MAT Exam 2020: Full Form, Exam Date, Registration, Result, Counselling, Colleges

Exam Date : August 27, 2020 To September 23, 2020

If you are looking to study in one of the top B-schools in India, then MAT is the exam for you. This exam is the largest of its kind in India, making you Eligible for over 600 B-Schools in the country.

Latest Update:

  • The MAT PBT 2020 Exam Dates were revised. The new schedule is mentioned in the exam dates section. The last date to register is extended to September 27, 2020. The exam will be conducted on October 3, 2020.
  • Additional dates for the MAT IBT September Exam are announced. Check the schedule in the MAT 2020 Exam Date section.
  • The Admit Cards for the AIMA MAT 2020 IBT Exam will be available for download from August 24 to September 20, 2020. The exam will be held from August 27 to September 23, 2020.

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is essentially a basic national level MBA entrance exams for admission to anyone out of the 600 participating MBA colleges in India. The MAT 2020 exam is conducted by the All India Management Association (AIMA), which is a national body for the management profession in India. MAT Exam takes place 4 times in a year, i.e. in February, May, September, and December.

The best part about appearing in the MAT exam is that you have the chance to improve your score after every 4 months. Each MAT exam score is valid for only 1 year. The best MAT score among the four would be considered to get the merit position during the admission process of a B-school.


What is the MAT?

The full form of MAT is the Management Aptitude Test. MAT is a standard aptitude test conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA) for admissions into over 600 Business Schools in India. It has been conducted every year since 1988 and is one of the largest MBA entrance exams in India. It even has a higher acceptability rate than CAT. The MAT exam score is considered a basis for admission into MBA and other related programs. The following table shows the important highlights of the MAT 2020 Exam.

MAT 2020 Exam Highlights

The table below shows highlights of the MAT 2020 Exam.

MAT 2020 Details
Exam Name Management Aptitude Test
Acronym MAT
Examination Level
National Level Exam
Mode of Test Paper-Based Test (Offline) & Computer Based Test (Online)
Eligibility Graduate in any discipline, Final year candidates can also apply
Conducting Body All India Management Association (AIMA)
Examination Stream Management
Exam Date Internet-Based Test  August 27, 2020 to September 23, 2020 
Exam Duration 2 hours 30 minutes (150 mins)

MAT Exam was approved by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of India as a national level test in the year 2003. Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a national-level management entrance examination and is a gateway for admission to various MBA, PGDM, and other related management programs across India.

The candidates have the choice of giving the exam either online (Computer Based Test) or offline (Paper Based Test). The exam can only be given in English only. MAT 2020 will consist of 200 questions that the candidate will be required to complete in two and a half hours (150 minutes).

MAT Exam is conducted four times in a year, in February, May, September, and December. The application form for MAT 2020 will be available on the official website of the AIMA.

MAT 2020 Results will be declared within a few weeks after the execution of the test on its official website and the MAT score that the candidate gets will be valid for a year. The various aspects related to MAT Exam are:

Candidates are required to pay the application fees in this last stage of an exam. The fees can only be paid through an online transaction i.e through Credit Card/Debit Card (ATM Card) or Net Banking.

MAT is an aptitude test for management studies designed to evaluate an applicant's Quantitative, Verbal/Reading, Data Interpretation and Analysis, and Critical Reasoning Skills. After analyzing MAT previous year papers, it is evident that Data Interpretation and Analysis, and Critical Reasoning (DILR) has always been the toughest section in the paper. Language Comprehension (LC) section complexity is mostly moderate and QA so far has always been the easiest.

The MAT 2020 Exam scores are accepted in numerous business schools across India. Students who wish to study Masters in Business Administration or any other postgraduate management courses at these colleges and universities should appear for the MAT 2020 Exam. As the MAT Exam is held a number of times throughout the year, candidates can take the exam whenever it is suitable for them. After qualifying the MAT Exam, applicants can apply to colleges in which they are interested to get admission. Further rounds of selection like Group Discussion or Personal Interview usually depend on the college, they are applying to. The selection process will change according to the college.

Interested candidates may read below for more information about the MAT 2020 Exam.

MAT Exam

MAT 2020 Notification

The AIMA conducts the MAT Exam throughout the year. The MAT Exam is usually conducted in paper-based and computer-based so the AIMA releases MAT Notifications for these tests. There is no one MAT 2020 Notification as the exam is taken multiple times in a year. All the information about each mode of the exam is released in separate MAT 2020 Notification. The AIMA has launched a new mode of MAT 2020 Exam called IBT mode which is also being conducted numerous times. The schedule of all the exams, eligibility criteria, age criteria, application form details, and the process can be found on the official website of AIMA.

