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Management aptitude test is a national level entrance examination which is organized by the AIMA (All India Management Association). This is a standardized managerial test which evaluates the managerial competence and aptitude of students. MAT scores paves the way for admission into the next tier of B-schools, subsequent to the top ranked colleges of IIMs, for which CAT exams are conducted separately. AIMA has been holding MAT exams since 1988. Every year MAT exams are conducted in the months of February, May, September and December. With little preparation candidates can easily score 80 percentiles, but in order to get admission into the top ranked B-schools candidate should strive hard to score around 95 percentiles. MAT scores are accepted by approximately more than 600 participating B-schools for admission. It is optional for candidates to choose either mode of exam, paper based test or computer based test.

This article will help you to understand about the MAT exam and provide you all necessary information about the exam.

Eligibility for MAT Exam

Applicants should be a graduate from any recognized university or institution. Again, applicants from any discipline are eligible to appear for the MAT exams.

Those applicants who are appearing for their final year exams can also apply for the exam.

Those applicants whose results are awaited, they can also apply for this exam.

The AIMA has set no age limit for the MAT exam. 

There is no cap put on the number of attempts to be made by the candidate for the aforesaid exam.

MAT Exam Admission Process

How To Apply

Applicants are required to fill the Registration form. They can get the Registration form by following either of the below mentioned methods-

Visit the official website link for registration. Applicant should make payment of Rs. 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 Rs. 1200, in the favour of the AIMA (All India Management Association), New Delhi. Then the applicant can register oneself at the official website link of

Application Fee

The application fee for the MAT exam is Rs 1200, which is required to be deposited given in favour of the aforesaid institution at its specified address. There is no fee concession granted for the reserved category candidates. 

Acknowledgement Slip 

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

MAT Exam Pattern (Syllabus)

The MAT examination tests candidate’s aptitude in its 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 the above mentioned sections have objective type questions with multiple choice answers. Each section is allocated different time for its completion.

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

Examination Pattern of MAT
Name of the Section Number of questions Time allocation (in minutes)
Awareness test about India and Globe 40 15
Language Comprehension 40 30
Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40 35
Mathematical Skills 40 40
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40 30
Total  200 150 minutes.


MAT Exam Important Dates

MAT Exam Date
Avail Application from In the 1st week of December, 2016
Closing date of registration By the last week of January,2017
Exam dates

For PBT (Paper Based Mode) – 5th February, 2017

For CBT (Computer Based Test)- 11th February, 2017.

Announcement of result In a month after the exam.

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Marking Scheme
Each question is given weightage of 1 marks. For every wrong answer ¼ marks will be deducted.

MAT Exam Centres

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

It is to be noted by 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 slot on the given day of the MAT exam.

Preparation Strategy

Students should plan for the MAT exam at least 4 months prior to the notification of the exam. First of all, they should know the ambit of the syllabus that should be covered within the given period of time. Then they should read the questions carefully to know about the difficulty level of them. It will help them to devise their strategy for the exam. They can also check the previous year question papers and mark out the area of syllabus from where questions are asked most frequently, to focus upon. But it is important cover every part of the syllabus.


Q. What is the date of the exam of the MAT February, 2017?

The Paper based test is to be conducted on 5th February,2017 and the Computer based test is to be conducted on 11th February, 2017.

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

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

Q. If there is 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 the months of February, May, September and December.

Q. What is the pattern of examination of MAT?

The MAT Exam tests essentially 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 score card of the MAT exam?

The score card 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 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, an OMR sheets are also given which a candidate is required to fill for the correct answer.