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MAT Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

  • MAT is held in both, pen-paper mode and computer mode.  
  • In the exam, total 200 objective-type questions will be asked from 5 sections.  
  • All questions are compulsory. Each question has four options marked
  • All the questions and instructions of the test will be in English only.
  • For more clarity on the test pattern, the candidates can check the table below :-

Section No.

Name of Section

No. of questions

Time Suggested (Minutes)


Language Comprehension




Mathematical Skills




Data Analysis and Sufficiency




Intelligence and Critical Reasoning




Indian and Global Environment







Total Duration:- 150 Minutes (2.5 hours)
Total Marks:- 200
Total Questions:- 200
Marking System:-

  • For marking correct answer – 1 mark will be awarded.
  • For marking incorrect answer – 0.25 or 1/4th mark will be deducted .

Syllabus Summary

No. Of Subject 4
No. Of Unit 4
No. Of Chapter 61
  1. Geometry
  2. Ratios and Proportion
  3. Number system
  4. Work and time
  5. HCF & LCM
  6. Algebra
  7. Quadratic and linear equations
  8. Profit & Loss
  9. Geometric Progression
  10. Percentages
  11. Averages
  12. Partnership
  13. Time-Speed-Distance
  1. Business
  2. World Records
  3. Top officials of big companies
  4. Famous awards and Prizes
  5. Books and Authors
  6. Punch line of Companies
  7. History
  8. International Organization
  9. Important Quotations
  10. Social issues
  11. Sports
  12. Finance
  13. Major Corporate news
  14. Automobiles
  15. Entertainment
  16. Politics
  17. Science
  1. Verbal Reasoning
  2. Syllogisms
  3. Fill In the Blanks
  4. Contextual usage
  5. Different usage of same word
  6. Antonyms
  7. Sentence completion
  8. Jumbled paragraphs
  9. Foreign language words used in English
  10. Idioms
  11. One word substitution
  1. Family tree
  2. Strong Arguments and Weak Arguments
  3. Multi-Dimensional Arrangements
  4. Course of Action
  5. Puzzles
  6. Visual Reasoning
  7. Arrangement
  8. Series
  9. Numeric grid
  10. Pie Chart
  11. Blood Relations
  12. Critical Reasoning
  13. Calendars
  14. Coding & Decoding
  15. Syllogisms
  16. Syllogisms
  17. Statement Conclusions
  18. Column graphs
  19. Graphs Representing Area

How to prepare

Preparation Strategy
Make a proper Time Table

It is very important that you make a time table and stick to it and you will have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it.
Concept clarity rather than rote learning
It is essential that you have a clear idea of the formulas and concepts rather than rote learning of things for the papers. While you might require it for memorizing formulas it is important that for other stuff you make sure you clear your basis and concepts before moving on.
Prepare Notes
It is very important make small notes or a comprehensive list of formulas on each covered topic and chapter which will come in handy at the time of revision. This will require you to be regular with your work but will surely make things easy at the time of revision.
Revision of Class XI and XII concepts
Make sure that you revise your concepts from the syllabus of these classes before starting anything new as most of the engineering exams will be for admission to undergraduate courses and so the syllabi from class XI and XII becomes the testing ground to check students.
Seek guidance
It is not possible for you to know everything in your syllabus, at least not at the time of preparation. Sooner or later you will run into a concept or so which will give you trouble and then it is best you seek guidance from an instructor or a teacher. It is necessary that you clear your doubts at regular intervals and don’t prolong things for long. Getting into a good coaching class is nothing to be ashamed off and if anything a regular coaching class will enable you to avoid roadblocks in your preparation.
Sample Papers
Even though there may be a complete change in the exam pattern or the expected questions altogether,it is important that you practice on the sample and previous years question papers available for the engineering exam you’d be attempting. You will know the existing pattern and have a fair idea of the type of questions to expect in the paper along with the time constraint.
Mock tests
The paper pattern, duration of the paper and the number of questions to be attempted in the given amount of time is not something you will be able to pick up on the day of the examination. A Mock Test tests a student’s abilities as it not only provides a similar feel of real exams but also helps in building speed and confident to face the exam. Furthermore, they can improve their performance to get an extra edge in actual exams.  
Time management
Time management can be learnt through thorough practice and regular test taking. So it is important that you practice it and practice it well.

