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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 and Jaipuria Institute of Management (Jaipuria) Noida.

Important dates
MAT is typically conducted four times in the year - February, May, September and December. The next scheduled exam is in May 2020 (dates may change due to covid-19 pandemic).

Any eligible candidate, who aspires to join a B-School through MAT, is required to register online for MAT first and pay a fee of Rs. 1650 (PBT/CBT) and Rs. 2750 (for both PBT and CBT). To know about the procedure in detail you can visit their website.

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 was of 150 minutes. Candidates had the option to switch between the sections as there was no time limit for a particular section. There are 200 questions with 5 sections and 40 questions in each section. Candidates can get one mark for every correct answer and 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.

MAT-2020 pattern

Section No. of questions
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40
Language Comprehension 40
Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40
Mathematical Skills 40
Indian and Global Environment 40
Total 200

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 Objective Paper (Prelims and Mains)

Lectures for Descriptive Paper (Mains)

Lectures for Group Discussion & Interviews

Our Paid Programs
While we are yet to start with our MAT programme, our other paid courses such as IBPS PO and SBI PO are designed on similar lines and we recommend them to the aspirants for all such exams. Look out and register for these programs for a more intensive preparation.

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

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