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August 29, 2020

Latest update: MAT 2020 September exam will be conducted in two testing modes - Remote Proctored Internet Based Test (IBT) from August 27 to September 20 and Paper based Test on September 20, 2020. The CBT MAT exam has been postponed

To avoid any untoward incident due to Corona virus lockdown, AIMA has introduced Remote Proctored Internet Based Mode (IBT). Candidates can appear in the IBT-MAT from the convenience of their home instead of going to an exam centre.

 

The IBT MAT is scheduled in morning and evening time slots from August 27 to September 20, 2020.

 

Facility to Appear in 1 or 2 IBT MAT 2020 Exams or PBT Exam

You can apply for one MAT IBT exam or can apply to appear in two IBT exams.  You can take MAT as 

  1. One Remote Proctored Internet Based Test (IBT) or
  2. Double Remote Proctored Internet Based Test (IBT) or
  3. Paper Based MAT exam on September 20

Important Guidelines and Benefits

  • You can opt for 2 IBT MAT 2020 August-September tests by paying an extra fees of Rs.1100/- in addition to Rs.1650/- for one test.
  • If you are opting for one IBT MAT 2020, you can select 5 management institutes where your scores will be sent free for admission
  • If you are opting for 2 IBT MAT 2020 exams, you will have the benefit of selecting additional 2 Management Institutes for sending your scores in addition to existing option of selecting 5 Management Institutes. It means you can select 7 Management Institutes in total.

MAT 2020 IBT is the new type of MAT from your home exam which starts from August 27, 2020 onwards.

 

PBT MAT 2020: Exam on September 20
AIMA is conducting Paper based MAT exam on September 20, 2020. However, the conduct of September 2020 MAT in PBT mode is subject to prevailing COVID situation and applicable government guidelines in this regard.

 

No CBT MAT in September 2020
AIMA is not conducting CBT Mode MAT exam in September 2020.

 

Changes in MAT 2020 Exam

  • New type of MAT exam mode is introduced
  • The IBT MAT exam can be taken from the convenience of home online with an internet and webcam connected computer
  • PBT MAT is reintroduced. No paper based MAT was conducted in May, June, July 2020
  • MAT exam questions and sections remain unchanged
  • MAT Exam Fee is increased by Rs.100/-

MAT Exam Pattern 2020 is not much changed from last MAT exam. The exam consists of  200 MCQ type questions divided in 5 sections. The time duration is two and half hours for IBT, PBT and CBT exams.

 

AIMA (All India Management Association) has been conducting MAT exam since 1988 for MBA admission four times in one year. Scores of MAT 2020 exam will be used as admission criteria in B-schools across the country for the MBA/PGDM 2020-22 as well as 2021-23 batch.  

 

MAT Exam Pattern: Highlights
MAT is a moderate difficulty level national level MBA entrance exam. Some of the key highlights of MAT exam are:

Question related to MAT Exam
Answer related to MAT Exam
MAT Conducting Body
All India Management Association (AIMA)
Total MAT Exams in a Year
Held in February, May, September, December
Number of MBA colleges under MAT Exam
400+
Mode of MAT 2020
IBT and PBT; CBT postponed
Number of MAT exam you can apply for
2
MAT Application Fee
Rs.1650/- for 1 IBT exam;
Rs. 2750/- for 2 IBT exams
MAT Full Form
Management Aptitude Test
MAT Score Validity for MBA Admission
One academic session
Total Questions in MAT
200
Sectional Division of MAT Exam 2020
5 Sections with 40 Questions in Each Section
MAT Difficulty Level
Easy to Moderate
Required MAT Percentile for MBA admission in Top Colleges
90+
Importance of Taking MAT 2020
Offers MBA admission opportunity in 2020 and 2021
Offers opportunity to improve rank & score
MAT Application process
Online

MAT Exam Pattern 2020: Overall & Sectional Composition

  • There are 5 sections with equal number of questions in MAT exam.
  • Each section in MAT question paper will have 40 questions. Total questions are 200
  • All questions are in MCQ format.
  • Total exam time duration to solve the MAT question paper is 150 minutes.
  • Although, individual time limit for each section has been suggested by AIMA, there is no restriction to move from one section to other freely within overall time limit in the MAT 2020 exam.
Section Name
Number of Questions
Suggested Time to solve (In Minutes)
Language Comprehension
40
 30
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
40
 30
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
40
 35
Mathematical Skills
40
 40
Indian and Global Environment
40
 15
Total
200
150

