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 2020, its syllabus and more!

MAT Highlights 2020

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 2020:

Name of the ExamManagement Aptitude Test
Official Conducting BodyAll India Management Association
Applicable CoursesMBA and allied programs
Exam LevelNational level exam
Mode of Submission of ApplicationOnline
Mode of ExamOnline and offline
Application Fee (General)Rs. 1650 (Online) 
Exam Duration2 hours 30 minutes
Mode of CounsellingOffline
Colleges Accepting MATMore than 600
Frequency of Test4 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 2020

For the upcoming academic session, MAT 2020 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 2020

Application Date IBT Mode15 July to 19 September 2020
Application Date PBT Mode26 August to 27th September 2020
Admit Card IBT Mode 24th August to 20 September 2020
Admit Card PBT Mode26 August to 27 September 2020
Exam Date IBT Mode27th August to 23 September 2020
Exam Date PBT Mode3rd October 2020

December 2020

Application Date IBT Mode5th October to 11th October 2020 
Application Date PBT Mode5th October to 29 November 2020 
Admit Card IBT Mode 18th November to 12th December 2020
Admit Card PBT Mode1st December to 6th December 2020
Exam Date IBT Mode21st November to  15th December 2020
Exam Date PBT Mode6th December 2020

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 Questions200
Total Marks200 
Duration2 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

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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