Management Aptitude Test (MAT)

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a national-level management entrance examination. The test scores are used for admission to various MBA, PGDM and allied management programmes. The exam is conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA). More than 600 B-Schools accept MAT exam scores. MAT is held four times in a year: February, May, September and December. Important dates are announced three months before the exam. MAT February 2016 paper-based exam will be held on February 7, 2016. MAT February 2016 computer-based exam will be held from February 13 onwards (10.00am-12.30pm).


The candidate must be a graduate in any discipline. Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor's degree and are awaiting results can also apply.


MAT exam is held for almost two-and-a-half hours. The test covers two hundred (200) questions in 150 minutes. The aspriant is tested in the following five areas: Indian and Global Environment, Language Comprehension, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning. There are 40 questions in each section. Each question carries one mark, whereas, one/fourth mark is deducted for every wrong answer.

Here are a few tips for MAT exam preparation:

  • Practice reading Comprehension passages for at least two to three months, about four to five per day.
  • Go through all the rules of grammar and make an effort to understand the contextual usage of words and phrases in English.
  • For Quant, practice about 20-25 questions every day. Lay particular emphasis on Arithmetic and Algebra based questions these are quite common in MAT exam pattern.
  • Make an effort to improve on GK, by reading a newspaper every day and a good weekly or monthly magazine. That should help you get a good score in MAT.