Key Facts about MAT Exam Pattern 2020  
MAT is an objective type test with Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs). Here are the key details about the MAT Pattern:

  • MAT Exam pattern consists of 200 Objective Type Questions (MCQs)
  • MAT Questions are of easy to moderate difficulty level
  • The 5 test sections in MAT 2020 exam are Language Comprehension, Mathematical skills, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Indian and Global Environment.

MAT Pattern 2020: How to answer 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 if appearing in Paper Based Test
  • Click on the correct answer option if appearing in Computer based test
  • Time duration to complete the MAT exam as per the MAT pattern 2020 is 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Each correct answer is awarded +1 Mark
  • Each wrong answer is penalized with -0.25 negative mark

Difficulty Level in MAT Pattern
MAT exam difficulty level is easy to moderate. Past MAT question papers and the MAT exam pattern reveals that MAT Exam does not throw tough questions. 
 

GK Section in MAT: Not Counted for Percentile Calculation
Score and percentile in MAT exam is awarded on the basis of 4 sections. The MAT score of Indian & Global Environment is separately shown in the MAT score card, but it is not taken into account to calculate the merit or percentile score in the MAT score card.
 

MAT Exam Pattern: Sections & Sub Sections- Key Details
MAT Exam pattern 2020 is further subdivided. This sectional sub-division in MAT exam makes MAT 2020 as an exam with 8 effective sections. Here are the key details:

 

Section-1: Language Comprehension
The section-1 in MAT exam 2020 on Language Comprehension is divided into two parts - Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension.

 

Section-2: Intelligence & Critical Reasoning
The Section-2 on Intelligence & Critical Reasoning consists of two parts with Analytical and Logical Reasoning questions.

 

Section-3: Data Analysis & Data Sufficiency
The section-3 in MAT exam pattern consists of Data Analysis & Data sufficiency which also has two types of questions – the first type is on Data Analysis which is closer to Data Interpretation and other type of questions are on Data sufficiency.

 

Section-4: Mathematical Skills
The Section-4 in MAT exam is the Mathematical Skills section. This section is basically the Quantitative Ability section. It is very wide and covers each and every topic in Mathematics with greater emphasis on Arithmetic.

 

Section-5: Indian & Global Environment
The Indian & Global Environment section in MAT exam is the GK section which covers current affairs, static GK, Business & Economy, International current affairs, Who’s Who, Constitution of India, United Nations Organization among other key topics. It has equal number 40 questions but the score of this section is not counted to determine merit score, so many candidates skip this section or attempt it only if they are left with extra time.  

 

MAT Exam Pattern 2020: Sectional Highlights, Key Topics, Scoring Pattern,

 

Section-1: Language Comprehension
Language Comprehension section in MAT is divided into 2 parts. The 1st part of MAT covers topics on Reading Comprehension passages and the 2nd part covers questions on Grammar & other parts of Verbal Ability. Key details are:

 

Part-1: Reading Comprehension in MAT Exam

  • Number of Questions Based on RC Passages: 20
  • Sectional Weightage of RC in MAT Language Comprehension Section: 50%
  • Type of passages in MAT Exam on RC: 4 Short passages of moderate difficulty level
  • Division of questions: 5 questions based on each passage
  • Type of Questions: All of MCQ type with penalty of ¼  negative marking
  • Format of questions: Questions are based on information in RC passage; Antonyms/synonyms of the words & phrases as used in the passage; True/false statements; main idea of RC passage

Part-2: MAT Verbal Ability

  • Number of Questions: 20
  • Sectional Weightage in MAT Syllabus: 50%
  • Type of Questions: All of MCQ type with penalty for wrong answer
  • Jumbled Paragraphs (3-4 questions)
  • Error Correction of Verb, Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Adverb and other parts of speech in the Sentences.
  • Correcting the sequence of sentences in the paragraph for example correct use of conditional sentence, time clauses, reported speech, passive writing (3-4 questions)
  • Antonyms/Synonyms (5-6 questions)
  • Fill in the blanks (3-4 questions)
  • One word substitution (1-2 questions)
  • Idioms/Phrases (2-3 questions)

