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About MAT

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a standardized test being administered since 1988 to facilitate Business Schools (B-Schools) to screen candidates for admission to MBA and allied programs. Govt. of India, Ministry of HRD approved MAT as a national level test in 2003. Any B-School - national or international - can consider MAT Score as an admission input based on the Score Cards issued to the candidates. The largest test of its kind in the nation, MAT will continue to be your passport to over 600 B-Schools across India.

MAT Eligibility

  • The minimum qualification for appearing in MAT is graduation in any discipline from any recognized University or equivalent.
  • A final year student in any undergraduate (i.e. B.A, B.Sc., B.Com, B.Tech., etc.) can also apply.
  • Usually, there is a minimum percentage requirement in graduation which is different for different management institutes and universities.
  • However, there is no restriction regarding percentages for taking the MAT test, no age bar and no experience required.

MAT Conducting Body

AIMA (All India Management Association) conducts the MAT.

Contact Details

Address All India Management Association Management, House 14, Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003, India.
Phone 011 - 24645100, 24617354
Email mat@aima-ind.org, dcms@aima-ind.org
Website http://www.aima-ind.org/mat.aspx

Validity of MAT Score

MAT scores are valid for one year for most management institutes. It help students in getting admissions in various management programs such as Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) in Insurance Management, HR, Finance, Marketing, Operations, and International Business, Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology & Management (PGDITM) in IT Marketing, E-Commerce, Information Systems Management etc

Pattern of MAT entrance Exam 

Total number of Questions: 200

Total Time allocated: 150 minutes

Marks allocation

Correct attempt: 1 mark

Incorrect attempt: Negative marking not specified

Sections with Questions

MAT entrance exam covers five sections in all. Scores of first four sections compose the final scores. However, institutions might choose to consider the score of the General Awareness section.

Section No Section No. of Questions Time Suggested(Minutes)
1 Language Comprehension 40 30
2 Mathematical Skills 40 40
3 Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40 35
4 Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40 30
5 Indian and Global Environment 40 15
Total 200 150

MAT is the test conducted by All India Management Testing Service for entering into MBA or equivalent post graduate programs. The five sections mentioned above are basically comprised of the following five papers:

  • Paper 1 : Language Comprehension
  • Paper 2 : Mathematical Skills
  • Paper 3 : Data Analysis
  • Paper 4 : Intelligence & Critical Reasoning
  • Paper 5 : Indian & Global Environment Section

Detailed Syllabus

Quantitative Ability for MAT:

Geometry, (Lines, angles, Triangles, Spheres, Rectangles, Cube, Cone etc) Ratios and Proportion, Percentages In-equations Quadratic and linear equations Algebra, Profit & Loss, Averages, Partnership (Accounts), Time-Speed-Distance, Work and time, Number system, HCF & LCM, Geometric Progression, Arithmetic progression, Arithmetic mean, Geometric mean, Harmonic mean, Median, Mode, Number Base System, Mensuration, Allegation & Mixtures, Work, Pipes and Cisterns, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Set Theory, Instalment Payments, Clocks, Probability, Permutations Combinations, Trigonometry, Vectors, Binomial Expansion, Co-ordinate geometry, Logarithm, Calendar, Maxima & Minima Progression, Complex numbers Venn diagram, Etc.

DI And Reasoning for MAT:

Data Interpretation based on text, Data Interpretation based on graphs and tables.

Graphs can be Column graphs, Bar Graphs, Line charts, Pie Chart, Graphs representing Area, Venn diagram, etc. Critical reasoning, Visual reasoning, Assumption-Premise-Conclusion, Assertion and reasons, Statements and assumptions, identifying valid inferences , identifying Strong arguments and Weak arguments, Statements and conclusions, Cause and Effect, Identifying Probably true, Probably false, definitely true, definitely false kind of statement, Linear arrangements, Matrix arrangements. Puzzles, Syllogisms, Functions, Family tree - identifying relationship among group of people, Symbol Based problems, Coding and decoding , Sequencing , identifying next number in series, etc.

Verbal Ability for MAT:

Comprehension of passage (Poems can also come).

