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MAT Preparation 2021: Study Plan, Section-wise Strategy, Timetable, Tips & Tricks, Topper Strategies, & Important Books

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Sachin Gupta

| Updated On - Jul 14, 2021

MAT Preparation 2021 should ideally start at least 2 to 3 months before the exam. MAT Preparation 2021 involves a thorough understanding of MAT Exam Pattern & Syllabus and an analysis of the previous year’s questions and difficulty level. Candidates need a strategically devised plan to cover the entire syllabus for MAT Preparation 2021. Syllabus for MAT 2021 exam includes 5 sections carrying an equal weightage of 40 marks, viz. Mathematical Skills, Language Comprehension, Data Analysis & Interpretation, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, and Indian & Global Environment. Check MAT Syllabus

Candidates are often in a dilemma regarding which section to prioritize during MAT Preparation. As per past trends, MAT mathematical skills section is the toughest and requires maximum time for preparation, whereas questions asked in MAT Language Comprehension are easier and it takes minimal time to prepare as there are no complex concepts asked in this section. Check MAT Paper Analysis.

MAT Latest Updates:

  • July 10: Previous Year MAT Question Paper PDFs are available for free download. Check here
  • July 6: MAT 2021 August/ September session dates for IBT, PBT, and CBT modes have been announced by AIMA. Check here
  • July 1: Last Minute Preparation Tips to Crack MAT 2021 exam. Check here
  • June 30: MAT Cut Off ranges from 70-75 for major colleges, with better colleges having even higher cut offs. Check here
MAT General Preparation Tips

MAT General Preparation Tips

  • If you find it hard to concentrate and study for long periods of time, try using the Pomodoro Method of study. Keep a timer for 25 minutes (which is one ‘Pomodoro’) and study without interruption and then take a short 5-minute break. Rinse and Repeat.
  • Solve a mock test every 4 days. It is okay if you get a low score the first few times. Eventually, your performance will improve and you will get better scores.
  • Consistency is the key to success, and having a fixed schedule is very important for MAT Preparation 2021. 
  • Start reading during your breaks; read some good novels from your preferred genres note down all new words you encounter.
  • Learn to prioritize the sections that need more work.
  • Get plenty of quality sleep, at least 7-8 hours daily without fail. 
  • Keep up some physical activity during preparation, don’t just spend all the time studying as it might exhaust you and have some physical consequences.

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MAT Last Minute Preparation Tips

Last Minute Preparation Tips for MAT 2021

MAT 2021 CBT/ PBT September session exams will be held on August 21, September 5, 2021, respectively, and hence it is essential for candidates to follow certain strategies for the final days before MAT 2021 exam. Given below are the last minute preparation tips for MAT 2021 exam:

  • Revise Important Formulas: Candidates must revise all the important formulas for the mathematical skills section. This is essential to avoid any last-minute confusion during the exam.
  • Do Not Study New Topics: Candidates are recommended not to pick any new topics a day before the exam as it will lead to unnecessary confusion. Stick to the important topics that you have completed and are confident about.
  • Work on Speed and Accuracy: It is extremely important to focus on improving speed and accuracy as 200 questions need to be attempted in 150 minutes. Try to solve a few mock tests 2-3 days before the exam to increase your speed and accuracy.
  • Avoid studying on the exam day: Do not study on the day of the exam as it adds to the burden and stress. Stay calm and do not take stress about MAT exam. Have confidence in your MAT Preparation and you will definitely perform well.
  • Revise General Knowledge Notes: Revising GK notes is crucial for information retention. Hence, to perform well in MAT Indian & Global Environment, it is recommended to start revising all important notes for GK and current affairs.
  • Sleep well: Candidates are advised to sleep at least 7-8 hours the night before the exam. This is essential to relax your mind and increase concentration.
  • Section-wise time allotment: Candidates are advised to devote a sufficient amount of time for attempting each section in MAT 2021 exam. Since there is no sectional time limit, it becomes important to avoid spending more than the required time on one section to be able to attempt the other sections.
Section Number of Questions Suggested Time (in minutes)
Mathematical Skills 40 40
Language Comprehension 40 30
Data Analysis & Sufficiency 40 35
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning 40 30
Indian & Global Environment 40 15
Total 200 150

MAT Preparation 2021: 3 Month Study Plan

MAT Preparation Plan for the First Month

  • Gather all the study materials –notes, reference books, mock papers, formula sheets.
  • Try to cover at least 50% MAT Syllabus for each section.
  • Make personal notes, and focus on adding bulleted points and learning shortcuts to facilitate revision in later stages.
  • It is the best time to start getting Coaching and mentoring, as you can simultaneously clear doubts.
  • Regular Reading of newspapers and magazines is highly recommended to ensure MAT preparation for the Indian & Global Environment section.
  • At the end of every week, attempt a mock test and note down your mistakes and areas that require more work.

