MAT 2018 Management Aptitude Test

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What is MAT ?

MAT (Management Aptitude Test) is a standardized test being administered since 1988 to facilitate Business Schools (B-Schools) to screen candidates for admission to MBA and allied programs. Govt. of India, Ministry of HRD approved MAT as a national level test in 2003. All India Management Association (AIMA) is the...

MAT (Management Aptitude Test) is a standardized test being administered since 1988 to facilitate Business Schools (B-Schools) to screen candidates for admission to MBA and allied programs. Govt. of India, Ministry of HRD approved MAT as a national level test in 2003. All India Management Association (AIMA) is the responsible body for MAT EXAM. More than 600 B-Schools accept MAT exam scores.

MAT Exam takes place four times a year; February, May, September, and December.

MAT Exam dates and other schedules are announced three months before the exam. MAT Exam is an MCQ type Test where candidates can choose to take the exam in either of the two modes – paper-based or computer-based.

Any B-School - national or international - can consider MAT Score as an admission input based on the Score Cards issued to the candidates. The largest test of its kind in the nation, MAT will continue to be your passport to over 600 B-Schools across India.

MAT 2018 Important Dates

Registration Starts on 08-Dec-2018
Registration Ends on 24-Jan-2019
Admit Card Date 03-Feb-2019
Counselling Ends on 25-Feb-2019

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MAT Latest News & Updates

MAT 2018 Exam Schedule Revised and Registration Started at

The registration process for MAT 2018 Examination of December session has been started on its official website As per the earlier notification released by All India Management Association(AIMA), the registration ... Read more

MAT Expected Cutoff

The MAT Participating Institutes would be responsible for announcing the Cutoff. The admissions to various institutes would be done on the basis of Cutoff which would remain on the lines of the previous year.  The ... Read more

AIMA MAT Admit Card Released

The All India Management Association had issued the MAT Admit Card on the official website of AIMA on January 29, 2018. Candidates appearing for MAT 2018 can download the same from the official website of AIMA. The admit cards would be ... Read more

MAT Result to be declared on December 29, 2018

The Result of MAT December 2017 will be declared by the official directing body - AIMA on December 29, 2017. MAT Result 2017 will be proclaimed as the scorecard. Candidates will have the capacity to check their sectional and ... Read more

AIMA MAT Admit Card 2017 September Attempt Released!

MAT Admit Card 2017 details for the candidates who are appearing for the Management entrance exam in the month of September. The MAT Admit Card is scheduled to be released on 26th August 2017. MAT (Management Aptitude Test) ... Read more
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MAT 2018: Management’s Status Quo

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a national level entrance test conducted every year by the All India Management Association (AIMA). The MAT scores are relevant for admissions to Management courses (MBA/PGDM) in over 600 Business ... Read more
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MAT 2018 Eligibility

  • Candidate must hold a bachelor's degree in any discipline from a recognized University or Institute.
  • Final year students may also apply.
  • The age of the MAT applicants should be at least 21 years.
  • The MAT exam will consist of the 200 objective type questions. Each question carries one mark.
  • There is no age limit for MAT EXAM.

MAT 2018 Application Procedure

Candidate can choose any one of the following modes to apply:

  • Online Mode
  • Offline Mode

Application Procedure will be completed only after the application fees has been paid.

Application Fees

MAT Application form for MAT December 2018 has already been released by All India Management Association (AIMA). Candidates can fill the form in both Online mode and Offline mode.

The fees for applying from any of the methods is Rs 1550/- INR.

The payment of fees can be done using any of the method given below:

  • Debit Card/Credit Card
  • Net Banking
  • Cash
  • Demand Draft in favour of AIMA

MAT Application Fees

1550 INR

Acknowledgement of Form

All Forms received at AIMA are scanned / validated within 5 days and the Form Numbers of such received forms will be available on website link: . Further, your form is scrutinized and if found in order; it is provisionally registered.
MAT Registration Form received later than the due date is liable to be rejected. Neither any correspondence in this regard will be entertained nor will the fee to be refunded.

MAT 2018 Admit Card

andidates can obtain their admit card by following the below steps once the admits cards have been made available:

  • Visit the official website i.e.
  • Click on 'Download Admit Card under quick links on the right side of the page
  • Enter your Name, Form Number, and Date of Birth
  • Click on Submit Button
  • Your Admit Card will be displayed on the screen
  • Download the same and take a print out for future reference.

