AIMA-MAT 2015-2016

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MAT Overview

MAT stands for the Management Aptitude Test. It is a National Entrance Test conducted by All India Management Aptitude Testing Service (AIMATS), for admission to MBA and equivalent programmes of the various participating institutes.  AIMA-MAT is usually conducted 4 times a year: generally on the first Sunday of February, May, September and December. The list of institutes that use the AIMA-MAT results varies from test to test.

It is conducted in both online (computer-based) and paper-and-pen formats.

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As you know, MAT is conducted 4 times a year – in February, May, September and December.


  • You need to have a Graduation degree (minimum 3 years duration) in any discipline from any recognized University or Institute
  • If you’re in the final year of a recognized Graduate Course and your result will be declared before commencement of admissions for the academic year then you are also eligible to apply

Pattern of the Question Paper

  • The exam is conducted both offline and online i.e. paper-pen and computer-based
  • Students can choose which mode of test they wish to write
  • The exam is for 2.5 hours (150 minutes) duration
  • There will be a total of 200 questions, in 5 sections, as given below:
    • Language Comprehension – 40 questions
    • Mathematical Skills – 40 questions
    • Data Analysis and Sufficiency – 40 questions
    • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning – 40 questions
    • Indian and Global Environment – 40 questions
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Like most Aptitude Tests, the MAT syllabus is not defined. Overall, it can be classified as being easier than CAT or XAT.

  • Blood Relations
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Arrangements – Linear, Circular and Grid Matrix, Order and Ranking
  • Direction Sense
  • Cubes and Dice Related problems
  • Games and Tournaments
  • Critical Path
  • Set Theory
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Network Diagrams
  • Analogies – Number and Letter
  • Series – Number, Letter and Symbol
  • Odd Man Out
  • Binary Logic or Knights and Knaves
  • Clocks and Calendars
  • Matchsticks and Coins
  • Verbal Arithmetic or Quantitative Reasoning
  • Inequalities and Conclusions – Coded Inequalities
  • Logical Conditions or Logical Deduction
  • Pan Balancing
  • Sequential Output Tracing
  • Symbols and Notations or Symbol Based Logic
  • Assertion and Reasoning
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Statement – Courses of Action
  • Statement and Assumptions
  • Statements and Conclusions
  • Logical Grouping
  • Mathematical Operations
  • Rankings
  • Syllogisms
  • Team Formations or Selections
  • Analytical Puzzles
  • Decision Making
  • Double Line Up / Distribution
  • Input and Output
  • Logical Connectives
  • Non Verbal Reasoning
  • Number Systems
  • LCM and HCF
  • Percentages
  • Profit, Loss and Discount
  • Interest (Simple and Compound)
  • Speed, Time and Distance
  • Time and Work
  • Averages
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Linear Equations
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Logarithm
  • Progressions (Sequences & Series)
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Surds and Indices
  • Inequalities
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Probability
  • Functions
  • Set Theory
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Geometry
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Mensuration
  • Tables
  • Pie Charts
  • Bar Graphs
  • Line Graphs
  • Caselets
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Vocabulary Based (Synonyms Antonyms)
  • English Usage or Grammar
  • Sentence Correction
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Cloze Passage
  • Analogies or Reverse Analogies
  • Jumbled Paragraph
  • Meaning-Usage Match
  • Summary Questions
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Facts / Inferences / Judgements
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Current Affairs
  • Indian History
  • Indian Geography
  • Sports
  • International Relations
  • Indian Polity
  • Important Awards
  • Books and Authors
  • Science and Technology
  • Economics
  • United Nations

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Application Procedure

The application procedure has to be completed online on the MAT website

Participating Colleges

A huge number of universities that conduct an MBA course accept MAT scores. This means there are hundreds of colleges all over the country where a MAT score is accepted. However, note that simply possessing a MAT score does not guarantee admission, as each college or university may set its own specific admission requirements.

More than 3 lakh candidates cumulatively take the test every year.

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