MAT Preparation Plan for the Second Month

  • During this month, candidates should cover the remaining 50% MAT Syllabus.
  • Start working on your weaker sections by solving at least 20 questions daily from those topics.
  • The topics that you know well must be practiced at least twice a week. Try to solve questions of a higher difficulty level from these sections.
  • This is the best time to attend sectional and full-fledged MAT mock tests to check conceptual clarity and work accordingly.
  • Attempt at least 2 mock tests every week to get an idea of your MAT preparation level and the types of questions expected in MAT 2021 exam.

MAT Preparation Plan for the Last Month

  • Revision of all important topics should be the focus of MAT Preparation in the final month.
  • Go through personal notes and revise, recollect conceptually based subjects, and work on the mistakes.
  • Practice more DI & Caselet based questions.
  • Attempt MAT mock test daily.
  • In the final days of preparation; one must definitely check MAT previous year papers to get a better idea about the exam and the preparation level.

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Monthly Study Plan for MAT Preparation 2021

Here is a 30 day MAT preparation plan for your reference. You can modify it according to your preference and ability. Follow this timetable for one month, then modify it according to subjects or topics you find harder than the others. Learn to prioritize. You can add and remove topics based on your requirements, and in the next month plan accordingly. In the month before the exam, start solving a mock test every day and do lots of revision. 

Days Language Comprehension Mathematical Skills Data Interpretation and Analysis Critical Reasoning Indian and Global Environment
Day 1 Verbal Reasoning HCF & LCM Pie Chart Critical Reasoning Company punch lines
Day 2 Syllogisms Percentages Pie Chart Visual reasoning Geography
Day 3 Vocabulary 50 words Ratios and proportions Graphs Sequencing Current Affairs
Day 4 Mock Test
Day 5 Using the same word with a different meaning Quadratic and linear equations Graphs Critical Reasoning Geography
Day 6 Contextual Usage Work and Time Bar Graphs Visual reasoning History
Day 7 Vocabulary 50 words Work and Time Bar Graphs Sequencing Current Affairs
Day 8 Mock Test
Day 9 Analogies Geometry Line Charts Coding and Decoding History
Day 10 One word substitution Geometry Line Charts Assumption-Premise-Conclusion Business
Day 11 Vocabulary 50 words Geometric Progression Pie Chart Assumption-Premise-Conclusion Current Affairs
Day 12 Mock Test
Day 13 Antonyms Time-Speed-Distance Column Graphs Statements and Assumptions Business
Day 14 Idioms Profit and Loss Column Graphs Statements and Assumptions Science
Day 15 Vocabulary 50 words Geometric Progression Line Charts Identifying valid inferences Current Affairs
Day 16 Mock Test
Day 17 Fill in the blanks Algebra Venn Diagram Assertion and Reasons Books and authors/ Awards
Day 18 Odd man out Algebra Venn Diagram Identifying Reasons Sports/ Politics
Day 19 Vocabulary 50 words Algebra Bar Graphs Linear Arrangements Current Affairs
Day 20 Mock Test
Day 21 Jumbled Paragraphs Averages Graphs Linear Arrangements Company punch lines
Day 22 Sentence Completion Number System Pie Chart Matrix Arrangements Sports/ Politics
Day 23 Vocabulary 50 words Partnership (Accounts) Bar Graphs Matrix Arrangements Current Affairs
Day 24 Mock Test
Day 25 Sentence Correction Percentages Column Graphs Family tree Books and authors/ Awards
Day 26 Foreign language words used in English Vectors Venn Diagram Family tree Geography
Day 27 Vocabulary 50 words Work and Time Line Charts Cause and effect Current Affairs
Day 28 Mock Test
Day 29 Reading Comprehension Time-Speed-Distance Venn Diagram Cause and effect History
Day 30 Reading Comprehension Geometry Bar Graphs Critical Reasoning Company Punch Lines

MAT Hourly Preparation Plan

MAT Preparation: Hourly Time Table

Candidates usually face difficulty in planning a study timetable for MAT preparation as the syllabus for MAT 2021 involves 5 distinct subjects. Here is a systematic Hourly Preparation plan for MAT 2021. The following table covers important topics and includes a separate Mock test schedule, you can also include important topics as per your MAT Preparation level.



