Want to get yourself enrolled in 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.
Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is one of the important and basic national level MBA entrance exams for admission to 300 MBA colleges in India. The MAT exam is conducted by the All India Management Association (AIMA), which is a national body for a management profession in India. MAT Exam takes place 4 times in a year, i.e. in the months of February, May, September, and December.
The best part of appearing in each 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 the B-school.
MAT 2019 Exam Analysis (PBT)
MAT examination takes place in February, May, September, and December. Candidates usually take MAT examination to prepare for their CAT examination.
The number of candidates taking MAT in December 8, 2019 was around 20000. The difficulty level of the examination was between easy to moderate.
MAT December 8, 2019 had 5 sections as below -
Each Question had 4 options and for any wrong answers 1/4 of negative marks is awarded.
|Section||Number of Questions|
|Intelligence & Critical Reasoning||40|
|Data Analysis and Sufficiency||40|
|Indian and Global Environment||40|
- What is MAT Exam?
- Exam Dates
- Exam Pattern
- How to prepare for MAT 2020?
- Admit Card
- Exam Centres for MAT Exam
- MAT Exam Previous Year Cutoffs
- MAT FAQs
What is MAT Exam?
Full form of MAT is Management Aptitude Test. MAT is a standard aptitude test conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA) for admissions into more than 600 Business Schools in India. It is being conducted since 1988 and is one of the largest MBA entrance exams in India, even has more acceptability than CAT. The MAT exam score is considered as a basis for admission into MBA and other related programs.
MAT Exam is 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 the months of February, May, September, and December. The application form for MAT 2020 will be available on the official website of the AIMA from December 27, 2019 to February 9, 2020.
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:
|Exam Name||Management Aptitude Test|
||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)|
|Exam Date||Offline - February 16, 2020 ; Online - February 2, 2020|
|Exam Duration||2 hours 30 minutes (150 mins)|
Candidates are required to pay the application fees in this last stage of an exam. The fees can only be paid through 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 dates of the MAT PBT exam has been revised. You can check the updated dates here below.
|Last Date for MAT PBT registration||9 February, 2020|
|Availability of MAT 2019 PBT Admit Card||11 February, 2020|
|MAT PBT Exam Date||16 February, 2020|
The notification for February 2020 MAT Exam was released in the month of December 2019. The exam is going to take place in the month of February and the dates for online and offline exam will be different. Finally, the result will be declared in the last week of February. Candidates can follow the MAT 2020 Exam Dates which are given below table. Remember, the dates given below are related to the upcoming exams in CBT (Computer Based Mode) and PBT (Paper Based Mode) Phase 1.
|MAT 2020 Application Form Start date||December 27, 2019|
|MAT 2020 Application Form Last date for Offline exam||February 9, 2020|
|MAT 2020 Application Form Last Date for Online exam||January 26th, 2020|
|Release of MAT 2020 Admit Card date for Offline exam||February 11, 2020 from 4:00 PM|
|Release of MAT 2020 Admit Card for Online exam||January 28, 2020 from 4:00 PM|
|MAT 2020 Offline Exam date||February 16, 2020 (Sunday)|
|MAT 2020 Online Exam date||February 2, 2020 (Saturday)|
What are the eligibility criteria for MAT exam?
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.
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 Exam Eligibility criteria. Above all, one must be an Indian National to apply for the MAT Exam.
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.
|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 Exam Syllabus
There are mainly five sections as per MAT Exam syllabus that are Language Comprehension, Mathematics, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, and Indian and Global Environment. 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.
Detailed MAT 2020 Syllabus is stated in the below table:
|Language Comprehension||Fill in the blanks, Reading Comprehension, English Proficiency, Para Jumble|
|Data Analysis and Sufficiency||Table, Graphs, Data Sufficiency, Venn Diagram, Charts (Column, Bar, Pie)|
|Mathematical Skills||Mixtures and Allegation, Sequence & Series, Interest, Profit & Loss, Trigonometry Algebra, Number System, Permutation & Combination, Height and Distance, Ratio & Proportion|
|Intelligence and Critical Reasoning||Passage Conclusion, Fact Inference Judgement, Statement Argument, Pie Chart, Blood Relations, Analogy|
|Indian & Global Environment Section||Current Affairs, World Records, Books and Authors, Top Officials of Big Companies|
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.
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. Daily reading the newspapers can 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. 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.
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.
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:
|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 Exam Registration
The registration process already started from the month of December 2019 and the portal will remain open till February 9, 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. 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 in order to register themselves. Following this, the candidate will receive an acknowledgment on 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 Exam 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.
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:
|For Paper-Based Test(PBT)||1550/-|
|For Computer Based Test (CBT)||1550/-|
|For Both PBT & CBT||2650/-|
Note: There is no relaxation in 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 following are required to apply for the exam:
- Candidate's recent Photograph
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 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 nature 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 Exam pattern is as follows:
|Type of Exam||Online or Offline or Both|
|Number of Sections||
|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|
MAT Exam Admit Card
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 only and no hard copy will be sent by the authority through the post.
Dates for the issue of admit card are different for online and offline applicants. The admit card for the offline exam will be released on February 11, 2020 and the online exam will be released on January 28th, 2020.
How to download the 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 Exam Centres
Numerous MAT Feb 2020 exam centers are available all across the country. There are different exam centers 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 centers at least 30 minutes before the exam time. The gates of the exam center will open one hour prior to the exam. Candidates can select 2 cities at maximum from the given cities as exam center.
Documents to be carried to the Exam Centre
The candidate should carry the following documents to the exam center:
- MAT Admit Card
- Any Government ID proof (Aadhar Card, Voter ID, PAN Card, Passport, etc).
MAT Exam Result
Candidates can view their MAT exam result on the official site of AIMA. MAT Feb 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.
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 Exam Cut off
The cutoffs will be decided by the individual institute participating in the exam. MAT Exam Cut off 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:
|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|
|Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Bangalore||700|
|Department of Management Sciences, PUMBA (Pune University)||600|
|Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad||650|
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 individual institute will decide its own 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.
There is no centralized MAT 2020 Counselling process for the MAT exam by AIMA. However, each participating institute conducts its own counselling 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.
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
- 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
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.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. Is Job experience necessary for admission into MBA through MAT?
Ans. No, there is no condition as such. The candidates with no experience can apply.
Q. Can I get into IIMs through MAT?
Ans. IIMs only take students on the basis of CAT Exam.
Q. How many times the MAT Exam is conducted in a year?
Ans. The MAT exam is conducted 4 times in a year.
Q. How long does it take to get MAT Results?
Ans. The MAT Score will be available on the official site two weeks after both online and offline exams are over.
All India Management Association (AIMA)
All India Management Association,
14, Institutional Area, Lodhi Road
New Delhi 110003.
Telephone Number: 011 - 24645100 / 011 - 24617354 / 011 - 43128100
Registration for MAT Feb 2020 already started from December 27, 2019. The candidates are advised to apply as soon as possible in order to get the desired exam center.