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MAT 2021 Score vs Percentile: How to Calculate & Process?

Abhinav Chamoli
Abhinav ChamoliPublished On: June 10, 2021 | MAT

Three kinds of information are included on the MAT exam score -- scaled scores, Composite Score and MAT Percentile. This article contains all of the information regarding how AIMA calculates different scores in the MAT exam and how MAT percentile is calculated.

MAT Score vs Percentile

The Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is one of the most popular MBA entrance exams in India. MAT-Score and MAT Percentiles can be used for admission to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) courses in around 1200 MBA colleges in India.

Candidates who are appearing for the MAT 2021 exam can check all of the important details regarding the calculation of MAT score and MAT percentile here. The information given below is based upon the interpretation of the MAT score, as provided by AIMA.

MAT Section-Wise Scoring Pattern 2021

The table below contains the section-wise composite scores of MAT 2021. 


Allotted Marks

Composite Score Scale

Language Comprehension


0 - 100

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning


0 - 100

Data Analysis & Sufficiency


0 - 100

Mathematical Skills


0 - 100

Indian & Global Environment


0 - 100


200199 - 801

Do not worry if the information given above seems a bit confusing or incorrect at first glance. There is some calculation involved in the calculation of MAT-Score based upon the guidelines provided by AIMA to ensure that MAT-Score provides an accurate and fair depiction of each candidate's performance relative to the others.

Read More:How to Prepare for the Intelligence & Critical Reasoning Section of MAT

The information given below will clear all of your doubts regarding the calculation of MAT-Score. Refer to the MAT Exam Pattern for a better understanding of this information.

MAT Result-cum-Scorecard Important Details 2021

Following are the important details mentioned on the MAT scorecard or score report.

  • MAT section-wise scaled scores in Language Comprehension, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, Data Analysis & Sufficiency and Mathematical Skills.

  • MAT 2021 Composite Score.

  • The score of a candidate in the Indian & Global Environment section. The Indian & Global Environment score of a candidate is not used in the calculation of the overall composite score or MAT percentile. This is because according to AIMA, questions asked in this section do not illustrate a candidate's ability to perform in a PGP course.

  • Section-wise and overall percentile of a candidate in the MAT exam.

Read More:Tips to Prepare for Mathematical Skills Section of MAT

MAT 2021 Score vs Percentile Calculation

We have provided the calculation method of the scores and percentile of the MAT 2021 exam. Candidates are advised to go through the calculation method to know how the percentile and scores of MAT are calculated. 

Calculation of MAT Scaled Scores 2021

The section-wise scores mentioned in the MAT 2021 scorecard are the scaled scores of a candidate. The scaled scores are calculated on the basis of marks obtained by a candidate in each of the MAT 2021 exam sections.

  • Each section of the MAT exam contains 40 questions of 1 mark each. This puts the maximum achievable raw marks in each section of MAT 2021 at 40.

  • The raw scores obtained by a candidate in the MAT 2021 exam are scaled to a range of 0 to 100.

  • Since MAT is conducted 4 times each year and the level of difficulty of each exam can vary, the scaled scores are adjusted to nullify this difference in difficulty levels.

  • Scaled scores give a near-accurate depiction of a candidate's ability and performance in the MAT exam and can be compared to the scores obtained by other candidates.

  • While the scaled score of Indian & Global Environment section is included in the MAT score-report, the score is not considered when calculating the overall composite score or percentile of a candidate in the MAT exam.

  • AIMA reports that scores below 20 and above 80 are a rare occurrence in the MAT exam.

Read More:Exam Day Guide and Last Minute Preparation Tips for MAT

What is MAT Composite Score?

The MAT composite score is referred to the marks calculated on the basis of candidates' performance in the first four sections of the MAT exam. Marks in Indian and Global Environment are not considered for calculating the MAT composite score. 

Calculation of MAT Composite Score 2021

According to the guidelines set by AIMA, the score scales for individual sections as well as Composite Scores are based upon the performance of candidates in the MAT 1996 exam. The scales were set in a manner to ensure that a sectional score of 50 and a Composite Score of 500 represented the average performance of the 1996 exam-takers.

The following are the factors associated with the calculation of the MAT Composite Score.

  • The Composite Score in MAT exam is given on a scale of 199 - 801.

  • According to AIMA, scores below 200 and above 800 are considered extreme and are very rarely seen in the MAT exam.

  • A score below 200 appears as 199 and a score above 800 appears as 801 on the MAT scorecard.

  • Scaled scores of only the first 4 sections are included in the calculation of MAT Composite Score. The score of the 5th section is not considered when calculating the Composite Score.

  • AIMA has provided no additional details or formula using which the MAT Composite Score can be calculated.

Read More:Indian & Global Environment Topics and Tips for Preparation

Calculation of MAT Percentile 2021

MAT scorecard contains the section-wise as well as the overall percentile of a candidate in the MAT exam. Here are some important points to note about the MAT 2021 percentile.

  • MAT percentile is a depiction of the percentage of exam-takers that have a lower score than a candidate in the MAT exam.

  • The MAT percentile varies with the total number of candidates that have taken the MAT exam as well as with the scores obtained by the candidates.

  • While some colleges or institutes consider the MAT percentile for admissions, others consider a candidate's admission based on their Composite Score.

Difference between MAT Score vs Percentile

Here are the key differences between the MAT score and percentile

  • MAT 2021 Score is the total marks obtained by the candidates in all the sections of the MAT entrance examination.
  • MAT 2021 Percentile score is the relative marks obtained by a candidate. It shows the percentage of exam- takers that have scored low marks than the candidate in MAT 2021. In other words, a percentile rank is a way of ranking people in comparison to others in a sample. For ex: 90 percentile means that your score is more than 90% of the candidates who appeared for the entrance exam.
  • MAT 2021 Composite score is the average marks that are calculated on the basis of the candidate's performance in the first four sections of the paper. 

Here are some articles that will help you shortlist and select a college based on your MAT percentile.

List of Colleges Accepting MAT 2021
Colleges Accepting 50 - 60 Percentile in MATColleges for a 60 - 70 Percentile in MAT
List of Colleges Accepting 70 - 80 Percentile in MATColleges Accepting 70 - 80 Percentile in MAT
MAT Cutoff for Top MBA Colleges in India

MAT Result Declaration: Next Steps

After AIMA has released the result of the MAT exam, candidates can apply to MAT Participating Colleges. Candidates interested in taking admission through MAT scores must be acquainted with the MAT selection process.

Depending upon the choice of college, candidates may be directly selected for admission based upon the MAT scores or they may be required to clear additional rounds for selection. Many colleges conduct additional rounds such as Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) for the final selection of candidates to their PGP courses.

Read More:Best Tips to Ace a Group Discussion

If you still have any doubts regarding MAT score calculation and admission to colleges through MAT scores, you can get your queries solved by asking a question on the CollegeDekho QnA Zone.

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