How To Prepare for MAT 2023 in 6 Months?

Management Aptitude Test 2022 ( MAT )

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MAT preparation requires at least six months as the exam is easy to moderate in terms of difficulty level. Here is a six-month MAT preparation strategy for aspirants aiming to appear for it in May 2023.

MAT preparation in six months

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is conducted four times a year – February, May, September and December. Since this exam is conducted multiple times a year, it is easy for MBA aspirants to decide which exam to take and when to start preparing for it. Ideally, MAT exam requires six months to prepare. Those who have appeared for other MBA entrance exams may need lesser time, but freshers or first timers must keep about six months for MAT preparation. Those who are appearing for MBA entrance exams like CAT, XAT, CMAT, NMAT in this exam season, they can appear for MAT 2023 February session, but those who are not appearing for any of these exams, need to spend atleast six months on MAT preparation, so they must start preparing now and appear for the MAT exam in May 2023. 

Within the six months, you can cover the MAT syllabus, practice sample questions and revise important chapters if the study plan is made with focussed attention. Those planning to appear for MAT exam in May 2023, must start preparing from now. Here we have laid down a six month preparation plan for MAT 2023.

How to Prepare for MAT 2023 in Six Months?

To prepare for MAT exam in six months, you must follow the following strategy:

  1. Understand MAT exam pattern, subjects and marking scheme
  2. Study all the topics included in the MAT syllabus in detail 
  3. Practise sample questions, MAT mock tests and MAT question papers
  4. Revise important topics and formulae regularly until the last day before exam

MAT 6-Month Plan: MAT Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme 2023

The first step towards MAT preparation is to know the MAT test structure – question paper, topics, type of questions, marks per section, etc. Check the key highlights of MAT exam pattern, below:

Features

Details

Mode of exam

Computer-Based Test, Paper-Based Test and Internet Based Test

Medium of exam

English

Time allotted

2 hours 30 minutes

Subjects

  • Language Comprehension
  • Data analysis & Sufficiency
  • Mathematical Skills
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
  • Indian and Global Environment

Total questions

200 questions

Type of questions

Multiple choices questions

Marks per section

1 mark per question

Negative marking

Deduction of 0.25 marks for each wrong attempt

MAT Exam 2023: Sectional Weightage

Each section of MAT carries 40 questions. There is no sectional time-limit in MAT so we have mentioned estimated time that should be enough to complete each section of the exam. Check the section-wise break up of MAT question paper:

MAT Sections

No. of Questions

Time in minutes

Language Comprehension

40

30

Mathematical Skills

40

40

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

40

30

Data Analysis & Sufficiency

40

35

Indian & Global Environment

40

15

Total

200

150

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MAT 6-Month Plan: Check MAT Syllabus

The MAT question paper is prepared on the basis of the syllabus prescribed by AIMA. Take a look at the MAT syllabus and topics included in each subject. Once done, you can begin MAT six month preparation with prime focus on topics that are your weak areas. Devote first two months for covering the syllabus topic-wise.

Section-wise MAT topics

MAT sections

Important topics

Language Comprehension

Parajumbles, Reading Comprehension, Verbal Ability, Grammar, Vocabulary, Clauses, Idioms, Active & Passive Voice, Verbs, Sentences, Errors and Punctuation

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

Statements, Table, Graphs, Data Sufficiency, Venn Diagram, Charts (Column, Bar, Pie)

Mathematical Skills

Profit & Loss, Mean, Median, Number System, Mensuration, Time-Distance-Speed, Percentage, Vectors, Differential Equation, Trigonometry, Arithmetic Progression, Geometric Progression, Algebra

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

Logical Reasoning, Statements & Conclusion, Judgment, Argument, Pie Chart, Blood Relations, Analogies

Indian & Global Environment Section

Current Affairs, Politics, World Records, Books and Authors, Corporate Affairs

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MAT 6-Month Plan: Practice Previous Year MAT Question Papers

After covering the MAT syllabus, move to the next phase of MAT six-month preparation. Start practicing MAT mock tests and sample papers irrespective of the test mode you have opted i.e. IBT, CBT or PBT. Many mock test series are available online for MAT preparation. Practicing mock test will help you tp develop speed and accuracy in solving questions, which is the core of a good performance in a time-bound test.

Cracking MAT exam is all about speed and accuracy. The more you practice mock tests and sample questions, higher the chances are of solving questions accurately in the MAT 2022 exam. You should also practice sectional mock tests so that you don’t over step the time-limit in the main exam.

