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MAT 2021 Intelligence & Critical Reasoning Pattern and Syllabus

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MAT 2021 Intelligence & Critical Reasoning is one of the five sections of the MAT 2021 syllabus, Indian and Global Environment, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, and Language Comprehension. Management Aptitude Test offers admission to nearly 150+ colleges all over india. MAT 2021 Intelligence and Critical Reasoning mainly consists of topics that test the candidates Reasoning Skills.

MAT 2021 Intelligence and Critical Reasoning Highlights: 

  • MAT 2021 Intelligence & Critical Reasoning Section will consist of 40 questions. 
  • Each correct answer in the Intelligence & Critical Reasoning section will award 1 mark, and each wrong answer will cost you 1/4th marks
  • MAT 2021 paper will be of 200 marks and each question will be objective

Exam Pattern 2021

MAT 2021 Intelligence & Critical Reasoning Exam Pattern

MAT 2021 Intelligence & Critical Reasoning section, despite being difficult to attempt, can easily be cleared if the candidates have started preparing in advance. To start the preparation, it is absolutely crucial to start by becoming thorough with the Intelligence & Critical Reasoning Exam Pattern so that the strategy can be prepared. Here is the detailed Exam Pattern: 

MAT 2021 Intelligence & Critical Reasoning Exam Pattern
Marks Allotted 40
Number of questions 40
Marks Awarded +1
Negative Marking -0.25
Time Suggested 30 minutes
MAT Total Marks 200
MAT Total Duration 150 minutes

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Syllabus 2021

MAT 2021 Intelligence & Critical Reasoning Syllabus

MAT 2021 Intelligence & Critical Reasoning does not require rote learning or application of the candidates ability to memorize. It tests the practical knowledge, application of skills and the mental faculty of the candidate, so last moment preparation would not work out for most candidates. To start preparing, candidates have to start by going through the Intelligence & Critical Reasoning Syllabus and start preparing for each topic. 

No. of Questions 40
Sectional weightage in MAT Syllabus 20%
Type of Questions MCQs based

Important Topics

MAT Intelligence and Critical Reasoning Important Topics
Fact-Inference-Judgement  Passage Conclusion Clocks 
Calendars  Statement-Argument  Analogy 
Blood Relations / Family Tree Logical Sequence  Assumption 
Premise  Conclusion  Seating Arrangement 
Linear and Matrix Arrangement  Team Formation  Input-Output 
Series  Syllogism  Cubes 
Rows  Set theory, Venn Diagrams, and Network Diagrams  Puzzles 
Logical Reasoning based on Rankings  Critical Reasoning  Quantitative Reasoning 
Direction sense Decision Making -

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Preparation Books 2021

MAT 2021 Exam Preparation Books – Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

Name of Book Publisher/Author
Analytical and Logical Reasoning Peeyush Bharadwaj
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT Nishit Sinha
A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning  RS Agarwal
Shortcuts in Reasoning (Verbal, Non-Verbal, Analytical & Critical) for Competitive Exams Disha Experts
A New Approach to REASONING Verbal & Non-Verbal B.S. Sijwali and Indu Sijwali
General Intelligence and Critical Reasoning for MAT/ CMAT/ MHCET/ NMAT Exams Disha Experts
How to Crack Test Of Reasoning- REVISED EDITION Jaikishan and Premkishan

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Sample Papers 2021

MAT Intelligence & Critical Reasoning Sample Papers

Topic Name Reference Links
Sample Paper I Click Here
Sample Paper II Click Here
Sample Paper III Click Here
Sample Paper IV Click Here
Sample Paper V Click Here
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Frequently Asked Questions

MAT Intelligence & Critical Reasoning FAQs

Ques. How to improve in MAT 2021 Intelligence & Critical Reasoning? 

Ans. To improve in the MAT 2021 Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, every candidate has to start by practising sample questions for each subtopic. Learn the methods to solve the questions properly and make sure that you understand the core concepts and then move on to the next topic. Once every topic is covered, start practising the topics that you had difficulty solving. Prioritize these harder to solve topics while preparing, and solve them towards the end. Start with the easier questions, as they are quick to solve and do not require as much time. 

