About MAT

MAT 2021 exam is an objective type national level exam conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA) usually conducted four times in a year in February, May, September, and December since 1988. This exam is designed to measure a general candidate’s aptitude ability and more than 600 B-School – national or international consider MAT Score for the MBA admission criteria based on its Score Cards issued to the candidates.

MAT being an exception conducts exams both in paper-based format and computer-based format on different dates in the same month. Candidates have the choice to appear in online or offline mode or both (that requires a bit high registration fees) but the MAT application form needs to be filled online itself as directed by AIMA. In the period of COVID 19 AIMA has come up with Remotely Proctored Internet-Based Exam (IBT) along with MAT CBT and PBT and the admit card for the same is released on the official website.

MAT 2021 test paper is of duration 2½ hours. It has 200 objective type questions in MCQs form and the difficulty level of MAT is less than CAT, XAT, IIFT but students can expect a descent moderate level. The test paper is mainly divided into 5 sections comprising 40 questions in each section. The major sections are Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Indian and Global Environment.

MAT marking scheme is regulated by AIMA. MAT 2021 scorecard displays scaled score out of 800 Marks and not out of 160 or 200 raw scores. According to the marking scheme each correct answer is awarded +1 Mark, while every wrong answer is penalized with a negative marking of -0.25 mark so, the maximum marks that a candidate can score is 200.  Merit Score in MAT is calculated based on 4 sections only and the score of Indian & Global Environment is separately shown but they are not taken into account to calculate the merit or percentile in the MAT scorecard for a candidate.

MAT: Key Highlights

Some of the important points of MAT 2021 has the following key highlights

MAT Conducting Body All India Management Association (AIMA)
Total MAT Exams in a Year Held in February, May, September, December
Number of MBA colleges under MAT Exam 400+
Number of MAT exams in December 2020 Two (1 More PBT MAT expected in December)
Mode of MAT 2020 1 Paper Based & 1 Computer Based MAT Exam
Number of MAT exam you can apply for 2
MAT Application Fee Rs.1550/- for 1 exam;
Rs.2650/- for 2 exams
MAT Full Form Management Aptitude Test
MAT Score Validity for MBA Admission One academic session
Total Questions in MAT 200
Sectional Division of MAT Exam 2020 5 Sections with 40 Questions in Each Section
MAT Difficulty Level Easy to Moderate
Required MAT Percentile for MBA admission in Top Colleges 90+
Importance of Taking MAT 2020 Offers MBA admission opportunity in 2020
Offers opportunity to improve rank & score
MAT Application process Online

MAT Registration

Management Aptitude Test is a national-level management entrance exam conducted by AIMA. The MAT registration fee for one MAT exam is Rs.1650/- and for two attempts for MAT, exams are Rs.2750/-. The MAT registration process is online only. 

Step to follow during MAT 2020 Registration

Following are the key steps to complete MAT exam registration 2020:

Step-1: Create login

New candidates going for MAT 2020 registration need to visit AIMA MAT website and click on New Candidate to Create Log in.

You have to fill the details to create Login. You must have a valid email ID for applying online. Press the button œSubmit. Once you fill the information in the form, it will not be changed.

The confirmation for the MAT Exam Registration 2020 will also be sent on your email as entered in the form. Please note that the Email-ID and Date of birth as filled by you will be used to login to the MAT website to fill the MAT online registration.

Step 2: Fill the MAT Registration 2020 Form

Candidates are required to fill all the necessary information asked in the form which includes birthdate, exam center details, credentials, etc

Step 3: Upload Images on MAT Registration Form 2020

Upload Photograph

  • The photograph must be a recent passport size colour picture. Make sure that the picture is in colour, taken against a light-colored, preferably white background, and has no harsh shadows.
  • If you wear glasses make sure that there are no reflections and your eyes can be clearly seen.
  • The candidate must ensure that both ears are visible in the picture. Caps, hats, and dark glasses are not acceptable. Religious headwear is allowed but it must not cover your face
  • The image should only be in .jpg or .jpeg format. The size of the file should not be more than 75 kb and not less than 20kb.

