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MAT 2021 Preparation Strategy: Study Plan, Timetable, Tips & Tricks, & Important Books

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Urvashi Singhal

Exams Prep Master | Updated On - Apr 7, 2021

MAT 2021 Preparation should involve a lot of consistency, and requires at least 2 to 3 months. Solving MAT 2021 Mock Tests and Practise Tests is also an integral part of clearing MAT. Generally, MAT Cut Offs range from 70-75 for major colleges, with better colleges having even higher cut offs. 

Prepare for MAT 2021

How to Prepare for MAT 2021?

Mode of Study: Online, In person 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 candidates individual needs, a pros and cons list can be prepared if there is difficulty in making a decision. Here are some pros and cons listed for all the three modes of study: 

Online Coaching for MAT
No Traveling No in person 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
In Person Coaching for MAT
In person 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 MAT 2021 Syllabus

MAT 2021 Tips & Tricks

MAT General Tips and Tricks

  • If you find it hard to keep concentrating or studying for long periods of time, try using the Pomodoro Method to 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 at least. It is okay if you get a low score the first few times. 
  • Consistency is the key to success, and having a fixed schedule is a very important factor in preparation for MAT 2021. 
  • Start reading during your breaks; take up some good novels from any preferred genres and read during breaks. 
  • Learn to prioritise. 
  • Get plenty of quality sleep, at least 7-8 hours daily without fail. 
  • Have a balanced plant based diet. 
  • 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 30 Day Preparation

MAT 30 Day-1 year Plan for Preparation

Here is a 30 day plan for your reference. You can modify it according to your preference and ability. You can modify this table according to your preferences. Follow this timetable for one month, then modify it according to subjects or topics you find harder than the others. Learn to prioritise. 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 everyday 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 LC Preparation

MAT 2021 Language Comprehension Preparation

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 flash cards 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. 

MAT Maths Preparation

MAT 2021 Mathematical Skills Preparation

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

  • Clear your basics completely, do not feel ashamed to go back to high school textbooks. 
  • This section requires a lot of practise, 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. 
  • Prepare while focusing on the harder questions and making them easier to solve. 
  • Prepare DAILY, without fail. 
  • 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 memorise all the formulae
  • Learn shortcuts and vedic maths to solve quickly. 

MAT DS Preparation

MAT 2021 Data Analysis & Sufficiency Preparation

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

  • 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. 

ICR Preparation

MAT 2021 Intelligence and Critical Reasoning Preparation

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. 
  • 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 is crucial as you might get stuck on a particular question. 
  • Practise a lot of mock tests and other sample papers to gain some level of confidence. 

MAT IGE Preparation

MAT 2021 Indian and Global Environment Preparation

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 indian government, international developments, business, sports.

MAT Preparation Books

MAT 2021 Preparation Books

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

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. - -

MAT 2021 Sectional Reference Books

Subject 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

MAT Toppers Preparation Strategy

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 a number of mock tests and solved previous year question papers to keep a track of his performance. Analyzing mock tests 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. <h3>

He suggests that attempting mock tests 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 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 Mock Tests

MAT 2021 Sample Papers and Mock tests

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MAT Paper Analysis

Going through the MAT Paper Analysis will give you an idea of what kind of questions are asked in the exam. While making a MAT preparation strategy, it is crucial to go through previous years question papers and MAT paper analysis’ as it will give you an idea of the frequency and the time you should devote to each subject. Here are the key takeaways from MAT 2020 Paper Analysis: 

  • MAT 2020 May Session was moderately difficult with parts of Verbal, Data Analysis & Reasoning that were quite time consuming.
  • MAT 2020 May session consisted of Passages in the RC section, followed by 20 questions in the language section. 
  • The Reasoning Section had some tricky questions and around 18-20 family relations and statements questions were also asked. 
  • In the Mathematical Skills section, most questions were asked from Arithmetic. 
  • The Data Analysis section was considered to be hard to solve. 

Check here for more details regarding MAT Paper Analysis

MAT Preparation FAQs

MAT Preparation 2021 FAQ’s

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 papers.

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 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?

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 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 is 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 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 practising 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 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.


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.

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.

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.

rohan bharti
Is there any way to change my exam center after release of the admit card?
diya suresh

Hi Rohan, If the exam center printed on admit card is different than one opted during the registration then you can inform the sam eto the authority but otherwise the center cannot be changed once the admit card is released. For discrepency in the admit card you can contact AIMA at Find more details at MAT 2021.

mohammed najamuddin
Which coaching in Delhi is best for the preparation?
diya suresh

Hi Mohammed, There are many coaching institutes in Delhi and all over India that helps students to prepare with up to date syllabus and previous year test papers. It is better to compare the distance and fees to choose the best possible coaching center. To know more details visit MAT 2021 exam.

Which section of the paper is the toughest and shall be focussed to get good rank?
diya suresh

Hi Vipasha, There are different sections for MAT exam: Language Comprehension, Mathematical skills, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning and Indian and Global Environment. 

Out of these topics, Maths is considered to be the most difficult section and has more topics to cover as well.There will be 40 questions from this section carrying total of 40 marks.

To know more details visit MAT exam pattern.

preetam oinam
What should I do if I want to make corrections in my form?
gurpreet singh

Hi Preetam

You cannot  make any changes on your application form once submitted so try not to make any mistake during the registration. Visit on our official website of MAT Registration to how you should apply for the application.

yash raj singh
What documents must be brought to the exam center?
gurpreet singh

Hi Yash

The candidate must carry their admit card with a valid photo ID card and one passport size photo. If the candidate fails to give their valid ID proof they won’t be allowed to enter in the exam center. For more details visit on our webiste of MAT Exam Center.

Which section has the highest weightage?
aniket ranjan

Hii Taniksha, Each section of MAT exam carries equal weightage of 40 marks. A total of 200 questions are to be attempted over 150 minutes with each section having 40 questions. For more details Click Here

How many times am I allowed to give the exam?
swati srivastava

Hi Nitika, Greetings from Collegedunia. MAT is a national level entrance exam. You can give MAT exam 4 times in a year. For more details visit: MAT EXAM

kashish tomar
From where can I prepare for quantitative reasoning?
manika gupta


MAT 2020 Best Books for Mathematical Skills

  • How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude by Arun Sharma.
  • The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude by Dinesh Khattar.
  • Mathematics for MBA by RS Aggarwal.
  • Arithmetic and Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by R.Gopal.