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MAT 2021 Language Comprehension Pattern and Syllabus

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MAT 2021 Language Comprehension is one of the five sections of the MAT 2021 syllabus, Indian and Global Environment, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, and Intelligence & Critical Reasoning. Management Aptitude Test offers admission to nearly 150+ colleges all over india, and acing the Language Comprehension Section of MAT 2021 will ensure a seat in your preferred colleges. Check MAT Syllabus

MAT 2021 Language Comprehension Highlights

  • MAT 2021 Language Comprehension Section will consist of 40 questions. 
  • Each correct answer in the Language Comprehension 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

MAT Language Comprehension Exam Pattern

MAT 2021 Language Comprehension Exam Pattern

MAT 2021 Language Comprehension is one of the most scoring sections of the paper, so it is advised that each candidate go through the Exam Pattern thoroughly before making a MAT preparation strategy. 

MAT 2021 Language Comprehension 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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MAT Language Comprehension Syllabus

MAT 2021 Language Comprehension Syllabus

MAT 2021 Language Comprehension Syllabus is a crucial part of preparation, and candidates should weigh each topic carefully to prepare in the best way for MAT 2021. MAT 2021 Language Comprehension Syllabus primarily tests the candidates language comprehension, verbal ability and aptitude in English. MAT 2021 Language Comprehension is in two parts, Reading Comprehension and verbal ability. Here is the detailed syllabus: 

Part 1 : Syllabus for Reading Comprehension

Number of Questions 20
Sectional weightage in MAT Syllabus 50%
Type of passages 4 short passages of moderate difficulty level
Type of Questions MCQs based
Format of Questions Questions based on information given in the passages, Antonyms /Synonyms of words, True/False statements in context to the passage

Since the passages can be opinion based, they make the candidate put themselves in the author’s shoes.There can be passages like-

    • Business and Economics Passages - This may include topics like Impact of Demonetization in India, Global economic changes, Economic development at the cost of environment, Government expenditures, etc.
    • Passages from English Literature books - This may include the articles by great authors, philosophers, thinkers like passages from Aristotle, Martin Luther King, Charles Dickens, Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi, etc.
    • Passages on Science & Culture - This may include topics like Fading culture with the advancement of technology, Modern world, etc.
  • Passages on Abstract topics and fiction
  • Passages on Historical events - This will include topics like French Revolution, Social changes in Indian history, War of the Roses, etc.
  • Passages from Mythology- These passages will correlate the Mythological events with current social structure.

Part 2 : Syllabus for Verbal Ability

Number of Questions 20
Sectional weightage in MAT Syllabus 50%
Type of Questions MCQs based
Important Topics
  • Jumbled Paragraphs 
  • Error Correction of Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Verb and other parts of speech in sentences.
  • Correcting the sequence of the sentences in paragraph e.g. correct use of conditional sentence, time clauses, reported speech, active & passive writing.
  • Fill in the blanks
  • One word substitution
  • Idioms/Phrases
  • Antonyms and Synonyms

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MAT LC Preparation Books

MAT 2021 Exam Preparation Books – Language Comprehension

Name of Book Publisher/Author
Verbal Ability & Comprehension for Management Entrance Bharat Patodi and Aditya Choudhary 
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT Pearson
CAT Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Career Launcher
Mastering for Verbal Ability for CAT Arihant Publication
How to prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT McGraw Hill

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MAT LC Sample Papers

MAT Language Comprehension Sample Papers

Topic Name Reference Links
MAT Language Comprehension I Click Here
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
Sample Paper VI Click Here

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MAT Language Comprehension FAQs

MAT Language Comprehension FAQs

Ques. How to improve in MAT 2021 Language Comprehension? 

Ans. To improve in the MAT 2021 Language Comprehension, candidates have to improve their language skills and work on their verbal ability. One of the best advice is to take up reading as a daily hobby and have a good recollection of various important things that happen. Read the editorial section of the newspapers that you are reading. Working on the Language Comprehension section will not only be beneficial for the exam but in general it is very useful to be fluent in english. 

Ques. My English is very weak. Can I score good marks in MAT 2021 Language Comprehension? 

Ans. Yes, with ample practise and some hard work every candidate can score excellent marks in MAT 2021 Language Comprehension easily. The first thing to keep in mind is to work on the basics first, and go back to high schools textbooks. Make sure you have a clear understanding of the basics of tenses, prepositions, adverbs, pronouns etc. Reading daily and improving vocabulary is also immensely helpful.

Ques. How to perform better at MAT Reading Comprehension Questions? 

Ans. The MAT Reading Comprehension section is a very important section as it can have several factual questions that are easy to understand and quick to solve if you read the passage properly. Practise Deep Reading and make sure you have a good understanding of the questions. Read questions before attempting the passage. 

Ques. How much time is required for preparing for MAT Language Comprehension? 

Ans. For MAT Language Comprehension, candidates have to give at least 1 hour 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 LC. 

Ques. What is the fastest way to prepare for MAT Language Comprehension? 

Ans. The Fastest Way to prepare for MAT LC 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. 

MAT 2021 : 3 answered questions


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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