MAT Syllabus 2017


MAT Syllabus 2017MAT Syllabus 2017 – Before the candidates start with the preparation for MAT February 2017 session, they are advised to check the syllabus. The MAT February 2017 syllabus will help the candidate to become familiar with the topics and sub-topics of the test. Also, knowing the MAT 2017 syllabus will help them to avoid wasting time in unnecessary topics. The questions in the test will be from 5 different sections, which are Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis & Sufficiency, General Intelligence and Critical Reasoning and Indian & Global Environment. For more details on the MAT Syllabus 2017 and to know about the various topics on which the questions will be based, read the article below.
Latest MAT Application Form 2017 (May)



There are total 5 sections and all are Multiple Choice Questions, which are :

  1. Language Comprehension
  2. Mathematical Skills
  3. Data Analysis and Sufficiency
  4. General Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
  5. Indian and Global Environment respectively

For a clear understanding of the 5 sections of the MAT paper, candidates can go through the table below 

Name of the Section No. of Questions Time Suggested
Language Comprehension 40 30
Mathematical Skill 40 40
Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40 35
General Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40 30
Indian and Global Environment respectively 40 15
Total 200 150

MAT Syllabus 2017 – Language Comprehension

In the comprehension passage, the candidates can also expect a poem extract or stanza. The comprehension passage mostly contains the following –

  1. Verbal Reasoning
  2. Syllogisms
  3. Using the same word with different meaning.
  4. Contextual Usage
  5. Analogies
  6. One word substitution
  7. Antonyms
  8. Idioms
  9. Fill in the blanks
  10. Odd man out
  11. Jumbled Paragraphs
  12. Sentence Completion
  13. Sentence Correction
  14. Foreign language words used in English

MAT Syllabus 2017 – Mathematical Skill

This section is often one of the toughest and plays a major role in the test. The various types of questions that the candidates may have to face are –

  1. Ratios and proportions
  2. In-equations Quadratic and linear equations
  3. Profit and Loss
  4. Geometry
  5. Percentages
  6. Algebra
  7. Averages
  8. Time-Speed-Distance
  9. Number System
  10. Geometric Progression
  11. Partnership (Accounts)
  12. Work and Time
  13. HCF & LCM
  14. Vectors

MAT Syllabus 2017 – Data Analysis and Sufficiency

This section is mostly based on text, on tables and graphs. The following are the type of questions that the candidates may face in the exam –

  1. Bar Graphs
  2. Graphs
  3. Line Charts
  4. Column Graphs
  5. Pie Chart
  6. Venn Diagram etc.

MAT Syllabus 2017 – General Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

This section mostly covers topics like the substitution of words, statements & assumptions, puzzles, etc. To tackle the Critical reasoning section, the candidates can prepare for the following topics –

  1. Critical Reasoning
  2. Sequencing
  3. Visual reasoning
  4. Coding and Decoding
  5. Assumption-Premise-Conclusion
  6. Statements and Assumptions
  7. Identifying valid interferences
  8. Assertion and reasons
  9. Identifying reasons
  10. Linear arrangements
  11. Matrix arrangements
  12. Family tree
  13. Cause and effect, etc.

MAT Syllabus 2017 – Indian and Global Environment respectively

This section is mainly based on the social contemporary happenings, Business analytics, world records etc. This section can be prepared from the following topics –

  1. Current Affairs
  2. Quotations from important personalities
  3. Geography
  4. History
  5. Business
  6. Company punch lines
  7. Major events in corporate
  8. Books and authors
  9. Science
  10. Awards
  11. Top officials of big companies
  12. Sports
  13. Entertainment
  14. Politics etc.

Reference Books for MAT 2017

The syllabus for MAT is as exhausting as any common MBA entrance exam. The candidates can seek to refer from the following book –

  1. S. Aggarwal – Math’s – XI & XII
  2. L. Loni – Plane Trigonometry (Part I)
  • Master the Mat

  1. Magical Book on Quicker Maths M. Tyra
  2. S. Agarwal – Reasoning
  3. L. Loni – Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Mat Secrets
  • Practice Book on quicker Maths M. Tyra & K. Kundan
  1. S.Aggarwal – Quantitative Aptitude
  2. Hall & Knight – Higher Algebra
  3. 501 Word Analogy Questions
  • Analytical Reasoning by M. K. Pendy
  • D Sharma – Quantitative Aptitude
  • Arihant Publication books for competitive exams
  1. Kaplan

  • Problem solving (Puzzles) by K. Kundan

The above-mentioned books will cover most of the sections for MAT entrance exam. The candidates can also get help by reading the newspapers and news magazines. Remember, entertainment magazines are just a waste of time and money, so better keep them out. However, only reading the books and newspapers will not help, the candidates are required to draft a strategy and imply it.

Quick Tips for MAT Preparation

To crack MAT, the candidates must tackle each section swiftly i.e. make a perfect score. The candidates must keep it in mind that scoring high in a section while scoring low in another would affect the overall percentile. Therefore, the candidates must keep a balanced score.

Some tips to help the candidates in scoring perfectly in the various sections are –

  • Language Comprehension – This section is completely comprehension phrases. This is a section which allows the candidate to score high. For this section, the candidates must have the practice of reading.
  • Mathematical Skill – The Math in this section is relatively easier than that of CAT and XAT. The toughest part in this section is the probability and permutations. This section can be solved with a lot of practice and patience.
  • Data Analysis and Sufficiency – This section mostly consist of graphs and tables. The candidates must understand the graph properly, if he/she interprets, then 4-5 questions can be correctly answered. The candidates also must be attention towards the speed breaker questions available in this section.
  • General Intelligence and Critical Reasoning – For this section, the candidates can practice from the previous year question papers of MAT. Practice will clear this section more easily; however, the candidates can also check and practice the old GRE books as MAT also follows them.
  • Indian and Global Environment respectively – This section can be scored by with the help of newspapers and news magazines. The newspapers and magazines will help the candidates with general awareness and current affairs. Following the newspapers properly, the candidates will be updated with the political, economic and other present conditions.

One of the oldest techniques that can be suggested is that the candidates can appear for the mock test as much as possible. After the mock test, the candidates can analyse their test to know their strengths and weaknesses.

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