MAT 2020 Exam Date

The MAT 2020 Exam is conducted throughout the year in paper-based mode and computer-based mode. Instead of the PBT and CBT mode, AIMA officials have introduced a new mode of testing called MAT IBT 2020 Exam. The MAT IBT 2020 Exam is a remotely proctored test which means candidates can take the MAT 2020 Exam from the safety of their homes. The MAT IBT Exams will be conducted throughout the year, a number of times so candidates can book a slot which is most suitable for them. Candidates can find out about MAT 2020 Exam dates and IBT mode below. The date schedule of the MAT PBT exam has been revised. You can check the updated dates in the table given below-

Events Dates
Last Date for MAT PBT registration September 27, 2020
Availability of MAT 2020 PBT Admit Card September 28, 2020
MAT PBT Exam Date October 3, 2020

The notification for February 2020 MAT Exam was released in December 2019. The exam was going to take place in February. And, the result was to be declared in the last week of February. But the PBT Exam has been postponed repetitively and will now be held on October 3, 2020. The exam dates for online and offline mode are different. The MAT IBT 2020 results will be declared after the conduction of the exam on the official website. Candidates can follow the MAT 2020 Exam Dates which are given below table.

MAT 2020 Exam Dates
Events Important Dates
MAT 2020 IBT Exam Date August 27 to September 23, 2020
MAT 2020 Result Date - For IBT Exam To be announced

MAT 2020 IBT - Remote Proctored Internet-Based Test

AIMA has introduced the MAT IBT to be conducted alongside the MAT PBT and MAT CBT for the May 2020 session. The MAT May PBT and CBT have been postponed to August 27, 2020 and July 4, 2020 respectively. There is a separate schedule for the IBT mentioned in the MAT 2020 Important Dates section.

Candidates can take up the IBT to appear for the MAT from the safety of their homes. However, the candidate is required to have a computer and a good internet connection with no interruptions and to maintain the validity of the examination scores, the test will be remotely monitored in dual-mode, i.e; by employing robust Artificial Intelligence(AI) based tools as well as human proctors.

Therefore, candidates will now have the option to select from three modes, i.e; IBT, CBT, and PBT. Those candidates who had registered for the PBT/CBT and changed their minds about going to an exam centre, later on, were given a chance to switch to the IBT mode. This change had to be made by May 17, 2020 on the application portal for the MAT May 2020.

AIMA has also released a mock IBT for candidates to familiarize themselves with the testing environment. These mock tests have a nominal fee to be paid by the candidate. Candidates must consider taking up the mock tests in case they want to switch or they are about to apply for the MAT IBT so that they can be sufficiently prepared for the test.

MAT 2020 Eligibility

Before filling up the MAT Application Form, the candidate has to check their eligibility criteria. MAT exam opens the gateway for candidates who wish to pursue PGDM courses related to MBA. Therefore anyone applying for the exam must have completed a Bachelor’s degree from any recognized college. or a professional degree in India like CA, CS, ICWA, etc. or they can appear for the exam even if they are in the final year of their degree.

The framed guidelines for MAT Exam Eligibility Criteria does not specify any age limit for the applicant. Work experience has points in the interview post the exam but is not a basic MAT Eligibility criteria. Therefore, candidates having no work experience can also apply for the MAT Exam as it is not mandatory. Above all, another important criterion is that the candidate must be an Indian National to apply for the MAT Exam. Candidate must have a valid unique email and phone number during the entire MAT Exam process as the communication will be done via the email address and phone number provided by the candidate.

Candidates should note that the MAT Exam eligibility is different from the college admission eligibility so when applying for their respective college, candidates should check the eligibility criteria of that particular college.

As the exam is for admission into the Post-Graduation course, the candidate must be a graduate or should be in the final year of graduation. MAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria is mentioned in the table below.

MAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria
Particulars Description
Age There is no age limitation for MAT 2020 Exam. Candidates can apply for any number of times.
Education Qualification A candidate who is willing to appear for MAT 2020 Exam should be a graduate in any discipline from any recognized university or possess an equivalent recognized a degree
Nationality Applicant must be a citizen of India
Final year Candidates Candidates who are in the final year of their graduation program can also apply for MAT 2020 Exam on a conditional basis i.e. candidates will be required to clear the final year exam before starting a post-graduation program in the B-Schools.

MAT 2020 Registration

All MAT 2020 aspirants must apply for the MAT PBT September 2020 now. The last date to register for MAT PBT September 2020 is September 27, 2020.

All the candidates who are eligible for the exams need to apply through the official site of AIMA. MAT exam registration process is simple and is mandatory for every candidate to continue with the rest of the application procedure for MAT 2020 exam. Along with CBT mode, the MAT 2020 Exam is now conducted as a remotely proctored mode or IBT mode, the test is taken throughout the year multiple times. For each of the tests, the registration window and dates for other events vary. The process of registration remains the same. Before registering for the MAT 2020 Exam, candidates should check whether they meet the eligibility criteria.

The overall application procedure along with the registration process is explained below:

How to apply for the MAT Exam?

