MAT Exam 2020 Important Information
The Management Aptitude Test, commonly known as MAT, is one of the leading entrance examination for MBA aspirants. The number of Business Schools accepting MAT scores for their Management programs is huge. Another attribute for the immense popularity of MAT is that it facilitates the students with an opportunity to be able to choose their mode of writing the exam, which could be either paper or computer-based.
MAT is conducted by AIMA, 4 times annually, in the months of May, September, December and February. The paper-based exam is to be conducted on the 16th of May 2020, whereas the date for the computer-based test is also on the 3rd of May 2020. Graduates from any discipline, along with final year graduation students are eligible to apply for MAT 2020. Though, every Management Institute has a different prerequisite for the graduation scores required.
MAT 2020 will assess the aspiring candidates across 5 sections, that include, Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, and Indian and Global Environment.
Permission to carry any kind of assisting tools like calculators, mobiles or other electronic gadgets, is not granted. To excel in MAT 2020, it’s important for the candidate to have a strong grip on his/her general aptitude across different parameters. The candidates need to devise a comprehensive strategy, that will help them to attempt maximum topics with the least amount of time.
The candidates must start preparing at the earliest and indulge in extensive reading of up to snuff materials, like newspapers and e-books. Also, they should solve a lot of sample questions and mock tests, to gain familiarity with MAT 2020, while keeping a careful track of time.
Important Dates for MAT Exam 2020
Registration start Date for MAT 2020: March 06 2020
Last Date for Online Registration for MAT 2020 (PBT): May 10, 2020, Sunday
Last Date for Online Registration for MAT 2020 (CBT): April 26, 2020, Sunday
Issue of MAT 2020 Admit Card for PBT: May 12, 2020, 1600 Hrs
Issue of MAT 2020 Admit Card for CBT: April 28, 2020, 1600 Hrs
MAT 2020 Paper-Based Tests (PBT): May 16, 2020, Sunday
MAT 2020 Computer-Based Test (CBT) Date: May 03, 2020, Sunday
MAT Exam Eligibility
AIMA has imposed no age or experience bar, for appearing in MAT 2020 May Examination. In fact, the eligibility criteria for MAT Exam 2020 has remained unchanged for several years.
The candidates applying for MAT 2020 May examinations, must fulfil the following eligibility criteria:
- The candidate must possess a Bachelor’s Degree of minimum 3 years or equivalent, in any discipline; Final year graduates can also apply
- Alternatively, the candidate must have obtained a professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA
- The percentage of the marks obtained shall be calculated on the basis of the practice followed by the Candidate’s University/Institution
- In case of the Grading/CGPA System, the conversion to the percentage of marks obtained shall be calculated on the basis of the practice followed by the Candidate’s University/Institution, in accordance with the participating Management Institute’s eligibility criteria
- Another key point prescribed by AIMA is to maintain a unique and valid E-mail Account, along with a valid Phone Number, throughout the MAT Exam 2020 procedure
The candidates in their final year of graduation, who also apply for MAT 2020, if shortlisted by a Management Institute on the basis of their MAT 2020 score, shall be allowed to join the Program provisionally, on the condition that they submit a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of their Institution, stating that the candidate has fulfilled all requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s Degree/equivalent qualification, by the date of issuing of the certificate.
Registartion Process for MAT Exam 2020
The registration application fee for the MAT 2020 examination is INR 1550 (Inclusive of GST). Candidates can opt for both the tests i.e. PBT and CBT by paying INR 2650.
The candidates wanting to appear for the MAT May 2020 exam can register online w.e.f. March 2020. The candidate can register online on the website link of AIMA- https://www.aima.in/testing-services/mat/mat.html, for MAT 2020 May exam, and can make the payment through Credit Card/Debit Card (ATM Card)/Net Banking.
The Online Registration process requires the candidates to fulfil the following requirements:
- Upload a digital image of their photograph
- Upload a digital image of their signature
- Make the online payment
(In this case, do NOT send the printout of the Registration Form. However, the candidate should retain a Printout of Registration Form for reference.)
