MBA Entrance Exams / #MAT

November 02, 2017 @ 01:08 PM

November 02, 2017 @ 01:08 PM

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MAT Exam 2017 December Admit Card, Registration, Syllabus, Pattern

MAT Exam Important Information

MAT is one of the most popular competitive exams among MBA aspirants as it gets them access to a large number of B-schools in India.

Also, the other reason that attributes to the immense popularity of this exam is that the candidates can choose to take either Paper Based Test or Computer Based Test as per their convenience.

MAT is conducted by AIMA 4 times in a year i.e. in the month of May, September, December, and February on the 1st Sunday of the Month from 1000-1230 hours.

Whereas the Computer Based Test is being conducted from Saturday onwards (6 Days after the Paper Based Test) and in different time slots. Candidates have the option to opt for Paper Based Test or Computer Based Test.

MAT (Management Aptitude Test) is one of the essential entrance tests for admission in PGDM.

Students of all streams - arts, commerce, science, engineering, medicine, and architecture can pursue a career in Management after clearing MAT entrance exam.

Clearing MAT entrance exam is not at all effortless and you need to put in a lot of efforts.

And for that, you should be aware of the pattern and syllabus and make your strategy to manage your time and endeavour. We will now try to shed some light on the syllabus of MAT entrance exam and how to prepare for it?

Important Dates

MAT Exam Date (Paper Based) 10 December 2017
Registration Link
Exam Date (Computer Based) 16 December 2017(onwards)
Admit Card Release Dt 02 December 2017
Last Date for Online Registration Form 01 December 2017
Form Fee Rs 1271 + GST

MAT Exam Eligibility

  • Graduates in any discipline.
  • Final year students of Graduate Courses can also apply
  • Usually, there is a minimum percentage requirement in graduation which is different for different management institutes and universities.
  • However, there is no restriction regarding percentages for taking the MAT test, no age bar and no experience required.

Registration Process

Candidate can choose any one of the following modes to apply. The detailed procedure is given on the website.

  • Register online at website link: with Credit Card/Debit Card (ATM Card) payment.
  • Register online at website link: by making payment of Rs.1271 + GST /- through Net Banking.
  • Obtain crossed Demand Draft (DD) of Rs 1271/- (One thousand two hundred seventy-one only) in favour of ‘All India Management Association’ payable at Delhi from any Bank. Register online at website link: along with the DD details.
  • Obtain OMR Registration Form with MAT Bulletin/CD against cash payment of Rs 1271/- (One thousand two hundred seventy-one only) from AIMA, New Delhi.

For more detail on List of Participating Management Institutes, please visit:

Exam Pattern and Syllabus

MAT entrance exam covers five sections in all. Scores of first four sections compose the final scores. However, institutions might choose to consider the score of the General Awareness section.

Section No.of Questions Duration
Language Comprehension 40 30
Mathematical Skills 40 40
Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40 35
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40 30
Indian and Global Environment 40 15
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Marking Scheme / Validity of MAT Score

Marking scheme

  • Correct attempt: 1 mark
  • Incorrect attempt: There will be negative marking for wrong answers.

Validity of MAT Score:

MAT scores are valid for one year for most management institutes.

It helps students in getting admissions in various management programs such as Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) in Insurance Management, HR, Finance, Marketing, Operations, and International Business, Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology & Management (PGDITM) in IT Marketing, E-Commerce, Information Systems Management etc.

Admit Card

Admit Card:

  • All provisionally registered candidates both for Paper Based and Computer Based Test can download their Admit Card on or after 02 December 2017 from AIMA website
  • Specific Admit Card is generated both for the candidates opted for the Paper Based Test and for the Computer Based Test.
  • Admit Card contains Candidate's Name, Form No, Roll No, Test Date, Test Time and Test Venue Address. The candidate has to strictly follow the date and time allotted to him/her in the case of Computer Based Test.

General Instructions for Exam

  • Candidates are to report to the allotted test centre at least 45 minutes before the scheduled commencement of the test.
  • Neither any candidate will be admitted 15 minutes after the commencement of the test nor any extra time will be granted for completing the test.
  • A Candidate is allowed to take MAT in only one mode i.e. either Paper Based Test or Computer Based Test for this current administration of MAT.
  • The test room will be opened about 30 minutes before the commencement of the test. The candidates are to be seated at the allotted place.
  • The duration of the test is 2 hours 30 minutes. There are 200 questions. All questions are compulsory. Each question has four answer options marked (1), (2), (3) and (4)
  • Calculator, Mobile, Electronic Gadgets etc are not permitted inside the test room.
  • Applicants are advised to keep a set of photocopies of all the filled in forms submitted to AIMA for further reference.