Upload Signature

  • Sign on white paper with Black ink pen and scan it
  • Scan the signature area only and not the entire page.
  • Ensure that the size of the scanned image is not more than 50 kb.
  • This signature would appear on the MAT Admit Card.
  • If the signature image does not match the signature on the answer sheet at the time the written test and at the time of Interview, the candidature will be cancelled.
  • The image of scanned signature should be in jpg/jpeg format and size should range from 20 KB to 150KB

Step 4: Make Payment of MAT Registration Fee

Payment of MAT exam fee can be made through online Mode only. Accordingly, to make payment of MAT exam fee for Rs.1650/- or Rs.2750/- (As may be the case) you should keep your Debit/Credit Card/Net Banking in operational condition.

Please note once payment of application fee is made, you will not be allowed to change/modify any information in the application form.

Step 5: View MAT Registration summary

After filling all information and before making payment, the candidate should view their form again and then submit and print it for future reference

Required documents for MAT Registration 2020

Candidates should keep the mentioned documents handy while filling the form:

  • Valid Email ID (the email should be valid for at least 1 year).
  • Personal details
  • Educational qualification details
  • Image of scanned photograph in jpg / jpeg format and size should not exceed 50 KB.
  • Image of scanned signature in jpg / jpeg format and size should not exceed 50 KB.
  • Debit / Credit Card/Net Banking details while making online payment

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility for MAT 2020 exam remains unchanged and AIMA has not changed the MAT exam eligibility criteria for any of the MAT 2020 exams. Before attempting the MAT 2020 the candidate should go through the eligibility criteria beforehand to avoid any jargon later

MAT 2020 Exam: Eligibility Criteria 

Following are the important points to ensure your MAT 2020 exam eligibility:

  • Candidate appearing for MAT 2020 should complete their graduation in CA/CS/ICWA of minimum 3 years from any recognised university and those candidates who are in the final year of Bachelor’s degree and NRIs and foreign nationals can also apply for MAT 2020 but their form would be kept on provision basis until they provide their passing mark sheet

  • The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate is calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution for which the candidates have applied
  • The candidates must maintain a valid and unique email account and a phone number throughout the MAT 2020 exam process which they have registered
  • There is no specific age limit to appear for MAT 2020
  • The candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a phone number throughout the MAT 2020 exam process.
  • MAT 2020 eligibility does not impose any age bar to appear in MAT 2020 December exam

Exam Pattern

The exam is scheduled on June 21, 2020 (CBT), and June 14, 2020 (PBT), it is necessary for candidates to get familiar with the exam pattern so that they do their preparation accordingly. There are mainly 5 sections with an equal number of questions in the MAT exam which will have 40 questions each making it a total of 200 questions in MCQ format to be solved in 2½ hours. The pattern for both online and offline mode remains the same. Following are the name of the section, the number of questions expected in that section, and the time (in minutes) to solve the section mentioned.

Language Comprehension 40 30
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40 30
Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40 35
Mathematical Skills 40 40
Indian and Global Environment 40 15
Total 200 150


MAT 2020 exam is one of the major MBA entrance exam preferred by MBA aspirants and so it is necessary to study according to the syllabus given by AIMA.  AIMA has divided the paper into 5 major sections namely Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Indian and Global Environment each with 40 questions.

The level of the MAT paper is moderate and not as difficult as CAT or other MBA entrance exams. Although the MAT exam syllabus has not been strictly pre-defined by AIMA, the changes in MAT exam question topics, MAT test pattern, the topics covered in MAT syllabus also go on updated. This briefs about the syllabus section would wisely help candidates to study accordingly.

Section-1: Language Comprehension

Section Highlights: MAT exam Syllabus for Language Comprehension section in MAT is divided into 2 parts. The 1st part of MAT 2020 syllabus covers topics on Reading Comprehension passages and the 2nd part of MAT 2020 exam syllabus covers topics on Grammar & other parts of Verbal Ability.

