MAT Exam 2018 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 20th of May 2018, whereas the date for the compute- based test is also on 20th of May 2018. Graduates from any discipline, along with final year graduation students are eligible to apply for MAT 2018. Though, every Management Institute has a different prerequisite for the graduation scores required.
MAT 2018 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 2018, 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 2018, while keeping a careful track of time.
Important Dates for MAT Exam 2018
Last Date for Online Registration for MAT 2018 (Paper-based): May 14, 2018
Last Date for Online Registration for MAT 2018 (Computer-based): May 12, 2018
Issue of MAT 2018 Admit Card for CBT : May 12, 2018
MAT 2018 Computer-Based Test (CBT) Date & Timings: May 20, 2018, Onwards, Sunday, in different time slots at specific test venues; subject to number of candidates registering for Computer Based Test
(If the number of candidates registered for Computer-Based Test is limited and can be accommodated in a single day; the test will be completed on 20 May 2018 itself.)
MAT 2018 Paper-Based Tests (PBT) Date & Timings : May 20, 2018, Sunday, 10 A.M-12:30 P.M.
MAT Exam Eligibility
AIMA has imposed no age or experience bar, for appearing in MAT 2018 May Examination. In fact, the eligibility criteria for MAT Exam 2018 has remained unchanged for several years.
The candidates applying for MAT 2018 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 2018 procedure
The candidates in their final year of graduation, who also apply for MAT 2018, if shortlisted by a Management Institute on the basis of their MAT 2018 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.
Registration Process for MAT Exam 2018
The registration application fee for the MAT 2018 examination is INR 1500 (Inclusive of GST). Candidates can opt for both the tests i.e. PBT and CBT by paying an extra fee of INR 1000 in addition to INR 1500.
The candidates wanting to appear for the MAT May 2018 exam can register online w.e.f. May 14, 2018. The candidate can register online on the website link of AIMA- https://mat.aima.in/may18, for MAT 2018 May exam, and can make the payment through Credit Card/Debit Card (ATM Card)/Net Banking.
MAT Exam 2018 May online registration dates, for both the PBT and the CBT modes of examination have been extended to the following:
- Last date for registration- May 14, 2018 (for Paper-based)
- Last date for registration- May 12, 2018 (for Computer-basedd for all cities)
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 2018 Registration
The candidate must be ready with the following information and documents, before filling up the MAT 2018 online registration or MAT 2018 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 2018 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 : This section includes basic information on subjects like Economics, Finance, along with National and International Current Affairs on various topics like Business, Famous award and prizes, World Records, Books and authors, Science, History, Geography, International organizations, important Quotations, Social issues, Sports, Finance, Automobiles, Entertainment, Politics, etc.
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) 2018, paper-based exam is scheduled on May 20, 2018, from 10 A.M. to 12:30 P.M., whereas the computer-based exam is scheduled on May 20, 2018, 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 2018 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.
MAT Exam 2018 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 2018, 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 2018 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 2018 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 PBT MAT Exam is May 14, 2018 and CBT MAT Exam 2018 is May 12, 2018
All provisionally registered candidates both for Paper Based and Computer Based Test can download their Admit Card from AIMA website https://mat.aima.in/may18
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 2018 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 2018 May Exam Registration before the last date of submission, are the only ones who can view and download their MAT 2018 Examination Admit Card.
- Candidate's Name
- Form No.
- Roll No.
- Test Date & Time
- Test Venue Address
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 2018 May Exam Registration before the last date of submission, are the only ones who can view and download their MAT 2018 examination Admit Card.
The procedure to download MAT Exam 2018 Admit Card is given below:
- Go to the link https://mat.aima.in/may18
- 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 2018 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 20, 2018 (paper-based) and May 20, 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:
MAT Exam 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 https://apps.aima.in/mat_input_result.aspx.
MAT Exam Score Accepting Institutes
On clicking the link (reading Please click for more institute) 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) 2018 May exam will be held on May 20, 2018 for both PBT and the 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.
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.
Start Early : 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.
Practice : For the other sections, it is important that you practice as many problems as you can. Once you identify a mistake, you must ensure that you understand the concept thoroughly. In addition to this, you must prepare a timetable to help you allocate your time in the best way possible.
Take Strategic Breaks : Continuous study will lead to tiredness which will make it difficult for you to cover all the portions but, a small break will help to freshen up your mind.
Know your Strengths and Weaknesses : Once you know your strengths and weaknesses go for some full-length tests. Observe how you could improve your score with each passing test.
For cracking MAT, it is really essential for you attempt and score in each section. It should always be kept in mind that scoring very high in one section and very low in the other will affect your overall percentile. So, to have a balance is very essential.
Here are some tips to help you out:
Section wise Top 100 Questions for MAT
Mathematical Skills : The quantitative ability of MAT checks your basic knowledge of math and that is why MAT exam has relatively easy math sums as compared to CAT or XAT, except probability and permutations which prove difficult. Generally, the paper can be solved with some patience and a lot of practice So, as mentioned earlier - stick to basics.
Data Analysis and Sufficiency : The DI section of MAT consists of conventional data interpretation like graphs and charts with questions based on finding percentage increase or decrease. This section, in particular, gives you the opportunity to score as high as you can because if you interpret even one table or graph, you can correctly answer 4 to 5 questions following it. But, you should also be very attentive and careful as the speed breaker questions, most of the times, are in this section only.
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning: Practicing from previous question papers of MAT will be the best way to get an idea of this section. Like many other MBA Entrance exams, MAT also follows old GRE books, so, it will be a good idea to get a reference from them.
Language Comprehension: Verbal Ability section of MAT is pure comprehension. This is the area of concern for most students while we think it is an opportunity in disguise as this section, like the DI section, will help you score very high. Once you understand one paragraph, you will be able to answer 4 to 5 questions based on the same Passage. It not only saves time but also gives you a lot of confidence. Reading a lot and observing how words are used in different contexts will be of great help. Newspapers, Magazines and TV can be a great help here as well. It is not necessary to read serious stuff but you can also indulge in reading fashion or a sports magazine, besides content on politics, business or current affairs for that matter.
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Tips and Strategies MAT
BEFORE THE TEST
- Get adequate rest the night before
- Wear comfortable clothes
- Practice, Practice, Practice.
AS YOU START THE TEST
- 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
DURING THE TEST
- 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
FROM SECTION TO SECTION TO THE END OF THE TEST
- 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 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.
Q.3: What are the MAT exam dates and timings?
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 Exam? 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 www.aima.in/testing-services/mat/mat.html 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 www.aima.in/testing-services/mat/mat.html 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