MAT or Management Aptitude Test is a national level aptitude test conducted by the All India Management Association (AIMA). This test has been around since 1988 and is considered as a standardized benchmark for screening candidates seeking admissions to MBA colleges and similar allied programs.
The Indian Ministry of HRD approved MAT as a national level test in 2003. Based on the scorecard issued, any B-school, be it national or international, can consider enrolling students. We are not hyping the status of MAT, but it actually is your ticket to 600+ B-schools across India.
Another great thing about MAT exams is that it is organized 4 times per year. So, an aspiring candidate can apply either in February, May, September, and December, thus offering the flexibility to register at their own pace. Also, the test is easier when compared to CAT. And, for a large percentage of applicants, this easy quotient definitely makes a major difference.


To apply for MAT exams, graduation from any discipline from a UGC or Ministry of HRD recognized university is a must. If you are a final year student or awaiting results, you too can apply irrespective of your stream of graduation.
Another great thing about MAT exams is that AIMA hasn’t specified an age limit for applicants, and a candidate can appear for the exams as many times they want.
However, there are reserved seats for students of SC, ST, and OBC. To be clear and confident about your eligibility, we highly suggest that you review the guidelines on the official website for MAT exams.

The Application Process

Students can opt for Paper Based Test (PBT), or Computer Based Test (CBT), or both PBT and CBT. The application forms are available online only. AIMA had long discontinued the option for offline application.
The February MAT exams are very close. So, if you are interested, it is time for you to go ahead and apply online. The February 2019 MAT exams will be both paper and computer based. There will be 2 paper based and 1 computer based test in the same month. As of now, the phase-1 for paper based tests will be conducted on February 17,2019 and the phase-2 paper test & the computer based test will be conducted on February 23,2019.
As per the latest update from AIMA, candidates can start downloading admit cards from February 9,2019 till February 17 for the 1st phase of exams, and from February 19 – February 23 for the 2nd phase of paper based and computer based tests.We recommend that you keep visiting the official website to stay updated on any changes.

MAT Exams Question paper components

A candidate gets two-and-half hours to complete 200 MCQ based questions for MAT exams. The question paper is divided into 5 sections where each section consists of 40 questions. The five sections cover topics like – Language Comprehension, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, Data Analysis & Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, and Indian & Global environment. Note that the merit score is calculated on the basis of 4 sections. The score for Indian & Global environment is separately shown but is not taken into account to calculate the candidate’s percentile. The applicants should keep in mind that there is a negative marking of 0.25 for every incorrect answer and +1 for every correct answer. Let’s give you a more in-depth insight on what these topics include –

Data Analysis & Sufficiency

This section mostly tests candidates on their ability of critical thinking. It has 40 questions and requires candidates to perform intense calculations. As per previous pass-outs, the average time one should spend on this section is 35 minutes. Questions in this section revolve around Pie Chart, Line Charts, Bar Graphs, Venn Diagrams etc.

Language Comprehension

This section tests candidates on their comprehensive and reading skills. It includes passages and questions related to them. You will need to answer 40 questions and the average time needed for this section is a maximum of 30 minutes. Questions in this section constitute of verbal reasoning, analogies, contextual usage, antonyms, idioms, sentence correction etc.

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

A set of 40 questions in this section – aimed at testing your logical and critical reasoning skills. This, by far, is the most challenging section as you will be forced to exert your mental capabilities to the max. Suggested time to complete this section is 30 minutes. The topics vary a lot. But, some of the most common constituents of this section are critical and visual reasoning, statements and assumptions, statements and conclusions, cause and effect, identifying arguments and valid inferences, assertions etc.

Mathematical Skills

This section tests your oral calculation skills. It has 40 questions and the maximum time that you can invest in answering this section should be 40 minutes. Questions in this section revolve around common mathematical problems covering geometry, trigonometry, profit & loss, algebra, averages, partnerships, time-speed-distance equations, quadratic and linear equations etc.

Indian & Global Environment

This section consists of 40 questions from subjects such as Politics, Science, History etc. It evaluates your knowledge of current affairs as well as past events. Suggested time to invest in completing this section is 15 minutes. Questions in this section cover current affairs, awards and prizes, books and authors, finance, entertainment, sports etc.