MAT Exam Preparation Tips

MAT is a standardised National level test being administered since 1988 to facilitate business schools (B-Schools) to screen candidates for admissions to MBA and allied programmes. It is conducted four times a year, in the months of February, May, September and December.

The students can choose the test mode as per their suitability. In this article, we provide the preparation tips that guide the students and help them for preparing the exam. Candidates who want to make their career in management field can refer this article for MAT preparation tips. Must follow the tips and guidelines mentioned below for securing good marks in the examination.

Section Wise Preparation Tips for MAT 2019

There will be 5 sections viz. language comprehension, mathematical skills, data analysis and sufficiency, intelligence and critical reasoning and Indian and Global Environment. Aspirants can check section wise preparation tips below:

Language Comprehension

A total number of questions in this section will be 40. This section of reading comprehension is aimed at judging the comprehending and reading skills of the candidates.

To understand the passage, a regular reading practice is required to crack the same. The time suggested being taken to solve this part is 30 minutes.

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

This section will consist of 40 questions of 1 mark each. It will test the logical and critical reasoning of all the candidates. It includes topics like Data Arrangement, Blood Relations, Series and Sequences and Critical Reasoning, Direction Sense, Input/output analysis, Coding and Decoding.

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

This section targets to test the data interpretation skills of the candidates in regards to diagrams, reports and other such factual data. This section contains 40 questions of 1 mark each. Questions in this section are based on Direction Sense, input/output analysis, Coding and Decoding, Data Arrangement, Blood Relations.

The questions here would again be calculation intensive. The time suggested to be taken to complete this section is 35 minutes.

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Mathematical Skills

Candidates will be required to quickly answer the questions which would be based on business Mathematics, Arithmetic, and Geometry. There will be 40 questions to be solved within 40 minutes each carrying 1 mark.

It is important that the candidates thoroughly know their basic formulae and other concepts.

Indian and Global Environment

This section will basically focus on the current affairs of India and the world. The most effective way to get through this section is to be aware of the happenings of India and the World.

Like the other sections, this section will consist of 40 questions but need to be solved within 15 minutes. This section requires speed in attempting the questions with accuracy.

Best Books for MAT Preparation

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is conducted by AIMA four times a year. When it comes to preparing for this exam, one of the first steps that MBA aspirants need to take is find the best books for MAT preparation.

In the table given below, candidates can find the names of some of the best books for MAT preparation. These books can provide the right guidance to candidates and also help them revise and practice all the topics thoroughly –

Name of the Book


Mission MBA MAT Guide

BS Sijwali and Tarun Goyal

Complete Guide for MAT and Other MBA Entrance Exams         

Deepak Agarwal, Mahima Agarwal

Barron’s Guide to GMAT     

D. Jaffe, Stephen Hilbert

10 Challengers MAT

Dharmendra Mittal

A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning

R.S. Aggarwal

Study Package for MAT

Arun Sharma

MAT (Management Aptitude Test) Entrance Exam


Guide  R. Gupta

Verbal Ability & Comprehension for CAT

Aditya Choudhary, Bharat Patodi

MAT Score Accelerator


The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations

Dinesh Khattar


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