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MAT Exam 2020

MAT Exam 2020
Name of the Examination
Management Aptitude Test
Common Name
Conducting Body
All India Management Association (AIMA)
MAT Exam Date 2020
20th September
Frequency of the Exam
4 times in a year
Months in Which the Exam is Conducted
February, May, September, and December
Mode of Examination
Paper-Based Mode (PBT) and Computer-Based Mode (CBT)
Duration of the Exam
150 minutes
Total Marks

What is MAT Exam?

The MAT Exam full form is Management Aptitude Test, and it has been conducted since 1988. This exam was approved as a National Exam only in 2003 by the Government of India, Ministry of HRD. 

By giving this examination, students who aspire to do an MBA from reputed MAT Exam colleges are able to apply to various B-Schools as MAT scores are accepted by both National and International universities. It is the ticket to over 600 Business Schools across India for MBA aspirants.

Due to the pandemic in the world, the MAT exam date 2020 has been tentatively shifted to September. However, MAT is a paper-based exam. Therefore, if the situation of the crisis remains the same even in September, then there is a possibility that the MAT 2020 exam date can be postponed to December. In that case, the application of students registering for the MAT exam will not be affected and will automatically be carried forward for the December Exam also. 

It consists of two tests: IBT and CBTGiven below are the steps to apply to MAT Exam 2020:

  1. Registration
  2. Filling the MAT application form 
  3. Uploading documents
  4. Payments
  5. Previewing
  6. Submission

Keeping documents handy is important for the application process. The documents include Educational qualification, Candidate's current photo and a Scanned copy of the signature.

Points to keep in mind while applying for MAT Exam 2020:

  • Fill the details correctly and cross-check multiple times. Details include email id, contact address, etc. Do not make spelling errors in the name and age mentioned
  • Adhere to the dimensions mentioned for photo and scanned signature

Having complete knowledge of the MAT Exam pattern 2020 before one starts preparing is important. It is a paper-based and computer-based test which has 5 sections in total. Each section carries 40 questions.

List of MAT Participating Colleges Accepting for Admissions to MBA/ PGDM from Bangalore

The admit card for the MAT paper-based test will be issued on 17th September 2020. The MAT Exam syllabus is majorly divided into 5 sections: 

  • Mathematical skills
  • Language Comprehension
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
  • Indian and Global Environment
  • Data Analysis and Efficiency. 

After giving the exam, as per the cut-off, candidates are called for further rounds, which include: 

  • Group Discussions
  • Personal Interviews
  • Written Ability Test

The counselling procedure for the MAT exam was supposed to be in June or July, but since the exam has been postponed, new counselling dates will be released by the various MAT score accepting institutes.

There are many MAT Exam colleges accepting MAT scores in all the zones of east, west, north, and south.

One can download the MAT Exam Result Scorecard by following some easy steps. The MAT exam result is a scorecard and can be viewed and downloaded by entering the roll number and registration number. Visit the official website and click on links. Ensure to save and download the scorecard.

Going through last year's paper analysis will help one widen the understanding of the MAT exam. Follow the right preparation tips and do well in MAT 2020. 

The eligibility criteria for Management Aptitude Test (MAT) are set by AIMA. The MAT exam eligibility criterion is the same as that of the previous year's. It is very important to keep a check on the eligibility criteria while planning to give the MAT exam. The MAT exam eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • There is no age limit to apply to MAT. 
  • The candidate must surely have a Bachelor's degree of 3 years as a minimum eligibility criterion. 
  • It should have been done from a recognized college.  

The MAT Exam fee is Rs.1650 for one exam. The MAT exam 2020 is on 20th September. There is no age limit for the MAT Exam 2020. Candidates need to submit the following ID proofs: 

  • Aadhar card
  • Driving License
  • Voter ID

MAT Entrance Exam:

The Management Aptitude Test (MAT) Entrance Exam is divided into various types based on the mode of the exam.

