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How to Ace Language Comprehension in MAT?

Last Updated - March 22, 2017

Language Comprehension section in the paper pencil and computer based AIMA-MAT is one of the most important score determiners and stands at par with other sections. Out of 200 questions in MAT this section consists of 40 questions in MCQ format and is to be solved in suggested time limit of half an hour. MAT May 2017 is on May 7, 2017 in offline mode and on May 13, 2017 in online mode. Candidates who have appeared in the examination can check their MAT May Result 2017 after one week of the examination.  

Language Comprehension in MAT is the section to test the English language skills including Grammar, Vocabulary other Verbal Ability areas and Reading Comprehension passages. Difficulty level in Language Comprehension section in MAT is not very high. The exam has moderate to difficult level questions with overall difficulty level on moderate side.

MAT is a national level entrance test for admission to MBA/ PGDM institutes where thousands of the aspirants test their skills. It is held 4 times a year at quarterly intervals. Next MAT exam will be in the month of May 2017. It will be used as admission criteria for MBA/ PGDM 2017-19 programmes offered by more than 400 B-schools in India.

20% Weightage

Language Comprehension with 40 questions in MAT carries maximum 40 raw marks out of total 200 marks with 20% weightage awarded to this section. The raw score is awarded as 1 mark per correct answer which becomes a maximum score of 160 after calculation of composite score of 800 for all the 5 sections on a scale of 1 to 100.

About MAT Language Comprehension

In Language Comprehension section of May MAT 2017 there will be a few questions on the rearrangement of sentences of a paragraph. In each question, there will be four and six sentences, in jumbled form.

You are required to identify the opening sentence, the conclusion and then arrange the remaining sentences in such a manner that the entire paragraph reads in a coherent manner.

  • Before you can form paragraphs, it is important to understand the gist of the paragraph. This requires one to read all the sentences carefully. Apart from practicing past years’ papers, one should study sentence construction rules in greater depth. Identifying the opening and concluding sentences are easy.
  • The opening sentence is usually the sentence that introduces an idea or a concept. The last sentence will conclude what has been covered in the paragraph.
  • Once the opening sentence has been identified, you should zero in on the next sentence that acts as a continuation of the idea being discussed in the paragraph. To ace this section, it is important to find links between two sentences.

Language Comprehension is a scoring and important score determiner section. Candidates who have good command over English Language including grammar, vocabulary, verbal ability and reading ability. The syllabus of this section of MAT is as follows:

  • English Usage and Sentence Correction
  • English Proficiency
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Vocabulary Usage
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Idioms
  • Phrases
  • Verbal Ability
  • Reading Comprehension Passages

Know About MAT May 2017


MAT 2017 proposes to place more synonyms and antonyms. Usually we mug up the words, their similar and opposite meanings and tend to forget. There is no need to go for it now at this juncture.

The pattern of vocabulary words asked in MAT exam reveals that these words are moderate ones and do not belong to a tough literature. There may be some of the words whose meaning is hidden in the word itself. There may be 2 words joined in one, if you split them the meaning will be clear to you. Therefore, it is suggested to leave mugging of words now and focus on simple usage for next 2-3 days without beginning anything new. It will be much easier to decode the 4-5 vocabulary words and arrive at correct answer. This will help you to score high without any loss of marks.

Tips to Ace Language Comprehension in MAT

To crack the Language Comprehension candidates, need to choose the right topic in the reading comprehension section and understand the main idea of the passage. If the candidate understands the concept of the passage, answering questions related to it becomes easy.

  • Search for structural words like Similarly, additionally, moreover, though, however, thus etc. so as to get the right meaning of the sentence and hence the passage.
  • Time Management is very important, try to manage time while reading the passage so that less time is consumed while answering the questions.
  • The candidates must regularly read newspapers, books, novels, magazines to improve English proficiency and vocabulary.
  • Underline the words that you don’t understand and find their meaning in the dictionary. Also look for their synonyms and antonyms.
  • Practice MAT sample papers and reading comprehensions as much as you can.

Check MAT Preparation Tips for General Awareness Section

Given below are some topics which need to be practiced more questions are asked from these topics:

Fill in the blanksVocabulary Based QuestionsGrammar based question including prepositions, adverbial phrase
Sentence correctionsCompound wordsReading comprehension passages

Preparation Books for MAT 2017 May

Language Comprehension passages in MAT 2017 could prove to be a good source of high scoring as each passage is followed by more than one question. If you practice only today and tomorrow on moderate RC passages, Newspaper editorials, magazines carrying rich vocabulary among others source material, you can ensure high score in Language Comprehension section.

Good book is a success of every exam. If you want to crack MAT Exam, buy books according to syllabus and written by a good writer. NCERT Textbooks of class 11th and 12th are very good for building basics for Preparation. These books will help you in MAT preparation. But don’t forget to check the MAT syllabus. Given below is the list of books that students can refer to for preparing for MAT:

Name of BookAuthor’s NameISBN Number
MAT solved papersDisha experts9384905011
10 mock test papers for MATCarrier launchers9384905011
Barron’s guide for MATEugene D. Jaffe0764139932
MAT Entrance guideDeepak Aggarwal935012582X
Mission MBA guideB. S. Sijwali & Tarun Goyal9351764591
MAT entrance exam with CDGKP9351764591
Pearson MAT super course with CDPearson8131731790
Study package for MATArun Sharma0070221154
10 challenges MATDharmendra Mittal
MAT score acceleratorDisha Publications9381250480

MAT 2017 May Cutoff

MAT 2017 May Cutoff will be released after the declaration of the result of the exam. MAT Cutoff depends on a various factor such as: - No. of candidates, difficulty level of the exam, reservation norms etc. The cutoff marks are scored from a total of 800. The table below furnishes the expected MAT 2017 Cutoff scores of the few top-rated MAT Participating Institutes.

B-SchoolsExpected MAT 2017 Cutoff Scores
Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship700
Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad650
Balaji Institute of Modern Management, Pune600
PSG Institute of Management, Coimbatore600
Amity Business School, Noida500
Alliance School of Business, Bangalore500
IFIM Business School500
Acharya Institute of Management & Sciences500
VIT University500
SRM school and SRM University500
Christ Institute of Management400

Remember despite being a national level management entrance test, if we measure the level of difficulty in MAT, the exam is less difficult than CAT/XAT and CMAT. If a candidate practices well, can crack MAT with high score and without much difficulty.



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