Nidhi Bahl Updated On: 11 Dec, 2018 10:54 IST
The selection process starts after the result of MAT 2018 is announced on or after 24th December 2018, 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 college accepting MAT score. The notification regarding MAT 2018 Selection procedure will release in the month of February 2019 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 2018 selection procedure and the cumulative performance at all the selection stages will lead to the admission offer.
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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 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 organising a personal interview is to analyse 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.
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 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.
While the selection process steps remain the same, the number of steps depend on each of the MAT participating institute. The final admission list of the institute is prepared based on how the candidate performs in the various selection rounds.
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 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.
MAT 2018 admit card
MAT 2018 Rank card
Class 10 and class 12 certificates ( Original and photocopy)
Passport size colored photographs ( at least Six)
Bank Draft of admission fee (detailed will be enclosed in MAT Prospectus)
The shortlisting factors depend on the following ways:
Score of MAT examination
Performance in academics
Having work experience will be preferred
In case of non-availability of NRI students, seats will be converted for General intake
Date of Birth will be considered a 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 May 2018 examination.