MAT 2020 exam consists of online and offline of examination, the application form is available only in the online mode. Candidates who want to apply for the MAT exam have to follow the MAT Application Process by registering themselves online. The candidate is required to follow the given procedure in a step-by-step process:

  • Step 1-Registration: The candidates who are applying for the first time are required to enter their Name, Email ID, and Date of birth on the official website of AIMA to register themselves. Following this, the candidate will receive an acknowledgment of their registered Email ID.
  • Step 2-Filling up the Application Form: Fill out all the application form details. The candidate should make sure that he/she selects the preferred choice for Test Taking Option, Test Center, Preferred Photo ID to be produced at the Test Centre & Choice of Management Institutes.
  • Step 3-Upload Images: The candidate needs to upload the scanned images of their photograph and signature.
  • Step 4-Make Payment: The candidates are required to pay the application fees in this last stage of Application Submission. The Application fees can only be paid through online means i.e through Credit Card/Debit Card (ATM Card) or Net Banking.

MAT 2020 Application Form

MAT Exam 2020 Application Form is only available online. A candidate needs to apply through the official website of the AIMA. MAT 2020 Application Form is divided into four parts.

While filling the MAT 2020 Application form, the candidate should write their name as on the official document. There should not be any inconsistency. Once the candidates have paid the fees for the MAT 2020 Exam, they should check the status of the fee payment. The contact details provided in the MAT 2020 Application form should be valid as these details will be used to communicate with the candidate in the MAT 2020 Exam procedure. No error should be made while filling the MAT 2020 Application form. Candidates should check the MAT 2020 Application Form before submitting it.

The first part involves the filling of personal and academic details, the second part involves uploading of scanned images, the third part involves payment of fees, and finally printing the application comes under part four. MAT application fees that a candidate has to pay is as follows:

MAT Exam fees
For Paper-Based Test(PBT) INR 1650
For Computer Based Test (CBT) INR 1650
For Both PBT & CBT INR 2650

Note: There is no relaxation in the MAT exam fee for any candidate.

Documents required to Apply for MAT Exam

Filling up the application form for MAT Exam 2020 requires various documents to be uploaded at the time of registration. Without the submission of the necessary documents, the application process will remain incomplete and the MAT Exam Admit Card 2020 will not be issued to the candidate.

Scanned images of the following are required to apply for the exam:

  • Candidate's recent Photograph
  • Signature

The documents should be of the following dimensions:

  • The photograph's scanned image must be between 40-150 KB in size.
  • The signature's scanned image must be in between 10-150 KB in size.

MAT 2020 Syllabus

The candidates who want to clear the MAT 2020 Exam must know the MAT syllabus in order to buy all the necessary books and the study materials to prepare for the MAT 2020 Exam.

It is extremely important for the candidates to appear for the MAT 2020 Exam to understand the MAT 2020 Syllabus. There are mainly five sections as per the MAT Exam syllabus that are Language Comprehension, Mathematics, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, and Indian and Global Environment. The Mathematics section tests mathematical and arithmetic skills whereas Data Analysis and Sufficiency section will test the interpretation skills of the candidates. The Intelligence and Critical reasoning examines the cognitive skills of the candidates. The Indian and Global Environment will test the students in general knowledge and current affairs.

All these sections together carry a total of 200 marks basically, sectional total marks of 40 per section. The difficulty level differs from section to section, from Language Comprehension being the easiest to Data Sufficiency and Intelligence and Critical Reasoning being the toughest sections encountered by the students in the paper. The newly launched MAT IBT Exam also has the same MAT 2020 Syllabus as that of the CBT and the PBT Exams. 

Detailed MAT Syllabus is stated below:

Language Comprehension

  • Fill in the blanks
  • Para jumbles
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Error Correction
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • One word correction
  • Parts of Speech: Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Adverb, etc

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

  • Data charts
  • Data tables
  • Bar diagrams
  • Pie charts
  • Line X-Y graphs
  • Venn diagram
  • Data sufficiency

Mathematical Skills

  • Complex Number
  • Logarithms
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Inequalities 
  • Set Theory
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Linear Programming
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Indices and Surds
  • LCM and HCF
  • Profit and Loss
  • Percentages
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Ratio and Proportions
  • Speed, Time and Distance
  • Time and Work

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

  • Seating Arrangements
  • Blood Relations
  • Clocks
  • Analogy
  • Logical Sequence
  • Assumptions
  • Premise
  • Conclusion
  • Team Formation
  • Linear and Matrix Arrangement
  • Syllogism
  • Input-Output
  • Puzzles
  • Direction Sense

Indian and Global Environment Section

  • Constitution of India
  • Business, National and International Events
  • Currency and Capitals
  • States of India
  • Monetary and Fiscal Tools
  • Current GK
  • Business GK
  • Art and Science

MAT 2020 Exam Pattern

MAT exam can be given in online Mode [Computer Based Test (CBT)], offline mode [Paper Based Test (PBT)], or in both the modes. Candidates who are opting for both, have the advantage of selecting two more colleges for sending the scores in addition to the 5 colleges that are normally allowed.