Part-1: MAT Syllabus for Reading Comprehension (RC)

  • RC Syllabus covers current affairs making impact on Social Life, International Affairs, Govt policies and Schemes for example Triple Talaq, Clean India Mission, Migration of people from one country to other, Growing intolerance across the Globe, Agricultural policies, poverty eradication programmes
  • Business & Economic RC Passages for example Global economic changes, economic development at the cost of environment, Impact of Demonetization in India, Wasteful expenditure by Governments.
  • RC passages from various English Literature books, from articles authored by great philosophers, thinkers, from various speeches of great personalities like passages from Charles Dickens, Aristotle, Martin Luther King, Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi, Churchill among others.
  • Passages on Science & Culture including the journey to Modern world; Fading culture with the advancement of technology.
  • Abstract topics and fiction are also included in the Reading Comprehension Syllabus for MAT. These passages make the candidates put themselves in the author’s shoes before answering the questions following these passages since they are opinion based.
  • RC Passages on Historical events leading to social changes for example French Revolution, War of Roses, Social changes in Indian History and thoughts shared by various activists which are very much relevant even today.
  • RC Passages from Mythology. These passages try to correlate the Mythological events with the current social structure and answers to the questions on them have to be inferred.

Key Facts on RC Syllabus in MAT & Type of questions

RC passage on any topic under the Sun can be placed in MAT exam

  • Number of Questions: 20
  • Sectional Weightage in MAT Syllabus: 50%.
  • Type of passages in MAT Exam Syllabus on RC: 4 Short passages of moderate difficulty level.
  • Division of questions: 5 questions based on each passage.
  • Type of Questions: All of MCQ type with penalty of ¼  negative marking
  • Format of questions: Questions based on information in RC passage; Antonyms/synonyms of the words & phrases as used in the passage; In context of the passage True/false statements; main idea of RC passage

Part-2: MAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability

  • Jumbled Paragraphs (3-4 questions)
  • Error Correction of Verb, Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Adverb and other parts of speech in the Sentences.
  • Correcting the sequence of sentences in the paragraph for example correct use of conditional sentence, time clauses, reported speech, passive writing (3-4 questions)
  • Antonyms/Synonyms (5-6 questions).
  • Fill in the blanks (3-4 questions)
  • One-word substitution (1-2 questions)
  • Idioms/Phrases (2-3 questions)

Section-2: Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

MAT exam Syllabus for Intelligence & Critical Reasoning has few topics but a candidate can expect tricky questions from this section. Following are the topics to be studied for this section are:

MAT exam Syllabus for Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

  • Fact Inference Judgment
  • Passage Conclusion
  • Analogy
  • Statement Argument among others
  • Clocks
  • Calendars
  • Binary logic
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Blood Relations (Family Tree)
  • Logical Sequence
  • Assumption
  • Premise
  • Conclusion
  • Linear and matrix arrangement
  • Team Formation
  • Direction sense and Decision Making
  • Input-Output
  • Series
  • Syllogism
  • Cubes
  • Rows
  • Set Theory, Venn Diagrams, Network Diagrams
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Puzzles
  • Logical Reasoning based on Rankings
  • Critical Reasoning

Key Facts on Reasoning Syllabus in MAT & Type of questions

MAT entrance exam syllabus defines that questions in Reasoning section can be individual or can be in the set of 3-4 questions.

  • Weightage of Reasoning Syllabus questions in MAT exam: 20%
  • Weightage of Reasoning Section in MAT Percentile calculation: 25%
  • Total Reasoning questions in MAT syllabus for exam: 40
  • Type of Questions: MCQs
  • Past trend of topics in MAT Reasoning Syllabus: Questions were based on Family Relation, Statements-Cause & Effect, Clocks & Calendars, Statement Assumptions, Reasons, analogies, direction, series, Incorrect Terms.

Section-3: Mathematical skills

MAT 2020, maths section has a variety of topics covered under it and the questions that appear in the exam might be from any topic of maths so to solve this paper a candidate must know about almost all the topics they have learned so far in their maths life. MAT exam syllabus 2020 on Quant is based on questions on different topics on Arithmetic, Algebra, Modern Math, Geometry, Mensuration, Trigonometry among others. Questions in this section are unexpectable but mainly the trends show that the following topics are frequently asked.

