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MAT 2018 Preparation Tips

Updated On - March 9th 2018

Management Aptitude Test is a 150-minute duration test, in which a candidate has to solve 200 questions. Higher the accuracy, greater are the chances of getting admission in excellent institutes. It is the most prominent exam of the nation and the scores obtained are accepted by many reputed institutes.

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  • Language Comprehension
  • Mathematical Skills
  • Data Analysis and Sufficiency
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
  • Indian and Global Environment

A candidate has to appear in 5 sections to clear the entrance. These 5 sections have 40 questions each and they are-

A candidate must do a good preparation to have a good score. A concrete plan, good strategy, a lot of practice, focused mind, high determination, can help in scoring good marks in MAT. Here are some tips that a candidate must be aware before attempting for MAT-

  • It totally depends upon the candidate, which mode of exam to be chosen- either online or offline
  • Candidate can choose the day, time and center of MAT
  • It is conducted 4 times a year

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Given below are some tips to the aspirants to score a good rank.

  1. From the previous observations, it can be concluded that, opting questions of around 80 marks (except GK) with at least 80% accuracy can fetch you a very good rank.
  2. Candidates opting the exam should have a better management of time. Candidates kindly make sure that all the sections of MAT are attended properly to have a balanced score.
  3. The following table will give you a fresh idea of time balancing and the best percentile:
SectionTime (in minutes)MarksLevel of Difficulty
Language Comprehension3020-27Moderate
Mathematical Skills4027-20Difficult
Data Analysis and Sufficiency3521-28Moderate
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning3019-26Moderate
Indian and Global Environment0510-15Moderately Difficult

Candidates should not waste much time on any section. He must divide the total time into 6 different time span, 5 for each section and 1 for revising. He must also maintain the accuracy level.

  1. It is considered best to always begin with the time consuming section as it takes more time than the allotted time. And the time can be adjusted with the sections which consume less time.
  2. To get an admission in best B school, 98 percentile is required. During preparation candidates must be sure that they should cover at least 1st level problems of all the topics as they can bring marks.

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Instructions For MAT Preparation

  1. Being updated with the MAT 2016 current syllabus
  2. A proper time-table should be followed
  3. Practicing mock tests and previous years’ papers
  4. Solve the quant section using short-tricks
  5. Prepare self-made notes
  6. Have a good strategy to solve maximum number of questions in less time
  7. Attempt the questions where you’re 110% sure
  8. Refer good books
  9. Don’t stick to any question, read< solve, skip< move
  10. Self-motivation, Confidence is the key to success
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Tips For Preparation MAT 

Language Comprehension

Reading questions before reading comprehension makes it easy to find the answers well. Grammar plays an important role, so be sure to have a good command over it. Read English newspapers, watch English news channels, improve vocabulary and reading skills.

Mathematics Skills

Understand the theories and mug up the formulae. Focus on the questions that are mostly asked. In MAT, there are a kind of questions that are generally not asked in other MBA exams, focus on them. Make your own notes of the formulae and memorize them. Master the basics and short tricks. Jump over the questions that are time consuming.

Data Analysis & Sufficiency

This section is considered as most scoring section. Only practice makes it easy to solve the questions in less time. Solving last years’ questions helps a lot. Try solving all kind of questions in time-bound.

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

Good preparation and high accuracy in this section can fetch you more marks and may help you in reserving a seat. Only verbal and non-verbal types of questions are asked. Analyzing the problem before just guessing the answer may help in reaching the correct answer. To prepare this, candidates should solve a lot of questions and go through the model papers. Any good reference book can help you out.  

Indian & Global Environment

Questions in this section cover the topics related to GK and current affairs. This section can be much scoring, to prepare well this section, you must read magazines & newspapers, watch news channels.

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Reference Books

Books plays a vital role in preparation of the exam. There are many good books available at the stationaries and online. Given below are some of the reference books for MAT 2016-

  1. Mission MBA MAT Guide by BS Sijwali & Tarun Goyal (Arihant)
  2. MAT Entrance Exam by GKP (with practice CD)
  3. Pearson MAT Super Course
  4. MAT by Arun Sharma (TMH)
  5. 10 Challengers MAT by Dharmendra Mittal (Arihant)
  6. MAT Score Accelerator (Disha)
  7. MAT Solved Papers (Disha)
  8. 10 Mock Tests by Career Launchers (Oswaal Books)
  9. RS Aggarwal for Class XI & XII (Mathematics)
  10. Barron’s Guide to GMAT by Eugene D. Jaffe & Stephen Hillbert (Galgotias)

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Given below are some tips by the candidates who have appeared XAT-

Garima Lal

“Self-studies Really Works”, Says Garima Lal

Garima who appeared for MAT 2006 and scored 74 percentile believes self-studies is the best way of preparation. She says, reading newspapers on daily basis helps a lot in preparing General Knowledge and kind of subjects. Garima says, practicing hard on the weak areas may turn the weakness as strength and practice questions as much as one can.


“Concentrate All Your Thoughts Upon The Work At Hand”, Says Rohitesh

Rohitesh appeared for MAT in 2014 and cleared it with 79 percentile. He says solving questions from the weak areas with 100% accuracy really works well and polish the strong areas. He had purchased the test series of TIME and says it played a very important role in his preparation for the MAT. His main point rule is ‘focus’ to excel the entrance examination with good marks.


Shikhar Says, “Practicing Previous Years’ Papers Helps A Lot”

He says, studying 5 hours a day and practicing hard turned out as a selection of his further studies. For the best preparation, he referred the best books for each subject. He has his own ‘Five Point Someone’- Dedication, Self-motivation, Hard work, Study for 5 hrs/day, and Focus on previous years’ papers. He says die-hard preparation for interview will help in scoring good marks.


Stalin Says, “Don’t Compromise With Studies”

He appeared for MAT in 2012 and cleared the exam by scoring 460 marks. He says, practicing previous years’ papers helps in knowing the exam pattern and it also helps in adjusting with the exam pattern. He preferred studying from self-made notes, as he feels it is the best way for the preparation. He followed various books for the preparation of the exam.

Abhinav Kumar

Abhinav Kumar Says, “Polish Your Strength And Work On Weakness”

Abhinav scored 670 marks in MAT 2014, he says, solving previous years’ papers strengthens the base for the exam. He preferred test series from TIME and enhanced his accuracy and efficiency. He focused on his weakness and made them as his strength. He says reading English newspapers and watching English channels helps in improving the skills which is very good for the exam point of view.

*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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1 Comment
Jhilmil Yadav

Instead of solving lots of mock papers, try get your aptitude strong. If you can do good in aptitude section, you would be able to score high. I am from tech background and my foundation in mathematic helped me to get a good score which then helped me get admission at Thapar School of Management. Now I am placed at Reliance and I am love my job. That's why try your best to score good in aptitude section and everything will work out well for you.

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