MAT Exam Pattern

Detailed breakdown of MAT question paper based on previous years' exam pattern


The Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a standardized national level exam conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA). This exam is held four times a year - February, May, September, and December. MAT Score is valid for over 600 B-Schools across India for admission to MBA and allied programmes. Candidate can choose any one of the two test taking options i.e. Paper Based Test or Computer Based Test.

The first step to cracking any examination well is to understand its pattern thoroughly. We have prepared a comprehensive analysis of the MAT pattern based on previous years' exam trends. This will give you a clear perspective of what to expect from the examination and how to plan your preparation.

Number of Sections5
SectionsMathematical skills, Critical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and Data interpretation and Indian & Global Environment
ModePaper based test: Sunday, 11th December 2016 Computer based test: Saturday, 17th December 2016 onwards*
Duration of the Test2 hr. 30 min. (150 mins)
Number of Questions200 (every question has 4 options)
+1 for every correct answer and -0.25 for every wrong answer

*If the number of candidates registered for Computer Based Test is less, all candidates will be accommodated in a single day and the test will be completed on 17th December 2016
Sr. No. Sections Questions Time (Minutes)
1 Mathematical Skills 40 No sectional time
2 Language Comprehension 40
3 Data Analysis & Sufficiency 40
4 Intelligence & Critical Reasoning 40
5 Indian & Global Environment 40
TOTAL 200 150 Minutes

When compared with other national level examinations like CAT, XAT and IIFT, the level of MAT is considered easy to moderate. With 200 questions to be solved in a span of 150 minutes, candidates have less than a minute to devote to each question. Thus, the real challenge here is effective time management.

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