There are three types of MAT:

  1. Remote Proctored Internet-Based Test (IBT)
  2. Double Remote Proctored Internet-Based Test (IBT)
  3. Paper-Based Test (PBT)
Exam Type
Paper-Based and Computer-Based
Total Sections
Questions per Section
MAT Exam Date
20th September
Availability of Admit Card for MAT PBT
17th September 2020
Last MAT Exam date to Register
15th September 2020

Here's how the candidate can take the test:

When a candidate appears for 1 IBT, then they can select up to 5 Management Institutes, where they can send their scores. But when they appear for 2 IBT, then they have the option of selecting 2 additional management institutes where they will be sending their scores. So, their scores can be sent to a total of 7 management institutes. 

In order to appear for two IBT, the candidate has to pay Rs. 1100 extra, in addition to Rs. 1650

MAT Exam 2020 Application Process:

The last registration MAT Exam date 2020 is 15th September 2020. The exam is on the 20th, and it is very important for the students to apply if they haven't already. Before applying, students should check if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Detailed Steps to Apply for MAT 2020:

  1. Registration:

  • Click on the MAT 2020 link on the official website of AIMA
  • Click on 'Fresh Candidate to Create Login ID'
  • Fill the details required to login
  • Enter necessary details: name, email address, phone number, DoB
  • Click on 'set password'
  • After setting a password, click on 'Submit'
  • SMS notification will be received. Type the code on the tab
  • Click on 'Log in'

  2. Filling the Form:

  • Log in the website and click on 'Apply now'
  • Enter details: DoB, father's name, mother's name, nationality, etc.
  • Add contact details, qualification details, subjects, year of passing, secured marks, etc.
  • Keep saving the information while clicking on 'save'
  • For editing any information, log in using the email address and make the required changes and click on 'Save'

  3. Uploading Documents:

  • Upload photo and signature. These have to be in alignment with the mentioned dimensions
  • Photograph: Recent passport size
  • Signature: Scanned and not more than 50 kb

  4. Payment:

  • It can only be done through online mode
  • Payment is the last in the process, and after making payment, one can't go back and make changes to their application form

Tips to avoid making mistakes while filling the form:

  • Fill the details correctly and cross-check multiple times. Details include email id, contact address, etc. 
  • Do not make errors in the name and age mentioned
  • Strictly adhere to the dimensions mentioned for photo and scanned signature
  • Do not leave any blank space and fill all the information. The officials have the right to reject the forms that are incomplete. 

Documents Required in the MAT Exam Registration:

Keep the following documents handy. Candidates need to have the following documents for MAT exam registration 2020:

  1. Email ID
  2. Personal details
  3. Educational qualification
  4. Candidate's current photo (Make sure the size of the photo is not more than 50 KB and not less than 5 KB. The format should be JPG/ JPEG only).
  5. Scanned copy of the signature
  6. Payment details: Can be paid via debit card/ credit card/ net banking. 

MAT Exam Pattern 2020:

For students to do well in their MAT exam, the first step is to have the complete knowledge of the MAT exam pattern. Cracking the exam with good marks becomes easier when one is acquainted with the MAT Exam pattern by heart. 

Candidates need to be aware of the following points:

  • It is conducted only in the English language 
  • The MAT exam pattern consists of MCQs 
  • Every question carries one mark, where 1/4th is deducted for the wrong answer
  • In the MAT exam pattern, every section contains 40 questions, and thus, there are a total of 200 questions.
  • Usually, attempting 105 questions out of 200 is a good enough effort to score good marks, considering the answers that the candidate marked are correct
  • The exam is for about 2 hours 30 minutes

MAT Exam Highlights:

Exam Type
Paper-Based and Computer-Based
Total Sections
Questions per Section
Options per Question
Total Number of Questions
200 questions 
150 minutes

1 mark for every correct answer

1/4th deduction for every wrong answer

MAT Exam Syllabus: 

MAT tests the aptitude and skills of the candidate whether he/she is apt for a Management program in a B-school or not. The MAT exam syllabus is divided into 5 sections.

  1. Mathematical skills
  2. Language Comprehension
  3. Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
  4. Indian and Global Environment
  5. Data Analysis and Efficiency.

