Preparing for MAT 2020 in 30 days

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AIMA has introduced a new mode for the MAT exam i.e. Internet-Based Test (IBT) due to the global pandemic. However, as the examinee, you need not worry and instead must focus on your preparations. Preparing for the MAT exam in less than thirty days is a bit difficult. However, with the right kind of approach, you can achieve much in the thirty days and ensure that you score well in the exam.

Read more: MAT  Result (Announced): Exam Date (6 Dec), Pattern, Form


The exam is a speed-based test and the candidates have to solve 200 multiple choice questions in 150 minutes' time. MAT is relatively easy than the other MBA entrance exams. But if you want to get into a reputed b-school with the MAT score, you need at least 95 percentile. Hence, it becomes very important that you utilize the one month to its fullest.

We have compiled a list of things that you can follow to make the most of the time.

MAT Syllabus

Whether you are beginning the preparation one month before the exam or have ample time, the most important thing you must be aware of is the syllabus. Without proper knowledge of the syllabus, you will not know the important topics in each section.

The syllabus of MAT consists of five subjects:

  • Language Comprehension
  • Mathematical Skills
  • Data Analysis and Sufficiency
  • Indian and Global Environment
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

MAT Preparation: One-month strategy

  • The first thing that you must do is to focus on those topics that you find relatively easy than the others. if you are adept with the easy topics, you can attempt those and leave the tougher ones in the exam. 
  • Along with practicing the MAT question papers in the previous years, make sure that you also attempt to solve the mock tests too. The regular practice of the mock tests will ensure that the candidate will be familiar with the exam pattern, increase the speed of solving the various questions, and also improve the accuracy level. This is vital when time is short and you have to do a lot.
  • Write short notes on important topics and revise them regularly. You can even practice writing it down so that you can see whether you remember everything that you have read. 
  • You must also take care to ensure that you have a basic understanding of the topics that are present in the syllabus. 

Best books for MAT section-wise

Verbal ability

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension by Gautam Puri
  • Verbal Ability & Comprehension for CAT/XAT/GMAT/IIFT/CMAT/MAT/Bank PO/SSC by Bharat Patodi and Aditya Chowdhary

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

  • Accredited Guide to Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency by Ananta Ashish
  • Data Analysis & Sufficiency by Arun Sharma

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit Sinha
  • Analytical & Logical Reasoning For CAT & Other Management Entrance Tests by Peeyush Bhardwaj

Mathematical Skills

  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by R S Aggarwal
  • Speed Mathematics: Do it Quick, Do it Right by Rajesh Kumar Thakur C

Indian and Global Environment

  • The Mega Yearbook: Current Affairs & General Knowledge For Competitive Exams by Disha Experts

Adhering to these simple tips and practicing regularly the mock tests will surely help you to prepare a lot in thirty days for the MAT exam.


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


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