MAT Books

7 Best Books for Management Aptitude Test – MAT Preparation

Students appearing for MAT examination are always in the search of good books which can help them score desired marks and get admission in good management colleges across the country. Here is a list of 7 recommended MAT books, which I feel, should be there with you, if you’re serious about clearing your MAT exam. You can also check out the list of best CAT preparation books.

List of seven MAT preparation books 

  1. Arihant Publications’ book – Mission MBA MAT Guide written by B S Sijwali and Tarun Goyal gives strategy with respect to designing a good study plan at the beginning and become expert at different sections of the MAT – Buy online
  2. MAT (Management Aptitude Test) Entrance Exam Guide is written by R.Gupta. The beauty of this book is 2500+ solved questions from various earlier papers – Buy online
  3. Study Package for MAT by Arun Sharma is an amazing book for MAT preparation. It covers entire MAT syllabus. Recommended for every MAT aspirant – Buy online
  4. MAT – Management Aptitude Test : 10 Practice Sets by Arihant Publications provides 10 winnings strategies for MAT which will guide candidates to implement those while preparing for the exam and ultimately get high scores – Buy online
  5. The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations – it’s a must have book for special preparation of Quantitative Aptitude section which requires more preparation and practice. This can be of superb help for other MBA entrance examinations as well – Buy online
  6. A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by Dr.R.S.Aggarwal is undoubtedly the most popular book in the genre of logical reason for competitive exam preparation including MAT. Reasoning is needed to be taken seriously for clearing any competitive examination. This book consists of various reasoning problems and I believe that practicing these will surely improve your scores in this section. Lot of problems to practice and excellent explanation to clear all your doubts – Buy online
  7.  Verbal Ability & Comprehension for CAT/ XAT/ IIFT and other exam by Disha Publication is a well accepted book for preparing for verbal section of MAT. If at all you need a book for preparing for this section, this is a good book to have – Buy online

Hope you will find these books helpful. Do you have some other good book in mind for MAT? You can suggest those in the comments section below. All the best for your MAT preparation!

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You can make a difference

I remember back to early 2005 (before going for my post graduation), when I’d just started preparing for some competitive examination, that even though I had great ambitions, my knowledge, expertise, and confidence as a student was sorely lacking. My love for internet (as a source of information) made me stumble through various places on the web to know maths short cuts and quick maths tricks, but without much to gain from it.

Now, after having being there and facing it all as a student first and then as a facilitator (though I take good number of Quants classes for CAT aspirants, I would not liked to be called a tutor or a teacher. These titles should be reserved for people of great wisdom and learning) for over 4-5 years I felt I had a really good grip on things;  and even then, there were many things I am still struggling with

Let The Process Begin

I’m starting the process by posting below an interesting formula of the topic- time and work . The aim is to initiate the process of collaborative learning. So anyone who wants to make a difference can post a comment with any explanation, formula, shortcut, trick, solved examples, etc. on the same topic (Time and Work for this post). If you’ve any question related to any topic in maths you can post it on the question-answer platform on this site.

You can also help by sharing the information of this platform with your friends or anyone who wants to help others and learn from others in the process.

Time and Work Formula

I think the single most useful formula for the topic Time and Work is

N1H1D1E1W2 = N2H2D2E2W1


N1 and N2 = number of person

H1 and H2 = Hours worked by per person per day (assumed constant)

D1 and D2 = days

E1 and E2 = Efficiency

W1 and W2= Amount of work done

Consider this example to understand the applicability of this formula –

A piece of work can be done by 16 men in 8 days working 12 hours a day.How many men are needed to complete another work, which is three times the first one,in 24 days working 8 hours a day. The efficiency of the second group is half that of the first group?

Solution –

N1H1D1E1W2 = N2H2D2E2W1

16*12*8*1*3 = N2*8*24*0.5*1

N2 = (16*12*8*1*3)/ (8*24*0.5*1) = 48

So number of men required is 48.

Note – you can remove anything from formula is not given in the question. For example if the question would have been –

“A piece of work can be done by 16 men in 8 days working 12 hours a day.How many men are needed to complete another work, which is three times the first one,in 24 days working 8 hours a day.”

The applicable formula would have been –

N1H1D1W2 = N2H2D2W1

Since nothing is mentioned about efficiency, we remove it from both sides.

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Take the Link Challenge – Win a Book

Take the Link Challenge

Today I thought it might be fun to do a bit of a fun challenge.

The challenge is very simple – You have to find the websites, blogs, web pages, etc. linking to (QM) or any of its post.

As your answers you have to just paste the URL (link) of the website or blog where you have seen QM link.


  1. The link might be a blogroll link like the one in the image below on fireup blog

QM Link on FireUp

2.  Link within the text referring to QM. That could be because someone copied any post from QM and pasted it elsewhere.

    The figure below shows an example of this on forum of

    1. The link can be on a social networking site like facebook, orkut, etc. posted by you or someone else.
    2. The link could be a simple mention of the link – or or

    (But it should be a link and not simple text)

    *You can even give the link of websites or blogs where you yourself have give QM’s link. When you posted the link doesn’t matter.

    **Links present on website will not be considered.

    I assure you it will be a fun filled experience and your “googling” skills will improve a lot.

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    I will collect the address after announcing the winner to send the prize.

