Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a nation-wide exam that is conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA). MAT score is accepted across 600 B-Schools. The exam has 3 major sections named as Quantitative approach, Logical reasoning and English ability. Among those, Logical Reasoning section in MAT is not known by the traditional names as its counterpart exams, but with “Intelligence and Critical Reasoning.” This section has 40 questions. Each correct question gives you 1 mark but each wrong question carries a negative marking of 0.25 marks. MAT is conducted four times a year- February, May, September and December. To crack this section, you could always take the head of the points below. In this article, we are providing you insight into MAT Logical Reasoning.
MAT Logical Reasoning Syllabus
The difficulty levels in MAT are relatively lower than they are in CAT, XAT, SNAP etc. However, the syllabus can be quite lengthy. This section has questions relating to
- Identifying patterns in number sets
- Direction Sense
- Coding, Decoding
- Verbal Reasoning
- Critical Reasoning
- Boolean Logic
- Binary Logic etc.
Tips for the MAT Logical Reasoning
- Speed is the key. Remember that you have to answer 200 questions in 150 minutes. That is 45 seconds per question. So you need to practice a lot to crack MAT Logical Reasoning.
- There are certain easy areas like Blood Relations, Directions etc. Finish these off. For MAT, they have an importance. Therefore you could score in these areas.
- There is another section here called Verbal Reasoning based on binary logic. There really is no shortcut to get about it except familiarising yourself with the logic involved in it and the various approaches. Therefore, refer to books by reputed authors and do a little background study
- Take a lot of tests. That will help you a lot because no matter how much you prepare for the comfort of your home, you won’t get accustomed to the stress levels of the exam.
- Keep visiting various relevant educational forums or chat groups for information on how to prepare for MAT, particularly this section. You’d be getting updates too which is helpful.
- In the exam, Intelligence section is all about simple logic. Think with a clear head. Don’t panic. Try to keep a level head and that will help you
- One good thing about Intelligence section is that you can always see if you can work backwards. That tends to work sometimes. But don’t make things complicated that way. Because in this section, there is some inherent logic that is not apparent when you work backwards. For example, you can apply this sections about syllogisms, but not in number series.
- Ensure there is consistency in your preparation and you’ll be fine
While it is relatively easier, MAT still has its own share of toughness. Keep that in mind while working. Applicants can also refer the article about the tips for maths and English.
Be consistent, prepare a plan, a strategy and adhere to it, and you will succeed in cracking it.