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How to Prepare for MAT (Management Aptitude Test)

MBA is considered to be a degree that will fetch you an instant and high paying job. Top business schools in India help students get placed with MNCs (Multinational Companies) at unbelievable salaries of Rs. 6-7 lakh per month. Many of them are placed outside India too. Every year thousands of graduates prepare for the various MBA entrance tests to get admission into a business school as a passport to a job.

MAT (Management Aptitude Test) is one of the many entrance exams for admission to MBA. Students of all streams – arts, science, engineering, medicine, and architecture can pursue a career in Management after clearing MAT entrance exam. If you are seeking to admission to MBA, its not enough to apply for Common Admission Test (CAT), you must keep your options open.

Clearing MAT exam is not easy and you need to put in a lot of effort. However, if you are not aware of the pattern and syllabus and don’t make a strategy to manage your time, it becomes all the more difficult. I will shed some light on the topics asked in the MAT entrance test and how to prepare for them.

MAT Written Tests:

AIMA (All India Management Association) conducts an MAT entrance tests for MBA admission. Though the basic sections of MAT are same as CAT, there are some subtle differences in the test. MAT caters to middle and lower level institutes and is conducted four times in a year.

Pattern of MAT Test:

MAT is an objective type test with multiple-choice answers. Candidates have to answer 200 Questions in 150 minutes. Questions are divided into five sections.

Section No. Topic No of Questions Suggested Time (Minutes)
1. Language Comprehension 40 30
2. Mathematical Skills 40 40
3. Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40 35
4. Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40 30
5. Indian and Global Environment 40 15
Total 200 150

Remember that nobody (or very few) can do 150 questions in given time, the candidate must have the ability to pick and choose the questions that must be done.

When to Start Preparation?

Answer is as early as possible. The more you Practice the more you learn. Once you get an idea of type of questions you can devote time English reading comprehension and vocabulary.

How to Prepare for MAT?

Follow a step by step procedure. Everyone has his/her own learning curve so there is not a single method that will work for all. However I can suggest some steps:

1. Clear you basic Maths Concepts. The best place to start is the text books for Class 10 or some study material provided by an institute. Learn as many formulas as possible and find some shortcuts.

2. Work on you vocabulary. Read a lot and observe how a word in used in different contexts.

3. Develop the habit of reading. Newspapers, Magazines and TV can be a great help here.

4. Reasoning skills can be improved by solving puzzles

5. Practice a lot. Solve sets of questions within a time frame. Concentrate on each section and devote equal time.

6. Once you know your strengths and weaknesses, go for some full-length tests. Observe how you improve your score with each passing test.

7. Revise. This is what most of the students miss out on.

How to Tackle Each Section?

Here are some tips:

MATHS:

MAT Test has relatively easy math sums except probability and permutations which may prove difficult. Generally the paper can be solved with some patience. As mentioned earlier stick to basics.

Data Analysis and Sufficiency (DI):

MAT DI part consists of conventional data interpretation like graphs and charts with questions based on finding percentage increase or decrease.

Reasoning:

Like many other MBA Entrance exams, MAT also follows old GRE books. It will a good idea to study from these or some old question papers of MAT.

English:

MAT English part is pure comprehension. This is the area of concern for most students. Only thing that can help you here is reading and reading a lot.

As I said MAT is not easy but you can still crack it.

Go get it!!

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77 Responses leave one →
  1. Rajkumar shukla permalink
    July 14, 2009

    I’m very glad to gain some knowledge about mat from your fabulous site

    • Nawin mishra permalink
      September 24, 2012

      Sir..
      i would like to mat entance exam …but sir how to prepare MAT and face exam …and to improve my communication skill sir please tell me some tips to face it..

  2. khushbu zindal permalink
    August 5, 2009

    sir i would like to know that do mat exams crack in hindi.

    • radhika mallik permalink
      July 19, 2012

      i m week in math but i still want to do

  3. arunjayan permalink
    August 7, 2009

    hello,
    iam studing in ug . then i want joind in mba.so,’which book i refer for mat?how to prepar for mat?what is mat?
    thankyou

    • krishna permalink
      September 15, 2009

      sir iam krishna frm mysore iwood like that mba mat exams;wich book i refars mat?

