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MAT Preparation Tips- Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

Last Updated - December 12, 2016

MAT is conducted in two modes viz. online and written, a candidate can exercise either option while filling the application form. The online exam will be conducted on December 11, 2016 and offline exam is scheduled on December 12, 2016. The MAT 2016 question paper will have 200 questions divided into five sections namely, Language Comprehension, Data Analysis, Mathematical Skills, Indian & Global Environment Section, and Intelligence & Critical Reasoning. Candidates are required to complete the test in 150 minutes.

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning Syllabus

MAT paper is divided into five section and Intelligence & Critical Reasoning is one of the trickiest topics among others. The complete syllabus of this section is listed below.

Seating ArrangementsAssertions-reasons
Coding-decodingCritical & visual reasoning
Constrain based arrangementsFacts-Inference-Judgement (FIJ)
SyllogismCause & effect
Proposition based followed by either deductive or inductive argumentStrong & weak arguments
SetsTrue – false
Venn diagramsMatrix
Matching PuzzlesLinear arrangements
Blood relations-family treeSeries
Statements – AssumptionsBinary logic
CalendarsClocks & Analogy
Team formation 

How to Crack Intelligence and Critical Reasoning Section in MAT 2016 December

The Intelligence and Critical Reasoning section of MAT question paper are completely logical by nature. All it requires is sharp and accurate human logical ability. This section have 40 multiple choice objective type questions of 40 marks i.e. 1 mark will be awarded for each correct answer and 1/4th marks will be deducted for each wrong answer. It is very important for the candidates to read and understand the question very well before attempting it. Students are advised to practice this section daily and solve at least one mock paper regularly.

Candidates are instructed to remember and follow few mantras to excel in this section. Here are few important tips that are beneficial for the appearing candidates.

  1. Read and understand the question thoroughly before answering, to avoid the possibility of negative marking.
  2. As there will be many statements based questions candidates are advised to look at the question very carefully and understand each statement clearly and then attempt it without getting confused.
  3. This section will have questions of different difficulty levels ranging from difficult-moderate-easy and therefore it is instructed to start attempting the question that the candidate is very sure about.
  4. If the candidate gets stuck on some question it is advisable to not waste your precious time, leave the question and move on to the next one.
  5. Always avoid making guesses& assumptions, and must use valid and verified facts and figures to avoid deduction of marks.
  6. Time management is very crucial in this type of examination and the candidate must know how to do it. The best way to expertise in this field is through practice. Practice mock test papers daily to improve the speed of attempting the questions.

There are few topics in Critical Reasoning that need special attention and these topics cover a good number of questions and hold about 10-15% of marks.

Passage ConclusionStatements-Assumptions
Interference JudgmentCoding-Decoding
Statement ArgumentBlood Relations
Analogy -

Difficulty level of all the sections in MAT 2016 December

The difficulty level of MAT paper lies between difficult-moderate, a maximum number of questions are at the moderate level of difficulty. Here we have listed the difficulty level of each section, so that the candidates may get the idea about the paper and prepare accordingly.

SectionWeightageDifficulty Level
Mathematical Skills40Difficult-Moderate
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning40Difficult-Moderate
Data Analysis40Difficult-Moderate
Language Comprehension40Moderate
Indian & Global Environment Section40Moderate-Easy

Preparation Books for MAT 2016

Here is the list of some of the best MAT preparation books recommended by the experts and toppers, available in the market.

  1. Mission MBA guide by Tarun Goyal and B.S. Sijwali by Arihant
  2. The Pearson MAT super course by Pearson
  3. MAT entrance exam by GKP
  4. Study package for MAT by Arun Sharma
  5. MAT score accelerator by Disha publications
  6. 10 challengers MAT: 10 mock tests for MAT by Dharmendra Mittal
  7. MAT solved papers by Disha experts
  8. Barron’s guide for MAT by Eugene D.Jaffe
  9. 10 mock test papers for MAT by Carrier launchers
  10. MAT Entrance guide by Deepak Aggarwal

MAT 2016 Expected Cutoff

AIMA declares the cutoff mark after the announcement of the MAT results. Candidates who have cleared the cutoff are considered eligible to get admission in the institute that considers MAT score. It is considered good to score 500+ marks in MAT to get admission in the top listed B-Schools of the country. Many institutes declare their own expected cut off marks list and offer admission according to it. The higher the score will be the probability of getting admission in the institute of one’s choice increases.

The further rounds of selection includes Written ability test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI). However, the selection criteria can be different in different colleges.



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