What is MAT?
MAT 2019 also known as Management Aptitude Test is a national level entrance test, held for admissions to MBA/PGDM programs. As MAT Exam is held four times a year, the next session is scheduled for February 9 (offline) and February 15 (online). The offline paper will be held from 10 AM to 12.30 PM and the online paper will be conducted in multiple time-slots.
Why you should give MAT?
You can score pretty good marks in MAT within one month with good preparation. It quite depends upon how you are accustomed with your basic maths, English, and reasoning. Well getting a good score in MAT is not that difficult as compare to some other entrance examinations like IIFT, XAT, CAT and so many.
The MAT February 2019 application form was released on December 16, 2018. And the last date to apply for MAT 2019 Feb exam will be 8th February 2019 for Paper Based Test (PBT) and 12th February 2019 for Computer Based Test (CBT). The MAT 2019 February paper based test (PBT) will take place on February 17,2019, while the MAT 2019 computer based test (CBT) will take place on February 23,2019. You can still register for exam by clicking to this link:
With a good start or preparation for the exam you can get admission to MBA 2019-21 in good MBA colleges like welingkar Mumbai, PUMBA, Pune, IPE, Hyderabad, JIMS, Pune, ROHINI, Jaipuria, Noida among others.
It is high time to start the preparation for the MAT exam without any further delay as per MAT exam pattern. In view of the expert and past MAT toppers, the MAT exam preparation must be well defined.
How to prepare for MAT?
Well regarding with Math and English specifically as per my knowledge, I would suggest you to go with R.S Agrawal for math and Lucent English for covering Basic English. Definitely that doesn’t mean with a casual approach, you will be able to achieve good score. What percentage you are going to score in the examination is also depends upon some other factors like no. of candidates has appeared for the examination and how the paper has been set by the AIMA (the conducting authority of MAT).
MAT 2019 Exam Paper Pattern
MAT is two and a half hour objective type choice test with the following format:
- There are 200 questions in all with four choices per question
- 25 marks per question are deducted for a wrong response; while 1 mark is awarded for a correct response.
The test is structured in five section mention below:-
- Language comprehension (40 questions)
- Mathematical skills (40 questions)
- Data Analysis & Sufficiency (40 Questions)
- Intelligence & Critical Reasoning (40 Questions)
- Indian & Global Environment (40 Questions)
The paper can be split into three parts: concept– driven, practice intensive and environment sensitive.
Mathematical Skills & select areas of Language Comprehension driven where the questions are critically dependent on the test taker’s conceptual clarity with respect to core fundamentals.
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, Data Analysis & Sufficiency and select areas of English Language Proficiency are practice intensive where rigorous practice across similar questions plays a key role; Indian & Global Environment is environment sensitive where an awareness with respect to current affairs is the winning stroke..
Majority of the questions in this section are from the following areas:-
Current Events & Happenings:
- Banking & Business
- General Political Information
- Number Systems
- Percentage, Profit & Loss, Mixtures
- Averages, Ratios, Interest
- Time & Work, Time, Speed & Distance
- Geometry, Trigonometry
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning:
- Identifying patterns in number sets
- Direction Sense
- Coding, Decoding
- Verbal Reasoning
- Word Analogies
- Vocabulary, with questions on antonyms and synonyms
- Rearranging sentences
- Reading Comprehension
- Sentence Completion
Data Analysis & Sufficiency:
- Data Sufficiency
- Standard DI tools like bar graphs, pie charts, line graphs, data tables
- Data Comparisons
While preparing ensures a sequential and systematic approach; the following is a suggested route:-
Start with concept consolidation in areas where concepts are critical (as mentioned above). Graduate to the next level where you practice across questions requiring an application of the key concepts. Cement your preparation with practice across similar tests, thus improving your test taking strategies.
Overall, the test taker has to understand that MAT is designed to assess you on certain core management skills like time management, prioritization, stress management, knowledge and balancing accuracy