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MAT 2022 Language Comprehension: Tips for Preparation, Topics, Good Score

Abhinav Chamoli
Abhinav ChamoliUpdated On: July 05, 2022 02:42 pm IST | MAT

Language Comprehension & Verbal Ability is an important section in the MAT exam. It is a scoring section and can prove to be time-saving if you have prepared well. Here are some tips on how to prepare for Language Comprehension & Verbal Ability in MAT.

MAT 2022 Language Comprehension: Tips for Preparation, Topics, Good Score

MAT 2022 is conducted as an offline test (MAT PBT) and an online test (MAT CBT and MAT IBT) on different dates. The exam pattern and syllabus of MAT are the same for both versions of the exam. MAT PBT and MAT CBT 2022 exams will be held on September 4 and 18 respectively. MAT IBT 2022 will be conducted on August 28, September 3, 10, 11, and 17.

MAT 2022 is divided into 5 sections that are Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, Data Analysis & Sufficiency, and Indian & Global Environment. Each section has 40 questions.

In this article, we will take a look at the Language Comprehension section of the MAT exam. We will provide preparation tips for MAT Language Comprehension and Verbal Ability section and also take a look at the topics covered and the best books to prepare for MAT Language Comprehension.

MAT 2022 Language Comprehension

Language Comprehension and Verbal Ability can be considered to be a scoring section in the MAT exam. Since there is no section-wise time limit in MAT, this is also a time-saving section of the exam.

However, since this section is more concept-based than tricks and hacks, students must ensure that they develop a good understanding of the basic concepts of the English language while preparing for the Language Comprehension section of MAT. Here are some important points to understand about the Langauge Comprehension section of MAT:

  • It tests the ability of a candidate to write, read and understand in English.
  • The section not only tests the grammatical accuracy and skills of a candidate but also tests the understanding of the day-to-day usage of the language.
  • Since the questions in this section are concept-based, students may find this section to have tricky questions with close options.

Also Read:MAT PBT and CBT Important Dates

Topics Covered in MAT 2022 Language Comprehension

Given below are the important topics covered in the Language Comprehension of MAT.

Language Comprehension & Verbal Ability Important Topics

Reading Comprehension

Error Correction of Sentences

Fill In The Blanks

One-World Substitutions

Sentence Completion

Idioms / Phrases

Antonyms and Synonyms

Sentence Re-Arrangement

MAT 2022 Language Comprehension Preparation Tips

There are three main regions that you must focus on when preparing for Language Comprehension and Verbal Ability. These are:

  1. English Grammar
  2. English Usage
  3. Vocabulary

The order of the regions is also the sequence in which you should focus on these sections and preparation for each is related to the other. Let's explore a little about how you can prepare for each region. It is also important to note how preparing for one section is related to the others.

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English Vocabulary

  • First, you should focus on enhancing your understanding of the basic concepts of English grammar and understanding the rules.
  • You will have to study the rules of grammar and apply them in simple sentences. Understanding basic grammar cannot be avoided while preparing for the Language comprehension section.
  • Pay special attention to the exceptions in the rules of grammar as you may find tricky questions based on these exceptions.
  • School-level books such as NCERT books are best for developing concepts of English grammar.
  • It is important to have a basic understanding of English Grammar before starting on English Usage as sentences used in day-to-day usage may have some slang (i.e. informal versions of sentences or words that can be grammatically incorrect). If you are unable to identify this slang, you may learn the wrong concepts of English grammar.
    For eg. 'i'm lovin' it' which is a popular slogan of McDonald's is grammatically wrong. The correct form should be 'I love it.

English Usage

  • Simply cramming up rules of grammar will only take you so far when preparing for Language Comprehension if you do not know how the English language is used. Plus, it can get confusing.
  • Side by side, you should also develop an understanding of how the English language is used i.e. how sentences are written and used in a paragraph.
  • The best way to grasp concepts of English usage is by reading good sources of English such as newspapers, magazines, books. You can also listen to English news and listen to some good podcasts or audiobooks.
  • English usage can also be learned by listening to English songs or watching movies and TV Shows. It is a good form of working on language development while also relaxing a little. However, these sources often do not focus on the correct use of English grammar and may have incorrectly formed sentences.
  • Writing is another important hobby to develop if you wish to develop English usage. Writing helps you sharpen your skills and brush up on the concepts that you have learned.
  • While reading and listening to English media, you are sure to come across some difficult words which you do not understand. If you just avoid these words, you may not understand how the sentence which will leave you with incomplete knowledge.


  • There are several good books available in the market for the development of vocabulary.
  • Vocabulary development should not be your main focus while preparing for MAT.
  • Vocabulary development can be done by looking up the meanings of difficult words while understanding grammar and usage.
  • You also have to understand how words are used in a sentence.

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Let's also take a look at the type of questions that appear in the MAT Language Comprehension section and how you can prepare for each type of question.

Reading Comprehension

A paragraph appears about any random topics. You have to answer questions that are based ONLY on the information given in the paragraph. While preparing for RC, it is important to:

  • Improve reading speed. This can only be done by practice.
  • Read and try to understand difficult paragraphs. Use the editorial section of English newspapers or opinion pieces published in magazines for this.
  • Ask yourself simple questions about the paragraph such as what the paragraph was about.

Sentence Rearrangement and Jumbled Paragraph

Several sentences or parts of a sentence are given in the wrong order. You have to identify the correct order of the sentences or part of the sentences such that it makes sense. Options contain the sequence of the labels of sentences.

  • Some tips and tricks can be used in this section.
  • The basic strategy is to identify two sentences that cannot have another sentence between them and solve from there.
  • Students with a good understanding of English usage will find these questions to be on the easier side.

Antonyms & Synonyms

  • These are mostly vocabulary-based.
  • Some questions may be confusing and require understanding the usage of words.

MAT 2022 Preparation Tips for Other Sections

Here are some of our other articles for MAT preparation:


Preparation Tips

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

MAT Intelligence & Critical Reasoning Preparation Tips

Indian & Global Environment

MAT Indian & Global Environment Preparation Tips

Mathematical Skills

MAT Mathematical Skills Preparation Tips

Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency

MAT Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency Preparation Tips

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MAT 2022 COVID-19 Safety Guidelines, Exam Day Instructions, and Last Minute Tips

MAT 2022 IBT (Remote Proctored Internet Based Test): Exam Instructions

Best Books for MAT 2022 Language Comprehension

There are several good books to prepare for the Language Comprehension section available in the market. Some of the books for MAT preparation are common to the books to prepare for other management entrance exams in India. Applicants can refer to the best books for Language Comprehension to improve their English vocabulary, usage, and comprehension skills.

The best books for Language Comprehension preparation are given below.


Writer / Publisher

Word Power Made Easy

Norman Lewis

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT


Oxford’s Practical English Usage

Michael Shawn

English Grammar and Composition

Wren & Martin

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Nishit K. Sinha

MAT is an important exam for candidates to join an MBA or PGDM course in some of the top management colleges in India. Candidates need to have a good preparation strategy for MAT and understand the importance of each section before they start preparation. Keep a steady head and be regular with your studies and you will get a good score in the exam. Best of luck!

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