MAT 2018 Exam: Important Exam Dates, Eligibility, Registration & Application Form, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Preparation strategy

MAT Exam

The MAT (Management Aptitude Test) is the national level entrance exam, which is organised by the AIMA (All India Management Association). It is a standardised managerial test which evaluates the managerial competence and aptitude of students. With the MAT scores, students can seek admission in the higher ranked B-schools.

The MAT exam is conducted 4 times a year in February, May, September, and December. More than 600 participating B-schools accept the MAT scores.

Read below to know more about the MAT 2018 exam-

Available Application Forms

MAT Exam 2018 Important Dates


Important Dates (Tentative)

Avail Application from

In the 1st week of December 2017

Closing date of registration

By the last week of January 2018

Exam dates

For PBT (Paper Based Mode) – February 2018

For CBT (Computer Based Test) - February 2018.

Announcement of result

In a month after the exam.

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Marking Scheme-

For every correct answer 1 mark is given, and for every wrong answer, ¼ marks are deducted.

MAT Exam 2018 Pattern & Syllabus

The MAT examination tests the candidate’s aptitude in the following five sections –

1.    Awareness test about India and Globe
2.    Language Comprehension
3.    Data Analysis and Sufficiency
4.    Mathematical Skills
5.    Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

All sections have objective type questions with multiple answers choice.

Check below for the distribution of marks, number of questions and time allocation for each section of the MAT 2018 Exam.

Name of the Section

Number of questions

Time allocation (in minutes)

Awareness test about India and Globe



Language Comprehension



Data Analysis and Sufficiency



Mathematical Skills



Intelligence and Critical Reasoning





150 minutes.

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MAT Exam 2018 Eligibility

  • A candidate can apply online for the MAT 2018 exam.
  • An applicant should be Graduate in any discipline from a recognised University.
  • Those applicants who are appearing for their final year exams can also apply.
  • The AIMA has set no age limit for the MAT exam. 
  • There is no cap on the number of attempts for the MAT exam.

MAT Exam 2018 Application Process

How To Apply

  • Candidates can apply for the MAT 2018 exam online.
  • The MAT 2017 exam is a 3 stage process; namely- Registration, Filling the Application form and Paying the Application fee.
  • Candidates can get registered online/offline for the MAT 2017 exam. For online registration, they should visit the official website link and should make payment of ₹ 1200, through Credit Card/ Debit Card/ Net banking. The applicant should not forget to upload the image of his photo and signature 


  • The applicant should send a crossed DD (Demand Draft) of ₹ 1200, in favour of the AIMA (All India Management Association), New Delhi.
  • Registered candidates can get access to the MAT 2017 exam Application form.
  • They should fill all the specified columns of the application form.
  • They should also upload the scanned copies of their recent Photograph and Signature.

Application Fee

The application fee for the MAT exam is ₹ 1200, which should be deposited in favour of the institution mentioned above at its specified address. There is no concession in fee for the Reserved Category candidates. 

Acknowledgement Slip 

On successful submission of the Registration form, the candidates are returned with acknowledgement slip. It assures candidates that their forms are received and verified.

Other Details

Exam Centres

The applicants can see the list of examination test centers in the Registration form. The test centers are different for the Computer-based test and the Paper-based test. 

It is to be noted by the candidates that the Paper-based test is taken in one slot of time on the day of the MAT exam. Whereas, the Computer-based test can be taken in different time slots on the given date of the MAT exam.

 MAT 2018 Exam: Preparation Strategy

Students should plan at least 4 months prior to the notification of the MAT exam. First of all, they should know the ambit of the syllabus that should be covered within the given period. Then, they should read previous years questions carefully to know about its difficulty level. It will help them to devise their strategy for the exam. They should mark out the areas in the syllabus from where questions are frequently asked. But it is important to cover every part of the syllabus.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q. What is the date of the exam of the MAT February 2018?

The Paper-based test is to be conducted in February 2018, and the Computer-based test is to be conducted in February 2018.

Q. What is the eligibility criteria for the MAT Exam?

The candidate should be a graduate from any recognised university. The candidate can be from any discipline of graduation.

Q. Is there any age limit for the MAT Exam?

There is no prescribed age limit for the MAT exam.

Q. In a year for how many times the MAT Exams are conducted?

The MAT Exam is conducted for four times in a year, in February, May, September and December.

Q. What is the pattern of examination of MAT?

The MAT Exam tests the managerial aptitude and skills of the candidate. For this questions are asked in the five sections comprising of Language Comprehension, Mathematical skills, Intelligence and critical reasoning, Data analysis and sufficiency and general awareness about India and the world. 

Q. When does the candidate get his MAT score card?

After the declaration of the MAT exam results, candidates are facilitated with the MAT score card.

Q. What is the period of validity of the scorecard of the MAT exam?

The scorecard remains valid for a year.

Q. How is the Computer-based test, and the Paper-based tests are different?

Candidates while taking the computer-based test should sit in front of the computer on which questions will be presented to him in a sequence. He should answer the question with the help of the keyboard and the mouse. 

In the Paper-based test, a conventional way of test, candidates are given a printed question paper which should be answered by the candidate. Along with the question paper, OMR sheets are also given which a candidate is required to fill for the correct answer.