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Karnataka MAT (KMAT) Syllabus, Important Topics with Books

Updated On - February 13th 2019 by KRITIKA GUPTA

KMAT Syllabus is released by the Karnataka Private Post Graduate Colleges Association (KPPGCA) each year. The questions are also modeled on the syllabi of top MBA entrance exams in the country such as CAT, XAT, etc. Questions in the paper are framed from Verbal & Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Ability, General Awareness and Logical Reasoning. Download Free KMAT Question Papers

KMAT 2019 is a pen-paper based test, scheduled for on August 5 (tentative). The test is of two hours in total. All questions will be objective in nature. This management exam is a speed driven exam. Therefore, candidates should be thorough with various concepts of Verbal, Quant, DI and Reasoning. Check KMAT Exam Pattern

The following infographic gives a quick glance at the paper pattern of KMAT:

KMAT Exam Pattern, KMAT Paper Pattern

KMAT Syllabus: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Major prerequisite of a candidate to acquire admission in MBA/ PGDM program requires the candidate to have a good command over English language and communication skills. The section is abbreviated as VARC.

  • There are 40 questions from this section.
  • The section tests a candidate’s command over the language and grammar.
  • This section usually consists of 2 to 4 reading comprehensions based on which the candidates have to respond to the questions that follow.

Important Topics for Language Skills Section

KMAT Karnataka Syllabus for VARC
Language usage and their rulesPara Jumble
Syntax and correct grammarVocabulary
Fill in the blanksIdioms
Reading comprehensionAnonyms and Synonyms
Dictionary meaningsFact Inference Judgment

KMAT Recommended Books: VARC Section 

KMAT Books (Verbal and Reading)
Book NameAuthor/ Publisher

Verbal Ability And Reading Comprehension For The CAT And Other MBA Entrance Examinations


High School English Grammar and Composition Key

Wren and Martin

The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

Nishit K. Sinha

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT

Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay

KMAT Syllabus: Quantitative Ability (QA)

  • The syllabus for Quantitative skills covers four major areas – Quantitative Ability; Data Analysis; Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation.
  • There will be 40 questions from this section.
  • All the questions will be of matriculation level.
  • This section in Karnataka MAT Exam tests candidate’s speed and accuracy with the numbers, ability to do numerical calculations, analyze arithmetic problems involving ratio & proportion, percentage, interest, time & speed etc.
  • It is a scoring section and the questions are particularly designed to test the candidate’s ability to apply mathematical principles to solve real-time problems.
  • The difficulty level of the section is of 10+2 level.
KMAT Karnataka Syllabus for Quantitative Ability
Data interpretationProblem-solving
Data sufficiencyArithmetic
GeometryModern Mathematics
Number systemsAlgebra

2D and 3D geometry and Statistic

Some of the key topics in this section to be covered by the candidates are described below.

  • Arithmetic - Number System, HCF, LCM, Ratio & Proportion, Simplification, Percentage, Average, Age Calculation, Time & Work, Distances, etc.
  • Algebra - Theory of Equations, Quadratic Equation, Permutation & Combination, Sequence & Series etc.
  • Mensuration - Areas and Volumes – Rectangles, Squares, Triangles, Circles, Cubes, Cones, Spheres, Pipes and Cistern, etc.
  • Calculus - Maxima and Minima, Function
  • Trigonometry - Trigonometric Ratios, Heights and Distances, etc.
  • Geometry - Angles, Lines, Triangles, Circles, etc.
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KMAT Recommended Books for Quantitative Ability

KMAT Preparation Books (Quantitative Ability)
Book NameAuthor/ Publisher
Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation for CATNishit Sinha
Quantitative Aptitude for All Competitive ExaminationsAbhijit Guha
Quantitative Aptitude For CAT And Other MBA Entrance ExaminationsTIME

KMAT Syllabus: Logical Reasoning (LR)

This section assesses a candidate’s ability to analyze basic logical questions which require a reasoning aptitude to understand and solve.

  • It is particularly designed to measure the ability to draw logical conclusions based on arguments or statements and to identify the strengths and weaknesses of those arguments.
  • It usually consists of abstract, diagrammatic or inductive reasoning questions.
  • The shape sequences and logical patterns are used to test the mental ability of the candidate.

Important Topics for Logical Skills Section

KMAT Karnataka Syllabus for Logical Skills
Family treeMulti-dimensional arrangements
Numeric gridCoding and series
SyllogismsStrong arguments and weak arguments
Venn DiagramStatement-conclusion
PuzzlesData arrangement
AssumptionsClocks and calendars

This section not only consists of questions pertaining to the Logical Reasoning but also from Data Interpretation. It is a major topic which tests the ability of the candidate to interpret the given data in the form of graphs and tables etc. The major KMAT  question topics for Data Interpretation is as follows:

  • Bar Graph
  • Line Graph
  • Pie Chart
  • Tables
  • Caselets
  • Combination of Graphs
  • Data Sufficiency etc.
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KMAT Recommended Books for Logical Reasoning

KMAT LR books
Book NameAuthor/ Publisher
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CATNishit K. Sinha
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CATArun Sharma
A Modern Approach to Logical ReasoningR.S. Aggarwal
KMAT Sample Papers, KMAT Question Papers

KMAT Syllabus: General Knowledge

It is important for candidates to keep a regular track of the latest happenings around the world. They should have a habit of reading newspapers, business journals, and magazines regularly to gain a stronghold over this subject.

  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Business
  • Sports
  • Social Developments
  • Current Affairs of National and International Economy
  • Personalities in News
  • Sports News
  • Trade Awareness
  • Culture

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KMAT Syllabus FAQs

Ques: How many questions will be asked from the Quantitative Ability (QA) section?

Ans: 40 questions will be asked from the Quantitative Ability (QA) section.

Ques: How many sections are available in KMAT exam?

Ans: KMAT exam consists of four section:

  • Verbal & Reading Comprehension
  • Quantitative Ability
  • General Awareness
  • Logical Reasoning

Ques: Give some Preparation Tips for Quantitative Ability section?

Ans: Go through the following link to check preparation tips for Quantitative Ability section: Click here

Ques: Name some important books for the preparation of Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension section?

Ans: Following are some important books:

  1. The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning by Nishit K. Sinha
  2. High School English Grammar and Composition Key by Wren and Martin

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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