What is the MAT Exam?
The Management Aptitude Test (MAT) was established in 1988. MAT is a standardised examination used by Business Schools (B-Schools) to help institutions select applicants for MBA and related degrees.
In 2003, MAT was authorised as a national-level test by the Ministry of HRD of the Government of India. MAT scores, as shown by the Score Cards given to the applicants, can be considered by any B-school, domestic or foreign. The MAT is one of the biggest management entrance exams in India as it handles over 600 B-schools in the country.
The Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is conducted in three modes: offline (Paper Based Test, or PBT), online (Computer Based Test, or CBT), and remotely (Internet Based Test, or IBT). Exam dates and admission cards differ, but the MAT exam syllabus, fee and exam structure are the same for all three modes. You can try any mode of your choice more than once. But you need to sign up individually for every session. Admission will be based on the results of the most recent MAT exam.
Purpose of the MAT Exam
The MAT exam has different purposes. If you plan to pursue postgraduate management studies or an MBA, you should apply for the MAT examination. Passing the Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is an ideal way to get into one of India’s best MBA programmes. The MAT test is approximately taken by 3 lakh candidates per year. It is one of the most well-known admission tests for the MBA.
Highlights & Exam Pattern of the MAT
|Name of the Exam
|Management Aptitude Test (MAT)
|All India Management Association (AIMA)
|MAT Duration: 150 mins (2.5hours)
|Four Times in a Year (February, May, September, and December.)
|Mode of Exam
|– IBT (Internet Based Test),
– PBT (Paper Based Test),
– CBT (Computer Based Test)
|There are 5 Sections:
– Data Analysis and Sufficiency,
– Indian and Global Environment
– Mathematical Skills
– Intelligence Critical Reasoning
– Language Comprehension
Source of Information: AIMA
|Total Number of Questions
|Types of Questions
|Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
|Number of questions for each section
|40 Questions each section (total 05 sections)
|One mark for right answer
0.25 marks deducted for wrong answer
|Score Sheet Validity Duration
|Medium of Exam
|Admit Card Website
The following are the specific eligibility conditions for taking the MAT exam:
- Graduate from a recognised institution with 50% (45% for SC, ST, and PwD) in any discipline.
- Graduate course final-year students are also eligible to apply.
MAT Exam Date 2024
Schedule for PBT (Paper-Based Test):
|Last Date for PBT Online Registration
|20 Feb 2024
|PBT Test Date
|22 Feb 2024
|Availability of PBT Admit Cards
|25 Feb 2024
Schedule for CBT (Computer-Based Test):
|Last Date for CBT 01 Online Registration
|05 March 2024
|CBT 01 Test Date
|08 March 2024
|Availability of CBT 01 Admit Cards
|10 March 2024
MAT Admit Card 2024
You can download your admit card starting from March 08 if you have opted for CBT 01. If you have opted for PBT, then you can download your admit card from February 22 onwards.
If you have registered for the IBT or PBT, you must download your admit card from the AIMA website which is, https://mat.aima.in, according to the timetable provided above.
Test Date, Test Time, Test Venue Address, Candidate’s Name, Form No., and Roll No. are all listed on the admit card. The time and date specified in the admit card must be followed by the candidate.
You are requested to check the official website for the latest updates on the MAT Admit Card.
Registration Process & Fee
Step 1: Register for MAT Online
Go to AIMA MAT’s official website. Then, enter your information, including your name, phone number, email address, and birth date, and create a password. After filling out the form, verify your information and press the submit button. Verify your email and phone number.
Step 2: Complete the Application for MAT 2024
Fill in your contact, educational, and personal information. Choose the test mode, such as CBT, PBT, or IBT.
Step 3: Choose the MAT 2024 Exam Centres
- You can select a maximum of two cities to serve as the site of your MAT exam centre.
- You have to choose the exam centre from among the closest cities to them. The candidate’s MAT 2024 Admit Card will specify the exam location. Choose “Test City” from the drop-down menu for the MAT IBT mode, as students can take the test from home.
Step 4: Upload Photo and Signature
After choosing your MAT exam centre, you would have to upload scanned images of both your passport-size photo and signature. The passport photo should be from 50-100 KB in JPEG/JPG format. The signature should be between 10-40KB in Blue/black pen ink. The signature should be in JPEG/JPG format as well.
