Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a standardized test being administered since 1988 to facilitate Business Schools (B-Schools) to screen candidates for admission to MBA and allied programs. Govt. of India, Ministry of HRD approved MAT as a national level test in 2003. Any B-School - national or international - can consider MAT Score as an admission input based on the Score Cards issued to the candidates.


The candidate must be a graduate in any discipline. Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree and are awaiting results can also apply.

MAT Format:

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

Consists of 200 questions to be attempted in 150 mins.

The following areas are tested:

  • Language Comprehension
  • Mathematical Skills
  • Data Analysis and Sufficiency
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
  • Indian and Global Environment

The MAT exam is conducted four times in a year - February, May, September, and December. While MAT is relatively an easier exam than CAT but unprepared students would find that MAT also a tough nut to crack.


Scoring Pattern:

Each section has 40 question and MAT paper also have negative marking of 25% on each incorrect answer.

MAT MAY 2016 Analysis:

Mathematical Skills : The section had questions from the Arithmetic areas, the questions involved only the basics and those who would have done adequate practice would have found those questions quite doable. Overall, the test area can be classified as MODERATE- DIFFICULT.

Data Analysis & Sufficiency : This test area comprises DI, DS and Data Comparison, with DI accounting for 25 out of 40 questions while DS and Data Comparison put together accounting for the remaining 15 questions. Overall, this test area can be considered to be Moderate.

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning : This sections was a mix of Analytical Reasoning (32 questions) and Critical Reasoning (8 questions). Overall, the questions were of a moderate level of difficulty. Questions of topics like Blood Relations and Direction Sense were easy, but the questions on Distribution can be classified as moderate – difficult.

Language Comprehension : This section comprised a total of 40 questions. There were a total of 20 questions from 5 passages and 20 questions from Verbal. About 15 questions in Verbal Ability were repeated from the MAT exam MAY 2015.

Indian & Global Environment: The questions in this test area were, predominantly, from business, current affairs, Person and their associated fields, etc. Those who read newspapers on a regular basis will find this area comfortable. Overall this test area can be classified as Moderate.