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MAT 2021 Exam Pattern

Updated By Abhinav Chamoli on 08 Jul, 2021 16:33

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MAT 2021 Exam Pattern

MAT 2021 is a national-level MBA entrance exam conducted 4 times every year in February, May, September and December. AIMA has prescribed the MAT 2021 Exam Pattern, which comprises how the MAT question paper will be set. MAT 2021 will be 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 2021 while filling the application form.

The MAT 2021 Question Paper Pattern includes 5 sections containing 40 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) each. 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 2021 question paper carries 1 mark and there is a negative marking of -0.25 marks per incorrect question.

Familiarity with MAT Exam Pattern is a must if you're preparing for MAT 2021. Candidates may go through our MAT Last Minute Preparation Tips and MAT Exam Checklist to increase their chances of scoring high in the exam.

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Check all of the details about the MAT 2021 Exam Pattern including the detailed section-wise breakup of the question paper, marking scheme and all other details here.

MAT 2021 Exam Pattern Highlights

Check the table provided below to know the exam pattern as well as the marking scheme of the MAT 2021 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 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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MAT 2021 Section-Wise Exam Pattern

Check the section-wise Breakup of the MAT 2021 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 2021 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 2021 Key Topics and Number of Questions

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

MAT 2021 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 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

MAT 2021 Mathematical Skills Highlights

  • 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

MAT 2021 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 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

MAT 2021 Intelligence & Critical Reasoning Highlights

  • 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

MAT 2021 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 2021 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.

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