KMAT 2021 Syllabus, Important Topics, Section Wise Weightage, Best Books

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    KMAT 2021 Syllabus is released by the KPPGCA each year. The questions are also modeled on the syllabi of top MBA entrance exams in the country such as CAT and XAT. Questions in the paper are framed from Verbal & Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Ability, General Awareness and Logical Reasoning. Download FreeKMAT 2021 Question Papers

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    • KMAT 2021 is an online based test, rescheduled on 1st week of August, 2021.
    • The test is of two hours in total. All questions will be objective in nature with no negative marking.
    • This management exam is a speed driven exam based on a 10+2 level curriculum.
    • Candidates should be thorough with various concepts of Verbal, Quant, Data Interpretation and Reasoning. Check KMAT 2021 Exam Pattern

    KMAT 2021 Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Syllabus

    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, vocabulary, 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.
    • Abstract and logical reasoning measure how fast candidates can think.

    Important Topics for Language Skills Section

    KMAT Karnataka Syllabus for VARC
    Language usage and their rulesPara Jumble
    Syntax and correct grammarVocabulary
    Critical ReasoningIdioms
    Reading comprehensionAntonyms 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 ExaminationsTIME
    High School English Grammar and Composition KeyWren and Martin
    The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical ReasoningNishit K. Sinha
    How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CATArun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay

    KMAT Syllabus 2021 for 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 inKarnataka MAT 2021 Examtests 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.
    • This section also tests a candidate’s power of quantitative reasoning, ability to interpret tables, and common graphs.

    KMAT Karnataka Syllabus for Quantitative Ability

    Data interpretationProblem-solving
    Data sufficiencyArithmetic (ratio & proportion, percentage, interest, time & speed etc)
    GeometryModern Mathematics
    Number systemsAlgebra
    2D and 3D geometry and Statistics such as Pie chart, Bar graph.

    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 2021 for Logical Reasoning (LR)

    This section assesses a candidate’s ability to analyze basic logical questions which require a reasoning aptitude to understand and solve. Some highlights of KMAT Syllabus Karnataka for Logical Reasoning:

    • 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 syllabus/topics for Data Interpretation is as follows:

    • Bar Graph
    • Line Graph
    • Pie Chart
    • Tables
    • Caselets
    • Combination of Graphs
    • Data Sufficiency 
    • Coding-Decoding
    • Arrangements
    • Direction Sense
    • Blood Relations,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 Syllabus 2021 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. KMAT Syllabus for GK includes:

    • 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 2021 FAQs

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

    Ans. The KMAT consists of 120 questions and the paper is roughly divided into three sections; thus it is expected to get 40 questions from the Quantitative Ability section.

    Ques. How many sections are available in KMAT?

    Ans. KMAT is roughly divided into 3 sections: Language, Quantitative Ability and Logical reasoning.

    Ques. Give some Preparation Tips for the Quantitative Ability section?


    • The candidate should go through the syllabus.
    • Follow standard books and practice questions daily.
    • Work on improving the concepts rather than just solving questions.
    • Improve calculations and try to achieve maximum accuracy.
    • Practising mock tests in a time frame.

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


    • Ability and reading comprehensions for CAT and other MBA entrance examinations - TIME
    • High School English Grammar, comprehension reading and key - Wren and Martin
    • The personal guide to verbal ability and logical reasoning - Nishit K. Sinha

    *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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