MANAGEMENT education is back in business. Just in case you need proof, check out the hiring wave sweeping across the country’s leading B-Schools.
The Management Aptitude Test (MAT) of the All India Management Association (AIMA) therefore couldn’t be taking place at a better time — the sentiment is bullish across Schools, and over 600 institutes will accept the scores of the test being administered on May 6. Here's all you need to know about MAT and preparation tips for MAT 2012 to help you make the best use of the time you have left before exam day.
The MAT structure is more or less the same as that of the Common Admission Test (CAT), but the difference is that the test, which is held four times a year, caters mainly to non-IIM/IIM equivalent institutes. MAT is an objective-type test with multiple-choice answers.
Candidates have to answer 200 questions, divided into five sections of 40 each, in 150 minutes. The sections are Language Comprehension ( 30 minutes), Mathematical Skills ( 40 minutes), Data Analysis and Sufficiency ( 35 minutes), Intelligence and Critical Reasoning ( 30 minutes), and Indian and Global Environment ( 15 minutes). Only a few candidates will be able to answer all the 150 questions in the allotted time, so first attempt the questions you know best.
As in any aptitude test, time management is critical to tackling MAT. All aptitude questions require both speed and accuracy. Candidates should monitor the time they spend on each question and should have clarity on the questions to be attempted first. Wasting time on complex questions can turn out to be counter-productive.
Graduates across disciplines can take the test. The level of the ‘Mathematical Skills’ section is that of Class X. Master as many mathematical formulae as possible.
But then, as with all examinations, there is no uniform preparation format and candidates should find out what works best for them through repeated practice. MAT’s data analysis section consists mostly of interpreting graphs and charts with questions based on finding percentages.
There’s no better way to enhance your vocabulary and reasoning skills than reading books and newspapers, and by participating in mock group discussions and solving puzzles.
Management experts advocate intelligent reading of books and newspapers to learn about sentence construction and how words are used in different contexts. No matter how confident you may appear, it is always good to keep revising as the more you revise, the faster your mind will work inside the exam hall.