Monday, February 18, 2019

All About MAT – Eligibility, Dates, Exam Pattern and Admit Card

The Management Aptitude Test (MAT), conducted by the All India Management Association (AIMS) four times a year, is used by around 600 business school across the country to admit students. The exam is a national level exam held by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Government of India and is taken by lakhs of students every year for admission to various MBA, PGDM and allied management programmes.

MAT Eligibility Criteria

Anyone who meets the following criteria can apply to MAT, irrespective of the age.
-       A Bachelor’s degree with minimum three years or equivalent in any discipline
-       The candidate must have completed a professional degree such as CA/CS/ICWA
-       Candidates in the final year of Bachelor’s degree, awaiting result can also apply.

MAT- Offline or Online?

MAT is one of the few MBA entrance exams in the country that still retains the offline option. The following options are available to all candidates wishing to apply for MAT:

i. Paper Based Test (PBT)
ii. Computer Based Test (CBT)
iii. Both PBT and CBT

The benefit for candidates applying for both PBT and CBT have the option of applying to two additional management institutions, in addition to the five they can otherwise send their scores to. In all, they can apply to seven management institutions.

MAT Exam Pattern

The total number of questions a candidate gets in the MAT exam is 200 and the time duration is 150 minutes. The paper has the following five sections:
i. Verbal Ability
ii. Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
iii. Data Analysis and Sufficiency
iv. Mathematical Skills
v. India and Global Environment

Each question carries one mark and a penalty of 0.25 mark for an incorrect answer. It is not important for candidates to attempt all questions but they must aim to attain a high accuracy level, so that even if they leave a few questions they are not sure of, it doesn’t affect their score.

MAT 2019- Important Dates

Offline Test Date
Online Test Date
MAT February 2019 Registration
16 December- 8 February 2019
16 December-12 February 2019
Admit Card
9 February 2019
19 February 2019
MAT Exam Date
17 February 2019
23 February 2019
Declaration of MAT Result
First week of March 2019
First week of March 2019

MAT Admit Card

The admit card is an important document that the candidates need to carry to the Test Centre. Once made available on the website on 9 February 2019 (for PBT) and 19 February 2019 (For CBT), the candidates should download the admit card. The admit card contains

ü    Candidate’s Name
ü    Form No
ü    Roll No
ü    Test Date
ü    Test Centre
ü    Test Time
Candidates shall be allowed to enter the Test Centre only when they have their admit cards with them.

MAT Counselling

The body that conducts MAT does not hold centralised counselling for candidates. After the results come out, the institutes accepting MAT scores draft a merit list and inform the selected candidates through call letters or e-mail. Some institutes might conduct further selection rounds such as Group Discussion and Personal Interview in addition to the MAT entrance exam.

MAT Instructions for Exam Day

Candidates are expected to carry the following documents on the day of the exam:
ü    Admit Card
ü     Identity Proof
ü    Proof of Name Change (if applicable)
ü     Caste certificate (if applicable)

MAT Preparation

Candidates preparing for MAT must align their preparation strategy with the nature of the exam. The exam is divided into five sections, which test different skills of the candidates. Candidates must prepare the important topics well, for instance,

-       For the Indian and Global Environment section, candidates must prepare current events, banking and business, sports and so on.

-       For the Mathematical section, candidates must focus on number systems, percentages, profit and loss, time, speed and distance and so on.

-      For language comprehension, candidates must strengthen their vocabulary and reading comprehension skills.

-       For critical reasoning, candidates must study patterns, coding, decoding, verbal reasoning and so on.
-       For data analysis, candidates must prepare data comparisons, data sufficiency and so on.
Regular practice of mock tests help the candidates in gaining confidence and ironing out the weak areas. They also help the candidates to gain speed and accuracy.

MAT assesses the candidates on certain core skills considered useful for MBA executives, such as time management, stress management, speed and accuracy and so on.

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