By Sneha Dasgupta

MAT Exam Pattern 2022: Question Paper Pattern, Marking Scheme, Important Topics and More

7th October, 2021

To crack Management Aptitude Test (MAT) with a high score and percentile, it is important for the candidates to prepare for the test as per the exam pattern. Along with the exam notification, AIMA has released the official MAT exam pattern which is available on the official website,

MAT Exam will be conducted in computer-based (CBT) and paper-based (PBT) modes. 200 multiple-choice questions will be asked in MAT 2022 divided into 5 sections.

Keep reading this post to know all about MAT paper pattern, details on sections, marking scheme, duration and more. 

MAT 2022 March-April Schedule

for Paper-Based Test (PBT) mode

Registration beginsJanuary 2022 (first week)
Registration closesMarch 2022 (first week)
Admit card releasesMarch 2022 (second week)
Date of examMarch 2022 (second week)
Release of resultsApril 2022 

For Computer-Based Test (CBT) Mode

Registration beginsJanuary 2022 (first week)
Registration closesFebruary 2022 (first/second week)
Admit card releasesFebruary 2022 (last week)
Date of examFebruary/March 2022
Release of resultsApril 2022

2022 MAT Exam Pattern

The candidates appearing for this MBA entrance test in the year 2022 must go through the paper pattern of MAT 2022 to have an understanding of how the question paper will be set. Having knowledge of the MAT 2022 exam pattern will help the candidates have smart study, exactly from the exam point of view and thus save a lot of time.

MAT test pattern 2022 defines the structure of the exam in terms of duration, the number of questions to be asked, the number of sections the question paper will have, marking scheme etc. 



An understanding of the MAT test pattern 2022 will help the candidates have an effective exam preparation. Along with the paper pattern, it is important for the candidates to focus on studying for the exam as per the MAT syllabus 2022. 

2022 MAT Exam Pattern – Overview

Mode of ExamPaper-Based Test (PBT)Computer-Based Test (CBT)Internet-Based Test (IBT)
Type of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Total no. of questions200
Number of sections5
Options for each question4
Duration of test150 minutes (2.5 hours)
Marking Scheme1 mark for every question
Negative marking0.25 of the total mark

Features of 2022 MAT Exam Pattern

The specifications of the MAT 2022 exam are as follows:

 Mode of MAT 2020 Exam

  • There will be Computer-based tests (CBT) and Paper-based tests (PBT) and Internet-based tests (IBT). Candidates can opt for a maximum of 2 modes in any combination by paying an additional fee of Rs 1100.
  • As mentioned in the MAT paper pattern 2022, the candidates will have to mark answers in an OMR answer sheet in the paper-based MAT 2021 test, using either a blue or black ballpoint pen. Any kind of rough work must also be done on the Question Booklet only. No separate sheet will be provided for rough work.
  • While in a computer-based test, the candidate sits in front of a computer and the questions are presented on the computer monitor. Each computer is connected to a server, which prepares the question set and delivers it to the candidate on the computer and they submit the answers using a keyboard or mouse.
  • The internet-based test can be taken by the candidate from home and it will be remotely proctored using AI and a human proctor. Candidates must ensure that the device meets the standard prescribed by AIMA and should have a good internet connection with minimum interruptions. 

Language of MAT Exam

According to the MAT 2022 exam pattern, all the instructions and the questions in the test will be in English only.

MAT Duration

The candidates will be given 2.5 hours (150 minutes) to attempt the test.

Type and No. of Questions asked in AIMA MAT

A total of 200 objective type questions will be asked in the exam as per the MAT 2022 test pattern, distributed in 5 sections. Each of the questions will have 4 choices and the candidates will have to mark 1 correct answer. The objective of the MAT exam is to ascertain the aptitude of candidates willing to undergo a Post Graduate Programme in Management.

No. of Sections in MAT

As mentioned before, the questions in the MAT exam 2022 will be asked from the 5 sections –

  1.     Data analysis and sufficiency
  2.     Language Comprehension
  3.     Indian & global environment
  4.     Mathematical Skills
  5.     Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

Sectional Timings in MAT 2022

MAT exam 2022 will not have time limits for individual sections. Candidates can use the entire 150 minutes in any way they want, to solve 200 questions in total.

Important Topics for MAT

The preparation for MAT 2022 is similar to other management entrance exams. In fact, compared to CAT, the difficulty level of the MAT exam is between easy to moderate. To help with your preparation, we have listed the important topics from each of the 5 sections of MAT 2022. 

Data analysis and sufficiency

  • Text
  • Tables 
  • Graphs (line, area) 
  • Charts (column, bar, pie) 
  • Venn diagram.

Language Comprehension

  • Reading Comprehension passage 
  • Antonyms/synonyms of words & phrases in the passage;
  • Statements as either True/False
  • The main idea in the passage  

Indian & Global Environment

  • National and international awards
  • Laws of taxation & duties 
  • Constitution of India 
  • Important personalities 
  • Sports events and awards 
  • Current Affairs

Mathematical Skills

  • Interest
  • Percentages
  • Time and Work
  • Profit & Loss
  • Partnerships  
  • Equations 
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Variation 
  • Geometry Mensuration
  • Permutation and Combinations
  • Probability

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

  • Family Relation
  • Statements- Cause & Effect
  • Clocks & Calendars
  • Statement –Assumptions, Reasons, Analogies
  • Directions
  • Series 
  • Incorrect Terms

MAT Marking Scheme 2022

An idea about the marking scheme of the MAT exam will help the candidates formulate their exam taking strategy. Knowing that how many marks will be deducted for marking correct and incorrect answers, it becomes easy for the candidates to ascertain whether playing the guessing game will be safe or not. 

MAT 2022 marking scheme will be mentioned on the test paper and on the computer screens for the CBT exam. For the time being, the candidates can check the table below to know the MAT exam marking scheme.

Marking Scheme – Important Details

Exam to be marked out of200 total score
Maximum scaled score out of which percentile score will be awarded800
Number of questions considered for percentile calculation160
For every correct answer+1 mark
For every wrong answer-1/4th mark (0.25 mark to be deducted)
Sections considered for percentile calculation4
Section NOT considered for MAT exam percentile calculationIndian & Global Environment section

Also Read: MAT Admit Card | MAT Result | MAT Preparation

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FAQs on the MAT Exam Pattern

What are the total marks of MAT?

The total marks in MAT exam 2022 will be 200. There would be 200 questions with 1 mark for each correct answer and a negative marking of 0.25 for every wrong answer.

Is GK counted in MAT?

GK is not counted in MAT and candidates tend to attempt very few questions in the Indian and Global Environment section. The final composite score and percentile are based on the other 4 sections.

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