MAT Eligibility Criteria 2021


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Updated on
July 12, 2021

A pass in graduation or appearing in final year of bachelor's degree, is the minimum MAT 2021 eligibility criteria to appear in September MAT 2021.


To appear in the September MAT exam 2021, you must have obtained recognized bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years duration or equivalent in any discipline. Those studying in their final graduation year may also apply. Besides, there is no age restriction to appear in MAT exam nor does AIMA restrict any candidate to seek MBA admission on the basis of age bar.  


As against other national level MBA entrance exams, AIMA has not fixed any minimum percentage of marks in graduation. AIMA has also not changed the MAT 2021 eligibility criteria for the upcoming exam to be held in September 2021. However, you have to check the eligibility for the respective MBA colleges.  

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Exam dates:

  • IBT: August 28 to September 12, 2021
  • PBT: September 4, 2021
  • CBT: August 21 and September 12, 2021 

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is one of the most popular National level MBA entrance exams in India. More than 400 MBA colleges offer MBA admission on the basis of MAT exam score. AIMA, the MAT exam conducting body has released the MAT exam schedule for each MAT exam.  


MAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria
Candidates applying for MAT need to ensure their MAT 2021 eligibility along with the institute level eligibility for admission Following are the important points to ensure your MAT Eligibility Criteria for September Exam  2021  

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MAT Exam 2021 Eligibility
The candidate applying for MAT 2021 exam must fulfil one of the following MAT 2021 exam eligibility criteria:

  • Completed Bachelor’s degree, or
  • Completed professional degree e.g. CA/CS/ICWA, or
  • The candidates in the final year of Bachelor’s degree are also eligible to apply for MAT exam

MAT September 2021 Eligibility Criteria: Calculation of Percentage of Marks

  • To determine the MAT Eligibility Criteria for September Exam, the percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/ Institution.
  • To arrive at the MAT Eligibility Criteria for September Exam, in case of grades / CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/ institution in accordance with the participating management institute’s required for Eligibility of MAT 2021

Consideration of MAT Exam 2021 Eligibility for MBA Admission

  • Mere fulfilment of minimum MAT eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for short listing by the Management Institute in which the applicant applies for admission
  • Apart from the MAT exam 2021 eligibility, the candidate should ensure the institute’s eligibility requirement like academic profile, score required in MAT exam among others.

MAT Exam 2021 Eligibility: 2 Key Points to Note

  • The candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a phone number throughout the MAT 2021 exam process
  • MAT 2021 eligibility does not impose any age bar to appear in MAT 2021 September exam. 

MAT Exam 2021 Eligibility Vs MBA College Admission Eligibility
There can be some difference between the MAT exam eligibility criteria and the MBA admission eligibility criteria of the MBA college where you wish to apply. Key points of such differences are:

MAT Exam Eligibility Criteria
MBA College Admission Eligibility Criteria
No Minimum Percentage of Marks in graduation, Only Pass marks needed
Minimum 50% to 60% marks in graduation required
No concession to professional degree holders like CA/CS
Some relaxation may be given for professional degree holders
No weightage to work experience
Weightage may be awarded in admission criteria
No Weightage to Women candidates
Weightage can be given to women candidates in admission criteria to promote gender diversity
No Weightage for Class 10 & 12 marks
Good weightage can be given for excellent academic performance

 MAT Eligibility: Completed Vs Final Year of Bachelor’s Degree
According to AIMA, Graduates in any discipline can apply for MAT 2021 exam. Those who are in their final year of graduation can also apply. It implies that MAT eligibility allows a candidate to appear in MAT 2021 exam, if he/she holds recognized Bachelor’s Degree with minimum 3 years duration or equivalent in any discipline.  

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Those completing their final graduation exam may also apply for MAT 2021 exam. If shortlisted by the B-school on the basis of MAT 2021 Sept exam score, such candidates will be allowed to join the program provisionally. These provisionally admitted candidates must submit a certificate from the Principal/ Registrar of the College/Institute stating that the candidate has completed all the requirements for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.


Any B-School - National or International - can consider MAT Score as an admission input based on the Score Cards issued to the candidates.  

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