MAT Exam Pattern 2020

Abhik Das Updated On: 27 Dec, 2019 16:39 IST

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MAT 2020 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 2020 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 2020 Syllabus comprises almost all the topics relevant to other top MBA entrance exams.

  • 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.

Highlights of MAT Exam Pattern 2020



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 2020 Exam Pattern

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 2020 Sectional Highlights

The MAT exam pattern 2020 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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Marking Scheme of MAT Exam Pattern 2020



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.


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 the 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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