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Are you thinking on how to prepare for MAT exam? Then you are probably going to appear for AIMA Management Aptitude Test (MAT) 2018. MAT exam preparation can begin quite early, right during graduation days when you can explore its syllabus and cover topics from it by reading books and practising questions. After that to crack MAT exam like a pro, you need a foolproof study plan. Here is a 30 day study plan for MAT preparation along with syllabus of MAT exam, exam pattern, books to read, all you need to know to crack MAT.

Here we discuss how to effectively construct a master plan so that you can score high. In order to do that let us first understand a bit about the MAT exam first in brief.

About MAT

MAT is a National Level Qualifying Entrance Exam which is designed as an admission criteria into Postgraduate (MBA) courses offered by several Business Schools spread across India. There are more than 600 business schools which accept the passing score obtained in MAT. it is valid only for a year. The exam is conducted by AIMA for admission to MIs (Management Institutes). The exam takes place quarterly i.e 4 times in a year, in the months of February, May, September and December.

Who is eligible?

Any candidate who has graduated in any discipline is eligible to appear in the exam.  MAT is mandatory test that must be taken by the candidates to take admission into courses.

Lets us get into the action mode.

#1 Know the exam pattern

The test is conducted in offline mode (paper based) and online mode (computer based) both.  The students while registering for the exam do need to mention that whether they want to opt for online mode or offline mode. The candidates must complete the single paper in 2 hrs and 30 minutes for paper based and for computer based there are different time slots.

Question paper consists of 200 multiple choice questions divided in 5 sections.

Section No of Questions. Time
Reading Comprehension 40 30
Mathematics 40 40
Data Interpretation and analysis 40 35
Critical Reasoning 40 30
Indian and Global Environment 40 15
Total 200 150

#2 Books to refer

Finding the right and supportive material can be a tremendous task after all, it eliminates the chances of us paying extra errands to the library or friends who have sat for MAT. Students often end up buying a book collection as if they are soon going to open a book store. you don’t have to create a whole library. only the essential ones. pick the books out of the list