MAT Test centres

MAT Exam to be held on 10th January 2018 (paper based) and 16th January 2018 (Computer Based) conducted by All India Management Association. Test Venues for Paper-Based Test and Computer Based Test are different. The MAT 2018-19 is to be conducted in cities of India following are the some:

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MAT Result

Once the result is announced candidate can visit the official website and check their results. The candidates can check their result by Online or SMS

MAT Score Accepting Institutes

MAT Exam to be held on 10th January 2018 (paper based) and 16th January 2018 for Computer based conducted by All India Management Association. MAT score accepting institutes all over the India are:

Some of the MAT accepting Institutes are:

MI Name City
Globsyn Business School Kolkata
EIILM Kolkata
Institute of Engineering & management Kolkata
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Preparation for MAT Exam

MAT being a knowledge-based test with objective-type test pattern, will examine your general aptitude across varied parameters such as Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis & Sufficiency, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, Indian & Global Environment etc.

Hence, MAT preparation calls for carefully devised strategy, which helps you cover maximum topics and score high to get call from good management institutes across the country.

To get a better result, it is good and advisable to start preparing as early as possible. By reading daily newspapers and magazines you can improve your vocabulary in English. Also by watching English news channels, various usage of a particular word can be noted down.

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Tips and Strategies


  • Get adequate rest the night before
  • Wear comfortable clothes
  • Practice, Practice, Practice.


  • Be aware and use the sample questions experience
  • Keep careful track of time
  • Read the directions for each question
  • Read the questions carefully
  • Use the scratch or rough paper provided by the test centre
  • Use your scrap paper for every calculation
  • Read every answer choice
  • NEVER assume or use any information that the question fails to give you


  • Be very sure of your answer before proceeding
  • Do not get bogged down with complicated or lengthy calculations
  • Use guessing intelligently and deploy the Selection by elimination method
  • Learn how to work backwards, i.e., plugging the most attractive option in the question and see if it makes sense
  • Convert quantities freely like 1/4 is nothing but 25% of any given quantity.
  • In questions that ask you to select a valid conclusion, always choose the one conclusion that must definitely follow from the information you are given and vice-versa.
  • Pay special attention to words like "all," "some," or "none" when you read the factual information each question gives you
  • Pay attention to negative prefixes also, such as non-, un-, or dis-
  • Pay special attention to negative numbers when they are used in some questions
  • Pay close attention to the word "ONLY" and to the phrase "IF AND ONLY IF"
  • Don't stick to one question for too long
  • Aim to answer as many questions as you can


  • Compose yourself between sections of the test and try to attempt maximum questions from each section.
  • Do not underestimate the role that endurance plays as half the battle is just making it through all of the sections without becoming overly stressed or fatigued. Condition yourself by taking practice tests.
  • Don't rush - devote just the right amount of time to each question
  • Don't panic - Keep your cool all the time, even when you don't know the answer.


Q.1: When & how many times MAT is conducted in a year? Qualification & percentage needed for it.

A. MAT is usually conducted 4 times in a year in February, May, September and December. The minimum qualification for appearing in MAT is graduation in any discipline from any recognized University or equivalent recognized degree. A final year student in any undergraduate (i.e. B.A, B.Sc., B.Tech., etc) can also appear provisionally. Usually, there is a minimum percentage requirement in graduation, which is different for different MIs/University. For this refer to the prospectus of the particular MIs/University.

Q.2: What is the mode of test?

A. Candidate can choose any one of the two options to take the test: Paper Based Test or Computer Based Test.

Q.3: What are the test dates and timings of the test?

A. The Paper Based Test is being conducted on the first Sunday of the February, May, September and December from 1000-1230 hours. Whereas the Computer Based Test is being conducted from Saturday onwards (6 days after the Paper Based Test date) and in different Time slots.

Q.4: How many MIs participate in MAT? Do they keep on changing or remain the same? Is there a same admission criterion for each & every Institute? Are they recognized, by AICTE? Do they have hostel facility? What about the total fee?

A. The number of participating MI’s may vary. The number of MI’s keeps on changing from test to test. Admission criteria for every institute are different. All MIs participating in MAT are either AICTE, DEC approved, University affiliated College, University Department. For further information you may contact the MIs/Universities of your choice. The list of various MIs/Universities is available in MAT bulletin along with the admission notification. It may be worth while to go through the brochure of the MIs for detailed information.

Q.5: What is the cost of the Bulletin / CD with registration Form? / How to Apply?

A. Candidate can choose any one of the three modes to apply:

Register online at website link with Credit Card or Debit Card (ATM Card) payment of Rs.1,652/- (Inclusive of GST). Detailed procedure is given on the website link.

Obtain crossed Demand Draft (DD) of Rs. 1,652/- (Inclusive of GST) in favour of “All India Management Association”, payable at Delhi from any bank. Register online at website link alongwith the DD details. Details procedure is given on the website link.

Obtain Form with MAT Bulletin/CD against cash payment of Rs. 1,652/-(Inclusive of GST) from listed Study Centres of AIMA or from AIMA, New Delhi

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