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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CAT 2009 Important Updates

Given below are very important updates posted by IIM Ahmedabad as FAQs. CAT will be held during the period Saturday, 28 November 2009 to Monday, 7 December 2009. Sale of vouchers starts on Wednesday, 9 September 2009 at designated bank branches and their associate outlets. The sale ends on Thursday, 1 October 2009. Online registration for CAT 2009 will also begin on Wednesday, 9 September 2009 and end on Thursday, 1 October 2009.

Q1: When is the advertisement for CAT 2009 going to appear?

A1: CAT Advertisement will appear in leading newspapers on Sunday, 30 August 2009.

Q2: Once the advertisement appears, is one expected to buy CAT bulletin from designated banks?

A2: No. One does not have to buy a bulky CAT bulletin. We want to go paperless. A prospective candidate buys a scratch-voucher from the designated bank branches, and, later registers online for CAT 2009.

Q3: When does the sale of voucher start and end?

A3: Sale of vouchers starts on Wednesday, 9 September 2009 at designated bank branches and their associate outlets. The sale ends on Thursday, 1 October 2009.

Q4: When and how do I register for CAT 2009 after buying the voucher?

A4: Online registration for CAT 2009 will also begin on Wednesday, 9 September 2009 and end on Thursday, 1 October 2009. Instructions on access to online registration will be given in the voucher, and, detailed registration instructions will be on the CAT website.

Q5: When will CAT be held and can I choose a test date?

A5: CAT will be held during the period Saturday, 28 November 2009 – Monday, 7 December 2009. Yes, you can choose a test date, session (morning/afternoon), and venue across thirty centres (cities) all over India, subject to availability.

Q6: Can you give more details on taking test in a CBT format?

A6: Starting Sunday, 30 August 2009, CAT website ( will provide all the details.

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Data Sufficiency

Unwarranted Assumptions

With data sufficiency problems, be careful not to read any more into a statement than what is given. The main purpose of some difficult problems is to lure you into making an unwarranted assumption.If you avoid the temptation, these problems can become routine.

Example: Did Incumbent I get over 50% of the vote?

(1) Challenger C got 49% of the vote.

(2) Incumbent I got 25,000 of the 100,000 votes cast.


If you did not make any unwarranted assumptions, you probably did not find this to be a hard problem. What makes a problem difficult is not necessarily its underlying complexity; rather a problem is classified as difficult if many people miss it. A problem may be simple yet contain a psychological trap that causes people to answer it incorrectly. The above problem is difficult because many people subconsciously assume that there are only two candidates. They then figure that since the challenger received 49% of the vote the incumbent received 51% of the vote. This would be a valid deduction if C were the only challenger. But we cannot assume that. There may be two or more challengers. Hence, (1) is insufficient.

Now, consider (2) alone. Since Incumbent I received 25,000 of the 100,000 votes cast, I necessarily received 25% of the vote. Hence, the answer to the question is No, the incumbent did not receive over 50% of the vote. Therefore, (2) is sufficient to answer the question. The answer is B.


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Management Aptitude Test or MAT Syllabus

MAT is the MBA entrance test conducted country-wide by the Centre for Management Services (CMS) of All India Management Association (AIMA). It is usually conducted four times in a year in February, May, September and December. MAT is conducted in all major cities in the country and in leading cities abroad.


The minimum qualification for appearing in MAT is graduation in any discipline from any recognized University or equivalent recognized degree. A final year student in any undergraduate (i.e., B.A., B.Sc., B.Com., B.Tech., etc.,) can also appear provisionally. Usually, there is a minimum percentage requirement in graduation, which is different for different MIs / University.

MAT Syllabus
The Management Aptitude Test or MAT is the test conducted by All India Management Testing Service for entering into MBA or equivalent post graduate programmes.

There are five papers in MAT:
1. Language Comprehension
2. Mathematical Skills
3. Data Analysis
4. Intelligence & Critical Reasoning
5. Indian & Global Environment Section

Paper Pattern:

Total Questions: 200
Time: 150 minutes

Marks allocation:
Correct attempt: 1 mark
Incorrect attempt: Negative marking not specified

Section Questions
Reading Comprehension       40
Data Interpretation/Data sufficiency     40
Quantitative Aptitude      40
Logical and Critical reasoning        40
General Awareness**       40
**Scores are based on the first four sections only, the decision to consider scores of the General Awareness section are left to the institutes.

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Syllabus for CAT 2009

There is no prefixed pattern for CAT.  The syllabus given below is based on the experience of previous CATs. The list may not be exhaustive but almost the entire gamut is covered. CAT 2009 will be online


Ratios and Proportion, Ratios, Percentages, In-equations , Quadratic and linear equations, Algebra, Profit & Loss, Averages, Percentages, Partnership, Time-Speed-Distance, Work and time, Number system, HCF, LCM, Geometric Progression, Arithmetic progression, Arithmetic mean, Geometric mean , Harmonic mean, Median, Mode, Number Base System, BODMAS, Mensuration, Alligation & Mixtures, Work, Pipes and Cisterns, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Set Theory, Venn Diagram, Installment Payments, Partnership, Clocks, Probability, Permutations & Combinations, Trigonometry, Vectors, Binomial Expansion, Co-ordinate geometry, Geometry (Lines, angles, Triangles, Spheres, Rectangles, Cube, Cone etc), Logarithm, Calendar, Maxima & Minima Progression, Surds & Indices and Complex numbers, Pipes and Cisterns, Functions etc.


Data Interpretation based on text, Data Interpretation based on graphs and tables. Graphs can be Column graphs, Bar Graphs, Line charts, Pie Chart, Graphs representing Area, Venn Diagram, Data Sufficiency etc.


Critical reasoning, Visual reasoning, Assumption-Premise-Conclusion, Assertion and reasons, Statements and assumptions, identifying valid inferences , identifying Strong arguments and Weak arguments, Statements and conclusions, Cause and Effect, Identifying Probably true, Probably false, definitely true, definitely false kind of statement, Linear arrangements, Matrix arrangements, Puzzles, Family tree problem , Symbol Based problems, Coding and decoding , Sequencing , identifying next number in series etc.


Comprehension of passage, Verbal Reasoning, Syllogisms , Contextual usage, Analogies, Antonyms, Fill In the Blanks, Jumbled paragraphs with 4 or 5 sentences, Foreign language words used in English, Sentence completion, Sentence correction, odd man out, idioms, one word substitution, Different usage of same word, Errors in word choice, mania & phobia, Incorrect words, Mood, Conditionals & Multiple Usage , Punctuation, Proverb, Phrasal verb etc.
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