Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a national level exam conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA) for entrance into Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) programmes.
MAT is being conducted since 1998 as an entry-level exam for getting admission into more than 600 business schools of India. It takes place four times every year in February, May, September, and December. Based on the scorecard, students can then apply for MBA or PGDM programmes offered by participating B-Schools.
Students can choose the time of year they want to give the exam according to their convenience. It allows the students to get enough time for their preparation.
After securing a valid score in MAT exam, there will be further rounds in the admission process. The concerned university can conduct Group Discussion (GD), Personal Interview Round and Writing Ability Test (WAT). The final evaluation will depend on the student’s performance in MAT exam and all these rounds which follow the exam. All the documents of students will also be verified during the selection procedure.
Students who want to get into a management career can start preparing for the exam. Before starting their preparation, they must know the details about the exam.
MAT 2019 Registration Process:
Students who are familiar with MAT exam can start the online registration process by visiting the official website of AIMA. They can fill the application form downloaded from the website either online or offline.
The steps for registration are as follows:
New Users Create Account
- Go to the official website of AIMA and create a new account. By creating the account one can save their details so that they are never lost. Candidates can then login anytime using their username and password and resume the process.
- Click on a New user and fill out the details such as full name, date of birth, E-mail address, mobile number, and password. Submit the details.
- Candidates will receive an OTP on their registered mobile number to verify the number. A verification link will also be sent to their registered E-mail ID. This is important for further correspondence and security, in case one forgets the password.
Login And Fill The Application Form
- Now students will be required to sign in to their new account by using their credentials.
- A new page will open reflecting the name. Complete the four actions, first is completing the registration form.
- Choose the test taking option, i.e., Paper-Based Test (PBT) or Computer-Based Test (CBT).
- Select the choices for Test Centre for either CBT or PBT and examination date.
- Complete the personal details such as Candidate’s name, Father’s name, Mother’s name, Date of Birth, Address for communication, Gender, Nationality, Email ID, Mobile number.
- Enter the qualification details, 10+2 and graduation percentage of marks, passing year and stream.
- Enter the experience details if the candidate has any working experience.
- If the candidate is a person with a disability, he or she should describe the nature of the disability.
- Upload the photo ID details issued by the government. This will be reproduced at the center.
- Check the particular class if the student has appeared in GMAT, CAT or XAT before.
- Check the disclaimer and click on Submit.
Upload Photograph And Signature
- In the next action, candidates must upload their scanned photograph (40 to 100 kb) and signature (10 to 40 kb).
- Make the payment in the last step. The registration process will be completed only after this last action.
Print the Form
Print the Registration form and carry it along with your ID on the day of the exam and admit card.
MAT Application Form Details:
Students tend to make mistakes while filling up the MAT application form if they are not careful. They need to keep a few things in mind while registering for the examination online.
How To Avoid Mistakes While Filling MAT Application Form
- Students should fill their forms in time. They should not wait for the last date as there is more possibility of errors because of a hurry. Also, there is less time left for any correction, if required.
- Students must ensure that all their personal details are correct before making the payment and submitting the application. They will not be allowed to take the exam if the information provided by them does not match with their documents.
- It is advisable to always read all the instructions carefully before starting the online registration procedure.
- Students should edit their details in case of any mistake, and save the correction by logging in anytime before submitting the form.
- Fill up all the mandatory fields and upload the required photographs of the correct size.
- After the completion of payment, changes to the details will not be possible.
- Candidates must gather all their documents beforehand so that all the details filled are correct and match the documents. Double check all the entries before submitting the form.
- The scanned photographs must be in jpg/jpeg format and of required size.
- Note down the login details correctly. This way one can log in anytime and edit the details before submitting the MAT application form.
- Once the payment is made, there will not be any refund. So candidates must not hurry to make the payment. They must first make sure that all the details are accurate and then make the payment.
How To Make Correction in Case of An Error
- No changes can be made in the MAT application form once the payment is done. However, AIMA provides correction facility under certain circumstances.
- The candidate can send an E-mail to AIMA and explain their situation through the mail. Telephone calls, fax, and postal communication will not be considered by AIMA.
- In case the application fee is deducted after failed registration, a candidate needs to fill out the application form again before the last date. A refund request can be sent to AIMA, although there is no guarantee of any refund.
It completely depends on the discretion of AIMA authorities whether the changes can be made or not.
MAT Exam Pattern:
- Students can opt for either offline exam mode i.e. Paper-Based Exam (PBT) or online exam mode i.e. Computer-Based Exam (CBT).
- Students can choose to take the exam in either English or Hindi language.
