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.
- MAT Language Comprehension Preparation should involve working on basics, improving reading skills, practising reading comprehension.
- MAT 2021 Mathematical Skills Preparation can be done by practising daily and solidifying basics, same for MAT 2021 Data Sufficiency.
- Candidates can use Flash Cards for MAT Indian and Global Environment Preparation.
- The best books for MAT 2021 Preparation are by Arun Sharma.
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||-|
|Self Study for MAT|
|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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 2021 Sample Papers and Mock tests
|Topic Name||Reference Links|
|MAT 2016 SAMPLE PAPER 09||Quiz|
|MAT GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT SAMPLE PAPER||Quiz|
|MAT 2016 SAMPLE PAPER 10||Quiz|
|MAT SAMPLE PAPER (SECTION 1)||Quiz|
|MAT MATHEMATICAL SAMPLE PAPER||Quiz|
|MAT 2010 SAMPLE PAPER||Quiz|
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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 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.