MAT Syllabus 2018
Ranjini Basu, 01 Dec 2018, #MAT

MAT Syllabus 2018 - Candidates planning to appear for the exam must prepare as per the MAT 2018 Syllabus. AIMA will conduct the final session of one of the most popular management entrance tests, MAT (Management Aptitude Test) on December 9 (Paper-Based Test) and December 15 (Computer-Based), 2018. MAT usually takes place four times a year. One can appear for any of the exam modes to use the scores to take admission in MAT participating B-schools. The MAT syllabus 2018 will guide aspirants to prepare the relevant sectional topics. However, it should be noted that AIMA will not release the official syllabus; it is only through the experts and test takers that we gather information the MAT 2018 syllabus. Careers360, in this article, projects the information related to the syllabus of MAT 2018 including exam pattern, sectional topics, best books, FAQs etc.

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MAT December  2018 (paper-based test)

Sunday, December 9, 2018

MAT December 2018 (computer-based test)

Saturday, December 15, 2018

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To prepare for MAT 2018 exam, the first step is to know the exam pattern and syllabus of MAT 2018. The table below provides the MAT exam pattern 2018.

MAT Exam Pattern


No. of Questions


Data Analysis and Sufficiency


35 mins

Language Comprehension


30 mins

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning


30 mins

Mathematical Skills


40 mins

Indian and Global Environment


15 mins



150 minutes

MAT Scoring Scheme 2018: Each question will carry one mark and 1/4th marks (0.25 marks) will be deducted for every wrong answer.

MAT 2018 Syllabus

Based on past exam analysis, the vital topics and areas are mentioned below-


MAT Syllabus - Mathematical Skills

This section comprises diverse topics ranging from Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Trigonometry to Cubes, Number System, Probability, etc. Majority of the questions are expected to be from the Arithmetic section alone. The Arithmetic topics are as follows-


  • Ratio

  • Profit & Loss

  • Averages

  • Time-Speed-Distance

  • Time & Work

  • Partnerships

  • Percentages

MAT Syllabus - Language Comprehension

The next important section is no other, but the section of Language Comprehension. MAT syllabus 2018 will consist of two parts, Reading Comprehension and English vocabulary clubbed with Grammar. The vocabulary and grammar part will have the questions on the following language elements -

  • Synonyms and Antonyms

  • Idioms

  • Fill in the blanks

  • Odd word out

  • Jumbled words and sentences

  • Para jumbles

  • Sentence correction

MAT Syllabus - Data Analysis and Sufficiency

The MAT 2018 syllabus pertaining to the Data Analysis and Sufficiency is given below-.

  • Caselet

  • Bar graph

  • Line graph

  • Pie Chart

  • Mixed charts and graphs

  • Table

  • Data Sufficiency

  • Data Comparison

According to the previous MAT syllabus trends, the questions can be calculation intensive. So it would be wise to practice calculation intensive questions from the Data Analysis and Sufficiency section.

MAT Syllabus - Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

The section majorly covers Mathematical Reasoning. The other questions are asked on Verbal Ability. The Verbal Ability section might have questions from the topics given below-

  • Analogy

  • Series

  • Statement-Conclusion

  • Family Tree/Relation

  • Directions

  • Analytical Reasoning

  • Assertion Reason

  • Cause and Effect

  • Coding and Decoding

MAT Syllabus - Indian and Global Environment

This section is a mix of static General Knowledge and Current Affairs. Amidst the two, more questions can be expected from the current stories. The topics of the current affairs area may include -

  • Business Awareness

  • Politics

  • Sports

  • Books and Authors

  • Entertainment

  • Social Issues

Incidentally, the scores of Indian and Global Environment section is not considered for the final scaled score.


How to Prepare for MAT 2018 (December session)?

Experts say that it is not necessary to spend more than need more than three-four hours daily for about three-four months to prepare for MAT. The MAT preparation can be managed with office work, meetings, travelling time etc.

After gaining proficiency in the English and Mathematics concepts, it is a mandate that one should opt to write/take mock tests. The more, the better! As there is a sectional time limit, it is more important to manage the time. Mock Test should be closely analysed by self or experts.

For the logical questions, it is ideal to read the question repeatedly and understand it before thinking of the response. Revision is another necessary aspect; one should assign his/ her last few days for complete revision.

Best Books for MAT 2018

Some of the best books to refer for MAT 2018 are the following - 

  • The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations.

  • Complete Guide for MAT and Other MBA Entrance Exams.

  • Mission MBA MAT Guide.

  • 10 Challengers MAT.

  • Study Package for MAT.

  • MAT (Management Aptitude Test) Entrance Exam Guide.

MAT 2018 Syllabus FAQs

Q. What is the mode of Test? 

A. Candidates can opt for either Offline or Online mode of MAT exam. 


Q. Can I choose to appear for both online and offline modes?

A. Yes. You can opt for both the testing modes (online and offline), however, you need to pay an additional amount as your registration fee. If you choose to take the exam in both offline and online modes, the application fee is Rs. 2650.


Q. Is there any difference between Computer Based Test and Paper Based Test?
A. Computer Based Test means the candidate sits in front of a computer and the questions are presented on the computer monitor and the candidate submits the answers through the use of keyboard or mouse. All computers are connected to a server, which prepares the question set and delivers it to the candidate on the computer. This is unlike the Paper Based Test, which is generally offered on a single day to all candidates. MAT is offered over a period of time and the candidate can choose the centre, the day and time of his/her convenience to take the test. Computer Based Test assumes that the candidate has a basic familiarity with the use of computers like use of keyboard and mouse operation. It is the responsibility of the candidate to acquire these skills before appearing in the test and AIMA cannot take responsibility for the same. In traditional Paper Based Test, Candidate is supposed to bring Pen, HB-Pencils, Erasers with him/her whereas the Question Paper & OMR Answer Sheet is provided at the Test Centre.


Q. What is the nature of the MAT test?

A. It is an objective type test with multiple-choice answers. The test is designed to measure a person’s general aptitudes as the following table indicates:

Section No.


No of Questions

Duration (Minutes)


Language Comprehension




Mathematical Skills




Data Analysis and Sufficiency




Intelligence and Critical Reasoning




Indian and Global Environment







The MAT December 2018 will be held on Sunday, December 9 and Saturday, December 15, 2018, in paper pencil and computer-based modes respectively. The application process has commenced from October 5 and will conclude on December 4 (extended) and December 10 (extended), 2018, for offline and online modes respectively. The admit card for the offline test has been issued on December 1 and for the online test, the document will be available from December 11.

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