The paper consists of four sections that are: Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, Intelligence, and Critical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, Indian and Global Environment. The total number of questions is 200 and 150 minutes(Two and a half hours) are given to complete the exam. Each section has 40 questions.

The questions will be objective in which 1 mark will be given for every correct response and 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. The tabular representation of the MAT 2020 Exam pattern is as follows:

MAT Exam Pattern
Particulars Description
Type of Exam Online or Offline or Both
Number of Sections
  • Indian and Global Environment
  • Language Comprehension
  • Data Analysis and Sufficiency
  • Mathematical Skills
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions
Medium of exam English
Duration 2 hours 30 minutes
Marking Scheme +1 mark for Correct Answers, and -0.25 Mark for Wrong Answers
Total marks 200

MAT 2020 Admit Card

The MAT PBT 2020 September Admit card can be download on September 28, 2020 from the official website.

Candidates will be able to download their MAT 2020 Admit Card for both online and offline examination from the AIMA's official website. Separate Admit Cards will be issued for online and offline exams. However, the Admit card will only be available online and no hard copy will be sent by the authority through the post.

The MAT 2020 Admit Card should be carried to the MAT 2020 Exam. The MAT 2020 Admit Card will have details of the candidate like his/her name, roll number, registration number, centre code, reporting, and closing time along with a photograph and the signature of the candidate. After receiving the MAT 2020 Admit Card, students should verify all the details on the MAT 2020 Exam.

How to download the MAT 2020 Admit Card?

The procedure to download the Admit Card for MAT 2020 Exam is as follows:

  • Step 1: Candidate must visit the official website of AIMA to download the Admit Card. Browse to Admit card link.
  • Step 2: Then the candidates should enter their Name, Registration Number & Date Of Birth.
  • Step 3: Click on the Submit button.
  • Step 4: Admit Card will be displayed on the screen.
  • Step 5: Download the Admit Card and take a print out of it and keep it safe for the exam and further reference.

MAT 2020 Exam Centres

Numerous MAT Feb 2020 exam centres are available all across the country. There are different exam centres for Online and Offline test. MAT exam will be held in 45 cities for PBT and 29 cities for CBT across the country.

Candidates must reach the MAT 2020 exam centres at least 30 minutes before the exam time. The gates of the exam centre will open one hour before the exam. Candidates can select 2 cities at maximum from the given cities as exam centre.

Documents to be carried to the Exam Centre

The candidate should carry the following documents to the exam centre:

  1. MAT Admit Card
  2. Any Government ID proof (Aadhar Card, Voter ID, PAN Card, Passport, etc).

MAT Exam Result 2020

Candidates can view their MAT exam result on the official site of AIMA. MAT May 2020 Result will be declared on its official website for both the online and offline candidates. No scorecard will be sent to the candidates via post. Results can only be seen online. The results can also be viewed through SMS.

Scorecard will contain the following details:

  • Candidate's Marks and Percentile in each Subject.
  • Candidate's Total Score and Overall percentile.

This score will be valid for one year. After the MAT 2020 Result is declared, qualified candidates can apply to various colleges using the MAT 2020 Result. After which they will be called for further rounds of selection which will contain rounds like GD and PI. Getting good enough marks in the MAT 2020 Exam does not guarantee admission to the college they apply for. The selection of the candidate after the MAT 2020 Exam will depend on factors like his/her MAT 2020 Result as well as his/her performance in the rounds conducted by the respective college and the overall profile of the candidate.

The MAT 2020 Result for the MAT IBT Exam will be announced on the official website after the MAT IBT 2020 Exams take place. The MAT 2020 Result will be available online in the form of a scorecard which will contain details like the name of the candidate, date of birth and roll number of the candidate, and it will have the MAT 2020 Exam's overall scores, sectional score, composite score along with the percentile obtained in the MAT 2020 IBT Exam. The procedure to check and download the scorecard for the MAT IBT Exam is similar to that of the CBT and PBT exam. The date of the MAT IBT 2020 Result for August - September schedule has not been announced yet, but it will soon be declared.

The steps to download the MAT 2020 Result are given below. 

How to download the MAT Result?

The steps to view the MAT 2020 exam results are as follows:

  • Go to the official website of AIMA for MAT 2020 Result.
  • Bring the mouse pointer to the right-hand side of the page where the 'Download' tab is available.
  • Then click on the 'MAT Results' option.
  • After that, you will be directed to a page where you have to enter your credentials such as Roll Number, Registration Number, and Month of the test to get the MAT 2020 Results. After entering all the credentials click on the 'Submit' button.
  • Your result will be displayed on the screen and is available for download.

The steps to view the result through SMS are as follows:

  • The candidates need to enter their Application Number and Date of birth after typing MATS (in caps) and send it to 54242.
  • The candidates will be receiving SMS containing the result of the exam.

