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MAT Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

MAT 2016 test will be an objective type test.

There are 2 modes of giving the test.

First is the Paper Based test which will take place in one-time slot from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm

Second is the Computer Based test which will be held on September 10th, 2016, and will take place in different time slots

+1 mark will be awarded for each correct answer.

-0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer

Total Marks will be 200 marks

Duration for the exam is 150 minutes.


MAT 2016 Subject wise Questions


No of Questions

Language Comprehension


Mathematical Skills


Data Analysis and Sufficiency


Intelligence and Critical Reasoning


Indian and Global Environment




Syllabus Summary

No. Of Subject 5
No. Of Unit 8
No. Of Chapter 81
  1. Critical Reasoning
  1. Number series
  2. Letter Series
  3. Series Missing Numbers
  4. Odd one out
  5. Blood Relation
  6. Calender
  7. Clock
  8. Matrix
  9. Cubes
  10. Coding Decoding
  11. Direction and Distance test
  12. Ranking Tests
  13. Sitting Arrangement
  14. Linear Arrangements
  15. Matrix Arrangements
  16. Mathematical Puzzles
  17. Venn Diagram
  1. Strong & Weak Arguments
  2. Statements Assumptions
  3. Statements and Conclusions
  4. Statements & Inferences
  5. Logical Sequence of Words
  6. Analogies
  7. Verbal Classification (Odd one out)
  8. Syllogism
  9. Logical Deduction (based on syllogism)
  10. Course of Action
  11. Causes and Effects
  1. Social
  2. Technological
  3. Environments both in Indian and International Contexts
  4. Economic
  5. Industrial
  6. Characteristics of Indian Economy
  7. Basic Economic Indicators
  8. Budgetary and Monetary Policies
  9. Fiscal
  10. Trade
  11. Indian and International Trade
  12. Awareness about Corporate Sector
  13. Indian Banking System and its Functioning
  14. Current Affairs
  15. Changes in Political, Technological and Cultural Environments
  16. Economic Agreements
  17. Political
  1. Percentage 
  2. Partnership
  3. Profit, Loss and Discount
  4. Pipes and Cisterns
  5. Time and Work
  6. Time, Speed and Distance
  7. Averages
  8. Age
  9. Alligation and Mixture
  10. Circular Track & Upstream-downstream
  11. Compound interest
  12. Relative speed
  13. Simple Intrest
  14. Ratio and proportion
  1. Angles, lines
  2. Properties of Circles
  3. Area and Volume of 2D and 3D figures
  4. BODMAS/Simplification
  5. Quadratic equations
  6. Number System
  7. Probability 
  8. LCM and HCF
  9. Permutation and Combination
  10. Height and Distance
  11. Logarithm
  12. Linear Equation
  13. Indices
  14. Arithmatic and Geometric Prograssion
  15. Set Theory & Venn Diagram
  16. Geometry and Mensuration
  17. Properties of Quadrilaterals
  18. Properties of Triangles

How to prepare

Preparation Strategy
Make a proper Time Table

It is very important that you make a time table and stick to it and you will have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it.
Concept clarity rather than rote learning
It is essential that you have a clear idea of the formulas and concepts rather than rote learning of things for the papers. While you might require it for memorizing formulas it is important that for other stuff you make sure you clear your basis and concepts before moving on.
Prepare Notes
It is very important make small notes or a comprehensive list of formulas on each covered topic and chapter which will come in handy at the time of revision. This will require you to be regular with your work but will surely make things easy at the time of revision.
Revision of Class XI and XII concepts
Make sure that you revise your concepts from the syllabus of these classes before starting anything new as most of the engineering exams will be for admission to undergraduate courses and so the syllabi from class XI and XII becomes the testing ground to check students.
Seek guidance
It is not possible for you to know everything in your syllabus, at least not at the time of preparation. Sooner or later you will run into a concept or so which will give you trouble and then it is best you seek guidance from an instructor or a teacher. It is necessary that you clear your doubts at regular intervals and don’t prolong things for long. Getting into a good coaching class is nothing to be ashamed off and if anything a regular coaching class will enable you to avoid roadblocks in your preparation.
Sample Papers
Even though there may be a complete change in the exam pattern or the expected questions altogether,it is important that you practice on the sample and previous years question papers available for the engineering exam you’d be attempting. You will know the existing pattern and have a fair idea of the type of questions to expect in the paper along with the time constraint.
Mock tests
The paper pattern, duration of the paper and the number of questions to be attempted in the given amount of time is not something you will be able to pick up on the day of the examination. A Mock Test tests a student’s abilities as it not only provides a similar feel of real exams but also helps in building speed and confident to face the exam. Furthermore, they can improve their performance to get an extra edge in actual exams.  
Time management
Time management can be learnt through thorough practice and regular test taking. So it is important that you practice it and practice it well.

