MAT Exam Pattern 2021

Updated By Shreya Sareen on 06 Jan, 2021 13:39

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MAT 2021 Exam Pattern

Familiarity with MAT Exam Pattern is a must if you're preparing for the popular management entrance exam. MAT is conducted both in paper-based and computer-based format by All India Management Association (AIMA). One of the biggest advantages of taking the Management Aptitude Test is that it can be taken four times a year. A candidate can choose to take the exam in the months of February, May, September, and December. Candidates may go through our MAT Preparation Tips and MAT Exam Checklist to increase their chances of scoring high in the exam.

Table of Contents 

 Highlights of MAT Exam Pattern 2021

 MAT Exam Pattern 2021 Sectional Highlights

 Section-wise MAT 2021 Exam Pattern

Marking Scheme of MAT Exam Pattern 2021

The first step to cracking any entrance examination is to understand its exam pattern thoroughly. Collegedekho experts have prepared a comprehensive analysis of the MAT 2021 exam pattern based on previous years' exam trends. This will give you a clear perspective of what to expect from the examination and how to plan your preparation. Although MAT 2021 Syllabus comprises almost all the topics relevant to other top MBA entrance exams.

Key Facts about MAT Exam Pattern 2021  

  • The MAT exam is conducted in English language only.

  • The examination comprises of multiple-choice questions offering four answer choices for every question.

  • The MAT question paper is divided among 5  sections i.e Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis & Sufficiency, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, and Indian & Global Environment.

  • Each of the 5 sections will have 40 questions making it a total of 200 questions.

  • Attempting 105 to 120 questions is considered a good attempt.

  • The duration of the examination is 2 hours and 30 minutes. There is no time limit assigned for each section in the MAT question paper.

  •  Each question carries 1 mark, whereas, 1/4th mark is deducted for every wrong answer.

MAT Exam Pattern Overview: Paper Pattern, Duration, Marking Scheme, Sections

Changes in MAT 2021 Exam Pattern

  • New type(IBT) of MAT exam has been introduced. The IBT MAT exam can be taken from the home. Candidates will need a webcam connected computer with high-speed internet connectivity to give the MAT IBT exam.
  • The application fee of MAT is increased by Rs.100/-

Besides this, no changes are made in the exam pattern and marking scheme of MAT exam. 200 questions will be asked in the exam with each question provided with 4 choices.  The time duration is two and a half hours for both the IBT and PBT exams.

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Highlights of MAT Exam Pattern 2021

Check the table provided below to know the exam pattern as well as the marking scheme of the MAT 2021 entrance exam.  



Examination modes

Paper-based & Computer-based

Total No. of Sections


Questions in each Section


Total No. of Questions


MAT MBA Test Duration

150 minutes

No. of Options per Question


Marking Scheme per Question

1 mark for every correct answer

Negative Marking

1/4 deduction for every incorrect answer

Total Sections

  • Language Comprehension

  • Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

  • Data Analysis & Sufficiency

  • Mathematical Skills

  • Indian & Global Environment

Section-wise MAT 2021 Exam Pattern

Check the Section-wise Breakup of MAT 2021 entrance exam from the table provided below.  

Name of the Section

Number of Questions

Duration (in Minutes)

Language Comprehension



Mathematical Skills



Data Analysis & Sufficiency



Intelligence & Critical Reasoning



Indian & Global Environment






MAT Exam Pattern 2021 Sectional Highlights: Key topics and Number of Questions

The MAT exam pattern 2021 sectional highlights for the upcoming MAT examination for February month, is provided below:

Language Comprehension

  • Out of the 40 questions, 20 questions will be based on reading comprehension passages

  • There will be a total of 4 short passages in this section and the difficulty level for the same would be moderate

  • On each passage, there will be 5 questions 

  • The questions will be in MCQ format where the candidates will be penalised with 1/4th of the total maks carried by each question for every incorrect attempt

  • Questions like Synonyms/Antonyms, true/false statements etc will be asked from the reading comprehension passages

Mathematical Skills

  • A total number of 40 questions will be asked in this section

  • In the MAT 2020 exam, this section will carry a sectional weightage of 20%

  • In this section also, the questions will be asked in MCQ format

  • Maximum number of questions will be asked from topics such as percentages, interest, profit & loss, time & work, partnership etc

Data Analysis & Sufficiency

  • Similar to the previous two sections, this section will also comprise of 40 questions in MCQ format

  • The weightage of this section in the MAT 2020 exam will be 20%

  • This section aims to analyze the ability of the candidates to interpret the data provided to them and answer the questions based on those data

