MAT 2019 Exam – MAT Quantitative Ability Tips

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MAT is an important exam that acts as a gateway to about 600 B-Schools across the country. MAT is a moderately difficult exam with emphasis placed differently compared to CAT, XAT and SNAP. In this article, we are talking about the MAT Quantitative aptitude. The reason we are discussing over MAT Quantitative aptitude is that because it is not just plain Quantitative ability as it is for other exams. It is because MAT Exam gives more importance to pure maths than other exams do. While topics like percentages, probability are still integral aspects of the exam, MAT also has equal importance on topics like Coordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, Integers etc. Therefore, let’s take a look at the must-prepare topics for MAT under the Mathematical Skills section

  • Algebra
  • Complex numbers
  • Geometry
  • Integers
  • Interests
  • Log Theory
  • Mensuration
  • Mean, Median & Mode
  • Permutation & Combination
  • Profit, Loss & Discount
  • Probability
  • Percentages
  • Quadratic & Linear Equations
  • Time, Speed & Distance
  • Time & Work
  • Avergaes
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Logarithms
  • Functions
  • Progressions
  • Set theory

Few Tips on MAT Quantitative

As you can see, in MAT Quantitative the ordinary mathematical topics like Mixtures, Probabilities etc are included, topics like Logs, Functions, Set theory are important too. Therefore, you need tips that are both generic and subject-wise. Here we have compiled a list of some of them that we believe would help you crack this section

Generic Tips

Time allocation:

  • Since there is no sectional time, you can always utilise the time you saved in other sections to solve this section. Ideally, this should not require more than 45 minutes of exam time. That means that you should save about 10-15 minutes in the other three sections. You need to try to reduce that 45 minutes to 40 minutes. Therefore practise a lot
  • Since there are so many topics, there’s a huge chance that things may go in a haphazard manner. Plan a strategy and stick to it.
  • Leave one day a week to revise all the topics you learnt in that week
  • None of these points hint to imply that you should dedicate a herculean amount of time to this section. Ensure that other sections are not neglected too

Prioritisation:

  • Start with your strengths. Learn the mathematical formulae, the basics and revise them thoroughly before starting the application. Prepare from level 2 through wherever you think you can go. Remember that just because you’re good at it, don’t focus a lot on these aspects alone. Leave some for rainy days where you feel disheartened with the topics you’re weak in. Then you can come back to these topics
  • Proceed to the topics you’re weak in, and implement the same strategy as above.

Time Management:

  • Remember that you have about 48 seconds per question. Practise so much that you’ll only have to think about the application in the question and not the speed of the execution. If you don’t know some question, leave it. This is not just because of the negative marking. The chances of getting lucky are minuscule because each of those topics require critical understanding of the basics to apply on the field.

Subject-related tips

  • Finish off topics such as percentages, probability, averages, mixtures etc. These are smaller topics that don’t require you to mug up a lot of formulae. They only require speed and practise. Once you’re done with the basics, you can always come back and prepare them on the day you left for preparation
  • Start off with smaller topics like Logarithms, Coordinate Geometry, Set Theory etc. While they may seem small, the applications are wide. They have a considerable number of formulae, but the scope as it is is smaller. It’ll give you confidence knowing you’re finishing off a chunk of topics.
  • Leave topics like Quadratic equations, inequalities to the very end because they are time consuming. You can always take a call on topics like that after you’re done preparing for the other topics.

Conclusion

MAT requires a little more practise than the other exams do because the amount of formulae that need to be mugged up are more. Therefore, ensure you leave yourself some buffer time, some time for letting the steam off and relaxing, and give your best. You’ll find it to be within your capabilities.