MAT Exam 2020: 11 MAT Exam Day Tips for High Score


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February 15, 2020
MAT 2020 paper based test takers can improve their score following the last minute tips before and on the exam day on February 16. The MAT exam is to remain easy with 200 questions. First 4 sections are important. The last section on GK is not counted for merit score calculation, so you can attempt this section after completing your other four sections or can even skip it
MAT Exam: Last Minute Tips

With a very short time left for paper based MAT exam, the MAT exam takers are trying to find out ways and means how to take MAT exam and what they should do a day before the exam. The 11 last minute tips shared by experts as given below for MAT exam will help you to keep your cool, organize your things for the exam and will boost your confidence to score high in the exam.

Out of 400 MBA colleges accepting MAT exam score, there are some of the best B-schools who will accept the MAT score. Moreover the admission process in these MBA colleges is also open.

MAT is an easy MBA entrance test with 200 questions and if you have prepared as per the MAT exam syllabus for the first four MAT exam sections, you can score a high percentile in the exam. Since the last section on Indian & Global Environment is not counted for merit score calculation in MAT exam, you can attempt this section after completing your other four sections or can skip the section as many test takers do.

11 Last Minute MAT Exam Day Tips
In order to help you score high, 11 last minute MAT exam day tips are shared below. If you have applied for MAT exam, you should adhere to the exam day tips to crack the test with high score.

  1. MAT Question Paper: First thing to Know

MAT will have 200 MCQ type questions divided in 5 sections. Each of the 5 sections in MAT question paper will have 40 questions in MCQ format to be solved in 150 minutes. Individual time limit for each section has been suggested by AIMA although candidates can move from one section to other in the MAT exam.

Section Name
Number of Questions
Suggested Time to solve (In Minutes)
Language Comprehension
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
Mathematical Skills
Indian and Global Environment
  1. How to answer MAT question?

Take following 3 steps to answer your MAT question:

  • You have to choose the correct answer option out of the multiple choices given below the question
  • Mark the correct answer option on the answer sheet
  • Darken the correct oval in the correct row on the OMR sheet

Please note that time duration to complete the MAT exam as per the MAT pattern is 2 hours 30 minutes. Each correct answer is awarded +1 Mark and each wrong answer is penalized with -0.25 negative mark

  1. Documents you need for Exam Day

Keep Ready 3 things to carry on MAT exam day – MAT Admit card, one original ID proof and one black/blue ball point pen

  1. Download MAT Admit Card & Take Print

Do not leave it for last minute, download your MAT Admit card and take print. Verify your personal details, MAT Test Centre details, Test time and Reporting Time as mentioned in your MAT Admit Card. Take 2 Prints of MAT Admit Card and read the instructions on it

  1. No Photo Required on Admit Card

You do not need to paste any photo on MAT Admit Card. Your scanned image appearing on MAT card is sufficient proof of your image.

  1. Carry Original ID Proof

You need one original photo identity proof like Aadhar Card, Voter Id, Driving Licence among others as mentioned on MAT Admit Card. It has to be carried to the MAT exam centre for verification alongwith the hard copy of MAT Admit Card.

  1. Keep Black or Blue Ball point pen

The pen should be of smooth writing type as you will need to fill up the ovals on OMR sheet quickly. A hard writing pen can tear or make hole in OMR sheet while shading the oval.

  1. Last Minute Preparation: Don’t Start Anything New

Practice with Mock and Analyse your Mistakes but don’t start anything New. Quickly Revisit and Revise key topics. Try to download Blank OMR sheets for practice the filling up of answer options.

  1. Do’s: A day before

Gather all the things you need to carry to MAT Test Centre. Visit the MAT test centre a day in advance to understand how much time it will take to reach the venue from your place of stay. It will keep you relieved and comfortable on MAT Exam day

  1. Adhere to Reporting Time on Exam Day

Reporting time is one and a half hour before the commencement of MAT exam. However you should arrive at MAT Exam Centre at least an hour before - by 8.30AM for PBT MAT exam for security check and verification with your Admit card Photo ID Proof and Ball Point Pen

  1. Collect Lower Part of Admit Card after Exam

Ensure that the lower part of your Admit Card is returned by the invigilator after putting his/her signature with date of test and stamp on it. You will need it in the final selection round and while applying for MBA admission in the management institute.

How to Attempt the Exam: Key Tips

  • Manage Time during the exam
  • Don’t bother about GK Section, Concentrate on other scoring sections counted for merit calculation
  • Ensure Speed with Accuracy during the exam. 200 questions are to be solved in 150 minutes
  • Maximise your attempts with a wise choice of questions
  • You need to score high if you wish to get admission in MBA programme in a good MBA college. So avoid making mistakes in choosing the questions, correct answer options and in shading the correct ovals on OMR sheet. Sometimes in your hurry you make very small mistakes which cost you dearly.
  • It will be good to go for last minute practice on dummy OMR sheet to avoid any mistake in darkening the right oval in the right answer row.

Each question carries maximum 1 raw mark and after scaling, your MAT raw score goes up many times. This score is converted to highest composite score of 800. Roughly it means that your 1 question will carry 5 marks in your final composite score. Accordingly, 160 marks are converted to 800 marks. On the basis of this score, you will get your percentile.

Top MBA colleges Accepting MAT Score
Following are some of the top MBA Colleges who will accept MAT 2020 February exam score for admission 2020. These are highly ranked and internationally accredited MBA/ PGDM colleges among the MBA colleges accepting MAT score.

Range of MAT Cut off Percentile
Admission status
BIMTECH Greater Noida (Specialized programs)
Open | Apply Now
XIME Bangalore
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International School of Business & Media (ISB&M) Pune
Open | Apply Now
School of Inspired Leadership - SOIL Gurgaon 
Open | Apply Now 
SIESCOMS Navi Mumbai
Jagan Institute of Management Studies (JIMS) Rohini Delhi
Open | Apply Now
Jaipuria Institute of Management (Jaipuria) Noida
Open | Apply Now
New Delhi Institute of Management (NDIM) New Delhi
Open | Apply Now
Balaji Institute Of Modern Management (BIMM) Pune
Open | Apply Now
VIPS-TC-Delhi School of Business Delhi
Open | Apply Now
VIT Business School (VIT) Vellore
Open | Apply Now

See More MBA colleges Accepting MAT Score

Scoring the top score of 800 in Management Aptitude Test (MAT) may not be very difficult, if you follow what the earlier MAT toppers advise you to do and make sure that you meticulously prepare the strategy to crack it. MAT scoring pattern is different from other MBA entrance exams. There are 160 questions divided in 4 sections scores of which are taken into account to calculate your percentile in MAT exam.

The MAT exam offers you more admission options. There are more than 300 MBA colleges in almost all the prominent cities that will accept MAT exam scores for MBA admission.

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