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MAT 2021 IBT (Remote Proctored Internet Based Test): Exam Instructions

Abhinav Chamoli
Abhinav ChamoliPublished On: March 05, 2021 | MAT

IBT Mode is a part of the MAT March 2021 exam. Candidates must ensure that they follow all of the instructions for the MAT IBT for a hassle-free testing process. Check the requirements for MAT IBT and the steps to appear for MAT IBT in this article.

MAT 2021 IBT (Remote Proctored Internet Based Test)

The All India Management Association (AIMA) has introduced a new form of taking the Management Aptitude Test (MAT) called the MAT as Remote Proctored Internet-Based Test (IBT). Through the MAT IBT, candidates can take admission to the MAT participating colleges offering MBA and PGDM courses. It is essential for an applicant to acquire a good MAT score in the exam as there are plenty of MBA colleges that accept the MAT score.

AIMA Launches a Trouble Shooting Guide

AIMA had launched a troubleshooting guide for the candidates to deal with the technical issues they might face during the MAT IBT 2020 sessions which were scheduled between November 21 - December 15, 2020.

Since the March cycle of MAT 2021 will also have to be attempted from home, there will be no in-person assistance if a technical glitch arises. By using the MAT Trouble Shooting Guide, the candidates can find ways to resolve the issue on their own.

Some of the possible issues which can arise while taking MAT 2021 IBT are the following

  • Prohibited Process are Running

  • SEB Windows Service Not Available

  • Network Error Message

  • Close Browser

  • Blank Screen Appears

  • Stuck at Webcam and Audio Permission

  • Not Able to Launch Test

  • Long Waiting Time for Authorization

This new form of MAT was introduced in light of the restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the nation-wide lockdown. In this new format of the test, candidates will be able to take the test from their homes by logging into the MAT server from their compatible devices.

AIMA has conducted mock tests for MAT IBT in May to bring to ascertain that the candidates will have a seamless experience while attempting MAT. AIMA has also issued special instructions for the MAT IBT aspirants. These instructions contain all of the important information for a candidate to ensure that they have their system ready before the exam day. All of the details regarding the MAT IBT can be found given below.

MAT IBT Important Dates 2021

The February cycle of MAT IBT 2021 will be conducted across India with 1-time slots on each day - 10 AM to 12.30 PM and 4 PM to 6.30 PM. Candidates can select their desired date and time slot when registering for MAT IBT. AIMA has released the dates for MAT IBT. The dates can be found in the table below.

Registration Deadline

Admit Card DateMAT IBT Date
March 4, 2021March 5, 2021

March 8, 2021

March 5, 2021March 6, 2021

March 9, 2021

March 6, 2021March 7, 2021

March 10, 2021

March 7, 2021March 8, 2021

March 11, 2021

March 9, 2021March 10, 2021

March 13, 2021

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System Requirements for MAT IBT

The basic requirements for taking the MAT IBT test is a laptop or computer with a webcam and a stable internet connection. Candidates must ensure that their laptop or PC is compatible to run the MAT IBT test beforehand to avoid any glitches during the exam. AIMA has recommended the following specifications.

Internet Requirement for MAT IBT

  • Aspirants must have a stable internet connection.

  • The minimum upload speed of the internet connection must be 512 kbps.

  • You can test your internet connection by logging into an email account. If you can do that without difficulty, you will be able to attempt the MAT IBT.

Internet Browsers Supported by MAT IBT

The following browsers are compatible to run the MAT IBT.

Google Chrome63 or higher
Mozilla Firefox52 or higher

Please note that MAT IBT does not support the Edge Browser.

System Requirements for MSB

The MAT IBT will require you to download additional software called MSB (Mettl Secure Browser) on your laptop. MSB is software that helps in conducting online examinations. The following requirements have been specified for running MSB.

Operating Systems

Windows 7

Windows 8

Windows 10

.NET Framework

Version 4.5.1 or higher


65 MB permanent free space on the default drive

MSB is a tool to ensure that the online exam will be conducted securely. When the MAT IBT starts, MSB will take the following actions:

  • Close all running background applications that are not required such as internet browsers, skype etc.
  • Will only allow candidates to move out of the application after the test has finished.