MAT 2018 Preparation Tips

Cracking MAT successfully requires a carefully made plan, focused study and ample practice with MAT Mock Tests. Candidates need to work on Mathematics, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency, English, Logical Reasoning and GK.


Candidate should study basic class 5-10 NCERT books. As fast calculations can really help you, try working with fractions-decimal conversions, tables, squares, and cubes to save valuable time in the test.

MAT 2018 Exam Pattern

MAT exam comprises of  5 sections.

The below table shows the sections and number of questions in each:

Sections No. of Questions Time Allotted
Language Comprehension 40 30
Mathematical Skills 40 40
Data Analysis & Sufficiency 40 35
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning 40 30
Indian & Global Environment 40  15
Total 200 150

MAT 2018 Syllabus

In order to prepare well for the MAT exam, one should be well aware of the MAT Exam Pattern and the MAT Syllabus.

MAT Syllabus Comprises the following five sections:

  • Quantitative Ability 
  • Data Interpretation
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Verbal Ability
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • General and Business GK(Elementry Level)

Candidate needs to study various topics for the different section, As there is no set pattern for MAT. Below is the section wise syllabus:

Quantitative Ability:

Number Systems Percentage Profit and Loss Interest (Simple and Compound) Speed, Time and Distance Time and Work Average

Data Interpretation:

Tables Charts Graphs Caselets Number Reasonings Text Interpretations Inferences and Reasonings

MAT Previous Years Question Papers

MAT Sample Paper I
MAT Sample Paper I
MAT Sample Paper II
MAT Sample Paper II
MAT Sample Paper III
MAT Sample Paper III

MAT 2017 Question Paper Analysis

  • Observing the trend of previous year results, an inference can be drawn on what can be called as a ‘good score'. Experts feel that solving 80 questions, with 80% accuracy can guarantee a good score. It comes out as a net score of 60-65 marks with an overall 95+ percentile. Whereas to obtain more than 99 percentile one needs to score more than 82 marks (excluding GK score).
  • Time management is crucial to scoring well in MAT 2017. It is essential to solve a particular section within the allotted time limit and move on to the other.
  • Along with time limit, one must also have a target score for each section. The target scores vary as per the difficulty level of each section. Here is the apt split of marks to achieve and time to spend on sections one must aim for:

MAT 2018 Study Material

One may refer to these books while preparing for MAT:

Mission MBA MAT Guide by B S Sijwali and Tarun Goyal (Arihant Books)

MAT (Management Aptitude Test) Entrance Exams with Practice CDby GKP (G K Publications Pvt. Ltd.)

The Pearson MAT Super Course with CD (Pearson)

Complete List of Study Material

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MAT Cut-Offs

Cutoffs for MAT will be released once the result is out.

The candidates must note that AIMA and other participating Institutes keep the cutoff similar to that of last years. Therefore, we can expect the MAT September Cutoff to be similar to that of previous years.

MAT 2018 Selection Procedure

According to the admission or the selection procedure, the B-schools will shortlist the candidates after the result is declared based on the cutoff scores or percentiles.

Test Centres

  • MAT Test Centre City list is provided in the Bulletin. Test Venues for Paper-Based Test and Computer Based Test are different.
  • The Paper-Based Test and the computer-based tests will take place on different days.
  • If the number of candidates registered for Computer Based Test is limited and it can be accommodated in a single day; the test will be completed in one day itself.
  • If the number of candidates registered for Computer Based Test is few in a particular center, these candidates have to appear for the Paper-Based Test

Exam Toppers

Rishikesh Kumar from Chandigarh (Thapar University - Patiala) is All India topper of MAT 2015

Ashish Patial  -MAT 2014 topper. An avid reader, biker, done .footballer, a partial engineer and now a topper too.

He was preparing mainly for CAT, hence his preparation for Mat was also done.He scored an impressive 99.99 percentile with a score of 800/800.He believes hard work is the only way to success. Since he is was a working professional, he utilized his holidays studying for 8-9 hours daily. He says a daily study time of 3-4 hours would be enough for a hardworking individual to crack MAT. He confessed that English was his weakest part and so he read anything and everything in front of him to increase his vocabulary.

Top Colleges accepting MAT 2018

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Fees: Rs. 1,90,980 /-
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