About MAT

MAT exam is conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA) four times in a year in the months of February, May, September and December. Government of India, Ministry of HRD approved MAT as a national level test in 2003. Any B-School - national or international - can consider MAT Score as the MBA admission criteria based on its Score Cards issued to the candidates.

MAT is the only exam which is conducted both in paper based format and computer based format on different dates in the same month. Candidates have the choice to appear in one MAT exam or both MAT exams by paying a little extra application fee.

MAT test paper has a time duration of 2½ hours. It has 200 objective type questions in MCQs form and the Question difficulty level is easy to moderate. The test paper is divided in 5 sections with 40 questions in each section. The sections are Language Comprehension, Mathematical skills, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Indian and Global Environment.

MAT scoring pattern is unique. MAT score card displays scaled score out of 800 Marks and not out of 160 or 200 raw scores. While Each correct answer is awarded +1 Mark, each wrong answer is penalized with negative marking of -0.25 mark. Merit Score in MAT is calculated on the basis of 4 sections only and the score of Indian & Global Environment is separately shown but is not taken into account to calculate the merit or percentile in the MAT score card

MAT is an easier exam as compared to other MBA entrance exams like CAT, XAT, CMAT and others. One of the key advantages of taking MAT is that you are given the facility to choose and apply free of cost to 5 Management Institutes accepting MAT exam scores without paying any additional fee. The choices can be filled in the space given in the MAT registration & application form.

MAT: Key Highlights

One of the most important but an easier MBA entrance exam MAT 2019 has 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 2019 Two (1 More PBT MAT expected in December)
Mode of MAT 2019 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


Sectional Division of MAT Exam 2019

5 Sections with 40 Questions in Each Section

MAT Difficulty Level

Easy to Moderate

Required MAT Percentile for MBA admission in Top Colleges


Importance of Taking MAT 2019

Offers MBA admission opportunity in 2020

Offers opportunity to improve rank & score

MAT Application process


Important Dates

MAT 2020 Exam important dates and Schedule, eligibility, start and last date to apply, last date to download MAT admit card are as under:

Events (For June Month) Dates & Schedule for Paper Based Test   Dates for Computer Based test 
Last Date to Apply 7th June 15th June
Admit Card Download Start Date 9th June 17th June
Last Date to Download Admit Card 14th June 21st June
Exam Date 14th June 21st June

MAT Registration

MAT Registration process for May MAT 2020 exam opened on March 5, 2020. However, due to the Coronavirus outbreak and countrywide lockdown, the exam schedule has been postponed to the month of June 2020. The MAT registration fee for one MAT is Rs.1650/- and for two MAT exams is Rs.2750/-. The MAT registration process is online only. 

Step by Step MAT Registration Guide

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

Step-1: Create login

New candidates going for MAT 2019 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 2019 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

  • Once you receive the MAT exam 2020 registration number, you need to login as already registered candidate
  • Login with the registered id, complete the MAT on-line registration and application form, upload the scanned photograph and signature and make payment.
  • Fill the details on the MAT online registration form.
  • Since your MAT eligibility is screened based on the information furnished by you, you are required to exercise care to correctly furnish the details of your Qualification, etc.
  • While filling the MAT registration form online, please save the information by clicking the Button SAVE.
  • In case you wish to edit any information you can do that by login again using EmailID and Date of birth.
  • After editing the information, make sure to save the information by clicking The button SAVE.

Step 3: Upload Images on MAT Registration Form 2019

Upload Photograph

  • Photograph must be a recent passport size colour picture. Make sure that the picture is in colour, taken against a lightcoloured, 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.
  • 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. Size of file should be 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 in jpg/jpeg format and size should also not exceed 50KB and should not be less than 5KB.

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.1550/- or Rs.2650/- (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

Your MAT application is complete now. You can view the application details by clicking the button ˜View Application' and can take print out of the same for your record.