Step 5: Pay the MAT Application Fee and Download the MAT Application Form
To finish the application procedure, you have to pay the MAT application fee. After the payment, you can download and print the completed MAT Application Form 2024 as well as the payment receipt for your reference.
The application fee for MAT is distributed in this manner:
|MAT Test Mode
|MAT Application Fee (in INR)
|Remote Proctored Internet Based Test (IBT) or Paper Based Test (PBT) or Computer Based Test (CBT)
|Double Remote Proctored Internet Based Test (IBT) or PBT+IBT or PBT+CBT or CBT+IBT or CBT+CBT
You are requested to check the official website for updated application fees or any changes.
MAT Required Documents
These are the essential documents required during online registration for the MAT exam:
- Valid Email Id
- Scanned image of photograph (10 kb to 50 kb)
- Scanned image of signature ( 5 kb to 20 kb)
- Credit Card/Debit Card (ATM Card) or Net Banking details
MAT Admit Card
The admit card for MAT exam has been released for December month.
|Admit Card Date
MAT Exam Centres 2024
Paper Based Test (PBT) Preference 1
|Test Date: February 25, 2024
Paper Based Test (PBT) Preference 2
|Test Date: February 25, 2024
Computer Based Test
|Test Date: March 10, 2024
MAT 2024 Exam Syllabus
MAT exam is Multiple choice Based (MCQ). MAT is an objective test, to evaluate individuals’ suitability for postgraduate study in management.
The five courses in the MAT exam syllabus are Language Comprehension, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, and Indian and Global Environment. This syllabus is identical to that of other MBA admission exams. All three modes are IBT, PBT, and CBT.
MAT 2024: Section Wise Distribution of Question Paper
|Time (In minutes)
|Data Analysis and Sufficiency
|Indian and Global Environment
|Intelligence Critical Reasoning
Colleges that Accept the MAT Exam Score
Before applying for the MAT Exam, you are advised to check your dream college list for an MBA and if they accept MAT scores for MBA courses.
Most MBA colleges accept MAT exam scores. Whereas the expected percentile from each institute could be different.
You can check your ideal college’s official website and see if they accept MAT exam scores.
Here are some of the top colleges that accept MAT Score:
- Amity University
- Jain University
- Panjab University
- Delhi School of Business
MAT Exam Expected Exam Cut-off
The MAT score is calculated on the first four categories, Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis & Sufficiency, and Intelligence & Critical Reasoning. Whereas, the general knowledge section is not included in the final total scoring of the MAT exam. The percentile cut-off is different for different colleges. Many criteria are taken into account while calculating the MAT exam cut-off. These are the following:
- Previous year’s cut-off
- Exam level of difficulty
- The number of candidates taking the test
- The total number of seats available
However, scoring 60-90 percentile is good for you, as it allows many more college options.
MAT Important Exam Guidelines
- You are required to reach the given reporting time according to the MAT exam centre and admit cards.
- You should download the admit card from the official website of AIMA MAT.
- Carry a colour print of your MAT exam admit card along with your passport-size photographs and a valid ID.
- All MAT applicants must have a current photo ID with them at all times. Acceptable picture ID proof documents are: Voter ID Card, Passport, Adhaar Card, PAN Card, Driver’s Licence
- Exam centres will not accept any personal items such as purses, cell phones, watches, books, wallets, electronic devices, notebooks, etc. Thus, only bring what is necessary.
- To sign the attendance sheet, candidates need only bring a blue ballpoint pen for stationery. However, to complete the OMR sheet in PBT mode, you need to carry two pens.
MAT Preparation Tips
- Set a timer to complete a practice exam or question paper.
- Every four days, complete a practice exam. You’ll earn better grades and perform better overall.
- Adopt a set routine and timetable.
- In the language portion, begin reading during your breaks.
- Recognise which portions require additional attention and rank them accordingly.
- Make sure you get enough rest; aim for at least 7-8 hours every day.
- To help your body relax and focus more, practise meditation and physical activity.
On its official website, AIMA offers a free practice test for the IBT MAT.
Q1. What is the full form of MAT?
MAT stands for the Management Aptitude Test, for students who want to pursue an MBA. It is a common entrance test for many different colleges for postgraduate management courses.
Q2. How can I score well in the MAT exam?
To score well on the MAT, you can solve the previous year’s question paper to understand the paper pattern and then take mock tests every 4-5 days.
Q3. Is MAT mandatory for an MBA?
It is mandatory for a few colleges who accept admission through MAT score and percentile. It can vary for different colleges.
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