Forgot your Roll Number?

In case if you forget your MAT 2020 Roll Number, then you have to follow the given steps:

  • Click on the 'Forgot Roll Number' button below the submit button on the results page.
  • A new window will open where you have to enter your MAT 'Registration Number', 'Date of Birth', and 'Email ID', then click 'Submit'.
  • An Email containing the Roll Number will be sent to you.

MAT 2020 Cut off

The cutoffs will be decided by the individual institute participating in the exam. MAT Cut off 2020 will be decided based on various factors such as:

  • The number of candidates appearing for the test.
  • The difficulty level of the MAT 2020 Exam.
  • Normalized MAT 2020 Score.
  • Number of available seats for the admission under MAT 2020 exam.
  • Average marks scored in MAT 2020 exam.

MAT Exam Cut off 2019 for the Top MAT score accepting colleges are as follows:

Cutoffs of top MBA Colleges
Name of the College Expected Cut Off Marks For MAT 2019
Japuria Institute of Management 400
Christ Institute of Management 400
IFIM Business School 500
BIMTECH Noida 500
Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Bangalore 700
Department of Management Sciences, PUMBA (Pune University) 600
Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad 650
DSIMS Mumbai 550
AIMS Bangalore 500
Alliance Bangalore 500
SRM University 500
VIT University 500
PCMRD Pune 450
IIMS 450

How to prepare for MAT Exam?

People put a lot of effort but still do not get the desired result. The solution lies in not preparing hard for the exam but preparing smartly for the exam. Candidates should have a clear idea of the syllabus and they should know which topic requires more attention and which topic can be given less preference. The candidates must focus on studying each and every topic of the MAT 2020 syllabus and must acknowledge the importance of completing the syllabus.

There is a total of 5 sections. The quantitative section requires a lot of time, thus a lot of practice is required to solve the exam in time, which would allow the candidate to focus on other subjects also. The MAT 2020 aspirants must also read the news from either newspaper, magazines, online, and be aware of the current events that will help the student to score good marks in English and Indian & Global Environment sections.

The other two sections, i.e the Reasoning and Data Analysis section also have only one solution i.e more and more practice. The more the candidates practice the better and faster they become. However, the time given for practice should be dependent on the frequency of occurrence of that topic in the overall section.

Previous Year Question Papers

Solving the previous year question papers gives a candidate a kind of live experience of the actual Question paper. The candidate after solving the papers will be able to calculate his/her speed of solving questions, analyze the paper, and will be able to identify the areas in which the candidates need more preparation. The candidates can also go through the pros and cons of NMAT, CMAT, CAT and MAT to find which is easy for them.

Mock Test

The mock tests are an important tool to analyze your performance before the exam. The candidates should solve as many as possible mocks so that they are very much clear with the pattern of questions. Solving mocks will also help to prioritize the important and less time-consuming questions in the actual Exam.

The candidates preparing for MAT 2020 exam must mainly focus on taking mock tests online and practicing the previous year question papers besides studying notes and other study materials daily. The only way to check one's progress is to take the tests and practice it. This does not only give the MAT 2020 aspirant an insight on which points to improve and where to focus more. They will also improve with the accuracy of the answers and time management. Practicing those daily will also enhance the candidate's confidence and on the exam day, they are less likely to panic or to get nervous.

Visit here for MAT Previous year question papers and visit here for MAT Mock tests.

MAT 2020 CBT Pre-exam Analysis

  • The MAT (Management Aptitude Test) 2020 exam is conducted by the AIMA (All India Management Association).
  • MAT 2020 CBT is an online test that consists of 200 objective type questions with a total of 200 marks that can be scored i.e; one mark per correct response. 0.25 of the marks will be deducted for every wrong response.
  • There are a total of 5 sections that test the basic skills of a candidate. The 5 sections being, Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis, Reasoning, and Indian & Global Environment.
  • The exam is conducted for 150 minutes, so candidates are advised to spend their time on questions cleverly and decide which question requires more time and which one does not.
  • With a good amount of time spent practicing for the test, candidates can learn how to manage the time per section.
  • The syllabus for the MAT 2020 exam has been set by the AIMA and candidates can follow this syllabus to prepare for the exam.

MAT 2020 Exam Analysis (CBT)

The recently ended MAT CBT exam on February 2, 2020 was in the same lines of difficulty as that of the previous paper. The paper had some difficult questions in the following sections - Language Comprehension, Data Analysis & Sufficiency, and Quant sections. Apart from this, there were some tricky questions in the Intelligence and Critical Reasoning sections.

The test was conducted in about 51 centers in India. Some important highlights of the recently ended MAT 2020 CBT exam are updated here below for your reference.

Elements Features
Total Number of questions asked 200
Sections 5
Maximum marks per question 1 mark
Negative Marks -0.25 for every wrong answer

Most students felt that the exam was of moderate difficulty. While this is the overall difficulty the difficulty for every section is provided in the table below.

