In the last few days before the exam, one should be able to balance ones focus on the preparation as well as the practical aspects. Here below, we will skim through the last minute tips and strategies for MAT.
Going about this paper is not that difficult if one follows the guidelines properly, concentrating on the important aspects and topic will lead to an easy and carefree approach to the paper and it is best if one concentrates in a way that is not going to further burden them in any way or form. This way one can easily tackle the paper even if there are any surprises.

MAT Exam Pattern:

Section No. Section No of Questions Time Suggested (Minutes)
1 Language Comprehension 40 30
2 Mathematical Skills 40 40
3 Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40 35
4 Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40 30
5 Indian and Global Environment 40 15
Total 200 150


Follow the mentioned format for a few days for a smooth preparation process.


Don’t stress – Since MAT is one of the low difficulty MBA entrance exams, you need not get hesitant and scared about the exam’s difficulty or your preparation level. If you have prepared for the previous MAT or exams like CATIIFT etc., taking the MAT paper would not be difficult if you have clarity over the concepts. 

Practice test in your chosen mode – choosing either of the modes for the exam, pen and paper or computer-based would require you to practice the test the way you have prepared for it. Make sure you take mock tests in the same basis as you are about to take your final examination, that way you can follow your practiced strategy on the day of the final exam and won’t encounter any form of surprise.

 Time Management – attempting 200 questions in 2 hours and 30 minutes amongst an array of 5 sections, is not easy and requires subsequent concentration and proper management of tie to deal with. If extra time is being wasted on one single question or section it might lead to the wastage of time throughout the paper, and you might lose out on doing the parts that you are confident about while tracing the steps to another question so time management is key to saving yourself from the trouble of losing marks.

Don’t attempt new topics – do not start up a new topic on the day of your exam because you won’t be able to register anything at that moment, it would be better to revise and strengthen the points you are good at rather than try something new at the last moment and forget everything. You should answer only for those questions which you are confident about.

 Practical necessities:

The day before your exams get ready for the examination and keep everything ready, from important documents to your personal necessities keeping the rules and regulations in mind. Follow the dos and don’ts before you appear for the exam:

Carry your Admit Card – carry the admit card for sure. Carrying of admit card to the hall for your exam is a must since it is your identity proof and is responsible for all the further entries in accordance to your mark sheet. Jot down all the information required against your name and fill the necessary requirements. Your date of birth, your name, and other requirements should be perfectly inputted onto the paper.

 Report at the test centre an hour prior to the test schedule – Reach the exam hall on time. It is advised to reach the exam centre an hour prior to the test since late entry might negate the candidacy.

 Do not carry any personal items – Carrying any personal item in the exam hall is considered an offence, this may include notebooks, books, study materials, calculators, digital watches etc. If found to be using that one may be penalized almost immediately.

 Read the instructions carefully – following the instructions is a must in any give exam, on starting the examination it is prudent to go through the instructions given in the question paper and the admit card before going through the question paper thoroughly. It is important to read through each point and when in doubt ask the invigilator for held immediately.

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