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Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a standard aptitude test conducted in India since 1998 by the All India Management Association (AIMA). MAT is used for admission to Master of Business Administration (MBA) and allied programmes by over 600 business schools across India. Candidates can take MAT as Computer Based Test (CBT), Paper Based Test (PBT) or both.

Some of the top colleges accepting MAT scores are: XIME Bangalore, VIT Business School, Christ University Bengaluru, BIMTech Noida. The complete list can be found HERE

Important dates
MAT is typically conducted four times in the year - February, May, September and December. The next scheduled exam is in Dec 2020 (dates may change due to covid-19 pandemic).
AIMA introduces Remote Proctored Internet Based Mode (IBT) for MAT. Now instead of going to a test centre candidates could appear for MAT from their homes.
Last Date for Online Registration: November 29 2020
Availability of Admit Card: December 01 2020
Test Date: December 06, 2020

    Please Note:
  • Candidate can opt for 2 IBT tests by paying an extra fees of Rs.1100/- in addition to Rs.1650/-.
  • Candidates opting for 2 IBTs will have the benefit of selecting additional 2 Management Institutes for sending their scores in addition to existing option of selecting 5 Management Institutes i.e. they can select 7 Management Institutes in total..

Any eligible candidate, who aspires to join a B-School through MAT, is required to register online for MAT first and pay a fee:
For Remote Proctored Internet Based Test (IBT): Rs. 1650
For Double Remote Proctored Internet Based Test (IBT): Rs. 2750
For Paper Based Test (PBT): Rs. 1650

To know about the procedure in detail, you can click on the link given below.

MAT 2020 Official Link

Essential academic qualifications:

The candidate must have passed minimum three-year duration Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline. Candidates who are in their final year of graduation can also apply.

Age and number of attempts:

There is no age bar for taking MAT.

The selection procedure for affiliated institutes through MAT is normally in 2 phases i.e. Online Examination (MAT), and college level selection (through WAT, GD, PI etc.). The candidates who satisfy the individual B-School's qualifying criteria in MAT will be called by the respective B-Schools for the next round (College level selection).

Phase-I: Online examination (MAT)

According to the exam pattern of MAT 2020, the test is of 150 minutes. Candidates have the option to switch between the sections as there is no time limit for a particular section. There are 200 questions with 5 sections and 40 questions in each section. Candidates can get 1 mark for every correct answer and 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.

MAT-2020 pattern

Section Number Section Name No. of questions MAT EXAM Weightage (%) Percentile Calculation Weightage (%)
Section 1 Language Comprehension 40 20 25
Section 1 Part 1 Reading Comprehension 20 10 12.5
Section 1 Part 2 Verbal Ability 20 10 12.5
Section 2 Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40 20 25
Section 3 Mathematical Skills 40 20 25
Section 4 Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40 20 25
Section 5 Indian and Global Environment 40 20 NIL
1+2+3+4+5 Total 200 100

Note: Some of the MAT participating institutes do not take into account the marks scored by the candidate in the Indian and Global environment section.

Phase – II: College level selection (WAT, GD, PI etc.)

Institutes have their own process in Phase-II. A combination of activities is used by the B-Schools to evaluate different aspects of a candidate's personality, communication skills and other skills.

Final selection

On the basis of candidate’s cumulative performance, final merit list will be prepared. Institutes have their own criteria based on which they make the final selection list.

Candidates should realise that to perform in competitive exams such as MAT, they should be good at both concepts and application. Rather than going through concepts from various sources, one should concentrate on a single resource for conceptual clarity. Once concepts are clear, practicing regularly is key to performing well in competitive exams like these. We have provided playlists of important concept lectures below. Candidates can take help of these lectures from Meritshine to strengthen their fundamentals for this exam.

Our Free Resources (click on the links below for accessing the relevant content)

Lectures for Aptitude Building

Lectures for WAT

Lectures for Group Discussion & Interviews

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The cut offs are declared after the MAT exam result. Visit the website to check the scorecard.

TABLE: MAT Indicative Final Median Percentiles (General Category, Flagship MBA Program)*

Range MAT Affiliated Institutes
80+, Profile & Post-MAT Selection Rounds' Performance BIMTECH Greater Noida (Specialized programs), XIME Bangalore, BIMM Pune, ISB&M Pune, SOIL Gurgaon, SIESCOMS Navi Mumbai, JIMS Delhi, Jaipuria Institute of Management Noida, New Delhi Institute of Management, VIPS-TC-Delhi School of Business, Christ University Bengaluru, VIT Business School (VIT) Vellore
70+, Profile & Post-MAT Selection Rounds' Performance IMS Ghaziabad, IPE Hyderabad, AIMS Bangalore, GITAM Visakhapatnam, Lexicon MILE Pune, IBA Bangalore, IES MCRC Mumbai, Chetna CIMR, VJIM Hyderabad, KJC Bangalore, RCBS Cochin, ITM Group of Institutions, IIMS Pune, DSIMS Mumbai, IBS Hyderabad, SDMIMD Mysore, O P Jindal University, Sonepat, NIA Pune, NIBM Pune, SDA Bocconi Mumbai, PES University, FIIB New Delhi, DSB New Delhi, BIIB Pune, SSN Chennai

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