  4. nitesh permalink
    August 7, 2009

    do we have to pay donations to college even if we get through GD and PI…..????

  5. sheelu permalink
    August 17, 2009

    thanks 4 tips

  6. sheelu permalink
    August 17, 2009

    i m a average student and bio student .can i prepare 4 mat.and how can i improve my english.plz tell me some tips. thanks

  7. adnan permalink
    August 20, 2009

    thanks alot for your tips on MBA preparation.
    thanks to you once again.

  8. shekhar mishra permalink
    October 5, 2009

    please send me some tips to crack the mat exam.

  9. October 26, 2009

    thanx 4 providing me the right information i needed 4 my preperation 4 the mba entrance plz help me more by sending such suggestion

  10. nagarjun permalink
    October 27, 2009

    sir,i want some model papers for mat.

  11. sumit permalink
    October 29, 2009

    hello my self sumit the tips u given to me is great it help me lots while preparing the mat exam tell me more tips to crack the mat exam

  12. November 2, 2009

    Hi,
    I’m a BTech graduate. Can you please tell me, based on what factors i must choose the colleges for applying. I need the english comprehensions and previous xat papers, can you plz provide them….!

  13. zawad ahmad permalink
    November 18, 2009

    this site will always prove helpful for mat appearing students like us.

    sir,
    pls mention the name of the chapters of maths on which i should concentrate

  14. preethy permalink
    November 18, 2009

    i need question papers sir can you help me out

  15. abhishek permalink
    November 22, 2009

    sir,i want some model papers for mat.

  16. santosh reddy permalink
    November 26, 2009

    thanks for u tips how can i improve my english.plz tell me some tips.

  17. nitin bansal permalink
    December 1, 2009

    hi sir, this is nitin bansal replying. first of all thank you very much for imparting a vast knowlege as well as career tips through this website. seconly is that i want to know that woul you prefer me some previous mat exams questions papers an also a right time for the preparation for this exam. an also intimate me a excellent coaching center for my better preparation for mat exam which is going to be organise in feb 2010. i live in shahara, subhash park so kinly inform me about coaching center in nearby ares. thank you sir.

  18. HEMANT permalink
    December 15, 2009

    R/SIR,
    THANKS FOR TIPS

    REGARDS

    HEMANT KUMAR

  19. shaloni permalink
    December 24, 2009

    really helpful in deciding how 2 start for mat

  20. shaloni permalink
    December 24, 2009

    i gave cat 2009 on dec.6 and then i did not do anything for feb mat 2010 preparation. now i feel that my link is broken. how to prepare now in 1 month

  21. suhani permalink
    December 27, 2009

    first of all thank you very much for giving knowledge and tips abt mat . sir i want 2 ask dat my maths is not so good so how shud i prepare myself 4 maths and i also want some previous years question papers of mat

    thanku

  22. rizwan permalink
    January 7, 2010

    hello for mat which book i hav to refer

  23. rajni permalink
    January 7, 2010

    sir plz tell me how to start mat entrance test coaching.wht book i take to study.should i take combine book or seprate for each topic.i want to gave test in feb so plssss tell me as early as possible.where i get previous years question papaers

  24. aditya permalink
    January 21, 2010

    can u please inform me the fee details to be paid in the college if we score good marks?

  25. February 21, 2010

    Hello Sir!
    I am a BBA student.I want start preparing for MAT/CAT xzams.Could u kindly give me your suggestions as how to start from a scratch.How To Prepare For the respective

    THANK YOU.

  26. pawn permalink
    March 23, 2010

    Can u please send the details how to prepare for Mat/Cat xams, And model papers

  27. akash permalink
    March 25, 2010

    thnk’s for giving the details about the exam.
    it’s great.

  28. May 23, 2010

    first of all thank you very much for giving knowledge and tips abt mat.sir I am a BBA student.I want start preparing for MAT/CAT exams.I want 2 ask that my maths is not so good so how shud i prepare myself 4 maths and i also want some previous years question papers of mat.how can i improve my english.plz tell me some tips.

