MAT Preparation Tips

13Feb,2021
By Editorial

The consortium of MAT 2021, All India Management Association (AIMA) has announced the exam dates for the February session on 20th February 2021. The AIMA MAT 2021 registration process for all the three modes (CBT, TBT, IBT) of exams has begun in online mode and the deadline for MAT 2021 online registration for CBT mode will be on February 14, 2021.

As we all are aware of the fact that, the exam preparation for the MAT exam requires a bit of hard work and a bit of smart work. It is a speed-based test where the candidates have to solve 200 MCQs in 150 minutes. So, the aspect that you need to take care of the most is your speed, accuracy, and time management in solving the questions. You have to get through a Tier-I MBA institute accepting MAT, they need a score of minimum 95 percentile.

Important Dates:

The table below is showing the detailed exam schedule of the MAT 2021 February session issued by AIMA.

Important Events Dates
MAT Feb 2021 Registration Commencement January 5, 2021
MAT Feb 2021 Registration Ends February 14, 2021 (CBT)
March 1, 2021 (PBT)
MAT Feb 2021 Admit Card February 16, 2021 (CBT)
March 3, 2021 (PBT)
MAT Feb 2021 CBT Exam Date February 20, 2021
MAT Feb 2021 PBT Exam Date March 6, 2021
MAT Feb 2021 IBT Exam Date March 8, 9, 10, 11, and 13, 2021
MAT Feb 2021 Result Date To be Announced


Tips To Crack MAT 2021

Know The Syllabus: Before starting your preparation for the MAT 2021exam, you must go through the complete syllabus thoroughly. Understanding the syllabus will help you get a grip on the topics that will be asked in the final examinations.

Time management: You must be very careful about the fact that how much time should be spent on which question. The candidates should spend five minutes at least taking a look at the paper for five minutes. First, you should focus on solving the easier questions and then move to the tougher ones. Try not to waste any time on a question if you get stuck. Re-checking before the submission is important to ensure that there was no misinterpretation of questions or any silly mistakes.

Speed and Accuracy: To save the maximum time, the candidates should focus on solving the papers subject-wise, within the time-limit. While speed is a crucial aspect, accuracy is paramount to achieve a good score in MAT. Extensive Mock practice can help candidates to achieve both.

Analyze Your Strengths and Weakness: It is important to know where you can score well and where you need improvement. Hence, you should analyze your strengths and weaknesses. Identifying your weak topics will show you the right path to focus more on the weaker areas so that you can perform well on those topics too. Never leave your weak topics to the end, as you might get less time to practice.

Plan Study Routine: After knowing the exam pattern of MAT 2021, candidates must plan a study routine in advance, allotting time for each subject. This way, they will be more organized and would be able to study each subject systematically. An unorganized way of preparation may disrupt test-takers' concentration and reduce productivity too.

Marking Pattern

The basic syllabus of the MAT exam remains the same. The revised MAT 2021 exam pattern shows that MAT 2021 exam will have five sections without any demarcation. The section on the Indian & Global environment, the General Knowledge section will not be counted in score calculation for Merit list preparation and for overall shortlisting for final selection. With a total of 200 questions, there will be no sectional time limit. The entire test has a duration of 2 and a half hours. You need to ensure a really high score in each of the 4 sections as there is a sectional score cut off to get a seat in a good MBA college.  

S No.  Section No of Qs Ideal time limit (in minutes) Percentage Weightage in merit determination
1 Language Comprehension 40 25 25%
2 Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40 40 25%
3 Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40 35 25%
4 Mathematical Skills 40 40 25%
5 Indian and Global Environment 40 10  Nil
Total   200 150 min 100%


Recommended Books For MAT 2021:

The books, you are going to choose for the reference for MAT 2021 can be a deciding factor in affecting your cut off. Hence, it is so important to choose the right material for preparation.

Here is a list of some recommended books for the preparation of MAT 2021: 

List of Best Books for MAT preparation Author’s name Author’s name
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay McGraw Hill
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT Nishit K Sinha Pearson
Mission MBA MAT Guide BS Sijwali and Tarun Goyal Arihant Books
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis Pocket Books
Study package for MAT Arun Sharma McGraw Hill
A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning R.S. Aggarwal S. Chand & Co.
Complete Guide for MAT and Other MBA Entrance Exams Deepak Agarwal, Mahima Agarwal Disha 
MAT Score Accelerator Disha Experts Disha Publication
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT Arun Sharma McGraw Hill
How to prepare for Quantitative for the CAT Arun Sharma McGraw Hill
Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT Nishit K.Sinha Pearson
Manorama Year Book K. M. Mathew, Mammen Mathew Malayala Manorama Group
Regular reading of The Hindu, ToI, India Today, Sports week, etc. - -

Read also : 5 steps to crack MAT Exam without a bump

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