MAT Syllabus on Mathematical Skills

  • LCM and HCF
  • Percentages
  • Profit and Loss
  • Interest (Simple and Compound)
  • Speed, Time and Distance; Time and Work; Averages; Ratio and Proportion and others
  • Number System
  • Mixtures and Allegation
  • Unitary Method
  • Commercial Maths
  • Permutation and Combinations
  • Sequence And Series
  • Heights and Distance
  • Algebra
  • Triangles
  • Circles
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Venn diagrams
  • Linear Equations; Quadratic Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Logarithm; Progressions
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Surds and Indices
  • Inequalities
  • Set Theory
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Linear Programming

Key Facts on Mathematical Skills Syllabus in MAT & Type of question

  • Number of Questions: 40
  • Sectional weightage in MAT Syllabus: 20%
  • Sectional Weightage in Percentile calculation: 25%
  • Type of Questions: MCQs
  • Past trend in MAT exam syllabus for Mathematics shows that there is More emphasis on Arithmetic with  number of questions going in the range of 15 to 16.
  • Questions were based on Interest, Percentages, Time and Work, Profit, Loss, Partnership
  • Other questions were based on topics like Equations, Ratio, Proportion & Variation, Geometry & Mensuration, Permutation and Combinations, Probability among others.

Section-4: Data Analysis and Sufficiency

This section comprises of data interpretation questions that can involve graphs, charts, tables etc.. The MAT syllabus for Data Analysis and sufficiency section is very wide and questions in this section cannot be predicted. According to the previous year’s paper, we can conclude that the following topics comprises major part of this section

MAT Syllabus for Data Analysis and Sufficiency

  • Data Tables
  • Data charts
  • Bar diagrams & Charts including Simple, Stacked, Composite Bar charts
  • Pie charts
  • Graphs Line X-Y Graphs
  • Data analysis and Data comparison among others
  • Caselet based Data
  • Venn diagram
  • Data Sufficiency

Key Facts on Data Analysis and sufficiency Syllabus in MAT & Type of questions

  • Number of Questions: 40
  • Type of questions: MCQs
  • Sectional weightage in MAT Syllabus: 20%
  • Sectional Weightage in Percentile Calculation: 25%
  • Past trend of topics in MAT Syllabus for Data Analysis & Syllabus: Questions on Data Analysis were based on text, tables, graphs (line, area), charts (column, bar, pie), venn diagram. Data could be given in form of tables, charts or graphs. In this section it is tested that how candidates can interpret the given data and answer questions based on it.
  • This section had maximum questions on data interpretation
  • Data comparison time remained the major hurdle to solve these questions with speed and accuracy
  • Questions on Data Interpretation (DI) occupy more than 50% of the section, rest of the part covers questions on data sufficiency and data comparison
  • The questions in MAT question paper can be expected in sets as well as individual ones.

Section-5: Indian and Global Environment

Section Highlights: MAT syllabus on Indian and Global Environment refers to the GK syllabus. expects you to know everything under the Sun on Business & Economy, Who’s who, current affairs, static GK among others.

Indian & Global Environment Syllabus

Major topics covered in MAT syllabus in this section are the GK topics current and static:

  • Conventional GK
  • Current GK
  • Business & Economics GK -for example changes in Fiscal and monetary policy, CRR, Repo Rate
  • Devaluation and up valuation of Rupee
  • Business, National and International events
  • Constitutional of India
  • Currency and Capitals of the countries
  • States of India
  • International Organizations
  • Monetary and fiscal tools
  • Emblem
  • Identification of personalities, companies among others

