Management Aptitude Test (MAT)

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MAT Exam Highlights

Management Aptitude Test, popularly known as MAT is an all India level test which is conducted by the All India Management Association (AIMA). This test is being conducted since the year 1988. MAT is conducted four times in a year through which AIMA selects eligible candidates for the MBA course in 600 Business Schools (B-Schools) of India. It is an excellent opportunity for  MBA aspirants who wish to get admission into one of the best Business Schools in the country. The main highlights of the MAT exam 2021are given below.

MAT Exam Highlights 2021

Conducting AuthorityManagment Aptitude Test (MAT)
MAT Website
Mode of application Online
Mode of Exam Two Stages-
  • Phase 1- Computer Based Test (CBT)
  • Phase 2- Paper Based Test(PBT)
Exam Level National
Periodicity 4 times a year
Maximum marks & Time duration 200 marks 150 minutes
Last Date for Online Registration(PBT) 29 August 2021
Last Date for Online Registration(CBT) 4 September 2021
Official Notification PDF To be Notified Later

Notification 2021

The Management Aptitude Test or MAT is held four times a year in the months of February, May, September & December. The test is conducted by AIMA and is based on a fixed pattern. The test is conducted in two modes: Paper-Based & Computer-Based. Candidates also have the choice of opting for both kinds of tests (PBT & CBT). Those who opt for both the tests will have to pay an additional fee and will have the benefit of choosing 2 more Management Institutes for sending their scores. Originally, the candidates can choose 5 Management Institutes.

Eligibility Criteria 2021

All the candidates who are interested to appear for MAT 2021 Examination should possess certain eligibility criteria failing which the candidate will not be allowed to appear for the MAT Entrance. The All India Management Association or (AIMA) mentions a fixed eligibility criterion for the candidates willing to apply for MAT Entrance

Educational Criteria 

The most important criteria on the basis of which the candidate will be eligible for the exam is the required educational qualification. All the candidates applying for the MAT Entrance should possess a fixed educational degree, failing which they will not be able to apply for the exam. 

  • A candidate willing to appear for MAT 2021 Entrance should be a Graduate in any discipline from a recognized board/University

ExamEducational Criteria
MAT A candidate willing to appear for MAT 2021 Entrance should be a Graduate in any discipline from a recognized board/University.

Exam Pattern

The Management Aptitude Test or MAT is conducted by AIMA in both online and offline mode. The choice is up to the candidates which of these modes they want to opt for. AIMA conducts a Paper Based Test & a Computer Based Test. Candidates also have an option for appearing in both the tests for which they need to pay an extra fee. Both these tests will be conducted on two different days. 

S. No.SectionsNo. of QuestionsDuration
1 Language Comprehension 40 2 hours 30 minutes
2 Mathematical skills 40
3 Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40
4 Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40
5 Indian and Global Environment 40
  Total 200  

  • There will be a total of 200 objective-type questions from five sections: Language Comprehension, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, and Indian and Global Environment.
  • Each section will have 40 questions.
  • The total timing of the test will be 2 hours & 30 minutes (150 minutes).
  • There will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks.
  • The obtained scores in the section of the Indian & Global Environment will not be taken into account to calculate the merit or percentile score in the MAT scorecard.

Syllabus 2021

The Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a golden opportunity for all the candidates who are interested in getting themselves admitted into one of the best Business Schools (B-Schools) of India. You need to be aware of the complete information related to the exam as it may help you with complete & full-proof exam preparation. To score good you need to perfect in all the subjects/sections to improve your score. The next upcoming MAT 2021 Entrance is set to be conducted in February and thus before you start your preparation, you need to note down the complete syllabus of the MAT 2021 Exam. There will be five sections/ subjects in the MAT 2021 Entrance and you need to prepare all these subjects in a proper manner. 

English Language Verb, Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Adverb, Speech, Sentence making and correction, Antonyms, Synonyms, One word substitution, Idioms/Phrases, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Grammar, Fill in the blanks, Para Jumble
Data Analysis & Sufficiency Data Charts, Graphs -Line X-Y graphs, Bar diagrams & charts including Simple, Stacked, Composite Bar charts, Pie charts, Data tables, Caselet based data, Data sufficiency, Venn diagram, Mixed charts and graphs
Mathematical Skills Number systems, Percentages, Profit and loss, Partnerships, Time and Work, Pipes and Cisterns, Ratio and Proportion, Mixtures and Alligations, Time speed and Distance, Averages, Profit and loss, AP, GP, HP, Permutations and Combinations, Probability, Functions and Graphs, Linear and Special Equations
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning Family tree, Course of Action, Arrangement, Pie Chart, Calendars, Statement Conclusions, Strong Arguments and Weak Arguments, Puzzles, Series, Blood Relations, Coding & Decoding, Column graphs, Multi-dimensional arrangements, Visual reasoning, Numeric grid, Critical Reasoning, Syllogisms, Graphs representing Area
Indian and Global environment Current affairs, Top officials of big companies, Punch line of companies, Important Quotations, Sports, Science, World Records, Famous awards and Prizes, History, Social issues, Finance, Entertainment, Business, Books and Authors, International Organisation, Geography, Major Corporate news, Politics

Exam Dates

The Management Aptitude Test or MAT 2021  test will be conducted in two modes: Paper Based Test & Computer Based Test. Candidates can also go for both the tests which will be conducted on two different dates. Candidates who are eligible and interested to get admission in the <MBA course should register themselves for the MAT 2021 Examination and avoid any kind of delay. The registration can be done only through online mode. Refer to the table for more details:

Exam Dates

EventsImportant Dates
Last Date for Online Registration(PBT) To be notified later
Availability of Admit Card(PBT) To be notified later
Test Date(PBT) To be notified later
Last Date for Online Registration (CBT) To be notified later
Availability of Admit Card(CBT) To be notified later
Test Date(CBT) To be notified later
Result To be notified later

How to Apply Online

All the candidates interested in applying for MAT 2021 (Feb) Entrance should be aware of the complete application process. If you fail to apply correctly, you will not be able to appear for the examination. The application will have to be done online. You also need to fill in all the correct details in the application form. There are some simple steps for the same:

  • Create your login first by visiting the AIMA website
  • Login using your email, password & date of birth. After entering all the details you will have to click on “submit”.
  • You will be directed to the registration form and there you need to fill in all your details along with your choice of Management Colleges.
  • The next step would be to upload your photograph & signature.
  • The scanned photograph should be in jpeg /jpg format with size within 40 Kb - 150 Kb.
  • The signature should also be in pg/jpeg within the size of 10Kb - 150 Kb.
  • Submit the online application fee through one of the online payment options given there.
  • View your final registration form and you can download and keep the copy with you or take a print of the same.

Application Fee

The candidates applying for MAT 2021 Entrance should keep in mind that the application process will not be complete unless they submit the online application fee. The fee amount will be the same for both PBT & CBT. Candidates opting for both PBT & CBT will have to pay an additional fee Refer to the table below for more details.

Paper-Based Test(PBT) Rs. 1650
Computer Based Test(CBT) Rs. 1650
Both CBT And PBT Rs. 2750

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Yes. Those who are in the final year of their Graduation / Semester may also apply.
No. You cannot choose Hindi as an exam language in MAT 2021 Entrance.
The MAT 2021 Entrance Test will be in both modes: Online (CBT) & Offline (PBT).
There is no such restriction on the number of attempts in MAT 2021 Entrance Exam.
AIMA has not mentioned any such age limit for MAT 2021 It has only mentioned Graduation as the minimum eligibility.
No. There is no change in MAT 2021 (September) Entrance.

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