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MAT 2021 Mathematical Skills: Tips for Preparation, Topics, Good Score

Yash Dhamija
Yash DhamijaPublished On: April 16, 2021 | MAT

MAT is a common entrance exam conducted 4 times a year for admission into the MBA program. Check out all the important topics covered in the mathematical skills section of MAT exam. 

Preparation Tips for MAT 2021

The Mathematical skills section of the MAT 2021 entrance exam is the most challenging section of the exam. This section is the most time-consuming section as it mostly depends upon the calculation skills of the candidates. The difficulty level of this section generally ranges from moderate to difficult. The Mathematical Skills section of MAT 2021 is generally the favourite section for the students who love calculations.

Some of the questions may require a lot of calculations while some can be solved quickly using the logic. Total time consumed for this section depends upon problem-solving skills of the candidates along with their grasp on logic. Candidates are advised to practise solving more questions and they should focus on preparing strategies for solving particular type of questions. Solving questions from the previous years MAT Question paper may also be helpful to get familiar with the questions that can be asked in the exam. In this article, Collegedekho covers some of the most important topics of the mathematical skills section of the MAT exam. Here, you will get an idea of the syllabus, marking scheme, topics and an average or good score in the MAT mathematical skills section.

MAT Exam Pattern

MAT Previous Year Question Paper

MAT 2021 Exam Pattern

The MAT question paper consists of 5 sections containing 200 questions in total. Each section has 40 questions. One mark will be awarded for each correct answer while 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong attempt. The maximum time for the exam is 150 minutes. There is no time limit for any of the section so the candidates any devote any amount of time for any section. They must prevent themselves from wasting time on questions which are more time consuming. Candidates should solve mock test papers to get an idea about the total time taken by each of the section which can be helpful on the exam day. Also, the difficulty level of each of the section is different. Candidates should attempt to solve the easier ones first so that they can save time for lengthy and complicated questions.


No. of Questions

Total Marks

Suggested Time

Mathematical Skills




Data Interpretation and Sufficiency




Intelligence & Critical Reasoning




Language Comprehension




India and Global Environment








Topics Covered under MAT 2021 Mathematical Skills

The Mathematical Skills section of the exam includes around 40 questions. Each of the questions carries one mark each. Candidates can check the list of all the topics covered under this section below:



Commercial Maths, Permutation and Combinations, LCM and HCF, Percentages, Number System (3-4) questions, Profit and Loss, Interest (Simple and Compound), Speed, Time and Distance; Time and Work; Averages; Ratio and Proportion and others, Elementary Mathematics, Number System, Sequence And Series, Mixtures and Allegation, Unitary Method, Heights and Distance.



Mensuration/ Geometry

Triangles, Circles, Coordinate Geometry

Pure Maths

Pure Maths

Other topics

Venn diagrams, Linear Equations; Quadratic Equations, Complex Numbers, Logarithm; Progressions, Binomial Theorem, Surds and Indices, Inequalities, Set Theory, Mixtures and Alligations, Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, Linear Programming

MAT Syllabus

MAT Best Books

MAT 2021 Mathematical Skills Sectional Breakage

A total of 40 questions will be asked from the mathematical section of the exam. You can check the number of the questions that will be asked in the exam and total weightage of the section in the table below:

Type of Questions

Multiple Choice Questions(MCQ)

Total weightage in MAT syllabus 2021


No. of Questions


Best Books For MAT 2021 Mathematical Skills

Candidates van refer to the books listed below for Best Books for MAT 2021 Mathematical Skills preparation. These books are suggested by the toppers and experts.

Book Name

Publisher/ Writer

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams

RS Aggarwal

Speed Mathematics: Do it Quick, Do it Right

Rajesh Kumar Thakur C

Magical Book on Quicker Maths

M. Tyra

Quantitative ability

Arun Sharma

MAT 2021 Mathematical Skills Good Score 2021

One of the important questions asked by the students is “what is a good score in the mathematical skills section of MAT”. While there is no specific answer for this question, a good score can be calculated on the basis of questions attempted by the candidates. Candidates who attempt 130+ marks with 100% surety can expect 99.9 percentile, those who attempt 120+ marks can get 90 percentile and those who answer the paper for 100 marks will get around 90 percentile. The candidates who answered for 80 marks with 100% surety will get around 80 percentile. It must be noted that this criterion is just prepared after analysing previous scores. Candidates should not answer the questions about which they are not confident.

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MAT 2021 Mathematical Skills Sample Questions 2021

Here are some of the MAT Mathematical Skills sample questions.

Question: LCM of 2 natural numbers q and p where q > p is 935. What is the maximum possible sum of the digits of p?

  1. 1
  2. 13
  3. 8
  4. 2

Question: Q is y% more than P. P is (y - 10)% less than X. If Q > X, what is the range of values Y can take?

  1. 10% to 28%
  2. 10% to 25%
  3. 10% to 37%
  4. 10% to 43%

Question: B is y% more than A and is y% of the sum of B and A. What is the value of y?

  1. 50%
  2. 62%
  3. 75%
  4. 37%

Question: In a class, if 60% of the girls were boys, then there would be 60% more boys than girls. What percentage of the overall class are boys?

  1. 25%
  2. 33.33%
  3. 40%
  4. None of These

Question: Sum of the first 13 terms of an AP is equal to the sum of the first 8 terms in the same AP. Sum of the first 9 terms is 62, what is the third term in the AP?

  1. 92
  2. None of These
  3. 46
  4. 23

Important Points to Crack the MAT 2021 Mathematical Skills Questions

Some of the important points to solve the mathematical section are listed below.

  • You should solve questions on the basis of difficulty level so that you manage your time accordingly.
  • Practice mock test and sample questions papers.
  • Check the shortcuts for all type of questions so that you can solve the problem quickly.
  • You can also calculate the approximate value instead of the correct number for data Interpretation questions.

Candidates are further advised to work on their calculation speed and shortcut techniques so that they can attempt this section easily.

Candidates can also download previous year question papers of the MAT entrance exam to know more about the type of questions they can expect in the Mathematical Skills section. Those who have any doubts regarding MAT 2021 exam may ask questions on the Collegedekho QnA zone. Besides this, those who want admission related assistance may fill our Common Application Form.

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