MAT Syllabus

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MAT Syllabus

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a standardized management entrance test just like CAT, which helps the business schools in India to screen the best and meritorious candidates for admission to MBA and PGDM programs and other allied courses recognized by the Ministry of HRD. Conducted by AIMA (All India Management Association), MAT is one of the MBA entrance exams that are conducted at a pan-India level four times in a year – February, May, September and December. The exam can prove to be your passport to over 600 government and private business schools across the Indian subcontinent. Let us take a look at the MAT syllabus so that you can understand the different component of the test. 

Understanding the MAT Syllabus

MAT is conducted to test the management aptitude, leadership skills, rationality, problem-solving and analytical skills of the candidates who want to enrol for the management courses. In order to ace the MAT examination, you need to first have a clear idea about the MAT syllabus. The exam pattern include MCQs divided into 5 sections – Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning and Indian and Global Environment. 

Let us understand each section in detail:

1. Language Comprehension

This section tests the English language proficiency of the candidates in two separate parts – Reading Comprehension and English Vocabulary & Grammar that include the following topics:

  • Sentence Correction
  • Sentence Completion
  • Verbal Ability
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Antonyms 
  • Synonyms
  • Contextual Usage
  • One Word Substitution
  • Analogies
  • Idioms
  • Jumbled Paragraphs
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Different Usage of the Same Words

Section Overview 

Part 1: Reading Comprehension in Syllabus 

Important Particulars  Details
Total Number of Questions  20
Weightage in MAT Syllabus Section Wise 50%
Types of Questions  Multiple Type Questions
Types of Passages  Moderately difficul 4 short passages
Format followed for Questions The questions framed are based on the basis of information provided in the passages

Part 2: Verbal Activity Syllabus

Important Particulars  Details
Types of Questions Multiple Type Questions
Weightage in MAT Syllabus Section Wise 50%
Total Number of Questions 20

2. Mathematical Skills

Testing the mathematical and problem-solving abilities of the candidate, this section of the MAT syllabus will include the following topics under its domain:

Section Overview 

Important Particulars  Details 
Type of Questions  Multiple Choice Questions 
Number of Questions 40
Weightage in MAT Syllabus Section Wise  20%
Weightage of Sections in Percentile  25%

3. Data Analysis and Sufficiency

Covering general topics like graphs, Venn diagrams and pie charts, this section of the MAT syllabus tests the proficiency of the candidate to draw conclusions from the given piece of information. This section includes the following topics:

  • Bar Charts
  • Data Comparison
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Line Graph
  • Data Caselet
  • Data Table
  • Multiple Graphs
  • Puzzles
  • Pie Charts

Section Overview 

Important Particulars  Details 
Type of Questions  Multiple Choice Questions
Number of Questions 40
Weightage in MAT Syllabus Section Wise  20%
Weightage of Sections in Percentile  25%

4. Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

The MAT syllabus for this section examines the reasoning and analytical skills of the candidate through various brain teasers and puzzle questions. Major topics covered in this section are:

  • Strong and Weak Arguments
  • Multi-dimensional Arrangements
  • Family Tree
  • Puzzles
  • Course of Action
  • Visual Reasoning
  • Pie Chart
  • Blood Relations
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Calendars
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Numeric Grid
  • Series
  • Arrangements
  • Syllogism
  • Graphs Representing Area
  • Column Graphs
  • Statement and Conclusion

Section Overview

Important Particulars  Details 
Type of Questions  Multiple Choice Questions
Number of Questions 40
Weightage in MAT Syllabus Section Wise  20%

5. Indian and Global Environment

The candidates who are about to take the MAT exam should be well-versed of all the recent news and current affairs going on in the country along with the topics of general awareness, including Social Issues, History, Geography, to name a few. Some of the prominent topics include:

  • Business
  • Basic General Knowledge
  • Current Affairs
  • History
  • International Organizations
  • Social Issues
  • World Records
  • Top Officials of Companies
  • Books and Authors
  • Sports
  • Finance
  • Corporate News
  • Entertainment
  • Science
  • Politics
  • Automobiles
  • Tagline and Punchline of the Companies
  • Famous Awards and Prizes

Section Overview

Important Particulars  Details 
Type of Questions  Multiple Choice Questions
Number of Questions 40
Weightage in MAT Syllabus Section Wise  20%

Important Books for MAT 2021

Mentioned below are the important books you should study from while preparing for MAT 2021.

Data Analysis and Mathematics

Data Analysis and Interpretation  Think Tank of Kiran Prakashan
Accredited Guide to Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency Ananta Ashisha 

Indian and Global Environment 

Face to Face MAT (Previous Years) BS Sijwali 
Mega Yearbook  Disha Experts

Language Comprehension 

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
Verbal Ability and Comprehension for Management Entrance Bharat Patodi and Aditya Choudhary

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT Nishit Sinha
Analytical and Logical Reasoning  Peeyush Bharadwaj

Tips and Tricks to Crack MAT Exam

Though the difficulty level of the MAT exam is considerable going strategically about the MAT syllabus will make the goal easier to achieve. Follow the below-mentioned tips to ace your exam:

  • Prepare notes and revise them regularly, section by section.
  • Solve previous years’ question papers.
  • Due to the negative marking, you have to be very sure of the answer before responding to it.
  • Always answer the easy questions first.
  • If unsure of the answer, use the elimination method.
  • Give special attention to words like “some”, “none”, “all” in the questions having factual information. 
  • Do not stick to one question for too long. Bookmark the question and proceed further.
  • Learn to manage your time effectively. 

To apply for MAT 2021 exam, visit the official website of AIMA.

We hope you’ll make the best use of the MAT syllabus while preparing for the test. If you’re looking for guidance in choosing the right business school that suits your career needs,  Leverage Edu can be your best friend! Book your 30 minutes free career counselling session with us now.

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