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NMAT Preparation Tips by Venkata Vamsi Grandhi

Last Updated - September 17, 2016

Venkata Vamsi Grandhi appeared for NMAT in 2013. He scored 116 marks. He chose NMIMS, Mumbai for his studies. He says, studies can be made better by doing group studies and practicing sample papers. Studying in groups helps in understanding the problems and it also helps in enhancing the efficiency. Here is the questionnaire of Venkata Vamsi, this can help you in preparation-

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Ques. How many GD/PI did you take part in?

Ans. I took GD/PI at NMIMS, SIBM, and XIMB. I cleared NM and also SIBM. I chose NMIMS as it is better rated compared to SIBM. I screwed up in XIMB in GD though it was my first choice among the 3 colleges, especially because in GDs, I was not able to raise my voice when everyone else started shouting.

Ques. How was your experience in Case Discussion and Personal Interview?

Ans. Personal interview was pretty straight. More on, I had CV based questions and how I handled things as a team lead. I was able to handle it very decently. They were impressed with my activities in school and during B.Tech. They asked some questions about my NCC activities as well.

Ques. The Institutes that offered you Admission?

Ans. I was offered admission from NMIMS, SIBM and XIMB.

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Ques. Apart from NMAT, which exams did you appear in?

Ans. I appeared for SNAP, XAT, CAT and NMAT.

Ques. How would you rate the following Preparation Strategy in terms of their efficiency in your story?

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Ques. Name the Coaching Institute you joined and its Role in your Story?

Ans. I took Mock tests from TIME. I had earlier attended coaching classes from time, Hyderabad. But I did not find it so useful, especially in case of English (Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary) they have totally screwed it up. I do not recommend any one to attend these classes. It wastes a lot of time, but still does not give us meaningful result.  

Ques. Rate the Role of you Coaching Institute (Classroom or Online) in cracking NMAT? 

Ans. 3

Ques. How did you manage your NMAT preparation along with your Graduation studies/working hours?

Ans. I used to spend 2 hours in the mornings. I was lucky that I used to wake up early in the morning since childhood. I used to read from 6am to 8am and then get ready by 9am and reach office by 10am. So, those 2hrs were enough for me on weekdays. On the weekends, I used to spend 5-6 hours.

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Ques. What were your Strong and Weak areas? How did you prepare and what special efforts did you put for improving them?  

Ans. My strong areas were Quant and Logical reasoning. My weakest area was English, especially Reading Comprehension. I started reading thoroughly on areas that I was least acquainted with such as archaeology, game theory, humanities, etc. This helped in gaining confidence. Breaking sentences in to small parts helps a lot. This helped me to an extent as well. I also increased my vocabulary, which helped get the tone of the passages well.

Ques. What is your Five Point Rule to excel NMAT 2016?

Ans. 1. Increase speed of calculation

2. Be good in logical reasoning

3. Read newspapers well

4. Work in groups and understand each other's techniques

Ques. What Mock Papers did you take?  

Ans. For NMAT, specifically I did not take any specific mock papers. I used to do some testfunda papers online in general for snap and NMAT together.

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Ques. Websites you followed regularly for practicing sample papers and get updates?

Ans. I only followed Testfunda.com  

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Ques. Language Skills: Discuss the Strategy and Books you followed for this section.

Ans. My weakest area was English, especially Reading Comprehension. I started reading thoroughly on areas that I was least acquainted with such as archaeology, game theory, humanities, etc. This helped me in gaining confidence. I used to break down long sentences into short sentences and eliminated the dependent parts. This helped me to an extent. I also increased my vocabulary, which helped in getting the tone of the passages well. 

Ques. Quantitative Skills: Discuss the Strategy and Books you followed for this section.     

Ans. I just read all the time books for quant and LR sections. I was able to do them very well. Add to it, discussion with friends really helped me in these 2 sections. So, never thought further to again work on these sections.

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Ques. Logical Reasoning: Discuss the Strategy and Books you followed for this section.     

Ans. I just read books for quant and LR sections all the time. I was able to solve them very well. In addition to it, discussion within our friends really helped me always be among the top in these 2 sections. So, I never thought further to again work on these sections.

Ques. Share your thoughts on the Strategy for the aspirant who is starting two months before the exam.

Ans. 2 months before the exam is a less time according to me. Nevertheless, you should first be very good in increasing your speed of calculation especially for NMAT and SNAP also. So, start doing calculations in mind.

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Ques. What are the things you would like to go back in time and change to get into a better college?

Ans. I wish I would have prepared better for English.

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