MAT Selection Procedure 2021

Updated By Shreya Sareen on 06 Jan, 2021 22:27

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MAT 2021 Selection Process

The selection process will begin right after the result of MAT 2021 is announced by the exam conducting body AIMA. The AIMA does not organise any centralised counselling for the candidates who qualify MAT. The selection process varies with the college accepting MAT score. The notification regarding MAT 2021 selection procedure will release on the official website of AIMA.

As for the selection process, candidates are shortlisted on the basis of MAT result or MAT cut-off for further admission rounds, which may include Group Discussion (GD), Personal Interview (PI) and or Written Ability Test (WAT). MAT aspirants can find all the details related to the MAT selection procedure here.

Candidates must go to the official website of each college and register for each college separately. Candidates must be present in person for counselling round with necessary documents. The shortlisted candidates are called by the institutes in which they have applied for admission. Such students will have to follow the MAT 2021 selection procedure and the cumulative performance at all the selection stages will lead to the admission offer.

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Table of Contents

 Detailed MAT 2021 Selection Procedure

 How to Take Part in the MAT Selection Process 2021

 MAT Selection Process 2021 at Top 5 B-Schools in Indi


Shortlisting Factors for MAT 2021 Selection Process

Important Pointers Regarding MAT Selection Procedure

Documents Required for MAT 2021 Selection

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Detailed MAT 2021 Selection Procedure

In order to be able to participate in the MAT selection process, the first step for a student is to appear for the national-level test. Following the entrance exam, the MAT results are published on the AIMA's official website, basis which students are shortlisted for further admission rounds. The shortlisted candidates are called by the MAT participating institutes where they had applied for admission. They have to follow the Selection Procedure of the institutes, which may involve either two or all three following steps:

  • Group Discussion: It is a process of screening the candidates on the basis of their ability as well as their skills. In this round, a topic allocated to a group of candidates to discuss among themselves for 15-20 minutes. They are divided into groups and each group is given two case studies.

  • Written Test: Written Ability Test is a pen and paper exam. It can also be called an Essay Writing Test. It is basically designed to test the knowledge of applicants and richness of content written by him.

  • Personal Interview: The objective of organizing a personal interview is to analyze the responses of a candidate, their interpersonal, soft skills, confidence, and thought clarity. The interviewer can ask questions based on the details you filled in Annexure and other information based on the academic qualifications of the candidates.

MAT Selection Process 2020

While some of the Participating Institutes that Accept MAT Scores may conduct only two rounds of the admission process, some might conduct all the three rounds. An increasing number of institutes that accept MAT scores have observed it is easy to judge a candidate's writing skills and thought the process through WAT.  The Written Ability Test (WAT) is being given preference over GD to ensure that all candidates are at the same level playing field and that soft-spoken candidates also get a fair chance.

Check out the percentile-wise list of colleges accepting the MAT Scores for admission.

List of MBA Colleges Accepting 80-90 Percentile in MAT 2021

List of MBA Colleges Accepting 70-80 Percentile in MAT 2021

MBA & PGDM Colleges Accepting 60-70 Percentile in MAT 2021

List of Colleges Accepting 50-60 Percentile in MAT 2021

While the selection process steps remain the same, the number of steps depends on each of the MAT participating institutes. The final admission list of the institute is prepared based on how the candidate performs in the various selection rounds.

Also Read: How to Crack GD for Admission in Top MBA Colleges?

How to Take Part in the MAT Selection Process 2021

To participate in the selection process of MAT 2021, an individual have to follow the steps mentioned below.

Step 1- Register at AIMA in order to send the MAT score 5 separate institutes. These institutes are circled out by the applicant at the time of the MAT Application Process.

Step 2- After the declaration of result, candidates are free to send their MAT Scores and apply at the official website of their preferred institute.

Step 3- Shortlisted candidates will receive a call for interview by any of the institutes they have applied to.

Step 4- The applicant has to undergo a set of the selection process including stages such as WAT, PI or GD rounds decided by the institute.

Step 5- The overall performance of an aspirant will be judged and most deserving ones will be finalised for admission at the MAT Participating institute.

MAT Selection Process 2021 at Top 5 B-Schools in India

Applicants must always go through the eligibility criteria of the desired institute for the chosen course as it is different for all the institutes. Captured below is the MAT Selection Process 2021 adopted at pop 5 B-Schools in India.