  • Most of the questions will be based on Data Interpretation

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

  • This section will also comprise of 40 questions based on reasoning

  • The questions will be asked either individually or in a set of 3-4 questions

  • During MAT 2020 percentile score calculation, this section will carry a weightage of 25%

  • The candidates can expect questions based on clocks & calendars, family relations etc

Indian & Global Environment

  • The total number of questions in this section will be 40

  • The questions will be in MCQ format

  • The candidates will have only 15 minutes to get through this section

  • This section will not be considered during the percentile score calculation

  • Usually, the test-takers give less importance to this section by either completely ignoring this section or attempting very few questions

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MAT IBT Exam: Mode and System Requirements

Due to the COVID 19 situation, AIMA introduced an Internet-Based Test (IBT) that allow the candidates to give the exam from home. The system requirements for the IBT exam is provided below.

Supported Browsers
  • Firefox version 52 and above
  • Chrome version 63 and above
NetworkAspirants should have a stable internet connection with proper speed throughout the exam duration
OperatingSystemWindowsOS (Version7 and above)
Memory65MB permanent free space on the default hard drive
.Dot NETframeworkMSB requires dot net framework. The minimum supported version is 4.5.1..NETframework


Marking Scheme of MAT Exam Pattern 2021

As per the marking scheme of MAT exam, candidates will be awarded one mark for each correct answer while 1/4 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer.  



For correct response

1 mark

For incorrect response


No response

Zero mark

Note: The maximum marks which a candidate can score are 200 and the scaled score is given out of 800.

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I have given MAT (IBT) September 2020 exam and achieved 78 percentile with a composite score of 627. From which colleges can I expect a call?

-Akhil BatraUpdated on October 26, 2020 11:03 PM
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Abhinav Chamoli, CollegeDekho Expert

Dear Student,

Congratulations on your clearing MAT 2020 with 78 percentile rank. With this score, you will be able to apply to many top MBA colleges accepting MAT score.

You can check this article on the colleges accepting 70-80 percentile in MAT. You will also be able to apply to colleges accepting 60-70 percentile in MAT.

Please note that these guides will provide you with suggestions on which colleges to apply but final cutoff will depend on various other factors.

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I looked the list of MAT score accepting institutions and found TA Pai Management Institute Manipal but at institute site, it is not. My score is 788.5 and 99.77 in percentile in May, 2020 MAT.

-rahul mittalUpdated on July 16, 2020 07:37 PM
  • 1 Answer
Shreya Sareen, CollegeDekho Expert

Dear Student,

Congratulations on your huge success in the MAT May 2020 exam. We have confirmed that T.A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal will not be accepting the MAT May 2020 score for admission to its PGDM course, as you have correctly pointed out.

We have removed the name of TAPMI from the concerned article on top colleges accepting MAT scores. There are many other top colleges accepting MAT where you can apply for admission. These include:

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I am about to give MAT exam in September 2020. When can I take the admission in your college?

-Shubham KotiaUpdated on July 08, 2020 01:27 PM
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Dear Student,

CollegeDekho is an online platform where you can find information and latest updates about colleges, exams, admissions etc. We do not offer any course directly but we can help you take admission to your preferred MBA college in India.

If you want help with admission to MBA colleges, you can fill our Common Application Form (CAF) or schedule a free session with our counsellor by calling 18005729877.

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FAQs about MAT Exam Pattern

WIll MAT be conducted in offline mode?

Yes, MAT will be conducted both in online and offline mode.

Is there any sessional time limit in MAT Exam?

No, there is no sessional time limit in MAT exam. Candidates may answer questions in any order.

What type of questions will be asked in MAT exam?

All the questions that will be asked in the MAT exam will be in MCQ form.

What are the total number of questions in MAT?

A total of 200 questions (40 questions in each section) will be asked in MAT.

Is there any negative marking in MAT?

Yes, ¼ mark will be deducted for each incorrect attempt.

Do all the sections of MAT carries equal marks?

Yes, all the sections of MAT carry equal marks i.e 40 marks.

What is the total duration of MAT exam?

The total duration of the MAT exam is 150 minutes i.e 2 ½ hours.

What is the marking scheme of MAT?

One mark will be awarded for each correct answer and ¼ marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

What is the mode of MAT exam?

MAT 2020 is conducted both as Computer-based Test and Paper based test. Candidates may apply for one or both examination.

How many sections are there in the MAT exam?

There are 5 sections in MAT exam namely Language Comprehension, Data Analysis & Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, Indian & Global Environment and Intelligence & Critical Reasoning.

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