Maximize Your Score in MAT GK

The All India Management Association (AIMA) conducts the MAT 4 times each year for admissions into over 600 colleges in the country. MAT is conducted in both, online and paper-base format. The paper consists of 5 sections, namely, Mathematical skills, Critical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and Data interpretation and Indian & Global Environment. The focus of this article is the last section, which has questions from General Knowledge.
The MAT GK section has 40 questions, with 1 mark being awarded for every correct answer and 0.25 deducted for an incorrect response. While the marks of the GK section are not considered while calculating the MAT percentile, however, a number of MAT institutions consider candidate’s GK score in the second round. Further, a few B-Schools accepting MAT scores have sectional cutoffs for GK. Thus, you will do well not to take this section lightly.
Why is GK Important?
Better Accuracy: GK-based questions, due to their inherent nature, provide you better accuracy. This is because, if you know the answer to a GK question, there is no scope for confusion! However, this is only applicable if you do not indulge in blind guesswork.
Better Time Management: The GK section is highly time efficient, as there is no calculation-work and analysis involved. You can use this to your advantage in tests like MAT, which do not have sectional time limits. Thus, you can allocate more time to the more time consuming sections of the MAT.
MAT GK – Past Year Paper Analysis
Exam Dec 2018 Dec 2019 Feb 2020
Static 4 1 1
Current 36 39 39
Total 40 40 40
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Table 1 gives you an analysis of past year MAT GK sections. As you can see, MAT concentrates almost exclusively on Current GK based questions. Hence, it is imperative for you to read the newspaper on a regular basis. Further, you can prepare the current affairs for the last 12 months from any respected competition-specific magazine.
Sectional Analysis
Sub-Area 2020 2019 2018
Economy 4 3 6
Sports 6 4 6
Polity 3 13 4
Govt. Policy and Schemes 3 1 2
Business and Corporate 1 2 5
International News 10 4 7
SCI & TECH 5 3 3
Miscellaneous 8 10 8
Total 40 40 40
Table 2 above gives you an idea of the major areas from which questions were asked in the previous year MAT GK section. As you can see from the table, few areas appear to be favorites of MAT examiners, like, Business and Corporate GK, Sports, International news etc. Hence, it is advisable that you diligently follow news from these areas. However, you must adopt a balanced approach towards MAT GK preparation and prepare all areas thoroughly.
Let us take a look at a few easy level questions from the MAT GK section, to check your current level of preparations:
Sample Questions
Q1. Where did the 16th ASEAN-India summit take place in November 2019 which was represented by Indian prime minister?
  1. Bangkok
  2. Manila
  3. Hanoi
  4. Kuala lampur
Q2. Which of the following judges of supreme court of india was not the part of the five-judges bench, who gave the verdict on ayodhya matter in November 2019?
  1. Ashok bhushan
  2. S abdul nazeer
  3. D Y chandrachud
  4. S C agrawal
Q3. Where did the national tribal dance fest “Tribal fest 2019” take place from 27-29 december 2019?
  1. Leh,Ladakh
  2. Cuttack, Odisha
  3. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  4. Raipur, Chattisgarh
Q4. Which high resolution imaging satellite also called ‘Sharpest eye in the sky’ was launched in recent past by ISRO?
  1. Cartosat-3
  2. X-57, Maxwell
  3. AnuSat-I
  4. RISAT-2
Q5. Which country won the FIFA under-17 male football world cup beating Mexico by 2-1 in the finals in November 2019?
  1. England
  2. France
  3. Netherlands
  4. Brazil
Q6. Eight west African nations named Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-bissau, Ivory coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo renamed common currency from CFA franc to_____.
  1. Zloty
  2. Eco
  3. Krone
  4. Forint
Static GK
As you know, Static GK consists of areas that do not change over time. You may expect questions from the following sub-topics in Static GK:
  • History
  • Geography Economy
  • Companies and Brands
  • Indian Political System & Constitution
  • Organizations
  • Science & Technology
  • Sports
  • Miscellaneous – This section includes questions on various awards and honors, important international dates, books and authors etc.
How to Prepare Static GK
While the syllabus for the Static GK section seems to be very vast, it can be done effectively if we choose authentic and reliable sources to study from. You can take BULLS EYE STATIC-GK PACK as we have covered the broad areas in a compact manner.
Current GK
In Current GK, you may expect questions from these broad areas:
  • History
  • Business & Corporate News
  • Indian Polity
  • Organizations
  • New Developments in Science & Technology
  • People in News
  • Sports
  • Miscellaneous
Questions from Current GK will focus on the important national and international events in the past 12 months in the areas mentioned above.
How to Prepare Current GK
The best source to prepare for Current Gk is the Hitbullseye Gk Web Portal where you will find Videos and Pdfs on Current Affairs, updated timely. How to read the newspaper for MBA entrance examinations has been covered in a separate article. For Editorials, Read newspaper, preferably The Hindu. Also, go through our ‘Special Report’ and ‘Topic of the Week’ columns for better understanding of contemporary topics.
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Attempting the MAT GK section
Ideally, you should not spend more than 10-12 minutes on the MAT GK section. This will allow you to allocate more time for other time-consuming sections. Further, we advice you to follow a 2-cycle method of attempting this section:
Cycle 1
  • Identify the very easy questions and mark their answers
  • Identify the questions, which you think you can attempt i.e. you feel that if you spend more time on such questions, you may be able to guess the correct answer.
  • Identify the questions, which you think you CANNOT attempt i.e. questions about which you have no idea. These questions are best left untouched.
Cycle 2
In the second cycle, mark the answers of maximum possible questions that you have identified in Step (2) of Cycle 1 through intelligent guessing using option elimination. For instance, if you are confidently able to eliminate 2 options out of 4, we suggest you go ahead and attempt the question.
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