    • pimabhuin permalink
      November 18, 2010

      first of all thank you very much for giving knowledge and tips abt mat.sir I am a BBA student.I want start preparing for MAT/CAT exams.I want 2 ask that my maths is not so good so how shud i prepare myself 4 maths and i also want some previous years question papers of mat.how can i improve my english.plz tell me some tips.

  29. laxmi jain permalink
    June 22, 2010

    hi! sir m laxmi from raipur doing bca 2nd year….. i want 2 crack mat entrance xam for good mba college….n i didnot join any institute. i want 2 do selfstudy…..so can u give me some tips how 2 prepare myself n also guide me get in some good website from where i can get good study material………

  30. basavaraj permalink
    July 8, 2010

    i want study materials for MAT exam preparation

  31. July 11, 2010

    hi sir….
    i wont previous test papers to prepare m.b.a entrance….r else say ne the bst book to prepare mat
    thanku

  32. AVI permalink
    July 21, 2010

    thanks for giving these valuable suggestions

  33. ramvinay permalink
    August 2, 2010

    hi sir
    i want to know which book i refer for MAT
    i m bsc 3rd year stud

  34. gaurav nagar permalink
    August 11, 2010

    sir please tell some good books name for prepration the mat exam

  35. chandan permalink
    August 16, 2010

    thank you for ur tips about mat

  36. suparna chakma permalink
    August 22, 2010

    hi sir, i am a BBA 2nd year student.i would like to prepare for MAT.So would you like to let me know which books i refer for MAT.

  37. bikash swain permalink
    September 14, 2010

    i really appriciate the site.

  38. SHWETA TIWARI permalink
    October 7, 2010

    IFILLED UP THE FORM FOR OPENMAT CONDUCTED BY IGNOU. WHICH BOOK I SHOULD REFER N HOW CAN I PRERARE IN A CORRECT MANNER.

  39. swanjali permalink
    October 13, 2010

    hi sir,
    Im an avrage stu.. N ma weak point is maths.. N im preparng fr mat dec”10.. Sir m quite confusd n in dout dat whethr il b able 2 crack mat or nt? Plz sugst me a good book by wich i cn practice n get a good score? N plz sugst sum tips fr prpration..

  40. AAMIR permalink
    November 12, 2010

    Can any one tell how can i get 650-700 score in mat .any tricks how much i have to study for this,may mat 2011

  41. shivangi chaubey permalink
    November 13, 2010

    hello sir ,
    I m shivangi Im an avrage stu.. N ma weak point is maths.. N im preparng fr mat dec”10.. Sir m quite confusd n in dout dat whethr il b able 2 crack mat or nt? Plz sugst me a good book by wich i cn practice n get a good score? N plz sugst sum tips fr prpration..

    Reply

  42. Bipin Prajapati permalink
    November 15, 2010

    thanxx for mat guidens

  43. ANTARA permalink
    December 26, 2010

    Its very nice see all of yours information.Thanks a lot for helping us in such away.But i have quen to you.What is the type of result is usually given by mat.I mean to say, is it gradation mathod?Or it is in percentage method.One more question sir, i have passed bsc, with physics hons,is it possible to prepare for MAT in one month?If you reply, i will be greatfull.thank you.

  44. yash permalink
    January 6, 2011

    thnx 4 d info provided

  45. Ashok permalink
    January 10, 2011

    the info given here is very useful for us,thanks for providing such valueble info

  46. AK JEELANI permalink
    March 1, 2011

    Hello

    What do you think is the best score for the MAT.And can you please send the MAT related test papers any useful material if necessay.

  47. Debasree karmakar permalink
    March 31, 2011

    Sir,
    now i’m a B.com(Hons) student. I’m in final year.
    plz suggest me a best B-school in kolkata.
    I don’t know anything about Mat.I want to appear in Mat exam after my b.com exam . What sholud I do? plz reply me.

