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MAT 2021 Mathematical Skills Pattern and Syllabus

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MAT 2021 Mathematical Skills is one of the five sections of the MAT 2021 syllabus, Indian and Global Environment, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Language Comprehension, and Intelligence & Critical Reasoning. Management Aptitude Test offers admission to nearly 150+ colleges all over india. MAT Mathematical Skills section is one of the most time consuming sections of MAT, so it is advised that every candidate should go through the syllabus properly.

MAT 2021 Mathematical Skills Highlights: 

  • MAT 2021 Mathematical Skills Section will consist of 40 questions. 
  • Each correct answer in the Mathematical Skills 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 2021 Mathematical Skills Exam Pattern

MAT 2021 Mathematical Skills Exam Pattern

MAT 2021 Mathematical Skills is one of the most difficult parts of the paper, and hence it is much more time consuming than the other papers so it is recommended that every candidate should prioritise the MAT MS and prepare accordingly. 

MAT 2021 Mathematical Skills Exam Pattern
Marks Allotted 40
Number of questions 40
Marks Awarded +1
Negative Marking -0.25
Time Suggested 40 minutes
MAT Total Marks 200
MAT Total Duration 150 minutes

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MAT 2021 Mathematical Skills Syllabus

MAT 2021 Mathematical Skills Syllabus

MAT 2021 Mathematical Skills Syllabus is the first step towards the preparation process, as every candidate has to be thorough with this aspect before creating a preparation strategy. MAT 2021 Mathematical Skills Syllabus primarily tests the candidates Mathematical ability and calculation skills. Here is the detailed syllabus: 

Particular Details
No. of Questions 40
Sectional weightage in MAT Syllabus 20%
Sectional Weightage in Percentile Calculation 25%
Type of Questions MCQs based

MAT Mathematical Skills Important Topics

Topics covered under different segments of Mathematics are: 

MAT Mathematical Ability Important Topics
LCM and HCF Percentage Profit and Loss
Speed, Time and Work Number System Unitary Method
Simple Interest and Compound Interest Mixtures and Allegations Permutation and Combinations
Sequence and Series Height and Distance Commercial Maths
Elementary Mathematics In-equations and linear equations Averages
Triangles Circles Arithmetic Geometry
Linear and Quadratic Equation Complex Numbers Binomial Theorem
Surds and Indices Inequalities Set Theory
Coordinate Geometry Trigonometry Linear Programming
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MAT Mathematical Skills Books/h2>

MAT 2021 Exam Preparation Books – Mathematical Skills

Name of Book Publisher/Author
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams RS Aggarwal
Speed Mathematics: Do it Quick, Do it Right Rajesh Kumar Thakur C
Magical Book on Quicker Maths M. Tyra
Quantitative ability Arun Sharma
Mat 23 Years Topic-Wise Solved Papers (1997-2019) Agarwal Deepak
For Competitive Exams Vedic Mathematics Made Easy Dr Shastri Ramnandan
Weapons of Math Destruction O'Neil Cathy

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MAT MS Sample Papers

MAT MS Sample Papers

Topic Name Reference Links
MAT Mathematical Skills 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 Mathematical Skills FAQs

MAT Mathematical Skills Syllabus 2021 FAQs

Ques. How to improve in MAT 2021 Mathematical Skills? 

Ans. To improve in the MAT Mathematical Skills, you need to first clear all the basics of mathematics first. If you lack understanding of the core concepts of Mathematics, ask for help from a tutor or search for adequate study material for Mathematical Skills on YouTube. You can find plenty of excellent resources for learning Mathematical Skills online, and very detailed explanations for every important topic so preparing for Mathematical Skills will not be as difficult as you might think. 

Ques. My Maths is very weak. Can I score good marks in MAT 2021 Mathematical Skills? 

Ans. Yes, with ample dedication, practise and hard work every candidate can score excellent marks in MAT 2021 Mathematical Skills easily. The most important step in this aspect is to clear all the core concepts of mathematics, and do not be afraid to go back to high school books. Refer to the NCERT Mathematics textbooks for the basics, as it has both solved examples and unsolved questions. Once the basics are clear you can easily move on to much more complex questions. Another thing is to work on the calculation speed. If Possible learn to do mental maths and be fluent in it. 

Ques. How to perform better at MAT Mathematical Skills as an Arts student? 

Ans. If you were an arts student, you might have to start from scratch and work towards building an understanding of all the core concepts of MAT Mathematical Skills. Refer to several books and it is highly recommended that you should get a good tutor for Mathematical Skills as they will be able to guide you clearly on what areas you need to start with and prioritise while also teaching you the core concepts.

Ques. How much time is required for preparing for MAT Mathematical Skills? 

Ans. For MAT Mathematical Skills, candidates have to give at least 2-3 hours every 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 MS, and focus more on this section. . 

Ques. What is the fastest way to prepare for MAT Mathematical Skills?

Ans. The Fastest Way to prepare for MAT MS 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 : 4 answered questions


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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