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.
Structure of MAT
MAT exam is held for almost two-and-a-half hours. The test covers two hundred (200) questions in 150 minutes. The aspriant 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.
Eligibility Criteria for MAT
Here’s the eligibility criterion for the MAT exam:
- Graduates in any discipline can take the exam.
- Final year graduation students can also apply.
- There’s no age limit for MAT exam.
You can also read about other entrance exams in the list of main MBA Entrance Exams in India.