Exam Pattern MBA Entrance MAT

Management Aptitude Test (MAT)

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is an entrance exam conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA) for admission to the post graduate management courses throughout various management institutes in the country. Through MAT management aspirants can get admission in to a very large number of management institutes throughout the country. Therefore MAT is very popular among the management aspirants. One can say that MAT is to post graduate management courses as AIEEE is to undergraduate engineering courses. The Government of India has approved MAT as a National Entrance Test for admission to MBA and equivalent programmes. MAT is usually conducted 4 times in a year in February, May, September and December.


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.Com., B.Tech., etc) can also appear provisionally.

Mode of Test:- Two options to take the test: Paper Based Test Or Computer Based Test.

Dates and Timings of the test:-

  • Paper Based Test is being conducted on the first Sunday of the February, May, September and December from 10.00-12.30 hours
  • Computer Based Test is being conducted from Saturday onwards (6 days after the Paper Based Test date) and in different Time slots.

Examination Scheme: The MAT comprises of multiple choice objective type questions in the areas of Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude and Logical/Abstract Reasoning. In all there would be 200 questions to be answered in a total time of two and half hours (i.e. One hundred and fifty minutes). There is negative marking in some of the exam schedules.

Paper Pattern:

Time: 150 minutes
Section Question
English & Reading Comprehension 40
Data Interpretation/Data Sufficiency 40
Quantitative Aptitude 40
Logical and Critical Reasoning 40
General Awareness 40
Total Questions 200
Note: *Scores are based on the first four sections only; the decision to consider scores of the GA section ate left to the institutes.

Marks allocation:

Correct attempt: 1 marks
Incorrect attempt: Negative marking not specified