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July 12, 2021

AIMA will conduct Two CBT MAT and one PBT MAT for September 2021 MAT exam. PBT 2021 and MAT CBT 2021 for September MAT will be held on the different dates while MAT IBT 2021 is scheduled in a longer testing window of six days. For MAT 2021 exam, AIMA is conducting MAT PBT 2021 (Paper Based Test) on September 5; MAT CBT 2021 (Computer Based Test) on August 21 and September 12; and MAT IBT 2021 (Internet Based Proctored Test) from August 28 to September 12, 2021. 

 

Read all about the MAT exam, test dates, exam pattern, syllabus, how to prepare and top MBA colleges accepting MAT score

 

The major difference between MAT PBT 2021 and MAT CBT 2021 exam is that the MAT paper based exam is offline test while MAT computer based exam is an online test, although both type of MAT exams are to be taken at test centres. On the contrary MAT IBT 2021 exam can be taken from the convenience of your home but you need to follow certain test taking conditions to appear in MAT IBT 2021 exam.

 

MAT exam offers you with the choice from AIMA to appear in paper based MAT and Online MAT both or choose either of the two. Earlier you could appear only in one of the MAT exams – either MAT paper based or computer based. However despite getting the wider choice of selecting the MAT exam of their choice, candidates are confused and find it difficult to decide which is better - MAT paper based or computer based test. 

 

Paper Based MAT Vs Online MAT
If you are facing difficulty in making a choice between MAT Online Vs. MAT offline test, this article will guide you with the difference between MAT computer based Test and paper based test as well as about key similarities between MAT CBT, IBT and PBT modes. This will help you in taking a decision:

MAT Testing Schedule
MAT 2021 Paper Based Test
MAT 2021 Computer Based test
MAT 2021 IBT Exam
Exam Date
Sept 5, 2021
Aug 21 and Sept 12, 2021  
From Aug 28 to Sept 12, 2021
Exam time
Pre-scheduled and fixed from 10AM to 12.30PM
different time slots 
Morning & Evening slots on each exam day
Exam taking mode
Questions printed on test Paper  
Questions appear on computer screen
Questions appear on Computer screen
Test Venue
At designated Exam Centre
At designated Exam Centre
From the convenience of home
Marking of answer
On OMR paper sheet
On computer screen with click of mouse
On computer screen with click of mouse
Technical glitches
No technical glitches
Expected
Expected
Changing the answers
Erase the answer and mark new one
Use navigation tool like unmark, review to change
Use navigation tool like unmark, review to change
Number of sections in the test paper
5
5
5
Number of questions
200
200
200
Marking pattern
+1 mark for each correct answer
+1 mark for each correct answer
+1 mark for each correct answer
Negative marking
0.25 mark
0.25 mark
0.25 mark
Test duration
2 hrs. 30 minutes
2 hrs. 30 minutes
2 hrs. 30 minutes
Level of Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Easy to Moderate
Easy to Moderate

How to choose among PBT, CBT and IBT
Making a choice among MAT Paper Based, MAT Computer Based test or MAT IBT Mode or taking two different type of tests depends upon various factors - your preference, computer based or paper based test solving skills, your home readiness to take IBT MAT among others. Following are the key factors that will help you to select the MAT exam format whether you go for MAT paper based, computer based test or IBT MAT or two different types of MAT exams:

 

Your Test taking skills: If you have understanding of how to take and appear in computer based tests, navigation tools, scrolling of questions, choosing the answers and marking them and find that test taking is easier in computer based test, you could go for computer based MAT exam and/or IBT mode MAT exam. If not well conversant with computers, internet technology, have confusion in navigation tools, it is better to go for paper based MAT exam.  

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Reading skills: There are 200 questions to be answered in 150 minutes in MAT exam. You need faster reading skill leading to quickly choose the right answer option in MAT. If you can read better and faster and understand quickly on printed paper, you will be able to answer promptly in PBT MAT as compared to CBT MAT. 

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But if you can read speedily on computer screen, it can save your time while answering the questions. The choice therefore between computer based MAT or paper based MAT has to be made judiciously as per your preference at the time of completing the MAT application form.  

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Complete Schedule for MAT 2021 September CBT; IBT and PBT Exams
AIMA has released the complete test schedule from registration, admit card, test dates and result date for all the three modes of MAT exams as shared below:

MAT 2021 Exam Date
Dates & Schedule for Paper Based Test 
Dates for Computer Based test 
Dates & Schedule for IBT Mode 
Last Date to Apply
August 29, 2021
CBT-1: Aug 14, 2021
CBT-2: Sept 4,2021
In different phases – September 2 to September 6, 2021
Admit card Download start date
August 30, 2021
CBT-1:August 17, 2021
CBT-2:Sept 6, 2021
In different phases from September 3 to 7, 2021
Last Date for Admit Card download
September 5, 2021
CBT-1:August 21, 2021
CBT-2:Sept 12,2021
September  6 to September 10, 2021
Exam Date
September 5, 2021
CBT-1:August 21, 2021
CBT-2: Sept 12, 2021
September 6 to September 10, 2021
Result Date
September 24, 2021
September 24, 2021
September 24, 2021
Score Card Download Starts
September 24, 2021
September 24, 2021
September 24, 2021
Last date to download Score Card
Available for one year
Available for one year
Available for one year

Check your Readiness for IBT mode of MAT exam
AIMA has introduced "Remote Proctored Internet Based Test (IBT)" with a separate schedule to safeguard test takers against Covid-19 pandemic health hazards. Key features of the exam are:

  1. 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.
  2. Only the candidates with a computer together with webcam and internet facilities meeting certain specifications can appear in IBT exam.
  3. 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.
  4. In order to help candidates to familiarize themselves with this new mode of testing, AIMA has also scheduled mock MAT-IBT sessions at a nominal extra fee
  5. 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.

MAT IBT Exam: Key Requirements
Candidates need to fulfill following key requirements to appear in IBT MAT exam.

  • You must ensure to sit in a well-lit room with proper light on your face and in a quiet place
  • Ensure that no other person enters/interferes during the scheduled test
  • You must not use mobile phone or any gadgets
  • A Laptop or Desktop with Webcam is Mandatory to appear in test
  • A stable internet connection with minimum upload Speed => 512 kbps  is required
  • Required Supported Browsers are Chrome-version 63 and above; Firefox-version 52 and above
  • Required Operating System isWindows OS (Version 7 and above)
  • Dot NET framework minimum supported version is 4.5.1. NET framework.
  • Required Memory is 65MB permanent free space on the default hard drive

Choice to take MAT exam in Two Modes
You also have the choice of appearing in different types of MAT exam depending upon your skill set and testing preference. It will also help you in improving your score in MAT, if not done well in other mode of MAT exam. The choice can be exercised as below:

One MAT Exam
  • For Remote Proctored Internet Based Test (MAT IBT)
  • or Paper Based Test (MAT PBT)
  • or Computer Based Test (MAT CBT)
Rs. 1650/-
Two MAT Exams
  • For Double Remote Proctored Internet Based Test (MAT IBT)
  • For PBT+IBT
  • For CBT+IBT
  • For PBT+CBT
Rs. 2750/- 

Accordingly, by paying Rs.1100/- extra in addition to Rs.1650/- you can appear both in offline PBT MAT and Online CBT or IBT MAT and avail the opportunity to improve your score. 

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Short name
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