MAT Exam 2024 (PBT, CBT, IBT): May Dates, Registration Ongoing, Eligibility, Syllabus, Pattern

Management Aptitude Test 2024 ( MAT )

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Updated on May 13, 2024 12:32 IST

MAT 2024 exam will be held in four phase. In every phase there will be multiple sessions of MAT PBT, MAT CBT and MAT IBT. MAT 2024 May registration is underway. Know all about MAT exam 2024 here including dates, registration, eligibility, fees, syllabus, pattern, cut offs and admission.

MAT exam 2024

All about MAT exam 2024

Management Aptitude Test or MAT is a national level MBA entrance exam which is conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA). MAT is conducted in February, May, September and December in multiple sessions. MAT is the only MBA entrance exam in India in which candidates can choose from Paper Based Test (PBT), Computer Based Test (CBT) and Internet Based Test (IBT) modes. The MAT question paper contains questions from five subjects - Language Comprehension, Data Analysis & Sufficiency and Mathematical Skills, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Indian & Global Environment. The total number of questions is 200. MAT 2024 registration for May 2024 sessions is underway. Know here all about MAT exam here. 

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MAT Exam Highlights 2024

MAT exam is an MCQ-based test which was conducted for 2.5 hours till now. The exam duration has been reduced to 2 hours in 2024. Check key highlights of MAT exam 2024:

Q:   Are there any changes in the MAT 2024 exam format compared to the previous years?


If you're planning to take the MAT 2024, then you're in luck because the exam format remains unchanged from the previous years. The MAT 2024 test pattern consists of five sections that will measure your Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Indian and Global Environment, and Intelligence and Critical Reasoning. The best part is you can choose to take the exam either in paper-based or computer-based modes. The total exam duration is 150 minutes, and you'll be faced with 200 questions to answer. But don't worry, each question carries one mark, so you have a chance to score big. Just keep in mind that there's a penalty of 0.25 marks for each incorrect answer, so choose wisely. You have four chances to take the exam in February, May, September, and December, so mark your calendars and get ready to ace it!

Q:   What is the marking scheme of MAT exam?


Total marks of MAT exam is 150. Every question carries one mark for correct attempt and there is negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer. No marks is deducted for skipping questions. The MAT question paper has 150 questions equally divided into five sections - Language Comprehension, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, Data Analysis & Data Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills and Indian & Global Environment.

Language Comprehension: 30 questions 

2. Intelligence & Critical Reasoning: 30 questions 

3. Data Analysis & Data Sufficiency: 30 questions 

4. Mathematical Skills: 30 questions 

5. Indian & Global Environment: 30 questions 

Every section therefore has 30 questions which means every section carries 30 marks. The scores of GK section is not considered for MAT percentile calculation. So candidates can keep GK section as their last priority.

Q:   Is the MAT IBT mode exam pattern different from CBT and PBT exams?


No. The exam pattern of MAT IBT is not different from CBT or PBT. In fact, the MAT exam pattern of all test modes is the same. The duration of MAT exam (PBT, CBT and IBT modes) is 2 hours or 120 minutes. The marking scheme is - plus one for correct attempt and minus 0.25 for incorrect attempt. There is no sectional time limit in MAT so candidates can utilise the 2 hours as per their own strategy. They should ideally, spend 25 minutes each on the top four sections and 15 minutes on the GK section. However, there may be slight difference in difficulty level because the questions in each MAT session are unique. No question is repeated in any session across CBT, PBT or IBT. This is to prevent any candidate from getting advantage or facing disadvantage due to leaking of the questions or in case of a candidates re-attempting the exam.

MAT Exam Features 


MAT full form

Management Aptitude Test (MAT)

Conducting Body

All India Management Association (AIMA)

Exam Level


Exam Frequency

Four times a year - February, May, September, December

Exam Mode




Exam Fees

INR 2,100

Exam Purpose

Admission to 800 MBA Colleges in India (approx.)

No. of Test Cities

PBT Mode - 27

CBT Mode - 26

MAT Eligibility Criteria

To apply for MAT 2024 exam, aspirants have to fulfill the following eligibility criteria:

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  • The candidate should be a graduate in any stream from a recognised university or equivalent.
  • Students in final year of bachelor’s degree course can also appear in MAT.
  • Candidates having CACSor ICWA degree can also take the MAT exam exam.

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MAT Exam 2024: Important Dates

 MAT May 2024 session will have one PBT, one CBT and three IBTs. Check the May exam dates below:

Test Mode

MAT 2024 Date

Registration Ends

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MAT 2024 Registration and Application Process

MAT application forms for PBT, CBT and IBT are available on the official website of AIMA-MAT exam website. Check the MAT application process below:

  • Log on to AIMA MAT website i.e.
  • Enter basic details and select a password
  • Click on 'register'
  • An OTP will be sent on the registered mobile number
  • Use the OTP to verify phone number and log in
  • Pay the fee amount via debit/credit card or net banking
  • Select exam mode and two test cities (for PBT/CBT)
  • Fill the remaining fields
  • Upload photo and signature in prescribed format
  • Select five institutes for AIMA to send your MAT score
  • Download the copy of duly filled application form after submission

MAT Application Fees 2024

MAT exam fee is INR 2,100. The fee is to be paid online through credit/debit card or net banking:

MAT exam mode

MAT fee (in INR)

Paper Based Test (PBT)


Computer Based Test (CBT)