Topics To Cover

Total Time

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Language Comprehension

Verbal Reasoning, Syllogisms, Vocabulary 50 words

1 hour

9:30 AM-11:30 AM


HCF & LCM, Ratios and proportions, Percentages

2 hours


Data Interpretation

& Analysis

Pie Chart & Graphs

30 minutes



Indian and Global Environment

Geography, Company punch lines

1.5 hours

2:30 PM-3:30 PM

Data Interpretation

& Analysis

Visual reasoning

1 hour



Critical Reasoning

Critical Reasoning, Sequencing

1 hour

5:00 PM-6:30 PM


Quadratic and linear equations

1.5 hour


Indian and Global Environment


30 minutes


Section-wise MAT Preparation 2021

Every section in MAT exam has been given equal weightage with respect to the number of questions and marks. MAT Preparation 2021 should involve section-wise preparation strategies to ace every section and clear MAT 2021 exam.

  • MAT Language Comprehension Preparation should involve working on basics, improving reading skills, practicing reading comprehension. 
  • MAT  Mathematical Skills preparation can be done by practicing daily and solidifying basics, and the same goes for the preparation for Data Analysis & Sufficiency. 
  • Candidates must use a good GK book for MAT Indian and Global Environment Preparation. 
  • The most recommended books for MAT Preparation are by renowned authors like Arun Sharma and Nishit K Sinha. 
MAT Language Comprehension Preparation

MAT Preparation Tips for Language Comprehension

Here are the things you need to keep in mind preparing for MAT Language Comprehension

  • Read the newspaper daily, without fail. 
  • Make reading a daily habit and read in your leisure time. 
  • The difficulty is not very high, keep that in mind while preparing. 
  • Improve vocabulary by using flashcards and installing apps that are available for free. You can also subscribe to several YouTube channels that publish great content about improving vocabulary and speaking skills. 
  • To crack the Language Comprehension candidates need to choose the right topic in the reading comprehension section and understand the main idea of the passage. If the candidate understands the concept of the passage, answering questions related to it becomes easy.
  • Clear all the basics and learn how to do grammar properly, such as tenses, articles, prepositions, etc. Refer to the Wren and Martin Grammar Book. 
Section Preparation Tips
Reading Comprehension
  • Practice 3-4 RC Passages every day
  • Read Magazines and newspapers like The Hindu, The Times of India, and The Indian Express.
  • Read Short novels and passages to understand different themes and tones of RC passages
  • Break elements of passages into simple words to understand the essence and learn the consequences of the situations from the questions.
Verbal Ability
  • Improve vocabulary by using flashcards
  • Read a good reference book for vocabulary like Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis.
  • Practice Previous Year Papers to get hold of the pattern of questions.
  • Read newspapers, author’s blogs, journals, etc.
  • Word games and Idioms Quiz can be fun learning.

MAT Mathematical Skills Preparation

MAT Preparation Tips for Mathematical Skills 

Here are the things you need to keep in mind while preparing for MAT Mathematical Skills

  • Clear your basics completely, do refer to your high school textbooks for clearing basic concepts.
  • This section requires a lot of practice, so make sure you solve sums regularly without fail. 
  • Work on speed and accuracy. 
  • While solving mock tests, start with easy questions and then solve the harder questions. 
  • Write down all the important formulae and put in on a wall you see daily like above your study table or your wallpaper. You will passively memorize all the formulae
  • Learn shortcuts and Vedic maths to solve quickly. 
Important Topics for MAT Mathematical Skills Preparation
Profit & Loss Speed, Time & Distance
Ratio & Proportion Percentage
Average Time & Work
Geometry Algebra
Number Systems Permutation & Combination
Venn diagrams Quadratic Equations
Mensuration Alligation

MAT Data Analysis Preparation

MAT Preparation Tips for Data Analysis & Sufficiency 

Here are the things you need to keep in mind while preparing for MAT Data Analysis & Sufficiency:

  • Read questions carefully before attempting the questions. 
  • Do not skim through the question
  • Be careful not to fill in gaps of information on your own or assume things, always use the information given in the question.
  • Solve in this order - Easy>Medium>Hard
  • Do not solve the complete question if you are not able to do so in the time you have left. 

