MAT 2024 - Syllabus, Eligibility, Application form, 2024 Notification

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Exam Summary

Exam Name Management Aptitude Test
Commonly Known As MAT
Organizing Authority All India Management association (AIMA)
Official Website
Exam Type National Level Examination
Programs Offered MBA, PGDM
Mode of Exam Online
Number of questions 40 questions for each 5 section
Section Language Comprehension 3

Mathematical Skills

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

Indian and Global Environment

Total Marks 200
Type of questions MCQ
Exam duration 2.5 Hours
Eligibility Criteria At least a bachelors degree

No Age limit

Exam Date February Session- 18th February, 2018

May Session- 20th May 2018

September Session- September

December Session- December

What is MAT?

Management Aptitude Test commonly known as MAT is a national-level management entrance examination. Its purpose is to screen candidates for admission to MBA and allied programs. The test has been administered by AIMA.

MAT is held four times a year in the month of February, May, September, and December.

The test was conducted in the first year 1988. The scores secured in MAT are used by 600 Business-Schools across India to select candidates for different management programs.

Structure of MAT 2018

The duration of MAT 2018 is 150 minutes (two and a half hours). The candidates can opt for either online/computer based test or paper-based test. The exam is conducted quarterly in a year. Each section has 40 questions. The nature of questions in each section is multiple choices.


The test is divided into 5 sections:

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

The time limit suggested for each section is as follows:

Section Time Limit
Language Comprehension 30 minutes
Mathematical Skills 40 minutes
Data Analysis and Sufficiency 35 minutes
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 30 minutes
Indian and Global Environment 15 minutes
Total 2.5 hours

The total number of questions is 200. The questions are mainly objective type (4 options for every question).

The marking scheme of the exam is as follows: Maximum 1 mark is given for each section. For every correct answer, 1 mark will be given. Negative marking for the wrong answer is -0.25.

Language for answering the question is in English.

Overview of Exam Paper pattern:

Section Topics Covered Marks
Language Comprehension Fill in the blanks, Jumbled Paragraph, Reading Comprehension. 40
Mathematical Skills Number System, Ratio, and Proportion, Time and Distance, Mixtures and Allegation, Profit and Loss, Mensuration, Coordinate Geometry. 40
Data Analysis and Sufficiency Table, Graph, Charts, Diagram 40
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning Fact Judgement, Passage conclusion, Analogy, Statement Argument. 40
Indian and Global Environment Economics, Finance, National, and International current affairs 40
Total marks 200

MAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

The minimum eligibility criteria and qualification for a candidate appearing in MAT are as follows:

  • A candidate should have qualified and completed his/her 3-year bachelor’s degree (graduation) or any other equivalent course from a recognized institute or university.
  • Candidates in their final year of graduation (graduating in June 2018) can also apply for MAT.
  • There is no age limit for the examination.
  • There is no limit to the number of attempts by the candidate in the examination.
  • There are certain numbers of seats reserved for the reserved category candidates (SC, ST, OBC, and PwD).

MAT 2018 Application forms and submission procedure

The application form for the examination for the February test will be available by 2nd week of December 2017. Candidates can apply both online and offline. The application fee for MAT 2018 is INR 1271 plus GST, for candidates of all categories.


The fee payment can be done in the following ways:

  • Demand Draft: A Demand Draft (DD) is to be obtained in favor of “All India Management Association”, payable at Delhi from any bank.
  • Online Payment: Online payment can be done by credit card, debit card or Net banking.

The application will be available on the official site.

Documents to be attached while applying online are personal and academic records, scanned signature and photograph of the candidate in JPEG format, the size of the images should be between 5-50 KB.

In case a candidate is applying offline, he/she needs to take a printout of the online application form, attach the required documents and send the same with the application fee (Demand Draft) to AIMA before the 4th week of January 2018. The last date for applying for the examination is last week of January 2018. Offline application forms can also be obtained with MAT Bulletin/CD from listed study centers of AIMA or from AIMA, New Delhi, with cash payment.