Topic Number of questions Difficulty Level
Reading Comprehension 20 Moderate
Errors in Sentence Correction 3 Moderate
Antonyms 3 Difficult
Synonyms 3 Moderate to Difficult
Vocabulary (Fill Ups) 3 Moderate
Substitute with one word 2 Moderate
Phrases and Idioms 3 Moderate to difficult
Jumbled Sentences 3 Moderate

MAT Selection Process

The selection process starts as soon as the candidate fills the application form. The candidate then gives the exam, and the result is declared. After this, each institute will decide its cutoff accordingly.

Based on the pre-decided cutoff, candidates above the cutoff will be called to the institutes for Group Discussion and Personal Interview. After the discussion and interview are done, a merit list will be prepared based on which the candidates will be called for the Counselling Process.

Finally, the candidates will be required to verify their documents and pay the Admission Fee as decided by the institute.

MAT 2020 Counselling

There is no centralized MAT 2020 Counselling process for the MAT exam by AIMA. However, each participating institute conducts its counseling process. The schedule for counselling also varies with each participating institute.

Candidates are required to carry at least the MAT Scorecard, Photographs, Graduation Marksheets, and ID Proof to the desired institute for the counselling process. Some institutes require a Category certificate only if the candidate belongs to any category.

MAT 2020 Coaching Centers

There are various coaching centers for MAT present all over the country. The coaching centers in the major cities in the country are as follows:

Coaching Centres in Bengaluru

  • Elite IIT Jayanagar & Malleshwaram
  • VPROV Learning Solutions Pvt. Ltd
  • Summit Careers

Coaching Centres in Delhi

  • Aptitudemate
  • Career Solutions Institute
  • Triumphant Institute of Management Education Pvt. Ltd.

Coaching Centres in Kolkata

  • Erudite Education
  • Cubix Educational Institute Pvt Ltd
  • Diksha Learning Services Pvt Ltd

Coaching Centres in Mumbai

  • Success Forum
  • Arkin Institute
  • Manoeuvre

MAT 2020 Important Guidelines

The MAT 2020 must read carefully some of the important guidelines that are given below. Candidates must strictly follow all instructions and rules on the day of the MAT 2020 exam, while paying the fees, filling the MAT 2020 application form, and/or registering. They must also note down all the important instructions about the MAT 2020 hall ticket or the admit card.

Hall Ticket: Candidates must bring the admit card to the exam center. Without the Admit Card, the candidates will not be allowed in the Examination Hall.

Maintain Silence: Silence should be maintained in the examination hall. Violation of this invite disciplinary action against the candidates.

Carrying Expensive accessories: Carrying Calculators, DocuPen, Log Tables, Electronic Watches with facilities of Calculator, Printed or written material, Mobile Phones, Pager, or any other Electronic Gadgets, except the Admit Card.

Communication: Any form of communication with other candidates is not allowed during the exam.

Roll number with seat allotment: The candidates are not allowed to enter the MAT 2020 Exam Centre after the commencement of the examination. A seat indicating roll number will be allocated to each candidate. The candidate should be there on the seat specified for him/her. If the candidate is not there on his/her designated seat, his/her candidature is bound to get canceled.

Misusing the Test booklet: Removing any page(s) from the Test Booklet (in case of Paper Based Test Examination) will invite serious disciplinary action against the candidate. The candidate gets debarred from the examination permanently or for a specified time, depending on the nature of the offense.

MAT 2020 Reference Books

There are many books available in markets these days and there are numerous e-books also. These reference books for MAT would help in providing the right guidance to candidates. It will help them to revise and practice all the topics thoroughly. The highly recommended books for MAT are:

MAT Reference Books
Name of the Book Author Published By
Mission MBA MAT Guide B.S. Sijwali and Tarun Goyal Arihant Books
Complete Guide for MAT and Other MBA Entrance Exams Deepak Agarwal, Mahima Agarwal Disha Experts
Barron’s Guide to GMAT D. Jaffe, Stephen Hilbert Galgotias Publication
10 Challengers MAT Dharmendra Mittal Arihant Publications
A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning R.S. Aggarwal S. Chand
Study Package for MAT Arun Sharma Tata McGraw Hill
MAT (Management Aptitude Test) Entrance Exam Guide R. Gupta Ramesh Publishing House
The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations Dinesh Khattar Pearson Education
Verbal Ability & Comprehension for CAT Aditya Choudhary, Bharat Patodi Disha Publication
MAT Score Accelerator - Disha Publication

MAT Previous Year Papers and Sample Papers

MAT 2020 aspirants must keep in mind that practicing previous year question papers and sample papers is an essential step in preparing for the MAT 2020 exam. Candidates in order to get an idea about the exam must take the help of sample papers. The previous year question papers will also help the candidates keep a check on their progress and study accordingly or make necessary changes in their study plan.

To view the sample papers visit here.

To view the previous year question papers visit here.

