All Explained About MAT 2021 Exam: Syllabus, Admissions, Colleges And Tips To Prepare

December 01, 2021

All Explained About MAT 2021 Exam: Syllabus, Admissions, Colleges And Tips To Prepare

Management Aptitude Test or MAT is considered a national-level exam. All India Management of Association (AIMA) conducts this exam to select the students for MBA/PGDM programs. Students can give exams in four phases- February, May, September, and December. There are in total 800+ B schools that accept MAT scores. Students need to qualify for the exam to get admission to these business schools. The pattern for MAT Exam 2021 is specified by AIMA. The duration of the exam is 150 minutes.


 Mode of MAT: Students can choose to give MAT in one of the various modes such as,

  • Offline ( Paper Based Test or PBT)
  • Online ( Computer Based Test or CBT)
  • Remote Proctored ( Internet Based Test or IBT)

Exam Fees: INR 1,650 ( INR 1,100 charged additionally for second test mode )

These tests are conducted at multiple centers. Students have a choice to choose from 54 cities if they want to give PBT Mode and 31 cities for Computer Based Tests. Students can opt for multiple modes as well and later finalize which one they want to give. They will have to pay more as an application fee, during that case.

MAT 2021 Exam Date: May 30- June 13, 2021

Pattern of MAT

MAT Sections: Language Comprehension, Data Analysis, Mathematical Skills, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Indian and Global Environment.

Type of Questions: All the questions will be asked in multiple-choice format. There will be 4 choices available, out of which students will have to choose the one.

Exam Duration: 150 minutes

The total number of questions: 200

Marking Scheme: +1 for every correct answer, -0.25 for every incorrect answer, 0 marks for not attempting a question. Indian and Global Environment scores are not included while calculating the MAT percentile.

Eligibility Criteria for MAT

  • Students should have completed graduation in any of the streams or from a recognized university.
  • Students who are in the final year of graduation can also apply for the exam.
  • Candidates who have finished a professional degree such as CA, CS, or ICWA are also eligible to take the MAT exam.


There are a total of 200 questions asked under the 5 different sections. These sections are Indian and Global Environment, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, and Intelligence and Critical Reasoning. Moreover, the syllabus is similar for all the 3 modes; PBT, CBT, and IBT.

  • Language Comprehension: This section involves 40 questions based on Antonyms & Synonyms, word Substitution, Idioms and Phrases, Jumble phrases, Vocabulary, etc.
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning: This section also has 40 questions based on puzzles, series, blood relations, pie charts, calendars, coding and decoding, visual reasoning, syllogisms, and graphs, etc.
  • Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency: Line Graphs, Bar Graphs, Pie charts, Data comparison, etc are a part of this section. 40 questions are asked under this section.
  • Mathematical Skills: The mathematical skills involve quantitative aptitude, where topics such as algebra, geometry, trigonometry, mensuration, and modern maths.
  • Indian and Global Environment: This is a Gk section that will consist of current affairs and static general knowledge.

Application Process for MAT

The application process is similar for all three modes of exams- PBT, CBT, AND IBT. The process to fill the application form for MAT is online. Candidates can fill the form at the official website and pay the fee online. Candidates need to have all the necessary documents such as a scanned photograph, scanned signature, educational qualification certificates, etc.

Colleges that consider MAT Exam Score:

  • Amity Business School
  • Christ University, Bengaluru
  • Jagan Institute of Management Studies, Rohini
  • Institute of Management Studies
  • OP Jindal Global University
  • GITAM Institute of Management
  • GL Bajaj Institute of Management and Research
  • Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow
  • New Delhi Institute of Management (NDIM)
  • ITM Business School, Navi Mumbai

Tips to prepare for MAT Exam

  • Candidates should practice the past year's questions or sample papers.
  • The students need to prepare the section-wise questions and revise the concepts thoroughly.
  • They require at least six months of preparation to understand every topic thoroughly and practice it.
  • They need to work on their problem-solving skills and that too in a limited period.
  • Proper planning and execution are required to achieve a good score in the exam.
  • Students should practice as many mock tests as possible. They need to prepare according to the time limit of the MAT exam.

By Swaranshi Chhabra 

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