Remote Proctored Internet Based Test (IBT)


Both PBT & CBT


Also read: MAT test cities and centres

MAT Exam Pattern 2024

MAT exam pattern has been revised this year. The number of questions and exam duration have been reduced. Check the table below for key highlights of MAT exam pattern 2024:



Exam modes


MAT sections

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

Total number of questions



Exam duration

150 minutes

120 minutes

Total marks



Marking scheme

  • 1 for each correct entry
  • -0.25 for each incorrect entry
  • Indian & Global Environment score not included in calculation of MAT percentile

MAT 2024 Syllabus

Language Comprehension: This section of MAT syllabus includes Verb, Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Adverb, Antonyms & Synonyms, One Word Substitution, Idioms/Phrases, Vocabulary, Fill in the blanks, Sentence Correction, Para Jumble and Reading Comprehension.

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning: Topics included in this section include Analytical and Logical Reasoning topics such as Family Tree, Course of Action, Arrangement, Pie Chart, Calendars, Statement Conclusions, Strong Arguments and Weak Arguments, Puzzles, Series, Blood Relations, Coding & Decoding, Visual Reasoning, Syllogisms and Graphs.

Data Analysis & Data Sufficiency: This section is divided into – Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency. Topics to study include Line Graph, Bar Graph, Caselet, Pie Chart, Data Comparison, Quantitative Comparison and Data Sufficiency.

Mathematical Skills: In this section, candidates have to study Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Mensuration and Modern Maths.

Indian & Global Environment: The Indian & Global Environment or GK section of MAT exam has 40 questions from Current Affairs and static GK. 

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MAT Exam Preparation 2024

MAT exam preparation is easy if you know in which phase you want to take the exam. About 3-6 months are good enough to prepare for MAT. If you are planning to appear for MAT 2024 exam, start preparing for it now. Given below are some MAT preparation articles:

MAT Mock Test 

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MAT Admit Card 2024

MAT admit cards of all the three modes are different and issued on different dates. Registered candidates can download their MAT admit card 2024 by using their login credentials. Check the steps to download MAT 2024 admit card.

  • Go to AIMA-MAT website
  • Click on download admit card option
  • Enter login details
  • Dashboard will open
  • Locate admit card link and download

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MAT Result 2024

MAT result cum scorecard issued to the candidates online. Candidates can download their MAT result cum scorecard from the official website by using their login credentials. Check the process below:

  • Open the AIMA MAT website
  • Enter application ID and password in login tab
  • Go to ‘scorecard’ section
  • Download your MAT scorecard

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MAT Cut Off 2024

The MAT cut offs for admission are usually lower than other MBA entrance exams. Given below is the table indicating expected MAT cut off for admission to 2024 batch.

MBA College

MAT cut off 2024 (percentile)

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BIMTECH Greater Noida


SIESCOMS Navi Mumbai


Jagan Institute of Management Studies (JIMS), Rohini Delhi


Indus Business Academy


Institute of Management Studies (IMS)


IPE Hyderabad, Institute of Public Enterprise


Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow


New Delhi Institute of Management (NDIM)


Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management


IES Management College and Research Centre


ITM Business School, Navi Mumbai


Top Colleges Accepting MAT Exam Score

Given below is the list of some of the popular colleges accepting MAT score for admission to their MBA programmes:

MAT Colleges

Amity University

ABBS School of Management

Dr. D.Y. Patil B School, Pune 


ITM University

Unitedworld School of Business

GL Bajaj Institute of Management & Research

IILM University

OP Jindal Global University

SRM University

Christ University

Alliance University

GITAM Institute of Management

Jain University

JIMS Rohini

Taxila Business School, Jaipur

*MBA colleges listed in the table are not in any particular order or rating.

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FAQs on MAT 2024

Q: When MAT exam will be held in 2024?

A: MAT 2024 exam will be held multiple times. The first phase exams were conducted in February and March 2024. The second phase will be conducted in May and June, registrations for which is underway. MAT September and MAT December dates will be announced soon.

Q: Is MAT conducted four times in a year?

A: MAT is conducted multiple times in year, in four phases. The exam is conducted in February, May, September and December. In every month, there are 5-6 exam sessions. Candidates can register and appear in the exam as per their preference of date and exam mode.

Q: How to apply for MAT 2024?

A: MAT registration process in online. Candidates can apply for the exam at the AIMA MAT website. They need to create a login ID by filling the registration form. Once the registration is completed, they can login with the ID and password to fill the application form and pay the fees.

Q: Can I crack MAT exam in 3 months?

A: MAT is an easy exam so yes it is possible to crack it in 3 months. However, if you are unfamiliar with the topics included in the MAT syllabus, then you cannot crack it in 3 months. Those who have appeared for MAT before or have appeared for any other MBA entrance exam such as CAT, XAT, SNAP, NMAT, etc., can crack MAT in three months.

Q: What is the fees of MAT exam?

A: MAT exam fee is INR 2100 per exam mode. The fee is to be paid at the time of application from submission. Candidates can pay the fee via debit/credit card or net banking. The exam fee is non refundable and there is no option of form correction in MAT, thus candidates are advised to fill the MAT application form without errors.

Q: How many times can I appear in MAT exam?

A: A candidate can appear for the MAT exam any number of times they want. The score of latest attempt is taken into consideration for MBA admission. For every MAT attempt, candidates need to fill a fresh application form and pay the fees.

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