What is the MAT Exam?

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What is the MAT Exam?

About MAT

Management Aptitude Test is a screening test for admissions to more than 600 b-schools in India for MBA/ PGDM courses. The test is approved by Govt. of India, Ministry of HRD (Human Resource Development). It is conducted by AIMA, All India Management Association in multiple test centers across the country once in every quarter. 

Mode of Test

Students can appear for MAT through a paper-based test (PBT) or computer-based test (CBT). While writing the test they can select five management institutes for sending their scores. Alternatively, they may also enroll for both offline (PBT) and online (CBT) formats. This gives them the advantage of selecting five additional institutes for sending their scores. 

Computer Based Test: MAT exam is taken online. The students opt for a center, date, and time based on their convenience and availability of slots to write the exam. The multiple-choice questions appear on the computer monitor and the candidate selects the best answer among the four options. All computers are connected to different servers that prepare different question sets and present them on respective monitors. The CBT is run with a basic assumption that the candidate is familiar with the use of computers and devices such as a keyboard and mouse. Candidates are therefore expected to familiarize themselves with the generic computer operation before appearing in the test and AIMA cannot take responsibility for the same. 

Paper-Based Test: This exam is to be taken offline on a single day by all students. Candidate needs to carry pens, pencils, erasers and a sharper with them. The multiple-choice questions are present in the question paper while the OMR sheet consists of four circles indicating the four options against each question number. The candidate needs to darken the respective circle to indicate the best answer among the options using an HB pencil or pen as per instructions on the paper.


PBT: First Sunday of February, May, September, and December 

CBT: Different time slots in February, May, September, and December

Application Fee

The application cost for the test is Rs 1550.00 for one attempt. This is irrespective of the mode of test. However, if an applicant wishes to opt for both, Rs 2650 is the blended cost.


Accepted modes of Payment

  • Any of the below 
  • Credit Card/Debit Card (ATM Card)
  • Net Banking
  • UPI 
  • Paytm Wallet

Registration procedure and requisites

All MAT aspirants must register themselves on the official website of the entrance test. Besides, paying the application fee, candidates need the following details to complete their registration process:

  • Valid Email Id
  • Scanned photograph of the candidate (Image size 40 to 150 kb)
  • Scanned signature of the candidate (Image size 10 to 150 kb)

Eligibility Criteria 

Graduation or any equivalent recognized degree from any recognized university is mandatory. The final year students pursuing their graduation in any field such as arts, science, commerce or technology can apply as well. It is to be noted that this makes a student eligible only for writing the exam. The universities would have their cutoffs and criteria to evaluate and shortlist the students.

Test Guidelines

  • The candidates are expected to reach their respective test centers for at least one hour before their allotted time.
  • Documents Required: 
    • Admit card: Admit card to be downloaded from the AIMA website after the registration. It is generally available 7 days before the PBT test date. The scheduled date of availability of admit card is also available in the AIMA website. Students are advised to take two copies (print outs) of the downloaded file. Any snapshots or digital copy would not be accepted.
    • Identity proof: Original Voter ID/ Aadhar Card / Passport/Driving License/ PAN Card
    • Document supporting Name change: Only if applicable 
    • Caste certificate: Only if the candidate has selected SC/ST/OBC category during registration.

Exam Pattern

The test consists of 200 questions spread across five sections and the total time allotted to complete the entire questionnaire set is 2.5 hours. All the questions are in the English language. The breakup of questions per section is provided below.

Section No. Section Name Total Number of Questions Estimated time per section
1 Language Comprehension 40 30
2 Mathematical Skills 40 40
3 Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40 35
4 Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40 30
5 Indian and Global Environment 40 15
  Total 200 150



Candidates can reach out to the AIMA team for queries by writing at mat@aima.in or calling on 011-47673000.

Results and Score Validity 

The scorecards are available on the AIMA site in the last week of the month in which the test is conducted. These scorecards can be downloaded from the AIMA site and are valid for one year.

Selection Procedure in Universities

Every university accepting MAT scores would have its selection process. It may comprise but is not limited to written aptitude test (WAT), group discussion (GD), and personal interview (PI). Candidates must check the admission process in the respective websites of the institutes of their choice individually. 

Why an MBA aspirant must attempt for MAT

As MAT is conducted quarterly, students appearing for MAT stand four chances to attempt the test in a given year. This prevents them from wasting one entire year if they do not score well in their first attempt.

The exam pattern is simple, and the questions are equally distributed across sections, allowing students to structure their preparation well. The difficulty level of MAT is lesser in comparison to CAT and XAT.

Applicants not comfortable with computers can opt for the paper-based test. The applicants who wish to have the convenience of selecting their exam dates and time slots have a choice of online test. In addition to this, the candidates are also allowed to register for both online and computer-based test, this gives the benefit of using the better of two test scores to be sent to 10 universities selected by them, thereby increasing their odds of getting shortlisted. Besides they can

With the high increase in universities providing management education, students might find a plethora of options of b-schools across multiple regions and cities that accept MAT scores. Few of them such as Great Lakes Institute of Management, Christ University, BIMTech, Xavier’s Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship and IIT Madras are ranked high among the list of universities offering MBA/PGDM programs.

Preparation Guidelines

While the strategy and pace of every candidate would vary, in general, the following tips might help them to prepare well for the test

  • Refer to the previous years’ question papers: Analyze the pattern, focus on the topics that appear in more frequency in various sections and enhance chances of scoring more.
  • Appear for mock tests: Analyze one’s strengths and weaknesses across different sections and overall scope of improvement concerning time and stress management. Also, get comfortable with the format.
  • Read relevant materials to enhance general awareness and speed of reading.


Check all information for MAT Exam Dates such as registration, admit card, exam date, result etc. at https://www.shiksha.com/mba/mat-exam-dates

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