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Management Aptitude Test (MAT)

Management Aptitude Test (MAT)

MAT 2021 IBT Mode Exam Dates
September 11th, 12th, 14th, 2021
Name of the Examination
Management Aptitude Test
Common Name
Conducting Body
All India Management Association (AIMA)
Frequency of the Exam
Multiple Times a Year
Mode of Examination
Internet-Based Mode (IBT), Paper-Based Mode (PBT) and Computer-Based Mode (CBT)
Exam Level
National-Level Exam

What is MAT?

MAT stands for Management Aptitude Test and is a national-level exam conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA). 

Many colleges in Bangalore accept MAT entrance exam scores to admit students in its MBA/ PGDM programs. 

Aspirants can check out their requirements and participate in the admission process to pursue admissions in Bangalore. 

MAT is conducted in 3 modes, i.e. Internet-Based Mode (IBT), Computer-Based Mode (CBT), and Paper-Based Mode (PBT). 

MAT 2021 IBT Mode will be conducted on September 11th, 12th, 14th 2021. Registration process for this session started on August 25th, 2021 and will continue till September 9th, 2021.

Candidates have to complete their graduation from a recognized university in India to get admissions in MAT exam colleges. 

MAT Exam Details:

Registration Mode
Mode of Examination
Online and Offline
MAT 2021 Language 
Duration of the Exam
150 Minutes
Validity of Results
Current Academic Session

MAT 2021 Exam Dates: 

End of Registration Process
Session I: September 8th, 2021
Session II: September 9th, 2021
Session III: September 12th, 2021
MAT IBT Admit Card
Session I: September 9th, 2021
Session II: September 10th, 2021
Session III: September 12th, 2021
MAT 2021 IBT Mode Exam Dates
September 11th, 12th, 14th, 2021
MAT Results 
To be Announced

MAT Registration Process: 

Candidates can apply for MAT by following the below-mentioned processes: 

Step 1: Visit the official website of AIMA. 

Step 2: Click on "Fresh Candidate" to Create Login ID with the necessary details. 

Step 3: Candidates have to submit the OTP sent on their mobile. 

Step 4: They have to login using their credentials and fill the application form by providing the details. 

Step 5: Upload the necessary documents and pay the required fees. 

Step 6: Candidates have to submit the application form and also keep a copy for the form with themselves for further processes.  

MAT Registration Fees: 
Number of Attempts
1Rs. 1,650
2Rs. 2,750

Documents Required: 

  • Scanned copy of Photograph and Signature. (Size: 5KB to 50KB & Format: JPEG)
  • Scanned copy of Educational Certificates
  • Work Experience Details
  • Caste Certificate

MAT Exam Syllabus and Books: 

Section A: English

Synonyms and Antonyms
Cloze Test
Fill in the Blanks
Sentence Analogy
Correction of Errors
Reading Comprehension (Word Count: 450 to 500)
Para Jumbles

Books for English

Name of Books
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Arun Sharma
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Nishit K. Sinha
Word Power Made Easy
Norman Lewis
High School English Grammar & Composition
Wren & Martin

Section B: Mathematical Skill

Profit & Loss
Ratio and Proportions
Simple & Compound Interest
Time & Work
Number System
Linear, Simultaneous, and Quadratic Equations
Maxima and Minima
Linear Inequalities
Absolute Value of Algebraic Equations
Arithmetic, Geometric, and Harmonic Progressions
Functions and Relations
Permutation & Combination
Coordinate Geometry
Set Theory and Venn Diagrams
Lines and Angles
3D Figures
Bar Graphs
Pie Charts
Line Graphs

Books for Mathematical Skills:

Name of Books
Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations 
Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude
R.S. Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude Series
Nishit K. Sinha

Section C: Data Analysis & Sufficiency

Bar Graphs
Data Tables and Caselets
Pie Charts
Line Graphs
Graphs Representing Area

Books for Data Analysis & Sufficiency

Name of Books
How to prepare for Data Interpretation
Arun Sharma
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation
Nishit K. Sinha

Section D: General Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

Calendar and Clock Questions
Determination of Course of Action
Critical Reasoning
Matrix-based Questions
Arrangements: Linear and Circular
Family Relation Questions
Verbal Ability
Cause Effect Relationships
Direction-based Questions
Questions based on Symbols
Alphabet-based Series Questions

Books for General Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

Name of Books
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning 
Arun Sharma
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation
Nishit K. Sinha

Section E: Indian & Global Environment

Conventional & Static GK
Current Affairs
Constitution of India
National and International Policies 
National and International Events
Social and Cultural Issues
Literature, Art, and Culture
Books and Authors
Science and Scientific Achievements

Books for General Awareness:

  • Manorama Year Book 2021
  • GK Question Bank with Current Affairs and Static GK
  • Daily English Newspapers such as The Hindu, Times of India, Economic Times, Financial Express, The Indian Express, Hindustan Times, Business Insider, and others
  • GK Mock Tests for MAT and other competitive examinations
  • Previous year GK questions papers of MAT

MAT Exam Pattern: 

Test Duration
150 Minutes
Exam Mode
Online and Offline
Total Number of Questions
Total Marks
Number of Sections
Division of Sections