Therefore, candidates will lose control of their laptop/computer for the duration of the test. This is done to make sure that there is no use of unfair means or interruption during the test.

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Steps to Take the MAT IBT

Candidates can take the MAT IBT exam by following the steps given below.

The step-by-step process of appearing for the MAT IBT has been below.

1. Launch MAT IBT

  • Visit the official website of MAT 2021 and go to the option to start the MAT IBT.
  • The test will start in a separate window. Click on the 'Launch Test' button to start the test.

2. Select The Appropriate Option

  • Candidates who do not have MSB installed on their system will be shown an option to 'DOWNLOAD MSB'.
  • Click on the download MSB button and follow the instructions given below to install MSB.

  • Candidates who already have MSB installed on their step can skip to Step 4.

3. Install MSB

  • The setup file for MSB will be downloaded to your system.
  • Navigate to the file and open it to begin the installation process.

  • In the End-User Licence Terms window, check the box next to 'I agree to the license terms and conditions'.

  • Click on Install.

  • The installation will be completed and the icon for MSB will be placed in the system.

4. Start the Test

  • Candidates who have installed MSB will be shown the option to 'PROCEED TO TEST' in Step 2. Click on that button.
  • On the next page, click on 'Launch Test'.

  • A pop-up window will appear which will ask to launch the best on MSB. Click on 'Open MSB'.

  • You will be shown a system warning asking to close any unrequited applications. You can save any data and close all of the applications whose names are mentioned on the screen manually or click on 'OK" to automatically close the applications.

5. Provide Permissions

  • A prompt will ask you to provide permission to use the camera and microphone. 'Click on Allow'.
  • In the next step, you will be again warned to close any applications that can upload or download data in the background.

  • Click on 'Next' to start the test.

6. Fill The Details

  • A form will appear where you will have to fill in your details. Fill in your Email Address, First Name, Organization, Date of Birth, Contact No., Gender and Country.
  • Agree to the Terms and Conditions by clicking on the checkbox.

  • Click on Next.

7. Submit the Snapshot

  • Here, you will be asked to submit a snapshot of your face and your ID.

  • In the first step, align your face to the margins shown on the screen and capture the face snapshot. Click on Next.

  • In the second step, keep your ID within the outline displayed on the screen and capture the ID snapshot. Click on Submit.

  • Candidates must ensure that the room is well lit so that their snapshots are captured clearly.

8. Wait for Authorization

  • The conducting body will verify the snapshot of your face and ID before you are allowed to start the test.

  • AIMA has specified that it may take around 2 - 3 minutes for the authorization process to complete.

  • In case the snapshot submitted are not clear, you will be asked to Resubmit the snapshots.

  • On the next screen, you will find a message from the authorizer displayed on the screen. Follow the instructions and Submit the required snapshot(s).

9. Begin the Test

  • A popup window will appear displaying a warning that the test will be monitored.
  • Provide the approval by clicking on 'Proceed to Test'.

Also Read:Best MBA Specializations After Engineering

Remote Proctoring in MAT IBT

In the MAT Internet-Based Test, a candidate is allowed to appear for the test from their homes by using their personal devices. Since the test environment is not controlled by AIMA, the conducting body has made use of the following tools to ensure that candidates do not resort to any unfair means.

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Remote Manual Proctoring

Both of these tools will work together to remove any chance of malpractice. Candidates will have to restrict themselves to the norms specified by the conducting body to avoid disqualification.


How is MAT IBT different from MAT CBT?AIMA conducts MAT CBT at select test centres in a controlled environment. A candidate can appear for the MAT IBT from any place using a computer connected to the internet.
Why should I appear for MAT IBT?The MAT IBT allows you to take appear for MAT from your home. It adheres to the social distancing norms recommended to be followed during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a safe and secure way to appear for the MAT exam.
Can I appear for MAT IBT using a Macbook?No. Only Windows OS is compatible with the MAT IBT.
What are the requirements to appear for MAT IBT?In order to appear for MAT IBT, you need a laptop or PC with Windows OS installed and a stable internet connection with a minimum upload speed of 512 kbps.
When will the MAT Feb 2021 IBT exam be conducted?The Feb cycle of MAT IBT is being conducted on 5 different dates between 8 March to 13 March 2021. On each day, candidates can choose any of the 2-time slots available for the test.

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