Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is one of the most popular MBA/PGDM entrance exams of moderate difficulty level. All India Management Association (AIMA) conducts MAT at the National level 4 times in a year in February, May, September and December. MAT exam is conducted both as paper based test and online computer based test. Candidates have the choice of appearing in one of the two modes of exam. MAT exam trends show that MAT in paper based form is taken by more candidates due to which AIMA conducts paper based MAT in 51 cities as compared to computer based test which is conducted in 12 cities across the country.
Next MAT entrance exam is the December MAT 2017 exam. The MAT December 2017 exam score will be valid for admission in academic session 2018-19. Around 300 to 400 B-schools are expected to accept the MAT December 2017 exam score. Besides, all the 400 MBA colleges in Maharashtra including top ones like JBIMS, SIMSREE, PUMBA, N L Dalmiya, K J Somaiya consider MAT scores as one of the admission criteria for their flagship MMS/MBA programmes. The list of MAT Colleges accepting MAT score is published by AIMA for each MAT exam separately.
The best part of appearing in each MAT exam is that you can improve your score after every 3 months. Each MAT exam score is valid for 1 year. The best MAT exam score would be considered to get the merit position during admission process of the B-school.
MAT December 2017 will also be conducted as national level Management Aptitude Test. The MAT question paper will test the candidates on their general aptitude. Thousands of the aspirants test their skills in MAT entrance exam for admission to MBA/PGDM institutes.
MAT test paper will have a time duration of 2½ hours. There will be 200 questions in MCQs form in MAT question paper of December MAT 2017 exam. The exam will be divided in 5 sections with 40 questions in each section. MAT test sections are Language Comprehension, Mathematical skills, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Indian and Global Environment.
Merit Score in MAT exam is calculated on the basis of 4 sections only and the score of Indian & Global Environment is separately shown but is not taken into account to calculate the merit or percentile in the MAT score card.
MAT registration for December MAT 2017 exam will open in 1st week of October 2017. The candidates can apply for December MAT 2017 till last week of November.
The MAT colleges cut offs go a little high as MAT question paper and MAT scoring pattern award liberal marks to MAT exam takers. The MAT colleges cut offs especially among top 20 MAT colleges like – BIMTECH, K J Somaiya, SIMSREE, IESMCRC, FLAME among others go high as there are number of top MAT colleges accepting MAT scores and the merit position in top 20 MAT colleges have a little higher cut offs.
Although MAT December 2017 exam will be held as Paper pen based test and also as computer based online MAT exam, experts and mentors on MAT and past MAT toppers suggest the candidates to opt for paper based MAT exam as candidates can view and prioritise their choice of sections in one go as compared to computer based exam. Besides, according to them it is easier to answer the questions in paper based form than in computerised exam. The difficulty level of MAT December 2017 will not be as high as that of CAT or XAT and is comparable to CMAT exam.