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MAT 2023 Exam Pattern - Marking Scheme, Mode of Exam, Maximum Marks

Updated By Shivangi Ahirwar on 04 May, 2023 12:58

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MAT Exam Pattern 2023

MAT exam pattern 2023 comprises how the MAT question paper will be framed or the overall structure of the MAT exam such as the number of sections in the question paper, total number of questions and number of questions per section, type of questions asked, total marks, duration of the exam, sectional time limit, etc. MAT 2023 is being conducted as a Paper Based Test (PBT), Computer Based Test (CBT), and Internet-Based Test (IBT) from home. Candidates will be able to choose their preferred mode for MAT 2023 while filling out the application form.

The MAT 2023 Question Paper Pattern includes 5 sections- Language Comprehension, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, Data Analysis & Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, and Indian and Global Environment, each containing 40 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The total number of questions in the MAT question paper is 200 and the duration of the exam will be 150 minutes. Each question in the MAT 2023 question paper carries 1 mark and there is a negative marking of -0.25 marks per incorrect question.

Check all the details about the MAT 2023 Exam Pattern, including the detailed section-wise breakup of the question paper, marking scheme, and more!

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MAT 2023 Exam Pattern Highlights

Check the table provided below to know the exam pattern as well as the marking scheme of the MAT 2023 entrance exam.  

Examination modes

  • Internet-based Test (IBT)

  • Paper-based Test (PBT)

  • Computer-based Test (CBT)

Number of sections


Number of questions in each section


Total Number of questions


Exam duration

150 minutes

Number of options per question


Marks per question

1 mark for every correct answer

Negative marking

-0.25 marks for every incorrect answer

Name of sections

  • Language Comprehension

  • Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

  • Data Analysis & Sufficiency

  • Mathematical Skills

  • Indian & Global Environment

Changes in MAT 2023 Exam Pattern

  • New type (IBT) of MAT exam has been introduced. The IBT MAT exam can be taken from 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 the 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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MAT 2023 Section-Wise Exam Pattern

Check the section-wise Breakup of the MAT 2023 question paper from the table provided below.

Name of the Section

Number of Questions

Suggested Time

Language Comprehension


40 minutes

Mathematical Skills


30 minutes

Data Analysis & Sufficiency


35 minutes

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning


40 minutes

Indian & Global Environment


15 minutes




MAT 2023 Marking Scheme

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

-1/4 marks

No response

Zero mark

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

MAT 2023 Key Topics and Number of Questions

The MAT 2023 exam pattern sectional highlights for the upcoming MAT examination for February are provided below

MAT 2023 Language Comprehension Highlights

  • 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

  • In each passage, there will be 5 questions 

  • The questions will be in MCQ format where the candidates will be penalized 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

MAT 2023 Mathematical Skills Highlights

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

  • In the MAT 2023 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

MAT 2023 Data Analysis & Sufficiency Highlights

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

  • The weightage of this section in the MAT 2023 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

MAT 2023 Intelligence & Critical Reasoning Highlights

  • This section will also comprise 40 questions based on reasoning

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

  • During MAT 2023 percentile score calculation, this section will carry a weightage of 25%

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

MAT 2023 Indian & Global Environment Highlights

  • 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 2023 IBT Mode 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


Aspirants should have a stable internet connection with proper speed throughout the exam duration


Windows OS (Version7 and above)


65 MB permanent free space on the default hard drive

.NET Framework

MSB requires dot net framework. The minimum supported version is 4.5.1. of the .NET Framework

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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.

Can a test taker review questions or sections in the MAT entrance exam?

Within the allotted section, the test taker can review the sections of the exam. However, once a test taker has moved ahead from one section to the next section, he/she will not be able to return to the previous section. Therefore, test takers should complete answering and reviewing each sections in their respective allotted time.

Are there any breaks during the MAT test?

There are no scheduled breaks in the MAT test. However, test takers can take unscheduled breaks if they want during the test session. If a test taker chooses to take a break, the actual time spent on the break will be deducted from the time allocated to complete the test. No extra time will be given to complete the test.

If a MAT test taker needs to do calculations or make notes during the test; does he/she need to carry a rough sheet with him/her?

MAT test takers must not carry anything with them other than the confirmation e-mail print out, admit card and two IDs for the test. Required stationery will be provided to the test taker by the invigilator at the test center.

When should a MAT test taker report to the test center?

MAT test takers must report to their allocated test center forty-five (45) minutes prior to the scheduled time mentioned in their confirmation E-mail.

Do I need to bring any other document except MAT admit card to the exam centre?

Yes, candidates must bring any one of the photo ID proofs along with the MAT admit card/hall ticket.

Is there any negative marking in MAT exam?

1/4 mark is deducted for every incorrect answer

10. What should I do as soon as I finish my test?

You should follow the instructions of the invigilator to save your test work once you are done with your exam.

9. Will I get any rough sheets for the computer-based exam?

Blank sheets will be provided to candidates for rough work, if required.

8. Is there any time limit on individual sections?

No, there is no time limit for individual parts of the test. The candidate has the liberty to go back and change any of his/her answers among the 200 questions.

7. Is it necessary to have computer skills to be able to appear for the online exam of MAT?

Yes, the candidate should have a basic familiarity with the use of computers like use of keyboard and mouse operation. It is the responsibility of the candidate to acquire these skills before taking the test.

6. What is the MAT computer-based test all about?

In the computer-based test (offline exam), the candidate has to sit in front of a computer which has the questions on its monitor. The candidate has to submit the answers using a keyboard or mouse. Each computer is connected to a server, which prepares the question set and delivers it to the candidate on the computer system.

5. How are the answer sheets checked?

MAT Answer Sheet is scanned by machine and scores are computed. However, candidates must mark their answer sheets properly as accuracy in scoring is based on how well the answers are marked.

4. Do I get any rough sheets for rough work?

No separate sheet will be given to candidates for rough work. Candidates may do all the rough work on the Question Booklet only.

3. If I wish to change my answer while taking the exam, what should I do?

You may change your answer by completely erasing the one already marked and darken the fresh oval with an HB pencil. Do not tear or bend or mutilate the Answer Sheet.

2. What is the nature of the MAT test?

It is an objective type test with multiple-choice answers. The test is designed to measure a person’s general aptitude.

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