MAT 2020 Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Marking Scheme & Question Paper

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    MAT Exam Pattern is prescribed by AIMA and no changes are introduced for the 2020 session. The exam will be having five sections: Indian and Global Environment, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning. A total of 200 questions are to be attempted over 150 minutes with each section having 40 questions. The score of Indian & Global Environment will not be considered while forming the merit list. 

    Latest Update: MAT IBT Mode Registration for September session has started, last date to register for phase 1 is August 23, 2020. Apply now

    • Exam Pattern and syllabus for MAT IBT Mode is the same the only change candiates have to face is the manner in which exam is taken. They will be requiring a computer system with webcam and internet facilities to take the test.
    • Candidates can get acquianted with IBT mode pattern by appearing for official mock test provided by AIMA. Check Detailed MAT Syllabus
    • Keeping exam pattern in mind is essential to devise a clear cut preparation startegy. As AIMA has also postponed the May session exam by about a month, candidates have extra time in their kitty to cover up their left over syllabus and ace the exam. 

    Table of Contents

    Data Analysis & Sufficiency

    Language Comprehension

    Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

    Mathematical Skills

    Indian and Global Environment

    MAT Exam Pattern FAQs

    Highlights of MAT 2020 Exam Pattern

    Mode of examinationOffline and Online
    Number of sections 
    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

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    MAT Exam Pattern: Section-wise

    All the sections hold equal weightage in the MAT Exam Pattern. Candidates can also switch between sections as per their own convenience. Time management is a necessary element for scoring high in a MAT exam:

    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

    MAT Exam Pattern: Data Analysis & Sufficiency

    • The data analysis and sufficiency section judge a candidate on his critical thinking.
    • This section carries 40 questions that require intense calculation.
    • The ideal time as per the latest MAT Exam Pattern is 35 minutes.

    Read  MAT Preparation Tips for Data Analysis and Sufficiency

    MAT Syllabus for Data Analysis and Sufficiency

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    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

    Check  How to Crack MAT 2019 without Coaching?

    MAT Exam Pattern 2020: Language Comprehension

    • The Language Comprehension section in MAT Exam Pattern 2020 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 devote a maximum of 30 minutes to this section.

    MAT Syllabus for Language Comprehension

    Following are the type of questions that a candidate faces in MAT Exam–

    MAT Syllabus for Language Comprehension
    Verbal ReasoningUsing the same word with a 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 Exam Pattern: Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

    • The Intelligence & Critical Reasoning paper in MAT Exam Pattern 2020 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 attempting this section is 30 minutes.

    MAT Syllabus for Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

    The following are the types of question that a candidate might 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 Exam Pattern: Mathematical Skills

    • The Mathematical Skills paper tests a candidate’s oral calculation skills.
    • As per latest MAT Exam Pattern section has 40 questions.
    • Maximum time to be invested in the section should be 40 minutes.

    MAT Syllabus for Mathematical Skills

    Following are the types of questions that a candidate faces in MAT 2020 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 Exam Pattern: Indian and Global Environment

    • The Indian and Global Environment section in MAT 2020 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 topics on which a candidate faces questions:

    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 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.

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    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 2019 exam will be conducted in all the cities of our country. Candidates can choose the area which is nearby to their places. Candidates can also choose the center, 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 center. 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 2020 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 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, September, September, and December.

    Question: I got 50% of the 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 2020 exam will be having 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 in 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 2020 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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    Shreya Sarkar

    What is the exam pattern of MAT 2021?

    01 Oct, 2020 21:49

    Hi Shreya, For more information on MAT 2021 Exam Pattern, please refer to the following link, MAT 2021 Exam Pattern.

    01 Oct, 2020 22:23
    Dhruv Barad

    sir/ma' am what is cut-off of MAT ,for Gujarat maritime university (GMU)-Gandhinagar

    23 Sep, 2020 19:27

    Hello Dhruv, greetings from Collegedunia. Click here for the expected cut-offs fro MAT this year.

    01 Oct, 2020 01:32

    Is the MAT IBT exam pattern different from MAT PBT and CBT?

    21 Sep, 2020 11:32

    Hi Bhumika, 

    Yes, the MAT iBT pattern is different than the MAT pBT and cBT. 

    06 Oct, 2020 22:48
    Vikram Dewan

    Can we switch between the sections during the MAT exam?

    21 Sep, 2020 10:32

    Hello Vikram, Greetings from Collegedunia. Yes, you are allowed to switch between the sections during the exam.

    02 Oct, 2020 00:43

    How many questions will be from the reading comprehension section?

    14 Sep, 2020 16:44

    Hi Riyaz, The Language Comprehension section in MAT Exam Pattern 2020 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.

    15 Sep, 2020 01:13
    Nikhil kumar

    While preparing for MAT exam on which subject/topic should I focus more..?

    27 Mar, 2020 15:14
    Shruti sharma

    I'm at last year of my graduation this year.can I apply in mat December 2019?

    19 Oct, 2019 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Shruti, yes, you can apply for MAT exam as those candidates who are in final year of their graduation can apply. However, you may check other Eligibility Criteria for the exam from here.

    13 Nov, 2019 15:07
    Deboleena Ganguly

    What is the procedure for applying in colleges for MBA? How will I know when to apply and do I need to sit for MAT exam before applying for the course?

    27 Jan, 2019 00:20

    Hi Deboleena, 

    You will be guided with the procedure for applying in colleges along with the application dates, procedures and requirements for MBA once you visit the official websites of the colleges. And yes, you need to sit for the MAT exam to get into MBA. 

    07 Oct, 2020 22:40

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