Important Topics

Preparation Tips 

Graphs and Charts

  • Have a basic understanding of the types of graphs and charts like pie charts, bar graphs, line graphs, etc.

Data sufficiency

  • Follow the ‘Analyze and Interpret’ trick for confusing questions.
  • It is recommended to attempt data Comparison questions before data interpretation questions.

Data comparison

  • Numerical based questions should be practiced well
  • Be extremely careful of the unit of measurement while performing calculations.


  • Previous year’s papers will help you to identify the pattern of questions asked in MAT exam.
  • Allot more time to caselet questions and eventually reduce it once you improve your speed and accuracy.

MAT ICR Preparation

MAT Preparation Tips for Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

Here are the things you need to keep in mind while preparing for MAT Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

  • Read questions carefully. Make sure you understand what kind of question it is before solving it. 
  • Do not make guesses or assumptions. 
  • Do not think too hard, and the answer is always one of the options that are given. 
  • This section can be difficult to attempt, however, do not panic or overthink. 
  • Speed and Time Management are crucial as you might get stuck on a particular question. 
  • Practice a lot of mock tests and other sample papers to gain some level of confidence. 
Important Topics for MAT Intelligence & Critical Reasoning Preparation
Syllogisms Blood Relations
Direction-sense Test Statements – Assumptions
Fact – Inference – Judgement Seating Arrangement
Critical Reasoning Statements – Arguments
Coding-Decoding Ranking
Puzzles Analogies

MAT IGE Preparation

MAT Preparation Tips for Indian and Global Environment

Here are some things you need to keep in mind while preparing for MAT Indian and Global Environment

  • Read a newspaper daily. 
  • Make notes and sort them based on priority and relevance. 
  • Use Flash Cards while preparing for factual information.
  • Watch news that has been prepared for entrance exams specifically. 
  • Download current affairs apps and read regularly. 
  • If you are not familiar with it, gain an understanding of the banking and business sector. 
  • Refer to magazines, newspapers, and articles related to the Indian government, international developments, business, sports.

MAT Preparation Books

Best Books for MAT Preparation 2021

The books referred to while preparing for MAT can be the deciding factor in influencing your performance. Hence, it becomes important to choose the right material while studying. Here is a list of the books for preparation of MAT 2021: 

Section Name of Book Publisher/Author
Language Comprehension How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay
Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT COMMON ADMISSION TEST Ajay Singh
CAT Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Gautam Puri
Mathematical Skills Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Sarvesh Verma
Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT Nishit Sinha Trishna
A Complete Manual for the CAT Knowledge System
Vedic Mathematics: Secrets Skills for Quick, Accurate Mental Calculations Sumita Bose
Data Analysis & Sufficiency Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency Ananta Ashisha
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for MAT Arun Sharma
Data Analysis & Interpretation Data Sufficiency Think Tank of Kiran Prakashan
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT Arun Sharma
Analytical & Logical Reasoning For CAT & Other Management Entrance Tests Peeyush Bhardwaj
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT Nishit Sinha
Indian and Global Environment The Mega Yearbook Disha Experts
Face To Face MAT With 19 Years (1997-2016) BS Sijwali
MAT General Complete Guide For Mat And Other Mba Entrance Exams Disha Experts
Mat Score Accelerator Disha Experts
Mat Solved Papers Disha Experts

Check more MAT Books for Preparation

Best Online Apps for MAT Preparation

Candidates these days have abundant options for MAT preparation 2021, and the most preferred study resources these days are the online MAT preparation apps. Tabulated below are the top MAT preparation apps:

App Features
BYJU’s- The Learning app
  • Rating: 4.2 
  • Complete Management Aptitude Mock Test, covering all sections.
  • Separate Section wise and Topic wise tests for practice.
  • Rating: 4.5 
  • Mock Tests, covering all entrance sections.
  • Discussion Forums to interact with other aspirants.
  • Video Preparation series
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Instant test along with results and detailed analysis
  • Access to all live courses with Gradeup Super
  • Rating: 4.5 
  • 2000+ hours of Live Online Coaching by India’s Top Teachers
  • Expert Feedback after every test
  • GK cards & Daily GK Quiz

How to Choose Mode of Study: Online Coaching, Offline coaching, or Self Study

The mode of study that you choose for preparation in MAT is the first thing every candidate needs to cross out from their list. Based on the candidate's individual needs, pros and cons list can be prepared if there is difficulty in making a decision. Here are some pros and cons listed for all three modes of study: 

Online Coaching for MAT
No Traveling No personal interaction
Cheaper Requirement of Fast and Stable Internet connection
Material Provided online -
You can study in the comfort of your home -
Accessible -
Self Study for MAT
Cheapest No Guidance
You can study as per your own schedule Everyone will not have the same motivation
You can consider other priorities Tendency to Slack
Offline Coaching for MAT
Individual guidance from experienced professionals Expensive
Access to physical study material Traveling can become time-consuming
Interaction with peers and other MAT Aspirants -

You can add your own pros and cons as per your requirements. This is an entirely personal choice and can be made on the basis of your preferences. Check Top MAT Coaching Institutes

MAT Preparation Tips by Toppers

MAT Preparation Strategy by Toppers

MAT Preparation Tips by Shubham Khule, Scored 99.99%ile in First Attempt

He emphasizes having conceptual clarity which will help gain speed and accuracy. He did not take any coaching and focused on attempting a maximum number of mock tests and solved the previous year's question papers to keep a track of his performance. Analyzing mock tests is necessary as per Shubham. One key thing which Shubham emphasized was choosing the paper-based test mode(PBT) over computer-based test (CBT) as in the PBT MAT exam, you can see all the questions at once, which helps in managing time in the longer run. Marking the answers on an OMR sheet is easier and faster than marking the answers using a mouse.

Check detailed MAT Topper Interview of Shubham Khule

MAT Preparation Tips by V Varun, Secured 99.99 percentile in MAT.

He has studied computer science from VIT, Vellore, and decided to prepare for MAT exam held in 2019 by devoting 8-9 hours every day. He believes that attempting mock tests explores the loopholes in preparation and also helps in time management. Since language comprehension was his forte, he focused on mathematical skills and data analysis. He even joined T.I.M.E institute, Vellore to improve on his weak areas. ‘Practice is the key to clearing MAT exam and one must focus on maintaining consistency and efficiency during MAT exam preparation,’ said Varun.

Check detailed MAT Topper Interview of V Varun

MAT Preparation Tips by Ayush Saxena, Scored 99.93%ile in First Attempt

MAT Topper Ayush Saxena secured a 99.93 percentile in his first attempt at MAT exam. He holds a postgraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering has also worked as a deputy manager at ICICI Bank, Mumbai. He did not stick to the traditional strategy for MAT exam preparation. Apart from focusing on solving multiple sectional and full-length mock tests, he also relied on youtube channels and online study groups to learn shortcuts, formulas, and tricks to solve complex questions.

Check detailed MAT Topper Interview of Ayush Saxena

MAT Preparation Tips by Ankit Kumar, Cracked MAT exam in the final year of his five years integrated course.

He scored 99.99 percentile and topped the exam. This was his 1st attempt at the MAT exam. He opted for JBIMS or SIMSREE, Mumbai for pursuing MBA in Finance or Operation. “I decided to appear in the MAT Feb 2020 exam only after attempting the CAT exam in which I did not score well. During the 2 months period, I never looked back and focused on the regular study of a minimum of 2 hours. I focused more on the Aptitude section..” commented Ankit. 

MAT 2021 Sample Papers and Mock tests

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MAT Preparation FAQs

MAT Preparation 2021 FAQ’s

Ques. How to prepare for MAT?

Ans. Firstly, understand the pattern and syllabus for MAT, analyze your weak and strong points, and prepare a time schedule accordingly. Cover the syllabus and practice regularly by solving mock tests and previous year question papers.

Ques. How many hours should I dedicate to MAT Preparation?