The address to which the form and documents need to be sent is-

Manager – MAT,

All India Management Association,

Management House, 14, Institutional Road,

Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110003


Step- by- step procedure for filling the online application is as follows:

Step 1: Registration

Candidates applying for MAT exam have to first register for the examination from the official site and login; by submitting their name, date of birth, email id, and mobile number. After registration candidates will receive a confirmation mail with an id and password.

Step 2: Filling the application form

With the id and password received in the mail, the candidate has to log in. Candidates must fill the form by choosing the mode of exam, a city of examination, personal details, educational qualification, work experience (if any) and select the institutes they want to apply for.

Step 3: Uploading documents

After filling all the required details in the form, candidates have to upload their photograph and signature in JPEG format. After uploading all the documents candidates have to accept the declaration.

Step 4: Payment of examination fee

Candidates can pay the fee either online or by demand draft. Candidates applying offline need to send the fee with the application form to AIMA, Delhi within the given time period.

Step 5: Taking printout of MAT Application form

Candidates should take a print out of the application form for the record. Candidates can view their application by clicking on “View Application” tab. A copy of the fee receipt should also be taken as an acknowledgment.

MAT 2018 Admit Card

  • The admit cards are usually provided to candidates one week before the examination.
  • The admit card for MAT 2018 will be issued by 4th week of January
  • The candidates can access/download admit card from the official site
  • After clicking on the link, candidates will be directed to a page where they have to fill details to download the admit card.

The details required for accessing the admit card is as follows:

    • The online application number
    • Date of Birth (dd/mm/yy)
    • Candidate’s name

Details included in the admit card are as follows:

    • Candidate’s Name
    • Application form number
    • Examination date
    • Time of Exam
    • Venue of Examination
    • Roll number of candidate
    • Picture of candidate
    • Signature of candidate
    • Examination Centre code
    • Other information and general instruction related to the examination

MAT 2018 Admission Procedure

The final result of MAT examination is usually declared after one month from the date of examination.The result is announced on the official site.

Candidates can check their results online or through SMS. To know the results through SMS, the candidate must SMS as: MATS FORMNO DOB ( In “dd/mm/yy” format) to 54242

The admission procedure and further selection after examination is divided into three rounds

  • Group Discussion (GD)
  • Personal Interview (PI)
  • Written Ability Test (WAT)

Some institutes may conduct either two or all three rounds. The candidates are shortlisted on the basis of result/rank obtained in MAT or cutoff of the institute the candidate has chosen.

Other Information and General Instruction:

  • Complete knowledge of the syllabus is very important for the preparation of the exam.
  • It is advised to the candidates to start the preparation for the examination as early as possible.
  • Practice is the main key to score well in the exam.
  • In case of Computer/Online based examination, it is important for the candidate to follow the given date and time slot.
  • During the examination, time management is very important.
  • Hardcopy of the MAT score card will be sent to the candidate’s registered address.
  • If the candidate has any query about the examination or any other topic they can contact to AIMA through mail, post or phone.
  • Candidates appearing in the MAT examination must check the list of participating institutions before filling the application form.
  • After the results are declared, the qualifying candidate’s information and rank are automatically sent to the 5 selected institutions in the application form.
  • The candidates can also directly apply in the institutions of their choice.
  • If any candidate misplaces the admit card or has any query on or before the day of the examination, they must contact the AIMA center or the examination center in the stipulated time period.

MAT 2018 Notifications

This exam is conducted 4 times a year – in February, May, September and December. The notifications for the exams are as follows:

MAT Exams Notification Release
MAT 2018 – February Last week of December 2017
MAT 2018 – May Last week of February 2018
MAT 2018 – September 1st week of July 2018
MAT 2018 – December 1st week of October 2018

For candidates interested in writing this exam, they have to first choose a slot i.e. when they will be giving the test. Based on their choice, they will have to keep an eye out on the official website. Additionally, the notifications will also be printed in the local newspapers.