Required documents for MAT Registration 2020

Before starting to fill up the MAT 2019 online registration, you should keep ready with you the following details & documents:

  • 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

MAT 2020 exam eligibility for MAT 2020 exam remains unchanged and is the same as was for earlier MAT exams. AIMA has not changed the MAT exam eligibility criteria for any of the MAT 2019 exams.

To appear in MAT exam, you must have obtained recognized bachelor's degree of minimum 3 years duration or equivalent in any discipline. Those studying in their final graduation year may also apply. Besides, there is no age restriction to appear in MAT exam nor does AIMA restrict any candidate to seek MBA admission on the basis of age bar. 

MAT 2019 Exam: Eligibility Criteria 

Following are the important points to ensure your MAT 2019 exam eligibility:

  • The candidate applying for MAT 2020 exam must fulfill one of the following MAT 2020 exam eligibility criteria:

    Completed Bachelor's degree, or Completed professional degree e.g. CA/CS/ICWA, or

    Should be in the final year of Bachelor's degree
  • The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution.
  • . In case of grades / CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/ institution in accordance with the participating management institute's eligibility criteria.
  • Mere fulfilment of minimum MAT eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for short listing by the Management Institute in which the applicant applies for admission.
  • The candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a phone number throughout the MAT 2019 exam process.
  • MAT 2020 eligibility does not impose any age bar to appear in MAT 2020 December exam

Exam Pattern

There are 5 sections with equal number of questions in MAT exam. Each of the 5 sections in MAT question paper will have 40 questions making it a total of 200 questions in MCQ format to be solved in 150 minutes. Individual time limit for each section has been suggested by AIMA although candidates can move from one section to other in the MAT 2019 exam.

Section Name Number of Questions Suggested Time to solve (In Minutes)
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 2019 exam Syllabus as defined by AIMA is divided into 5 key sections namely Language Comprehension, Mathematical skills, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Indian and Global Environment with 40 questions in each section. 

The questions in each section, based on MAT syllabus are of moderate difficulty level in MAT exam. Since AIMA has been conducting MAT exam since 1988, the MAT exam syllabus has also gone with changes over a period of time. 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. MAT syllabus  therefore, covers all the important topics on which questions are formed in each section.

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 2019 syllabus covers topics on Reading Comprehension passages and the 2nd part of MAT 2019 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

Although MAT syllabus for this section is short but in fact MAT question paper has tricky questions in this area.

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

Section Highlight: MAT exam syllabus 2019 for Mathematical skills refers to the Quant topics on which MAT questions are based. The MAT syllabus for Mathematics section is very wide. MAT syllabus for Quant is vast and covers everything in Mathematics that you may or may not expect. MAT exam syllabus 2019 on Quant is based on questions on different topics on Arithmetic, Algebra, Modern Math, Geometry, Mensuration, Trignometry among others.

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 questions

  • 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

Section Highlight: MAT exam syllabus 2019 for Data Analysis and Sufficiency covers more topics on Data Interpretation. The MAT syllabus for Data Analysis and sufficiency section is very wide and covers everything in Data Interpretation and sufficiency of data that you may or may not expect. MAT exam syllabus 2019 on Data Analysis refers to questions on Data Interpretation.

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

After clicking on AIMA website, you will be directed to the MAT admit card download link. You need to enter the required details in 2 of the 3 fields to view and download MAT exam admit card. 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. You 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.  If you find any information missing, please immediately contact AIMA on mail or on phone

  • 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 2019 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 2019 exam centre would appropriately be mentioned on the MAT 2019 Admit card

MAT Results

How to Download AIMA MAT Result 2020?

If you are not aware how to download MAT Exam Result 2019 on MAT Result date, You may miss your score card. Please note that on MAT Result date 2020 the individual MAT score card will be live on the AIMA website with the result.

You can download MAT Exam Result 2020 with MAT score card in 4 steps. To download the AIMA MAT Result 2020, you should take 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 2020 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 score

Management 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.