- There are 200 questions in total; five sections having 40 questions each.
- The questions are Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) type.
- The total exam duration is 150 minutes.
- The test score is valid only for one year.
- There will be negative marking of the ¼ mark for each wrong answer.
- There are five subjects namely, Language Comprehension, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, and Indian and Global Environment.
MAT Application Fee:
- The registration fee is Rs. 1400 for both Paper-Based Test (PBT) and Computer-Based Test (CBT) for all categories.
- Students have to pay an extra fee of Rs. 1100 if they wish to take both CBT and PBT.
Payment can be made online through debit card, credit card, or internet banking. It can also be made offline by sending a demand draft to AIMA.
MAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria:
Before filling out the registration form of MAT, candidates must check out whether they are eligible to appear for the examination or not.
Here are the eligibility criteria:
- Educational Qualification: The interested candidates should be a graduate from a recognized university or in the final year of their graduation, since this an entrance exam for post graduation degree or diploma in management.
- Age Limit: There is no age limit, neither minimum nor maximum.
- Number of Attempts: There is no limit on the number of attempts to apply for MAT.
- Qualifying Marks: There are no minimum qualifying marks criteria of graduation. But the candidate should have successfully passed his all his graduation examinations.
MAT 2019 Exam Dates:
Here are the tentative dates for MAT 2019. Students must keep checking until the dates are finalized.
Check out these dates and start preparing for the examination according to them.
|Starting of online Registration Process||3rd week of December, 2018|
|Closing of Registration (PBT)||Last week of December, 2018|
|Closing of Registration (CBT)||2nd week of January, 2019|
|Issuing of Admit Card||4th week of January, 2019|
|Exam Date(PBT)||1st week of February, 2019|
|Exam Date (CBT)||3rd week of February, 2019|
|Result Declaration||Last week of February, 2019|
MAT Admit Card:
- Admit cards issued for CBT and PBT will be different. Students can download their admit card by entering their Application Number, Date of Birth and Email ID.
- Students will not be allowed to enter the examination venue without they admit cards.
- Students must download the admit cards and take a print out. Admit cards will not be sent through post or mail.
- The results will be available online in the last week of February, 2019. Students can check their results by entering their Application Number and Roll Number.
- In case the score card is lost, a duplicate score card can be issued upon request to AIMA authorities. The score card will be valid for one academic year.
MAT exam consists of 200 Multiple Choice Questions. It has five subjects having 40 questions each. There is 1/4th negative marking for each wrong answer.
Here is the syllabus for MAT 2019:
1. Language Comprehension
It consists of English language questions to test the proficiency of students. Questions are of type Reading Comprehension, Fill in the blanks, Jumbled words and many such questions.
2. Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
This section consists of aptitude and reasoning questions. These questions are used to test the thinking and decision-making abilities of the candidate.
3. Mathematical Skills
This section checks the mathematical abilities of the candidate. Questions come from various topics like Geometry, Permutation, and Combination, Trigonometry, Sequence, and Series.
4. Data Analysis and Sufficiency
This section includes questions on Graphs, Tables, Venn Diagrams, Pie Chart, and statistics.
5. Indian And Global Environment
This section includes questions on Environment and General Knowledge. For this, students must keep themselves updated about the current environmental issues by reading the news on daily basis.
MAT Preparation Tips:
- First of all collect all the information about MAT 2019 like eligibility to appear for the examination, exam format, syllabus and exam dates.
- Start by making a proper timetable. Since every subject carries equal marks, try to allow equal time to every subject.
- Go over the entire syllabus and note down all the topics. Collect the books and all reference material needed for preparation.
- For the environmental section, read news or magazines and keep the knowledge updated. Make it a habit of reading the news every day.
- After covering the entire syllabus once, make a new timetable and allow equal time for revision of all the subjects. Revision should be done in a smart way and keep separate notes of important concepts.
- After some practice revision will get easier and faster. Now collect all the previous year question papers and start solving them daily.
- Solve at least two previous year question papers of MAT every day. Solve these papers like you would solve the actual exam; within the given time frame. Through this practice, candidates will get an idea of how much time should be given to a particular type of question.
- Keep the time limit in mind and don’t get stuck on a particular question. Skip the questions you find more time-consuming and return to those questions once you are done with the rest of the paper. This is the correct method of attempting the question paper to complete it on time and score good marks.
- Finally, solve some fresh mock test papers and do the last revision.
- Do not study anything one day before the exam. It will only add to the stress, and not the score. Relax your mind, have proper rest and meal. Stay motivated as hard work always pays.