RMAT Selection Process 2023 

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RMAT Selection Process

The All India Management Association (AIMA) administers the Research Management Aptitude Test (RMAT) for admission to PhD Management programs. RMAT aspirants can complete the application form on the All Indian Management Association’s official website (AIMA). In this article, we will take you through the RMAT selection process in detail.

The RMAT exam is 1 hour and 30 minutes long and is administered online. The formal dates have not yet been announced, but the examination is scheduled to take place in the final week of May 2023. Students who want to take the entrance exam must have clear clarity about the selection criteria to prepare well. 

Examination Name Research Management Aptitude Test (RMAT)
Conducting Body All India Management Association (AIMA)
Mode of Examination Online 
Exam Frequency Annually 
Examination Pattern Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Examination Duration 1 Hour 30 Minutes (90 minutes) 
Official Website www.aima.in

RMAT Selection Process 

Candidates will first have to appear for the written test. Upon clearing the test candidates are then called for a Group Discussion and Personal Interview. The final merit list is generated based on the scores received in the Personal Interview and Group discussion, and the applicants are then invited for counselling.

Written Exam 

Candidates will first have to appear for the written test. The exam will be administered online and will last 90 minutes. It will be a computer-based test. Applicants will be graded on 100 MCQs (Multiple-Choice Questions) with each question having four alternatives.

The exam pattern will include two sections: Foundations of Management and Research Fundamentals and Aptitude.

The applicant will receive one mark for each correct response, and no mark will be subtracted for any wrong answers.

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Group Discussion 

The most popular selection approach utilised in MBA combinations is group discussion. A group conversation might have anything from 5 to 15 individuals. This group is assigned a topic on which they must conduct research. A successful group discussion ensures that members make logical observations in order to gain varied perspectives on the issue.

The institution performs GD rounds after examining their performance in GD in order to enrol the most worthy students in their MBA programmes. Candidate title, thought process, voice tone, communication skills, strategic thinking, and decision-making expertise are all evaluated at different levels of GD performance. These characteristics allow the Admissions Committee to choose applicants from the interview and declare them eligible.

Current GD subject matters for MBA about which Group Discussion Rounds are held include:

Group Discussion preparation tips 

Here are some ideas to help you prepare for the group discussion round:

  • Read books on a variety of topics, as well as journals and periodicals.
  • Please refer to relevant sources.
  • Subscribe to content-rich newsletters online
  • Keep an eye out for the latest news.
  • Develop your Analytical thinking skills 
  • Speak out loud in front of the mirror.

Personal Interview 

After the group discussion, the candidate’s fate in receiving admission to the university is decided by a personal interview round. A personal interview, also known as a PI round, is a face-to-face interpersonal round in which the interview is conducted by either a single person (known as the interviewer) or a group of individuals (known as a panel). Personal interviews are required as part of the selection process to assess the candidate’s verbal abilities, interpersonal skills, and presence of mind.

Personal Interview preparation tips 

Here are some of the tips to crack the Personal Interview round 

  • Familiarise yourself with must-know questions
  • Listen carefully and respond
  • Do a SWOT analysis
  • Unless otherwise specified, be informative and keep your responses brief 
  • Be optimistic and reflect on it.
  • While responding, be truthful.
  • Maintain positive body language
  • Be courteous.
  • Speak confidently and loudly.
  • Focus on the pronunciation of your words and tone while you speak. 

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What are some of the topics asked in the group discussion round?

Current GD subject matters for MBA about which Group Discussion Rounds are held include Business and Economics, Social Concerns, International Affairs, and Current Events.

What are some of the common PI questions asked in RMAT?

Here are some common questions asked in the PI round – Give a brief introduction of yourself, 
why you want to get into an MBA program, what are your long-term goals, And other related questions. 

What is the duration of the RMAT 2023 exam?

The duration of the Research Management Aptitude Test (RMAT) is 1 hour 30 minutes. The RMAT exam is administered online mode. 

The candidates willing to apply for the examination this year should keep an eye on the latest updates section for the most recent dates and news about the examination. We have covered the RMAT selection process in detail, hope candidates find the information useful. 

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