All about MAT: A to Z of Management Aptitude Test (MAT)

What is MAT?
MAT is a national level test being conducted by AIMA since 1988 to screen candidates for management and other allied programs. Almost three lakh MBA aspirants appear for the test annually, making it India’s largest management entrance exam. MAT is a gateway to more than 600 B-schools and management colleges.
The difficulty level of MAT is less than CAT, XAT, IIFT and some other management tests. MAT is conducted four times a year. The number of exam applicants increase every year. Earlier MAT was conducted in PBT and CBT mode. Due to COVID outbreak, Remote Proctored Internet Based test (IBT) was introduced to comply with the COVID guidelines. Now candidates have a choice to choose from the three modes and appear for the exam.
What is the structure of MAT exam?
Candidates have the option to appear either in offline format (pen/paper-based test) or online format –CBT or IBT mode. The duration of the exam is 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes). The exam is divided into five sections:
  • Mathematical skills
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
  • Language Comprehension
  • Data Interpretation and Sufficiency
  • Indian & Global Environment
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There are a total of 200 multiple-choice questions with one mark for each correct answer. The scaled score is calculated out of 800. There is no time limit assigned to various sections. Candidates need to effectively manage their time to answer 200 questions in 150 minutes. The exam officials advise that candidates shouldn’t spend more than 30 minutes in any section. Apart from the overall cut-off, many of the institutes evaluate the candidates on the basis of sectional cut-off score.
Some of the participating B-schools do not consider the marks scored in the Indian & Global Environment section. The score of Indian & Global Environment is separately displayed but is not taken into account to calculate percentile score or merit in the MAT score card. MAT score is valid for one year for most of the management institutes.
When is the MAT exam conducted?
MAT is conducted four times a year, in the months of: February, May, September, and December. The detailed notification is released on the official website ( You will get to know about all the important dates, application fee, MBA/PGP programmes and other essential information related to MAT. From 2018, AIMA discontinued the offline mode of form submission. MAT application form is to be filled in online mode only.
MAT 2021 will be conducted in 3 modes –IBT, CBT and PBT. MAT IBT 2021 will be conducted from 6 June 2021 to 10 June 2021. MAT PBT and CBT will be conducted on 30 May 2021 and 13 June 2021, respectively. For which the registrations have begun and the last date to apply is 24 May 2021 (PBT), 7 June 2021 (CBT) and 6 June 2021 (IBT). Admit cards for MAT PBT and CBT will be available from 26 May 2021 and 10 June 2021 (1600 hrs onwards).
Separate admit cards are issued for offline and online mode of the exam. The admit card can be downloaded from the website seven days before the exam date. The candidates opting for both PBT and CBT have the advantage of selecting two additional management institutes for sending their scores in addition to the existing option of selecting five management institutes. However, when opting for 2 IBT MAT 2021exam, you get an additional benefit of selecting 2 Management Institution extra for sending MAT score along with 5 selected institutes.MAT is conducted in almost 50+ cities and is accepted by 600+ B-schools.
Who can appear for MAT exam?
There is no age limit to appear for MAT. Candidates with Bachelor’s/ equivalent degree as well as final year students are eligible for the exam. There is no minimum percentage criterion to appear for MAT but admission to MBA colleges may require a minimum percentage/marks. NRIs and foreign nationals can also apply for MAT exam.
Which colleges/institutes accept MAT scores?
The number of colleges accepting MAT scores keeps varying every year. A total of 332 B-schools accepted MAT scores in February 2017. Some of top management colleges accepting MAT scores are:
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  • Jagan Institute of Management Studies, New Delhi
  • Indus Business Academy, Bangalore
  • Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow
  • International School of Business & Media, Pune
  • Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad
  • Institute of Management Studies, Ghaziabad
  • Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (XIME), Chennai
  • New Delhi Institute of Management, New Delhi
  • Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida
  • PSG Institute of Management, Coimbatore
  • AIMS School of Business, Bangalore
  • IES Management College And Research Centre, Mumbai
  • SCMS Cochin School of Business
  • St. Joseph’s Institute of Management (SJIM), Bangalore
  • Alliance School of Business, Alliance University, Bangalore
  • ITM Navi Mumbai, ITM Group of Institutions
  • Balaji Institute Of Modern Management (BIMM), Pune
  • Asian School of Business Management (ASBM), Bhubaneshwar
  • Fortune Institute of International Business (FIIB), New Delhi
  • Apeejay School of Management, Dwarka, New Delhi
  • TAPMI School Of Business, Jaipur
MAT selection procedure starts after the announcement of MAT result and the management institutes shortlist the candidates on the basis of their MAT score cutoff. The shortlisted candidates are required to appear in the group discussion, written ability test and personal interview for final evaluation.
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