AIMA MAT Sample Question Paper Solved: February 2011
TEST STRUCTURE AND SAMPLE QUESTIONS
MAT is an objective type test designed and developed to ascertain the
aptitude of the candidates to undergo Post Graduate Programme in Management.
Aptitude is the potential of an individual to perform subsequent to proper
training. Therefore MAT is designed to identify the potential. It is tested and
perfected over a decade.
The MAT has five sections, each section having forty questions. The total 200
questions are to be attempted over 150 minutes.
The test structure is given below:
No. of Questions
Time Suggested (Minutes)
Data Analysis & Sufficiency
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning
Indian & Global Environment
A few sample questions are given below for the guidance of the candidates in
the preparation. These samples do not necessarily indicate either the types or
the difficulty levels of questions that can be in the actual test. In general
the preparation standard expected is that of a graduate from an Indian
University having completed 10 + 2 + 3 pattern of education. However, the
knowledge level required for attempting the section on Mathematical Skills is
that of 10th standard under Central Board of Secondary Education.
SECTION I : LANGUAGE COMPREHENSION
Directions : Read the passage carefully to answer the questions that
follow. Procrastination is a costly and draining problem for all of us. The
easiest way to deal with procrastination is to never let it get started in the
first place. Procrastination plagues us all. More plans go astray, more dreams
go unfilled, and more time is wasted. It is a major stumbling block for almost
everyone seeking to improve his use of time. For many, this becomes an insidious
habit that can ruin their careers, destroy their happiness, and even shorten
Procrastination is respectful of no one. All of us suffer from it at one time
or another. Procrastination is doing low priority actions or tasks rather than
higher priority ones. It is straightening your desk when you should be working
on the report; watching TV when you should be exercising; calling on the
friendly customer who buys very little when you should be preparing a sales
presentation for that tough prospect who could buy much more; avoiding a
co-worker rather than telling him the bad news; staying away from office to
avoid disciplining a subordinate; and postponing activities with your children,
because there always seems to be something “more urgent”, until suddenly they’re
grown and you realize it’s too late to do any of the things you’ve always talked
about doing together.
1. Which of the following best describes ‘procrastination’?
(1) linger on (2) stop
(3) delay (4) wait
2. Why is procrastination said to be a stumbling block?
(1) It prevents fulfillment of goals.
(2) It hinders effectiveness and efficiency.
(3) It stops one from working.
(4) It makes one lazy.
Directions : Choose a word or phrase nearly similar in meaning to the
(1) Self-respect (2) Dignity
(3) Decorum (4) Self-awareness
(1) Abstinence (2) Sober
(3) Moderate (4) Dry
Directions : A word in capital letters is followed by four words.
Choose the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the word in capital
(1) praise (2) crue
(3) slander (4) dialogue
Directions : The sentence has four underlined parts marked A, B, C and
D. Identify the one underlined part that must be changed for the sentence to be
6. The book is well-printed and attractively bound
making altogether on
Directions : In the following question a related pair of words is
followed by four pairs of words. Select the pair that best expresses a
relationship similar to that expressed in the original pair.
7. APHORISM : SENTENTIOUS : :
(1) criticism : redundant
(2) eulogy : laudatory
(3) adage : symbolic
(4) maxim : allegorical
SECTION II : MATHEMATICAL SKILLS
8. A screwdriver and a hammer currently have the same price. If the price
of a screwdriver rises by 5% and the price of a hammer goesup by 3%, how much
more will it cost to buy 3 screwdrivers and 3 hammers?
(1) 3% (2) 4%
(3) 5% (4) 8%
9. If n and p are both odd numbers, which of the following numbers must be
an even number?
(1) n+p (2) np
(3) np+2 (4) n+p+1
10. There are 30 socks in a drawer. 60% of the socks are red and the rest
are blue. What is the minimum number of socks that must be taken from the drawer
without looking in order to be certain that at least two blue socks have been
(1) 2 (2) 3
(3) 14 (4) 20
11. The ratio of chickens to pigs to horses on a farm can be expressed as
the triple ratio 20 : 4 : 6. If there are 120 chickens on the farm, then the
number of horses on the farm is
(1) 4 (2) 6
(3) 24 (4) 36
12. If x2 – y2 = 15 and x + y = 3, then x – y is
(1) -3 (2) 0
(3) 3 (4) 5
13. The hexagon ABCDEF is regular. That means all its sides are the same
length and all its interior angles are the same size. Each side of the hexagon
is 2 m. What is the area of the rectangle BCEF?