  48. Grace permalink
    June 20, 2011

    I would like to have a MS in nursing. Which are the best materials for my MAT preparation. Thank you in advance…

  49. chirag permalink
    June 20, 2011

    cracking mat can i get in top 20 b school of india? How much percent/percentile is require to enter in top 20….

  50. chincho george permalink
    June 27, 2011

    sir,
    im chincho george from kerala, i would like to attend mat february 2012.. which text i should refer?? .. when will i get the application form for the february’s mat?? please give me an answer sir..

  51. hansikarao permalink
    June 27, 2011

    plzzzzzz tell me how to prepare for MAT entrance exam???? :(

  52. Neha gupta permalink
    July 6, 2011

    thanx for such a great tips. thank u so much sir bt i would like to tell u smthing. i m average student nd at dat time i m doing B.com from jharkhand. nd my GK is little bit poor so i want to help with u. plzzzzzzzzzzz give sm privious year quition paper nd sm xtra knwledge to hw it become easy to crack MAT entrance xamination.

  53. surbhi seth permalink
    July 15, 2011

    this helped me alot

  54. ginu permalink
    July 30, 2011

    can you use calculator on MAT entrance exam

  55. July 31, 2011

    can u tell me what is the crieteria of appear in mat exam

  56. selvaraj permalink
    August 1, 2011

    What do you think is the best score for the MAT.And can you please send the MAT related test papers any useful material if necessay . pls tell abut the mat materials in low cost.

  57. jiju joseph permalink
    August 4, 2011

    hi sir, i am a b.sc 3nd year student.i
    would like to prepare for MAT.So
    would you like to let me know which
    books i refer for MAT.

  58. Dhaval thacker permalink
    November 12, 2011

    hello
    Sir
    will you please guide me how to start with MAT
    What kind of books should be referred?
    What main tips should be kept in mind?

  59. sharanu permalink
    November 15, 2011

    sir can i crack mat in 5 months…….? i am a above avarage student and i need the reply at any cost…as early as possible…………dont delay for the reply plezzzzzzzzzz………………….

  60. ramya permalink
    November 27, 2011

    i am very thankful to u sir, i would lyk to know which books i refer for MAT

  61. Akhil babu permalink
    January 26, 2012

    How can i prepare for MAT exam?what are the books that helps to preparing for MAT exam?how many times this exam will take place in a year?

  62. January 28, 2012

    thanks for gave me lot of information about mat

  63. ruchi permalink
    March 14, 2012

    .sir I am a BBA student.I want start preparing for MAT/CAT exams.I want 2 ask that my maths is not so good so how shud i prepare myself 4 maths and i also want some previous years question papers of mat.

  64. April 15, 2012

    hae im an average student ..and im so afraid of maths.. could u plz suggest me how to prepare for MAT..

  65. mithilasri m permalink
    April 23, 2012

    i need question paper sir please help me sir

    • mithilasri m permalink
      April 23, 2012

      sir i want mat entrance exam model question paper

  66. vanna panday permalink
    April 26, 2012

    hi sir, thank you very much for giving us some important information about MAT.I want to know sir my math is week, how can i improve my math skill as soon.

  67. Hanslal Singh permalink
    May 18, 2012

    Sir

    I didn’t know about mat before but i have been able to know about it through this website. Thank you very much sir.

    Sir i want to know minimum what percent should one secure for appearing in MAT?? Can third div student appear ?? how much time do one need for preparation of MAT??

    What are the books that one should read??

  68. July 16, 2012

    I want a suggestion for prepration of mat exam pls help me out hw i hve to start my studies and which books required pls suggest me some name

  69. rinki permalink
    August 29, 2012

    sir, i want to give mat exam, so i want to ask you which books i should prefer for prepariation .

  70. mansi bisht permalink
    October 15, 2012

    hello sir…
    M a avrge studend…i belong to biology group…so i’m able to give MAT exam..after my 12th

  71. vipin permalink
    October 23, 2012

    its reallyy helpful for the studentss those who are planningg for the mat….

  72. ASHISH permalink
    November 1, 2012

    THANK YOU SIR, i have got some idea that how to attempt the question n idea to start reading fo the xam !!!!

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