Management Aptitude Test
Management Aptitude test is the premier national entrance examination for admission into over 600 B-Schools in India, conducted by the AIMATS (All India Management Aptitude testing service).
It is conventionally offered 4 times in a year, usually on the first Sunday of February, May, September and December.
Structure of the exam
The MAT is offered in both the Paper Based and Computer based format. While the Paper based test is held only on the specified date, the computer-based test is conducted over the week following it, depending on the number of takers for the format.
The total duration of the exam is 150 minutes, with 200 questions to answer. The test is divided into sections as follows:
Section Number of Questions
- Reading Comprehension 40
- Data Interpretation/Data Sufficiency 40
- Quantitative Aptitude 40
- Logical and critical reasoning 40
- General Awareness* 40
*The scores in the exam are based only on the first four sections. The inclusion of the General Awareness is discretionary to the participating institutions.
The candidate must be a graduate in any discipline from any of the recognized universities. Final year undergraduates awaiting their results may also apply for the examination. Often a minimum graduation percentage is required, which is varied for different colleges. This cut-off percentage can be obtained from the prospectus of the respective MIs/University.
How to Apply
The candidate can apply for the MAT, in both the offline and online formats. The applicant has the following three modes to apply:
- He may register online at http://www.aima.in/testing-services/mat/mat.html remit an amount of Rs. 1,200/- with a Credit Card or Debit Card or via Net Banking. The detailed procedure can be obtained at the given website.
- He may obtain a crossed demand draft (DD) of Rs. 1,200/- in favor of “ All India Management Association” payable at Delhi, from any bank. He should register online at http://www.aima.in/testing-services/mat/mat.html with the DD details. On obtaining the DD and filling the online form, at the website (without
- He may obtain form with MAT Bulletin/CD against cash Payment of Rs. 1,200/- from the listed Nodal Centers of AIMA or from AIMA, New Delhi. ( The List is available here: http://resources.aima.in/nl/NODAL%20CENTRE.xls)
How to fill the form?
Basically, there are two methods to fill the form online, one where you upload your photograph and signature (create a login account), and the other where you do not (Detailed information is given on the website: http://www.aima.in/testing-services/mat/mat.html). After having filled the application form as required, and filling in the Management Institute codes to send the scores to 5 colleges where your score is to be sent, you will have to send the printed application form, along with the DD (if DD is the mode of payment) to the following address:
All India Management Association
14 Institutional area
Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003
You will have to select certain colleges in your MAT application, to send your scores to the college intended. After having written the exam and the merit list of the MAT having been created. If shortlisted, you will be called for the GDPIs (Group Discussions, Written tests and Personal Interviews). The final list of selected candidates is prepared and the admission offered taking into account the academic background, the written test scores, work experience, the GDPI stage, etc.
Syllabus for the Exam
The Syllabus for the MAT exam is very vast. It encompasses various topics, and are given as follows for each section:
- Quantitative aptitude: Geometry, Ratio & Proportion, Profit and loss, Installment payments, Partnerships, etc.
- Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation: Bar charts and graphs, Pie charts, Venn Diagrams, Critical reasoning, and Visual reasoning.
- Reading Comprehension: Comprehension of Passages (Poems), Verbal reasoning, Contextual Usage, Analogies, Antonyms, Sentence completion and correction, Idioms, etc.
- General Awareness: Current Affairs, Business, Famous awards and prizes, World Records, Books and Authors, Science History and Geographic Organizations, Important Quotations, Sports, Automobiles, Social Issues, Finance, etc.
It should be noted that the syllabus above is not an exhaustive list of topics, but an indicative list based on the previous examinations.
The exams are held usually in the first weeks of February, May, September and December. The important dates follow similar time frames for each of the 4 offerings throughout the year.
These are the important dates for the MAT February 2015 exam:
- Last Date for sale of forms: 17th January 2015.
- Last Date for submission of filled in forms at AIMA, New Delhi: 19th January 2015
- Last Date for Online registration: 17th January 2015
- Last Date for Online submission of application: 19th January 2015
- Exam Date: 01 February 2015 (Paper Mode), 07 February 2015 onwards.
The examinations are held throughout India in various centers, as provided in the bulletin. The test center list is provided here:
Candidates having queries regarding the MAT exam, may contact AIMA by either E-mail or telephone:
Phone No: 011-47673037/47673026/24638896
E-mail: [email protected]
List of Colleges Accepting MAT scores
There are over 600 colleges across India that accept MAT scores for admission. The Government of India thus has deemed it a National entrance exam since 2003. The list of Participating Institutes, along with their Codes is available at the following URL:
The results for the MAT exam is available online. The website for the results is given below. The candidate has to enter his Application number, and form number, and choose the month of the examination to get his score.
Furthermore, the candidate will receive a physical score card by post, at the address provided, during registration.
The MAT scores are normally valid for one year for most management institutes and MBA schools. The examination helps students in getting admitted to Post Graduate Diploma in Management, HR, Finance, Marketing Operations, IT-marketing, E-Commerce, etc.
The AIMA does not specify any special seat allocation for the reserved category for the exam eligibility. Every candidate has to be a graduate in any of the discipline to be eligible. Furthermore the participating institutes have their discretion in reservation for special category students. So, applicants must be careful in reading college brochures and be wary of the reservations of the college they are applying to.
The counseling for the MAT is merit based, and the candidate has to verify his ranking, as the counseling is on different dates according to the ranks. Candidates must then choose interested colleges for their admission. Nevertheless, the college admission will be offered based on seat availability. MAT counseling is offered usually in the months of June/July of the particular year. The counseling dates will be updated soon on the official website: www.aima.in