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MAT Exam Pattern 2018 -Total Marks, Syllabus, Question Paper

Updated On - June 22nd 2018 by SOUMYA SEHGAL

MAT Exam Pattern 2018- No change in the paper pattern of MAT 2018 has been announced by All India Management Association (AIMA). The exam will have 200 objective type questions from Data Analysis & Sufficiency, Language Comprehension, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, Mathematical Skills and Indian & Global Environment.

MAT exam is conducted four times a year (February, May, September, and December). The next session is scheduled for September 2 (offline) and September 16(online). 

MAT 2018- Latest Update

  1. AIMA has now allowed the MAT test takers to appear in both – paper-based and computer-based exams, with an additional payment of INR 1100 as application fee. Apply now
  2. An exclusive MAT 2018 Mock Test has been created for your use. Check Here
  3. The score of Indian & Global Environment will not be considered while forming the merit list.
  4. Sectional time-limit exists but candidates can move between different sections.

Highlights of MAT Exam Pattern

Mode of examinationOffline and Online
Number of sections 5
Number of questions 200
Total marks200
Type of questionsObjective
Language of examEnglish
Duration of exam150 minutes
MAT Marking Scheme+1 for correct answer
Negative Marking-0.25 for incorrect answer

MAT Section-wise Exam Pattern

mat exam pattern

SectionNumber of QuestionsTime Suggested (In Minutes)Marks Allotted
Language Comprehension403040
Mathematical Skills404040
Data Analysis & Sufficiency403540
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning403040
Indian and Global Environment401540

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MAT Exam Pattern 2018 for Data Analysis & Sufficiency

  • The data analysis and sufficiency section judges a candidate on his critical thinking.
  • This section carries 40 questions that require intense calculation.
  • The amount of time advised spending on this section is 35 minutes.

Read  MAT Preparation Tips for Data Analysis and Sufficiency

MAT Syllabus for Data Analysis and Sufficiency

MAT Syllabus for Data Analysis and Sufficiency
Column GraphsBar Graphs
Line chartsPie Chart
Graphs representing AreaVenn diagram

MAT Preparation Books for Data Analysis and Sufficiency

MAT Data Analysis Preparation Books

Book NamePublisher/ Writer
Accredited Guide to Data Interpretation and Data SufficiencyAnanta Ashisha
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for MATArun Sharma
Data Analysis & Interpretation Data SufficiencyThink Tank of Kiran Prakashan

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Rohit RanjanGrima lalBikramjit Das

MAT 2018 Paper Analysis (February)

In MAT 2018 (Feb Session), Data Interpretation dominated this section by covering 50% of the questions based on pie charts, bar diagrams, charts and line graph. In the following table, the level of difficulty of Data Analysis and Sufficiency section in MAT is mentioned: 

TopicsNo. of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Bar Graph + Pie Chart5Moderate to Difficult
Line graph5Easy to Moderate
Pie Charts5Moderate to Difficult
A set on Bar Graph5Easy
Venn diagram5Moderate to Difficult
Quantitative Comparison5Easy to Moderate
Data Sufficiency5Easy
Total40Moderately to Difficult

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MAT Exam Pattern 2018 for Language Comprehension

  • The Language Comprehension section in MAT 2018 will test a candidate on his comprehensive and reading skills.
  • It will include reading the given passage and answering questions related to the same.
  • This section has 40 questions
  • Candidates are advised to allot maximum 30 minutes to this section.

MAT Syllabus for Language Comprehension

The following are the types of question that a candidate may face in MAT Exam–

MAT Syllabus for Language Comprehension
Verbal ReasoningUsing the same word with different meaning
Contextual UsageOne-word substitution
Fill in the blanksOdd man out
Jumbled ParagraphsSentence Correction
Sentence CompletionForeign language words used in English

MAT Preparation Books for Language Comprehension

MAT language Preparation Books
Book NamePublisher/ Writer
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading ComprehensionArun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay
Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT COMMON ADMISSION TESTAjay Singh
CAT Verbal Ability & Reading ComprehensionGautam Puri

Read  How to ace language comprehension in MAT?