A few subjects are mentioned section-wise in the following table:

Section Name
Language Comprehension
English Grammar-based Questions, Verbal Reasoning, Fill in the Blanks, Antonyms, Finding Errors, Vocabulary Based, Syllogisms, English Proficiency,  etc. 
Mathematical Skill
Partnership (Accounts, Percentages, Trigonometry, Permutations Combinations, Mensuration, Surds & Indices, etc.
Data Analysis & Sufficiency
Pie Chart, Line Charts, DataTable, Puzzles, Data Caselet, Graphs Representing Area, etc.
General Intelligence & Critical Reasoning
Direction Sense, Calendar, Clock, Series, Mathematical Reasoning, Analogies, Verbal Ability, Cause/ Effect Relationships, etc.
Indian & Global Environment

Conventional GK, History, Business, Politics, Honours, Geography, Sports, Famous Awards & Prizes, World Records, Science, Current Affairs, Punchline of Companies, etc.

MAT Exam Admit Card:

The admit card for the MAT paper-based test will be issued on 17th September 2020. 

Here's how one can download the MAT PBT, Admit Card:

  1. The Admit cards are available on the official website of All India Management Association (AIMA) 
  2. There, one can easily find the link to MAT 2020 hall ticket
  3. Click on the link and view MAT Admit Card
  4. One has to mention details like Application Number, DoB, and email address
  5. Click on 'Submit' and download the admit card. Do not forget to take a print out of the same.

Some important instructions pertaining to MAT Hall Ticket:

  1. Without the ID proof and admit card, candidates won't be allowed to enter the exam hall and give MAT exam
  2. Take care of the MAT admit card as much as possible. Treat it like a fragile document. One can be disqualified if their admit card is found distorted.
  3. Cross-check the details with the details mentioned on the admit card
  4. All the instructions mentioned on the card must be followed carefully
  5. Upon finding any sort of error, report about the error to the exam authorities

Details on MAT Exam Admit Card:

  1. Candidate's Name
  2. MAT Exam Date 
  3. Time of the Exam
  4. Exam Venue
  5. Photograph of the candidate
  6. Roll number of the candidate
  7. Signature of the candidate
  8. Exam Centre name and address
  9. Exam Centre Code

Documents required for MAT Exam:

  1. PAN Card
  2. Driving License
  3. Voter ID
  4. Aadhaar 
  5. Passport
  6. An ID which is approved by the Government
  7. Disability Certificate (if you have any and you want it to be considered)

MAT Selection Procedure:

After the candidates have given the MAT exam, there are a lot of criteria for how they are shortlisted for further rounds:

  1. There is a required cut-off set by the NTA. The candidates who get that score are eligible to go for counselling sessions conducted by various institutes. That process is called the pre-admission process.
    The admission processes are different for different institutes. 
  2. After the test, almost all of the Management institutes conduct Group Discussions, Personal Interviews, and Written Ability Tests. 
  3. The WAT tests the logical ability and thought process of the candidate
  4. After all these rounds, the institutes release a final list that states the names of the shortlisted candidates

MAT Exam 2020 Counselling:

The counselling procedure for the MAT exam was supposed to be in June or July, but since the exam has been postponed the new counselling dates will be given to the candidates by the various MAT score accepting institutes.

Make sure to adhere to the following pointers while attending MAT counselling:

  1. Check the MAT exam rank
  2. The MAT Exam date 2020 of the counselling is published rank wise on MAT's official website. 
  3. The candidates are then required to check for the course they have opted for
  4. Do check the documents time and again
Here's a list of documents that would be required for the counselling sessions:

  1. Print out of counselling letter
  2. Admit card
  3. Rank card
  4. Caste certificate (to ensure quota/ no quota)
  5. Original documents and photocopies of certificates and mark sheets
  6. Medical health certificate
  7. Passport size photographs (6 in number)

MAT Exam Colleges 

Here are a few MAT Exam colleges from the list of over 600 MAT Exam colleges.