Ques. I have never attempted a management exam before. What are the things I should keep in mind while preparing? 

Ans. As someone who has never attempted an Intelligence & Critical Reasoning paper before, you need to clear your basics and learn the method to solve each type of question before moving forward. Practice doing solved examples first, and solving these would give you some confidence. Once you are good at solving and can solve the questions quickly, start solving sample papers and previous years question papers for MAT 

Ques. Which are the most important topics for MAT 2021 Intelligence & Critical Reasoning? 

Ans. The most important topics for the MAT Intelligence & Critical Reasoning section are Family Relation, Statements-Cause & Effect, Statement –Assumptions, Reasons, analogies, direction, series, Incorrect Terms. They are repeatedly asked in the exam, and are generally solved in a short time span. 

Ques. How much time is required for preparing for MAT Intelligence and Critical Reasoning? 

Ans. For MAT Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, candidates have to give at least 1.5 hours a day for thorough preparation until the time of exam. If this is your weakest section, give more time to it and prioritise preparation for MAT IC. 

Ques. What is the fastest way to prepare for MAT Intelligence and Critical Reasoning? 

Ans. The Fastest Way to prepare for MAT IC is to practise using sample papers of MAT and the previous years question papers. By practising these, you can easily understand what kind of questions are asked in the paper and you will have a good idea of what to expect. 

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Ques. What is the mat cut off for BIMTECH Noida?

● Top Answer By Keshav Jindal on 19 Feb 21

Ans. The cutoff for the MAT exam changes every year because it varies due to different factors like the number of aspirants applying for the exam, the number of students who managed to score above the cut-off marks. If you manage to pass the exam with a good score then you can get a seat. However, 10% of the seats are reserved for NRI or International students and 5% seats are reserved for Economically and Socially Challenged students.  Required Cutoff: By appearing for the MAT exam you can only take admission in Insurance Business Management or Retail Management courses and the score should be 70 percentile or above. This is not an exact figure and can change depending on various factors. So for more detailed information you can refer to the college website or contact them in person. If you wish to take admission in other courses like PGDM core, PGDM (International Business), PGDM (Marketing), PGDM (IBM) then you should appear for CAT/GMAT/XAT/CMAT exams. Good Luck with the exam.Read more
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Ques. What are the best colleges accepting MAT scores?

● Top Answer By Pranjal Singhal on 16 Feb 21

Ans. There are more than 1395 top B-schools in India that accept MAT scores. These colleges are known to have a decent academic and global exposure. Also recruiting companies participating in their placement programs offer generous salary packages to its students. A cooperative faculty and ROI also determines a good MBA college.  Here are some of the best colleges accepting MAT scores including their location, course fees and cut-offs. Institution Location Fees MAT Cut-off Christ University Bengaluru INR 7,97,000 Percentile 80-85 Alliance School of Business, Alliance University Bangalore INR 9,00,000 100 Amity Business School Noida INR 7,67,000 500 KIIT School of Management Bhubaneswar INR 13,60,000 600 International School of Business & Media  Pune INR 5,90,000  Percentile 80% Universal Business School Mumbai INR 8,28,000 Percentile 70% Institute of Technology & Management Navi Mumbai INR 10,45,000 Percentile 80% University of Petroleum & Energy Studies Dehradun INR 13,35,000 140 Amrita School of Business Coimbatore INR 10,60,000 Percentile 40% Indus Business School  Pune INR 3,20,000 60 % Indus Business Academy  Bengaluru INR 6,14,000 80% Jaipuria Institute of Management  Noida 6,50,000 600 International School of Management Excellence Bangalore INR 9,00,000 70% Balaji Institute of Modern Management Pune INR 8,45,000 600 Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship Bangalore INR 10,00,000 700 Institute of Finance and International Management (IFIM) Bangalore INR 12,00,000 85% Institute of Public Enterprise  Hyderabad INR 5,00,000 80% Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies (KIAMS) Pune 10.75 Lakh 60 Unitedworld School of Business Ahmedabad INR 6,50,000 450 However, there are many more colleges in India that accept MAT scores. But these are some top colleges among them.Read more
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Ques. Which is the best B school to get in using a CMAT/MAT score?