Duration : 150 Minutes

Important Instructions

1. Candidates are to report to the allotted test centre at least 45 minutes before the scheduled commencement of the test.
2. Neither any candidate will be admitted 15 minutes after the commencement of the test nor any extra time granted for completing the test.
3. Candidates are to be in possession of the following when reporting to the test centre: Document: Admit Card duly completed. Writing Materials: Ball Point Pen, HB Pencils, Eraser and Sharpener.
4. The test room will be opened about 30 minutes before the commencement of the test. The candidates are to be seated at the allotted place.
5. Your Admit Card will be verified during the test. One part of Admit Card will be given to you as proof of your having appeared in the test. Please ensure that this is duly signed by you and the test invigilator.
6. It is your responsibility to make certain that you understand and follow the directions for answering. AIMA can accept the responsibility of scanning / capturing your answer accurately only if it is completed in accordance with directions.
7. Take the questions in order, but do not waste time pondering over those that seem extremely difficult or unfamiliar to you. A wise practice is to first answer the questions you are sure of. Then,if you complete the test before time is called, go back and reconsider any questions about which you were uncertain.
8. Although the MAT stresses on accuracy more than speed, it is important to use the allotted time wisely. Make every effort to pace yourself by making yourself familiar with the mechanics of the test.
9. The directions explain exactly what each set of questions requires to answer those questions. Read all test directions carefully. Read each question carefully and thoroughly. Before answering a question, determine exactly what is being asked.
10. Calculator, Pager, Mobile, etc are not permitted inside the test room.Candidate will be allowed to leave the test room after the completion of test and only after permitted by the invigilator. If you wish to leave the room during the test, you must have the invigilator’s permission. You will not be permitted to make up the time you lose.
11. AIMA reserves the right to cancel the admission/entry to the test/withhold the results of nay candidate who impersonates/uses unfair means during the test. This is without prejudice to any other action that can be initiated.
12. Non-adherence to any instructions or failure to comply with any rules governing the conduct of test will lead to cancellation of your candidature.
13. All disputes pertaining to any aspect of the test will be settled through any arbitrator, who shall be appointed by the Director General, AIMA. Further, all legal cases pertaining to any matter of the test will be dealt with under the jurisdiction of Delhi Courts only.

  1. The candidate will be provided a sealed Question Booklet and an OMR Answer Sheet. Do not open the Question Booklet until announced.
  2. Fill the necessary information in the space provided on the cover of the Question Booklet and the answer Sheet before commencement of the test.
  3. The candidates are to sign the attendance sheet during the test duly endorsing the Question Booklet Series as given on the Question Booklet and other details.
  4. Answers are to be marked on the Answer Sheet, which is provided separately. Sample is given in pages xvii-xviii. Choose the correct option and darken the oval completely corresponding to (1), (2), (3) and (4) against the relevant question number. Use only HB Pencil to darken the oval for answering. Please do not darken more than one oval against any question, as scanner will not read the same correctly.
  5. Rough work, if any, is to be done on the Question Booklet only. No separate sheet will be provided /used for rough work.
  6. MAT Answer Sheet is scanned by machine and scores are computed. Accuracy in scoring is dependent on the examinees marking their answer sheets properly and the completeness of their erasures when used. Therefore accurate scoring is dependent on your strict adherence to the following points:
  • No credit will be given for the answers marked in the question booklets.
  • Use HB pencil to complete the answer sheet. Please do not darken more than one oval against any question, as scanner will not read the same.
  • If you wish to change any answer, erase completely one already marked and darken the fresh oval / circle with an HB pencil.
  • Do not tear, bend or mutilate the answer sheet.
  • Be sure that you accurately mark all identification and question booklet series.

7 At the conclusion of the test you should hand over your Question Booklet and Answer Sheet to the invigilator.
Appropriate civil/criminal proceedings will be initiated against applicant found taking or attempting to take the full or part of the Question Booklet or Answer Sheet outside the test room.
‘Computer Based Test ’ means the candidate sits in front of a computer and the questions are presented on the computer monitor and the candidate submits the answers through the use of keyboard or mouse. Each computer is connected to a server, which prepares the question set and delivers it to the candidate on the computer. This is unlike the traditional paper based test, which is generally offered on a single day to all candidates. MAT will be offered over a period of time and the candidate can choose the center, the day and time of his/her convenience to take the test, as described in the later sections.

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