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About 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 the 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 those who are awaiting results can also apply.

EXAM Format 

MAT is a paper-based as well as computer-based test. A candidate can choose either one of the two testing formats. While the paper-based test is conducted in one day, the computer-based test is conducted in the week following the paper-based test, over a window of approximately a week.

How to Apply 

Candidates appearing for the December MAT 2016 can choose any one of the following modes to apply:

Obtain form with MAT Bulletin/CD against cash payment of Rs 1200/- (One thousand two hundred only) from listed branches of Bank of Baroda, Axis Bank, listed study centres of AIMA or from AIMA, New Delhi.  or Obtain crossed Demand Draft (DD) of Rs 1200/- (One thousand two hundred only) in favour of ‘All India Management Association’, payable at Delhi from any bank. Detailed procedure is given on the website link.  or Register online at the website with Credit Card/Debit Card (ATM Card) payment. Detailed procedure is given on the website link.

(Note: No individual postal sale by AIMA from AIMA, New Delhi) FAQs for MAT: Q.1: When and how many times is MAT conducted in a year? What are the qualifications and percentage   required for it?

A.1: MAT is usually conducted 4 times in a year in February, May, September and December.

The minimum qualification required for appearing in MAT is graduation in any discipline from any recognized University or equivalent recognized degree. A final year student in any undergraduate (i.e. B.A, B.Sc., B.Com., B.Tech., etc) can also appear provisionally. Usually,  there is a minimum percentage requirement in graduation, which is different for different MIs/University. For better information on this, refer to the prospectus of the particular MIs/University. 

Q.2: What is the mode of test?

A.2: Candidates can choose either one of the two options to take the test: paper based test or  computer based test. 

Q.3: What are the test dates and timings of the test?

A.3: The paper based test is conducted on the first Sunday of February, May,  September and December, from 1000-1230 hours. The computer based test is conducted from Saturday onwards (6 days after the paper based test date) and in different time  slots. 

Q.4: How many MIs participate in MAT? Do they keep on changing or remain the same?

Is the criteria for admission same for all the institutes? Are these institutes recognized by-  AICTE? Do they have hostel facilities? What is the total fee like? 

A.4: The number of participating MI’s may vary. The number of MI’s keeps on changing from  test to test. Admission criteria for every institute are different. All MIs participating in MAT are either AICTE, DEC approved; University affiliated College, University Department. For further  information, you may contact the MIs/Universities of your choice. The list of various MIs/Universities is available in the MAT bulletin along with the admission notification. It is worthwhile to go through the brochure of the MIs for detailed information. 

Q.5: What is the cost of the bulletin / CD with registration form? How do i apply?

A.5: Candidates can choose any one of the three modes to apply:  register online at website link with Credit Card or Debit Card(ATM Card) payment of Rs.1,200/-. The detailed procedure is given on the website link. or Obtain crossed Demand Draft (DD) of Rs.1,200/- in favour of “All India Management Association”, payable at Delhi from any bank. Register online at website link along with the DD details.The detailed procedure is given on the website link.  or Obtain form with MAT bulletin/CD against cash payment of Rs 1200/- from listed study centres of AIMA or from AIMA, New Delhi. 

Q.6: What is the validity of the MAT score?

A.6: The MAT score is valid for one year for that particular session for most MI’s.

Q.7: What is the last date of submitting the filled in MAT registration form?

A.7: The last date for submission is mentioned in the MAT bulletin. The last date also appears in the notification released by AIMA in various national & regional newspapers. 

Q.8: Does the applicant have to buy the prospectus of the MI’s opted by him/her?

A.8: For applying to MI’s it is suggested that the applicant buys the prospectus of the chosen MI’s.

Q.9: Is MAT held all over the country? What about a person living abroad? Can he/she apply for it?

A.9: MAT is conducted in all the major cities of the country and in leading cities abroad. For further clarification, see the MAT bulletin or contact our information centre. Test venues for paper based test and computer based test are different. If the number of candidates that have registered for the computer based test is few/limited, these candidates appear for the paper based test on the first Sunday of the test month only. Each candidate can appear only once for the MAT.

Q.10: Do we get a separate Admit Card for appearing in MAT?

A.10: All provisionally registered candidates can down load their Admit Card from the AIMA website link: seven days before the paper based test date. Specific Admit Card will be generated for the candidates who have opted for the paper based test and for those who have opted for the computer based test. Admit Card will have the Candidate's Name,  Form No, Roll No, Test Date, Test Time and Test Venue Address. Candidates have to strictly follow the date and time allotted to them in case of the computer based test. This Admit Card contains Test Centre Address with Centre Code, Form No and Roll No of the candidate. No separate special card is issued. Also, activation of a test centre depends upon the minimum number of registrations. 

Q.11: Is there any difference between computer based test and paper based test?

A.11: In the computer based test, the candidate sits in front of a computer and the questions are presented on the computer monitor. The candidate submits the answers through the use of keyboard or mouse. Each computer is connected to a server, which prepares the question set and delivers it to the candidate on the computer. The paper based test, is generally offered to all candidates on a single day, while the computer based test is offered over a period of time and the candidate can choose the centre, the day and the time of the test at his/her convenience. The computer based test assumes that the candidate has basic familiarity with use of computers, such as the use of keyboard and mouse operation. It is the responsibility of the candidate to acquire these skills before appearing for the test and AIMA does not take responsibility for the same. In the traditional paper based test, the candidate is supposed to bring pens, HB-pencils, erasers and sharpener with him/her. The question paper & OMR answer sheet is provided at the test centre. 

Q.12: Is there any age bar for MAT? Is work experience required to appear for it?

A.12: There is no age bar. Work experience is not necessary. 

Q.13: Is giving the MAT necessary for getting admission into PGDM/ MBA programmes?

A.13: Yes, MAT is necessary for admission into PGDM/equivalent programmes offered by  AIMA or other MIs who participate in it.

Q.14: What is the nature of the MAT test?

A.14: It is an objective type test with multiple-choice answers. The test is designed to measure a person’s general aptitudes as the following table indicates: 

 Section No. Section  No of  Questions  Time  Suggested(Minutes)
1. Language Comprehension 40 30
2. Mathematical Skills 40 40
3. Data Analysis  and Sufficiency 40 35
4. Intelligence  and Critical  Reasoning 40 30
5. Indian and  Global Environment 40 15
  Total 200 150
Q.15: How to I get the MAT Score Card?

A 15: The Score Card is put up on the AIMA website during the last week of the month of the test. Candidates can download their respective score cards, using their 6-digit Registration Form Number and 9-digit Roll No from the AIMA website link Individual copy of Score Card with photograph is also sent through normal post to the address given in the Registration Form.

Q.16: How can I get a duplicate copy of my MAT Score Card?
A.16 : A duplicate copy of the Score Card can be obtained by following the procedure given below:-
  • a.) Application on plain paper requesting for a duplicate score card 
  • b.) Photocopy of the lower half of the Admit Card which was handed over at the test centre, duly signed by the invigilator. 
  • c.) Self-addressed envelope sized 24cms x 12cms (approx)
    • Candidate’s address, written in capitals letters
    • Postage stamp of Rs 40/- affixed to the envelope, for sending the copy by Speed Post.