Management Aptitude Test (MAT): A key to entry in good B-Schools

Since the 1980’s Management Aptitude Test (MAT), has been providing a platform to the MBA aspirants to get into a business school beyond the ambivalent Common Admission Test (CAT). Looking at the popularity of the MBA programs, it was felt that there should be other platforms beyond CAT to screen students seeking admission in Business Schools (B-Schools) for MBA and other allied programs.

Till the year 2003, MAT was recognized by the industry, educational bodies and international boards, but it did not have a Government of India approval. But after the Ministry of HRD approval, MAT has become a national level test just like CAT. The number of students is also increasing year by year and a good score in MAT ensures admission in good B school accepting MAT scores as admission criterion. And the number of B-Schools admitting students on the basis of MAT scores are more than 600 in number and these are Business Schools of repute.

MAT Exams

Every year MAT exams are held four times a year. This gives the student planning admission into his choice of B-Schools a window to choose from according to his study, work or preparation schedule. The Management Aptitude Test (MAT) exams are held in the months of February, May, September and December every year. Since for the year 2013, February and May exams have occurred, candidates can appear in September and December exams. Also, there is a choice available for candidate to choose how he wishes to give his exam from either: a paper based test or a computer based test.


MAT is conducted by the All India Management Association (AIMA) which is a conglomeration of Local Management Associations (LMAs) across States and it affiliates 64 LMAs across the country, along with two collaborating management associations i.e. the Qatar Indian Management Association and the Mauritius Management Association.

AIMA has connections with more than 3000 MBA and non-MBA institutions, and it is not only a facilitating authority but it offers distance management courses, management development programs, organizes national events, competitions, etc. and other multifarious activities.

MAT Dates

The upcoming Management Aptitude Test (MAT) exam in September, this year has been scheduled for 1st September 2013, for those choosing to appear for the paper test pattern and for the online exam; the date is 7th September 2013 onwards. A god score in the exam would open doors for courses like MBA, PGDM and PGDBM etc. in some of the best institutes of the country.

To basic requirement for students to appear in MAT 2013, the candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university or equivalent.

Pattern of exam and syllabus

Like the other management exams, The Management Aptitude Test is primarily an objective type questionnaire divided into five sections. Each section has 40 questions and the time given to each candidate is 150 minutes. Hence, good management of the time is an essential part of the exam. The exam is not easy as, negative marking is a part and parcel of the MAT and each time you attempt a wrong answer or take a chance where you are not sure, ¼ marks would be deducted for each of such mistakes; therefore it is advisable to answer questions you are sure you know the right answers.

While preparing for MAT, the candidates should be thorough in preparation with regards to important aspects like, Mathematics, a good grip of Language Comprehension, Intelligence and Critical reasoning, quick Data Interpretation and improving their knowledge about the Indian and Global Environment.


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