MAT 2018 Paper Analysis (February)

  • Most of the questions were asked from Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary. There were 5 reading comprehension passages. Each passage had 4 questions each.
  • In Vocabulary, there were 3 questions each on one-word substitution, Fill in the Blanks and Odd Word Out. There were 4 questions each on Summary and Para Jumbles.
  • In Grammar, there were 3 questions on Sentence Correction.
  • Overall, the section was of moderate level of difficulty but a bit lengthy. Given the number of reading comprehension passages, an attempt of 25-30 questions can be considered a good attempt.
SectionTotal QuestionLevel of Difficulty
Reading Comprehension20Moderate – Tough
Verbal logic8Moderate

MAT Exam Pattern 2018 for Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

  • The Intelligence & Critical Reasoning paper in MAT 2018 will test the logical and critical reasoning of all the candidates.
  • Apart from that, this section forces the candidate to exert their mental capabilities to the maximum and that is the challenging part.
  • This section has 40 questions. 
  • The maximum time suggested to attempt this section is 30 minutes.

MAT Syllabus for Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

The following are the types of question that a candidate may face in MAT:

MAT Syllabus for Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
Critical reasoningVisual reasoning
Assumption-Premise-ConclusionAssertion and reasons
Statements and assumptionsIdentifying valid inferences
Identifying argumentsStatements and conclusions
Cause and EffectIdentifying probably true probably false

MAT Preparation Books for Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

MAT Reasoning books
Book NamePublisher/ Writer
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CATArun Sharma
Analytical & Logical Reasoning For CAT & Other Management Entrance TestsPeeyush Bhardwaj
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CATNishit Sinha

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MAT 2018 Paper Analysis (February)

  • This section was dominated by Analytical Reasoning. There were around 30 questions based on it.
  • Verbal Reasoning comprised questions on Assertion and Reason, Statement Conclusion.
  • A student could have easily attempted over 25 questions in this section.
SectionTotal QuestionLevel of Difficulty
Assertion Reason5Easy
Blood Relations3Moderate
Analytical Reasoning15Moderate
Mathematical5Easy to moderate
Venn diagram2Easy to moderate
Miscellaneous puzzle3Easy to moderate

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MAT Exam Pattern 2018 for Mathematical Skills

  • The Mathematical Skills paper tests a candidate’s oral calculation skills.
  • This section has 40 questions.
  • Maximum time to be invested in the section should be 40 minutes.

MAT Syllabus for Mathematical Skills

The following are the types of question that a candidate may face in MAT Exam:

MAT Syllabus for Mathematical Skills
Ratios and ProportionPercentages
In-equations Quadratic and linear equationsAlgebra
Profit & LossAverages
Partnership (Accounts)Time-Speed-Distance
Work and timeNumber system
HCF & LCMGeometric Progression

Read MAT Preparation Tips for Mathematical Skills

MAT Preparation Books for Mathematical Skills

MAT Mathematics books
Book NamePublisher/ Writer
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CATSarvesh Verma
Quantitative Aptitude for the CATNishit Sinha Trishna
A Complete Manual for the CATKnowledge System

MAT 2018 Paper Analysis (February)

  • This was the most difficult section of MAT 2018 (February) and the questions were very time-consuming.
  • Arithmetic dominated the section with around 28 questions from Ratio, Profit & Loss, Averages, Time-Speed-Distance, Time & Work, Partnerships, and Percentages. There were a few questions on Probability and Mensuration too.
  • These questions were Moderate to difficult. Overall, an attempt of about 20 to 25 questions can be considered a good attempt for this section.
SectionTotal QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Arithmetic28Moderate to difficult
Geometry and Mensuration2Moderate
Number system4Easy
PnC & Probability4Moderate

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MAT Exam Pattern 2018 for Indian and Global Environment

  • The Indian and Global Environment section in MAT 2018 evaluates a candidate on his knowledge of current affairs and past events
  • There are 40 questions in this section from politics, history, science etc.
  • The suggested time to invest in the section is 15 minutes.