Key Facts on Indian & Global Environment Syllabus in MAT & Type of questions

  • Number of Questions: 40
  • Type of questions: MCQs
  • Sectional weightage in MAT Syllabus: 20%
  • Sectional Weightage in Percentile Calculation: Nil
  • Past trend of topics in MAT Syllabus for Indian & Global Environment reveal that the Questions are formed on Film Awards, taxation & duties, Indian constitution, Who’s who, States of India, Sports, Recent events
  • Suggested time limit by AIMA to answer the 40 questions in this section is 15 minutes but 10 minutes are enough to attempt this section
  • No Re-thinking or Recalling is required for what you do not know or are confused on it. The answer is either known or not known, so the best strategy is to skip the question if the answer was not known
  • Ideal time to attempt one question is less than 30 seconds
  • The questions are based on conventional GK, business and economics, current affairs, international affairs
  • This section is not counted for percentile calculation in MAT exam
  • Many Candidates skip or answer very few questions in this section to save time for other sections
  • There are many other topics on which questions are placed in the MAT question paper in this section.
  • In-depth and regular reading of GK helps more as sometimes a few GK questions in MAT exam need intensive reading.

Admit Card

AIMA MAT Admit Card download process
The candidate should visit the official website where a screen where the login page will be displayed. Candidate needs to enter the required details in 2 of the 3 fields to view regarding registration number, date of birth, and email address that was already registered and then click on submit and download MAT exam admit card from the website seven days before the exam date. Once you download the MAT 2020 admit card, you should check all your entry details in MAT exam admit card 2020 to appear in the paper-based or computer-based or both MAT 2020 exams. Candidate can download MAT 2020 admit card both for paper-pen based test and for online computer-based MAT exam

Important details to check in MAT Admit Card

While viewing your MAT exam admit card on AIMA’s website, please ensure to check that all the details are available in it. The candidate who finds any error in their admit card should immediately contact on the mentioned number and get it rectified to avoid unnecessary problems in admission later.

  • Name: Your name as entered in the MAT 2020 registration form
  • Application form Number: The Application form number is your registration number also to login the AIMA website to view the MAT exam admit card and score card in future
  • MAT 2020 Roll number: AIMA has allotted the roll number to each prospective test taker. Please note it down and save it somewhere
  • Date & Time of test: Date of your MAT 2020 exam and the time slot will be mentioned on your admit card. While paper pencil-based MAT exam will be conducted on December 8, 2020, the computer-based test will be conducted on December 14, 2020 in multiple slots depending upon the number of candidates at a particular centre
  • Test Venue & Address: Name & Address of MAT 2020 exam centre would appropriately be mentioned on the MAT 2020 Admit card

MAT Results

How to Download AIMA MAT Result 2021?

Candidate should ensure that they keep checking for results of MAT 2021, which will be released in the last week of the same month in which the exam has been conducted, and this score remains valid for a year to take admission in all the institutes that accept MAT score. Sectional as well as percentile will be displayed in the scorecard of the candidate

To download the AIMA MAT Result 2020, one should take the following steps

Step-1: Log on to AIMA official website 

Step-2: Enter your 6 digits Registration Form Number and 9 digits Roll No & Submit on MAT 2021 score card download link

Step-3: Your MAT exam Result with MAT 2020 score card is displayed on the screen

Step-4: Download the MAT Exam Result with MAT score card and take Print

Admission Process

Although there are around 400 MBA colleges applying MAT cut offs for admission, there in no common selection process or common counselling process for MAT. Each MBA college has its own MAT selection process for MBA admission although each one of them will consider overall MAT exam score. Below are major steps in the MAT selection process at the MBA college:

Step-1: Submit Application to the Management Institute with MAT score card

Step-2: Check Shortlist announced by the MBA college for final selection round

Step-3: Participate in the final MAT selection process at the designated venue

Step-4: All the MBA colleges using MAT score for admission conduct Group Discussion (GD)/ Writing Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) as final selection criteria apart from MAT exam scoreManagement Aptitude Test (MAT) is one of the most popular National level MBA entrance exams in India. More than 400 MBA colleges offer MBA admission on the basis of MAT exam score. MAT is a standardised test being administered since 1988 to facilitate MBA colleges to screen candidates for admission to MBA, PGDM and allied programmes.

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