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In comparison to many other MBA entrance tests, MAT is an easy exam. Having said that, this fact should not influence the overall MAT preparation strategy. MAT is essentially a speed-based test and candidates will have to calibrate their skills to improve speed and accuracy to answer easy questions within a set time-period. For this, attempt as many MAT mock tests as well as sample papers without any slippage.

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MAT 6-Month Plan 2023: Revision in the Last Month

In the last 15 days before the MAT exam, your plan should be to revise all the topics of MAT syllabus section wise. All the notes that you have prepared in the past five months will be handy now. Go through previous years' question papers for MAT and note the topics from which maximum questions are asked. Also, take note of the types of date sufficiency tables and pie charts feature in the MAT exam.

6-Month MAT Preparation Plan: Section-Wise Tips

It is important to master each section of the MAT exam so that the overall score is good. The score of Indian and Global Environment section is not taken into consideration for MAT percentile calculation so your main focus areas should be – Language Comprehension, Data Analysis & Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills and Intelligence and Critical Reasoning. Check a few tips for section-wise MAT preparation below:

Language Comprehension: To score well in this section, candidates should invest two to three hours of the day in reading only. Apart from this, they need to improve English vocabulary and grammar as grammar-based questions make up for 50 per cent of this section.

Data Analysis & Sufficiency: To crack this section of MAT, candidates need to have good problem solving skills. To acquire that, watch YouTube video tutorials by coaching experts. Also learn, easy methods and shortcuts to analyse data. If one has prepared well for Data Analysis & Sufficiency in the past four-five months, it will hardly take a week to master tricks to solve the questions.

Mathematical Skills: With right implementation of formulae and theorems, it is a lot easier to solve Mathematical Skills questions quickly. Therefore, the candidate's entire focus should be on understanding  and memorising formulae and theorems of the topics included in this section of MAT syllabus. Candidates must also develop the skill of mental calculation to save time in the actual exam.

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning: In this section of MAT, candidates should focus on revising Analytical Skills topics such as Coding-Decoding, Ranking, Series, Arrangements, Sequencing, Directions, Puzzles, etc. Practising brain teasers and puzzles in free time can be a good help. 

Indian and Global Environment: Get year-books for General Awareness and Current Affairs to revise the events of national and international importance. Also, focus on topics like Economics, Politics, Telecom Industry, Sports and National & International Awards, etc. 

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Which is the best book for NTSE Mental Aptitude Test (MAT)?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

8 hours ago

For students in the 10th grade, NCERT administers the "NTSE, " also known as the National Talent Search Examination. The NTSE has two papers: the Mental Aptitude Test (MAT) and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The best textbooks for studying for the Mental Aptitude Test are t...For students in the 10th grade, NCERT administers the "NTSE, " also known as the National Talent Search Examination. The NTSE has two papers: the Mental Aptitude Test (MAT) and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The best textbooks for studying for the Mental Aptitude Test are typically NCERT texts. You may, however, prefer some other MAT study guides due to the dearth of practice questions with thorough explanations. Among the books that are frequently recommended are:
1. By RS Aggarwal, Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning
2. Mental Ability for NTSE by Odisha Experts
3. Aihant's NTSE Study Guide

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Tejas Patil

Contributor-Level 6

20 hours ago

List of books for NTSE MAT exam
MEGA Study Guide for NTSE 2021 SAT & MAT Class 10 Stage 1 & 2 - 12th Edition
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Arihant Experts.

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What is the syllabus for MAT?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

21 hours ago

There are five sections to the MAT syllabus. The section-wise syllabus of the MAT exam is as follows:1. Intelligence and critical reasoning: This section checks the analytical and cognitive skills and includes topics like "visual reasoning, " "blood relations, &quot...There are five sections to the MAT syllabus. The section-wise syllabus of the MAT exam is as follows:
1. Intelligence and critical reasoning: This section checks the analytical and cognitive skills and includes topics like "visual reasoning, " "blood relations, " "column graphs, " "numerical grids, " "calendars, " "pie charts, " "arguments, " and so on.
2. Language Comprehension: The syllabus consist of basic grammar topics, Antonyms & Synonyms, Parts of Speech, Para Jumbles, Idioms, Phrases etc.
3. Data Analysis and Sufficiency: The topics in this section are bar diagrams, pie charts, graphs, data analysis and comparison, charts, and venn diagrams.
4. Indian and Global Environments: In this section, topics like company punchlines, social issues, finance, international organizations, Current Affairs books, and authors are discussed.
5. Mathematical Skills: The syllabus of this section includes elementary mathematics, the Number System complex numbers, sequences, series, Triangles set theory, and geometry.

