Last Minute and Exam Day Strategy for MAT 2017

Last Minute and Exam Day Strategy for MAT

As MAT May 2017 is scheduled on May 7 in paper pencil based mode and on May 13 onwards in computer based mode, the MBA aspirants appearing for the test must be gearing up for the D Day. In the last few days before the exam, you should balance your focus on the preparation as well as the practical aspects. In this article, we will share the last minute tips and strategy for MAT.

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MAT 2017 or Management Aptitude Test by AIMA is conducted in both paper pencil based as well as computer based modes. Though the modes are different, the exam pattern of MAT would remain same. The following table brings to you the test structure.


MAT Exam Pattern

Section No.


No of Questions

Time Suggested(Minutes)


Language Comprehension




Mathematical Skills




Data Analysis and Sufficiency




Intelligence and Critical Reasoning




Indian and Global Environment







As far as preparation is concerned, follow the given scheme for the last few days.

Don’t stress – Since MAT is one of the low difficulty MBA entrance exams, you need not panic about the exam’s toughness or your preparation level. If you have prepared for the previous MAT or exams like CAT, IIFT or NMAT by GMAC, tackling the MAT paper would not be difficult provided you have conceptual clarity. As per experts, the question types of MAT are direct in nature and are not complex at all. The test takers find the difficulty level from easy to moderate.


Practice test in your chosen mode – Whether you have chosen to take MAT in paper pencil based mode or computer based mode, taking practice test or mocks a couple of days before the exam would make you prepared for the D Day fully. Make sure that you take the mocks in the mode you have registered for. Follow the strategy in the actual test day as well unless you find a huge surprise in the paper.


Time Management – The duration of MAT is 2 hours 30 minutes within which you have to attempt 200 questions from five sections. However, it is not necessary that you have to attempt each and every question. Moreover, the scores of Indian and Global Environment are not included while evaluating the composite score. If you allot at least 15 to 20 minutes to each section, you will have requisite time left for revision. Do not attempt questions which you are not sure of to escape the wrath of negative marking scheme of ¼ marks.


Don’t attempt new topics – At this last moment to MAT, do not start preparing for any new topic. Neither you would be able to grasp the topics, nor will you be able to revise the rest of the topics. Boost up your confidence by revising and brushing up your strengths. Even on the exam day, select those questions which you are confident about answering accurately.


Practical aspects to take care before the D Day

A day before your exam, get ready with the required documents and follow the Dos and Don’ts as instructed by AIMA, the exam conducting body. Few pointers to follow on your exam day eve are as follows:

Carry your Admit Card – The MAT Admit Card is the mandatory document to be carried in the MAT test center. It has to be downloaded online and it would not be sent to you by post or emailed to you. If you are yet to download the Admit Card, it is high time to do so by clicking here. Enter your Roll Number, Form Number and Date of Birth in DD/MM/YY format to download the Admit Card. Take a print out and preserve it till your admission process is complete.


Report at the test centre an hour prior to the test schedule – Make sure that you reach the test centre at least an hour before the exam. For example, if the exam starts from 10 am, reach the centre by 9 am. Late entry might result into cancellation of your candidature in the test.


Do not carry any personal items – Do not carry personal or electronic items like mobile phones, calculators, electronic watches, books, notebooks etc. However, you may carry stationary items like pencils, erasers etc. for doing rough work.


Read the instructions carefully – Before entering the test hall or after receiving the question papers, read the instructions given in the admit card and in the question paper and abide by them. In case of any inconvenience during the test, ask the test invigilator to sort out the issue.

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First Published On : 05 Dec 2014 04:48 PM IST

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