MAT Preparation for Language Comprehension & Verbal Ability - Management Aptitude Test or commonly as MAT is conducted five times in a year. MAT score will act as a passport to more than 600 B-schools. MAT is conducted in online and offline mode and candidates can choose to opt for one mode or both the modes as per their preference. MAT will assess candidates on different areas, hence the paper is divided into five sections, viz., Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, Mathematics, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Indian and Global Environment. Amongst the five-section sections, this article focuses on the MAT preparation for Language Comprehension and Verbal Ability. This section assesses the candidate ability to comprehend the passage and vocabulary. The key to increasing one’s verbal ability is to read frequently. With the advancement of technology, students can assess diverse fields to read from without limiting themselves to the newspapers. Read this complete article to know the important topics and their preparation tips of Language Comprehension and Verbal Ability.
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MAT Preparation for Language Comprehension & Verbal Ability

MAT Language Comprehension and Verbal Ability - Overview

Before knowing the tips for preparation, let’s have a look at the MAT 2020 exam pattern for language comprehension and verbal ability.

Language Comprehension Highlights:



Number of questions


Marks per question

1 mark

Negative marking

0.25 marks for incorrect answers

Topics covered

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Fill in the blanks

  • Synonyms and Antonyms

  • Idioms

  • Jumbled words and sentences

  • Odd word out

  • Sentence correction

  • Para jumbles

Expected time to be taken

20-30 minutes

Important books

  • How to prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT - McGraw Hill

  • Mastering for Verbal Ability - Arihant Publication

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT - Pearson

MAT Preparation for Language Comprehension & Verbal Ability

Reading Comprehension

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Reading comprehension refers to the understanding of the text provided and comprehending with the ideas that the author wants to convey. Reading comprehension section generally consists of 4-5 passages with approximate 300-400 words each. Each passage will consist of 5 questions, students will be required to answer the questions on the basis of the passage. To improve one’s reading comprehension, he/she must follow the following points:

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  • Assess your current reading by noting the time you take to read a passage. To know your capability pick a passage from any magazine, book, newspaper or novel and note the instances where you lag for example: difficulty in understanding a few words.

  • If you take time to understand a few words, focus on improving your vocabulary by creating flashcards of the words you were not able to relate to. Write the definition of the difficult words and twice or thrice take a quiz of yourself from the vocabulary you have written on your flashcard.

  • Vocabulary improves when you take pleasure in what you read. Hence, embrace to whatever you read and don’t make it a constant chore.

  • Summarize every time to what you read and stop on the line where you start getting confused.

  • Try to read the passage aloud when you feel tired.

  • While reading, read the previous sections of the text to link with the later paragraphs.

  • While practicing, discuss the passage with friends on the basis of your understanding.

Tips to improve Verbal Ability

Verbal ability of the student is assessed by mainly asking questions from the topics such as, sentence rearrangement and completion, synonyms and antonyms, idioms, odd word out, sentence correction, and para jumbles. To improve range of expression and comprehension, starting from today follow the ways mentioned below:

Read, read and read

Reading is one of the essential ways to improve one’s vocabulary. You are advised to read from different genres and step out of your comfort zone. By reading from different genres you will run into new words. Make sure you take note of the new words and definition.

Each day, a new word!

Promise to self to learn a new word each day from the text you read or what about downloading the mobile application and making it a piece of cake? Applications such as, Magoosh Vocabulary Builder, Word to Word and many more helps you learn new words and their usage in a sentence.

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Now that you are learning a new word each day, try to use that word in your daily life. Also, if you hear any new expression, idiom or phrase try to inculcate them in sentences while talking to friends or family. It becomes easy to remember more oftenly you use.

Getting bored? Watch a movie!

If you feel the reading is getting boring and making you lazy, why not watch a movie? Check the list of the movies below you can watch amid your preparation for MAT:

  • Jurassic Park

  • Notting Hills

  • Men in Black

  • Harry Potter

  • Star Wars

  • Pirates of the Caribbean

Note - Don’t forget to play the subtitles and have your dictionary by your side.

Play Word Games

Make your learning fun by indulging yourself into word games. Visit your nearby game store and purchase the board games like Scrabble. Call your friends or family and play along. Scrabble requires problem solving skills and will to try to form new words.

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while filling the registration form for MAT, by mistankly I selected IBT mode of test , but i have some issues with my laptop and internet connection,so I think might be face some issue during exam ,so is there any option to change the mode of test to CBT . please suggest.

Sharon K Rose Student Expert 24th May, 2020


You cannot make any changes in MAT application form as there isn't any correction facility.You have to either apply a fresh application choosing CBT mode or make some alternative arrangements to give the test in IBT mode.You can seek help from your friends or relatives to provide you desktop/laptop with with proper internet connectivity.


Got 80 percentile in mat. I live in delhi , should I go for FIIB delhi or should look colleges in Pune like pibm & iims pune?

rajaman9300_7946061 Student Expert 26th May, 2020

FIIB Delhi and IIMs Pune is at par. You can easily get these colleges without any much hindrance. If you want to stay in Delhi only then you can opt FIIB as there i snot much difference between these colleges.

Scopes are also same in fact a little more in FIIB.

But if you want any other college in Delhi with this percentile , then you can try :

VIPS-TC-Delhi School of Business Delhi


Jagan Institute of Management

These 3 colleges are difficult to get but not impossible. It's 70-30 chance.

All the best!!


I scored 693 in mat feb 2020, do i have any chances of getting pumba or simsree?

Anuja 23rd May, 2020

Dear Aspirant,

Can you mention your percentile so that it will be helpful for us to guide you

As Simsree and Pumba admission process is through CET marks for HU And OHU candidates, so MAT score will be considered as All India Quota

Hence the cut off for All India Quota is more than CET cut off

Hope this helps


where can i get study materials for MAT

Nimisha Gupta 23rd May, 2020


The best books to study for Management Aptitude Test are

Mission MBA MAT Guide by BS Sijwali

MAT entrance exams with practice CD by GKP

Pearson MAT super course

Study package for MAT by Arun Sharma

10 Challengers MAT

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what is the level of mat may exam which section is more difficult among them.....?

Shareef 19th May, 2020
The subject in which you are weak in, may find difficult for you to solve.
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Intelligence and critical reasoning
  • Data analysis and sufficiency
  • Indian and global environment

these are the subjects you will have in the examinination, the subject you haven't gone in previous educations or you are weak in should be given more concentration. Coming to pattern here is the exam pattern,
  • 200 question
  • 150 minutes
  • 1 mark for every correct answer
  • 1/2 will be reduced for wrong answer
  • CCA type paper
if you don't have any idea about the syllabus, refer the below link
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