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What is the best all-in-one book for MBA (CAT/MAT/GMAT) preparation?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

22 hours ago

It is difficult to prepare for all MBA entrance exams with one book due to different exam patterns. Also, since there are multiple sections in each exam, one book might not be able to cover the complete syllabus of these entrance exams. However, there are certain section-wise books that can be re...It is difficult to prepare for all MBA entrance exams with one book due to different exam patterns. Also, since there are multiple sections in each exam, one book might not be able to cover the complete syllabus of these entrance exams. However, there are certain section-wise books that can be referred to for different MBA exams. These are:
1. Arun Sharma or R. S. Agrawal for quantitative aptitude
2. Nisiht Sinha or Pearson for data interpretation and logical reasoning
3. Arun Sharma or Odisha Publication for Verbal Ability
4. For logical reasoning books by Arun Sharma or Nishit K. Sinha
You can choose any of these books to prepare for the exam according to the syllabus.

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What are the important topics for MAT preparation?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

Yesterday

The Management Aptitude Test MAT is conducted for admission to more than 800 colleges. Based on the analysis of previous year's question papers, the following are some of the important topics for MAT preparation:1. Mathematical Skills Section: The important topics include number systems, averages...The Management Aptitude Test MAT is conducted for admission to more than 800 colleges. Based on the analysis of previous year's question papers, the following are some of the important topics for MAT preparation:
1. Mathematical Skills Section: The important topics include number systems, averages, percentages, Algebra ratios, time and work, speed, geometry, venn diagrams, time and distance, and profit and loss.
2. Data Analysis and Sufficiency: In this section, important topics are charts, line X-Y graphs, data comparison, and caselet-based data.
3. Intelligence and critical reasoning Section: Some important topics in this section include syllogisms, direction, blood relations, statement assumptions, conclusions, arrangement, coding and decoding, and arguments.
4. Language Comprehension: For this section, vocabulary and basic grammar are very important. The topic includes one-word substitution, antonyms and synonyms, and comprehension.

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What is the best book for preparing for the KMAT exam?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

Yesterday

For studying for the KMAT exam, there is no one best book. You must choose your study materials in accordance with the KMAT exam syllabus. Here are some section-by-section book suggestions from professionals to assist you in preparing for the KMAT entrance exam:1. You must regularly read the news...For studying for the KMAT exam, there is no one best book. You must choose your study materials in accordance with the KMAT exam syllabus. Here are some section-by-section book suggestions from professionals to assist you in preparing for the KMAT entrance exam:
1. You must regularly read the newspaper in order to do well on the KMAT's verbal ability and reading comprehension sections. Additionally, you can choose a verbal aptitude book from Norman Lewis' Word Power Made Easy, Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay's Sharma and Upadhyay, or Wren and Martin's Wren and Martin.
2. You can choose from Nishit Sinha's, Arun Sharma's, or Abhijit Guha's quantitative aptitude for the section on quantitative ability.
3. You should study topics in any reputable book on logical reasoning in order to prepare for the section on logical reasoning. You can choose between Peeyush Bharadwaj, RS Aggarwal, and Arun Sharma.

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What's the difference between KMAT and MAT?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

Yesterday

Both the KMAT and MAT exams are conducted for admission to management courses. These exams differ in the following ways:1. The KMAT score is mostly accepted in Karnataka management colleges, whereas the MAT score is accepted in more than 800 management colleges. 2. The KMAT is conducted once a ye...Both the KMAT and MAT exams are conducted for admission to management courses. These exams differ in the following ways:
1. The KMAT score is mostly accepted in Karnataka management colleges, whereas the MAT score is accepted in more than 800 management colleges.
2. The KMAT is conducted once a year, whereas the MAT is conducted four times a year.
3. The KMAT is comparably tougher than the MAT. The MAT exam is more convenient to take as it is available in three modes.
4. In contrast to MAT scores, KMAT enables qualified students to request a fee waiver in their designated B school.
5. The KMAT registration fee is lower than MAT. The KMAT registration fee is Rs. 800, whereas the MAT fee is Rs. 1850.
6. The MAT has a 0.25 negative marking for wrong answers, whereas the KMAT has no negative marking.

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Can I use calculator in MAT exam? I am from Karnataka.