MAT Exam College City
Christ (Deemed to be University)
St. Joseph's Institute of Management
Birla Institute of Management Technology
Greater Noida
Calcutta Business School
Jaipur National University
PES University
Galgotias University
Greater Noida
Heritage Business School
Netaji Subhas University

MAT Exam 2020 Results:

The MAT exam result is a scorecard and can be viewed and downloaded by entering the roll number or the MAT exam registration number. The scores are also sent via SMS to the students. These scores are valid for a year. It's important for the students to keep it downloaded for future reference. Once the candidate gets a result, candidates are called for further processes like WAT, GD, and PI

Easy Steps to Download MAT Exam 2020 Exam Result:

Here's how you can download the MAT Exam 2020 result:

  1. Visit the official website of AIMA
  2. Click on the link stating 'MAT Results'
  3. Enter registration number and roll number
  4. Click on 'submit' and check the result
  5. Download it and ensure you take a printout of your result

Paper Analysis:

Given below is an analysis of the MAT exam of February 2020:

The MAT exam for the month of February was conducted on 16th February 2020. The paper-based examination's timings were from 10 AM to 12:30 AM. It was held at a total number of 51 centres across the country.

As per the analysts, the exam pattern for 2019 December MAT and for February MAT 2020 was the same. The exam was from an easy to moderate level overall, but questions of Language Comprehension (LC), Mathematical Skills (MS), and Data Analysis (DA) were found the most difficult. A good score in MAT is usually when the candidate gets 110+ marks, which get him/ her 90+ percentile.

Section Wise Paper Analysis of February 2020 MAT (PBT):

  1. The Language Comprehension section had 4 Reading Comprehension passages, each having 5 marks. Out of four RC, 2 were fact-based, and the other 2 were opinion-based.
  2. The Reasoning section of the exam had 18 to 20 questions. The reading section's questions were related to Family Relations and Statements. Overall, this section had a moderate level.
  3. Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency sections were filled with graphs and pie chart questions. These questions were pretty difficult. 
  4. The Mathematical Skills section was also moderate, composed majorly of arithmetic questions.

Section Wise Paper Analysis of February 2020 MAT (CBT):

This exam was conducted on 2nd February 2020, and the following is the analysis of this exam:

  1. This exam was of Moderate level and was not very difficult. But some of the questions in the Language Comprehension and Data Analysis sections were time-consuming.
  2. Only a few questions from Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, and Data Analysis were found difficult.
  3. The level of difficulty in Intelligence and Critical Reasoning sections had increased undoubtedly as compared to previous year's papers
  4. A score of 110 marks is a good enough score for CBT MAT. This score can easily get a candidate 90+ percentile.

Exam Preparation Tips: 

For preparing for Management exams, especially MAT, one needs to have a strong understanding of the subjects that are going to come in the MAT Exam syllabus. In the MAT exam, 40 minutes are given to Mathematical Skills, 35 is given to Data Analysis & Sufficiency, 30 is given to Language Comprehension, 30 is given to Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, and 5 minutes are for Indian & Global Environment. 

This analysis is completely based on previous years' MAT exam question papers and students' reviews. Accordingly, as per this time, the student must prepare for MAT. The student can set time per section while practicing at home and see to it that they complete one section in the time allotted.

10 Last-Minute Tips to Crack MAT Exam

Here are a few tips on how one can go about it:

  1. The best way to do good in any exam is by practicing the mock tests or solving last year's MAT exam question papers. It helps the candidates to understand their strong areas and weak areas in a subject. As per the analysis done of previous years' exam papers, it is evident that the pattern and types of questions have remained unchanged for quite some time.
  2. Planning the study routine is very important. One has to make a schedule/ time table wherein the tasks and learnings must be inculcated time-wise for the entire day. In a diary, start by writing dates and days just like it's done in the calendar. In front of the time, write the subject or concept to be studied for that day.
  3. Divide the MAT Exam syllabus into concepts and prepare accordingly. In the schedule which you made in your notebook, mention the breaks to be taken. Continuous studying for hours without a break can lead to exertion.
  4. Many candidates prefer going for crash courses or coaching classes. The ability to self-study depends from candidate to candidate. Some students are confident without coaching also but do remember that taking coaching for MAT is not a bad thing. The continuous learning in classes and tests that one gives in classes will only help one increase their speed and accuracy. 