Section-2: Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 
MAT question paper has tricky questions in this area. The section in MAT exam pattern is divided in 2 parts – Intelligence Reasoning and Critical Reasoning. In other exams like CAT, critical reasoning questions are also asked in Verbal Ability section. Here are the key details on the section in MAT exam:

  • Questions in Reasoning section can be individual or can be in the set of 3-4 questions.
  • Weightage of Reasoning Section in MAT exam: 20%
  • Weightage of Reasoning Section in MAT Percentile calculation: 25%
  • Total Reasoning questions in MAT syllabus for exam: 40
  • Type of Questions: MCQs
  • Past trend of topics in MAT Reasoning Syllabus: Questions were based on Family Relation, Statements-Cause & Effect, Clocks & Calendars, Statement –Assumptions, Reasons, analogies, direction, series, Incorrect Terms.

Section-3: Mathematical skills 
MAT exam pattern for Mathematical skills refers to the Quant topics on which MAT questions are based. MAT Exam pattern for Quant consists of everything in Mathematics that you may or may not expect. MAT exam pattern on Quant is based on questions on different topics on Arithmetic, Algebra, Modern Math, Geometry, Mensuration, Trignometry among others. Here are the key details of the Mathematical Skills section in MAT exam pattern

  • Number of Questions: 40.
  • Sectional weightage in MAT Exam: 20%
  • Sectional Weightage in Percentile calculation: 25%
  • Type of Questions: MCQs
  • Past trend in MAT exam pattern for Mathematics shows that there is More emphasis on Arithmetic with number of questions going in the range of 15 to 16.
  • Questions are based on Interest, Percentages, Time and Work, Profit, Loss, Partnership.
  • Other questions are based on topics like Equations, Ratio, Proportion & Variation, Geometry & Mensuration, Permutation and Combinations, Probability among others.

Section-4: Data Analysis and Sufficiency 
MAT exam pattern for Data Analysis and Sufficiency covers more topics on Data Interpretation. The key details of the section in MAT exam pattern are:

  • Number of Questions: 40
  • Type of questions: MCQs
  • Sectional weightage in MAT Exam: 20%
  • Sectional Weightage in MAT Percentile Calculation: 25%
  • Past trend of topics in MAT exam for Data Analysis shows that questions on Data Analysis are  based on text, tables, graphs (line, area), charts (column, bar, pie), venn diagram.
  • Data could be given in form of tables, charts or graphs.
  • In this section it is tested that how candidates can interpret the given data and answer questions based on it.
  • This section has more questions on data interpretation
  • Data comparison time remains the major hurdle to solve these questions with speed and accuracy
  • Questions on Data Interpretation (DI) occupy more than 50% of the section, rest of the part covers questions on data sufficiency and data comparison
  • The questions in this section of MAT question paper can be expected in sets as well as individual ones

Section-5: Indian and Global Environment 
Indian and Global Environment section in MAT exam refers to the GK section. It expects you to know everything under the Sun on Business & Economy, Who’s who, current affairs, static GK among others.

  • Number of Questions: 40
  • Type of questions: MCQs
  • Sectional weightage in MAT: 20%
  • Sectional Weightage in Percentile Calculation: Nil
  • Past trend of topics in MAT Syllabus for Indian & Global Environment reveal that the Questions are formed on Film Awards, taxation & duties, Indian constitution, Who’s who, States of India, Sports, Recent events
  • Suggested time limit by AIMA to answer the 40 questions in this section is 15 minutes but 10 minutes are enough to attempt this section
  • The questions are based on conventional GK, business and economics, current affairs, international affairs
  • This section is not counted for percentile calculation in MAT exam
  • Many Candidates skip or answer very few questions in this section to save time for other sections

IBT MAT Exam Pattern: Key Features
AIMA has introduced "Remotely Proctored Internet Based Test (IBT)" with a longer testing window. It is an online internet based test like other computer based entrance tests with the only difference that the exam is taken from the convenience at home instead of going to a test centre. The AIMA proctor will keep a watch on all activities online during the complete testing session.

