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How to prepare for MAT and Tips to Succeed in the Exam MAT or Management Aptitude Test is conducted by All India Management Association and is quite similar to CAT but is comparatively easier and it gives an opportunity to get admission to some of the best management colleges and institutes. The exams are usually held four times a year and its score is accepted by more than 250 colleges across India. Students have the option to either take the paper based test or the computer enabled test. Following are the few tips which will help you to excel the exam and achieve your goal. Know your strengths and weakness You can make a plan to the destination well if you know the start point. You need to understand your strengths and weaknesses for any test preparation so that you can plan to turn your weaknesses into strengths and ignore certain weaknesses if they are not important from exam point of view and also improve upon your strengths. Read newspapers This is very important preparation strategy as far as working on your current affairs is concerned. If you are studying for MBA entrance exam, you must thoroughly read the newspaper daily. Take mock tests MAT is one B-school entrance exam which tests two important aspects: speed and accuracy. Both have to go hand in hand. For increasing your speed, while taking mock tests you should solve questions using alternate methods particularly in Math. You should devote time analyzing questions and devising logical methods during your mock tests Practice hard Don’t forget that only learning by reading chapters in a book will take you nowhere. It is questions that you need to answer correctly in the test and thus extensive practice is important About the test The duration for MAT exam is 2.5 hours and it is divided into five sections. The questions are objective type with multiple choice answers. The test judges a candidate on his general aptitude and it consists of 200 questions. The test also has a provision of negative marking for incorrect answers and deducts 25% of the marks allotted to the question in case a wrong answer is given.

There are 40 questions in each of the 5 sections mentioned below:     

Reading Comprehension Data Interpretation/Data sufficiency Quantitative Aptitude Logical and Critical reasoning General Awareness

Validity of the MAT score The validity of the MAT score for many management institutes is one year. You should aim for the maximum percentile to be selected by top colleges. The result of MAT allows the colleges to make a call to potential candidates for group discussion and interview. For more information on books for MAT and books for XAT preparation please visit

How to prepare for MAT and Tips to Succeed in the Exam