Selecting good MAT exam books for preparation:

Some students prefer to self-study and not rely on classes. For them, it is very important to pick up the right MAT exam books. Here is a list of few good MAT exam books that can help one prepare better for the MAT Exam 2020:

  1. How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT by Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay
  2. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Nishit K Sinha
  3. Mission MBA MAT Guide by BS Sijwali and Tarun Goyal
  4. Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  5. Study package for MAT by Arun Sharma
  6. A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal
  7. Complete Guide for MAT and Other MBA Entrance Exams by Deepak Agarwal, Mahima Agarwal
  8. MAT Score Accelerator by Disha Experts
  9. How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma
  10. How to prepare for Quantitative for the CAT by Arun Sharma
  11. Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit K.Sinha
  12. Manorama Year Book by K. M. Mathew, Mammen Mathew

MAT Exam Preparation Tips 2020

MAT Exam Mock Test: 

It is very important to practice MAT mock tests before the exam. There are two benefits of practicing mock tests:

  1. Helps assess the candidates their strengths and weaknesses
  2. Helps them understand MAT exam pattern & MAT Exam syllabus better

One can find the mock tests on the official website of AIMA. The mock tests are free of cost and help students get a better idea about the exam.

Steps to register to mock tests:

  1. Visit the official website of AIMA-MAT
  2. Enter the email address and password
  3. Click on the Login button to take the test.

Tips for MAT mock tests:

  1. Do not just rely on practice mock tests available on websites. There will be many mock test papers available in the market. Keep your options open.
  2. Start with the easy ones. It is okay to not score well at the start. It is important not to lose hope. Practice well to reach your goal.
  3. Increase speed while solving every test. Try to solve tests that have a higher difficulty.
  4. Do not just randomly attempt the mock tests. Treat them like the main paper and then go for it. Randomly giving the test won't make you reach anywhere. 
  5. Do a performance analysis with each mock test. Focus more on the weak areas and the sections that are difficult to solve
  6. Note the time while solving the problem


  1. What if I lost my MAT admit card?
    - If you lose your admit card, make sure you download it again and save another copy of it to show it at the exam centre. Do not leave this task for the exam day

  2. Are there separate cards for computer-based MAT and internet-based MAT?
    - Yes, if you have applied for both exams, then you will have cards for both separately

  3. What all pointers must I keep in mind while filling the MAT form?
    - You need to verify the following details multiple times before moving forward with your application: Name, Gender, Age, Phone Number, Email, and Educational Qualifications.

  4. When is the MAT Exam being conducted?
    - The next MAT exam will be conducted on September 20th, 2020

Important Dates
Start Date
End Date

MAT Exam Date

20th September 2020

20th September 2020

Availability of Admit Card for MAT PBT

17th September 2020

17th September 2020

Last MAT Exam date 2020 to Register

15th September 2020

15th September 2020

Fee Details
  • MAT application fee (for 1 Exam) - 1650
  • MAT application fee (for 2 Exam) - 2750
Eligibility Criteria

The MAT exam eligibility criteria are set by AIMA. The MAT exam eligibility criteria have remained unchanged for the past many years now. It is very important to keep a check on the eligibility criteria while planning to give the MAT exam. 

Age Limit Eligibility:

Any candidate of any age can appear for the MAT exam. AIMA has not set any restrictions regarding the age for MAT exam takers.

No. of Attempts:

There is no limit to the number of times one can appear for MAT. MAT is scheduled four times in the year. One can sit for all four exams if they are not satisfied with their marks.


  1. Candidates must have graduated from a college and got a bachelor's degree
  2. The students who are in their final year of graduation are also eligible to apply for MAT 2020.
  3. Candidates with no work experience can apply to MAT and give MAT 2020. 
  4. The minimum percentage of graduation is not mentioned anywhere by AIMA. The MAT exam colleges have their own criteria for intakes, and it can vary.

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Age limit
  • MAT exam has no age bar. Anybody can apply, irrespective of their age.

ID proof details
  • Voter ID
  • Photograph
  • Aadhar Card Election I-Card
  • PAN Card
  • Passport

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