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MAT (MAT - 2017)

Both Online and Pen & Paper | National Level Exam
Application Fee - General / OBC / ST / SC - Rs.1200
Important Dates
Registration Date
Dec 12, 2016
Admit Card Date
Jan 29, 2017
Test Date
Feb 05, 2017
Result Date
Feb 26, 2017

How to Prepare for MAT 2017

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.

MAT 2017 Important Instructions

  • Candidates are to report to the allotted test centre at least 45 minutes before the scheduled commencement of the test.
  • Neither any candidate will be admitted 15 minutes after the commencement of the test nor any extra time granted for completing the test.
  • Candidates are to be in possession of the following when reporting to the test centre:
  1. Documents: Admit Card duly completed.
  2. Writing Materials: Ball Point Pen, HB Pencils, Eraser and Sharpener.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Non-adherence to any instructions or failure to comply with any rules governing the conduct of test will lead to cancellation of your candidature.
  • 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 the 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. 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:
  7. No credit will be given for the answers marked in the question booklets.
  8. 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.
  9. If you wish to change any answer, erase completely one already marked and darken the fresh oval / circle with an HB pencil.
  10. Do not tear, bend or mutilate the answer sheet.
  11. Be sure that you accurately mark all identification and question booklet series.
  12. At the conclusion of the test you should hand over your Question Booklet and Answer Sheet to the invigilator.
  13. 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.


1) What is the MAT exam?

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a national-level management entrance examination. Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a standardised test being administered since 1988 to facilitate Business Schools (B-Schools) to screen candidates for admission to MBA and allied programmes. Govt. of India, Ministry of HRD approved MAT as a national level test in 2003.The exam is conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA). More than 600 B-Schools accept MAT?exam scores.

2) What is AIMA?

AIMA is a group- a body to pool management thoughts in the country, a forum to develop a national managerial ethos, an organisation to facilitate the furtherance of the management profession in the country. AIMA is a federation of Local Management Associations (LMAs).

3) What is the cost of the Bulletin / CD with registration Form? /How to Apply?

Candidate can choose any one of the three modes to apply: Register online at website  with Credit Card or Debit Card(ATM Card) payment of Rs.1,200/-. Detailed procedure is given on the website link. Or Obtain crossed Demand Draft (DD) of Rs.1,200/- in favour of “All India Management Association”, payable at Delhi from any bank. Register online at website link alongwith the DD details. Details provedure is given on the website link. Or Obtain Form with MAT Bulletin/CD against cash payment of Rs 1200/- from listed Study Centres of AIMA or from AIMA, New Delhi.

4) What is the last date of submitting filled in MAT Registration Form?

Last date for submission is mentioned in the MAT bulletin. The last date also appears in the notification released by AIMA in various national & regional newspapers.

5) When & how many times MAT is conducted in a year?

MAT is usually conducted 4 times in a year in February, May, September and December.

6) What is the mode of test?

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

7) What are the test dates and timings of the test?

The Paper Based Test is being conducted on the first Sunday of the February, May, September and December from 10:00-12:30 hours. Whereas the Computer Based Test is being conducted from Saturday onwards (6 days after the Paper Based Test date) and in different Time slots.

8) Do applicant has to buy the prospectus of the MI’s opted by him/her?

For applying to MI’s it is suggested that the prospectus of the MI’s opted should be bought.

9) Is MAT held all over the country what about a person living abroad? Can he/she apply for it?

MAT is conducted in all major cities in the country and in leading cities abroad. For further clarification, see MAT bulletin or contact our information centre. Test Venues for Paper Based Test and Computer Based Test are different. If the number of candidates registered for Computer Based Test is few/limited, these candidates appears for the paper Based Test on first Sunday of the test month only. One candidate can appear only for one date for the MAT.

10) When will I get my Admit Card?

Admit card will be available for view and print from December 03, 2016 (Onwards). You will have to log onto the MAT website with your registered User ID. You will be eligible for an Admit Card only upon submission of online application form. You will receive an automated email confirmation upon successful submission.

11) What details will be mentioned in the Admit Card?

The admit card will contain the following details: Name of the candidate Test date Test City & Centre address User ID / Registration Number PWD/DA status.

12) Do we get a separate Admit Card for appearing in MAT?

All provisionally registered candidates can down load their Admit Card from AIMA website 7 days before the Paper Based Test date. Specific Admit Card will be generated both for the candidates opted for the Paper Based Test and for the Computer Based Test. Admit Card would be having Candidate Name, Form No, Roll NO, Test Date, Test Time and Test Venue Address. Candidate has to strictly follow the date and time allotted to them in the case of Computer Based Test. This Admit Card contains Test Centre Address with Center Code, Form No and Roll no of the test. No separate special card is issued. Also, activation of a test centre depends upon the minimum no of registration.