MAT 2018 Syllabus

The exam is divided into 5 sections namely Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, Language Comprehension, Indian and Global Environment and Intelligence and Critical Reasoning. Following is a detailed description of the topics in each of the above-mentioned sections:

Subject Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematics Indian and Global Environment


Language Comprehension


Intelligence ad critical reasoning


Topics ·         Geometry – Spheres, Rectangles, Cube, Triangles and other shapes

·         Profit and Loss

·         Number System

·         Work and Time

·         HCF and LCM

·         Algebra

·         Ratios and Proportions

·         Time, speed and distance

·         Partnerships

·         Averages

·         Geometric progressions

·         Percentages

·         Linear and Quadratic Equations

·         Current Affairs

·         World Records

·         History

·         Social Issues

·         International organizations

·         Famous awards and prizes

·         World records

·         Business

·         Books and Authors

·         Tag lines for brands and companies

·         Geography

·         Sports

·         Finance

·         Automobiles

·         Politics

·         Science

·         Syllogism

·         Antonyms

·         Verbal reasoning

·         Fill in the blanks

·         Contextual usage

·         Analogies

·         Sentence Completion

·         Jumbled Paragraphs

·         Foreign language words used in English

·         Sentence Correction

·         Idioms

·         Different usage of the same words

·         One word substitutions


·         Family tree

·         Puzzles

·         Calendars

·         Coding and decoding

·         Multidimensional arrangements

·         Arrangement

·         Series

·         Numeric grid

·         Pie chart

·         Blood relations

·         Critical reasoning

·         Column Graphs

·         Statement conclusions


MAT 2018 Important Dates

The notification for a particular session starts two months prior to the exam date.

For the MAT 2018 February exam, the timeline is as follows:

Event Dates
Notifications about the exam Last week of December 2017
Start of Registration 1st week of January 2018
End of Registration Last week of January 2018
Availability of Admit Card Last week of January till date of the exam
Exam Date (Pen and paper i.e. offline mode) 4th February 2018
Exam Date (Computer Based i.e. online mode) 10th February 2018
Announcement of Results Last week of February 2018

For the MAT 2018 May exam, the timeline is as follows:

Event Dates
Notifications about the exam Last week of February 2018
Start of Registration 1st week of March 2018
End of Registration Last week of April 2018
Availability of Admit Card Last week of April till date of the exam
Exam Date (Pen and paper i.e. offline mode) 6th May 2018
Exam Date (Computer Based i.e. online mode) 12th May 2018
Announcement of Results Last week of May 2018

For the MAT 2018 September exam, the timeline is as follows:

Event Dates
Notifications about the exam 1st week of July 2018
Start of Registration 1st week of July 2018
End of Registration Last week of August 2018
Availability of Admit Card Last week of August till date of the exam
Exam Date (Pen and paper i.e. offline mode) 2th September 2018
Exam Date (Computer Based i.e. online mode) 8th September 2018
Announcement of Results Last week of September 2018

For the MAT 2018 December exam, the timeline is as follows:

Event Dates
Notifications about the exam 1st week of October 2018
Start of Registration 1st week of October 2018
End of Registration Last week of November 2018
Availability of Admit Card Last week of November till date of the exam
Exam Date (Pen and paper i.e. offline mode) 9th December 2018
Exam Date (Computer Based i.e. online mode) 15th December 2018
Announcement of Results Last week of December

Based on when the candidate chooses to write the exam, they will have to look at the respective timelines and prepare accordingly.