MAT Syllabus for Indian and Global Environment

The following are the types of question that a candidate may face in MAT 2018:

MAT Syllabus for Indian and Global Environment
Current AffairsBusiness
Punch line of companiesTop officials of big companies
Major corporate eventsFamous award and prizes
World RecordsBooks and authors
GeographyInternational organizations
Important quotationsSocial issues

Read MAT Preparation Tips for General Awareness section

MAT Preparation Books for Indian and Global Environment

MAT Indian and global environment books
Book NamePublisher/ Writer
Face To Face MAT With 19 Years (1997-2016)BS Sijwali
The Mega Yearbook 2016: Current Affairs & General Knowledge For Competitive ExamsDisha Experts
MAT 18 Years Topic-Wise Solved Papers (1997-2014)Disha Experts

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MAT 2018 Paper Analysis (February)

  • This section was dominated by questions from current GK. More than 25 questions were from important events, developments, sports tournaments, advertisements, etc.
  • Many questions from International Affairs and Business Awareness were also asked.
  • An attempt of around 15-17 questions can be considered a good attempt.

MAT Marking Scheme

  • Each candidate is awarded +1 mark for a correct response.
  • -0.25 marks are deducted for an incorrect response. 
  • Each section carries equal weightage of 40 marks.
  • The maximum marks which a candidate can score are 200 and the scaled score is given out of 800.

MAT Exam Pattern FAQs

Question: Is there any difference between paper based and computer based test?

Answer: The Paper-based test is generally offered in a single day for the candidates. MAT 2018 exam will be conducted in all cities of our country. Candidates can choose the area which is nearby to their places. Candidates can also choose the centre, day and time of his convenience to take an exam. Candidates have to bring Pen, Pencils, Eraser, and Sharper along with them whereas the OMR sheet and Question paper will be provided at the exam centre. Unlike paper-based, computer-based test means the candidate sits in front of the computer monitor and read the questions are presented on the monitor, and answers the questions, and submit the answers. Each computer will be connected to the servers which will help to show a question set and delivers to the candidates. Candidates should be good at operating computer, keyboard and mouse.

Question: What is the mode of MAT exam?

Answer: MAT 2018 will be conducted in two modes. Those are Computer-based Test and Paper based test. Candidates can choose any one of the modes which are easy mode for them.

Question: What should my exam strategy be to improve percentile scores?

Answer: Candidates have to prepare extensively within a time limit, try to get an adequate exposure to different models of questions, and analyze MAT mock papers.

Question: Is there any fixed syllabi for MAT exam?

Answer: No, there is no fixed syllabus in MAT exam. Candidates have to go through the analysis of the previous year papers. There are certain topics which will be asked in all the MAT exams which were mentioned above. Candidates should go through these topics to secure high marks in MAT exam.

Question: How many times is MAT conducted in a year?

Answer: MAT is conducted 4 times a year in the month of February, May, September, and December.

Question: I got 50% of marks in my Undergraduate degree examinations. Am I eligible for MAT exam?

Answer: Yes, you are eligible. Some colleges or schools have fewer cut-offs in graduation. You can select those colleges for their graduation.

Question: What are the major sections that will be asked in MAT exam?

Answer: MAT 2018 exam has 5 major sections such as Language comprehension, Mathematical skills, Data analysis and sufficiency, Indian and Global Environment, and Intelligence and critical reasoning. Based on these sections, questions will be asked.

Question: What is the basic qualification for applying MAT exam?

Answer: Candidates who have completed their bachelor degree in any stream or an equivalent degree from any recognized institute are eligible to apply for this MAT exam.

Question: Is MAT conducted all over the country? Can a foreign resident apply?

Answer: MAT exam will be conducted all major cities in India. A foreign candidate can choose to appear in any Indian exam centers or in Dubai or Singapore. 

Question: What is the validity of MAT score?

Answer: The validity of MAT score is 1 year.

Question: Is there any age limit for attending MAT exam?

Answer: No, there is no age limit for attending MAT exam.

Question: Is there any job experience required for attending MAT exam?

Answer: No job experience is required for taking MAT exam.

Question: I have a backlog in the final year of graduation. Can I appear for MAT 2018 exam?

Answer: Yes, candidates who have a backlog in their graduation can also attend MAT exam. However, they should clear all papers before final admission.

Question: Can I attempt the MAT exam twice in a year?

Answer: Yes, candidates can attend MAT twice in a year.

Question: Can I get my scorecard through post?

Answer: Every candidate is sent the MAT scorecard through post.

*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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