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Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a standardised MBA entrance test, conducted since 1988 to facilitate Business Schools to shortlist candidates for admission to Management courses like MBA, PGDM etc. Govt. of India, Ministry of HRD, approved MAT as a national level test in 2003. Any B-School whether national or international, can accept MAT Score to shortlist candidates for its management program. Scorecard of MAT is accepted by 1000s of B-Schools across India.
The MAT Examination is conducted four times a year — once in every tri-semester. Earlier, it was administered in paper-pencil mode only. Now, it is conducted in Computer-based Test (CBT) mode along with paper-pencil mode.

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Exam Pattern

The pattern of MAT exam has been consistent over the years. Questions in MAT come from areas like Mathematics, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency, Reasoning, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, and General awareness. The area-wise break-down of questions in the exam is shown in the table below:
S. NoName of SectionNumber of Questions
1Language Comprehension40 Questions
2Mathematical Skill40 Questions
3Data Sufficiency and Analysis40 Questions
4Critical Reasoning and General Intelligence40 Questions
5Indian and Global Environment40 Questions
Total200 Questions
Official website: https://mat.aima.in/
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Exam Schedule for 2018

Month (in 2018)Registration begins onExam Date for Paper based ExamExam date for online computer-based Exam
February26-12-201704-02-201817-02-2018
May26-02-201806-05-201820-05-2018
SeptemberJuly 2, 201802-09-201815-09-2018
DecemberOctober 5, 201809-12-201815-12-2018

Admit Card

Admit Card for MAT exam is usually released a week before the exam on the official website of AIMA. The following table gives admit card release dates of May MAT.
MAT December 2018 Admit CardDate
Admit Card for Pen & Paper Based TestDecember 1, 2018
Admit Card for CBTDecember 10, 2018

Result

MAT exam result is usually released within 15 days of the happening of exam. The following table gives admit result release dates of February MAT.
December 2018 Score CardDate
Score Card for Pen & Paper Based Test24-12-2018
Score Card for CBT24-12-2018
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Syllabus

Language comprehension
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Para jumble; Para completion
  • Cloze test
  • Grammar: Error Spotting; Phrase Replacement/Sentence Correction
  • Antonyms and Synonyms; Analogy- Vocab; One Word Substitution; Odd One Out
  • Figures of Speech
Mathematical Skill
  • Number system; Roots; Indices; Surds,
  • Ratio, Percentage, Profit, Loss and Discount; Partnership; Simple & Compound Interest; Averages; Mixture and Alligation; Time, Speed and Distance; Time and Work
  • Polynomial; Linear & Quadratic Equations; Series/Progression; Maxima & Minima; Trigonometry; Coordinate Geometry
  • Geometry: Lines, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilateral, Polygons, Circles; Mensuration,
  • Permutations & Combinations; Probability; Set theory
Data Sufficiency and Analysis
  • Table; Line Graph; Bar Chart; Pie Chart; Mixed Graph; Venn Diagram; Caselet
  • Data Sufficiency
Critical Reasoning and General Intelligence
  • Linear and Circular Arrangement; Distribution/Matrix Arrangements; Grouping; Binary Logic
  • Blood Relation; Directions; Venn Diagram-AR; Clock; Calendar
  • Number/Letter Series; Odd man out; Coding & Decoding; Symbol Based
  • Verbal Reasoning; Analogy; Syllogism
Indian and Global Environment
  • History, Culture, Geography, Polity, Economic Scene, General Policy & Scientific Research.
  • Current affairs: Brands, logos, taglines, Company/Business entities, Trade/Business terminologies Days and Dates, Awards & Recognition, Books and Authors, Arts and Cinema, Persons and Places, Sports, Organization and Commissions, Science etc.
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Sample MAT Entrance Exam Questions

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Q1

The pair that best expresses a relationship similar to Torch : Liberty : :

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Q2

What is the next number in the series given below? 53, 48, 50, 50, 47

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Q3

In how many ways can six different rings be worn on four fingers of one hand?

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Q4

The most nearly opposite in meaning to SCAD is

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Q5

Find the odd one out from the following:

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Q6

Complete the series: 10, 18, 34, ??, 130, 258

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Frequently Asked Questions About MAT

  1. Q1. What is MAT?
  2. Management Aptitude Test (MAT), is a standardised test, being conducted since 1988 to facilitate Business Schools to shortlist candidates for admission to Management courses like MBA, PGDM etc. Govt. of India, Ministry of HRD, approved MAT as a national level test in 2003. Any B-School whether national or international, can accept MAT Score to shortlist candidates for its management program. Scorecard of MAT is accepted by 1000s of B-Schools across India. The MAT Examination is conducted four times a year -- once in every tri-semester. Earlier, it was administered in paper-pencil mode only. Now, it is conducted in Computer-based Test (CBT) mode along with paper-pencil mode.

  3. Q2.When notification for MAT registration is released?
  4. Since MAT is conducted four times a year, for each exam a different notification is released, and the months in which notifications are usually are released are February, July, October and December.

  5. Q3. When MAT is conducted?
  6. NMAT is usually conducted in the months of February, May, September and December.

  7. Q4.When results of MAT are released?
  8. The results of MAT exam are usually announced within a month of the conduction of the exam.

  9. Q5. What are eligibility criteria for appearing for MAT?
  10. The applicant must hold the Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognized institution.

  11. Q6. What is exam pattern of MAT?
  12. The pattern of MAT exam has been consistent over the years. Questions in MAT come from areas like Mathematics, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency, Reasoning, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, and General awareness. The area-wise break-down of questions in the exam is shown in the table below:

    SectionNumber of questions
    Language Comprehension40
    Mathematical Skill40
    Data Sufficiency and Analysis40
    Critical Reasoning and General Intelligence40
    Indian and Global Environment40
    Total200
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