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Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a standardised test being administered since 1988 to facilitate Business Schools (B-Schools) to screen candidates for admission to MBA and allied programmes. Govt. of India, Ministry of HRD approved MAT as a national level test in 2003. Any B-School - national or international - can consider MAT Score as an admission input based on the Score Cards issued to the candidates. The largest test of its kind in the nation, MAT will continue to be your passport to over 600 B-Schools across India.


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MAT Exam Syllabus: Composition

MAT exam Syllabus is based on revamped and updated Syllabus of MAT Exam. The updated MAT syllabus for all the 5 sections of Language Comprehension, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, Mathematical skills; Data Analysis and Sufficiency; Indian and Global Environment is given below. The MAT exam syllabus includes some forgotton topics which may appear again in MAT exam.


Section Name
Number of Questions
Language Comprehension
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
Mathematical Skills
Indian and Global Environment


Sectional Sub-division of MAT Syllabus

MAT syllabus is further subdivided. This sectional sub-division in MAT syllabus makes MAT as an exam with 8 effective sections. The section one Language Comprehension syllabus is divided into two parts - Verbal Ability syllabus and Reading Comprehension syllabus. Similarly, section two Intelligence & Critical Reasoning syllabus also consists of two parts with different type of reasoning questions. The syllabus for Data Analysis & Data sufficiency also has two types of questions – the first type is on Data Analysis which is closer to Data Interpretation and other type of questions are on Data sufficiency.


All the sections have equal number of questions. The MAT exam syllabus for Quantitative Ability section is also very wide and covers each and every topic in Mathematics with greater emphasis on Arithmetic. MAT 2019 exam syllabus is thus based on the past paper patterns which contain questions from all these sections.


Section-1:Language Comprehension

Section Highlights: MAT exam Syllabus for Language Comprehension section in MAT is divided into 2 parts. The 1st part of MAT syllabus covers topics on Reading Comprehension passages and the 2nd part of MAT exam syllabus covers topics on Grammar & other parts of Verbal Ability.


Part-1: MAT Syllabus for Reading Comprehension (RC)

RC Syllabus covers current affairs making impact on Social Life, International Affairs, Govt policies and Schemes for example Triple Talaq, Clean India Mission, Migration of people from one country to other, Growing intolerance across the Globe, Agricultural policies, poverty eradication programmes. Business & Economic RC Passages for example Global economic changes, economic development at the cost of environment, Impact of Demonetization in India, Wasteful expenditure by Governments RC passages from various English Literature books, from articles authored by great philosophers, thinkers, from various speeches of great personalities like passages from Charles Dickens, Aristotle, Martin Luther King, Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi, Churchill among others. Passages on Science & Culture including the journey to Modern world; Fading culture with the advancement of technology. Abstract topics and fiction are also included in the Reading Comprehension Syllabus for MAT. These Passages make the candidates put themselves in the author’s shoes before answering the questions following these passages since they are opinion based. RC Passages on Historical events leading to social changes for example French Revolution, War of Roses, Social changes in Indian History and thoughts shared by various activists which are very much relevant even today. RC Passages from Mythology. These passages try to correlate the Mythological events with the current social structure and answers to the questions on them have to be inferred.


Key Facts on RC Syllabus in MAT & Type of questions

RC passage on any topic under the Sun can be placed in MAT exam.


Number of Questions: 20

Sectional Weightage in MAT Syllabus: 50%

Type of passages in MAT Exam Syllabus on RC: 4 Short passages of moderate difficulty level

Division of questions: 5 questions based on each passage

Type of Questions: All of MCQ type with penalty of ¼ negative marking

Format of questions: Questions based on information in RC passage; Antonyms/synonyms of the words & phrases as used in the passage; In context of the passage –True/false statements; main idea of RC passage


Part-2: MAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability

Jumbled Paragraphs (3-4 questions)

Error Correction of Verb, Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Adverb and other parts of speech in the Sentences.

Correcting the sequence of sentences in the paragraph for example correct use of conditional sentence, time clauses, reported speech, passive writing

Antonyms/Synonyms (5-6 questions)

Fill in the blanks (3-4 questions)

One word substitution (1-2 questions)

Idioms/Phrases (2-3 questions)


Key Facts on Verbal Ability Syllabus in MAT & Type of questions

Number of Questions: 20

Sectional Weightage in MAT Syllabus: 50%

Type of Questions: All of MCQ type with penalty for wrong answer


Section-2: Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

Although MAT syllabus for this section is short but in fact MAT question paper has tricky questions in this area. Major topics covered in MAT syllabus on Intelligence and Critical Reasoning are:


Section Highlights

MAT Syllabus for Intelligence and Critical Reasoning has been revamped. As a separate section in MAT exam, is divided in 2 parts – Syllabus for Intelligence Reasoning and syllabus for Critical Reasoning. In other exams like CAT, critical reasoning questions are also asked in Verbal Ability section.


MAT exam Syllabus for Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

Fact Inference Judgment

Passage Conclusion


Statement Argument among others.



Binary logic

Seating Arrangement

Blood Relations (Family Tree)

Logical Sequence




Linear and matrix arrangement

Team Formation

Direction sense and Decision Making






Set Theory, Venn Diagrams, Network Diagrams

Quantitative Reasoning


Logical Reasoning based on Rankings

Critical Reasoning


Key Facts on Reasoning Syllabus in MAT & Type of questions

MAT entrance exam syllabus defines that questions in Reasoning section can be individual or can be in the set of 3-4 questions.