Duration : 150 Minutes

Important Instructions

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS: a) Candidates are to report to the allotted test center at least 45 minutes before the scheduled commencement of the test. b) Neither any candidate will be admitted 15 minutes after the commencement of the test nor any extra time granted for completing the test. c) Candidates are to be in possession of the following when reporting to the test center: Document: Admit Card duly completed. Writing Materials: Ball Point Pen, HB Pencils, Eraser and Sharpener. d) The test room will be opened about 30 minutes before the commencement of the test. The candidates are to be seated at the allotted place. e) Your Admit Card will be verified during the test. One part of Admit Card will be given to you as proof of your having appeared in the test. Please ensure that this is duly signed by you and the test invigilator. f)The duration of the test is 2 hours 30 minutes. There are 200 questions. All questions are compulsory. Each question has four answer options marked (1), (2), (3) and (4). All questions carry equal marks. There will be Negative Marking for wrong answers. It is your responsibility to make certain that you understand and follow the directions for answering. AIMA can accept the responsibility of scanning / capturing your answer accurately only if it is completed in accordance with directions. g) Take the questions in order, but do not waste time pondering over those that seem extremely difficult or unfamiliar to you. A wise practice is to first answer the questions you are sure of. Then, if you complete the test before time is called, go back and reconsider any questions about which you were uncertain. Although the MAT stresses on accuracy more than speed, it is important to use the allotted time wisely. Make every effort to pace yourself by making yourself familiar with the mechanics of the test. h) The directions explain exactly what each set of questions requires to answer those questions. Read all test directions carefully. Read each question carefully and thoroughly. Before answering a question, determine exactly what is being asked. i) Calculator, Mobile, Electronic Gadgets etc. are not permitted inside the test room. All the questions and instructions of the test will be in English only. j) Candidate will be allowed to leave the test room after the completion of test and only after permitted by the invigilator. If you wish to leave the room during the test, you must have the invigilator’s permission. You will not be permitted to make up the time you lose. k) AIMA reserves the right to cancel the admission/entry to the test/withhold the results of any candidate who impersonates/ uses unfair means during the test. This is without prejudice to any other action that can be initiated. l) Non-adherence to any instruction or failure to comply with any rules governing the conduct of test will lead to cancellation of your candidature. n) All disputes pertaining to any aspect of the test will be settled through an arbitrator, who shall be appointed by the Director General, AIMA. Further, all legal cases pertaining to any matter of the test will be dealt with under the jurisdiction of Delhi Courts only. A Candidate is allowed to take MAT in only one mode i.e. either Paper Based Test or Computer Based Test for this current administration of MAT. m)If the number of candidates registered for Computer Based Test at any city is limited, these candidates will be permitted to appear for the Paper Based Test. PAPER based TEST: a) The candidate will be provided a sealed Question Booklet and an OMR Answer Sheet. Do not open the Question Booklet until announced. Fill the necessary information in the space provided on the cover of the Question Booklet and the Answer Sheet before commencement of the test. b) The candidates are to sign the attendance sheet during the test duly endorsing the Question Booklet Series as given on the Question Booklet and other details. Answers are to be marked on the Answer Sheet, which is provided separately. Sample questions are given in pages xvi-xviii. Choose the correct option and darken the oval completely corresponding to (1), (2), and (3) and (4) against the relevant question number. c) Use only HB Pencil to darken the oval for answering. Please do not darken more than one oval against any question, as scanner will not read the same correctly. d) If you wish to change any answer, erase completely the one already marked and darken the fresh oval with an HB pencil. Do not tear or bend or mutilate the Answer Sheet. Rough work, if any, is to be done on the Question Booklet only. e) No separate sheet will be provided /used for rough work. f) MAT Answer Sheet is scanned by machine and scores are computed. Accuracy in scoring is dependent on the examinees marking their answer sheets properly and the completeness of their erasures when used. Therefore accurate scoring is dependent on your strict adherence to the following points: 1. No credit will be given for the answers marked in the question booklets. 2. Use HB pencil to complete the answer sheet. 3. Please do not darken more than one oval against any question, as scanner will not read the same. 4. If you wish to change any answer, erase completely one already marked and darken the fresh oval with an HB pencil. 5. Do not tear, bend or mutilate the answer sheet. 6. Be sure that you accurately mark all identification and question booklet series. At the conclusion of the test you should hand over your Question Booklet and Answer Sheet to the invigilator. Appropriate civil/criminal proceedings will be initiated against applicant found taking or attempting to take the full or part of the Question Booklet or Answer Sheet outside the test room. COMPUTER BASED TEST: a) Computer Based Test means the candidate sits in front of a computer and the questions are presented on the computer monitor and the candidate submits the answers through the use of keyboard or mouse. b) Each computer is connected to a server, which prepares the question set and delivers it to the candidate on the computer. c) Computer Based Test assumes that the candidate has basic familiarity with use of computers like use of keyboard and mouse operation. It is the responsibility of the candidate to acquire these skills before appearing in the test and AIMA cannot take responsibility for the same. d) In the rare and unlikely event of a technical failure during the test, the candidate may be required to attempt the test again. e) The candidates must ensure that the computer allotted to them is switched on and any problem with the computer should be informed to the invigilator immediately. f) Details like your Name, Roll No, Form no. etc. are to be filled on the space provided on the screen for test appearance. There is no time limit for individual parts of the test. The candidate can go back and change any of his/her answers among the 200 questions. g)All questions will be of the Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) type. Each MCQ will consist of a stem which may be in the form of a question or an incomplete statement and four options. Candidates must choose the correct or most appropriate answer by clicking on the button next to the answer. h) Candidate can change this answer by clicking on the appropriate answer. Candidates can navigate freely through the questions. Candidate can move between the sections. At the conclusion of the test you should follow the instruction of the invigilator in order to properly record/save your test work. i)Blank sheets for rough work will be provided, if required. All centers are closely monitored for security and candidates’ identity and activities will be recorded using web cameras and/or closed circuit TV cameras. Anyone violating the rules of the test center will not be allowed to continue with the test and will be automatically disqualified. Applicants are advised to keep a set of photocopies of all the filled in forms submitted to AIMA for further reference.

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