Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a national level entrance test conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA) for admission to MBA programs in various Business Schools (B-Schools) across the country. MAT is conducted four times in a year. Upcoming MAT is scheduled for the month of September.
The MAT test is conducted to assess candidates’ knowledge in five test areas:
- Language Comprehension
- Mathematical Skills
- Data Analysis & Sufficiency
- Intelligence & Critical Reasoning
- Indian & Global Environment
It has 200 questions in total with 40 questions in each section. To score well in Intelligence & Critical Reasoning section of MAT Examination, one needs to practice and develop reasoning aptitude.
One should ensure regular practice with Practice Papers. Practice should be done with the right level of questions since it helps in gaining accuracy and speed during the main exam.
Reasoning can mainly be divided in two categories-
Critical Reasoning: It includes Assumption-premise-conclusion based questions, Assertion and Reason based questions, Statements and Assumptions, Strong and Weak Arguments, Inference based questions, Cause and Effect based problems.
Visual Reasoning: It has Linear Arrangements question, Family tree problems, Symbol based problems, Coding and De coding questions, Sequencing problems, Series problems, Blood Relations, Direction sense questions.
Here are some tips to crack the Intelligence & Critical Reasoning
- For problems involving multiple steps / information, make a stepwise flowchart / box, table or diagram of the information given as it is easy to study and analyze a flowchart / box, table or diagram.
- For problems based on diagrams and tables, try to understand the given figure / table and then solve it.
- Understanding the Concept: Thorough understanding of concept is very important. For instance, if one wants to solve questions on Statements and Assumptions they should first understand what a statement is and what an assumption is.
- Practice: Logical Reasoning can be understood, solved and strengthened easily if one does a lot of practice. It is advisable to practice with sample papers, model papers and previous year papers.
- Strength Analysis: Analyze your strengths and weaknesses through practice papers. This will help in managing time in the main examination paper. For example if you are strong in Verbal Reasoning, solve them first.