What is MAT?

Management Aptitude Test  or MAT is a national-level exam conducted by the All India Management Association (AIMA) for admissions to MBA/PGDM courses. The exam is conducted four times in a year, each in February, May, September and December. Candidates who qualify the exam are eligible for admissions to more than 600 B-schools accepting MAT scores. MAT is conducted in both offline (paper based test) and online (computer based test) modes. Candidates can choose to appear in the exam as per their preference of mode. Fees, exam pattern and syllabus for both the modes are same; while registrations and exam dates are different.

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MAT Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidate should have completed or be in the final year of graduation in any discipline from a recognised university

  • The candidates who have completed a professional degree such as CA, CS or ICWA are also eligible to apply for MAT exam

Read more: Complete eligibility criteria for MAT exam 2019

MAT 2019: Exam Highlights

Check below all the information on essential highlights on MAT Exams 2019. 



Exam Name

Management Aptitude Test

Conducting Body

All India Management Association (AIMA)

MAT 2019 convening body


Exam Level


Exam Frequency

Once a year

Exam Mode


Exam Duration

2 Hours, 30 Minutes

Exam Syllabus

Language Comprehension, Data Analysis & Sufficiency and Mathematics, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Indian & Global Environment Section.

Exam Pattern

200 MCQs



Exam Fees

For Computer Based Test (CBT)- 1550/- and for both PBT and CBT- 2650/-

Number of Applications 

Approx 40,000

Exam Purpose

Admissions to 1206 MBA Colleges in India

Course Offered


No. of Test Cities

For PBT Mode- 44 and CBT Mode- 28

Exam Helpdesk No.

 011 – 24645100 / 011 – 24617354 / 011 – 43128100

Exam Website


Also read: MAT exam – trends over the years

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MAT 2019 Dates for December session

Check below information on the important dates related to varrious events of MAT exams 2019. 


MAT 2019 Dates

Salient Features

MAT 2019 December registrations start

October 8, 2019

Registration process is online

Last date of registration for PBT mode exam

December 1, 2019

Deadline unlikely to be extended

Last date of registration for CBT mode exam

December 6, 2019

Deadline unlikely to be extended

Availability of admit card for PBT mode MAT exam

December 2, 2019 ( 4:00 pm onwards)

Admit card to be available on AIMA MAT website

Availability of admit card for CBT mode MAT exam

December 10, 2019 ( 4:00 pm onwards)

Admit card to be available on AIMA MAT website

MAT 2019 December exam (PBT)

December 8, 2019

To be held in single session in 44 cities

MAT 2019 December exam (CBT)

December 14, 2019

To be held in single session in 28 cities

Result declaration

To be announced

MAT scorecards will be available on AIMA MAT website

Top Colleges Accepting MAT scores

MAT scores are accepted by numerous B-Schools in India. Given below is the list of colleges accepting MAT score for admission to their MBA programmes. Here’s a list of top B-schools accepting MAT score

List of Top B-schools accepting MAT scores
Asian School of Business ManagementEIILM
ITM UniversityUnitedworld School of Business
GL Bajaj Institute of Management & ResearchIILM University
OP Jindal Global UniversitySRM University
Christ UniversityAlliance University
GITAM Institute of ManagementJain University
JIMS RohiniTaxila Business School, Jaipur

MAT Selection  Process

Every MBA college participating in MAT have their own admission and selection process which generally includes written ability test (WAT), group discussion (GD) and personal interview (PI). The institutes conduct WAT-GD-PI as per their own admission schedule. MAT candidates should check the process of each institute of their preference, individually. 

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MAT Preparation Tips 2019

Candidates need at least six months to prepare for MAT exam to score well. For a fruitful preparation, they should focus on improving their test skills with the help of previous years’  MAT Question Papers, online mock test, section-wise preparation, etc. The MAT preparation strategy should be well planned and according to the MAT exam pattern and MAT syllabus. Below are some tips to prepare for MAT exam: 

  • Read books, magazines, newspapers and online blogs on a daily basis to improve reading skills, understanding skills as well as for keeping track of current affairs of national and international level

  • Practice MAT question papers, sample papers, and online mock tests to improve speed and accuracy as well as to develop familiarity with the test pattern
  • Regularly analyse your preparation level to cross-check your strengths and weakness in each section from the syllabus 
  • Target topics carrying more weightage in each section to score easily in the exam
  • Time management is the key to attempt maximum questions in the exam i.e. don’t waste time on tricky questions and try to solve each question within a few seconds

Check below, MAT exam pattern:

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MAT Mock Test

Shiksha has created a mock test for MAT aspirants to practice and check there preparation level. You can avail this MAT mock test for free. Click on the link below to start the test.

