MAT Exam Pattern 2021: Marking Scheme, Negative Marking, Total Marks

Exam Date

May 30, 2021

Apr 16, 2021 | Management


For the convenience of all candidates, the MAT exam is held as a paper-based test, internet-based test, as well as a computer based test. The exam pattern for both the modes is same. Candidates will have to answer a total of 200 questions, divided equally into 5 different sections. Read all the details about the MAT 2021 exam pattern on this page.

MAT 2021 Exam Pattern Highlights

The candidates will get a total of 150 minutes to solve the entire question paper. It will have 200 questions, and 5 different sections. The candidates must note that negative marking is applicable in both the modes of MAT 2021 exam. The important highlights related to MAT 2021 exam pattern are tabulated below:

Mode of MAT 2021


Medium of question paper



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

Total no. of questions in each section


Sectional time limit


Type of questions

Multiple choice questions

Maximum marks


Sectional weightage in MAT 2021

The questions will test the candidate’s aptitude in 5 domains. Each of the sections has an equal number of questions, where each question carried 1 mark.

Section No. of Questions Maximum Marks

Indian and Global Environment



Data Analysis and Sufficiency



Mathematical Skills



Language and Comprehension



Intelligence and Critical Reasoning






MAT 2021: IBT Mode

Keeping the safety of candidates and the social-distancing norms in mind, AIMA conducts MAT as an Internet-Proctored Test as well. The candidates can attempt the test from the safety of their homes. The exam pattern for MAT 2021 IBT is the same as the other two. Some of the important pointers which the candidates need to keep in mind while attempting MAT 2021 in the IBT mode are discussed below:

  • The candidates must sit in a silent room, with no distractions or disturbances.
  • They must allow access to their webcam and microphone throughout the duration of the test.
  • This test cannot be attempted on a mobile phone. The candidate must have a desktop or laptop computer, powered with the below-mentioned features:

Operating System

Windows (Version 7 or above)


The computer device being used must have at least 65 MB free space on its hard drive.

Network Requirements

  • A stable connection with a good speed
  • Minimum upload speed: 512 kbps

Web Browsers

  • Google Chrome (version 63 or above)
  • Mozilla Firefox (version 52 or above)

.NET Framework

Mimimum supported version: 4.5.1 .NET framework

MAT 2021 Marking Scheme

It is important for candidates to know the marking scheme for the exam. It will help them chalk an effective strategy for the exam day. The particulars related to the MAT 2021 marking scheme are given below:

Correctly Answered Questions

+1 mark

Incorrectly Answered Questions

-0.25 from the total score

Unattempted Questions

No deduction, no addition

Total no. of Marks


MAT 2021 Syllabus

The questions asked in the MAT exam will be based on 5 domains. Some of the important topics covered under each subject are discussed below:

Mathematical Skills: Geometry, Trigonometry, Ratios and Proportions, Percentage, Algebra, Profit and Loss, Time-speed-distance, Partnership, Averages, Number System, Work and Time, HCF, LCM, Geometric Progression, Quadratic Equations, Linera Equations

Data Analysis and Sufficiency: Line Charts, Column Graphs, Bar Graph, Pie Chart, Venn Diagram, Line Graph, Combination Graph, Multiple Graph, Quantitative Comparison, Data Caselettes, Data Comparison

Language Comprehension: Syllogisms, Analogies, Synonyms, Antonyms, Verbal Reasoning, Same words with different meanings, One-word substitution, Contextual Usage, Idioms, Fill in the blanks, Jumbled Paragraphs, Sentence Correction and Completion, Odd one out, Words taken from other languages

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning: Critical and Visual Reasoning, Assumption, Premise and Conclusion, Assertion and Reasons, Statements and Assumptions, Identifying Valid Inferences, Identifying Arguments, Statements and Conclusions, Cause and Effect, True or False Statements

Indian and Global Environment: National and International Current Affairs, Political Science, History, Geography, General Science, World Records, Corporate Events, Punch Lines of Companies and Brands, Famous Awards and Prizes, Books and Authors, International Organizations, Famous Quotations, Finance, Sports, Automobiles, Entertainment, Social Issues


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