MAT is a popular entrance exam conducted by AIMA for students who are seeking admissions into management courses across universities and institutes in India. AIMA has been conducting MAT quarterly, every academic year i.e. in the month of February, May, September and December for admission to PG programmes in management. The total questions in this exam are usually 200 with 40 questions each from five sections, and the time allotted is 150 minutes. Test takers normally get less than a minute to solve each question.
The most important part of the English section is reading comprehension. Hence, it is clear that to get a decent score in English language and comprehension section, you should have good reading speed and a decent level of comfort with this language. The non–RC section covers questions like spotting the errors in sentences, sentence completion, sentence rearrangement, vocabulary based & at times critical reasoning based questions. Following is a description of question types asked in MAT verbal section with tactics on how to solve them:
- Reading Comprehension: Usually there are five passages comprising four questions each. Reading comprehension passages are short having 300-500 words approximately. They are followed by the direct questions based on the given passage. All the passages are more or less easy to moderate, in terms of understanding. You should also practice passages from diverse areas like history, sociology, and science & technology, etc. as passages are generally from a variety of sources.
- Critical Reasoning: In critical reasoning, the commonly asked questions are either related to the essence of the passage or regarding what logically follows from the passage.
- Vocabulary: Questions on vocabulary usage are based on finding the synonyms, antonyms and meaning of idioms and phrases. The level of difficulty of vocabulary based questions is moderate.
- Sentence Rearrangement & Completion: To attempt sentence rearrangement questions, you should be aware of the tricks related to this topic. To attempt sentence completion questions it is important to understand the context and be aware of the meanings of the options.
One should not spend more than 35-40 minutes on this section. To score well in critical reasoning based questions, it is important that basic concepts of critical reasoning are clear. One should carefully attempt these questions. A good level of vocabulary and diverse reading are pre-requisites for performing well in the verbal section. Finally, to score well in this exam you should have good reading speed with reasonable accuracy of around 70-80 percent.