Weightage of Reasoning Syllabus questions in MAT exam: 20%

Weightage of Reasoning Section in MAT Percentile calculation: 25%

Total Reasoning questions in MAT syllabus for exam: 40

Type of Questions: MCQs

Past trend of topics in MAT Reasoning Syllabus: Questions were based on Family Relation, Statements-Cause & Effect, Clocks & Calendars, Statement –Assumptions, Reasons, analogies, direction, series, Incorrect Terms.

Section-3: Mathematical skills

Section Highlight: MAT exam syllabus for Mathematical skills refers to the Quant topics on which MAT questions are based. The MAT syllabus for Mathematics section is very wide. MAT syllabus for Quant covers everything in Mathematics that you may or may not expect. MAT exam syllabus 2020 on Quant is based on questions on different topics on Arithmetic, Algebra, Modern Math, Geometry, Mensuration, Trignometry among others.


MAT Syllabus on Mathematical Skills


Arithmetic (15-16 Questions)



Profit and Loss

Interest (Simple and Compound)

Speed, Time and Distance; Time and Work; Averages; Ratio and Proportion and others

Number System (3-4) questions

Elementary Mathematics

Number System

Mixtures and Allegation

Unitary Method

Commercial Maths

Permutation and Combinations

Sequence And Series

Heights and Distance

Algebra (5-7 questions)


Geometry/Mensuration (6-8 questions)



Coordinate Geometry

Pure Math (1-2 questions)


Other topics

Venn diagrams and other topic based questions are 2-3

Linear Equations; Quadratic Equations

Complex Numbers

Logarithm; Progressions

Binomial Theorem

Surds and Indices


Set Theory

Mixtures and Alligations

Co-ordinate Geometry


Linear Programming


Key Facts on Mathematical Skills Syllabus in MAT & Type of questions

Number of Questions: 40.

Sectional weightage in MAT Syllabus: 20%

Sectional Weightage in Percentile calculation: 25%

Type of Questions: MCQs

Past trend in MAT exam syllabus for Mathematics shows that there is More emphasis on Arithmetic with number of questions going in the range of 15 to 16.

Questions were based on Interest, Percentages, Time and Work, Profit, Loss, Partnership.

Other questions were based on topics like Equations, Ratio, Proportion & Variation, Geometry & Mensuration, Permutation and Combinations, Probability among others

Section-4: Data Analysis and Sufficiency

Section Highlight: MAT exam syllabus 2020 for Data Analysis and Sufficiency covers more topics on Data Interpretation. The MAT syllabus for Data Analysis and sufficiency section is very wide and covers everything in Data Interpretation and sufficiency of data that you may or may not expect. MAT exam syllabus 2020 on Data Analysis refers to questions on Data Interpretation.


MAT Syllabus for Data Analysis and Sufficiency

Data Tables

Data charts

Bar diagrams & Charts including Simple, Stacked, Composite Bar charts

Pie charts

Graphs – Line X-Y Graphs

Data analysis and Data comparison among others

Caselet based Data

Venn diagram

Data Sufficiency


Key Facts on Data Analysis and sufficiency Syllabus in MAT & Type of questions

Number of Questions: 40

Type of questions: MCQs

Sectional weightage in MAT Syllabus: 20%

Sectional Weightage in Percentile Calculation: 25%

This section had maximum questions on data interpretation

Data comparison time remained the major hurdle to solve these questions with speed and accuracy

Questions on Data Interpretation (DI) occupy more than 50% of the section, rest of the part covers questions on data sufficiency and data comparison

The questions in MAT question paper can be expected in sets as well as individual ones


Section-5: Indian and Global Environment

Section Highlights: MAT syllabus on Indian and Global Environment refers to the GK syllabus. expects you to know everything under the Sun on Business & Economy, Who’s who, current affairs, static GK among others.


Indian & Global Environment Syllabus

Major topics covered in MAT syllabus in this section are the GK topics current and static:


Conventional GK-available in books

Current GK- based on current reading of newspapers and periodicals;

Business & Economics GK -for example changes in Fiscal and monetary policy, CRR, Repo Rate,

Devaluation and up valuation of Rupee.

Business, National and International events

Who’s who

Constitutional of India,

Currency and Capitals of the countries

States of India

International Organizations

Monetary and fiscal tools


Identification of personalities, companies among others


Key Facts on Indian & Global Environment Syllabus in MAT & Type of questions


Number of Questions: 40

Type of questions: MCQs

Sectional weightage in MAT Syllabus: 20%

Sectional Weightage in Percentile Calculation: Nil

Suggested time limit by AIMA to answer the 40 questions in this section is 15 minutes but 10 minutes are enough to attempt this section

Ideal time to attempt one question is less than 30 seconds

The questions are based on conventional GK, business and economics, current affairs, international affairs

This section is not counted for percentile calculation in MAT exam

Many Candidates skip or answer very few questions in this section to save time for other sections

There are many other topics on which questions are placed in the MAT question paper in this section.

In-depth and regular reading of GK helps more as sometimes a few GK questions in MAT exam need intensive reading.


MAT 2020 Syllabus Pdf

MAT Syllabus PDF is very wide with many topics getting added or deleted every year. It goes on changing with each MAT exam. The updated MAT 2020 syllabus PDF can help you boost your MAT preparation as per the current MAT pattern. The MAT 2020 Syllabus PDF free download is available online. It contains the existing and expected topics alongwith the type of questions expected in MAT exams – both paper based and computer based.


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