Verbal Reasoning, Syllogisms , Contextual usage, Analogies, Antonyms, Fill In the Blanks, Jumbled paragraphs with 4 or 5 sentences, Jumbled paragraphs (6 sentences with first and last fixed), Sentence Correction, Foreign language words used in English, Sentence completion, Sentence correction, odd man out, idioms, one word substitution, Different usage of same word etc.

General Awareness for MAT:

Current Affairs, Business, Punch line of companies, Top officials of big companies, Major corporate events

Famous awards and prizes

World Records Books and authors Science, History, Geography, International organizations Important quotations Social issues, Sports, Finance, Automobiles, Entertainment, Politics, etc.

NOTE:

This is not an exhaustive list of syllabus but an indicative list observed over the pattern of MAT entrance exam till date.

Preparation for MAT

MAT being a knowledge-based test with objective-type test pattern, will examine your general aptitude across varied parameters such as Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis & Sufficiency, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, Indian & Global Environment etc. Hence, MAT preparation calls for carefully devised strategy, which helps you cover maximum topics and score high to get call from good management institutes across the country.

Since the aspect of negative marking of 25 percent exists, you need to be watchful and wise, and formulate a strategy to qualify the cut offs for each section. Hence, a decent level of preparation would suffice for this objective.

To get a better result, it is good and advisable to start preparing as early as possible. By reading daily newspapers and magazines you can improve your vocabulary in English. Also by watching English news channels, various usage of a particular word can be noted down.

For the other sections, it is important that you practice as many problems as you can. But it is also important that you dont repeat the mistakes time and again. Once you identify a mistake, you must certainly ensure that you understand the concept thoroughly. In addition to this, you must prepare a timetable to help you allocate your time in the best way possible.

The best method is to be systematic in studies. It would help you make fruitful use of time. Too much of study, at the same time, may lead to tiredness which will make it difficult for you to cover all the portions but, a small break will help to freshen up your mind. If you start your preparation early, you will get the better result.

It is strictly advisable to follow a step-by-step process:

  • Be thorough with your basic Maths Concepts.
  • The best way shall be to start practicing from the text books of Class 10 or from the study material provided by the institute who also provide classes for clearing entrance tests. Learn as many formulas as possible and try to develop your own shortcuts.

  • Work on your vocabulary.
  • Reading a lot and observing how words are used in different contexts will be of great help.

  • Develop the habit of reading.
  • Newspapers, Magazines and TV can be a great help here as well. Magazines, not necessarily should be on politics, business or anything like that. You can also read a fashion-magazine or sports-magazine or general current affairs magazine for that matter. The basic idea is to develop a reading and comprehending habit.

  • Reasoning skills can be improved by solving puzzles
  • Practice a lot. Solving sets of questions within a time frame with concentration could be miraculous. Devoting equal time on each question and section will be of great help as well.

  • Know your Strength and Weakness
  • Once you know your strengths and weaknesses go for some full-length tests. Observe how you could improve your score with each passing test.

  • Revise
  • This is the mantra which most of the students miss out on.

    Tackling each Section

    For cracking MAT, it is really essential for you attempt and score in each section. It should always be kept in mind that scoring very high in one section and very low in the other will affect your overall percentile. So, to have a balance is very essential.

    Here are some tips to help you out:

    Quantitative Ability:

    The quantitative ability of MAT checks your basic knowledge of maths and that is why MAT exam has relatively easy maths sums as compared to CAT or XAT, except probability and permutations which may prove difficult. Generally the paper can be solved with some patience and a lot of practice. So, as mentioned earlier - stick to basics.

    DATA ANALYSIS AND SUFFICIENCY (DI):

    The DI section of MAT consists of conventional data interpretation like graphs and charts with questions based on finding percentage increase or decrease. This section, in particular, gives you the opportunity to score as high as you can because if you interpret even one table or graph, you can correctly answer 4 to 5 questions following it.

    But, you should also be very attentive and careful as the speed breaker questions, most of the times, are in this section only.

    REASONING:

    Practicing from previous question papers of MAT will be the best way to get an idea of this section. Like many other MBA Entrance exams, MAT also follows old GRE books, so, it will be a good idea to get a reference from them.