Ans. Preparation Hours depend on the level of your conceptual clarity. If fundamentals are strong, and you are aware of the exam pattern and syllabus thoroughly then 3-4 hours daily will suffice. If you are a beginner then a little extra effort will be required.

Ques. How much time is needed to cover MAT syllabus?

Ans. MAT has 5 sections to be covered up, if you have given any management exam earlier and are acquainted with the syllabus then 3-4 months are sufficient. In case you are a beginner then 6- months are required to cover the syllabus and score well.

Ques. Is it enough to prepare from a single book for MAT 2021?

Ans. Requirements of Books and Study material vary from section to section. Some sections can be prepared with limited material. MAT syllabus is vast, hence candidates should refer to the best books in the market. Several online sources are also helpful for MAT preparation.

Ques. Can I self-prepare for MAT 2021?

Ans. Of course, there are numerous candidates who clear MAT by self-study. Start by gaining a sound knowledge of syllabus and exam pattern, gather required study material, and accordingly make a timetable. Make use of the online resources and study material to the fullest. Rely on the Mock test to constantly judge your performance and growth.

Ques. What are some time management tips for MAT?

Ans. 200 questions are to be solved in 150 minutes in MAT. It requires a lot of speed and accuracy, hence time management is a necessary skill to be developed. While preparing for the Mock test helps develop speed. During exams do not stick to one question and spare time for revision.

Ques. Is joining a coaching institute necessary for MAT preparation?

Ans. The convenience of joining a coaching center is they provide updates and relevant study material for MAT. Also, the time schedule prepared by the coaching institute is according to important topics and syllabus. Candidates just have to follow that.

Ques. Is online coaching viable for MAT preparation?

Ans. Online coaching is a suitable option for working professionals preparing for MAT. It saves time and is more cost-effective. There are several free online resources and websites providing study material and guidance for MAT.

Ques. How does improving general knowledge help in MAT?

Ans. Indian and global environment is one of the sections in the MAT exam. Though the marks of this section are not included in preparing the final score and merit list, certain B schools undertake the score for the interview round.

Ques. Do candidates in their final year of graduation face difficulty in preparing for MAT?

Ans. That is not the case, aspirants in their final year of graduation are in touch with their studies, hence they can simultaneously prepare for the graduation exam and MAT. graduation marks should not be compromised as they are considered in the final selection to B schools.

Ques. How should I prepare for mathematical skills if I'm weak in maths?

Ans. Start by preparing the basic concepts and fundamental topics. Develop a habit of practicing questions daily and learn the tricks to solve the questions. A good percentile in math can be scored if mock tests and previous year question papers are referred to regularly.

Ques. Can I take the MAT, if my English is not that fluent?

Ans. MAT does not require fluency in English, decent command over grammar and vocabulary will help score well in MAT. This can be brushed up by reading newspapers, articles, and English news, and youtube channels.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.

MAT 2021 : 5 answered questions


Ques. Is MAT score accepted at great lakes Chennai and Gurgaon?

● Top Answer By Apeksha Roy on 02 Jul 21

Ans. MAT scores are not accepted by Great Lakes Chennai and Gurgaon, In 2019, only accepted exam for admission was CAT scores of the preceding year, that is 2017 to 2018. For XAT, it is 2018 to 2019, for GMAT, it typically is after January 2016 and for CMAT, it is the year 2018. That being said, it means either institute only accepts scores of CAT, GMAT, XAT, CMAT. Here is the expected cutoff for Great Lakes Chennai and Gurgaon. Examination  Great Lakes Chennai CAT 2019-20 80  XAT 2020-21 80  GMAT (Taken after Jan 2018 for PGPM and after Jan 2019 for PGDM) 600  Great Lakes Gurgaon  CMAT  85  MAT  80  Hope this helps answer your question.Read more
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Ques. What are the best B-schools that come under the MAT exam?