MAT Contact Information

All India Management Association (AIMA)
The Manager

All India Management Association,
Management House,
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New Delhi 110003.
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No, there is no such condition whether the candidate has work experience or not doesn't really matter. The candidates with work experience and candidates without work experience, both, can also apply.

The MAT Score is accepted widely across India for the business schools. Some of the best business schools in India accepting MAT score are

  • IIT Madras
  • Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra
  • Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Bangalore
  • NIT Warangal
  • NIT Jaipur
  • VIT Business School, Vellore

The MAT exam is conducted 4 times in a year in February, May, September and December. 

Candidates can check the official website for the MAT Result after the MAT Exam. The MAT Score will be available on the official website two weeks after both online and offline exams are over.

The MAT score is valid for exactly one year after the result is declared. If candidates wish to apply after one year, they will have to take the MAT Exam again.

Candidate needs to have a good understanding of the MAT Syllabus and the Exam Pattern. The MAT Exam is composed of 5 sections which are as follows;

  • Language Comprehension
  • Data Analysis
  • Mathematical Skills
  • Intelligence and Critical Thinking
  • Global and Indian Environment

Each section has 40 questions. Candidates can use different books available on these topics and solve a lot of practice problems and previous year question papers. More importantly, the candidate should know about his/her strengths and weaknesses and prepare accordingly.

The CAT i.e. Common Aptitude Test is the only test accepted by all the IIMs. The MAT Exam which stands for Management Aptitude Test is accepted by a large number of colleges all over India. The CAT is conducted once a year and is relatively tougher and MAT is conducted 4 times a year. There is a difference in the Exam Pattern, Duration and difficulty level of the two exams.

When the MAT percentile is being calculated, the marks of the General Knowledge section are not considered. Even if this is the case, the GK section in the MAT Exam is still quite important as some business schools have sectional cut-offs as well as some colleges will consider the marks obtained in the General Knowledge section for further rounds of selection.

The GK section in the MAT Exam has questions based on topics like business, economics, technology, national and international news. So candidates should be up to date with current happening in the country as well as the world. Candidates should especially be well aware of the recent news and current affairs by watching the news, reading newspapers, magazines and journals.

The CBT stands for the Computer Based Test. As the name suggests, this type of MAT Exam is offered at computer exam centres where candidates are presented with questions on their assigned computer screen and then the candidate will input the correct answers using mouse or keyboard. It is necessary to have basic knowledge of computer handling for the CBT exam. the PBT exam is Paper Based test, this traditional pen-paper test where candidates are supposed to bring pen, pencil, erase and sharpener. The MAT question paper and the OMR sheet will be given to the applicants at their exam centres.

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Colleges which accept [MAT]

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Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2018
31 Jul 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

The eligibility criteria and admission procedure for your MBA are through management competitive entrance exams like ATMA, MAT, etc. I cleared the ATMA entrance exam with 83.4 scored. The cut-off at that time was 69 for the general category.

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Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2021
16 Jun 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

The basic eligibility criteria for admissions in CMS Business School is to pass the JET (Jain Entrance Test) which is an independent exam conducted by the Jain University. This becomes mandatory if you have not passed any National Management Entrance test such as MAT, CAT, etc. JET has three parts, first stage the written test, second the group discussion, and third the personal interview. I had cleared the MAT exam hence it was not mandatory for me to go through JET.

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Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2021
07 Jun 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

Admissions are being taken on the basis of CAT/ MAT and CMAT scores. followed by group discussions and personal interviews.

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Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2016
06 Jun 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

1) 55% in competitive Exams like CAT, MAT, MHCET 2) Admission process - GDPI and Personal interview

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Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2021
05 Jun 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

The admission process generally begins around the month of June, at the same time as the PGCET exams. There are various modes of admission to the college i.e. through various entrance exams accepted by the college such as PGCET, CAT, MAT, KMAT, or via Management seat.

The selection process through management quota is a bit more complex than the ones through PGCET. It involves an aptitude test, group discussion, and finally a personal interview.

Other than PGCET, all the other entrance exams come under the eligibility criteria for admission under management quota.

PGCET students once they come under the cutoff for the college can opt for this institution and admission is given.

The total intake of the college for the MBA Dept is 120 students.

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Bachelor of Technology [B.Tech] (Computer Science) IS, batch of 2017
27 May 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

To help deserving students with their finances, CU offers many scholarships to them. Students can earn merit-based scholarships based on their JEE (Mains) performance. Students who receive a JEE (Mains) rank up to 25000 can earn a 100% semester fee scholarship.

Additionally, students with a JEE (Mains) rank between 25, 001 to 50, 000 can avail of the benefits of a 75% semester fee scholarship. Candidates gain scholarships based on their 12th standard scores and CAT/MAT/CMAT and ATMA percentiles.

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Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2013
26 May 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

In order to get into this college, I had to appear for the MAT exam. On the basis of my academic qualification as well as the MAT exam scorecard, I was able to get enrolled in this college after submitting all the essential documents.


