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By Sneha Dasgupta

MAT Exam 2021: Dates, Registration, Eligibility, Syllabus, and Exam Pattern

13th June, 2021

The MAT exam this year will be conducted on the 26th of June, 2021 as announced by the All India Management Association (AIMA). Candidates who wish to appear for the 2021 MAT exam in PBT or CBT mode can register on the official website till the 21st of June 2021.

To learn more about the MAT entrance exam and its details, keep reading this article.

What is MAT Exam?

MAT, also known as the Management Aptitude Test is a national-level entrance exam conducted by the All India Management Association (AIMA). This is an entrance test for admission to MBA/PGDM programs in B-schools across the country.

This exam is conducted four times a year, in the months of February, May/June, September, and December. The MAT scores are accepted and considered by 600+ management colleges across India.

Earlier this year, the MAT CBT was scheduled to be conducted on June 13 and MAT PBT on June 12. But later on, both the exams were canceled owing to the rise in Covid-19 cases. Candidates who had applied for MAT PBT/CBT mode exams can upgrade to IBT. 

To learn more about MAT, let us guide you through the following sections!

MAT Exam Info

To begin with, you would be required to complete your registration procedure. The registration for the 2021 exam has begun and candidates appearing for these exams are required to pay a MAT exam fee. The application fee for the exam is as follows:

CATEGORYFEES
PBT/CBTINR 1,650
Both PBT and CBTINR 2,750
Both IBT and CBTINR 2,750

To register for the exam, here are a few easy steps you need to follow:

  • Open the official website of AIMA MAT
  • You will be directed to the following page where you have to put your name, phone number, email id, date of birth, and a unique password
  • Once you confirm the details, select the “Submit” button
  • An OTP will be sent to your mobile number which you have to use to login and complete your MAT online registration

To fill the application form, you need to follow these three simple steps:

  • You have to select the mode of test: CBT, or PBT, or IBT
  • Select the city in which you are taking the test (if applicable)
  • Enter your personal details, email id, and residential address

Here are some particulars about the exam which you should keep in mind:

Mode of applicationOnline
Duration of validity of scores1 year
Mode of exama) CBT (Online/Computer Based)
b) IBT (Remote Proctored Internet Based)
c) PBT (Offline/Paper Based)
CounselingNO
Courses offeredMBA and PGDM
Number of Exams per year4
Number of exam centresPBT- 41
CBT- 31
MAT helpline number 011 – 24645100
011 – 24617354
011 – 43128100
MAT official email idmat@aima.in

More MAT exam details are mentioned in the sections below.

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MAT Exam Syllabus

The MAT exam syllabus is divided into 5 different sections carrying different weightage:

  • Mathematical Skills
  • Language Comprehension
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
  • Data Analysis and Sufficiency
  • Indian and Global Environment

Mathematical Skills

  • This section is vast and covers a wide variety of topics ranging from arithmetic to algebra as well as geometry.
  • You will have to answer 40 MCQs.
  • The sectional weightage of this section in the syllabus for the MAT exam is 20% and is awarded a weightage of 25% in the calculation of the final percentile of the paper.

Language Comprehension

  • This section is further subdivided into two sections:
    -Verbal Ability with grammar
    -Reading Comprehension
  • The reading comprehension and verbal ability sections have a total of 20 MCQs each.
  • They also have 50% weightage in the MAT entrance exam syllabus.
  • You will encounter questions based on passages for the reading comprehension questions.
  • For verbal ability, you will come across questions on jumbled sentences, antonyms/synonyms, error correction, idioms, etc.

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

  • This section has tricky questions as it derives them from blood relations, syllogisms, linear and matrix arrangement, calendars, etc.
  • You will have to answer 40 MCQs.
  • The sectional weightage in the syllabus for the MAT exam is 20%.

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

  • This section has questions from data tables, data interpretation, and comparison, caselet based data, etc.
  • You will have to answer 40 MCQs.
  • The sectional weightage of this section in the syllabus for the MAT exam is 20% and is awarded a weightage of 25% in the calculation of the final percentile of the paper.

Indian and Global Environment

  • This section refers to the GK syllabus, current affairs, business, economy, Indian Constitution, etc.
  • You will have to answer 40 MCQs.
  • The sectional weightage in the syllabus for the MAT exam is 20%.

