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MAT 2017 PATTERN & SYLLABUS

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MAT Exam Pattern 2017 (September)

MAT 2017 Exam Pattern (September) describes the complete paper pattern, subject-wise marking scheme, distribution of marks, time duration and alike. It is decided by All India Management Association (AIMA) each year. The exam pattern of MAT has been similar over the years. The next session of MAT 2017 i.e. September session, will be conducted on September 3 (offline) and September 9 (online). 

Here are some quick facts about MAT Exam Pattern:

  • The Managment Aptitude Test (MAT) is conducted in both- online and offline modes.
  • MAT Syllabus has questions from Data Analysis & Sufficiency, Language Comprehension, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, Mathematical Skills and Indian & Global Environment. 
  • The exam will be conducted in English language only.
  • There will be a total of 200 objective type questions in MAT that must be completed in 2 hours 30 minutes.
  • As for Marking Scheme in MAT, +1 mark will be awarded for each correct answer and ¼ marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.
  • We advise you to practice as many MAT Sample Papers as possible. They give you a great hint of what to expect in the actual paper.
  • MAT 2017 (May) was of moderate difficulty level and an attempt of 105 to 120 questions can be considered as a good attempt. A paper of similar difficulty level is expected this time too. Check MAT Paper Analysis
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Highlights of MAT Exam Pattern

Mode of examinationOffline and Online
Number of sections 5
Number of questions from each section40
Maximum marks for each section40
Total marks200
Nature of questionsObjective
Language of examEnglish
Duration of exam150 minutes
MAT Marking Scheme+1 for correct answer; -0.25 for incorrect answer
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Here is the section-wise exam pattern in MAT:

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SectionNumber of QuestionsTime Suggested (In Minutes)Marks Allotted
Language Comprehension403040
Mathematical Skills404040
Data Analysis & Sufficiency403540
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning403040
Indian and Global Environment401540
Total200150200
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MAT Exam Pattern for Data Analysis & Sufficiency

  • The data analysis and sufficiency section judges a candidate on his critical thinking.
  • This section will carry 40 questions that will require intense calculation.
  • Each correct answer will be awarded 1 mark.
  • ¼ marks would be deducted as penalty for marking wrong the answer.
  • We suggest candidates complete this section in 35 minutes.
  • The most common topics include Direction Sense, Input/Output analysis, Coding and Decoding, Data Arrangement, Blood Relations.

Read  MAT Preparation Tips for Data Analysis and Sufficiency

MAT Syllabus for Data Analysis and Sufficiency

This section is mostly based on text, graphs, and tables. The following are the types of question that a candidate may face in MAT Exam–

MAT Syllabus for Data Analysis and Sufficiency
Column GraphsBar Graphs
Line chartsPie Chart
Graphs representing AreaVenn diagram

MAT Preparation Books for Data Analysis and Sufficiency

MAT DATA Analysis, MAT Exam Pattern, MAT Paper Pattern, MAT Exam Qualifying Marks, MAT Exam Total Marks,  MAT Preparation Books
Book NamePublisher/ Writer
Accredited Guide to Data Interpretation and Data SufficiencyAnanta Ashisha
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for MATArun Sharma
Data Analysis & Interpretation Data SufficiencyThink Tank of Kiran Prakashan

MAT 2017 Paper Analysis (May)

In MAT 2017 (May Session), Data Interpretation dominated this section by covering 50% of the questions based on pie charts, bar diagrams, charts and line graph. In the following table, the level of difficulty of Data Analysis and Sufficiency section in MAT is mentioned: 

TopicsNo. of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Bar Graph + Pie Chart5Moderate to Difficult
Line graph5Easy to Moderate
Pie Charts5Moderate to Difficult
Tables5Moderate
A set on Bar Graph5Easy
Venn diagram5Moderate to Difficult
Quantitative Comparison5Easy to Moderate
Data Sufficiency5Easy
Total40Moderately to Difficult

MAT Exam Pattern for Language Comprehension

  • The Language Comprehension section in MAT 2017 will test a candidate on his comprehensive and reading skills, and that will include reading the given passage and answering questions related to the same.
  • This section will have 40 questions.
  • Each correct answer will be awarded 1 mark.
  • ¼ marks would be deducted as penalty for marking wrong the answer.
  • We suggest you to devote only 30 minutes to this section.