MAT Mock Test will help you to get an idea about the type of questions asked, the exam pattern and marking scheme. After taking the test, you can immediately check your score. You can also download the Question Paper along with answers and their explanations for Free. Click below to start the free online test now.

Free MAT Mock Test

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MAT Exam Centres

AIMA conducts MAT exam in various cities across India and at two foreign locations – Dubai and Singapore. The test centres for MAT exam for both for PBT and CBT modes are different. The candidates will get the opportunity to select test cities for allotment of MAT exam centre at the time of filling the MAT application form.

Read more:  MAT exam centres and test cities

MAT Exam Day Guidelines 

  • The test takers are advised to reach their allotted test centres for MAT exam at least an hour before the exam timings.

  • They should carry a pen if they are taking the exam in PBT mode. 

Also, candidates appearing for MAT exam need to carry below-mentioned documents to the exam centre:

  • Admit card: Two copies (printouts) of MAT admit card, as a digital copy (on mobile phone) will not be acceptable

  • Identity proof: Any of the following documents (in original): Voter ID, Aadhar Card Election I-Card, Passport, Driving License and PAN Card

  • Proof of Name change (if any): In case, you have changed your name, you will be required to carry a document supporting the change of name

  • Caste certificate (if applicable): If you belong to SC/ST/OBC category, you are required to carry caste certificate

Important FAQs Regarding MAT Exam

Q: Is MAT exam conducted online or offline?

A: MAT is held in both online and offline modes, the online mode exam is referred to as Computer-Based Test mode and offline as Paper-Based Test mode.

Q: Why is it important to verify eligibility before applying to MAT?

A: Candidates must check the eligibility criteria for MAT exam before fill the application form because, if they are not eligible for the exam their application form will be rejected.

Q: What is the duration of MAT 2019?

A: The duration of MAT exam is two hours and thirty minutes for both modes.

Q: What is MAT application fee?

A: MAT 2019 application fee is as follows:

ModeApplication Fee
Paper-Based Test (PBT)Rs 1,550
Computer-Based Test (CBT)Rs 1,550
Both PBT & CBTRs 2,650

Q: What is the difference between MAT/CAT/CMAT?

A: MAT, CAT, CMAT are entrance tests conducted for offering admission in management and allied courses. MAT exam consists of objective questions, it can be in both online, and offline mode based on the student’s convenience. CAT exam is divided into three sections- QA, DILR, VRC. CMAT is an online exam with total 100 questions, 4 sections each constituting of 25 questions. The duration of the exam is 180 minutes.

Q: What is the mode of MAT exams?

A: MAT exam is conducted in two modes- one being the online test and the other being paper-based. Aspirants can select a mode of their choice.

Q: What is the nature of MAT test?

A: MAT exam is an objective type exam with multiple-choice answers. The paper has about 5 sections in the exam- language comprehension, data analysis and sufficiency, mathematical skills, Indian and global environment, intelligence and critical reasoning.

Q: What is the procedure to apply for MAT exams?

A: Candidates aspiring for the MAT entrance exam is required to register themselves on the official website of exam. In order to complete for the application submission process, candidates require submitting the application fee for the exam.

Q: What is the difference between PBT and CBT?

A: PBT is in offline mode where aspirants get question paper & OMR sheet at the test centers. While CBT is a computer based test or online test and aspirants sit in- front of the computer to solve the questions on the monitor.

Q: What is the periodicity of MAT exam?

A: MAT exam is held four times in a year in the month of February, May, September and December. To appear for MAT exams, aspirants need to have graduation degree in any discipline from any recognized University.

Q: What is the validity of MAT score?

A: The validity of MAT score is for a year for all institutes and Universities that accept MAT score for admissions to MBA course programs.


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MAT 2019 Contact Information

All India Management Association

Management House

14, Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003, India 

Fax: 011- 24626689

E-mail: mat@aima.in 


MAT 2019 Application Form

MAT 2019 registrations for December exams are underway. Candidates planning to appear for MAT can register now and fill the application form online. The MAT application form for PBT and CBT mode exams is same. Last date of MAT registration 2019 for PBT exam is December 1 and for CBT exam is December 6.

