MAT Exam 2023

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Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a national-level aptitude test, that will enable you to make your way through reputed business schools in India for pursuing MBA and allied programs. Since more than 600 B-schools accept MAT scorecards, 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 2023, its syllabus and more!

What is the MAT Exam (Management Aptitude Test)?

The Management Aptitude Test, or MAT, is a national-level entrance exam for MBA/PGDM admissions administered by the All India Management Association (AIMA). The exam is given four times in four different phases: February, May, September, and December. Candidates who meet the requirements can apply to any of the 800+ business schools that accept MAT results.

Offline (Paper Based Test or PBT), online (Computer Based Test or CBT), and remotely proctored (Internet Based Test or IBT) versions of the MAT are available. Candidates have the option of taking the exam in whichever mode they desire. The fees, exam schedule, and syllabus are the same for all three options, but the exam dates vary.

MAT Exam Highlights 2023

Before we go on and take a deep dive into what is necessary for appearing in the exam, let us first understand some essential details related to MAT 2023:

Eaxm Management Aptitude Test
Conducting Body All India Management Association
Applicable Courses MBA and allied programs
Exam Level National level
Mode of Application Online
Mode of Exam Online and offline
Application Fee (General) INR 1900 for a single test; INR 3500 for two tests
Exam Duration 2 hours 30 minutes
Mode of Counselling Offline
Colleges Accepting MAT More than 600
Frequency of Test 4 times a year
Types of Exam Mode Paper-based Test (PBT); Remote Proctored Internet-based Test (IBT); and Computer-based Test (CBT)
MAT Exam Centers PBT – 39 CBT – 27
MAT Helpline Email 
Medium of Instruction English

Mode of Test for MAT Exam

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

  1. Remote Proctored Internet-Based Test (IBT)
  2. Computer Based Test (CBT)
  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. 

MAT Exam Dates 2023

The MAT IBT exam for the February session will be held on five different occasions. On the other hand, MAT PBT and CBT will only be held on a single date. According to the official website, the following are the exam dates for the MAT 2023 May session:

May IBT Mode

IBT Test Date Last Date for Registration Issue of Admit Card
7 May 2023 4 May 2023 5 May 2023
13 May 2023 10 May 2023 11 May 2023
20 May 2023 17 May 2023 18 May 2023
27 May 2023 24 May 2023 25 March 2023

May PBT Mode

PBT Mode Dates
Last Date for Online Registration  16 May 2023
Availability of Admit Card 18 May 2023
Test Date 21 May 2023

May CBT 1 Mode

CBT 1 Mode Dates
Last Date for Online Registration  9 May 2023
Availability of Admit Card 11 May 2023
Test Date 14 May 2023

MAT 2023 September Session

Events Tentative Dates
Registration Starts 1st week of July 2023
Registration Ends August 2023
Admit Card August 2023
PBT Exam 1st week of September 2023
CBT Exam 2nd week of September 2023
Result October 2023
Credit: Manoeuvre Education

MAT Exam Eligibility Criteria

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 2023 Registration Process

The registration process for the February IBT, CBT, and PBT MAT exams is now available. Only online registration is available. The registration process is only available online and consists of five basic steps:

Step 1: Visit the official website

Step 2: Register using your email address and contact number

Step 4: Create your account using OTP received on your email ID and mobile number

Step 5: Log in using your credentials

Step 6: Fill out the application form

Step 7: Upload a scanned copy of your passport-size photograph and signature

Step 8: Pay the registration fee

MAT Application Fees

The charge for registering online can be paid with a credit or debit card (ATM card), net banking, UPI, or Paytm Wallet. The following are the fee details: –

For Remote Proctored Internet-Based Test (IBT)or Paper Based Test (PBT)or Computer Based Test (CBT) INR 1900
For Double Remote Proctored Internet-Based Test (IBT)or PBT + IBTor CBT + IBTor PBT + CBTor CBT + CBT INR 3050

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 marks 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

MAT Exam Syllabus

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 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
Source: Entrance Exams by FreshersNow

MAT Exam 2023 Admit Card

AIMA has published the MAT 2023 Admit Card for IBT, PBT, and CBT Mode on its official website. The admission card can be downloaded from the official website by following the steps outlined below:

  • Visit the official website of AIMA
  • Click on the link for ‘ MAT 2023 Admit Card
  • login with your registration number and password
  • Candidates will get the option to download the MAT 2023 Admit Card.
  • Download the Admit Card and take a printout of the same.

Candidates should double-check that all of the information on their admit card is correct. If the candidate notices any wrong information on the admission card, he or she should notify the examination authority. The candidate’s name, roll number, test date, time, and venue, as well as the form number, will be printed on the admit card.

