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 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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I have scored 631.50 in February 2020 MAT and I also have 96 percentage in 10th and as well as 12th also Completed B. Com(correspondence) with 52 percentage and with no history of arrears. Am I still eligible for the MBA program (full time). Please suggest some colleges in tamilnadu.

Shiksha 9th Apr, 2020


Yes, you're eligible for mba. The colleges that you can target are as follows:

  • Christ University banglore
  • Bimtech noida (not the core program)
  • IPE Hyderabad
  • Ifim
  • Srm University, chennai
  • Thiagarajar School of Management, Thirupparankundram
  • Amrita school of business, Coimbatore

I hope this helps. For more colleges in tamil nadu visit the link below:


I have 42 percentile in feb mat 2020....can i get a chance in NIT Silchar for MBA ???....

Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 9th Apr, 2020

NIT's MAT cutoff percentile is very high compared to some top B Schools. A minimum percentile of 90 is needed to get a call from NIT Silchar. With 42 percentile in MAT, there are very less chances to get into NIT Silchar for MBA.


i scored total. 499 marsks in mat and want collages in pune . can u please help me out

Shiksha 4th Apr, 2020


At 499 in mat there are no top colleges that you can get. Only below average colleges you can target in pune.

A few of them are: Pravara Centre for Management Research & Development, Biib Sri balaji society, iims pune, dy patil pune, riim pune, mitcon, lexicon, etc.

(Although its its be to take a drop)

I hope this helps.


My father is a government employee.If I get good percentile in CAT or MAT exam,does any b-schools offer scholarship to me?

Shiksha 4th Apr, 2020


Yes, there are many mba colleges through mat/cat those offers scholarships.

  • Iim Ahmedabad
  • Iim banglore
  • Iim lucknow
  • Welingkar mumbai/banglore
  • Tiss mumbai
  • Tapmi Manipal
  • Nmims mumbai
  • Nie mumbai
  • Mdi gurgaon
  • Isb hyderabad
  • Ifmr chennai & many more

Visit this link for more details:

I hope this helps.


Will presidency university accept my mat score.. I have scored 375 and want to do my MBA in digital marketing

Akram Khan 3rd Apr, 2020


The presidency University accept mat scores for admission to MBA programs.

The eligiblity to apply for MBA course in presidency University is -

  • Bachelor's degree with minimum 50% marks from a recognised institution.
  • A high score in national level management aptitude test ( CAt, mat, xat, CMAT ,atma, kmat etc.)
  • experience if any

So you can apply for the MBA course there.

hope you find this helpful.

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