● Top Answer By Nikkil Visha on 02 Feb 21

Ans. CMAT, commonly known as the Common Management Aptitude Test, is a computer-based entrance exam conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for admission to MBA/PGDM courses in over 1000 B-schools across India. The duration of the exam is three hours with the question paper consisting of 100 questions from Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, and General Awareness. You can refer to the table given below for the cutoffs released by various B schools, analyzed as per the previous year's trends. These colleges have been recommended by our mentor from Erudite Institute. Listed below are the names of the colleges and their cut offs:  Name of the College Cutoff JBIMS, Mumbai 99.99 %ile Sydenham(SIMREE), Mumbai  99.92%ile SIES Mumbai 99.8%ile MET, Mumbai 98%ile KJ Somaiya, Mumbai 97%ile Goa Institute of Management Great Lakes Institute of Management PUMBA, Pune Indira Institute of Management, Pune 95%ile  IPE Hyderabad IFMR, Chennai 90%ile  NIBM, Pune Welingkar Institute, Mumbai N.L Dalmia Institute, Mumbai 85%ile XISS Ranchi HR IMT Navi Mumbai ISME, Mumbai 80%ile  Welingkar Institute, Bangalore Soil Institute of Management NIA Pune 75%ile  ADANI Institute of Infrastructure Management 70%ile These colleges may not be Tier 1 institutions but are good B Schools that admit students on the basis of their CMAT scores. These management institutes conduct group discussions and personal interviews to select candidates for MBA/PGDM programs post declaration of CMAT exam results. The admission process of each institute is independent and according to their academic cycle.Read more
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Ques. What is the order of difficulty mode of entrances exam among these CAT, MAT, XAT, CMAT, ATMA and other exams conducted by deemed universities?

● Top Answer By Sahil Sachdeva on 18 Jan 21

Ans. The order of difficulty is definitely related to various factors but the prominent ones are candidates appearing & its composition. Keeping these in mind; the list is as follows: Common Aptitude Test(CAT) The exam is conducted by IIMs and accepted by most of the management institutes across the country.  The test duration is around 3 hours and comprises 100 questions.  A nice level of preparation is required to crack it as colleges look up to candidates holding more than 90 percentile. Xavier’s Aptitude Test (XAT) This examination is organised by Xavier Institute Of Management situated in Jamshedpur.  It also qualifies as a prominent score for management courses across various colleges.  The paper has sections similar to CAT but reasoning and general knowledge are the cracking points in the paper. Common Management Aptitude Test (CMAT) It is conducted by All India Council Of Technical Education(AICTE) having a moderate level of difficulty.  It takes general knowledge scores into consideration.  It is a 3 hour exam with 100 questions. Management Aptitude Test (MAT) This examination is conducted 4 times a year in February, May, September and December by All India Management Association (AIMA).  It is the easiest of all management exams and is accepted by 55-60% colleges across the country.  It is a 2.5 hour paper including 200 questions.  The percentile awarded is not inclusive of general knowledge score. The details regarding exams can be summed up in the table as follows: PAPER Number of questions Time duration (hours) Number of times paper conducted CAT 100 3 Once in a year (29 November 2020) XAT 100; 2 parts 3 Once in a year ( 3 January 2021) CMAT 100 3 Once in a year ( January 2021 ; registration open) MAT 200 2.5 4 times a year (February, May, September and December) The other prominent exams that are institute specific are : NMAT- Narsee Monjee Institute Of Management Studies -Management Aptitude Test SNAP- Symbiosis College – Symbiosis National Aptitude Test IIFT- Indian Institute Of Foreign Trade The aforesaid examinations are followed by GD/PI with a comprehensive evaluation of the entire academic cycle of candidate. Mere qualification of percentile is not a sure shot entry to top institutes.Read more
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