MAT (Management Aptitude test) is national level standardized test for taking admission for MBA or any other master management duty. This exam is conducted by quarterly by the All India Management Association (AIMA) every year since 1988. 600+ B schools in India consider MAT score for MBA and other allied programmes in India. It is held in February, May, September & December every year.

The Reservation Chart:

SC Candidates: 15%

ST candidates: 7.5%

OBC: 27%

For the person with disabilities: 3%

Note: The above percentage prescribed is subject to change as per the year by the Indian government.

Pattern/ Format of MAT Exam

MAT Exam is held in both, pen-paper mode and computer mode. One can chose the mode for himself.


Section No.

Name of Section

No. of questions

Time Suggested (Minutes)


Language Comprehension




Mathematical Skills




Data Analysis and Sufficiency




Intelligence and Critical Reasoning




Indian and Global Environment







  • There are total 200 objective-type questions in the main exam.
  • The duration of the exam is 2.5 hours i.e. 150 min
  • Every correct answer carry 1 mark each
  • Every wrong answer deducts 0.25 or 1/4th mark.


Language Comprehension

The comprehension passage mostly contains the following. One can expect a passage or poem in this section.

  1. Verbal Reasoning
  2. Syllogisms
  3. Using the same word with different meaning.
  4. Contextual Usage
  5. Analogies
  6. One word substitution
  7. Antonyms
  8. Idioms
  9. Fill in the blanks
  10. Odd man out
  11. Jumbled Paragraphs
  12. Sentence Completion
  13. Sentence Correction
  14. Foreign language words used in English

Mathematical Skill

This section is often one of the toughest but important section of the examination. The topics from which the question can be carried are:

  1. Ratios and proportions
  2. In-equations Quadratic and linear equations
  3. Profit and Loss
  4. Geometry
  5. Percentages
  6. Algebra
  7. Averages
  8. Time-Speed-Distance
  9. Number System
  10. Geometric Progression
  11. Partnership (Accounts)
  12. Work and Time
  13. HCF & LCM
  14. Vectors

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

This section is dedicated to text, on tables and graphs. The following are the type of questions that the candidates may face in the exam –

  1. Bar Graphs
  2. Graphs
  3. Line Charts
  4. Column Graphs
  5. Pie Chart
  6. Venn Diagram etc.

General Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

This section consists of various things like substitution of words, statements & assumptions, puzzles, etc. To get hold over this section, the candidates can prepare for the following topics –

  1. Critical Reasoning
  2. Sequencing
  3. Visual reasoning
  4. Coding and Decoding
  5. Assumption-Premise-Conclusion
  6. Statements and Assumptions
  7. Identifying valid interferences
  8. Assertion and reasons
  9. Identifying reasons
  10. Linear arrangements
  11. Matrix arrangements
  12. Family tree
  13. Cause and effect, etc.

Indian and Global Environment respectively

This section consists of the social contemporary happenings, Business analytics, world records etc. This section can be prepared from the following topics –

  1. Current Affairs
  2. Quotations from important personalities
  3. Geography
  4. History
  5. Business
  6. Company punch lines
  7. Major events in corporate
  8. Books and authors
  9. Science
  10. Awards
  11. Top officials of big companies
  12. Sports
  13. Entertainment
  14. Politics etc.

Registration process

  • One can register for the examination through online.
  • One can select up to 4 cities as per their preference
  • Registration fee for the examination is 1200Rs
  • Candidate should be careful while filling up the form.
  • In case of registering online, mail the registration confirmation to the MAT office. 
  • Then visit the AIMA website and download your admit card within the time period mentioned. This need to be carried when you go for the examination.

    MAT Preparation Tips

    The candidates should prepare each topic and should not leave any topic for the last moment. The candidates can make the short notes and can revise them for the better preparation. The candidates can also prepare from the previous year mock papers. It is also important to make proper planning and study schedule in order to score well in the exam.

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