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MAT Preparation Tips- Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

Last Updated - August 17, 2017

MAT Exam 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 September 9, 2017 and offline exam is scheduled on September 3, 2017.

  • MAT 2017 September question paper will have 200 questions.
  • The exam will be divided into five sections namely, Language Comprehension, Data Analysis, Mathematical Skills, Indian and Global Environment Section, and Intelligence and Critical Reasoning.
  • Candidates are required to complete the test in 150 minutes.
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning section is considered to be the trickiest among all the sections, it is important to solve MAT Practice Papers.

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning Syllabus

MAT Exam is divided into five sections and Intelligence and 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 Critical Reasoning Section in MAT 2017 September

The questions included in 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 has 40 multiple choice objective type questions of 1 mark each. Provision of negative marking is followed, 1/4 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.

It is very important for candidates to read and understand the type of questions asked 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, so look at the questions very carefully and understand each statement before attempting it.
  3. This section will have questions of different difficulty levels ranging from difficult-moderate-easy. Start with the questions you find easy.
  4. Always avoid making guesses and assumptions, and must use valid and verified facts and figures to avoid deduction of marks.
  5. Time management is very crucial in this type of examination and the candidate must know how to do it.
  6. 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 which need special attention and these topics cover a good number of questions holding about 10-15% of marks.

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

MAT May 2017- Difficulty Level of Intelligence and Critical Reasoning Section

MAT May 2017 was of moderate difficulty level. Approximately 20-25 minutes were taken by the aspirants to solve 40 questions put up in Intelligence and Critical Reasoning section. Given below is the detailed analysis of this section:

SectionWeightageDifficulty Level
Assertion Reason5Easy
Statement- Conclusion5Moderate
Blood Relations3Moderate
Analytical Reasoning15Moderate
Mathematical5Easy to Moderate
Venn Diagram2Easy to Moderate
Miscellaneous Puzzle3Easy to Moderate​

Preparation Books for MAT 2017

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

Name of the BookAuthors
Mission MBA guideTarun Goyal and B.S. Sijwali by Arihant
The Pearson MAT super coursePearson
MAT entrance examGKP
Study package for MATArun Sharma
MAT score acceleratorDisha Publications
10 challengers MAT: 10 mock tests for MATDharmendra Mittal
MAT solved papersDisha experts
Barron’s guide for MATEugene D.Jaffe
10 mock test papers for MATCarrier launchers
MAT Entrance guideDeepak Aggarwal

MAT 2017 Expected Cut Off

AIMA declares MAT Cut Off marks after the announcement of MAT Result. Candidates who have cleared the cut off are considered eligible to get admission in the institutes considering MAT score. If a candidate scores 500+ marks in MAT, he/she will be eligible 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 include Written ability test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI). However, the selection criteria can be different in different colleges.



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