If you are one of those who is planning to take the MAT, or the Management Aptitude Test, it is time you learn more about the MAT exam syllabus. This will aid in your preparation and ensure you focus just on topics that are important for the examination.
MAT is an all-India level entrance test which is mandatory if you are looking to get admission to management courses in India. The exam is conducted four times every year, usually in the months of February, May, September, and December.
The MAT Examination
The apex body, the All India Management Association (AIMA) conducts this exam. The AIMA also hosts a number of activities related to the field of management. The testing and the other management services related to the exam are taken care of by Centre for Management Services, which is a division of AIMA.
Candidates appearing for MAT have the option of sitting for a computer-based test or pen and paper test. This is what makes MAT different from CAT which is solely a computer-based exam.
MAT has been approved by the Ministry of HRD as one of the National Entrance Tests for management courses. Candidates who have completed their graduation in any discipline are eligible to sit for the MAT. They can fill up the application online, on the official website of AIMA by paying an application fee of INR 1,400/-. The payment can be made online or offline through a demand draft.
The Exam Pattern
The MAT exam comprises multiple choice questions, and the total duration of the exam is about 2.5 hours. The test is designed in such a way that it helps to test the general aptitude of the candidate.
MAT exam has the below-mentioned sections.
- Language Comprehension – 40 Marks
- Mathematical Skills – 40 Marks
- Data Analysis and Sufficiency – 40 Marks
- Intelligence and Critical Reasoning – 40 Marks
- Indian and Global Environment – 40 Marks
Candidates should remember that MAT has negative marking, and 0.25 marks are deducted for each incorrect answer. This is what makes it challenging to pass the MAT exam.
After successfully completing the exam, you will be called for a counseling session or an interview. The procedure of counseling can differ from one college to another, and the same also applies to the cut off marks.
About the Syllabus for MAT
Now that we have learnt about the application details and the exam pattern of MAT 2017, it is the time we peek into the MAT syllabus in detail. The exam paper will have the questions based on the different sections which cover the topics mentioned below.
Language Comprehension: The section of Language Comprehension has topics related to English Grammar and Vocabulary, Unseen Passage and Spotting Errors, to name a few.
Mathematical Skills: This section will have topics from Percentage, Height and Distance, Time and Work, Profit and Loss, Number System and so on.
Intelligence and Logical Reasoning: This section has questions related to Sitting Arrangements, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Problems on Clock, and Verbal Reasoning, among others.
Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency: This section would have questions from Series, Puzzles, Line Charts, Pie and Table Charts and so on.
Indian and Global Environment: This section would include questions from General Knowledge, Current Events and General Studies.
Do keep a track of the important dates along with the MAT syllabus. So, that you do not miss anything related to the exam.
It is important that you study hard and prepare well for the examination. Your score should be more than 500 if you are interested in getting admission into some of the best colleges in India. So, prepare well and excel in the 2017 MAT exam.