Overview on MAT Exam– Management Aptitude Test
The All India Management Association (AIMA), New Delhi holds the Management Aptitude Test (MAT). MAT Exam Results are acknowledged by AIMA-CME (All India Management Association – Center for Management Education) and other AICTE-approved Management Institutes. It is a national level entrance test for admission to MBA and correspondent programs in several participating institutions, like PGDM in Insurance Management, HR, Finance, Marketing, Operations, and International Business, Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology & Management (PGDITM) in IT Marketing, E-Commerce, Information Systems Management etc.
All business schools that accept MAT scores are either AICTE approved or affiliated to the aforementioned universities.MAT is one of the most popular competitive exams for MBA aspirants as it allows them to apply for a wide range of Business schools in India, apart from the top most tiers that includes the IIMs. Another reason for the immense popularity of this exam is the fact that candidates can choose to take either the Paper Based Test or Computer Based Test as per their choice, unlike the CAT which is only available as an online test.
Common Admission Test (CAT) and Management Aptitude Test (MAT) are the two national level MBA entrance exams. CAT is conducted for admission to the top tier B-schools in India including IIM’s and MAT is used for admission to the next tier of B-schools for admission. B schools across India either accept scores of common test like CAT, MAT or conduct their own entrance exams.
The main differences between the two exams are quite simple. MAT is carried out four times in a year whereas CAT is held only once every year. The Top Tier B-schools accept and take into account CAT scores, while MAT scores are applicable mostly for the by B-grade schools in the country. Both these exams test an aspirant based on their mathematical, verbal and analytical writing skills. It is however, common opinion that the CAT is tougher to crack compared to the CAT due to their differing difficulty levels. The exam pattern has frequent changes in case of CAT, hence previous exam papers are not as useful compared to MAT, where solving previous exam papers gives immeasurable practice.
Any student with a graduate degree from a recognized university, or one affiliated to such a university is eligible to appear for this test. Also, students in the final year of their graduate program can take this test upon submitting a certificate from the Head of the University confirming their eligibility.
As mentioned earlier, unlike the CAT, MAT exam is held four times in each year, in the months of January, May, September and December. Only one date in each of these months is set aside for the paper-based test. Those opting for the computerized testing are allowed to choose from a given range of dates, according to their convenience. Sometimes, if number of applicants opting for computerized test is very small, the paper-based and computerized modes of testing are both held on the same day. Candidates should keep in mind such clauses.
Applicants can pick from any of the following methods of applying:
- Register online at http://apps.aima.in/matmay14 with Credit Card/Debit Card. Details regarding the procedure will be given on the website
- Obtain Demand Draft (DD) of Rs 1200/- (One thousand two hundred only) in favour of ‘All India Management Association’ payable at Delhi from any Bank. Register online at http://apps.aima.in/matmay14 along with the DD details. Detailed procedure is given on the website link
- Obtain application Form with MAT Bulletin/CD upon payment of Rs 1200/- from listed Nodal Centres of AIMA OR from AIMA, New Delhi. Again, all instructions regarding submission will be given on the website.
The test pattern is pretty much the same as that of the CAT. In MAT, there is an additional section on General Awareness. While this is a qualifying section, its score is not taken into account while totaling percentile. Total time of 2.5 hrs will be given for the exam. Total numbers of Questions are 200 (40 in each section):
|Data Interpretation/Data Sufficiency||40|
|Logical and Critical Reasoning||40|
Scores are usually based on the first four sections only, however, decision to consider the GA section scores is left to the individual institution.
- Correct attempt: +1 mark ,Incorrect attempt: -0.25 marks, No marks are cut for not attempting a question.
- The consolidated score is evaluated by taking only first four sections into account. GA section is not the part of the consolidated score. Hence, the scoring is done out of a maximum possible score of 160 marks. However, the mark sheet or score card given by the AIMA does not display the net marks. It gives the scaled score and the percentile (performance with respect to other applicants) in each and every section. It also gives the overall composite score and the overall percentile.
- It is estimated that an overall score of 62 marks (exclusive of GA) will give an overall percentile of more than 95. Any net score of more than 82 marks (excluding GA) is considered outstanding and is equivalent to an overall percentile of more than 99.
The syllabus of MAT Exam is not specific as such, and is quite similar to that of CAT. The two exams differ mainly in the difficulty level of questions asked –
Geometry, (Lines, angles, Triangles, Spheres, Rectangles, Cube, Cone etc), Ratios and Proportion, Percentages,In-equations Quadratic and linear equations, Algebra, Profit & Loss, Averages, Partnership (Accounts), Time-Speed-Distance, Work and time, Number system, HCF & LCM, Geometric Progression, Arithmetic progression, Arithmetic mean, Geometric mean, Harmonic mean, Median, Mode, Number Base System,BODMAS, Mensuration, Alligation & Mixtures, Work, Pipes and Cisterns, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Set Theory, Venn diagram, Installment Payments, Clocks, Probability, Permutations Combinations, Trigonometry, Vectors, Binomial Expansion, Co-ordinate geometry, Logarithm, Calendar, Maxima & Minima, Progression, Surds & Indices, Complex numbers Etc.
Data Interpretation and Reasoning
Comprehension of passage (Poems can also come), Verbal Reasoning, Syllogisms, Contextual usage,
Analogies, Antonyms, Fill In the Blanks, Jumbled paragraphs with 4 or 5 sentences, Jumbled paragraphs (6 sentences with first and last fixed), Sentence Correction, Foreign language words used in English, Sentence completion, Sentence correction, Odd man out, Idioms, One word substitution.
Current Affairs, Business, Punch line of companies, Top officials of big companies, Major corporate events, Famous award and prizes, World Records, Books and authors, Science, History, Geography, International organizations, Important quotations, Social issues, Sports, Finance, Automobiles, Entertainment, Politics, etc.
- As the question paper pattern for the MAT Exam is not subject to frequent changes like its counterpart, previous year papers are very helpful when practicing. Questions may be simple, yet tricky, and hence ardent and regular practice will be the most helpful way of preparation.
- As is for CAT, there are a number of books, and online material available to aid one in their preparation. Also, it is important to regularly read the newspaper, etc to keep in touch with current affairs and areas of concern as this will help one crack the GA section.
- All applicants must keep track of dates and if opting for online test, book the date well in advance to avoid hassle.