The Management Aptitude Test (MAT Exam-2020) is yet another national-level management entrance exam after graduation. Nearly 800 plus B-schools around the country consider the exam score for admitting MBA/PGDM aspirants.
The exam is conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA) four times a year: February, May, September, and December. Usually, the test is a Paper Based Test (PBT) or Computer Based Test (CBT). Due to the COVID crisis, they conduct the test through the internet.
By the way, lakhs of MBA/PGDM aspirants sit for this exam year-round.
MAT Exam-2020 Overview
The exam regards to be the best alternative to the CAT and the XAT exams for pursuing the management studies in the country. Check the table below for the brief outline of the MAT exam:
|MAT Exam Conducting Body||All India Management Association (AIMA)|
|Exam Frequency||Four times a year|
|MAT Exam Mode||Three modes:
Computer Based Test
Remote Proctored Internet-Based Test (IBT)
Note: Currently the IBT mode is advised for the test takers, due to the Covid crisis.
|Question Type||Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)|
|Language of the Exam||English|
Now, look at the following 7 sections to know more about the MAT exam:
- MAT Exam Importance
- MAT Exam Registration & Events
- MAT Exam Eligibility
- Exam Pattern
- Exam Score
MAT Exam-2020 Importance
The exam is not only conducted four times a year but also in different exam modes. The test takers can opt for any of the three modes – Paper Based Test (PBT), Computer Based Test (CBT), or Internet-Based Test (IBT).
Those who want to get into some good universities like Christ University, GITAM School of Management, SRM University, OP Jindal Global University, Amity University, and such others, at both public and private B-schools, the exam score makes a way for them.
Hence, the exam becomes the most convenient exam for the MBA/PGDM aspirants.
MAT Exam-2020 Registration & Events
Since the exam is conducted four times a year, the events calendar changes accordingly. Take a look at the exam dates for the September session. A candidate can choose his choice of the slot from the three: 10 AM – 12:30 PM; 4 PM – 6.30 PM; 6 PM – 8.30 PM.
The registration deadlines and the test dates are as follows:
|MAT 2020 IBT Date||Last Date for Registration||MAT 2020 Admit Card|
|27 August 2020||23 August 2020||24 August 2020|
|28 August 2020||24 August 2020||25 August 2020|
|29 August 2020||25 August 2020||26 August 2020|
|30 August 2020||26 August 2020||27 August 2020|
|31 August 2020||27 August 2020||28 August 2020|
|1 September 2020||28 August 2020||29 August 2020|
|2 September 2020||29 August 2020||30 August 2020|
Check: Candidates are advised to check the official site for fee particulars.
Note: 1. One Remote Proctored Internet-Based Test (IBT) at the exam fee INR 1650 or
2. Double Remote Proctored Internet-Based Test (IBT) with an additional fee INR 1100.
MAT Exam-2020 Eligibility
Check out the various aspects of the exam eligibility criteria here below:
- Education: A bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university/institute. The participating universities/institutions in the exam requires at least 50% marks in the General Category.
- Students of a final year degree course, who are awaiting the results, can also apply.
- Age: there is no upper age limit to not to apply for the test.
- Work Experience: Not mandatory
MAT Exam-2020 Syllabus
The exam tests the candidate’s aptitude in the following areas:
- Language Comprehension: It’s a test to ascertain the proficiency of the candidate in the English language. The section has reading passages followed by a set of questions, jumbled sentences, and fill in the blanks with suitable word (s) choices.
- Intelligence and Critical Reasoning: It includes topics such as seating arrangement, directions, statements and conclusions, relations, and so on.
- Mathematical Skills: Through this section, a candidate’s aptitude is ascertained from the basic concepts of geometry, algebra, arithmetic, and such.
- Data Analysis and Sufficiency: This part consists of questions from the data case-lets, charts, graphs, and so on.
- Indian and Global Environment: The topics covered in this section loosely scattered across subjects such as History, Economics, Current Affairs, etc.
Overall, the exam is a well-balanced test to ascertain the candidates’ aptitude.
MAT Exam-2020 Pattern
See the exam pattern from the below table:
|Section Name||No of Questions||Time Suggested (in min.)|
|Intelligence and Critical Reasoning||40||30|
|Data Analysis and Sufficiency||40||35|
|Indian and Global Environment||40||15|
The language of the exam paper will be in English only, with Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).
MAT Exam Score
The score is calculated on the scaled score out of 800 marks. Each correct answer earns +1 mark, but an incorrect attempt is penalized by -0.25 mark cut. The last section, India and Global Environment isn’t considered for the score calculation. But it’s score is shown in the separate section. Depending upon the One or Double Remote Proctored Internet-Based Test (IBT), the exam score of a test-taker is directly sent to five or seven B-schools respectively.
1.Is there a limit for the number of MAT exam attempts?
A: No, there are no lifetime attempts. You can take the exam as many times as you want.
2.How long is the MAT exam score valid?
A: The exam score is valid for only a year.
3.What is the PBT mode MAT exam?
A: if you choose the Paper Based Test (PBT) mode to sit for the exam, you will be given the question paper and the OMR sheet to mark your responses.
4. How many times MAT Exam is conducted in a year?