MAT (Management Aptitude Test) Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus


MAT- This is a national-level management entrance exam. The scores of this exam are used for admission to various kinds of MBA, PGDM and allied Management Programmes. This exam is conducted by AIMA or All India Management Association every year.

The exam is held 4 times a year  February, May, September and December.


Graduates from any discipline can sit for the exam. Final year graduation students are eligible to sit for the exam. There is no age bar. A candidate can take as many attempts as he likes.


It is both Paper-Based-Test and Computer-Based –Test. The fee is 1550 rupees.

There are 200 questions and the time duration to solve them is 2 hours and 30 minutes. All are MCQ type or Multiple Choice Questions. The paper is in English and there is negative marking for incorrect answers.


The exam consists of 5 sections and the subjects are-

  1. Language Comprehension
  2. Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
  3. Data Analysis and Sufficiency
  4. Mathematical Skills
  5. Indian and Global Environment

All sections contain 40 questions which have to be completed within the given time.


Strategic Planning Of  Study Schedule—study routine should be well planned in advance so that one doesn’t have to go through the jitters at the last moment. This way all subjects would be revised systematically.

Solving Maths Question Papers: solving and practising problems on a daily basis will help to improve speed and concentration. One will get accustomed to the type of questions that might come in the exams.

Read a lot of articles on a variety of subjects- this will help in attempting the Comprehension section. One will acquire skill and precision and will be able to attempt the questions properly.

Regular Practice: for attempting Data Analysis and Sufficiency and Intelligence and Critical Reasoning which are more tricky than difficult. Regular practice familiarizes one with the subjects and one can easily interpret and solve the problems.

Improve General Awareness-the Indian and Global Environmental section tests one’s general awareness. Along with that National dailies, magazines and listening to the news can help enhance general awareness.

Crash Courses- enrolling oneself for a crash course in a good institute to prepare for MAT can be beneficial in getting acquainted with the type of format.

Being Confident- being calm and confident will help one to focus and crack the exam easily.

Time Management- one should know how to divide time and attempt all the questions.

Even if one doesn’t enrol in a coaching institute one can crack the MAT by applying the following techniques-

  • Analyze previous  year papers
  • Become a voracious reader-this will help in the Comprehension section.
  • Make Maths your best friend and solve problems daily
  • Collect the apt study material
  • Understand the exam format properly
  • Practice for the exam through online classes and tests

A mentor can be of great help to guide a person. One should take the help of teachers who have a first-hand experience of MAT.

Keeping these pointers in mind an aspirant can score 100 percentile

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Preeti TALWAR is a doctorate in science, who has worked as a Research Associate under a U.G.C fellowship, worked as a Proofreader with Thakur Publishers, Worked as a Content Writer for Planet Spark, India Go Social, Planet writer, Story Mirror, Student Star, Odds spaces. Well published on national and international media. Published for the Chicken Soup Series. Author on different forums like YourStory, Bonobology, Thrive Global, Women's Web, The Country esquire, Newsnviews, Sheroes, Different Truths. Writing is adrenaline for Preeti's soul.

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