College Name

College Location

MAT Selection Process

Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology-Madras


  • Valid MAT Score
  • GD and Personal Interview
  • Academic Performance and Work Experience

Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship

Bangalore, Karnataka

  • Valid MAT Score
  • Excellent Academic Performance
  • Work Experience and Participation in Extracurricular Activities

TA Pai Management Institute

Manipal, Karnataka

  • Valid MAT Score
  • Personal Interview
  • Academic Performance and Work Experience

Institute of Public Enterprise

Hyderabad, Telangana

  • Valid MAT Score
  • PI and GD
  • Academic Performance

Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education

Mumbai, Maharashtra

  • Valid MAT Score
  • Candidates with Work Experience are preferred over others

Shortlisting Factors for MAT 2021 Selection Process 

The shortlisting factors depend on the following ways:

  • The score obtained at MAT examination

  • Performance in academics

  • Work experience is preferred

  • In case of non-availability of NRI students, seats will be converted for General intake

  • Date of Birth will be considered criteria in case of equivalent marks. The Benefit will be given to the candidate who is older.

AIMA conducts MAT four times a year - in the months of February, May, September and December. Candidates can follow Simple Trips & Tricks as well as follow our MAT Exam Checklist to score well in the MAT 2021 examination.

Important Pointers Regarding MAT Selection Procedure

The selection process of MAT differs from B-School to B-School. Generally, after the candidate has taken the entrance test, a merit list is issued by the colleges and accordingly, the candidates are called for the next step of the admission process. This includes group discussion and personal interview.

  • If a candidate qualifies in the group discussion and personal interview rounds according to the rules of the college, then he/she has admitted admission to their preferred programme and college.
  • In some colleges, there are also additional selection criteria of written ability test or essay writing rounds along, with the GD and PI rounds. Most of the management colleges now give higher weightage to a candidate’s performance in the written test. This is because unlike GD / PI, the candidate's approach is easy to judge when writing.

  • The submission of the counselling fee should also be done online.

  • Seats will be allotted on the basis of scores obtained in MAT as well as other selection rounds combined.

  • There are nearly 600 B-Schools in the country that accept MAT score.

Documents Required for MAT 2021 Selection

Given below are the list of documents that are required for participating in the selection process of MAT 2021.

  • A Set of Self-attested Copy of Original Documents

  • MAT 2021 Admit Card 

  • MAT 2021 Rank card 

  • Class 10th and Class 12th certificates ( Original and photocopy)

  • Passport-size Coloured Photographs (at least Six)

  • Bank Draft of the Admission Fee (detailed will be enclosed in MAT Prospectus)

  • Character Certificate

  • Migration Certificate

  • Domicile Certificate

  • Reservation Certificate (if applicable)

Also Read: What is a Good MAT 2021 Percentile/ Score?

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-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.

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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
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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.

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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

What are the shortlisting factors for MAT selection process?

Some of the shortlisting factors for MAT selection process are performance in academics, MAT scores and work experience.

Does every participating college of MAT has a same selection process?

No, every college has its own selection process for MAT. You can check the official website of the college to know about its selection process.

What topics will be covered in MAT group discussion?

There are no specific syllabus for MAT group discussion. Candidates can be assigned any topic from history, politics, economics or any other subject.

What is the Written Ability Test of MAT?

Written Ability Test is Essay Writing Test which will test the communication skills and creativity of the candidates.

How the candidates will be selected for admission on the basis of MAT?

Candidates will be selected on the basis of their scores in MAT as well as performance in GD/ PI round.

Where can I check the notifications regarding MAT selection process?

You can check the official notification regarding MAT selection process on the official website of MAT.

When will MAT selection process start?

MAT selection process will start after the declaration of MAT results.

What are the selection rounds of MAT?

Total rounds for MAT selection process will vary from college to college. There are some colleges which may conduct only one round i.e personal interview for MBA admission.

Who will be allowed to appear for the MAT selection process?

Candidates who have secured well in the MAT will be allowed to appear for MAT selection process.

What documents are required during the MAT selection process?

Some of the documents required during the MAT selection process are MAT 2020 admit card, MAT 2020 Rank card, Passport size coloured photographs and Class 10 and Class 12 certificates.

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