What is the MAT exam?

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is conducted for screening candidates who are willing to take admission in MBA, PGDM, and other allied courses. MAT was regarded as a national level test in 2003 by the Ministry of HRD, Govt of India. All the national and international Business Schools (B-schools) conducted this test and the scores obtained in this test are counted as an admission input for the students. In India, over 600 B-Schools conducted this test as it is one of the biggest tests of the nation.

  • February, May, September, and December are the months when the MAT exam is conducted every year. Candidates can appear in MAT exam four times a year.
  • Once you have qualified the MAT examination, you will be eligible to take admission to those 600 B-schools which accept MAT scores.
  • Students can choose to appear for both online mode and offline mode of exam. Online exams are computer-based and offline exams are paper-based. For both the modes exam pattern, syllabus and fees are the same. But, registrations and exam dates are different.

Eligibility Criteria for MAT Exam:

Following is the eligibility criteria for a student to appear in the MAT examination-

  • Students should have to complete graduation in any discipline from a recognized University. The final year of graduate students are also eligible to appear in MAT exam.
  • Those students who completed professional degrees like CA, CS or ICWA are also regarded as eligible to appear for MAT exam.

MAT Exam Pattern:

Compared to CAT, XAT, CMAT, and other MAT is easier and important. The paper duration for the MAT exam is two and a half hours. Questions from different sections are asked including sections like – Language Comprehension, Intelligence, and Critical Reasoning, Mathematical skills, Indian and Global Environment, Data Analysis and Sufficiency. The difficulty level of the asked questions is easy to moderate. All the questions are objective and a total of 200 questions are asked in the exam with 40 questions in each section. Altogether there are 5 sections in the MAT question paper.

MAT: Scoring Pattern:


The scoring pattern for MAT exam is very unique. Negative marking is applicable for the wrong answers. For every correct answer, there will be a +1 mark whereas, for each wrong answer there will a deduction of .25 marks. Total marks for MAT exam are 200 and a minimum of 40% or more marks are required marks to pass the exam. But the displays scaled score of MAT score card is out of 800 Marks and not out of 160 or 200 raw scores. The scores of MAT exam are calculated based on 4 sections only. The score of Indian & Global Environment section is shown separately, but these marks are not taken into account for percentage in MAT scorecard or to calculate the merit.

MAT: Exam Score Validity:

MAT exam conducted in February 2020 and obtaining scores by a candidate in that exam will be valid for MBA admission 2020 in more than 400 MBA colleges in India. The All India Management Association (AIMA), will release the schedule of the 2020 MAT exam after the declaration of previous MAT exam results. AIMA generally, first conduct Computer Based Management Test and after that phase 2 exams that is paper-based. Is conducted but the application for applying either of these 2 modes should be submitted online only.

MAT: Preparation Tips:

For scoring well in the MAT exam, all the students need to prepare for almost 6 months. Continuous and daily practice will increase their ability to qualify for the exam. Online mock test is very much necessary as it will help them to beat their timing. For improving test skills you can collect previous years’ MAT Question Papers, which are easily available online. The preparation strategy for every student should be fully planned and according to the MAT syllabus and MAT exam pattern. Some important tips to qualify MAT exam are given below –

  • Try to solve easy questions first; don’t spend too much time on a difficult or tricky question. The more you practice the more you will learn about time management and will be able to solve the maximum number of questions in less time.
  • Regularly practice online mock tests to check your timing, speed, weaknesses and strengths in each section.
  • Try to read newspapers, magazines, blogs, books, etc. daily to increase your knowledge and to improve reading and understanding skills and at the same time, you will be updated with the national and international level of current affairs.
  • For scoring good in MAT exam try to concentrate on those topics which carry more weightage.

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