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MAT 2021 Syllabus

By: Avantika Bhardwaj on January 28, 2021

Candidates willing to take MAT 2021 February Exam must understand the type of questions asked during the examination. Since the conducting authority of MAT Exam i.e. All Indian Management Association (AIMA) does not specify or release a certain syllabus that can be considered to prepare for the exam, an idea of what type of questions and topics a student must practice can be carried out.

MAT 2021 February Exam is scheduled to be conducted from 20th February 2021 to 13th March 2021.

  • A huge number of applications have been received so far and this number is expected to increase in the coming future.
  • MAT 2021 Syllabus will help students study accordingly and plan their activities before the exam is held.

The conducting body of MAT Exam i.e. AIMA has scheduled MAT 2021 February to be conducted from 20th February 2021 to 13th March 2021.

As we know, the question paper of MAT Exam is divided in following five sections:


Mathematical Skills

Language Comprehension

Data Analysis & Sufficiency

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

Indian and Global Environment

The number of questions asked in these five sections contribute to a total of 200 questions to be completed in 150 minutes.

Since the exam is all scheduled to be conducted in February 2021, the candidates can check MAT Exam Pattern to understand what is the total number of questions asked in the exam and what type of questions are asked in the exam. 

Detailed Description of MAT 2021 Syllabus

The question paper is designed to check and analyze candidates' ability to solve questions and how quickly they manage to solve them.

Language Comprehension

This section generally analyzes students' knowledge of English language and Grammar. It is one of the important sections of the examination and is divided in two parts namely:

  1. Reading Comprehension
  2. Verbal Ability

Candidates willing to qualify the exam must possess good command over English language. The topics covered under language comprehension include Vocabulary, Sentence Correction, Synonym, Antonyms, etc.

Following are the topics out of which the questions are made:




Fill in the Blanks

Verbal Reasoning


Sentence Correction

Sentence Completion

Odd one out

One Word Substitution

Jumbled paragraphs




Words that Confuse

Contextual Usages

Mathematical Skills

This section is designed to analyze students' ability to solve mathematical questions in the allotted time. There are various topics of Mathematics subject ranging from Arithmetic to Advanced Mathematics. The question paper is expected to contain questions majorly from the Arithmetic section.

Based on past exam analysis, following are the topics one must prepare in order to qualify the examination:




Surds and Indices

Complex Numbers

Maxima and Minima



Ratio and Proportions

Profit and Loss


Time, Speed, and Distance

Time and Work



Simple Interest and Compound Interest

Number System

Elementary Mathematics

Mixtures and Allegations

Unitary Method

Permutation and Combination

Sequence and Series

Height and Distance

Binomial Expansion

Coordinate Geometry





Set Theory


Venn Diagram




Linear Programming

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

This section generally consists of questions where in the student is provided with some data and they are expected to answer the given questions based on the information they are able to retrieve from the given data.

  • This given information could be in the form of graphs, charts, and the other data sets. Candidates should be able to find the logic behind this given information.

Following are the topics one must study in order to score well:

Column Graphs

Bar Graph

Line Graph

Pie Chart

Mixed Charts and Graphs

Data Tables

Data Analysis and Data Comparison

Caselets based data

Venn Diagram

Data Sufficiency

Graphs Representing Area

Data Comparison

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

Although there is not much to study in this section, but it holds importance due to the number of questions asked and weightage of marks these questions carry. The questions asked in this question are tricky and might take longer than expected to be solved.

These questions may possess various ways to be solved but the answer remains the same for each solution.

Following are the topics one must study before appearing for the examination:

Fact Inference Judgement

Passage Conclusion

Statement Arguments

Seating Arrangement

Blood Relation

Logical Sequence




Linear and Matrix arrangement

Team Formation

Direction questions

Decision making

Input and Output



Visual Reasoning

Assertion and Reasons

Cause and Effect

Critical Reasoning

Coding and Decoding


Indian and Global Environment

This section generally refers to the General Knowledge part of the question paper. The questions asked in this section are fixated upon current affairs. Following are the topics out of which the questions of this section are made:

Business Awareness



Books and Authors


Social Issues

Current Affairs

Punch line of companies

Top officials of big companies

Major corporate events

World Records




International Organizations

Social Issues


Important Quotations




Awards and Prizes

Important Books to Prepare for MAT 2021 Exam

In order to crack any exam, it is a must to have relevant and important books which contain exact and to the point information related to the respective subjects. Below mentioned are some of the important books that candidates must consider before preparing for the examination. The books have been mentioned along with their author or publication names:

Language Comprehension

Verbal Ability and Comprehension for Management Entrance

Bharat Patodi and Aditya Choudhary

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT

Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT

Nishit K Sinha

Word Power Made Easy

Norman Lewis

High School English Grammar & Composition

Wren & Martin

Data Analysis and Mathematics

Accredited Ride to Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency

Ananta Ashisha

Data Analysis and Interpretation

Think Tank of Kiran Prakashan

How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT

Arun Sharma

How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT

Arun Sharma

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

Analytical and Logical Reasoning

Peeyush Bhardwaj

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT

Nishit K Sinha

How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT

Arun Sharma

Indian and Global Environment

Mega Yearbook

Disha Experts

Face to Face MAT (Past Years)

B. S. Sijwali

How to Prepare for MAT 2021 Exam?

Before preparing for any entrance examination, aspirants must focus how potential they are and how efficiently they can accustom themselves to the “routine” that they must follow in order to qualify the exam. It is possible to get hold of preparation in any given time duration only if students are aware of their potential along with the pattern in which the question paper is designed. To get acquainted with MAT Exam Pattern is one of the possible ways to prepare for the exam in an efficient way. Candidates must also practice mock tests and sample papers along with previous year question papers.

Try the below mentioned ideas in order to prepare efficiently for the exam:

  • Divide MAT Syllabus according to your ability and further sub divide it in order to ease the preparation procedure.
  • MAT Syllabus has been designed considering all the other MBA competitive entrance examinations conducted at the very same level. Candidates appearing in the exam multiple times must analyze their preparation strategy for common topics.
  • The experts have noticed that All India Management Association shortened as AIMA which is the conducting body of MAT Exam never repeats question in MAT Exam. Hence, going through previous year question papers would only give students a brief idea of how the question paper of MAT Exam is designed and not about the questions.
  • Practicing new sample papers and mock test would be helpful.
  • AIMA has also released a set of 28 sample questions along with their correct responses on the official website. Candidates appearing in MAT Exam would be advised to visit the official website of AIMA MAT and check these questions for their preparation.

MAT 2021 Exam Pattern

MAT exam comprises of  5 sections.

The below table shows the sections and number of questions in each:

Sections No. of Questions Time Allotted
Language Comprehension 40 30
Mathematical Skills 40 40
Data Analysis & Sufficiency 40 35
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning 40 30
Indian & Global Environment 40  15
Total 200 150

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