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    Competitive Examination Question

    Quantitative Aptitude Question for Competitive Examinations

    Try solving this questions which has appeared in CAT, GRE and GMAT papers and many other competitive examinations. So try your hands at this question from topic speed and distance. You can expect similar questions in competitive examinations.

    Here is the Aptitude Questions and Answers

    A thief escaped from police custody. Since he was a sprinter, he could run at a speed of 40 km/hr. The police realized it after 3 hr and started chasing him in the same direction at 50km/hr. The police had a dog, which could run at 60 km/hr. The dog would run to the thief and then return back to the police and then would turn back towards the thief. It kept on doing so till the police caught the thief. Find the total distance traveled by the dog in the direction of the thief?

    Here are the options –

    a) 720 km
    b) 600 km
    c) 660 km
    d) 360 km
    e) 230 km

    I will provide the solution later. I urge everyone to try this. Please give explanation with your answers –

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    Free SMS Preparation – Word Meanings, Maths Tricks

    Free SMS Channel

    This post is to introduce you all to a very useful and 100% free service provided by FireUp (sister concern of – the all new FireUp SMS Channel.

    Now you can get word meanings, various information, tips and tricks related to your competitive examination preparation directly on your mobile through SMS.

    We will send you –

    1)      English words with their meanings daily. How is it beneficial?

    • 5 Words daily means : 5×30= 150 words per month and 150×12=1800 words an year. (approx.)
    • You can revise them in your free time

    2)     Quick calculation tricks which will surely make you a master at tackling data interpretation questions.

    3)      Information about important events and dates related to CAT and other examinations Read More

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    Shortcut to Find Square of a Number

    Today I will discuss a very simple method of finding square of numbers between 26 to 74 mentally. In the subsequent post we will cover higher numbers. So keep watching this space to learn squaring any number within your mind

    Square (also called perfect square) is an integer that is the square of an integer; in other words, it is the product of some integer with itself. So, for example, 9 is a square number, since it can be written as 3 × 3.

    How to find the square of any number?

    To apply this method you should know squares of 1 to 25 by heart. You can refer to this table to learn the same. Read More

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    Most Difficult Riddle: Einstein Riddle

    Most Difficult Riddle: One of my friend have forwarded me this mentioning the background. It claims that this mathematical puzzle was created by Einstein. Though we don’t vouch for this claim but in any case it is very interesting to solve this. So guys go ahead and solve. We are ready to give the solutions too, if you all fail to solve it. But hope that’s not the case. All the best!

    Albert Einstein created this riddle in the late 1800s, and claimed that 98% of the world population couldn’t solve it. It is a good brain exercise. Here it is:

    – In a street there are five houses, painted five different colors.

    – In each house lives a person of different nationality.

    – These five homeowners each drink a different kind of beverage, smoke different brand of cigar and keep a different pet.

    Einstein’s riddle is: Who owns the fish? Read More

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    Mathematical Puzzle for Competitive Exams

    Mathematical Puzzle for competitive examinations- Friends this is a maths puzzle. Solving this type of maths puzzle could be very useful for students taking competitive examinations like CAT, GMAT, etc. Please let me clarify the puzzle is complete and no information in missing. For more such puzzle keep checking back WWW.QUICKERMATHS.COM

    Mathematics Age Puzzle

    At a census there is the following dialog:

    Field helper: number of children? Read More

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    How to prepare for MAT ?

    Friends, this article is meant for people who are planning to take MAT examination for admission to a B-School. Students have to wander a lot to find out various aspects of MAT. So here I am giving you comprehensive information of all useful aspects of MAT. If you have any other query, feel free to ‘comment’ your question. I will be glad to answer them.

    What is MAT?

    Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is one of the important entrance exams conducted by All India Management Association. This entrance exam is conducted in all major cities in the country. MAT Score is essential for every student who is seeking to take admission in top management institutes of India.

    Students of several streams like- engineering, architecture, medicine, arts, science and commerce can pursue their career in Management after tackling the MAT entrance exam.

    Cracking the MAT exam:

    Cracking MAT exam is not going to be easy for all. But if you plan your study time with proper strategy, you can be a winner in it.  An Important question crops up here that “how to prepare for MAT Exams?

    Here is a brief description of the MAT Exam Pattern and MAT syllabus

    Students, who want to pursue their career in management, have to give a MAT entrance exam for getting admission into the management college in India. This examination is conducted by All Indian Management Association four times in a year.

    Students can easily overcome the fear of cracking the MAT exams just by following these basic steps:

    1. Always stick with the basic rules, clear your concepts of basic Maths, and start preparing on class 10  and class 12 maths. You can follow Quicker Maths site for some very useful fast calculation tricks.
    2. Go through all the study materials provided by your institute (if you are preparing with one).
    3. Always keep yourself update with current affairs, read newspaper and magazines daily.
    4. To make your English comprehensions well, work hard on your vocabulary. You can subscribe to this amazing free SMS service to improve your vocabulary
    5. Spend your time equally in each of your subject and find out your strength and weakness and try to overcome from your weakness.
    6. Solve different type of questions for MAT from several MAT study materials and books. It will help you to tackle most of the tricky question in the MAT examination. As they say, “Practice makes a man perfect”.

    Author: Ejaz Khalil,  Knowledge Consultant,

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