(1) 4 m2 (2) 4√3– m2
(3) 8 m2 (4) 4+4√3– m2
14. A worker is digging a ditch. He gets 2 assistants who work 2/3 as fast
as he does. If all 3 work on a ditch they should finish it in what fraction of
the time that the worker takes working alone?
(1) 3/7 (2) 1/2
(3) 3/4 (4) 4/3
Directions: The table below gives the Human Development Index (HDI).
The HDI value is between 0 and 1.
15. Select the incorrect statement.
(1) Kerala has consistently reported the highest HDI.
(2) Bihar has consistently reported the worst HDI.
(3) Assam has maintained stability in its comparative ranking among states.
(4) Rajasthan has shown an improvement in its comparative ranking among other
16. Which states improved the HDI value in 2001 to match the all India
(1) Tamil Nadu (2) Orissa
(3) Rajasthan (4) West Bengal
Directions: The following problem has a question followed by two
statements labeled A and B. Use the data given in the statements to decide
whether the statements are sufficient to answer the question. Choose your answer
(1) if statement ‘A’ alone is sufficient to answer the problem.
(2) if statement ‘B’ alone is sufficient to answer the problem.
(3) if statements ‘A’ and ‘B’ are together needed to answer the problem.
(4) if statements ‘A and ‘B’ are not sufficient to answer the problem.
17. C is a circle with centre D and radius 2. E is a circle with centre F and
radius R. Are there any points which are on both E and C?
A : The distance from D to F is 1 + R
B : R = 3
Directions: The bar graph below pertains to estimates of incidence of
poverty in India. It is given as percentage. The accompanying table gives
population of India during 1971-2001 as per census.
18. The total number of poor in 2000 is approximately
(1) 268 millions. (2) 278 millions.
(3) 242 millions (4) 300 millions.
19. From the given data it can be inferred that
(1) rural poverty ratio is constantly declining.
(2) urban poverty ratio has been consistently falling.
(3) combined ratio has been decreasing.
(4) All the above.
SECTION IV : INTELLIGENCE & CRITICAL REASONING
Directions: The question below is followed by two arguments numbered I
and II. You have to decide which of the given arguments is a “strong’ argument.
Give your answer as
(1) if only argument I is strong.
(2) if the argument II is strong.
(3) if both I and II are strong.
(4) if neither I nor II is strong.
20. Should telecasting feature films be stopped?
I Yes, the feature films misguide young children.
II No, this is the only way to educate the masses.
Directions: Find out the correct group of letters from the answer
options (1) to (4) to represent the same relationship among the group of letters
as established among the sets at the top.
21. AEZ : EIY : IOX : ………………
(1) UYZ (2) AEX
(3) EIX (4) OUW
22. Isha is older than Sunder. Misa is older than Harbans. Harbans is
younger than Gyan. Sunder and Gyan are of the same age. If the above facts are
true, which of the following conditions must also be true?
(1) Misa is older than Gyan.
(2) Misa is older than Isha.
(3) Sunder is younger than Misa.
(4) Isha is older than Harbans.
Directions: There are two statements followed by two possible
inferences A and B. Assume the statements to be correct even if they vary with
facts. Choose your answer as
(1) if only inference A follows.
(2) if only inference B follows.
(3) if both inferences A and B follow.
(4) if neither inference A nor B follows.
23. Every minister is a student. Every student is inexperienced.
A : Every minister is inexperienced.
B : Some inexperienced are students.
24. Seven men, A, B, C, D, E, F and G are standing in a queue in that
order. Each one is wearing a cap of different colour like violet, indigo, blue,
green, yellow, orange and red. D is able to see in front of him green and blue,
but not violet. E can see violet and yellow, but not red. G can see caps of all
colours other than orange. If E is wearing an indigo coloured cap, then the
colour of the cap worn by F is
(1) blue. (2) violet.
(3) red. (4) orange.
SECTION V: INDIAN & GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
25. What does the acronym CTBT stand for?
(1) Continued Test Ban Treaty
(2) Commercial Tax Based Tariff
(3) Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
(4) None of these
26. Which newspaper has the motto – Journalism of Courage?
(1) The Hindustan Times
(2) The Washington Post
(3) The Indian Express
(4) The Guardian
27. The Indian Railways is one of the largest railway systems with an
extensive network of over 63,000 route kilometers. Approximately ……………..of the
network is electrified.
(1) 50% (2) 25%
(3) 45 % (4) 60%
28. The National Literacy Mission (NLM) seeks to achieve full literacy
i.e. a sustainable threshold level of 75% literacy by year:
(1) 2005 (2) 2010
(3) 2015 (4) None of the above
Answers to Sample Questions
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