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MAT Preparation Tips Mathematical Skills

Last Updated - August 18, 2017

With only few days left to appear for MAT, it is impertinent for aspirants to go through important tips and tricks to crack Mathematical Skills section. Over the years, it has been observed that questions from arithmetic have been focused upon.

  • Mathematical Skills is one of the trickiest section of all, with questions ranging from geometry, number systems, mensuration, arithmetic, etc.
  • MAT for September 2017 session is scheduled for September 3, 2017 (offline) and September 9, 2017 (online).
  • The key focus in the Arithematic section is covered with profit and loss questions.
  • In the article below, candidates can find useful tips, preparation books and important topics related to MAT. 

There are 5 sections which are covered in MAT namely, Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning and Indian and Global Environment.


MAT 2017 Mathematical Skills Syllabus

Mathematical Skills section in MAT 2017 will comprise 40 Questions of 1 mark each if answered correctly. Profit and Loss questions will be focused upon along with the questions from Set Theory, Equations, Number Series, etc. MAT Syllabus for Mathematical Skills has been given below in complete detail:

  1. Arithmetic:  Simple and Compound Interest, Time, Time and work, Percentage, Ratio-Proportion, Averages, Speed & Distance, Profit and Loss etc.
  2. Modern Maths: Venn Diagram, Set Theory, Probability and Permutation and Combination
  3. Geometry: Trigonometry, Triangles, and Mensuration.
  4. Algebra: Equations
  5. Number System: Number Series

How to Crack Mathematical Skills Section of MAT 2017?

The section of numerical/mathematical abilities tests student’s Mathematical skills. If a candidate has clear concepts of the basics, he/she can easily score 100% in this section.

Candidate can solve the questions using the various memorized formulas, good and effective mathematical techniques and various short cut methods. Candidate should practice a lot as it is the only key to crack this section of MAT 2017.

Here are some tips to crack mathematical skills section

  • Start the paper by solving the questions of least difficulty and then move to moderate and most difficult questions. This will help the candidate in solving the section within the stipulated time frame.
  • Use good mathematical techniques and quick formulas to solve the difficult or twisted questions.
  • Try to avoid lengthy and complicated calculations.
  • Make least or no use of calculators while preparing for the exam. This will reduce your speed in solving questions.
  • Keep a note of all the important formulas and memorize the same. The formulas should be revised every day.
  • Dedicate 3 to 4 hours every day for the preparation of this section.
  • Consider the opinions and tips given by MAT appeared candidates  
  • As MAT has the provision of negative marking, so candidate should highly avoid making random guess.
  • Time management is an important factor to be considered. It plays a very crucial role while attempting the questions from this section.

MAT 2017 Important Topics

Out of the total question asked in this section most of the questions will be asked from the topics: Arithmetic followed by Geometry. From Arithematic section, Profit and Loss questions have the maximum weightage. Given below is the table which clearly shows key areas which a candidate should focus upon:

Arithmetic20 marks
Geometry10 marks
Algebra and Number System5 marks
Modern Math5 marks

MAT May 2017- Difficulty Level of Mathematical Skills

The difficulty level of the questions asked in MAT May 2017 was relatively Moderate. The analysis shows that candidates must have arithmetic section as their focal point. The detailed analysis of the difficulty level of Mathematical Skills has been given below: 

SectionNumber of QuestionsDifficulty level
Arithematic28Moderate to Difficult
Geometry and Mensuration2Moderate 
Number System4Easy
Modern Maths4Moderate
Miscellaneous 2Moderate

MAT 2017 Preparation Books

There are a large number of books available in the market for the preparation of MAT. Various publication companies have come up with preparation books for MAT 2017. Along with the books, candidates must solve MAT Practice Papers for better preparation. Given below is the list of important/best books to be considered for preparation:

  • Barron's Guide to GMAT, by Eugene D. Jaffe and Stephen Hillbert -Galgotias Publication Pvt. Ltd.
  • Mathematics for MBA by R.S. Agarwal
  • Quantitative Techniques by R.S. Agarwal
  • Maths NCERT books from class 8-10
  • MAT Entrance Exams with Practice CD by GKP (G K Publications Pvt. Ltd.)
  • The Pearson MAT Super Course with CD
  • MAT solved paper by Disha publication



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