MAT will examine your general
aptitude in various aspects such as Language Comprehension, Mathematical
Skills, Data Analysis & Sufficiency, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning,
Indian & Global Environment etc.
Pattern of MAT entrance Exam
Total number of Questions: 200
Total Time allocated: 150 minutes
Marks allocation
Correct attempt: 1 mark
Incorrect attempt: Negative marking not specified
Sections with Questions
MAT entrance exam covers five sections in all. Scores of first four sections compose the final scores. However, institutions might choose to consider the score of the General Awareness section.
Total number of Questions: 200
Total Time allocated: 150 minutes
Marks allocation
Correct attempt: 1 mark
Incorrect attempt: Negative marking not specified
Sections with Questions
MAT entrance exam covers five sections in all. Scores of first four sections compose the final scores. However, institutions might choose to consider the score of the General Awareness section.
Section

No. of Questions

Verbal Ability

40

Quantitative Aptitude

40

Data Interpretation and Data sufficiency

40

Reasoning Ability

40

General Awareness

40

Total Number of Questions

200

The consolidated score is evaluated by taking only four areas into account. General awareness is not added in the total score. Hence, the scoring is done out of a maximum possible score of 160 marks (@1 mark for 160 qs). However, the score card (by AIMA) does not give the net marks. It gives the scaled score and the percentile in each and every section. It also gives the overall composite score and the overall percentile.
Note: The number in the brackets signifies the number of questions from that topic in the 2012 dec paper of MAT
Detailed Syllabus
Quantitative Ability for MAT:
Geometry, (Lines, angles, Triangles, Spheres,
Rectangles, Cube, Cone etc)
Ratios and Proportion,(2) Percentages, Inequations Quadratic and linear equations Algebra, Profit & Loss,?(8) Averages,(8) Partnership (Accounts), TimeSpeedDistance,(4) Work and time,(4) Number system, HCF & LCM, Geometric Progression, 
Arithmetic progression,
Arithmetic mean, Number Base System, BODMAS, Mensuration(4), Alligation & Mixtures, Work, Pipes and Cisterns, Simple Interest & Compound Interest,(4) Set Theory, Venn diagram, 
Installment Payments,
Clocks, Probability, Permutations Combinations,(2) Trigonometry, Calendar, Maxima & Minima Progression, Surds & Indices Complex numbers Etc. 
Quantitative Ability:
The quantitative ability of MAT checks your basic knowledge of math and that is why MAT exam has relatively easy math sums as compared to CAT or XAT, except probability and permutations which may prove difficult.
DI And Reasoning for MAT:
The quantitative ability of MAT checks your basic knowledge of math and that is why MAT exam has relatively easy math sums as compared to CAT or XAT, except probability and permutations which may prove difficult.
DI And Reasoning for MAT:
Data Interpretation based on text, Data Interpretation based on graphs and tables.
Graphs can be
Column graphs,
Bar Graphs,(8)
Line charts, (10)
Pie Chart, Graphs representing
Area, (8)
Venn diagram,
Data comparison (5)
Critical
reasoning
AssumptionPremiseConclusion,
Assertion and reasons, (4)
Statements and assumptions,(5)
identifying valid inferences ,
Statements and conclusions,
Cause and Effect,(4)
Identifying Probably true, Probably false,
definitely true, definitely false kind of statement,
Linear arrangements(2)
, Matrix arrangements.(2)
Distributions(15)
Puzzles,
Anology(4)
Functions,
Family tree  identifying relationship among
group of people, (3)
Symbol Based problems,
Coding and decoding ,
Sequencing ,(5)
identifying next number in series, etc.
DATA ANALYSIS AND SUFFICIENCY
(DI):
The DI section of MAT consists of conventional data interpretation like graphs and charts with questions based on finding percentage increase or decrease. This section, in particular, gives you the opportunity to score as high as you can because if you interpret even one table or graph, you can correctly answer 4 to 5 questions following it.
The DI section of MAT consists of conventional data interpretation like graphs and charts with questions based on finding percentage increase or decrease. This section, in particular, gives you the opportunity to score as high as you can because if you interpret even one table or graph, you can correctly answer 4 to 5 questions following it.
REASONING:
Practicing from previous question papers of MAT will be the best way to get an idea of this section. Like many other MBA Entrance exams, MAT also follows old GRE books, so, it will be a good idea to get a reference from them.
Verbal Ability for MAT:
Verbal Ability section of MAT is pure comprehension. like the DI section, will help you score very high. Once you understand one paragraph, you will be able to answer 4 to 5 question based on the same Passage. It not only saves time but also gives you a lot of confidence. Only thing that can help you here is reading a lot and attempting online tests
