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MAT 2021 - Exam Pattern

The upcoming exam sessions of MAT Exam 2021 are just around the corner. AIMA (All India Management Association) has already released all the required notifications related to the upcoming MAT exam in the month of June 2021. The test will be conducted in CBT, PBT as well as IBT mode for admission to MBA and allied programs across the B-schools of India. The MAT Exam is conducted 4 times a year. The score of the MAT exam has a validity of one year.

  • The Paper-Based Test is being conducted on the first Sunday of February, May, September, and December from 10.00-12.30 hours.
  • Whereas, the Computer Based Test is being conducted from following Sunday onwards and in various time slots.
Events Important Dates
Paper Based Test (PBT)
Last Date for Registration 24th May 2021
Exam Date 30th May 2021
Availability Of Admit Cards On The Website 26th May 2021
Computer Based Test (CBT)
Last Date for Registration 7th June 2021
Exam Date 13th June 2021
Availability Of Admit Cards On The Website 10th June 2021

Overview of the Exam Pattern

MAT Exam Pattern 2021
Full-Form Management Aptitude Test (MAT)
Eligibility Graduates in any discipline and final year students of specified programs can also apply.
  • Paper-Based Test (PBT)
  • Computer Based Test(CBT)
  • Internet-Based Test (IBT)
Duration 2 hours and 30 Minutes (150 Minutes)
Conducting Body All India Management Association (AIMA)
Number of Questions 200 MCQs
Total Marks 200
Negative Marking 0.25 Marks
Medium English
  • Language Comprehension
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
  • Mathematical Skills
  • Data Analysis & Sufficiency
  • Indian and Global Environment

Registration Fee for MAT Exam

  • For Paper-Based Test (PBT) - Rs. 1650
  • For Computer-Based Test (CBT) - Rs. 1650
  • For Internet-Based Test (IBT) - Rs. 1650

MAT Exam Eligibility

  • The candidates should have accomplished a bachelor's degree from a recognized university.
  • Final year students under UG programs (BBA, BA, BE, B. Sc, B. Com, etc.) are also qualified to apply.
  • Only pass marks are required to appear for MAT exams
  • Admission to MBA colleges requires 50-60% marks in graduation.
  • Reserved categories are provided with a relaxation of 5% marks in the minimum aggregate.
  • There is no age limit to appear for MAT exams.

What are the differences between PBT, CBT, and IBT?

Paper-Based Test Computer-Based Test Internet-Based Test
The applicants are asked to carry Pen, HB-Pencils, erasers, and sharper with them. Whereas the Question Paper & OMR Answer Sheet is given at the Exam Centre. The student attends exams by the computer and the questions are displayed on the computer monitor. The candidate must have an effective internet connection to take this exam. This IBT would be a remote proctor. They are auditor through live video and audio feed. The computer screen of the student would also be watched.

Section-wise Breakup for MAT 2021 Exams:

All the questions in the MAT paper carry an equal weightage of marks. The questions are asked within the syllabus only, yet the modeling of questions might vary from one session of MAT to the another.

Sections Total Number of Questions Ideal Time to Attempt
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning 40 30 Minutes
Mathematical Skill 40 40 Minutes
Language Comprehension 40 30 Minutes
Data Analysis & Data Sufficiency 40 35 Minutes
Indian & Global Environment 40 15 Minutes
Total 200 150 Minutes
  • 1 mark is awarded for each right answer.
  • For each incorrect answer, 0.25 is a negative marking

Test Cities

You can appear for the MAT exam four times a year.
Must have passed a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with an aggregate of 50% of marks.
Yes. It has a negative marking of about 0.25 for each negative answer.
No. The Calculator is not allowed to carry during the exam.
A score of more than 400 is considered a good MAT score percentile.
MAT score is valid for an entire year.
There is no age limit to appear in the exam and the candidate must have completed 21 years of age.
Language Comprehension, Intelligence, and Critical Reasoning, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, Indian and Global Environment.
Colleges like Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Nagpur, International School of Business & Media (ISB&M) Pune, School of Inspired Leadership - SOIL Gurgaon, SIESCOMS Navi Mumbai, Jaipuria Institute of Management (Jaipuria) Noida, etc.
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