13) I have selected paper based test, will I get a separate Admit Card?

Specific admit card will be allotted to the candidates opted for paper based test and computer based test. Candidates opted for computer based test, strictly have to follow the date and time allotted to them. All the eligible and provisionally registered candidates can download their admit card from the link- MAT Admit Card for December 2016.

14) What is the eligibility criteria for MAT SNAP Entrance Test ?

The minimum qualification for appearing in MAT is graduation in any discipline from any recognized University or equivalent recognized degree. A final year student in any undergraduate (i.e. B.A, B.Sc., B.Com., B.Tech., etc) can also appear provisionally. Usually, there is a minimum percentage requirement in graduation, which is different for different MIs/University. For this refer to the prospectus of the particular MIs/University.

15) What is the nature of MAT test?

  • 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.

16) Is calculator is allowed in MAT exam?

No. Calculators, formula sheets or dictionaries are not allowed for the MAT.

17) I have completed my graduation from Science stream, am I eligible to apply for the test?

Yes. A candidate should have done graduation in any discipline from any recognized university or should have an equivalent recognized degree.

18) I am in the final year of my graduation, can I apply?

Yes. A final year student in any undergraduate program (B.A. /B.Sc. / B.Com. /B.Tech. etc.) can write MAT but admission to such candidate will be granted on provisional basis.

19) Is there any age bar for it? Any Job experience required to appear in MAT?

There is no age bar. Job experience is not necessary.

20) Will there be any negative marking?

Yes, 0.25 or 1/4th marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.

21) Is there any difference between Computer Based Test and Paper Based Test?

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 Paper Based Test, which is generally offered on a single day to all candidates. MAT is 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. Computer Based Test assumes that the candidate has basic familiarity with use of computers like use of keyboard and mouse operation. It is the responsibility of the candidate to acquire these skills before appearing in the test and AIMA cannot take responsibility for the same. In traditional Paper Based Test, Candidate is supposed to bring Pen, HB-Pencils, Erasers and Sharper with him/her whereas the Question Paper & OMR Answer Sheet .

22) When is the MAT result announced?

The result of MAT is declared in the last week of the month in which it is conducted.

23) How to get the MAT Score Card?

  • The Score Card is put on the AIMA website during last week of the month of the test.
  • Candidate can download his/her score card with his 6 digits Registration Form Number and 9 digits Roll NO from AIMA website .
  • Individual copy of Score Card with photograph is also sent through normal post at the address given on the Registration Form.

24) How to obtain duplicate MAT Score Card?

Duplicate Score Card can be obtained by following the procedure given below:-

a.) Application on plain paper requesting for a duplicate score card

b.) Photocopy of the lower half of the Admit Card which was handed over at the test centre duly signed by the invigilator.

c.) Self addressed envelope having : Size 24cms x 12cms (approx) ,Candidate’s address written in capitals , Postage stamp of Rs 40/- affixed for sending by Speed Post.

25) Which all Institutes will be granting admission on the basis of MAT entrance examination score?

The number of participating Member Institutes may vary. The numbers of management institutes accepting MAT score keeps on changing from test to test.

26) Is appearance in MAT necessary for getting admission into PGDM/ MBA programme?

Yes, MAT is necessary for admission into PGDM/equivalent programmes offered by AIMA or other MIs who participate in it.

27) What should my exam strategy be to improve percentile scores?

Try to get an adequate exposure to different models of questions; prepare extensively with a time limit; compare your scores with a large database of students; analyse the Mock MATs.

28) Is it compulsory for a candidate to qualify MAT for all courses offered by AIMA?

MAT qualification is only required for PGDM/ PGDITM. For admission into other programmes like One-year Post Graduate Certificate programmes, and Advanced Certificate Programmes, MAT is not required.

29) What specializations are being offered in the PGDM programme?

PGDM specializations include: a)Marketing b)Finance c)Operations d)Human Resource e)Information Systems f)International Business.

30) What are the goals of the MAT process ?

Determine whether or not the brain is properly signaling to your muscles to contract when necessary. Identify which muscles are not receiving neural input by performing range of motion tests. Improve the stability of your joints by reactivating muscles and their ability to contract on demand. Provide a checks and balances system to make sure that any time mobility is increased, there is appropriate input and therefore contraction during this motion.

31) Whom do I contact for MAT Test details?

For all MAT related queries, please contact Phone : 011-47673020 / 24638896 E-mail :