    Verbal Ability for MAT:

    Verbal Ability section of MAT is pure comprehension. This is the area of concern for most students while we think it is an opportunity in disguise as this section, like the DI section, will help you score very high. Once you understand one paragraph, you will be able to answer 4 to 5 question based on the same Passage. It not only saves time but also gives you a lot of confidence. Only thing that can help you here is reading and reading a lot.

    The other most important trick or technique we will like to suggest is to attempt and solve as many mock test as you can because that will help you develop a habit of writing test in specified time and you can also know your strength and weaknesses. The other important facts about mock tests and hoe to carry your test will be discussed as below

    Importance of solving Mock Test Papers

    Preparation for any entrance examination is incomplete without practicing mock tests. These are usually question papers which are similar to the pattern of the main exams. Management Aptitude Test is the entrance examination conducted by AIMA, which one must clear to gain admission in the participating B-schools of the country. Before you sit for the main examination, you must be well aware about what is coming your way and you know what's in it for you. The importance of the mock tests can be understood with the help of the following points.

    Enlightens you about the main exam

    With mock tests, you are aware as to what kind of questions you would be facing in the main examination. The mock test papers contain questions of the previous years and the pattern is also same as the main MAT exams. This way you are well prepared for the main exam and you know what would be the level of difficulty and kind of questions in the main exams.

    Helps you in time management

    Since the mock tests are on the lines of the main MAT exam, you can judge your timing. You get a fair idea of how much time you would require completing a section and hence will be able to make your preparations accordingly. Simply solving questions from the workbook will never assist you to keep a check on your timing. Time is a crucial factor and several times a student is unable to complete the paper even though he knows the answers. There time management is an important criterion that you must keep a check on while preparing for the MAT.

    You know where you stand

    Mock tests help you to analyze your accurate position. You get to know how well your preparation is going and where you need to put in more effort. Taking a mock test at least a couple of months before your exam can be of great help as you know where you exactly stand at that point of time and what should be your plan of action post the mock test. You need to judge your performance much before you sit for the main exam so that you can prepare for your exam knowing your strengths and area of concerns. Scoring high in MAT exam at one go is a very difficult task and a well planned approach can help you to achieve your target. In order to strengthen your exam preparation, a mock test is the best.

    Mock test is a yardstick of your performance which gives you a true picture. It is designed in such a way that it gives you the feel of the real examination and you know what the main exams going to be like.

    Test taking tips and strategies

    BEFORE THE TEST

  • Get adequate rest the night before the exam
  • Wear comfortable clothes
  • Practice, Practice and Practice.
  • AS YOU START THE TEST

  • Be aware and use the sample questions experience
  • Keep careful track of time
  • Read the directions for each question
  • Read the questions carefully
  • Use the scratch or rough paper provided by the test center
  • Use your scrap paper for every calculation
  • Read every answer choice
  • NEVER assume or use any information that the question fails to give you
  • DURING THE TEST

  • Be very sure of your answer before proceeding
  • Do not get bogged down with complicated or lengthy calculations
  • Use guessing intelligently and deploy the Selection by elimination method
  • Learn how to work backwards, i.e., plugging the most attractive option in the question and see if it makes sense
  • Convert quantities freely like 1/4 is nothing but 25% of any given quantity.
  • In questions that ask you to select a valid conclusion, always choose the one conclusion that must definitely follow from the information you are given and vice-versa.
  • Pay special attention to words like "all," "some," or "none" when you read the factual information each question gives you
  • Pay attention to negative prefixes also, such as non-, un-, or dis-
  • Pay special attention to negative numbers when they are used in some questions
  • Pay close attention to the word "ONLY" and to the phrase "IF AND ONLY IF"
  • Don't stick to one question for too long
  • Aim to answer as many questions as you can
  • FROM SECTION TO SECTION TO THE END OF THE TEST

  • Compose yourself between sections of the test and try to attempt maximum questions from each section.
  • Do not underestimate the role that endurance plays as half the battle is just making it through all of the sections without becoming overly stressed or fatigued. Condition yourself by taking practice tests.
  • Don't rush - devote just the right amount of time to each question
  • Don't panic - Keep yourself cool all the time, even when you don't know the answer.