MAT Exam Previous Year Question Papers

About Exam

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a standard aptitude test conducted in India since 1998 by the All India Management Association (AIMA). MAT is used for admission to Master of Business Administration (MBA) and allied programmes by over 600 business schools across India. It was approved by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in 2003

Exam Pattern

Key Facts about MAT Exam Pattern 

MAT question paper is based on the MAT exam pattern which is an objective type test with Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs). Here are the key details about the MAT Pattern May 2019:
  • MAT May 2019 Exam pattern consists of 200 Objective Type Questions (MCQs)
  • MAT Exam Pattern 2019 notifies that the MAT May 2019 exam will be divided in 5 sections with 40 questions in each section
  • MAT Questions in MAT exam pattern are of easy to moderate difficulty level
  • The 5 test sections in MAT 2019 May exam are Language Comprehension, Mathematical skills, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Indian and Global Environment.

MAT Exam Pattern Sectional Composition

Each of the 5 sections in MAT question paper will have 40 questions making it a total of 200 questions in MCQ format to be solved in 150 minutes. Individual time limit for each section has been suggested by AIMA although candidates can move from one section to other in the May MAT 2019 exam.

Section Name
Number of Questions
Suggested Time to solve (In Minutes)
Language Comprehension
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
Mathematical Skills
Indian and Global Environment


Academic qualifications

  • Candidates who have completed their graduation in any of stream from a recognised institute or university are eligible to apply.
  • Final year graduates from any discipline including, science, humanities, commerce or engineering stream from a recognised institute or university are eligible to apply


There is no age limit for those taking up MAT.

The number of attempts

There are no restrictions on the number of attempts for taking up the MAT


  • No job experience is required to apply for the exam.
  • A certain number of seats are reserved for Schedule Castes, Schedule Tribes, Other Backward Classes.
  • A candidate can apply for the exam as many times as he/she wants to
  • The final year graduate students who clear MAT need to submit proof of the completion of their graduation. Failure to do so will result in the cancellation of their admission to a respective institute.


Section-1: Language Comprehension

 MAT exam Syllabus for Language Comprehension section in MAT is divided into 2 parts. The 1st part of MAT 2019 syllabus covers topics on Reading Comprehension passages and the 2nd part of MAT 2019 exam syllabus covers topics on Grammar & other parts of Verbal Ability.

Part-1: MAT Syllabus for Reading Comprehension (RC)

  • RC Syllabus covers current affairs making impact on Social Life, International Affairs, Govt policies and Schemes for example Triple Talaq, Clean India Mission, Migration of people from one country to other, Growing intolerance across the Globe, Agricultural policies, poverty eradication programmes
  • Business & Economic RC Passages for example Global economic changes, economic development at the cost of environment, Impact of Demonetization in India, Wasteful expenditure by Governments
  • RC passages from various English Literature books, from articles authored by great philosophers, thinkers, from various speeches of great personalities like passages from Charles Dickens, Aristotle, Martin Luther King, Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi, Churchill among others
  • Passages on Science & Culture including the journey to Modern world; Fading culture with the advancement of technology
  • Abstract topics and fiction are also included in the Reading Comprehension Syllabus for MAT. These
Passages make the candidates put themselves in the author’s shoes before answering the questions following these passages since they are opinion based.
  • RC Passages on Historical events leading to social changes for example French Revolution, War of Roses, Social changes in Indian History and thoughts shared by various activists which are very much relevant even today
  • RC Passages from Mythology. These passages try to correlate the Mythological events with the current social structure and answers to the questions on them have to be inferred 

Part-2: MAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability

  • Jumbled Paragraphs (3-4 questions) 
  • Error Correction of Verb, Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Adverb and other parts of speech in the Sentences.
  • Correcting the sequence of sentences in the paragraph for example correct use of conditional sentence, time clauses, reported speech, passive writing (3-4 questions)
  • Antonyms/Synonyms (5-6 questions)
  • Fill in the blanks (3-4 questions)
  • One word substitution (1-2 questions)
  • Idioms/Phrases (2-3 questions)


Section-2: Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

Although MAT syllabus for this section is short but in fact MAT question paper has tricky questions in this area. Major topics covered in MAT syllabus on Intelligence and Critical Reasoning are:  

 MAT Syllabus 2019 for Intelligence and Critical Reasoning has been revamped. As a separate section in MAT exam, is divided in 2 parts – Syllabus for Intelligence Reasoning and syllabus for Critical Reasoning. In other exams like CAT, critical reasoning questions are also asked in Verbal Ability section.

