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Tips for MAT Exam Preperation

Though MAT (Management Aptitude Test) is considered easier than other entrance exams for MBA, yet the difficulty level is considerably moderate. This exam is more of a speed-based than difficulty-based, which is why students are supposed to solve 200 question in 150 minutes. Preparation with zeal and vigor is what it takes to excel in the MAT exams.

In order to get Tier-1 MBA college accepting MAT scores, candidates need a minimum of 95 percentile. Since marks of all the sections is considered for overall percentile calculation, the aspirants will have to score high in each of the sections.

Language Comprehension:

This section is a vital one wherein students are tested for their skills in 'reading comprehension' and 'verbal ability'. The comprehension section includes -

  • Reading Skill: Though the passages are easy to read, yet it takes time to go through. So, it is advisable for the candidates to focus on improving their reading speed. Aspirants can also do extensive newspaper, magazine and book reading. Try some sample papers in solving RC based questions.
  • English Grammar: Aspirants shall focus on vocabulary, punctuation, verb, active/ passive voice, clauses, idioms etc. Just keep a good hold of fundamental English grammar.
  • Verbal Ability: There is no exact tips or formula to enhance verbal ability. So, it is advisable to practice sample questions to tackle questions and have a better understanding of this section.
Some of the popular books for language comprehension
Books Writer/ Publisher
Oxford's Practical English Usage Michael Shawn
Verbal & Reading Comprehension for CAT Pearson
Mastering for Verbal Ability for CAT Arihant Publication

Mathematical Skills:

The mathematical section consist of 40 questions for which conceptual clarity of each topic is sufficient. Besides, practicing past year's questions can enhance your problem solving skill within the time bound, which is a pre-requisite. Students can prepare from the books prescribed for preparation of CAT for the mathematical section.

Below listed are few books for Maths preparation in MAT exam 2021
Books Writer/ Publisher
Mathematics for MBA RS Aggarwal
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude Arun Sharma
Speed Mathematics: Do it quick, Do it right Rajesh Kumar Thakur C

Data Analysis & Data Sufficiency:

This is an important and considerably difficult section of MAT entrance exam. Also, this is a low-scoring section of this exam. Practicing more and more questions with tips and tricks will enhance the ability to interpret data quickly. Students can refer to some of the below recommended books-

Books Writer/ Publisher
Mission MBA MAT Arihant
Face 2 Face MAT Arihant
Study Package for MAT Arun Sharma

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning:

Referring to some good books, practice and prepare on some of the most asked topics like family tree, arrangement, calendars, blood relation, coding-decoding etc. Students can refer to some of the popular books mentioned below for MAT exam syllabus-

Books Writer/ Publisher
The Hand-on Guide to Analytical Reasoning & Logical Reasoning Arihant Publication
Logical Reasoning Ability & General Mental Ability Sanjeev Joon, RA Sharma

Indian & Global Environment:

For this section, candidates are advised to get a regular and deeper insight of current affairs and GK also. Watch YouTube, read newspapers to get to know about the contemporary facts in Indian and global environment. Also, try to develop basic understanding of Banking & Business sector.

You can appear for the MAT exam four times a year.
Must have passed a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with an aggregate of 50% of marks.
Yes. It has a negative marking of about 0.25 for each negative answer.
No. The Calculator is not allowed to carry during the exam.
A score of more than 400 is considered a good MAT score percentile.
MAT score is valid for an entire year.
There is no age limit to appear in the exam and the candidate must have completed 21 years of age.
Language Comprehension, Intelligence, and Critical Reasoning, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, Indian and Global Environment.
Colleges like Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Nagpur, International School of Business & Media (ISB&M) Pune, School of Inspired Leadership - SOIL Gurgaon, SIESCOMS Navi Mumbai, Jaipuria Institute of Management (Jaipuria) Noida, etc.
Mission MBA MAT Guide, Study package for MAT, Verbal Ability, and Reading Comprehension for the CAT, and many more books are available.

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