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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 4
No. Of Unit 4
No. Of Chapter 61
  1. Geometry
  2. Ratios and Proportion
  3. Number system
  4. Work and time
  5. HCF & LCM
  6. Algebra
  7. Quadratic and linear equations
  8. Profit & Loss
  9. Geometric Progression
  10. Percentages
  11. Averages
  12. Partnership
  13. Time-Speed-Distance
  1. Business
  2. World Records
  3. Top officials of big companies
  4. Famous awards and Prizes
  5. Books and Authors
  6. Punch line of Companies
  7. History
  8. International Organization
  9. Important Quotations
  10. Social issues
  11. Sports
  12. Finance
  13. Major Corporate news
  14. Automobiles
  15. Entertainment
  16. Politics
  17. Science
  1. Verbal Reasoning
  2. Syllogisms
  3. Fill In the Blanks
  4. Contextual usage
  5. Different usage of same word
  6. Antonyms
  7. Sentence completion
  8. Jumbled paragraphs
  9. Foreign language words used in English
  10. Idioms
  11. One word substitution
  1. Family tree
  2. Strong Arguments and Weak Arguments
  3. Multi-Dimensional Arrangements
  4. Course of Action
  5. Puzzles
  6. Visual Reasoning
  7. Arrangement
  8. Series
  9. Numeric grid
  10. Pie Chart
  11. Blood Relations
  12. Critical Reasoning
  13. Calendars
  14. Coding & Decoding
  15. Syllogisms
  16. Syllogisms
  17. Statement Conclusions
  18. Column graphs
  19. Graphs Representing Area

How to prepare

Preparation Strategy

MAT is a a knowledge-based test with MCQ type test pattern, and examine your general aptitude across varied parameters such as Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis & Sufficiency,Language Comprehension, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, Indian & Global Environment etc. Hence, the preparation strategy must be carefully devised to score high and get calls from good management institutes across the country.

Since the aspect of negative marking of 25 percent exists, you need to be watchful and formulate a strategy to qualify the cut offs for each section. MAT exam’s main objective to test speed and accuracy. Candidates need to attempt each question in less than 80 seconds. Selection is crucial here. Aspirants should focus on core quant topics and theory. Try and finish all the topics in the next two months. Thereafter, do not touch new topics or comfortable areas. The chief strategy should be to attempt familiar questions and leave non-familiar/non-comfortable questions. Candidates should be able to decide this within 10 seconds.

Speed will be also very critical in MAT exam. Apart question learning to select a question, candidates should also to reject a question in less than 10 seconds.

Expect some calculation-heavy problems. These questions are meant to be left alone. Give it a try only if are not very close.

So focus on CAT quant syllabus. Here are some core topics that you can expect:

Candidates can safely ignore Trigonometry & Statistics. This topic has a maximum of one to two questions, which are generally easy. Questions related to Data Sufficiency has not been observed so far.

Logical reasoning is comparatively easier than Quant and Data Interpretation in MAT exam. We can expect a similar pattern in MAT exam 2016. Questions in LR can range from Decision Making to Verbal Logic.

Verbal ability section usually consists of grammar, reading comprehension. There’s no different strategy for VA section. Candidates need to focus on an overall strategy for MBA exams while preparing for verbal sections, because all the exams have similar syllabus.

While revising INDIAN AD GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT, candidates need to go through top news stories regularly. Apart from that, focus on General Awareness Questions and static topics.

Except for the section on General Awareness, all the other sections of MAT get well covered with a good preparation for CAT. However, it would be advisable for a student to work on his/her speed mathematics as some of the questions under Data Interpretation tend to be calculation intensive. 

For preparation on General Awareness, in addition to reading newspapers regularly, it would be advisable for a student to prepare from the following sources:

Also, in the various issues of MBA Education & Careers magazine, focus on features like Business GK, Current Issues & Events, and Current Event Chronicle (this feature captures important tid-bits). 
In addition to the above, please run through the GK Model Papers feature titled, improve your GK.

Go through the GA Note (Study Material) booklet for stock GK (like history and geography). Also use the GAT papers, each with 50 questions.

Manorama & CSR Year Book - it helps in preparation for stock type questions
In Manorama Year Book and CSR, please focus on the following chapters.

Who is who

What is what

Science scan

Human body


Landmarks of history

The Universe

While preparing for this section, a student should focus on issues related to National & International Events, World Bodies, and Foreign Trade related information.

Finally, practicing past years' MAT question papers as well as Mock Tests of various players are perhaps the best source for preparation. It provides opportunity to plug the loopholes in the preparation of MAT entrance exam and one should give maximum importance to these question papers.

Duration : 150 Minutes

Important Instructions

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS: Candidates are to report to the allotted test center at least 45 minutes before the scheduled commencement of the test. Neither any candidate will be admitted 15 minutes after the commencement of the test nor any extra time granted for completing the test. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Non-adherence to any instruction or failure to comply with any rules governing the conduct of test will lead to cancellation of your candidature. 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. 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: 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. 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. 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. 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. No separate sheet will be provided /used for rough work. 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: 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. Each computer is connected to a server, which prepares the question set and delivers it to the candidate on the computer. 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. In the rare and unlikely event of a technical failure during the test, the candidate may be required to attempt the test again. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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