MAT Exam Eligibility and Exam Pattern 2018 – Latest Updates and Criteria

Published on : 1st August 2018    Author : Nandita Gupta
MAT Exam

The conducting body of MAT 2018 Exam - All India Management Association (AIMA) will be conducting the September MAT 2018 exam both in offline (2nd September 2018) and online (15th September 2018) mode. You must be aware that the application process has already started from 30th June 2018 and is soon to wrap up on 8th August 2018 for Computer-Based Test (CBT) and on 24th August 2018 for Paper Based Test (PBT).

The admit cards for MAT Exam 2018 are all set to be out on 25th August 2018 for offline mode and 11th September 2018 for online mode. AIMA has certain eligibility criteria and exam pattern that you need to be prepared for before filling in the application form. In this article, you will be getting the detailed information about eligibility criteria and latest exam pattern of the MAT 2018 (September session).

MAT Exam 2018 Overview



Exam Duration

150 minutes

Total number of questions


Marking scheme

1 mark for each correct answer

Negative marking

0.25 marks or ¼ of total mark for wrong answer

Number of sections

5 sections with 40 questions in each section

Number of Options


Total sections

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

MAT 2018 Exam Eligibility Criteria

Here you may note the official eligibility criteria that AIMA follows for Management Aptitude Test 2018:

  • Must be a graduate with a degree in any discipline from a recognized University/Institute.
  • You can also apply if you are in the final year of graduation.
  • There is no fixed percentage requirement in Bachelor’s degree to stand eligible but must have at least secured pass percentage.
  • There is no fixed age limit and number of attempts.

Mat 2018 Exam Pattern

Here are the sections, time duration for each section along with the question numbers that you need to take a note of.

Serial No.


Number of Questions

Time Duration (in minutes)


Language Comprehension




Mathematical Skills




Data Analysis and Sufficiency




Intelligence and Critical Reasoning




Indian and Global Environment







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1. There are some B-Schools/Universities that look majorly on the marks of section - Indian and Global Environment for consideration.

2. MAT 2018 offline and online mode will be of duration 2 hour and 30 minutes or 150 minutes. A big relief is that there is no sectional duration, you can attempt any section first. However, it is advisable not to waste more than 30 minutes on a particular section since the complete duration of examination is short.

MAT 2018 Exam Sections To Study

Here is the list of topics that you need to study for the upcoming Management Aptitude Test 2018.

Language Comprehension

This section will be having passages along with the questions. The aim is to judge the reading and comprehending skills of the candidates.

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

  • Data arrangement
  • Blood relations
  • Series and Sequences
  • Critical reasoning
  • Direction Sense
  • Input and output analysis
  • Coding and decoding

The aim of this section is to judge the critical/logical thinking of aspirants.

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

  • Direction test
  • Input/output analysis
  • Coding and decoding
  • Data arrangement
  • Blood relations

The aim of this section is to judge the analytical thinking of aspirants.

Mathematical skills

  • Business Mathematics
  • Arithmetic
  • Geometry

Need to be thorough with formulas and concepts on tips.

Indian and global environment

This section demands the general awareness and current affairs related to the domestic and international environment around.

If you are preparing or thinking to apply for MAT 2018, then consider the above mentioned eligibility criteria and exam pattern in detail and stay in touch with the official website of AIMA.