Interested in doing MBA or other allied programs? Obviously, a lot of options are available. One of them is MAT, the entry card to a good B-School. Let's get through some FAQ’s about MAT
. You could be one opting for it the next, and this article can act as your guide in doing the same.
MAT, Management Aptitude Test, is a national level exam approved by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India as an entry card to over 600 B-Schools for PGDM courses
. B-Schools can consider this exam score card as an admission criterion. The exam is conducted by AIMA
, All India Management Association for entry to courses offered by the same.
The test is conducted four times a year, months being February, May, September followed by December
. Graduates in any discipline (B.com, BBA, B.Tech, B.S., B.A., etc.) from any recognised institute can appear for the same. Also, candidates in last year of graduation can appear for the exam. However, this is on provisional basis.
The test is conducted usually on Saturdays and Sundays of the conducting month
. It is applicable for students residing in India as well as in leading cities abroad. MAT bulletin can help as guidance in locating the centres.
There are two options related to mode, one being online test and the other being paper based.
- Computer Based Test (CBT): In computer based test, every candidate sits in front of a computer and answers through mouse or keyboard. The candidate should have the basis knowledge of handling these computer accessories. AIMA does not take the responsibility of getting the candidates acquainted with the same.
- Paper Based Test (PBT): In paper based mode, the candidates are provided set of question papers and the OMR sheet, wherein they need to fill the sheet according to the instructions provided. The candidates need to take the HB pencils, sharpener, eraser, and pen along with them themselves. There are multiple choice questions in both the modes, the pattern and instructions remain the same, only the mode differs.
As explained above, there are multiple choice questions, pertaining to different sections. There are five sections in the exam, they being: Language Comprehension, data analysis and sufficiency, Mathematical skills, Indian and Global Environment and Intelligence and critical reasoning
. There are 200 questions
(40 questions from each section
) and the time allotted is 150 minutes
. The test is well designed to measure the candidate's general aptitude.
There are three ways by which a candidate can apply for the exam. They are as follows:
- Online: Apply online, using the link www.aima.in/testing-services/mat/mat.html. The detailed instructions appear on the website. You can make payment online via debit card or credit card.
- Demand draft: Obtain a DD in favour of “All India Management Association”, payable at Delhi from any bank. But, for this as well, you need to get registered on the website.
- MAT form: One can also obtain the form from registered AIMA centres in Delhi against a cash payment.
The amount remains same in all the methods; however a service charge may be involved in online or in DD. Well, that's minimal.
The admit card can be downloaded from the AIMA website, generally 7 days before the exam is conducted
. Details on the admit card mentioned are: name, roll no., form no., test venue, test date and test time. The admit card clearly lays down the centre code and address.
The number of participating institutes is tough not fixed and varies from test to test and time to time. The admission criterion also varies from institute to institute. The participating colleges may be AICTE approved or DEC approved or colleges of university
or universities themselves. The choice of universities is obviously yours though matching the criteria. The MAT bulletin
in the notification lays down the various institutes and universities in participation. Each college or institute has its own criteria in addition to MAT score and its own fee structure.
The score card and results do not take long to come. The result is displayed on the website in the last week of the test month. Individuals can see their respective scorecards using their registration number and roll no
. The link to the score card is http://apps.aima.in/mat_input_result.aspx.
The score card gives composite score and percentile. Usually a score of 650+ on 800 is considered a good score. However, it again depends on the institute to institute what to consider as a good score. The cut off may also vary for a particular college from month to month, depending on the level of the exam and choice of the institute.
The score card is VALID FOR ONE YEAR
. For example, the score card for May 2016 exam is valid till May 2017.
Do not worry, in case you have misplaced or lost your score card. You can obtain a duplicate score card using the admit card, and an application for the same, with payment of a minimal fee
I hope these facts help you in case you are planning to opt for the MAT exam. Study well, and give your best.
All the best for the coming MAT exam