Management Entrance Exams

MAT EXAM Overview

AIMA MAT Exam is round the corner as the D-day is approaching, exam will be held for IBT mode from August 28 to September 17. This year, IIM Ahmedabad is the official MAT convener and the MBA entrance exam is scheduled to be conducted in online mode at various MAT test centers in India.

As the deadline to appear for the MAT exam approaches, candidates are advised to read the important information about one of the toughest MBA entrance exam because belling the MAT is not as simple as it seems. The competition to make it to the top B-schools of India is high as approximately 2.31 lakh candidates are set to appear to crack MAT with 90+ percentile.

In this article, you will find MAT exam pattern, Syllabus, Tips to download the MAT Admit card, some quick last minute tips to prepare for the MAT exam, MAT Result and expected cut-off for Admission, and MAT Selection Criteria at JIMS Rohini.

MAT Exam Eligibility MAT Eligibility Criteria

Candidates are required to refer to the MAT eligibility conditions before registering for the MBA entrance exam. Read on to find MAT eligibility criteria here:-

  • Candidates scoring at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in the case of candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PwD) MATegories) in their graduation.
  • Candidates pursuing graduation in their final semester can appear for the MAT exam.
  • Candidate possessing Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA
  • Candidate who has completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with 50% marks
  • MAT eligibility stipulates ‘No Age Bar’ to appear in the MAT entrance exam
MAT Syllabus MAT Exam Pattern

The first step required to win the race is to be aware of the MAT exam pattern. Take a look at the MAT exam pattern expected this year and a list of few important topics that will test your competency to crack the MAT exam.

Section name

Total number of questions

Sectional time limit

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning


30 Minutes

Data Analysis and Sufficiency


35 Minutes

Language Comprehension


30 Minutes

Indian and Global Environment


15 Minutes



40 Minutes



150 Minutes (2.5 Hours)

It is important to note that Non-MCQs are descriptive questions and do not invite any negative marking in the exam.

MAT Exam Pattern MAT Exam Syllabus

MAT Syllabus is important point of reference to prepare for the exam. Candidates can prepare for the following topics to score a high percentile in the exam:

Section name


English Language

· Fill in the blanks

· Idioms

· Synonyms and Antonyms

· Odd one out

· Jumbled words and sentences

· Para Jumbles

· Sentence correction


· Partnerships

· Profit and Loss

· Ration

· Percentages

· Time and work

· Time-speed and distance

· Profit and loss

· Averages

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

· Statement-Conclusion

· Analogy

· Series

· Assertion Reason

· Coding and Decoding

· Family Tree/ Revelation

· Analytical Reasoning

· Directions

· Cause and Effect

Indian and Global Environment

· Entertainment

· Business Awareness

· Sports

· Politics

· Social Issues

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

· Bar graph

· Caselet

· Line graph

· Pie chart

· Data Sufficiency

· Mixed charts and graphs

· Table

· Data Comparison

MAT Exam Pattern MAT Preparation Tips

Preparing for MAT exam requires a fool-proof strategy in place and your dediMATion to adhere to the schedule. Here are some tips that you can choose to prepare for the MBA entrance exam:

Self-Study – Get the right set of books and study material if you do not wish to seek anyone’s help in the preparation of the exam. Meanwhile, enrol for the MAT mock test series that will help you test your competency in the exam.

Enrol to Coaching – There are several expert MBA coaching services that teach aspirants in both classroom mode and online mode. You can enrol for the MAT coaching classes to score a high percentile in the MAT exam.

Practice MAT Previous Year Papers – To gain understanding about the type of questions, difficulty level of the exam, candidates are advised to practice from the MAT previous year papers.

Learn from the Toppers – Read the interviews of the MAT toppers and know their success formulae to score a 100 percentile in the MAT exam.

Attempt Mock Tests – Last but not the least, it is important to practice at least 20-30 MAT mock tests before you make the final move. It will help you assess your speed to attempt the questions and will galvanise your mind to the expected level of difficulty in the exam.

MAT Cutoff MAT Result and Expected Cutoff

This year, MAT Result is expected to be announced in the first week of January 2022. Candidates will be able to download the MAT Scorecard from the official website i.e.

The MAT scorecard displays following details about the Candidate:-

  • Candidate’s Name, Address, Photograph, Date of Birth, Email ID
  • MAT Registration number
  • Candidate’s MATegory – General/OBC/SC-ST
  • Candidate’s Gender – Male/Female
  • Date & Time of MAT exam
  • Section-wise MAT exam Scaled Score
  • Section-wise MAT percentile score
  • Overall MAT 2021 Scaled Score and overall Percentile score

Please note that for admission to the B-school, MAT scorecard remains valid for a period of only 1 year, after which the validity of the MAT scorecard expires.

MAT Selection Criteria MAT Selection Criteria at JIMS Rohini

JIMS Rohini provides admission to the PGDM, PGDM (IB) and PGDM (RM) program on the basis of following four parameters:-



Entrance Test


Performance in Qualifying Exams



Personal Interview (PI)


Group Discussion (GD)




A candidate must possess Valid Score of MAT exam if appeared in the MAT entrance exam.

The MAT cutoff for JIMS Rohini Sector-5 is mentioned as under:






600 Composite Score

560 Composite Score

560 Composite Score

MAT Selection CriteriaFAQs

Q: What is the marking scheme of MAT exam?
A: MAT exam question paper has 200 questions (40 in each section) carrying one mark each. Be very careful as there is negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.

Q: What is the duration of September MAT exam?
A: Duration of September MAT exam (PBT, CBT and IBT modes) is 2.5 hours i.e 150 minutes. In MAT there is no sectional time limit, so candidates can utilise the150 minutes as per their own strategy.

Q: How many marks deduct as Negative Marks in MAT Exam?
A: For Every wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted. So mark answers carefully to avoid negative marking.

Q: How many sections are there in MAT question paper and is there any time limit?
A: The MAT question paper has 200 questions equally divided into five sections – Language Comprehension, Intelligence - Critical Reasoning, Data Analysis - Data Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills and Indian - Global Environment. No, there is no sectional time limit in MAT exam but it is advisable to attempt the easier sections first and then move to tougher sections.

Q: What is the difference between PBT and CBT modes of MAT exam?
A: In PBT (Paper based Test) mode exam, candidates fill an OMR sheet with the suitable option as answers. The CBT (Computer based test) mode exam is conducted online, candidates punch in their answers on the computer screen with the help of mousepad.

Q: What is MAT IBT mode exam?
A: IBT stands for Internet Based Test. Due to Coronavirus, AIMA introduced remote-proctored exam in 2020 for candidates to take the exam from home on a laptop or desktop with functional web camera to be turn on.

Q: Is MAT exam difficult than other MBA entrance exams?
A: No, MAT question paper is usually of easy to moderate difficulty level. Sectional difficulty level of MAT is also lower than other MBA Entrance exams.

Q: Which section of MAT exam has maximum weightage?
A: MAT exam has equal weightage of 40 questions and 40 marks. Each question carries one mark for correct attempt.

All the Best!