MAT (Management Aptitude Test)
MAT is the MBA entrance test conducted country-wide by Centre for Management Services (CMS) of All India Management Association (AIMA). It is usually conducted four times in a year in February, May, September and December. MAT is conducted in all major cities in the country and in leading cities abroad.
MAT Score is necessary for admission into PGDM / equivalent programmes offered by AIMA or other Management Institutes (MIs) who participate in it. The number of participating institutes may vary, as it keeps on changing from test to test. Admission criteria for admission to every institute is different, but all these Management Institutes participating in MAT are either AICTE / DEC approved; University affiliated colleges, University Departments. Validity of the MAT score for that particular session for most Management Institutes is one year.
MAT has become popular with over hundreds of AICTE approved Institutions & University Departments and over lakhs of MBA aspirants having availed AIMA’s testing services in the past six years and now MAT is approved as a National Entrance Test vide Government of India, Ministry of HRD letter no. F.17-20/2003-TS.I dated 23 November 2004.
Salient Aspects of MAT
ISO 9001:2000 certified by DNV with accreditation to RVA and Quality Council of India
Entrance Test for recognized programmes
Time tested over a decade
Validated through independent studies
Availed by lakhs of students
Accepted by hundreds of Institutes and University Departments
Individual score-card with candidate’s photograph
Widespread network for sale of bulletins
Test Centres located all over the country and abroad
Low bulletin cost which includes registration and test fees
The minimum qualification for appearing in MAT is graduation in any discipline from any recognized University or equivalent recognized degree. A final year student in any undergraduate (i.e., B.A., B.Sc., B.Com., B.Tech., etc.,) can also appear provisionally. Usually, there is a minimum percentage requirement in graduation, which is different for different MIs / University.
Nature of MAT Test
MAT tests the basic knowledge and application skills in a candidate in various test areas. It is designed and developed to ascertain the aptitude of the candidates to undergo Post Graduate Programme in Management. It is an objective type test with multiple-choice answers. Questions are more direct and formula-based, testing the basic IQ in a candidate. MAT has five sections, each section consisting of forty questions. Hence, a total of 200 questions need to be attempted over 150 minutes.
||No. of Questions
||Time Suggested (Minutes)
|| Language Comprehension
|| Mathematical Skills
|| Data Analysis & Sufficiency
|| Intelligence & Critical Reasoning
|| Indian & Global Environment
Updated on March 25, 2009.