Ajit Singh, an electronics and telecommunications engineer from KC College of Engineering, Thane has worked with IBM India Pvt. Ltd. for 10 months before appearing in MAHCET for MBA/MMS admission and getting into JBIMS. Ajit Singh is a professional hockey player and has represented his school at the state level 6 times and has also represented Maharashtra at the National level in Hockey.
Ajit had his schooling from Bhonsala Military School, Nashik and during his engineering, his final year project was published in the IJERT journal. Ajit had also cleared the UPSC NDA exam in 2010 for becoming a pilot in the Indian Air Force. He got his Engineering degree with distinction in 2014 and scored 99.98 percentile in MBA MAHCET that enabled him to get into JBIMS.
My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice
For the benefit of MBA aspirants, MBAUniverse.com asked Ajit Singh about his preparation strategy and advice to do well in MBA entrance exams. Details follow
Q. What was your preparation strategy? Please share some key do’s and don’ts
A. My strategy was very simple - just to try and cover as many topics as possible. This was one thing that helped me in maximizing the score.
From November I started my preparation. I initiated my study by referring few sample papers to get an idea about the key topics that are generally asked in the exams. I could manage only 2 hours daily as I was working also. In these 2 hours, I used to allocate sufficient time for learning new concepts, solving questions and then revising earlier days’ topics. From December end I started with taking mocks on weekends. The mocks are the key to any exams as they make you familiar to what you are going to face on the main day of exam. I just tried to keep scoring 150+ consistently in all my mocks. Also, analyzing mocks is what I invested much of my time. Whatever questions I got wrong I used to study the whole concept from basic.
- Keep practicing as much as you can
- practice visual reasoning as much as possible to become more comfortable with the variety of questions being asked; make use of free resources on the net to practice as much as possible
- Take at least 20-30 mocks to get idea of wide variety of question types covered
- Focus mainly on the basics before going in for the mocks
- Analyse each mocks thoroughly and change your strategy accordingly
- Don’t assume MAHCET is an easy test, in fact it is a speed test and it is not easy to maintain concentration and the speed consistently for 2 and half hours and you don’t know the fact that what will be a safe score for you;
- Don’t think that for MAHCET you can study in last 1-2 months;
- Don’t keep on solving problems from a particular topic- like trains questions asked are of medium level, no need to solve very complex questions;
- Don’t assume that visual reasoning is hard, a lot of weightage is given to it and without that you can’t get a very high score.
Q. Please share your strategy in testing room to attempt the questions from different sections: Reasoning, Quantitative Ability & DI, Verbal Ability & Reading comprehension?
A. The only aim in my mind was to attempt as many questions as possible because there was no negative marking. I always targeted the LR section first as I find that as my strength. This followed by quants and DI. Verbal ability I generally keep it for the last hour. Initially I tried maintaining as high accuracy as possible. But during the paper I found that few verbal questions were easy so I targeted them and left few logic sets for the end. Till the end I was able to attempt almost all the questions. This aim of attempting almost all the questions was achieved so I was definitely confident of getting a very high score.
Q. Which all exams did you write? Please share your preparation strategy for them and the scores that you were awarded
A. I appeared only for MH-CET as I couldn’t manage my time well between job and studies so didn’t apply for the rest, though I had thought of appearing in a few more. I started preparing well in advance as it was the only exam which I was targeting.
In the initial months I just kept on practicing the basic concepts. I started the original exam preparation from November. Taking mocks was a habit on which I was very strict. Normally every weekend I would just give mocks. I scored 99.98%le in MAHCET.
Q. How do you feel after getting admission to your dream B-school? Why did you decide in favour of JBIMS only
A. I can say that I was very lucky to get into the only institute in which I had applied. Only JBIMS is what I wanted and they offered me admission also. I was targeting only JBIMS so I gave only CET. For me the legacy of JBIMS is incomparable. It has the location advantage of being in Mumbai. It has a very small batch size of 120. The past record of the institute speaks for itself. It has excellent visiting faculty. Large amount of industry interaction is focused upon. It has a very good and large alumni base. It is among the top colleges for Finance specialization. Being a Mumbaikar, from childhood I have heard about this college from large number of people. All these reasons were more than sufficient for me to target only JBIMS.
Q. What advice and tips you would like to share with the candidates preparing for MAHCET?
A.My advice would be to just prepare hard. At this time of preparation we don’t understand what a prestigious B-school means. But once you get into it you can feel the change in you. The hard work that you are putting in daily is worth. Your life after this would be such which you will definitely cherish. If I can do this then anybody can achieve this. Keep practicing as much as you can. Take variety of mocks. Feel confident about your preparation and never ever get demotivated because of few low scores in mocks. Remember that you can do as many mistakes as you want in your mocks but learn from them and find a strategy in which you are very much comfortable.
The preparation phase is very tough but keep yourself motivated and never consider that you can’t achieve a very high score or you can’t top. Just keep identifying your strengths and work continuously upon your weak areas. Don’t enter the exam hall with any pre designed strategy. Spend starting 1-2 mins on the paper and make strategy on the spot.
JBIMS started with a new admission process from this year. There was no GD. We had case studies. The case study which I had was ‘People today are becoming more and more health conscious, come up with a business model that you would adopt to target these health conscious customers’.
My PI was based on questions from various fields. Few questions are: Tell us something which you have not mentioned in the form; Do you know Duckworth - Lewis method, if yes explain in detail.
An example on D/L method was given, how would that method be applicable here; Why JBIMS; Compare JBIMS with IIM-A; Tell us something about your work-ex; Which colleges have you applied; What you will do if we reject you; Tell us how in hockey you have to take many quick decisions; Few incidents in life where you have shown leadership skills; tell us something about yourself (this was the last question asked to me in my interview).