AIMA announced December exam schedule along with MAT exam dates on September 30. Check below, steps to apply for MAT exam 2019 as well as important registration dates.

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MAT 2019 Dates

AIMA conducts MAT exam four times a year, one each in February, May, September and December. MAT 2019 has been conducted for February, May and September sessions. The dates of December exams have been announced. MAT exam 2019 will be conducted on December 8 in PBT mode and December 14 in CBT mode. Check the registration dates below.

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MAT 2019 Mock Test

MAT mock tests are very useful in exam preparation as they help you not only gauge your own preparation level but also help you in gauging MAT exam pattern and what type of questions to expect in the actual exam. Candidates who are busy preparing for the upcoming MAT 2019 exam, must set aside some time to practice a good number of MAT mock tests online.

MAT Mock Tests: Key Tips

  • Start with easier mock tests. In the beginning, you may not score too well but don’t worry the purpose of these mo

MAT 2019 Question Papers

Why solving MAT Question Paper is important?

Referring to past years question papers and sample papers for is one of the best ways to boost your exam preparation. Candidates must go through MAT question papers to know what type of questions are asked the exam, time management, sectional preparation, important books, how to prepare for GK etc. Attempting mocks test and solving last years’ sample papers can help one improve test taking skills and boost one’s confidence. Also, mock test for MAT pr

MAT 2019 Admit Card

MAT admit cards 2019 (December) for PBT mode exam will be released on December 2 while for CBT mode it will be released on December 10. The candidates can download their admit cards from the official website of AIMA, the exam conducting body. The MAT admit card can be downloaded by using their login details like registration number, date of birth and email ID. The candidates must download their admit cards before the MAT exam day as hard copies of the same are not sent to any candidate. 

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MAT 2019 Pattern

MAT exam pattern 2019 has been devised by AIMA. The question paper includes five sections – Indian and Global Environment, Language Comprehension, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning. The exam is conducted in both Computer-Based-Test mode and Paper-Based-Test mode. The duration of MAT exam is two hours and thirty minutes. In this article, you will read all about the MAT 2019 exam pattern, marking scheme and test structure.

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MAT 2019 Results

MAT Result 2019 has been declared for the exams conducted in September. Candidates who took the exam in both Paper-Based Test as well as Computer-Based Test modes can check their results on the official website of AIMA MAT. The result of MAT 2019 will have section-wise scores, composite score as well as MAT percentile. Candidates can check their MAT 2019 results on the official website by using their Registration Number and Roll Number.

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MAT 2019 Syllabus

MAT Syllabus is prescribed by AIMA and it includes five subjects, namely, Language Comprehension, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, and Indian and Global Environment. To perform well in MAT 2019, it is important to prepare as per the syllabus. Read all about MAT 2019 syllabus below.

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MAT Syllabus 2019: Highlights

  • MAT syllabus is prescribed by AIMA, the exam conducting body

  • There has been

MAT 2019 Cut Off

MAT cut-offs are determined by the participating institutes individually. These institutes announce MAT cut-offs for each new academic session at the time of admissions. Most of the institutes accept candidates with 70-80 MAT percentiles. 

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Apart from considering the overall score, a few colleges also consider MAT composite score and MAT sectional score as cut-offs for admission. In this article, you will read about MAT cut-offs, including determinin

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MAT 2019 Counselling

AIMA does not hold a centralised counselling process for admission through MAT. Each participating management institute holds the admission process individually and their schedule vary. Since MAT is conducted four times in a year, the candidates can appear for the exam according to the admission schedule of the institutes of their choice.

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MAT 2019 Prep Tips

How to Prepare for MAT 2019?

MAT exam, conducted 4 times a year, is as tough as any other national level MBA entrance exam like , or which are conducted once a year. The syllabus and pattern for is different from , therefore candidates taking the exam should invest good time for the exam preparation even if they are appearing for other MBA exams. Since, MAT aspirants include fresh college graduates as well as working professionals, the preparation strategies should be accordingly. Before starti

MAT 2019 News

Management Aptitude Test or MAT is a management aptitude test for admission to MBA courses offered by various B-schools in India. MAT 2019 December exam is scheduled to be conducted on December 8 in PBT mode and December 14 in CBT mode. MAT registrations for the December exam is underway and shall end on December 1 for PBT exam mode and December 6 for CBT exam mode. Check latest news and updates related to MAT 2019 below.