MAT 2018 List of exam centers

This exam is conducted all across the country and the All India Management Association has made sure that this exam is conducted in every state.  The following is a list of cities where this exam is conducted:

·         Vijayawada

·         Visakhapatnam

·         Guwahati

·         Jorhat

·         Tezpur

·         Patna

·         Chandigarh

·         Bhilai

·         Raipur

·         Delhi

·         Ahmedabad

·         Gurgaon

·         Shimla

·         Jammu

·         Jamshedpur

·         Ranchi

·         Bangalore

·         Mangalore

·         Kochi

·         Kottayam

·         Kozhikode

·         Thiruvananthapuram

·         Mumbai

·         Nagpur

·         Pune

·         Bhubaneswar

·         Rourkela

·         Ludhiana

·         Jaipur

·         Chennai

·         Coimbatore

·         Madurai

·         Hyderabad

·         Allahabad

·         Bareilly

·         Kanpur

·         Lucknow

·         Mathura

·         Meerut

·         Dehradun

·         Haridwar

·         Durgapur

·         Kolkata

·         Indore

·         Bhopal

Candidates can choose their exam centers based on their convenience. While filling up the form, candidates are asked to give two options for their exam center. The authorities will try to accommodate the candidates based on their preference but there is no guarantee. Exam center allocation is done based on first come first serve basis and hence candidates who are keen on getting a particular center are requested to fill the form as early as possible and submit it.

MAT 2018 Contact Details

Contact Number: 011 – 24645100 / 011 – 24617354 / 011 – 43128100

Fax: 011- 24626689

Email id:


All Center for Management Education

14, Institutional Area

Lodhi Road

New Delhi 110003


List of colleges accepting MAT 2018 score

There are many universities who offer admissions based on the MAT score of the candidate. The following is a list of the top B-Schools that offer admissions based on MAT scores:

MAT 2018 Cut off

Cut off mark is the minimum marks that should be scored by the candidate in order to be eligible for counseling. Different universities have a different value for the cut off marks that is decided by their management. The following is a list of the expected cut off for a few universities:

University Cut off Marks
Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship 700
Institute of Public Enterprise 650
PSG Institute of Management 600
Amity Business School 500
IFIM Business School 500
VIT University 500
SRM University 500
Alliance School of Business 500
Christ Institute of Management 400

Candidates are requested to check the university’s official website for details on the cut off marks. It should be noted that crossing the cut off mark does not guarantee an admission into a particular university. It is only a prerequisite. Candidates will secure an admission based on their rank i.e. their performance in MAT exam.

Score Validity

The MAT score of a candidate is valid for only one year. The score of 2017 cannot be carried over to the next year, namely 2018. However, as this exam is conducted four times a year, candidates usually do not have the need to carry over the marks from one year to another.


MAT 2018 Reservations & Seat distributions

The conducting authority namely AIMA does not specify any reservations based on the MAT score. Admissions are purely based on merit i.e. the score secured by the candidate in the management aptitude exam.

MAT 2018 Counseling Schedule

All the candidates who have cleared the cut off will be called for further rounds of written ability test, group discussion, and personal interview. Only the candidates who clear these rounds will be eligible for counseling. The selected candidates will be delivered a message about the counseling sessions.

There are two modes used by AIMA for counseling – online counseling and offline counseling. Candidates who prefer to go for the online counseling will have to register and give their willingness to participate. Candidates who have opted for the offline counseling will have to be present at the given time and location.

The following are the list of documents needed for verification:

  • Admit card
  • Score Card
  • 10th Grade Mark Sheet
  • 12th Grade Mark Sheet
  • Undergraduate Degree Certificate
  • Government ID Proof – PAN Card, Aadhaar Card, Passport etc
  • Work experience proof (if any)

Once verification of documents is done, candidates can proceed forward to choosing their university and stream.

On deciding their choice, the candidate will have to confirm their seat. If they fail to do so, their seat will be cancelled and will be given to another candidate. Candidates will also have to pay the fee within the allotted time.

MAT 2018 Sample Papers

Working on previous year’s question papers will definitely help the candidate improve their score. Looking at past year papers will give candidates the much-needed perspective on what to expect in the exam and prepare accordingly. Sample papers can be accessed at the official website

Previous session/years sample papers can be found at

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