● Top Answer By Sritama Ray on 11 May 21

Ans. In India, if you aim to pursue MBA, you have to clear the Common Admission Test (CAT) with a good score. Nonetheless, many top colleges even accept MAT and the list of colleges varies each year. Few top business schools accepting MAT along with their cut-off scores are tabulated below. Business school MAT cutoff score Amity business school 620+ for MBA Christ University Bangalore 600+ for PGDM Alliance school of business, Banglore 650+ for MBA Xavier school of management (XLRI Jamshedpur) 640+ for PGDM-GMP SP Jain institute of management and research 670+ for GMBA, 700+ for MBA Few other top institutes accepting MAT scores in India are: ABES Engineering College AIMA-Centre for Management Education (PGDM) SIMSREE BIMTECH Noida ITM NAVI MUMBAI O P JINDAL DELHI Pumba Great Lakes Chennai IMI BHUBANESWAR JSS College. IBS Hyderabad Above mentioned business schools in the table are of top reputation in India. Assess each of them and opt for the best B- School for yourself.Read more
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Ques. I gave MAT exam and secured 94.2 percentile. Can anyone suggest me a few good b-schools which accepts MAT score to apply for?

● Top Answer By Sandip Pal on 10 May 21

Ans. With your MAT score, you can get into many top-rated B-Schools. Here are a few of the options that you can consider.  Below given are some of the b-schools that accept MAT scores.  B-School MAT Cut-off XIME Bangalore  80% Christ University  80% Amity Business School, Noida 80% KSOM Bhubaneswar 80% International School of Business & Media (ISB&M), Pune 80% Institute of Technology & Management (ITM), Navi Mumbai 80% Institute of Public Enterprise (IPE), Hyderabad 80% Amrita School of Business, Coimbatore 75% - 80% Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow, Noida & Indore 75% Hope this helps. To know more about the institute visit the official websites.Read more
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Ques. What are the best colleges accepting MAT scores?

● Top Answer By Amit Shukla 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 Aditya Som 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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yash raj singh
How can I prepare for the exam in 2 months?
sinbad chongtham

The ideal time for MAT exam preparation is two to three months prior to the examination. Before you start your preparation, you must understand the syllabus and exam pattern. After that, you can make a study plan and manage your preparation accordingly. There are five sections in the MAT exam paper. Out of these sections, the Mathematical Skills section is considered the toughest while the Language Comprehension section to be the easiest. So you must manage your preparation time accordingly. You must also practice answering practice papers, as it will effectively improve your time management skill.

ibashisha mukhim
What is the marking scheme of the paper?
aniket ranjan

MAT Exam consist of 6 sections, and each section have 40 questions each. For each correct answer you will be award with 1 mark and negative marking of 0.25 for every wrong answer. 

Is there any mock test paper series? How can I enrol for this?
aniket ranjan

For official Mock test series you can Visit the official AIMA MAT website For accessing the mock test Move to the mock test registration tab and enroll yourself with email id and password and appear for the test.

saurav kumar
Can you tell me the important topics of all the sections to get a good score in the paper?
diya suresh

There will be 5 sections in the MAT exam paper and important topics of each one is given below:

Mathematical Ability: LCM and HCF, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Speed, Time and Work, Number System, Mixtures and Allegations among others.

Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency: Data Tables,Data Charts, Bar Diagrams and Charts, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison, Venn Diagram, Data Sufficiency, Caselet Based Data

Language Comprehension: Business and Economics Passages, Passages on Science & Culture etc.

Verbal Ability: Jumbled paragraphs, one word substitution, fill in the blanks, idioms/phrases etc.

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning: Fact-Inference-Judgement, Passage Conclusion, Clocks Calendars, Statement-Argument among others

Indian and Global Environment: Constitution of india, current affairs, Who’s who, emblem, currency etc.

vikram dewan
What is the similarity in sylabus of MAT and CMAT?
mrittika mallick

MAT and CMAT have similar syllabi since they cover most of the same topics. However, the only difference lies in the test structure and level of difficulty in MAT and CMAT question papers.

karan rathod
How many times can one student give MAT exam?
aniket ranjan

There is no limit on the number of attempts for appearing in MAT Exam. You can appear for the examination as much as you want till you succeed. The eligibility criteria for this program is graduation in any discipline from a recognized university.

