How to Prepare for MAT 2023 in Three Months?

Management Aptitude Test 2022 ( MAT )

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The first phase of MAT 2023 exam will be held in February. if you plan to appear for MAT in the first phase start preparing for it from now. Get the best preparation strategy to crack MAT in only three months.

MAT preparation in three months

MAT exam preparation in three months is possible only if candidates adopt a speedy preparation plan. MBA aspirants appearing for MAT this year only need to make an exam centric preparation plan and follow it till the last day. MAT exam is conducted in three modes - Computer Based Test (CBT), Paper Based Test (PBT) and Internet Based Test (IBT). The three modes have common syllabus and pattern. So, whichever mode you prefer to take MAT 2023 exam in, you have to prepare sincerely and in a focused way. 

We say it is possible to prepare for MAT in three months because, MAT syllabus is same as that of other MBA entrance exams and most of the candidates appear for multiple entrance tests. MBA aspirants who have prepared for CAT exam, XAT exam, IIFT exam and other MBA entrance exams for admissions to top B-schools in India, need to only brush up the basics and practice MAT mock tests. Therefore, a three-month preparation strategy for MAT is perfect.

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How to Crack MAT Exam in Three Months?

The key to MAT preparation in limited time period is enough practice of sample questions from important topics. MAT exam is usually of easy to moderate difficulty level. Also, the score of Indian and Global Environment (GK) section is not included in calculation of final MAT percentile. Thus, one needs to actually prepare for only four main sections. So focus majorly on Language Comprehension, Data Analysis & Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills and Intelligence & Critical Reasoning in these three months. One can prepare for Indian and Global Environment section in the last few days before exam.

If you have no prior knowledge of MAT or any MBA entrance exam, the first thing to do is, find out MAT syllabus and pattern. Let's take you through that below:

MAT Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2023

MAT exam pattern is similar to other MBA entrance exams. There are 200 questions in MCQ format to be answered in two and a half hours. The MAT syllabus includes five subjects –

Check below some key highlights of MAT exam 2023:

There has been no change in the MAT exam pattern over the years. It is simple and student friendly. Check the table below for highlights of MAT exam pattern 2023.

MAT Exam Pattern

Exam modes

CBT, PBT, IBT

Exam duration

2 hours and 30 minutes

Total sections

5

Type of questions

Objective type questions

Total questions

200 questions

Total marks

200 marks

Sectional weightage

40 questions per section

Marking scheme

+1 mark per right attempt

-0.25 marks each wrong attempt

MAT Syllabus

To score well in MAT 2023 exam, candidates need to be thorough with all the below mentioned topics. Check the table below for section-wise topics included in MAT syllabus 2023:

MAT Syllabus

Topics

Language Comprehension

Grammar, vocabulary, clauses, idioms & phrases, active & passive voice, verbs, tenses, pronoun, sentences, punctuation, parajumble, prepositions, articles

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

Tables & graphs, data sufficiency, venn diagram, charts (column, bar, pie)

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

Statements & conclusion, judgment, argument, pie chart, blood relations, family tree, analogies, statements

Mathematical Skills

Profit & loss, mean & median, number system, mensuration, time, distance & speed, percentage, vectors, differential equation, trignometry, algebra, geometry, modern math

Indian and Global Environment

Current affairs, political news & events, world records, books and authors, corporate affairs, personalities, history, business & economy, science & technology

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Section-wise Three-Month Preparation Strategy for MAT 2023

Many B-schools consider sectional scores while selecting a candidate for admission, thus it is important to prepare well for all the sections even if time is less. Check section-wise tips for MAT preparation in three months below:

MAT Language Comprehension Preparation

  • First Month: Develop reading speed by reading magazines, newspapers and blogs
  • Second Month: Focus on English grammar, vocabulary and verbal ability
  • Third Month: Practice sample questions and test exercises every day

MAT Intelligence and Critical Reasoning Preparation

  • First Month: Understand the basic patterns and concepts of the types of reasoning questions in MAT
  • Second Month: Learn tricks to solve questions quickly and accurately. Practice a large number of questions of various ranges and various difficulty levels.
  • Third Month: Take online MAT mock test to develop the speed of solving reasoning questions specific to the exam

MAT Data Analysis and Sufficiency Preparation

  • First Month: Understand types of charts, tables and graphs to interpret data accurately
  • Second Month: Practice sample questions and learn shortcuts and tricks to solve questions without using a calculator
  • Third Month: Spend maximum time in revision and practice of sample questions, mock tests, etc. to master each type of data interpretation questions

MAT Mathematical Skills Preparation

  • First Month: List out the topics from the MAT syllabus that feel are difficult for you and work on them first. If you are weak in Mathematics, learn the fundamentals and formulas first
  • Second Month: Learn new tricks to solve Mathematics problems without using a calculator or doing rough work on paper. Practice mental calculation.
  • Third Month: Solve MAT mock tests to gain control over all types of questions from across the sections and gain speed

MAT Indian and Global Environment Preparation

Once you've completed the syllabus of the four main MAT sections, move to Indian and Global Environment. This section is all about General Knowledge and Current Affairs. Thus, you can prepare this section in the last few days before the MAT exam. Dedicate about two hours daily to revise static GK and current affair from Manorama Year Book. You can also refer to other current affairs publications.

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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
Odisha Experts
Study Guide NTSE MAT + SAT for Class 10 2021-22
Arihant Experts, Study Guide NTSE MAT + SAT for Class 10th 2019-2020
Arihant Experts.

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What is the syllabus for MAT?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

22 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

23 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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