  1. IBT MAT has same number of questions and sections as were there in paper based and computer based MAT
  2. IBT-MAT pattern has same time duration of 150 minutes, same scoring pattern and percentile calculation process as is applied in PBT and CBT MAT
  3. For taking the test in IBT mode, instead of going to a test centre candidates could do so from the safe confines and convenience of their homes subject to certain conditions.
  4. Only the candidates with a computer together with webcam and internet facilities meeting certain specifications can appear in IBT exam.
  5. The sanctity and security of the test is effectively maintained through remote proctoring in dual mode i.e., by employing robust Artificial Intelligence (AI) based tools as also human proctors.
  6. In order to help candidates to familiarize themselves with this new mode of testing, AIMA has also scheduled mock MAT-IBT sessions
  7. These IBT mock tests replicate the testing environment and help candidates build familiarity with the same. This ensures that the candidates are adequately prepared for the main test.
  8. Candidates now have the option to choose any one or more modes of test i.e., IBT, PBT and CBT. However the dates for CBT exams are not announced.

MAT Pattern Vs CAT, XAT, NMAT, ATMA MBA Entrance Exams
MAT exam pattern is not much different than the other national level MBA entrance exams. Below are shared quick comparison of MAT exam pattern with other National level exams:

 

MAT Exam Pattern Vs IIMs CAT
MAT exam pattern and IIMs CAT exam have many similarities which give the opportunity to the candidates to synchronise their sectional and overall exam preparation. A quick analysis between MAT exam pattern and CAT will bring home the facts:

Component

MAT

IIMs CAT

Total Questions

200

100

Overall Time Limit to Attempt the Exam

 2½ hours

 3 hours

Question Format

All MCQs

72-75 questions are MCQs, rest Non-MCQs

Answer Options for MCQs

 4

4

Marks Awarded for Each Correct Answer

 1

3

Negative Marking

0.25 mark

MCQs with 1/3 negative marking; No negative marking for Non-MCQs

Exam Difficulty Level

Easy to Moderate

Difficult

Number of Sections

5

3

Section-1: Name and Number of Questions

Language Comprehension: 40

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension: 34

Section-2: Name and Number of questions

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning: 40

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning -32

Section-3: Name and Number of Questions

Data Analysis & Sufficiency: 40

Quantitative Ability-34

Section-4: Name and Number of Questions

Mathematical Skills: 40

Not Applicable

Section-5: Name and Number of Questions

Indian & Global Environment: 40

Not Applicable

Facility to Choose Order of Sections

Yes, any section/question within overall time limit

No, should follow pre defined sectional order

Individual Sectional time limit

No, Candidate to complete the test in 150 minutes

Yes, each section with 1 hour time limit

Top MBA colleges accepting exam score

Christ University, NDIM, DSIMS, IPE, IESMCRC, FIIB among 600 MBA colleges

20 IIMs, FMS, MDI, NITIE, SPJIMR, IMI, IMT, IITs, TAPMI, XIMB and hundreds of others

MAT Exam Pattern V/s XAT
MAT Exam Pattern and XLRI - XAT exam have many similarities. It helps the MAT and XAT test takers to prepare for them with less extra efforts:

Component

MAT

XLRI - XAT

Total Questions

200

99-100

Overall Time Limit to Attempt the Exam

2½ hours

3 hours

Question Format

All MCQs

All MCQs

Answer Options for each MCQ

    4

  5

Marks Awarded for Each Correct Answer

    1

  1

Negative Marking

0.25 mark

 0.25 mark; No negative marking for GK section

Exam Difficulty Level

Easy to Moderate

Moderate to High

Number of Sections

   5

  4

Section-1: Name and Number of Questions

Language Comprehension-1: 40 

English Language & Logical Reasoning- 26

Section-2: Name and Number of Questions

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning: 40

 Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation- 27

Section-3: Name and Number of Questions

 Data Analysis & Sufficiency: 40

Decision Making-21

 Section-4: Name and Number of Questions

Mathematical Skills: 40

 

