MAT 2020 PREPARATION TIPS
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Every year thousands of students prepare for MAT (Management Aptitude Test). It is conducted 4 times in a year in the months of February, May, September, and December to provide prospective students admission to more than 600 B-Schools. Candidates are tested on 5 sections i.e. Language Comprehension, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, Indian and Global Environment over a span of 200 questions. There are 40 questions in each section and candidates have a time limit of 150 minutes to answer the entire exam. Check Detailed Exam Pattern
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|Concept based||Practice intensive||Environment driven|
|Certain questions of Mathematical skills and language comprehension are conceptually driven. Start you preparation by building fundamental topics conceptually.||Intelligence and critical reasoning, data analysis, english proficiency requires practice of questions. Practice across questions requiring application of key concepts.||Awareness of national-international current affairs in general and environment awareness in particular is required.|
The very first thing you should do before you proceed for MAT preparation is to understand the MAT Exam Pattern which comprises of 5 sections with 40 questions each. There is no sectional time limit and the entire paper has to be completed in 150 minutes. Along with the exam pattern you should be aware about the time limit within which you should complete your sectional attempts and save your time to attempt questions from other sections.
|Total number of questions||200|
|Number of Sections (5)||Language Comprehension|
|Intelligence and Critical Reasoning|
|Data Analysis and Sufficiency|
|Indian and Global Environment|
|Duration of Exam||150 MInutes|
|Medium of exam||English|
|Type of Questions||Objective|
|Number of Answer Choices||4|
|Mode of exam||Offline and Online|
|MAT Marking Scheme||+1 for correct answer and -0.25 for incorrect answer|
Time table should be prepared in such a way that each section gets equal attention to have a balanced score.
The following table will give you a fresh idea of time balancing and the best percentile:
|Section||Time (in minutes)||Merit Determination||Marks||Level of Difficulty|
|Data Analysis and Sufficiency||35||25%||21-28||Moderate|
|Intelligence and Critical Reasoning||30||25%||19-26||Moderate|
|Indian and Global Environment||05||0||10-15||Moderately Difficult|
Note: The score for ‘Indian and Global Environment’ is included in the MAT Scorecard but it is not added to the final total percentile.
The following table represents a 30-days plan for preparing for MAT exam. The columns define each of the topics covered in MAT Syllabus. An aspirant should practice the defined set of topics for at least 1 hour each to obtain a valid MAT scorecard. Check MAT Syllabus
|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|
The mock tests can be taken every day to enhance the speed of solving questions. And on the exam day, the question paper will seem another practice test.
Books and study material for MAT will guide candidate to start their preparation. There are many books available at stores and online for MAT. the best ones will strengthen your fundamentals and clarify the concepts. Given below are some of the reference books for MAT 2020, that are considered by toppers-
|List of Best Books for MAT preparation||Author’s name||Publisher|
|How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT||Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay||McGraw Hill|
|Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT||Nishit K Sinha||Pearson|
|Mission MBA MAT Guide||BS Sijwali and Tarun Goyal||Arihant Books|
|Word Power Made Easy||Norman Lewis||Pocket Books|
|Study package for MAT||Arun Sharma||McGraw Hill|
|A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning||R.S. Aggarwal||S. Chand & Co.|
|Complete Guide for MAT and Other MBA Entrance Exams||Deepak Agarwal, Mahima Agarwal||Disha|
|MAT Score Accelerator||Disha Experts||Disha Publication|
|How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT||Arun Sharma||McGraw Hill|
|How to prepare for Quantitative for the CAT||Arun Sharma||McGraw Hill|
|Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT||Nishit K.Sinha||Pearson|
|Manorama Year Book||K. M. Mathew, Mammen Mathew||Malayala Manorama Group|
|Regular reading of The Hindu, ToI, India Today, Sports week etc.||-||-|
The following table shows the subject-wise books name along with their author name:
|Subject Name||Book Name||Author Name|
|Mathematical Skills||Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT||Sarvesh Verma|
|Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT||Nishit Sinha Trishna|
|A complete manual for the CAT||Knowledge System|
|Data Interpretation and Sufficiency||How to prepare for Data Interpretation for MAT||Arun Sharma|
|Data Analysis & Interpretation Data Sufficiency||Think Tank of Kiran Prashan|
|Language Comprehension||CAT Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension||Gautam Puri|
|Mastering for Verbal Ability for CAT||Ajay Singh|
|General Awareness||Face to Face MAT with 19 years||BS Sijwali and Tarun Goyal|
|MAT 18 years topic-wise solved paper||Disha Experts|
|Intelligence & Critical Reasoning||Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT||Gajendra Kumar & Abhishek Banerjee|
Language Comprehension aims to test a candidate’s English language skills including Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension and other Verbal Ability areas. The difficulty level of topics in Language Comprehension section in MAT Syllabus is not very high. The exam has moderate to difficult level questions with an overall difficulty level on the moderate side. The Language Comprehension section with 40 questions in MAT carries maximum 40 raw marks out of total 200 marks with 20% weightage in the total marking scheme. To excel in the Language Comprehension section you need to form a regular reading habit, enhance your vocabulary skills and attain the ability to analyze and reflect data.
