Aishwarya Agarwal’s preparation strategy for NMAT – key learnings
How did you make it to NMIMS? Tell us about your preparation strategy
I wrote NMAT for the first time in 2015, and missed the cutoff by 5 marks and couldn’t make it. However, I converted it next year by learning from my past mistakes. I worked hard and scored 219 in NMAT 2016. Following are the key learnings which helped me crack NMAT :
- Take mock tests very seriously. Even if you give them at home to ensure that you give it in a single seating.
- Analyze: Post-test analysis is very important since it gives you a chance to know your silly mistakes and hence you improve day by day
- Speed and accuracy: NMAT is not like CAT where you can take a break to calm your mind. So you have to prepare yourself to stay attentive and productive in those 120 mins to attempt a max number of questions. Many questions in LR and quant can be solved by substituting the options. You should not leave any question unmarked because believe me you don’t get enough time to come back to the same question again.
- Don’t miss on slot booking: Yes it matters. If you miss your chance of cracking NMAT in the first window you have two more attempts to crack it at least don’t miss on registering for retakes as it is painful to wait for one year.
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My preparation was based totally on giving a lot of mock tests as I was already preparing for CAT and had my conceptual clarity but my speed was less .Giving multiple mock tests from online (both free and paid) and offline helped me, increase my speed gradually to a level which was good enough to get a high NMAT score. For test-taking strategies, I watched CATKing Youtube videos for shortcut tips and tricks.
What was your approach to preparing for the NMIMS CDPI?
I did an in-depth study about my likes, dislikes, strengths weakness, and preparation of basic hygiene questions like why MBA, etc. For CD preparation I prepared along with my study group of 7 people where we used to discuss relevant topics for CD daily at a fixed time of the day on Google hangouts. I also kept myself updated on current national and international news
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How was your interview experience – excerpts from that?
My GD topic was a case where each was to put forward their views regarding the best way to implement training and its implementation within the allocated budget.
I was interviewed by three panelists who asked me questions related to my work experience and why did I leave a well-paid job and my R&D profile to come for MBA. They also asked about my hobbies and went in depth by asking multiple questions on it. Two or three general knowledge questions were asked which I could luckily answer. The panel was patient and the interview went for 30-40 minutes.
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Life at NMIMS: What is Your perspective?
Life at NMIMS is full of deadlines, case study competitions, and group assignments. There are corporate seminars as well in which we get to meet and hear from industry leaders. I have a number of wonderful core committees and interest-based cells to pursue your passion. Be it sports, dramatics, dance, photography, or public speaking– Toastmasters is one of them. The campus is located in Mumbai and gives a lot of chances to plan for road trips and treks to nearby spots with friends. The exposure to the industry is immense owing to strong industry-academia interface which leads to a great learning experience for the students
That was Aishwarya Agarwal’s preparation strategy for NMAT and few key learnings