General Awareness-25

 Section-5: Name and Number of Questions

 Indian & Global Environment: 40

Not Applicable

Sectional Score Not Counted for Percentile Calculation

Indian & Global Environment

General Awareness

Facility to Choose Order of Sections & Questions

Yes, Any question from any section within overall time limit

Yes, Any question from any section within overall time limit

Individual Sectional Time Limit

No

No

Top MBA Colleges Accepting Exam Score

Christ University, NDIM, DSIMS, IPE, IESMCRC, FIIB among 100 MBA colleges

XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, TAPMI, XIMB, Great Lakes, LIBA, BIMTECH, XIME among 150 B-schools

MAT Exam Pattern V/s NMAT by GMAC
MAT Exam Pattern and NMAT by GMAC exam have many similar sections and question pattern. The candidates preparing for both the exams may coordinate their sectional and overall exam preparation. A comparative analysis detailing the key features of MAT Pattern and NMAT by GMAC is shared below:

Component

MAT

NMAT by GMAC

Total Questions

200

120

Overall Time Limit to Attempt the Exam

2½ hours

2 hours

Question Format

All MCQs

All MCQs

Answer Options for each MCQ

    4

  5

Marks Awarded for Each Correct Answer

    1

  1

Negative Marking

0.25 mark

No Negative marking

Exam Difficulty Level

Easy to Moderate

Moderate to High

Number of Sections

   5

  3

Section-1: Name and Number of Questions

Language Comprehension-1: 40 

Language Skills-32

Section-2: Name and Number of Questions

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning: 40

Logical Reasoning-40  

Section-3: Name and Number of Questions

 Data Analysis & Sufficiency: 40

Quantitative Skills-48

 Section-4: Name and Number of Questions

Mathematical Skills: 40

 

Not applicable

 Section-5: Name and Number of Questions

 Indian & Global Environment: 40

Not applicable

Sectional Score Not Counted for Percentile Calculation

Indian & Global Environment

Not Applicable

Facility to Choose Order of Sections & Questions

Yes, Any question from any section within overall time limit

Yes, but once chosen has to follow

Individual Sectional Time Limit

No

Yes, varying time limit of 22 minutes to 60 minutes

Top MBA Colleges Accepting Exam Score

Christ University, NDIM, DSIMS, IPE, IESMCRC, FIIB among 100 MBA colleges

NMIMS, VIT, XIMB, IBS-ICFAI,

MISB Bocconi, Alliance University

MAT Exam Pattern Vs ATMA
MAT Exam and ATMA exam scores are accepted for MBA admission in number of common colleges. The MAT exam pattern and ATMA exam pattern is also not much different:

Component

MAT

ATMA

Total Questions

200

180

Overall Time Limit to Attempt the Exam

2½ hours

3 hours

Question Format

All MCQs

All MCQs

Answer Options for each MCQ

4

    4

Marks Awarded for Each Correct Answer

1

    1

Negative Marking

0.25 mark

0.25 mark

Exam Difficulty Level

Easy to Moderate

Easy to Moderate

Number of Sections

5

   6

Section-1: Name and Number of Questions

Language Comprehension-1: 40  

Analytical Reasoning Skills-1: 30

Section-2: Name and Number of Questions

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning: 40

Verbal Skills-1: 30

Section-3: Name and Number of Questions

Data Analysis & Sufficiency: 40

Quantitative Skills-1: 30

 Section-4: Name and Number of Questions

Mathematical Skills: 40

Verbal Skills-2: 30

 

 Section-5: Name and Number of Questions

Indian & Global Environment: 40

Analytical Reasoning Skills-2: 30

Section-6: Name and Number of Questions

Not applicable

Quantitative Skills-2: 30

Facility to Choose Order of Sections & Questions

Yes any question from any section within overall time limit

No, should follow pre defined order

Individual Sectional Time Limit

No

Yes, 30 Minutes for each Section

Top MBA Colleges Accepting Exam Score

Christ University, NDIM, DSIMS, IPE, IESMCRC, FIIB among 600 MBA colleges

PUMBA, Dy Patil, IFIM, Welingkar, Christ University, NDIM, DSIMS, IPE, IESMCRC, FIIB among 100 MBA colleges

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