MAT [Management Aptitude Test]


Under unlock 4.0, the Indian government has now sanctioned that various entrance and competitive exams can be conducted as they were earlier put on hold due to the pandemic. One of such exams is MAT, i.e. Management Aptitude Test. Qualifying MAT, a national level aptitude test, will enable you to make your way through reputed business schools in India as well as abroad for pursuing MBA and allied programs. Since more than 600 b-schools accept MAT scorecard, it is more-or-less a passport for your dream educational tour. Scroll through this blog to know the latest changes as well as important dates for MAT 2021, its syllabus and more!

MAT Highlights 2021

Before we go on and take a deep dive into what all is necessary for appearing in the exam, let us first understand some essential details related to MAT 2021:

MAT Meaning Management Aptitude Test
Official Conducting Body All India Management Association
Applicable Courses MBA and allied programs
Exam Level National level exam
Mode of Submission of Application Online
Mode of Exam Online and offline
Application Fee (General) Rs. 1650 (Online) 
Exam Duration 2 hours 30 minutes
Mode of Counselling Offline
Colleges Accepting MAT More than 600
Frequency of Test 4 Times

Mode of Test

To make the exam more accessible, it is offered in online as well as offline mode. Applicants as per their preference can select either of the options. You can take the MAT exam in the following modes:

  1. Remote Proctored Internet-Based Test (IBT) or
  2. Double Remote Proctored Internet-Based Test (IBT) or
  3. Paper-Based Test (PBT) 

Options 1 and 2 signify an internal bifurcation under the online mode and option 3 belongs to the offline mode. 

Note: Candidates can now opt to appear in both the 2 IBT tests by paying an additional fee of Rs. 1100. Also, if you opt to do so, you can send your scores to 2 extra management institutes. 

MAT Important Dates 2021

For the upcoming academic session, MAT 2021 will be conducted in the months of September and December. The application, as well as exam dates, are released by the official authorities.  tabulated below are the important dates related to the exam for September and December session:

September 2021

Application Date IBT Mode September 2 to September 6, 2021
Application Date PBT Mode September 24, 2021
Admit Card IBT Mode  September 3 to September 13, 2021
Admit Card PBT Mode September 26 to September 30, 2021
Exam Date IBT Mode September 6 to September 10, 2021
Exam Date PBT Mode September 30, 2021

MAT Eligibility Criteria 

As compared to other Management and MBA entrance exams such as GMAT, GRE, CAT exam, etc., the eligibility criteria for MAT is simpler. As stated on its official website, graduates of any field from reputed institutions can apply for the Management Aptitude Test. There is no given age limit for the candidates. Also, the applicants can apply as many times as they want to since there are no restrictions on the number of attempts. 

MAT Exam Pattern 

Mainly there will be five sections in the exam which students have to complete in 2 hours and 30 minutes. The test will be entirely objective with four options for each question. For every correct answer, candidates will get 1 mark whereas a deduction of 0.25 mark will be made for incorrect answers. Here is the MAT exam pattern and its major sections and marking scheme:

Sections -Language Comprehension
-Mathematical Skills
-Data Analysis and Sufficiency
-India and the Global Environment
-Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
Total Number of Questions 200
Total Marks 200 
Duration 2 hours 30 minutes


The MAT syllabus is curated in a way such that it examines candidates’ capabilities of pursuing management courses. Hence, the Management Aptitude Test evaluates candidates on varied sections and is focused on testing practical knowledge and real-life scenarios. Here is an overview of the MAT syllabus and its varied sections:

  • Data Analysis and Sufficiency: Various topics of data sufficiency like Venn diagram, graphical representation, etc
  • Mathematical Skills: Intermediate as well as the advanced level of topics like arithmetic progression, geometry trigonometry, etc 
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning: Includes analogue based questions statement  argument, etc 
  • Language Comprehension:  It tests the candidates’ grip over the language through reading comprehension, English grammar, etc 
  • Indian and Global Environment: Questions on national and international general awareness

MAT Results 2021

Candidates can check the result of MAT IBT/ PBT/ CBT and download the MAT scorecard which is released on the official website. Check the following steps to how to download the MAT 2021 result.

  • Visit the official website of AIMA and click on the ‘Download/View’ tab.
  • Select the particular session of the test under the drop-down menu after selecting ‘MAT Result for May Session’.
  • Enter your credentials, (registration number and form number).
  • Click on the submit tab to view the MAT 2021 scorecard.
  • Download and take printouts of the scorecard.

MAT: Top Colleges

The following are the top MBA colleges in India accepting MAT scores. The participating institutes announce their respective MAT cutoff. Students must check their MAT Score & Percentile corresponding to best MBA colleges that are open for admission in 2021.

  • Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Bangalore
  • Vijay Patil School of Management (VPSM), DY Patil University, Navi Mumbai
  • Jagdish Sheth School of Management (JAGSoM) Bangalore
  • Amrita School of Business Coimbatore
  • SIESCOMS Navi Mumbai
  • UPES University Dehradun
  • Alliance University Bangalore
  • International School of Business & Media (ISB&M) Pune
  • Jaipuria Institute of Management Lucknow
  • ITM Navi Mumbai
  • DSB-VIPS Technical Campus Delhi


How many times can I give Mat?

The MAT exam is conducted 4 times in a year: February, May, September and December. You can give all the attempts.

Who is eligible for MAT exam?

The minimum qualification for appearing in the MAT exam is graduation in any discipline with 50% marks (45% for SC/ ST/ PwD) from any recognized University. Students in their final year in any undergraduate (i.e. BA, BSc, BCom, BTech, etc) can also appear

Which month MAT exam is best?

MAT scores are acceptable through out the year. However, the May, December, February exams are the best as the most top Business schools that accept MAT scores are open with their admission process.

What is valid score in mat?

Composite Score of 400 and above is considered as a good MAT score. Most of the MBA colleges accepting MAT select students having MAT score in the range of 80 percentile to 99 percentile.

Thus, we hope that through this blog about MAT,  you are now familiar with what all are the latest changes that will be applicable for this year. Reach out to our Leverage Edu mentors to get expert guidance on drafting a winning application for top business schools abroad. Sign up for a free session with us today

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