Management Aptitude Test (MAT)
The Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a National Entrance Test conducted by All India Management Aptitude Testing Service (AIMATS), for admission to MBA and equivalent programmes of various participating institutes.
AIMA-MAT is usually conducted 4 times a year. Generally on the first Sunday of February, May, September and December. The list of institutes that use the AIMA-MAT results varies from test to test. The candidate must be a graduate in any discipline. Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree and are awaiting results can also apply.
MAT is a paper-based as well as computer-based test. A candidate can take any one of the two testing formats. While the paper-based test is conducted only one day, the computer-based test is conducted in the week following it, over a window of approximately 1 week.
MAT is an objective type test with multiple-choice questions. The test is designed to measure the candidate’s general aptitude. The maximum number of marks is 200. The sections include Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, and Indian and Global Environment. Each section carries 40 marks. The MAT score is usually valid for a year.
Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is an entrance test for admissions into MBA programs in various top B – schools and other institutes across the India. It is conducted by AIMA (All India Management Association) New Delhi, 4 times (every trimester) in a year.
• Management Aptitude Test or MAT as it popularly knows is conducted 4 times (in February, may, September & December) by the centre for Management service (CMS) a division of all India management association (AIMA) (www.aima-ind.org).
• B-schools, next in the pecking order after scores. Generally, B-schools, next in the students through CAT. This is not to mention, of course the fact that many B-schools admit students through both CAT & Mat as well as certain other exams like XAT & ATMA which we will be discussing.
• The MAT exam generally comprises 200 questions with 4 marks for every right answer and 1 mark deducted for every wrong answer. The various areas which generally have 40 questions each are as follows.
• Quantitative ability
• Data Interpretation
• Data Sufficiently
• Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
• General Awareness
• Analytical and Logical reasoning
• As you must have noticed vis-à-vis CAT, MAT has an additional section of General Awareness which the student needs to master.
• Also since some time now, Mat can be attempted either as a pencil-and-paper test or in the more recent avatar of a computer based test (CBT).
Eligibility Criteria for MAT:
Educational Qualification: Applicant should be graduate (10+3) in any stream (arts / science / engineering / commerce/ architecture) from a recognized university or its equivalent. Also students appearing in their final year of graduation can also apply for MAT but they are required to produce the passing proof later. There are no minimum percentage criteria for qualifying exam, all students who have passed graduation successfully can apply for MAT.
Age Limit: There is no age limit applied on candidates.
MAT Admission Procedure: MAT entrance test is a objective type written exam of two and half hour duration. Test consists of 200 questions in following areas:
Quantitative aptitude and Maths
Logical & Critical Reasoning
Data Analysis & Sufficiency
General English Language and Comprehension.