The topics are”
Comprehension of passage(20) (Poems can also come).
Verbal Reasoning,
Verbal Ability section of MAT is pure comprehension. like the DI section, will help you score very high. Once you understand one paragraph, you will be able to answer 4 to 5 question based on the same Passage. It not only saves time but also gives you a lot of confidence. Only thing that can help you here is reading a lot and attempting online tests
The topics are”
Comprehension of passage(20) (Poems can also come).
Verbal Reasoning,
Syllogisms ,
Contextual usage,
Analogies,
Antonyms,(3)
Fill In the Blanks, (2)
Jumbled paragraphs with 4 or 5
sentences, Jumbled paragraphs (6 sentences with first and last fixed), (16)
Sentence Correction,
Sentence completion,
Sentence correction,
odd man out,
idioms,
one word substitution,
Different usage of same word etc.
General Awareness for MAT:
Current Affairs,
General Awareness for MAT:
Current Affairs,
Business
Top officials of big companies,
Major corporate events
Famous award and prizes
World Records
Books and authors
Science, History, Geography,
Famous award and prizes
World Records
Books and authors
Science, History, Geography,
International organizations
Social issues,
Social issues,
Sports,
Finance,
Entertainment,
Politics, etc.
NOTE: This is not list of syllabus but an indicative list observed over the pattern of MAT entrance exam till date.
NOTE: This is not list of syllabus but an indicative list observed over the pattern of MAT entrance exam till date.
Few important reference books are:
R. S. Aggarwal – Math’s  XI & XII
R.S. Agarwal  Reasoning
R.S.Aggarwal – Quantitative Aptitude
R.D Sharma  Quantitative Aptitude
S.L. Loni – Plane Trigonometry (Part I)
S.L. Loni – Coordinate Geometry
Arihant Publication books for competitive exams
R. S. Aggarwal – Math’s  XI & XII
R.S. Agarwal  Reasoning
R.S.Aggarwal – Quantitative Aptitude
R.D Sharma  Quantitative Aptitude
S.L. Loni – Plane Trigonometry (Part I)
S.L. Loni – Coordinate Geometry
Arihant Publication books for competitive exams
Practice Book on quicker Maths M. Tyra & K. Kundan
Analytical Reasoning by M. K. Pendy
As above, we tried to list the detailed syllabus for all the sections of MAT entrance exam..
FOR THE PREPARATION OF MAT
It is strictly advisable to follow a stepbystep
process:
 Clear you basic Math’s
Concepts.
The best way shall be to start practicing from the text books of Class 10. Learn as many formulas as possible and try to develop your own shortcuts.
 Work on you vocabulary.
Reading a lot and observing how words are used in different contexts will be of great help.
 Develop the habit of reading.
Newspapers, Magazines and TV can be a great help here as well. Magazines, not necessarily should be on politics, basically any magazine will help develop reading habit.
 Reasoning skills can be
improved by solving puzzles
Practice a lot. Solving sets of questions within a time frame with concentration could be miraculous. Devoting equal time on each question and section will be of great help as well.
 Know your Strength and Weakness
Once you know your strengths and weaknesses go for some fulllength tests.
6. Revise
Revise as much as u can.
Revise as much as u can.
DURING THE TEST
 Be very sure of your answer
before proceeding
 Do not get bogged down with
complicated or lengthy calculations
 Use guessing intelligently and
deploy the Selection by elimination method
 Learn how to work backwards,
i.e., plugging the most attractive option in the question and see if it
makes sense
 Convert quantities freely like
¼ is nothing but 25% of any given quantity.
 In questions that ask you to
select a valid conclusion, always choose the one conclusion that must
definitely follow from the information you are given and viceversa.
 Pay special attention to words
like “all,” “some,” or “none” when you read the factual information each
question gives you
 Pay attention to negative
prefixes also, such as non, un, or dis
 Pay special attention to
negative numbers when they are used in some questions
 Pay close attention to the word
“ONLY” and to the phrase “IF AND ONLY IF”
 Don’t stick to one question for
too long
 Aim to answer as many questions
as you can
Importance of solving Mock Test Papers
Preparation for any entrance examination is incomplete without practicing mock tests. These are usually question papers which are similar to the pattern of the main exams. Management Aptitude Test is the entrance examination conducted by AIMA, which one must clear to gain admission in the participating Bschools of the county
Enlightens you about main exam
Helps in time management
You know where you stand
Mock test is a yardstick of your performance
Mock test is a yardstick of your performance