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Sujith Seenivasan

Beginner-Level 4

a week ago

No, usage of any electronic devices such as calculator, mobile phone, electronic gadgets is prohibited. Since it is a competitive exam, None of this things are allowed.

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Can I apply for MAT if I have completed CA?

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jasveer singh

Contributor-Level 9

a week ago

Yes, you can apply for MAT exam after completing CA/CS in any recognised university. Candidates above 40% of marks in UG are eligible to apply for MAT exam.

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

2 weeks ago

Yes, you can apply for the MAT exam if you have completed your CA course. For admission to MBA and PGDM programs, the AIMA administers the Management Aptitude Test (MAT). Candidates who meet the requirements below may apply for this exam:1. The applicants have their completed graduation from a re...Yes, you can apply for the MAT exam if you have completed your CA course. For admission to MBA and PGDM programs, the AIMA administers the Management Aptitude Test (MAT). Candidates who meet the requirements below may apply for this exam:
1. The applicants have their completed graduation from a recognised university
2. They are in their final year of college and will graduate by the time they are admitted to management college.
3. The candidate possesses a professional degree, such as a CS, CA, or ICWA. Visit the following link to learn more about this test: https://www.shiksha.com/mba/mat-exam

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Can I get admission to IIM-A with my MAT score?

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jasveer singh

Contributor-Level 9

a week ago

Yes, more than 80% score in MAT exam gives a chance in category. Candidates who get 94% have more chances to get calls from IIM management. Hence, there will be some admissions taken based on number of seats and category based. I wish you will get seat in IIM.

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

2 weeks ago

No, you cannot get admission to the IIM Ahmedabad with your MAT score. The Iims do not accept the MAT score for admission. To get admission to the PGP course at IIM A, you need to appear in the CAT or GMAT exam. If you have appeared in the MAT exam, you can apply to other colleges such as Amity U...No, you cannot get admission to the IIM Ahmedabad with your MAT score. The Iims do not accept the MAT score for admission. To get admission to the PGP course at IIM A, you need to appear in the CAT or GMAT exam. If you have appeared in the MAT exam, you can apply to other colleges such as Amity University, Tezpur University, and IIFM, Bhopal.
1. You can find information about colleges accepting the MAT exam at this link: https://www.shiksha.com/mba/colleges/mba-colleges-accepting-mat-india?sby=popularity
2. You can check detailed admission procedure of IIM at this Shiksha Page:https://www.shiksha.com/college/iim-Ahmedabad-indian-institute-of-management-vastrapur-307/admission.

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What is the MAT exam pattern?

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jasveer singh

Contributor-Level 9

a week ago

The MAT exam is conducted for admission to management courses such as MBA and PGDM at the top management colleges in India. The exam is conducted in three modes: CBT, PBT, and IBT, and the exam pattern is the same for each mode. The MAT exam follows the following pattern:1. The exam duration is 1...The MAT exam is conducted for admission to management courses such as MBA and PGDM at the top management colleges in India. The exam is conducted in three modes: CBT, PBT, and IBT, and the exam pattern is the same for each mode. The MAT exam follows the following pattern:
1. The exam duration is 150 minutes.
2. The MAT exam is divided into five sections with a total of 200 questions.
3. Each section has 40 questions, and each question carries one mark.
4. The sections are as follows: (a) Language Comprehension (b) Mathematical Skills (c) Indian & Global Environment (d) Data Analysis & Sufficiency (e) Intelligence & Critical Reasoning
5. There is a negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong response.

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

2 weeks ago

The MAT exam is conducted for admission to management courses such as MBA and PGDM at the top management colleges in India. The exam is conducted in three modes: CBT, PBT, and IBT, and the exam pattern is the same for each mode. The MAT exam follows the following pattern:1. The exam duration is 1...The MAT exam is conducted for admission to management courses such as MBA and PGDM at the top management colleges in India. The exam is conducted in three modes: CBT, PBT, and IBT, and the exam pattern is the same for each mode. The MAT exam follows the following pattern:
1. The exam duration is 150 minutes.
2. The MAT exam is divided into five sections with a total of 200 questions.
3. Each section has 40 questions, and each question carries one mark.
4. The sections are as follows: (a) Language Comprehension (b) Mathematical Skills (c) Indian & Global Environment (d) Data Analysis & Sufficiency (e) Intelligence & Critical Reasoning
5. There is a negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong response. You can find the pattern and syllabus in detail on this Shiksha link: https://www.shiksha.com/mba/mat-exam-pattern.

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