MAT Exam Preparation Tips

Candidates should prepare for the MAT exam for at least six months. They should focus on developing their problem-solving skills with the use of past years’ MAT question papers and online practice tests, among other resources, for successful preparation. The MAT study method should be well-thought-out and in line with the MAT exam pattern and syllabus. Below are some tips to prepare for the MAT exam:

  • On a daily basis, read the best books for MAT exam preparation, periodicals, newspapers, and online blogs to enhance reading abilities, and comprehension skills, and to keep up with current events on a national and international level.
  • To enhance speed and accuracy as well as familiarity with the test structure, practise MAT question papers, sample papers, and online mock tests.
  • Analyze your preparation level on a regular basis to determine your strengths and weaknesses in each section of the MAT course.
  • To do well on the MAT, focus on themes that have a higher weight in each area.
  • Time management is essential for attempting as many questions as possible on the MAT, therefore don’t waste time on complex or difficult problems.
Source: Learn to Lead Academy

The following is a list of books that you should consider studying to prepare for the MAT exam.

Section Books
Language Comprehension General Objective English by Arihant PublicationsWord Power Made Easy by Norman LewisEnglish Comprehension for MAT by Disha Publications
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning  Modern Approach for Logical Reasoning by R S AggarwalGeneral Intelligence and Critical Reasoning by Disha PublicationsLogical Reasoning for CAT by Nishit K Sinha
Mathematical Skills How to Prepare for QA for CAT by Arun SharmaQuantum CAT by S K VermaQuantitative Aptitude by RS AggarwalPearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude by Dinesh Khattar
Data Analysis & Sufficiency Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency by Disha PublicationsData Interpretation & Analysis and Data Sufficiency by Kiran Prakashan Publishers
Indian and Global Environment General Knowledge by Lucent PublicationsGeneral Knowledge by Manohar PandeyManorama English Yearbook by Mammen Mathew

MAT Exam Centers for PBT/ CBT Mode Tests

MAT 2023 exam centres will be located in more than 50 cities across India. Candidates who are taking the MAT in both PBT and CBT modalities must attend the exam centre that has been assigned to them.

  • On the admit card, you’ll find the name of the MAT exam centre you’ve been assigned. When viewing their MAT Admit Card, candidates must read the exam centre information attentively.
  • During MAT 2023 registration, 39 test cities will be available for selection in the MAT PBT mode.
  • Candidates can pick from 27 exam cities for the MAT CBT format.

Merits of Management Aptitude Test

The following are the merits of the MAT test:

  • ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certified by Intertek with accreditation to UKAS and Quality Council of India
  • Entrance test for recognized programs
  • Time-tested over a decade
  • Validated through independent studies
  • Availed by lakhs of students
  • Accepted by hundreds of Institutes and University Departments
  • Employing the latest technology in evaluation and result processing
  • Individual scorecard with candidate’s photograph
  • Test Centres located all over the country

MAT Sample Papers & Mock Tests

Solving multiple practice papers and previous year’s problems is one of the finest strategies to improve your MAT score. This will assist you in gaining a better understanding of what to expect when writing the paper. This will also aid in the development of confidence.

MAT Results 2023

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 on how to download the MAT 2023 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 2023 scorecard.
  • Download and take printouts of the scorecard.

MAT Exam Accepting Top Colleges & Cut-Off

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 the best MBA colleges that are open for admission in 2023.

College  Average Cut-Off Range
Christ University, Bangalore 80-85
VIT Business School, Vellore 80-85
New Delhi Institute of Management 80-85
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida 80-85
BIMTECH Greater Noida 80-85
XIME, Bangalore 80-85
GITAM Vishakapatnam 75-80
AIMS School of Business (AIMS), Bangalore 75-80
GITAM Business School, Hyderabad 65-70
GITAM School of Business, Bangalore 65-70
Vivekanand Education VESIM Mumbai 65-70

MAT Exam Important Guidelines

The following are some of the most crucial exam-day instructions that all applicants must follow:

  • MAT 2023 Hall Ticket: Candidates are required to bring their admission cards to the exam centre. It provides vital information such as the applicant’s roll number, personal information, and the exam centre assigned to them, among other things.
  • Carrying Expensive accessories: Candidates shall not bring calculators, doc pens, log tables, electronic or wearables, books, revision notes, or other similar items that could be utilised to engage in unethical behaviour.
  • Roll number with seat allotment: Candidates are not permitted to enter the MAT 2023 exam centre after the examination has begun. Each candidate will be assigned a seat with a roll number. The candidate should take the seat that has been assigned to him or her. If a candidate fails to appear in his or her allotted seat, his or her candidacy would be revoked.
  • Misusing the test booklet: Removing any page(s) from the Test Booklet (in the case of a Paper Based Test Examination) will result in the candidate receiving severe disciplinary action. Depending on the nature of the infraction, the candidate is permanently or temporarily prevented from taking the exam.


How many times can I give MAT?

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

Who is eligible for the 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 accepted throughout the year. However, the May, December, and February exams are the best as the top Business schools that accept MAT scores are open with their admission process.

What is a valid score in mat?

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

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