Is there any good online coaching for preparation ?
mrittika mallick

There are a number of online coaching classes available for MAT. Some of the most popular ones are conducted T.I.M.E., Sanjivani Career Classes, Emplifyu, Bulls Eye Jaipur, Handa Ka Funda, Career Anna, and many more. To know more about the exam preparation tips, click on the link MAT 2021 Exam Details.

preetam oinam
Is the syllabus similar to that of XAT?
mrittika mallick

The syllabus of XAT and MAT are very similar, but the difference in both is their level of difficulty. XAT is considered much more challenging in terms of scoring than MAT. XAT is in fact, considered almost equivalent to CAT, which is the toughest and most significant entrance exam for MBA and business schools. To find out more, click on the link MAT 2021 Exam details.

mohammed najamuddin
Can I prepare for the exam by online coaching? Suggest some.
nitin yaduvanshi

Yes, with the assistance of experienced mentors, you will be able to put a focused effort towards MAT preparation. As of today, there are many good institutes for MAT coaching. These coaching institutes aim to prepare students with their advanced teaching methods. Some of those are mentioned below:

• Navigator Solutions, Ahmedabad 

• AptitudeMate, Delhi 

• Headache Tutorials, Indore

• Manoeuvre, Mumbai

• Ease Vidya - Success Mantra, Delhi

bhagyashri kene
Which books are the best for the preparation of reasoning section?
nitin yaduvanshi

MAT preparation books play a major role in helping you score high in the MAT exam. They will not only guide you how to begin your MAT exam preparation but will also strengthen your fundamentals and clarify your concepts. Most preferred books for reasoning section are:

• A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal 

• Complete Guide for MAT and Other MBA Entrance Exams by  Deepak Agarwal, Mahima Agarwal Disha 

• MAT Score Accelerator by Disha Experts

shreya sarkar
Can you suggest some books for preparation of VARC?
aniket ranjan

Target selected books for reference to understand the notion and concepts in a concrete manner. Some of the best books for for Preparation of VARC Section are 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary by Wilfred Funk and Norman Lewis, High School English Grammar & Composition by Wren & Martin and Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R. S. Aggarwal.

tanishka shah
Is there any way that I can get section wise questions for practice?
utkarsha khatri
Can I prepare for the exam within 1 month?
nitin yaduvanshi

Yes, you can prepare for the MAT exam in one month. It is a relatively easier exam as compared to other MBA entrance exams so it is not very challenging to prepare for it in one month. If you are deciding to take the test just a month before the exam date, you need to have a quick plan, which is exhaustive as well. Make a plan which covers key topics from the syllabus.

saurav kumar
Where can I get the mock test paper series for preparation?
jatin sharma
Where is the complete syllabus of the exam?
aniket ranjan

MAT Syllabus is released by the All India Management Association (AIMA). It consists of five subjects: Indian and Global Environment, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, and Intelligence & Critical Reasoning. To know the syllabus in detail visit:- MAT SYLLABUS

ankur jain
Can I prepare for the exam by self study?
diya suresh

Yes you can prepare by self study using mock test papers, reference books and previous year question papers. While doing self study, ensure to give dedicated time for preparation as there is no external guidance. Prior to beginning of preparation, understand the syllabus and exam pattern. Find more details at MAT Preparation 2021.

ammar zaheer ahmed
Which section is considered as the toughest and should be practiced more?
diya suresh

There are 5 sections in MAT exam of which Maths section is considered to be the toughest and needs mor etime for preparation.All sections carries equal weightage but section of Indian and Global Environment will not be considered in the merit list. There will be 40 questions from Maths and other sections with negative marking for wrong answers. Find details at MAT exam pattern 2021.

laxmi mishra
How should I prepare for Reasoning section?
diya suresh

MAT preparation requires atleast 3-4 months to qualify. You can practise using mock test papers and previous year question papers for better preparation. In case of less time, you can even opt for coaching classes that helps in preparation. Every section carries equal weightage hence every section must be given equal importance. Find details at MAT preparation 2021.

kunal thakrar
Where can I get sample papers for practice?
diya suresh

There are various online and offline respources that includes practise papers. Also you can download the same in pdf format for preparation by visiting MAT question paper. Practise papers and mock tets papers are considered to be an effective way of preparation and scoring well in the exam.

preetam oinam
What should I do if I am facing problem everytime while submitting the exam fee during registration?
diya suresh

Hi Preetam, Registration process is open for all 3 modes of exam i.e. CBT, PBT and IBT. You need to apply in online mode by paying teh registration fee. There might be server issue with the bank or some technical problem, it is recommended to try with another updated version of the browser. If the case is not resolved contact the conducting authority. Find other details at MAT 2021 exam.