MAT Exam Date

Here are the revised MAT Exam dates for the CBT and PBT mode:

Last date for Online Registration21st June, 2021
Availability of Admit Card23rd June, 2021
MAT Exam Date26th June, 2021

Following are the dates for the IBT mode of exam in June 2021:

TEST DATELAST DATE FOR REGISTRATIONISSUE OF ADMIT CARD
May 30, 2021May 27, 2021May 28, 2021
June 2, 2021May 29, 2021May 30, 2021
June 4, 2021May 31, 2021June 1, 2021
June 6, 2021June 2, 2021June 3, 2021
June 8, 2021June 4, 2021June 5, 2021
June 10, 2021June 6, 2021June 7, 2021
June 13, 2021June 9, 2021June 10, 2021
June 19, 2021June 16, 2021June 17, 2021
June 20, 2021June 17, 2021June 18, 2021

Here are the tentative dates of the MAT exam in the September session:

Application form release dateFirst week of July 2021
Last date to fill the application formAugust 2021
Admit card release dateLast week of August 2021
MAT Exam dateFirst week of September 2021
Result declaration dateOctober 2021

Here are the tentative dates of the MAT exam in the December session:

Application form release dateFirst week of October 2021
Last date to fill the application formNovember 2021
Admit card release dateLast week of November 2021
MAT Exam dateSecond and Third week of December 2021
Result declaration dateJanuary 2022

Eligibility for MAT

To appear for the exam, you have to fulfill the following MAT eligibility criterion:

  • You should have completed graduation in any discipline from a recognized university with a minimum of 50% marks, 45% for those belonging to reserved categories
  • If you have completed a professional degree such as CA, CS, or ICWA, you also fulfill the eligibility for MAT
  • If you are in your final year of graduation, you can also apply

There is no upper age limit for the MAT exam, but the lower limit cannot be less than 20 years.

MAT Exam Pattern

The MAT paper generally consists of 5 sections which are meant to assess the candidate’s ability in Mathematics, English, and General Awareness. The paper has a total of 200 questions which you have to answer in a span of 150 minutes.

All the questions are objective in nature. For every correct answer, you will be awarded 1 mark, and for every incorrect answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted. Here is a division of the 5 sections, marks allotted to each section, and the time duration in the MAT pattern:

Mathematical Skills40 marks40 mins
Language Comprehension40 marks30 mins
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning40 marks30 mins
Indian and Global Environment40 marks15 mins
Data Analysis and Sufficiency40 marks35 mins

MAT Preparation

You will need at least six months to prepare for the MAT exam to score well. Below are some MAT preparation tips for your upcoming MAT exam: 

  • Over 50% of your preparation for the exam should entail solving MAT sample papers and MAT previous years’ question papers. You need to confront your weak areas and work on them.
  • Read newspapers, online blogs, and MAT preparation books on a daily basis to improve your reading skills and to keep a track of current affairs.
  • Regularly analyze your preparation level to keep a tab on your strengths and weaknesses in each section.
  • Target topics carrying more weightage in each section to score easily in the exam
  • Time management is the key to attempt maximum questions in the exam, so you should not waste precious time on tricky questions and try to solve the easier ones instead.

Learn About CAT (Common Admission Test)

CAT ResultCAT Mock Test Paper
CAT Exam DetailsCAT Question Papers

Also Read: MAT Sample Paper [PDF] | MAT Cut-Off

FAQs About MAT Exam

What is MAT exam for?

The MAT exam is used for admission to MBA as well as PGDM courses to 600+ business schools across India.

What is MAT exam and eligibility?

To appear for the MAT exam, you need to fulfill the following eligibility criterion:

You should have completed graduation in any discipline from a recognized university with a minimum of 50% marks, 45% for those belonging to reserved categories.
If you have completed a professional degree such as CA, CS, or ICWA, you also fulfill the eligibility for MAT.
If you are in your final year of graduation, you can also apply.

What is the difference between CAT and MAT exam?

While both the exams are a gateway for management programs across the country, there are some significant differences between the two:

The CAT exam is conducted by the IIMs, whereas the MAT exam is conducted by the AIMA. CAT is conducted only once a year, whereas MAT is conducted four times a year. CAT is a computer-based exam, whereas MAT can be a computer, internet, or paper-based.

There is a total of 3 sections and 300 marks in a CAT exam, whereas there is a total of 5 sections and 200 marks in a MAT exam. The difficulty level of CAT is much higher than that of MAT. The duration of the CAT exam is 180 mins, whereas the duration of the MAT exam is 150 mins. Every correct answer in the CAT exam is awarded 3 marks and an incorrect answer leads to the deduction of 1 mark. Every correct answer in the MAT exam is awarded 1 mark and an incorrect answer leads to the deduction of 0.25 marks.

What is the duration of MAT exam?

The duration of MAT is 150 mins (2.5 hours).

What is the MAT exam application fee?

The application fee, if you are applying for PBT/CBT, is INR 1,650, but if you are applying for both PBT and CBT or IBT and CBT, it is INR 2,750.

How many times is the MAT exam conducted in a year?

The MAT exam is conducted four times a year, in the months of February, May/June, September, and December.

By Sneha Dasgupta

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