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December 25, 2010

MAT Exam Pattern, Analysis, Papers & Books

This blog post follows my earlier blog post on MAT May 2011 Notification, Forms & Prep materials , which introduces you to the exam. The focus of this blog post is on how to prepare for MAT exam with study materials. It would give you the pattern of MAT exam, Section-wise analysis of MAT papers, sources for online MAT sample papers and list of available books for MAT preparation.

MAT Exam Pattern:

What is the pattern of MAT examination? Following section tells you about it.

MAT is a 2hr-30min test with following five sections, each of 40 marks:

1. Language Comprehension: 40 Questions, 30 mins.

2. Mathematical Skills : 40 Questions, 40 mins.

3. Data Analysis and Sufficiency: 40 Questions, 35 mins.

4. Intelligence and Critical Reasoning: 40 Questions, 30 mins.

5. Indian and Global Environment: 40 Questions, 15 mins.

All the questions are multiple-choice objective type questions.

MAT Exam Analysis:

What sort of questions are asked within each of the above five MAT sections? MAT exam analysis done by management coaching institutes tells you about it. Knowledge of what questions you can expect in each of the MAT exam sections gives you an edge over others, as you can than find out which section deserves more attention in your MAT preparation.
A Sample analysis from CareerLauncher MAT exam analysis is given below:

You can download the CareerLauncher MAT-February 2009 exam analysis by clicking here.
Also view the following MAT exam analysis by T.I.M.E:

MAT Exam Online Sample Papers:

Once you get detailed information on MAT exam questions from above, you would like to download free sample online papers of MAT. This section gives you the sources where you can find these MAT sample papers.

However, you need to use these free online MAT sample papers as eye-openers only and rely more on books and if you are more serious, on coaching institutes for your preparation of MAT exam.

View Online MAT sample papers: This is the official MAT site. And it gives you 28 sample MAT questions in downloadable PDF file.

Downloadable MAT sample papers: has following five MAT papers: A very good quality solved MAT sample paper of 150 questions. It has two MAT sample papers, although the format is old.

MAT Exam Books:
I found following books good for preparation of for MAT (Management Aptitude Test) Exam. These books are available in most of the bookstores, but you can also order them online by clicking the links below, from which offers hugediscounts from 10% to 30%, apart from free shipping/postage in Indiaif the order exceeds Rs. 500/=. You can choose to pay through Credit Card/Debit Card/Internet Banking. You can also choose to pay through “Cash-on-Delivery” i.e. you pay in cash only when the same is delivered at your doorstep:
Entrance Guide MAT, Author: Disha
List Price: Rs. 600 Offer Price: Rs. 420 Discount: Rs. 180 (30%)

MAT Exam Coaching:
Which is the best coaching institute for MAT exam?
Opinions vary and each answer is debatable. had carried out a survey, in association with experts, to find which coaching institute is best for management entrance exam. You can find the survey report here. According to it, the rankings are:

Take your own decision which coaching institute to go for the MAT exam.

Hope with above study materials for MAT exam, you would be able to shine in the exam. Feedbacks from actual persons who takes the exam is always very helpful (For example, which book did you find best for MAT?) and hence would like to request for your feedback as comments to this post.