MAT Exam Pattern 2018

Reena Saini Updated On: 29 Mar, 2019 12:41 IST

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MAT 2019 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.

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 2019 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 2019 Syllabus comprises almost all the topics relevant to other top MBA entrance exams.

  • 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 MAT question paper.

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

Highlights of MAT Exam Pattern 2019

Particulars Details

Examination modes

Paper-based & Computer-based

Total No. of Sections


Questions in each Section


Total No. of Questions


Duration of the Exam

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 2019 Exam Pattern

Name of the Section Number of Questions Duration (in Minutes)

Language Comprehension

40 40

Mathematical Skills

40 30

Data Analysis & Sufficiency

40 35

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

40 40

Indian & Global Environment

40 15
Total 200 150

Marking Scheme of MAT Exam Pattern 2019:

Category Marking
For correct response 1 mark
For incorrect response 1/4
No response Zero mark

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


1. What is the mode of MAT exam?

Candidate can choose any one of the two options to take the test: Paper Based Test or Computer Based Test.

2. What is the nature of MAT test?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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