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About MAT

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a standardised test being administered since 1988 to facilitate Business Schools (B-Schools) to screen candidates for admission to MBA and allied programmes. Govt. of India, Ministry of HRD approved MAT as a national level test in 2003. Any B-School - national or international - can consider MAT Score as an admission input based on the Score Cards issued to the candidates. The largest test of its kind in the nation, MAT will continue to be your passport to over 600 B-Schools across India.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Graduates in any discipline are eligible to apply for MAT 2018. The Final year students of Graduate Courses are eligible to apply

          Mode of Test

  • Candidate can choose any one of the two options to take the test:
  • Paper Based Test (or) Computer Based Test
  • Paper Based Test: 02nd September 2018 (Sunday)
  • Computer Based Test: 15th September 2018 (Saturday) onwards**
  • *If the number of candidates registered for Computer Based Test is limited and can be accommodated in a single day; the test will be completed on 02nd September 2018 itself

           Test Timing

  • Paper Based Test - 1000 to 1230 Hrs. - Reporting Time at Test Centre: 0800 Hrs.
  • Computer Based Test - In single/different time slots at specific test venues; subject to candidate’s registration

        Important Dates

  • Application Starts Date: 30th June 2018
  • Last Date for Online Application(Paper-based Test): 24th August 2018
  • Last Date for Online Application(Computer-based Test): 08th September 2018
  • Admit Card Release Date: 25th August 2018 (Paper-pencil based test) at 04:00 PM
  • Admit Card Release Date: 11th September 2018 (Computer-based test) at 04:00 PM
  • Date of Exam (Paper-based Test): 02nd September 2018
  • Date of Exam (Computer-based test): 15th September 2018
  • MAT 2018 Result (Declared): On or after: 21st September 2018


MAT Exam Pattern 2018

  • Candidate can take MAT as
  • Paper Based Test (PBT) or
  • Computer Based Test (CBT) or
  • Both PBT & CBT
  • MAT is conducted in both offline and online modes, and a candidate can select any of the modes while filling the application form. MAT exam has 200 objective type questions divided into five sections. The duration of the MAT exam is Two hours and 30 minutes (2:30 hrs.). Candidates can check the detailed exam pattern of MAT 2018 from below
  • Data Analysis and Sufficiency - 40 No. of Questions & 35 Minutes
  • Language Comprehension - 40 No. of Questions & 30 Minutes
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning - 40 No. of Questions & 30 Minutes
  • Mathematical Skills - 40 No. of Questions & 40 Minutes
  • Indian and Global Environment - 40 No. of Questions &15 Minutes

Total - 200 No. of Questions &150 Minutes

    Marking Scheme

  • Each question carries one mark and 1/4th marks (0.25 marks) will be deducted for each incorrect answer


MAT Syllabus 2018

MAT exam syllabus has five sections: Indian and Global Environment, Language Comprehension, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning. Aspirants need a thorough grip on logical and analytic reasoning, verbal ability, data interpretation, quant, mathematics and social awareness.

Here's a detailed view of all topics covered in MAT syllabus:

Indian & Global Environment Section

This section is unique to MAT exam. It's mostly about current affairs and latest new:

  • Current affairs
  • Business
  • World Records
  • Top officials of big companies
  • Famous awards and Prizes
  • Books and Authors
  • Punch line of companies
  • History
  • International Organisation
  • Important Quotations
  • Social issues
  • Geography
  • Sports
  • Finance
  • Major Corporate news
  • Automobiles
  • Entertainment
  • Politics
  • Science

Data Analysis and Sufficiency / Mathematical Skills

Core topics in DA are:

  • Geometry, (Lines, angles, Triangles, Spheres, Rectangles, Cube, Cone etc)
  • Ratios and Proportion
  • Number system
  • Work and time
  • HCF & LCM
  • Algebra
  • Profit & Loss
  • In-equations Quadratic and linear equations
  • Geometric Progression
  • Percentages
  • Averages
  • Partnership (Accounts)
  • Time-Speed-Distance

Language Comprehension

Verbal ability is an important part of every MBA exam. Here are the core topics for MAT verbal section:

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Syllogisms
  • Fill In the Blanks
  • Contextual usage
  • Analogies
  • Different usage of same word
  • Antonyms
  • Sentence completion
  • Jumbled paragraphs
  • Foreign language words used in English
  • Sentence correction
  • Idioms
  • One word substitution

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

Prepare the following subjects under CR:

  • Family tree
  • Strong Arguments and Weak Arguments
  • Multi-dimensional arrangements
  • Course of Action
  • Puzzles
  • Visual reasoning
  • Arrangement
  • Series
  • Numeric grid
  • Pie Chart
  • Blood Relations
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Calendars
  • Coding & Decoding
  • Syllogisms
  • Statement Conclusions
  • Column graphs
  • Graphs representing Area


MAT Pattern 2018

MAT exam is held for almost two-and-a-half hours. The test covers two hundred (200) questions in 150 minutes. The aspirant is tested in the following five areas: Indian and Global Environment, Language Comprehension, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning. There are 40 questions in each section. Each question carries one mark, whereas, one/fourth mark is deducted for every wrong answer.

Here are a few tips for MAT exam preparation: 

  • Practice reading ‘Reading Comprehension’ passages for at least two to three months, about four to five per day.
  • Go through all the rules of grammar and make an effort to understand the contextual usage of words and phrases in English.
  • For Quant, practice about 20-25 questions every day. Lay particular emphasis on Arithmetic and Algebra-based questions – these are quite common in MAT exam pattern.
  • Make an effort to improve on GK, by reading a newspaper every day and a good weekly or monthly magazine. That should help you get a good score in MAT.


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