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Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2019
08 Apr 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

For Ahmedabad campus, minimum 50% in graduation is required and student has to sit for CAT or MAT any valid entrance examination, I'm not sure about the cut off marks but I think 30% is a minimum range after that students get chance to sit for their own entrance examination, UCAT, and unitedworld School of Business select their students through this selection test's performance.

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Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2015
30 Mar 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

To be eligible to be a part of the Esteemed Business School, Guru Nank Business schools welcomes candidates who have successfully appeared and passed the entrance exams like MAT, ICET, ZAT, GMAT.

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, batch of -1
18 Mar 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

The eligibility for the course is, you should complete a under graduation course on any subject and you should write any entrance exam like KMAT, MAT etc. The cutoff point is 55%, and the admission process is based on the quota that you select

Discussion Forum

What mode of exam should i select? Online or Offline?

What mode of exam should i select? Online or Offline? I never took Computer-based test

Asked By: Rajesh khanna,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hello Rajesh,

The selection of the mode of MAT 2020 exam depends on you. You should go for the one with which you feel more comfortable with. All the best!

Which colleges accept MAT 2018 Scores? Can i know which college should apply for MBA after MAT exam?

Which colleges accept MAT 2018 Scores? Can i know which college should apply for MBA after MAT exam?

Asked By: Pushpa chatterjee,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hello Pushpa,

There are more than 100 colleges which accepts MAT scores, you can select and know more about them from the link here.

Can you tell me the cutoff percentile of AIMIT Bangalore?

Can you tell me the cutoff percentile of AIMIT Bangalore?

Asked By: Durgesh,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Durgesh,

AIMIT Bangalore percentile will lie between 55-60 only. The average placement of this college is 5.50 lacs. You can check the cut-off for various colleges here.

I got 75 percentile in MAT exam so can you tell me the which college will I get alloted?

I got 75 percentile in MAT exam so can you tell me the which college will I get allotted?

Asked By: Yogita,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Yogita,

MBA college
MAT cut off percentile score
Fee ( lakhs)
Average Placement (Rs. in lakhs)
Jaipuria Lucknow
SIESCOMS Navi Mumbai: SIES College of Management Studies
ISB&M Pune: International School of Business & Media
IES MCRC Mumbai: IES Management College And Research Centre
KSOM Bhubaneswar: KIIT School of Management
IPE Hyderabad: Institute of Public Enterprise
Christ University Bengaluru: Institute of Management
XIME Bangalore: Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship
AIMS Bangalore: AIMS School of Business
Jaipuria Noida: Jaipuria Institute of Management
NDIM New Delhi: New Delhi Institute of Management
PSGIM Coimbatore: PSG Institute of Management
You can read more about MAT exam related details here.


Please tell me the reference book of MAT exam.

Asked By: Sana,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise


Hi Sana,

There are many reference books for MAT exam. Some of the best books according to the toppers and various MAT aspirants have been explained in detail in the reference books for MAT section.




What is the criteria for MBA on the basis of MAT exam?

Asked By: Shabista,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

 Hi Shabista,

Candidate should have graduation degree with minimum 50% marks and satisfy all the relative eligibility criteria for MAT exam.




How do i score above 90 percentile?

Asked By: Rohan Chetia,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Rohan,

  • It is advised to solve the previous year question papers and understand the difficulty level of MAT examination.
  • Time maintenance is very important in order to make sure of the five sections papers can be attended properly or not.
  • One needs to practice the Mock test papers and gain knowledge about the examination of MAT.
  • Cover the complete syllabus of the MAT 2020 examination so that you don’t miss the topics asked in the MAT question paper.

How many MIs participate in MAT? Do they keep on changing or remain the same?

How many MI's participate in MAT? Do they keep on changing or remain the same for each exam session?

Asked By: Jomy Eapen,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The number of participating MI’s participating in MAT may vary each year and from test to test.

The Admission Criteria for each institute will be different.

All MI's taking part in MAT are either AICTE Approved/DEC Approved/University Affiliated Colleges/University Department.

MAT scores through SMS

How can I get my MAT scores by SMS?

Asked By: Maya Qureshi,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The MAT test scores will be available to all candidates by sending an SMS from your mobile phone in the given format:

MATS FORMNO DOB(ddmmyy) to 54242

Eg: MATS 200391 030985 to 54242

This facility will be provided by all the Network Operators.

Results to MAT February or Feb Session

When are the Results to MAT February 2017 session coming out?

Asked By: Avinash Adhikari,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The Results to MAT February sesion will be coming out by the end of February.

Candidates are advised to log in to the Official Website to find their Results to MAT. Then,

  • Click on the link to view MAT results.
  • Login using your MAT register number and password.
  • The results will be displayed on the screen.
  • Print the results for future references.

The MAT scorecards are valid for an entire year for all Admission Processes and Verification Purposes.