MAT Syllabus for Language Comprehension

The following are the types of question that a candidate may face in MAT Exam–

MAT Syllabus for Language Comprehension
Verbal ReasoningUsing the same word with different meaning
SyllogismsAnalogies
Contextual UsageOne-word substitution
AntonymsIdioms
Fill in the blanksOdd man out
Jumbled ParagraphsSentence Correction
Sentence CompletionForeign language words used in English
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MAT Preparation Books for Language Comprehension

MAT language, MAT Exam Pattern, MAT Paper Pattern, MAT Exam Qualifying Marks, MAT Exam Total Marks,  MAT Preparation Books
Book NamePublisher/ Writer
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading ComprehensionArun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay
Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT COMMON ADMISSION TESTAjay Singh
CAT Verbal Ability & Reading ComprehensionGautam Puri

Read  How to ace language comprehension in MAT?

MAT 2017 Paper Analysis (May)

  • Most of the questions were asked from Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary.
  • There were 5 reading comprehension passages. Each passage had 4 questions each.
  • In Vocabulary, there were 3 questions each on one-word substitution, Fill in the Blanks and Odd Word Out. There were 4 questions each on Summary and Para Jumbles.
  • In Grammar, there were 3 questions on Sentence Correction.
  • Overall, the section was of moderate level of difficulty but a bit lengthy. Given the number of reading comprehension passages, an attempt of 25-30 questions can be considered a good attempt.
SectionTotal QuestionLevel of Difficulty
Vocabulary9Moderate
Grammar3Easy
Reading Comprehension20Moderate – Tough
Verbal logic8Moderate

MAT Exam Pattern for Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

  • The Intelligence & Critical Reasoning paper in MAT 2017 will test the logical and critical reasoning of all the candidates.
  • Apart from that, this section forces the candidate to exert their mental capabilities to the maximum and that is the challenging part.
  • This section will have 40 questions.
  • Each correct answer will be awarded 1 mark.
  • ¼ marks would be deducted as penalty for marking wrong the answer.
  • We suggest you to devote only 30 minutes to this section.

MAT Syllabus for Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

The following are the types of question that a candidate may face in MAT:

MAT Syllabus for Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
Critical reasoningVisual reasoning
Assumption-Premise-ConclusionAssertion and reasons
Statements and assumptionsIdentifying valid inferences
Identifying argumentsStatements and conclusions
Cause and EffectIdentifying probably true probably false

MAT Preparation Books for Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

MAT Reasoning, MAT Exam Pattern, MAT Paper Pattern, MAT Exam Qualifying Marks, MAT Exam Total Marks,  MAT Preparation Books
Book NamePublisher/ Writer
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CATArun Sharma
Analytical & Logical Reasoning For CAT & Other Management Entrance TestsPeeyush Bhardwaj
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CATNishit Sinha

MAT 2017 Paper Analysis (May)

  • This section was dominated by Analytical Reasoning. There were around 30 questions based on it.
  • Verbal Reasoning comprised questions on Assertion and Reason, Statement Conclusion.
  • A student could have easily attempted over 25 questions in this section.
SectionTotal QuestionLevel of Difficulty
Assertion Reason5Easy
Statement-conclusion5Moderate
Blood Relations3Moderate
Directions2Easy
Analytical Reasoning15Moderate
Mathematical5Easy to moderate
Venn diagram2Easy to moderate
Miscellaneous puzzle3Easy to moderate

Read  Last Minute Preparation Tips for MAT


MAT Exam Pattern for Mathematical Skills

  • The Mathematical Skills paper in MAT 2017 will judge a candidate’s oral calculation skills. This will require direct application of formulae and concepts.
  • This section will have 40 questions.
  • Each correct answer will be awarded 1 mark.
  • ¼ marks would be deducted as penalty for marking wrong the answer.
  • We suggest you complete the paper in 40 minutes.