Section A: Language Comprehension

Section B: Mathematical Skill

Section C: Data Analysis & Sufficiency

Section D: General Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

Section E: Indian & Global Environment

Number of Questions Per Section

Section A: 40

Section B: 40

Section C: 40

Section D: 40

Section E: 40

Marking Scheme 

+1 for every right answer

-0.25 for every wrong attempt

Types of Questions
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

MAT Preparation Tips:

Candidates can prepare for the MAT exam by following the below-mentioned preparation tips:

  • Planning NEVER Fails:  
    Plan perfectly according to the MAT syllabus to score well in MAT. Apply each and every permutation and combination that would help you achieve your goals and follow it meticulously. 
  • Resources Matter: 
    Have the right set of resources that would help you score better marks in your exam. Get a proper idea of the MAT exam syllabus and select the preferred resource accordingly. 
  • Just MOCK it: 
    Mock exams and revisions are an important part of the exam preparation process to be more familiar with the MAT exam pattern. Candidates should answer a minimum of 5 to 6 mock exams to get an idea of the exact strategy to answer them. 
  • Be Fit as a Fiddle: 
    Maintaining physical and mental health is any important part of the exam preparation process. Candidates should maintain a proper diet and adapt to an exercising routine to keep themselves fit. 

MAT Admit Card: 

Candidates have to download the MAT admit card by following the below-mentioned steps: 

Step 1: Visit the official website of MAT. 

Step 2: Click on the link for MAT 2021 Admit Card.

Step 3: Login with your credentials. Go through the admit card for any mistakes.  

Step 4: Candidates should download the admit card for further processes. 

MAT 2021 Results: 

Candidates can download the MAT 2021 scorecard using the following steps: 

Step 1: Visit the official website of MAT. 

Step 2: Candidates have to click on the link for MAT 2021 Results. 

Step 3: Login using credentials. 

Step 4: View the MAT 2021 Scorecard. 

Step 5: Download the scorecard for future reference. 

MAT Cut offs: 

The admission processes at MAT exam colleges vary as they have their own set of cut off scores. 

They invite students who have cleared the cut offs and meet the rest of the eligibility criteria. 

Following is the tentative cut off for top B-Schools accepting MAT scores:

MAT Cut off Scores
Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education
Christ University
Alliance Business School
AIMS Institutes
St. Joseph's Institute of Management
Department of Management Sciences, PUMBA (Pune University)
SRM University
IFIM Business School
Jaipuria Institute of Management
Further Admission Process: 

Each college has their admission process. Ideally, the MAT exam colleges process consists of a Group Discussion (GD), which is followed by a Written Assessment Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI). Candidates are called for the process based on their scores in the examination. 

Following are the details on the further admission process, common for all the colleges: 

A) Group Discussion or GD:

Candidates will be divided into groups and shall be given a topic to discuss. For this process, candidates should be abreast with the latest developments in the country and world. 

In this process, they will be judged on the following skills:

  1. Team Skills
  2. Negotiation Skills
  3. Leadership
  4. Communication Skills 
  5. Personality 

B) Written Ability Test or WAT:

In this process, candidates will be given a relevant topic to write. The preparation process for this process shall be the same as that of GD. 

In this process, candidates will be judged on the following basis:

  1. Language Ability
  2. Vocabulary
  3. Grammatical Skills

C) Personal Interview or PI: 

It forms the final selection process for all colleges. Candidates will face a panel of 2 to 4 persons. The panel shall consist of professors and notable alumni of the college. 

Candidates will be judged in the PI based on:

  1. Clarity of ideas
  2. General awareness
  3. A specific field of interest
  4. Communication skills
  5. Overall personality
  6. Confidence


  1. What is the eligibility criteria for MAT?
    - Aspirants have to complete their graduation in any preferred field from a recognized university. Those with work experience can also apply for the exam.

  2. Are there separate admit cards for the different modes of MAT?
    - Yes, you will be issued separate admit cards for different modes of the exam.

  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 full mark for MAT?
    - The full mark for MAT is 200. 

  5. In how many modes is MAT conducted?
    - MAT is conducted in Paper Based Test (PBT), Computer Based Test (CBT), Internet Based Test(IBT).

  6. Which are some top B-Schools in Bangalore that accept MAT scores?
    - Some of the best B-Schools in Bangalore that accept MAT scores are Christ University, Alliance Business School, Jain University, and others. 

  7. Who conducts the MAT entrance exam?
    - MAT is conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA). 

  8. How many sections are there in MAT?
    - MAT syllabus includes 5 sections. They are: Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis & Sufficiency, General Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, and Indian & Global Environment. 

  9. What is the further admission process after MAT results?
    - Respective MAT accepting colleges will conduct their further selection process in the form of Group Discussion (GD), Written Assessment Test (WAT), and Personal Interview (PI). 

  10. Are the exam centres for CBT and PBT mode the same?
    - No, some centres only conduct PBT mode while some conduct both CBT and PBT mode.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates have to meet the following eligibility criteria to give the MAT exam: 

  • Pursue a Bachelor's degree from a recognized university in India with a minimum of 50% aggregate. 
  • Students with work experience can also apply for the course.

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