Required Documents for MAT 2020 Registration
The candidate must be ready with the following information and documents, before filling up the MAT 2020 online registration or MAT 2020 offline registration forms :
- E-mail ID (Valid, at least for one year)
- Personal Details
- Educational Qualification Details
- An image of the scanned signature in jpg/jpeg format of size not more than 50 KB
- Debit/Credit Card/Net Banking details in case of making the online payment
For more detail on List of Participating Management Institutes, please visit: https://www.mbarendezvous.com/mat/score-accepting-institutes/
MAT Exam Syllabus and Pattern
MAT Exam Syllabus 2020 is not stringently predefined, but still covers the following topics majorly :
Language Comprehension: This section consists of questions based on English Grammar: Reading Comprehension; Para Jumble; Fill in the Blanks; Verbal Reasoning; Syllogisms; Contextual usage; Analogies; Antonyms; Sentence Correction, Foreign language words used in English, Sentence completion, Sentence correction, Odd man out, Idioms, One Word Substitution, Different usages of the same word; etc.
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning: The topics covered under this area include: Fact Inference Judgement, Analogy, Passage Conclusion, Statement Argument, etc.
Mathematical Skills Topics covered under this section are plenty. Some of them include: Geometry, Arithmetic progression, Ratios and Proportion, Clocks, Percentages, Probability, Permutations Combinations, Algebra, Profit & Loss, Averages, Trigonometry, Vectors, Logarithm, Time-Speed-Distance, Work and time, Geometric Progression, Number system, Mensuration, etc.
Data Analysis and Sufficiency: This section in the MAT exam is more time consuming. It covers topics like: Graphs, Line charts, Pie Chart, Venn Diagram, Critical reasoning, Visual reasoning, Assumption-Premise-Conclusion, Assertion and reasons, Statements and assumptions, identifying valid inferences, identifying Strong arguments and Weak arguments, Statements and conclusions, Cause and Effect, Identifying Probably true, Probably false, definitely true, definitely false kind of statement, Linear arrangements, Matrix arrangements, Puzzles, Syllogisms, Functions, Family tree - identifying the relationship among a group of people, Symbol Based problems, Coding and decoding, Sequencing, identifying next number in series, etc.
Indian and Global Environment : Students should be aware of that you will be asked about 40 questions from Indian & Global Environment and in this regard, MAT aspirants need to understand the environmental scenario in areas of carbon emissions, Global Environment Facility and Air Pollution.
Since Industries both at India & Globally are monitored by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) hence, under the aegis of Global Warming, it is crucial to know the subject.
The recent report of World Bank has come and it has stated that climate change will hit living standards of 50 crore Indians and GDP of India will be hit by 2.8%.
The first of its kind study has given the economic impacts of rising temperatures and changing pattern of rainfall in many parts of India due to global warming.
The alarming impact will be that 2.8% drop in GDP will cost India $1.1 trillion by 2050.
The worst hit state of India would be Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh and Punjab whereas Vidarbha region will be the worst hit with maximum heat.
MAT Aspirants are advised to be aware of the fact that global warming and rise in the temperature in India is a slow moving disaster.
NOTE: This is not an exhaustive list of the Syllabus but an indicative list observed over the pattern of MAT entrance exam till date.
Few important reference books are:
|R.S. Aggarwal Math's - XI & XII||R.S. Aggarwal - Reasoning||R.S. Aggarwal - Quantitative Aptitude||R.D Sharma - Quantitative Aptitude|
|S.L. Loni - Plane Trigonometry (Part I)||S.L. Loni - Co-ordinate Geometry||Hall & Knight - Higher Algebra||Arihant Publication books for competitive exams|
|Master the Mat||Mat Secrets||501 Word Analogy Questions||Kaplan|
|Magical Book on Quicker Maths M. Tyra||Practice Book on quicker Maths M. Tyra & K. Kundan||Analytical Reasoning by M. K. Pendy||Problem solving (Puzzles) by K. Kundan|
Be it Quantitative Aptitude or Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning or Comprehension, we attempted to spot and suggest reference books on each of them. But just buying the book or newspapers will not help. You will have to draft a complete strategy and implement it accordingly as well.
The Management Aptitude Test (MAT) 2020, paper-based exam is scheduled on May 16, 2020, from 10 A.M. to 12:30 P.M., whereas the computer-based exam is scheduled on May 03, 2020, in different time slots. It is the first time that AIMA has permitted the candidates to appear for both the paper-based as well as the computer-based exams, with an additional payment of INR 1000, towards the application fee.
