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MAT Entrance Exam 2023

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MAT 2023 Syllabus

MAT commonly abbreviated as Management Aptitude Test is an entrance test conducted in India since 1998. The All India Management Association (AIMA) conducts the entrance test. The candidates after cracking the exam are eligible to get admission into various management colleges. They can also enter some of the unified projects which are initiatives of some of the top business colleges all over India.

The exam is known to have an accreditation by the Ministry of Human Resource Development since 2003. It is conducted at different points of time throughout the year.

Examinees are allowed to opt either of the two modes of examination i.e. computer based test and the paper based test whose mode of instruction can be selected by the applicants. They can choose to give the exam either in Hindi or English. Graduates as well as the final year students from any discipline can wish to opt for the exam, provided that the final year students show the certificate of completion at the time of admission.

The application fees range from INR 1500 to INR 2600 depending upon the mode of examination selected for the test. The test scores of MAT have a validity period of one year after the publication of results.

The test consists of 200 questions and 5 sections. Each section contains a total of 40 questions.The duration of time is 150 minutes. The questions are asked from a plethora of topics like Verbal ability, Data interpretation and adequacy, Logical reasoning, General knowledge & basic thinking and matters of Indian and world affairs.

A full detail of the syllabus is tabulated below.



Language Comprehension 

  • Antonyms
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Contextual usage
  • Syllogisms
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Jumbled paragraphs
  • Analogies
  • Different usage of the same word
  • Foreign language words used in English
  • Sentence correction
  • Idioms
  • One-word substitution
  • Sentence completion

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

  • Puzzles
  • Visual reasoning
  • Arrangement
  • Series
  • Numeric grid
  • Pie Chart
  • Family tree
  • Strong arguments and Weak arguments
  • Multi-dimensional arrangements
  • Course of Action
  • Blood Relations
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Calendars
  • Coding & Decoding
  • Syllogisms
  • Statement Conclusions
  • Column graphs
  • Graphs representing Area

Mathematical Skills 

  • Geometry
  • Number System
  • Profit & loss
  • Trigonometry
  • Allegation & Mixture
  • Time Speed & Distance
  • Percentage
  • Simple-Compound Interest
  • P&C Probability
  • Time & Work
  • Height & Distance
  • Partnerships
  • Clocks-Calendars
  • Average
  • HCF, LCM
  • Ratio-Proportion

Data analysis 

  • Data Sufficiency
  • Line Graph
  • Data Table
  • Multiple Graph
  • Pie Chart
  • Data Comparison
  • Puzzles
  • Bar Charts

India and the Global Environment 

  • History
  • International Organization
  • Important Quotations
  • Social issues
  • Geography
  • Sports
  • Finance
  • Current affairs
  • Business
  • World Records
  • Top officials of big companies
  • Famous awards and Prizes
  • Books and Authors
  • The punch line of companies
  • Major Corporate news
  • Automobiles
  • Entertainment
  • Politics
  • Science

The sectional subdivision in the MAT examination schedule makes it a test concerned about eight subject areas.

  • The first section of language comprehension is divided into two sections: verbal ability and reading comprehension. 
  • The second section of Intelligence and Critical Reasoning consists of two divided sections: various kinds of thinking questions.
  • The third section for Data analysis and data adequacy comprises two sections consisting of questions from the topics data analysis and data adequacy.

Best books to prepare for MAT examination 

Books are a rich source of knowledge required to excel in the aforementioned examination. Some of the following books are best suited while preparing for the Management Aptitude Test.

Book Title

Book publication and author

Quantitative Aptitude

Arun Sharma

A Modern Approach To Logical Reasoning

RS Agarwal

Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations

Abhijit Guha

Logical and Analytical Reasoning

Ashok Gupta

50 Plus Solved Papers MBA Entrances

Ajay Singh

Objective General English

RS Agarwal