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MAT 2021 Intelligence & Critical Reasoning: Tips for Preparation, Topics, Good Score

Abhinav Chamoli
Abhinav ChamoliPublished On: April 16, 2021 | MAT

Here are some preparation tips for the Intelligence & Critical Reasoning section of MAT that will help candidates prepare and score well in the section. Find out the syllabus, good score and more in this article.

MAT Intelligence & Critical Reasoning: Tips for Preparation, Topics, Good Score

The Reasoning section of any MBA entrance exam in India is considered to be one of the most difficult and time-consuming sections. Same is the case with the Management Aptitude Test (MAT). However, the section is very important for any student who wishes to get a good score on the MAT exam.

Many students get worried at the thought of attempting the Intelligence & Critical Reasoning section of the MAT exam. But what if we told you that the reasoning section can turn out to be the most rewarding section in the exam? It requires consistent practice and adoption of good question-solving strategies, which are taught at many of the popular MAT coaching centres in India, but you can significantly reduce the time taken to solve the MAT reasoning section and actually make it a section you look forward to solving.

However, your preparation must not be disorderly. It should be organised and based upon a proper understanding of the MAT exam pattern and MAT syllabus. In this article, we cover some of the most important aspects of the Intelligence & Critical Reasoning section of the MAT exam. Here, you will get an idea of the syllabus, topics, marking scheme and an average or good score in the MAT reasoning section.

MAT Exam Pattern 2021

There are a total of 5 sections in the MAT exam. Each section has 40 questions. Every correct answer awards 1 mark to the candidate while 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong attempt.

The most important thing to note is that there is no time limit for each section of the MAT exam. Candidates are now allowed to switch between sections during the test. This is a very important factor to consider while preparing from MAT as while the option to switch between sections can be beneficial for a candidate or cause wastage of time, depending on how well a candidate has prepared.

In such a case, it is highly recommended that candidates place a time limit on sections during their preparation and also consider several factors such as their speed, accuracy and target score in each section of MAT.

Since time is a precious commodity, and very limited for the number of questions in the exam, deciding a section-wise time duration of the MAT exam must be the base of any candidate's MAT exam preparation strategy.

SectionNo. of QuestionsSuggested TimeScaled Score
Language Comprehension4030 minutes0 - 100
Mathematical & Critical Skills4040 minutes0 - 100
Data Analysis & Sufficiency4035 minutes0 - 100
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning4030 minutes0 - 100
Indian & Global Environment4015 minutes0 - 100
TOTAL200150 minutes400

Candidates can get a composite score between 199 and 801 in the MAT exam. Any candidate who gets a score between 199 is given a 199 score in MAT and any candidate who has scored above 801 is given an 801 composite score in the MAT. However, both these instances are very rare.

The score of the Indian & Global Environment section of MAT is not considered when calculating the final percentile of a candidate in the MAT exam.

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MAT Intelligence & Critical Reasoning Topics Covered 2021

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning is the 4th out of the 4 sections of the MAT exam. It contains 40 questions. The section is designed to test the Analytical Reasoning and Critical Reasoning sections of the MAT exam. Out of the 40 questions in the Intelligence & Analytical Reasoning section, 28 are from Analytical Reasoning and 12 cover topics from Critical Reasoning.

The topics covered in the Intelligence & Critical Reasoning section of MAT include the following.

Family TreeBlood RelationsStatements and Assumptions
Data SufficiencySeriesAssertions & Reasons
Multi-Dimensional ArrangementsColumn GraphsCritical Reasoning
Visual ReasoningSyllogismsGraphs Representing Area

Mostly questions from these topics make up most of the Intelligence & Critical Reasoning section of MAT. It is also very important that a candidate refers to the best books for MAT preparation to find out the comprehensive list of topics as well as the type of questions included in the MAT exam. Candidates can also check the previous year question papers of MAT for the same.

MAT Intelligence & Critical Reasoning Good Score 2021

Candidates are often found asking what is a good score in the Intelligence & Critical Reasoning section of MAT. While there can be no one true answer for everyone, it depends on several factors such as which is your target college or what is your target percentile in the MAT exam.

Generally, a score of 17-19 in the Intelligence & Critical Reasoning can result in a 90+ percentile in the MAT exam. You can always go for a higher score but it is very important to establish a balance between the target score and the time you can provide to a certain section. It is important that you keep sufficient

A number of other factors also define how much a candidate can score in the Intelligence & Reasoning Section of MAT. Here are some related articles that can help you set a target percentile for MAT based upon your choice of college.

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MAT Intelligence & Critical Reasoning Sample Questions 2021

Here are some of the MAT Intelligence & Critical Reasoning sample questions.

Sample Question 1

Directions: Find out the correct group of letters from the answer options (1) to (4) to represent the same relationship among the group of letters as established among the set at the top.
Ques. AEX : EIY : IOX : ...........

(1) UYZ(2) AEX
(3) EIX(4) OUW

Sample Question 2

Direction: The question below is followed by two arguments numbered I and II. You have to decide which of the given argument is a "strong" argument.

Should telecasting feature films be stopped?


I Yes, the feature films misguide young children.
II No, this is the only way to educate the masses.

Give your answer as

(1) if only argument I is strong.(2) if only argument II is strong.
(3) if both I and II are strong.(4) if neither I not II is strong.

Sample Question 3

Isha is older than Sunder. Misha is older than Harbans. Harbans is younger than Gyan. Sunder and Gyan are of the same age. If the above facts are true, which of the following conditions must also be true?
(1) Misa is older than Gyan.(2) Misa is older than Isha.
(3) Sunder is younger than Misa(4) Isha is older than Harbans.

Sample Question 4

Seven men, A, B, C, D, E, F and G are standing in a queue in that order. Each one is wearing a cap of different colour like violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red. D is able to see in front of him green and blue, but not violet. E can see violet and yellow, but not red. G can see caps of all colours other than orange. If E is wearing an indigo coloured cap, then the colour of the cap worn by F is
(1) blue.(2) violet.
(3) red.(4) orange.

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About MAT 2021

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is conducted by the All India Management Association (AIMA) for admission to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) courses in some of the top MBA colleges in India.

The exam is conducted once every quarter, in the months of February, May, September and December. Candidates appearing for the MAT exam can choose to appear for the exam in the CBT format (computer-based / online) or the PBT format (paper-based / offline).

Stay tuned to CollegeDekho for more information about MBA admissions in India. If you have any query regarding MBA admissions, get it solved by our experts by posting a question on the CollegeDekho QnA Zone!Those who want admission related assistance, may fill our Common Application Form.

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