MAT 2020 will incorporate Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs), across 5 sections: Language Comprehension, Mathematical skills, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Indian and Global Environment. The scoring in the MAT examination will be done on the basis of only 4 sections. The score for the section: Indian & Global Environment, is showcased separately but is not taken into account to decipher the percentile score of the candidate.
40 questions from Indian & Global Environment in MAT are crucial.
MAT Exam 2020 will have a total of 200 questions, with 40 questions in each of the 5 sections, in the MCQ format, which have to be solved in a total of 150 minutes. The candidates in appearing in MAT 2020, can move from one section to another. Individual time limit of all the sections, as suggested by AIMA, is given in the table below:
|Section||No. of Questions||Duration|
|Data Analysis and Sufficiency||40||35|
|Intelligence and Critical Reasoning||40||30|
|Indian and Global Environment||40||15|
Marking Scheme / Validity of MAT Exam Score
MAT 2020 will assess the aspiring candidates across 5 sections, that include, Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, and Indian and Global Environment. Each section has 40 questions to itself, and the duration for each section is 30, 40, 35, 30, and 15 minutes, respectively. Hence, the candidate must attempt a total of 200 questions in 2 hours 30 minutes. No extra time is given to go through the exam after its commencement.
MAT Exam 2020 will be a multiple-choice, objective examination. Every correct answer will be rewarded 1 mark each, while every wrong answer will cost you 0.25 marks.
MAT Exam Admit Card
The last date to apply for MAT Exam is May 10, 2020(PBT) and April 26, 2020(CBT)
Specific Admit Card is generated both for the candidates opted for the Paper Based Test and for the Computer Based Test.
The candidates must check in all the crucial details mentioned in the admit card of AIMA MAT 2020 very carefully. If any of the information is filled incorrectly, the candidate must contact AIMA to get it rectified. The Admit Card contains the following information:
The candidate must strictly follow the date and time allotted to him/her in the case of Computer Based Test.
Also, the candidates who have completed their MAT 2020 May Exam Registration before the last date of submission, are the only ones who can view and download their MAT 2020 Examination Admit Card.
- Candidate's Name
- Form No.
- Roll No.
- Test Date & Time
- Test Venue Address
The procedure to download MAT Exam 2020 Admit Card is given below:
- Go to the link https://www.aima.in/testing-services/mat/mat.html
- Fill in any two of the following details:
- Form Number
- Email ID
General Instructions for MAT 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.
The candidate must also carry the following documents to the exam, along with MAT 2020 Admit Card:
- 2 copies of the Admit Card
- Photo ID Proofs like Passport/PAN Card/Aadhaar Card/Driving License/Ration Card/Voter ID Card
MAT Exam centres
MAT Exam to be held on May 16, 2020 (paper-based) and May 03, 2020 (Computer Based) conducted by All India Management Association. Test Venues for Paper-Based Test and Computer Based Test are different. The MAT 2020-21 is to be conducted in cities of India following are the some:
MAT Exam Score Accepting Institutes
On clicking the link given below the list of MAT accepting Institutes, a page will open reflecting four digit codes for Management Institutes/University Departments accepting the MAT Score, given in the List of Participating Institutes/Universities as MI Codes. There are five fields given in the Registration Form. Select the codes of those five institutes only where you have applied or are applying for admission. No additional fee is to be paid for filling these 5 choices.
Candidates opting for both PBT and CBT will have the benefit of selecting additional 2 Management Institution’s for sending their scores in addition to existing option of selecting 5 Management Institution’s i.e. they can select 7 Management Institution’s in total. Important Notice: Applicants are advised to check the approval/recognition status of various programs and other details directly from the concerned Authorities/ Institutes/ Universities.
The Management Aptitude Test (MAT) 2020 May exam will be held on May 16, 2020, for PBT and May 03, 2020 for CBT modes of examinations, respectively.
Some of the MAT accepting Institutes are:
|Globsyn Business School||Kolkata|
|Institute of Engineering & management||Kolkata|
Preparation for MAT Exam
MAT being a knowledge-based test with an objective-type test pattern, will examine your general aptitude across 5 parameters including: Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis & Sufficiency, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, Indian & Global Environment.
Tips and Strategies MAT
BEFORE THE TEST
- Get adequate rest the night before
- Wear comfortable clothes
- Practice, Practice, Practice.
Q.1: When & how many times MAT Exam is conducted in a year? Qualification & percentage needed for it.
A. MAT Exam 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.