MAT exam Syllabus for Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

  • Fact Inference Judgment
  • Passage Conclusion
  • Analogy
  • Statement Argument among others.
  • Clocks
  • Calendars
  • Binary logic
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Blood Relations (Family Tree)
  • Logical Sequence
  • Assumption
  • Premise
  • Conclusion
  • Linear and matrix arrangement
  • Team Formation
  • Direction sense and Decision Making
  • Input-Output
  • Series
  • Syllogism
  • Cubes
  • Rows
  • Set Theory, Venn Diagrams, Network Diagrams
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Puzzles
  • Logical Reasoning based on Rankings
  • Critical Reasoning

Section-3: Mathematical skills 

 MAT exam syllabus 2019 for Mathematical skills refers to the Quant topics on which MAT questions are based. The MAT syllabus for Mathematics section is very wide. MAT syllabus for Quant is vast and covers everything in Mathematics that you may or may not expect. MAT exam syllabus 2019 on Quant is based on questions on different topics on Arithmetic, Algebra, Modern Math, Geometry, Mensuration, Trignometry among others. 

MAT Syllabus on Mathematical Skills

Arithmetic (15-16 Questions)
  • LCM and HCF
  • Percentages
  • Profit and Loss
  • Interest (Simple and Compound)
  • Speed, Time and Distance; Time and Work; Averages; Ratio and Proportion and others
  • Number System (3-4) questions
  • Elementary Mathematics
  • Number System
  • Mixtures and Allegation
  • Unitary Method
  • Commercial Maths
  • Permutation and Combinations
  • Sequence And Series
  • Heights and Distance'
Algebra (5-7 questions)
Geometry/Mensuration (6-8 questions)
  • Triangles
  • Circles
  • Coordinate Geometry
Pure Math (1-2 questions)
Other topics
  • Venn diagrams and other topic based questions are 2-3
  • Linear Equations; Quadratic Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Logarithm; Progressions
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Surds and Indices
  • Inequalities
  • Set Theory
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Linear Programming

Section-4: Data Analysis and Sufficiency

 MAT exam syllabus 2019 for Data Analysis and Sufficiency covers more topics on Data Interpretation. The MAT syllabus for Data Analysis and sufficiency section is very wide and covers everything in Data Interpretation and sufficiency of data that you may or may not expect. MAT exam syllabus 2019 on Data Analysis refers to questions on Data Interpretation.

MAT Syllabus for Data Analysis and Sufficiency

  • Data Tables
  • Data charts
  • Bar diagrams & Charts including Simple, Stacked, Composite Bar charts
  • Pie charts
  • Graphs – Line X-Y Graphs
  • Data analysis and Data comparison among others
  • Caselet based Data
  • Venn diagram
  • Data Sufficiency

Section-5: Indian and Global Environment

MAT syllabus on Indian and Global Environment refers to the GK syllabus. expects you to know everything under the Sun on Business & Economy, Who’s who, current affairs, static GK among others.

Indian & Global Environment Syllabus

Major topics covered in MAT syllabus in this section are the GK topics current and static:

  • Conventional GK-available in books
  • Current GK- based on current reading of newspapers and periodicals;
  • Business & Economics GK -for example changes in Fiscal and monetary policy, CRR, Repo Rate,
  • Devaluation and up valuation of Rupee.
  • Business, National and International events
  • Who’s who
  • Constitutional of India,
  • Currency and Capitals of the countries
  • States of India
  • International Organizations
  • Monetary and fiscal tools
  • Emblem 
  • Identification of personalities, companies among others

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