 management colleges. 2. The KMAT is conducted once a ye...Both the KMAT and MAT exams are conducted for admission to management courses. These exams differ in the following ways:
1. The KMAT score is mostly accepted in Karnataka management colleges, whereas the MAT score is accepted in more than 800 management colleges.
2. The KMAT is conducted once a year, whereas the MAT is conducted four times a year.
3. The KMAT is comparably tougher than the MAT. The MAT exam is more convenient to take as it is available in three modes.
4. In contrast to MAT scores, KMAT enables qualified students to request a fee waiver in their designated B school.
5. The KMAT registration fee is lower than MAT. The KMAT registration fee is Rs. 800, whereas the MAT fee is Rs. 1850.
6. The MAT has a 0.25 negative marking for wrong answers, whereas the KMAT has no negative marking.

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Can I use calculator in MAT exam? I am from Karnataka.

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Sujith Seenivasan

Beginner-Level 4

a week ago

No, usage of any electronic devices such as calculator, mobile phone, electronic gadgets is prohibited. Since it is a competitive exam, None of this things are allowed.

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Can I apply for MAT if I have completed CA?

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jasveer singh

Contributor-Level 9

a week ago

Yes, you can apply for MAT exam after completing CA/CS in any recognised university. Candidates above 40% of marks in UG are eligible to apply for MAT exam.

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

2 weeks ago

Yes, you can apply for the MAT exam if you have completed your CA course. For admission to MBA and PGDM programs, the AIMA administers the Management Aptitude Test (MAT). Candidates who meet the requirements below may apply for this exam:1. The applicants have their completed graduation from a re...Yes, you can apply for the MAT exam if you have completed your CA course. For admission to MBA and PGDM programs, the AIMA administers the Management Aptitude Test (MAT). Candidates who meet the requirements below may apply for this exam:
1. The applicants have their completed graduation from a recognised university
2. They are in their final year of college and will graduate by the time they are admitted to management college.
3. The candidate possesses a professional degree, such as a CS, CA, or ICWA. Visit the following link to learn more about this test: https://www.shiksha.com/mba/mat-exam

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Can I get admission to IIM-A with my MAT score?

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jasveer singh

Contributor-Level 9

a week ago

Yes, more than 80% score in MAT exam gives a chance in category. Candidates who get 94% have more chances to get calls from IIM management. Hence, there will be some admissions taken based on number of seats and category based. I wish you will get seat in IIM.

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

2 weeks ago

No, you cannot get admission to the IIM Ahmedabad with your MAT score. The Iims do not accept the MAT score for admission. To get admission to the PGP course at IIM A, you need to appear in the CAT or GMAT exam. If you have appeared in the MAT exam, you can apply to other colleges such as Amity U...No, you cannot get admission to the IIM Ahmedabad with your MAT score. The Iims do not accept the MAT score for admission. To get admission to the PGP course at IIM A, you need to appear in the CAT or GMAT exam. If you have appeared in the MAT exam, you can apply to other colleges such as Amity University, Tezpur University, and IIFM, Bhopal.
1. You can find information about colleges accepting the MAT exam at this link: https://www.shiksha.com/mba/colleges/mba-colleges-accepting-mat-india?sby=popularity
2. You can check detailed admission procedure of IIM at this Shiksha Page:https://www.shiksha.com/college/iim-Ahmedabad-indian-institute-of-management-vastrapur-307/admission.

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What is the MAT exam pattern?

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jasveer singh

Contributor-Level 9

a week ago

The MAT exam is conducted for admission to management courses such as MBA and PGDM at the top management colleges in India. The exam is conducted in three modes: CBT, PBT, and IBT, and the exam pattern is the same for each mode. The MAT exam follows the following pattern:1. The exam duration is 1...The MAT exam is conducted for admission to management courses such as MBA and PGDM at the top management colleges in India. The exam is conducted in three modes: CBT, PBT, and IBT, and the exam pattern is the same for each mode. The MAT exam follows the following pattern:
1. The exam duration is 150 minutes.
2. The MAT exam is divided into five sections with a total of 200 questions.
3. Each section has 40 questions, and each question carries one mark.
4. The sections are as follows: (a) Language Comprehension (b) Mathematical Skills (c) Indian & Global Environment (d) Data Analysis & Sufficiency (e) Intelligence & Critical Reasoning
5. There is a negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong response.

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

2 weeks ago

The MAT exam is conducted for admission to management courses such as MBA and PGDM at the top management colleges in India. The exam is conducted in three modes: CBT, PBT, and IBT, and the exam pattern is the same for each mode. The MAT exam follows the following pattern:1. The exam duration is 1...The MAT exam is conducted for admission to management courses such as MBA and PGDM at the top management colleges in India. The exam is conducted in three modes: CBT, PBT, and IBT, and the exam pattern is the same for each mode. The MAT exam follows the following pattern:
1. The exam duration is 150 minutes.
2. The MAT exam is divided into five sections with a total of 200 questions.
3. Each section has 40 questions, and each question carries one mark.
4. The sections are as follows: (a) Language Comprehension (b) Mathematical Skills (c) Indian & Global Environment (d) Data Analysis & Sufficiency (e) Intelligence & Critical Reasoning
5. There is a negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong response. You can find the pattern and syllabus in detail on this Shiksha link: https://www.shiksha.com/mba/mat-exam-pattern.

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