Reading Comprehension

Mathematical

Data Analysis

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

#3 Study Plan for MAT Preparation

Days Reading Comprehension Mathematics Data Interpretation and analysis Critical Reasoning Indian and Global Environment
Day 1 Verbal Reasoning (2 hr) HCF & LCM ( 2 hrs.) Pie Chart (2-3 hrs.) Critical Reasoning (2-3 hrs.) Company punch lines ( 2hrs.)
Day 2 Syllogisms (1 hr) Percentages ( 3 hrs.) Pie Chart ( 2hrs.) Visual reasoning ( 2 hrs.) Geography ( 2hrs.)
Day 3 Vocabulary 50 words (1 hr) Ratios and proportions (2 hrs.) Graphs ( 3hrs.) Sequencing ( 1 hr.) Current Affairs ( 2hrs.)
Day 4 Self-assigned Test ( 150 minutes only) preferably in morning
Day 5 Using the same word with different meaning. (1 hr) Quadratic and linear equations ( 3 hrs.) Graphs ( 3 hrs.) Critical Reasoning ( 2:30 minutes) Geography ( 2hrs.)
Day 6 Contextual Usage (1 hr) Work and Time ( 2 hrs.) Bar Graphs ( 3 hrs.) Visual reasoning ( 1 hr) History ( 2hrs.)
Day 7 Vocabulary 50 words (1 hr) Work and Time ( 2 hrs.) Bar Graphs ( 3 hrs.) Sequencing ( 1 hr) Current Affairs ( 2hrs.)
Day 8 Self-assigned Test ( 150 minutes only) preferably in morning
Day 9 Analogies (1 hr) Geometry ( 3 hrs.) Line Charts ( 3 hrs.) Coding and Decoding ( 1:30 minutes) History ( 2hrs.)
Day 10 One word substitution ( 1 hr) Geometry ( 3 hrs.) Line Charts ( 3 hrs.) Assumption-Premise-Conclusion ( 2 hrs.) Business ( 2hrs.)
Day 11 Vocabulary 50 words (1 hr) Geometric Progression ( 3 hrs.) Pie Chart (2-3 hrs.) Assumption-Premise-Conclusion ( 2 hrs.) Current Affairs ( 2hrs.)
Day 12 Self-assigned Test ( 150 minutes only) preferably in morning
Day 13 Antonyms ( 1:30 minutes) Time-Speed-Distance ( 2 hrs.) Column Graphs ( 3 hrs.) Statements and Assumptions ( 1:30 minutes) Business ( 2hrs.)
Day 14 Idioms ( 1:30 minutes) Profit and Loss ( 2 hrs.) Column Graphs ( 3 hrs.) Statements and Assumptions (1:30 minutes) Science ( 2hrs.)
Day 15 Vocabulary 50 words (1 hr.) Geometric Progression ( 3 hrs.) Line Charts ( 3 hrs.) Identifying valid inferences (1 hr.) Current Affairs ( 2hrs.)
Day 16 Self-assigned Test ( 150 minutes only) preferably in morning
Day 17 Fill in the blanks ( 1 hr) Algebra ( 3 hrs.) Venn Diagram  ( 3 hrs.) Assertion and reasons ( 2hrs.) Books and authors/ Awards ( 2hrs.)
Day 18 Odd man out ( 1 hr) Algebra ( 3 hrs.) Venn Diagram ( 3 hrs.) identifying reasons ( 1 hr.) Sports/ Politics  ( 2hrs.)
Day 19 Vocabulary 50 words (1 hr) Algebra ( 3 hrs.) Bar Graphs ( 3 hrs.) Linear   arrangements ( 1 hr.) Current Affairs ( 2hrs.)
Day 20 Self-assigned Test ( 150 minutes only) preferably in morning
Day 21 Jumbled Paragraphs (1 hr) Averages ( 3 hrs.) Graphs ( 3 hrs.) Linear arrangements ( 1:30 minutes) Company punch lines ( 2hrs.)
Day 22 Sentence Completion ( 1 hr) Number System ( 2 hrs.) Pie Chart ( 2 hrs.) Matrix arrangements ( 2 hrs.) Sports/ Politics  ( 2hrs.)
Day 23 Vocabulary 50 words (1 hr) Partnership (Accounts) ( 3 hrs.) Bar Graphs ( 3 hrs.) Matrix arrangements (2 hrs.) Current Affairs ( 2hrs.)
Day 24 Self-assigned Test ( 150 minutes only) preferably in morning
Day 25 Sentence Correction (1 hr) Percentages ( 3 hrs.) Column Graphs ( 3 hrs.) Family tree ( 1hr.) Books and authors/ Awards ( 2hrs.)
Day 26 Foreign language words used in English ( 1 hr) Vectors ( 3 hrs.) Venn Diagram ( 3 hrs.) Family tree (1 hr.) Geography ( 2hrs.)
Day 27 Vocabulary 50 words (1 hr) Work and Time ( 2 hrs.) Line Charts ( 3 hrs.) Cause and effect ( 1:30 minutes) Current Affairs ( 2hrs.)
Day 28 Self-assigned Test ( 150 minutes only) preferably in morning
Day 29 Read paragraphs (1 hr) Time-Speed-Distance ( 2 hrs.) Venn Diagram ( 3 hrs.) Cause and effect (1:30 minutes) History  ( 2hrs.)
Day 30 Read paragraphs (1 hr) Geometry ( 3 hrs.) Bar Graphs ( 3 hrs.) Critical Reasoning (2-3 hrs.) Company punch lines ( 2hrs.)

#4 Improve vocabulary to score better in RC

Reading comprehension is the most scoring portion in the whole paper. Since this section is the most easiest, you should try that you do not lose marks here at all. Read 50 words every 3rd day of the schedule and not try to imbibe it in your everyday conversation. What i use to do was to deliberately engage a conversation that would require me to use the words that i have learnt for the day. That way, i could turn my passive knowledge into active and whenever i heard that word i was immediately taken back to the moment when i had used it.

#5 Speed is a must

In the real world, you may have heard the term that “speed thrills but kills”. In the academic world actually it’s the quite opposite, it is relatively a term which is considered to be the sole factor which can put you in the lead. speed is the ultimate weapon to drive you out of the “MATNESS”.

You need to concentrate on speeding the time you take to solve mathematical questions. You can keep sundays for experiments. Write an essay everyday. Try and pick any silly topic to write about and start with the most random thought that comes to your mind. Now read an article using net and pick the most interesting lines making sentences using the vocabulary you have learnt.  Exercising this trick will let you to answer the unexpected questions  and increase the thinking power.

#6 Regular self assessment

This is the most crucial part. As you can see that we have assigned every 3rd day of the schedule for the test. The reason behind putting you through so many tests is to eliminate your fear of exam. If you know that you have already sat for so many tests your mind will feel more relaxed and on the exam day you can  really avoid committing silly mistakes like not reading the full question properly. When you are at home, do not forget to use the technique of reading the question, analysing the solutions for it and implementing the method. Read the questions twice and give a brief reading for the paragraphs. Count how many answers you could solve within the allotted test time. For questions on time and work write the formulas before hand on the rough sheet when you get it. Do make sure that you have the option of doing so. If in the question paper the candidates are not allowed to write formulas before do not write it before the paper starts.

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