(MAT) Management Aptitude Test is a standardized test being administered since 1988 to facilitate business schools (B-schools) to screen applicants for admission to MBA and allied programs. The government of India, Ministry of HRD permitted MAT as a national level test in 2003. All India Management Association (AIMA) is the responsible body for MAT examination. More than 600 B-schools accept MAT examination scores.
MAT examination takes place 4 times a year; February, May, September, and December. MAT examination dates and other schedules are introduced 3 months before the examination. MAT exam is an MCQ kind of test wherein applicants can choose to take the exam in either of the two modes – paper-based or laptop-based.
Any B-school - national or international - can consider MAT score as an admission input based on the scorecards issued to the applicants. The most important test of its kind in the nation, MAT will remain your passport to over 600 B-schools across India.
The eligibility criteria for the MAT is as follows:
- Graduates in any discipline can take the exam.
- Final year graduation students can also apply.
- The age of the MAT candidates ought to be no less than 21 years.
MAT application form for MAT February has already been launched by means of All India Control Affiliation (AICA). Applicants can fill the form in both online mode and Offline mode.
The charges for applying from any of the methods is Rs 1500/- INR.
The payment of fees can be done using any of the method given below:
- Debit Card/credit Card
- Net Banking
- Demand Draft in favor of AIMA
Candidate can choose any individual of the following modes to apply:
Application procedure will be entire only after the application fees has been paid.
- Visit the AIMA office in New Delhi.
- Obtain the hard copy of the MAT application form, Bulletin, and CD by paying the application fee (the application fees must be paid in cash).
- Fill up the application form. Paste a recent colored passport size photograph in the application form.
- Submit the application form at the AIMA office.
- Visit the official website of AIMA and click on the registration link.
- Fill up the application form online.
- Here there are 2 options, either to upload recent passport size photograph and signature in the form.
MAT Exam comprises of 5 sections, the below table shows the sections and number of questions in each:
|Sections||No.of Questions||Time Alloted|
|Language Comprehension ||40||30|
|Mathematical Skills ||40||40|
|Data Analysis & Sufficiency||40||35|
|Intelligence & Critical Reasoning||40||30|
|Indian & Global Environment ||40||15|
There are various study material available for this exam. Some of them are:
- Mission MBA MAT Guide by B S Sijwali and Tarun Goyal (Arihant Books) beginning to help candidates design a good study plan and master the different sections of the MAT.
- The Pearson MAT Super Course with CD (Pearson) is easy to understand and explains concepts involved in Quantitative Ability, Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency, Logical Reasoning and General Knowledge very well.
- Study Package For Management Aptitude Test by Arun Sharma (Tata McGraw-Hill) contains many shortcuts and strategies on how to master every type of question in the MAT.
- 10 Challengers MAT: 10 Mock Tests for Management Aptitude Test by Dharmendra Mittal (Arihant Publications) is perfect for practicing and familiarising with the MAT question paper format and the type of questions that can be asked.
- 10 Mock Test Papers MAT by Career Launchers (Oswaal Books) has been put together by experts and academics in various disciplines and covers all possible questions that may be asked in the MAT examination.
Barron's Guide to GMAT by Eugene D. Jaffe and Stephen Hilbert (Galgotias Publication Pvt. Ltd.) contains easy to understand explanations for the different sections of the MAT, a must for any candidate just beginning their MAT preparations.
Some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) related to this exam are as follows:
Q. What is the mode of examination?
A. The test will be conducted in Pen-paper mode and computer mode. Candidate can choose any of the suitable modes to appear for the test.
Q. What are the dates of the exam?
A. The dates for the exam are as follows:
- Pen & Paper Based Test Date: 17 Feb 2019
- Computer Based Test Date: 23 Feb 2019
Q. In a year, how many times can I appear for MAT entrance examination?
A. MAT is conducted 04 times in a year, in the months of February, May, September and December.
Q. I have completed my graduation from Science stream, am I eligible to apply for the test?
A. Yes. A candidate should have done graduation in any discipline from any recognized university or should have an equivalent recognized degree.
Q. I am in the final year of my graduation, can I apply?
A. Yes. A final year student in any undergraduate program (B.A. /B.Sc. / B.Com. /B.Tech. etc.) can write MAT but admission to such candidate will be granted on a provisional basis.
Q. When are we able to get the admit card?
A. The admit card can be downloaded from the AIMA website, generally 7 days before the exam is conducted.
Q. The scorecard is valid up to?
A. The scorecard is valid FOR ONE YEAR.
MAT Exam is divided in the following five sections:
- Number Systems
- Profit and Loss
- Interest (Simple and Compound)
- Speed, Time and Distance
- Time and Work
- Linear Equations
- Ratio and Proportion
- Quadratic Equations
- Complex Numbers
- Binomial Theorem
- Surds and Indices
- Permutation and Combination
- Set Theory
- Mixtures and Allegations
- Coordinate Geometry
- Mensuration LCM and HC
- Data is given in form of tables, charts or graphs. In this section, it is examined how applicants can interpret the given data and answer questions based on it.
- Combination of two or more types linked to each other.
- Reading Comprehension
- Meaning-Usage Match
- Jumbled Paragraph
- Sentence Completion
- Summary Questions
- Contextual Vocabulary (homonyms)
- Facts / Inferences / Judgements
- Critical Reasoning
- Sentence Correction
- Paragraph Completion
- Primary meanings of words
- Secondary shades of meaning
- Idioms and Phrases
- Related words
- Spot and correct grammatical errors
- Subject-verb agreement
- Use of modifiers
- Parallel construction
- Phrasal verbs
- Use of article
- Identifying relationships or patterns
General and Business GK (Elementary Level):
- MBA entrance exams like XAT, IIFT, NMAT, SNAP have a section for general knowledge which includes questions related to current affairs and business GK at an elementary level.
The selection procedure for MAT is as follows:
- Group Discussion
- Written Test
- Personal Interview
Documents to be Carried
The documents to be carried for this exam are as follows:
- MAT Admit Card
- Aadhar Card (UID)
- Passport Size Photograph