Language Comprehension Covers the following areas:
While preparing for Comprehension, you can follow the tips mentioned below:
The section of numerical/mathematical abilities tests students’ Mathematical skills. If a candidate has clear concepts of the basics, he/she can easily score 100% in this section. Candidate can solve the questions using the various memorized formulas, good and effective mathematical techniques and various short cut methods. Candidate should practice a lot as it is the only key to crack this section of MAT 2020.
MAT 2020 Important Topics for Mathematical Skills
Out of the total question asked in this section most of the questions will be asked from the topics: Arithmetic followed by Geometry. From Arithematic section, Profit and Loss questions have the maximum weightage. Given below is the table which clearly shows key areas which a candidate should focus upon:
Here are some tips to crack the mathematical skills section:
Data Analysis and Sufficiency section of MAT (Management Aptitude Test) tests the aspirant’s ability to analyze situations and make decisions. For the May session of MAT, it is important for candidates to prepare well, therefore, tips to prepare for Data Analysis and Sufficiency section have been shared below.
The following table shows the list of topics along with number of questions and their difficulty levels:
|Topic||Number of Questions||Difficulty level|
|Line Graph||5||Easy – Moderate|
|Bar Graph, Expenditure and Profit||5||Easy – Moderate|
The complete syllabus of this section is listed below:
|Coding-decoding||Critical & visual reasoning|
|Constrain based arrangements||Facts-Inference-Judgement (FIJ)|
|Syllogism||Cause & effect|
|Proposition based followed by either deductive or inductive argument||Strong & weak arguments|
|Sets||True – false|
|Matching Puzzles||Linear arrangements|
|Blood relations-family tree||Series|
|Statements – Assumptions||Binary logic|
|Calendars||Clocks & Analogy|
The questions included in Intelligence and Critical Reasoning section of MAT question paper are completely logical by nature. This section has 40 multiple choice objective type questions of 1 mark each. Provision of negative marking is followed, 1/4 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.
It is very important for candidates to read and understand the type of questions asked before attempting the answer. Students are advised to practice this section daily and solve at least one mock paper regularly. Candidates are instructed to remember and follow few mantras to excel in this section. Here are few important tips that are beneficial for the appearing candidates.
There are few topics in Critical Reasoning which need special attention and these topics cover a good number of questions holding about 10-15% of marks.
MAT Preparation Tips for Indian & Global Environment
The Indian and Global Environment section contains questions from general and current awareness topics as well as events dating to a year ago. Business, politics, sports, awards and distinctions, books, anything could be a part of this section. Students who have had a decent reading habit in the past one year or so of their MBA entrance examination preparations, would not find too much of difficulty in attempting questions from this section.
Like the other sections, this section also has 40 question of 1 mark each. 15 minutes should be the standard time that a candidate must spend on this section. Some helpful tips to prepare for this section are:
Ketan Anand scored 99.28 percentile in MAT.
He emphasizes on having conceptual clarity which will help gain speed and accuracy. He took coaching from bullseye and attempted number of mock test and solved previous year question papers to keep a track of his performance. Analyzing mock test are necessary as per Ketan. One key thing which Ketan emphasized upon was choosing the paper-based mode(PBT) over computer-based test (CBT). 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.
Ashish Patial secured 99.99 percentile in MAT. He was a working professional and studied for 9-10 hours on weekends and holidays.
He suggests that attempting mock test explores the loopholes in preparation and time management. since quants was his forte he focused on language comprehension and data analysis.“Despite facing the shortage of time, in the last two years, I studied way more than I studied in the last 22 years of my life. If I could not study on a particular day due to overwork and my busy schedule, I studied for 9-10 hours on holidays and weekends.” says Ashish.
Ankit Kumar, 23 years old, cracked the MAT exam when he was 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 MAT exam. He opted for JBIMS or SIMSREE, Mumbai for pursuing MBA in Finance or Operation. “I decided to appear in 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.
It is a myth that cracking MAT without coaching class is impossible and it definitely needs to be busted. Many MBA aspirants join coaching classes as they are under the impression that their tutor will somehow magically make them achieve an excellent MAT result. Well, the onus for it actually falls on you and you alone.
Ques. How to prepare for MAT?
Ans. Firstly, understand the pattern and syllabus for MAT, analyse your weak and strong points and prepare a time schedule accordingly. Cover the syllabus and practice regularly by mock test and previous year question paper.
Ques. How many hours should I dedicate for MAT?
Ans. Preparation Hours depends 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 little extra effort will be required.
Ques. How much time is needed to cover the MAT syllabus?
Ans. MAT has 5 sections to be covered up, if you have given any management exam earlier and 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?
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?
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 time table. Make use of the online resources and study material to the fullest. Rely on 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 Mock test help develop speed. During exam 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 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 helps in MAT?
Ans. Indian and global environment is one of the sections in MAT exam. Though the marks of this section is not included in preparing final score and merit list, but certain B schools undertake the score for 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 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 weak in maths?
Ans. Start by preparing the basic concepts and fundamental topics. Develop a habit of practising questions daily and learn the tricks to solve the questions. A good percentile in math can be scored if mock test and previous year question papers are referred regularly.
Ques. Can I take 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