MAT Syllabus for Mathematical Skills

The following are the types of question that a candidate may face in MAT Exam:

MAT Syllabus for Mathematical Skills
GeometryTrigonometry
Ratios and ProportionPercentages
In-equations Quadratic and linear equationsAlgebra
Profit & LossAverages
Partnership (Accounts)Time-Speed-Distance
Work and timeNumber system
HCF & LCMGeometric Progression

Read  MAT Preparation Tips for Mathematical Skills

MAT Preparation Books for Mathematical Skills

MAT Mathematics, MAT Exam Pattern, MAT Paper Pattern, MAT Exam Qualifying Marks, MAT Exam Total Marks, MAT Preparation Books
Book NamePublisher/ Writer
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CATSarvesh Verma
Quantitative Aptitude for the CATNishit Sinha Trishna
A Complete Manual for the CATKnowledge System

MAT 2017 Paper Analysis (May)

  • This was the most difficult section of MAT 2017 (May session) and the questions were very time-consuming.
  • Arithmetic dominated the section with around 28 questions from Ratio, Profit & Loss, Averages, Time-Speed-Distance, Time & Work, Partnerships, and Percentages. There were a few questions on Probability and Mensuration too.
  • These questions were Moderate to difficult. Overall, an attempt of about 20 to 25 questions can be considered a good attempt for this section.
SectionTotal QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Arithmetic28Moderate to difficult
Geometry and Mensuration2Moderate
Number system4Easy
PnC & Probability4Moderate
Miscellaneous2Moderate

Check  MAT Paper Analysis


MAT Exam Pattern for Indian and Global Environment

  • The Indian and Global Environment section in MAT 2017 evaluates a candidate on his knowledge of current affairs and past events
  • There will be 40 questions in this section from politics, history, science etc.
  • Each correct answer will be awarded 1 mark.
  • ¼ marks would be deducted as penalty for marking wrong the answer.
  • We suggest you complete this section in 15 minutes.

MAT Syllabus for Indian and Global Environment

The following are the types of question that a candidate may face in MAT 2017:

MAT Syllabus for Indian and Global Environment
Current AffairsBusiness
Punch line of companiesTop officials of big companies
Major corporate eventsFamous award and prizes
World RecordsBooks and authors
ScienceHistory
GeographyInternational organizations
Important quotationsSocial issues
SportsFinance
AutomobilesEntertainment

Read  MAT Preparation Tips for General Awareness section

MAT Preparation Books for Indian and Global Environment

MAT Indian and global enviroment, MAT Exam Pattern, MAT Paper Pattern, MAT Exam Qualifying Marks, MAT Exam Total Marks, MAT Preparation Books
Book NamePublisher/ Writer
Face To Face MAT With 19 Years (1997-2016)BS Sijwali
The Mega Yearbook 2016: Current Affairs & General Knowledge For Competitive ExamsDisha Experts
MAT 18 Years Topic-Wise Solved Papers (1997-2014)Disha Experts

MAT 2017 Paper Analysis (May)

  • This section was dominated by questions from current GK. More than 25 questions were from important events, developments, sports tournaments, advertisements, etc.
  • Many questions from International Affairs and Business Awareness were also asked.
  • An attempt of around 15-17 questions can be considered a good attempt.

MAT Sample Question Paper 2017

  • To be able to excel in MAT 2017, it is essential to practice as many MAT Sample Papers as possible.
  • These will help you have a fair idea about the expected MAT Exam Pattern and also prepare well for the practical assessment.
  • It is mandatory for each candidate to clear MAT Cut off to be able to qualify for admission in top B schools of India.
  • Candidates should try to identify the important topics and questions that have come in the previous year MAT question papers.
  • They can set timers to assess their accuracy and speed in answering all the questions.

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