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MAT - Dec 2016
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Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a national-level management entrance examination. The test scores are used for admission to various MBA, PGDM and allied management programmes. The exam is conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA).

MAT is held four times in a year: February, May, September and December.  Exam dates and other schedules are generally announced three months before the exam.

Test Date:      1. Paper Based Test 11December2016 Sunday

                        2. Computer Based Test 17December2016 Sunday

Minimum Criteria


Before starting the MAT 2016 application process; candidates must ensure they successfully meet with the eligibility criteria of MAT2016 as follows:

  • Minimum qualification to appear for the test is graduation. The candidates who have completed their graduation in any of the streams like science, commerce and arts can apply for the exam.
  • The candidates who are in the final year of the graduation can also apply for the exam.
  • The candidates who have a minimum of 50% marks in their graduation can apply for the test (45% marks for the SC/ST candidates). The NRI candidates can also appear for the test.
  • There is no age limit to appear for the MAT exam. The candidates of any age can appear for this entrance test.
  • There is no attempt limit for the examination.

Application Process

The candidates interested in the MAT exam 2016 can apply by choosing one of the modes mentioned below:

Candidates can register online from the official website of AIMA and fill all their details like name, age, address, phone no. etc and make the fees payment through net banking or credit/debit card.

The candidates can also make a cross demand draft (DD) of Rs 1200 in favour of ‘All India Management Association’ payable at Delhi from any Bank and register themselves online at AIMA website with their DD details.

The candidate can also obtain the application form with MAT Bulletin/CD on cash payment of Rs.1200 to any of the nodal centres of AIMA.

Exam Pattern

MAT exam is held for almost two-and-a-half hours. The test covers two hundred (200) questions in 150 minutes. The aspriant is tested in the following five areas: Indian and Global Environment, Language Comprehension, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning. There are 40 questions in each section. Each question carries one mark, whereas, one/fourth mark is deducted for every wrong answer.


MAT exam syllabus has five sections: Indian and Global Environment, Language Comprehension, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning. Aspirants need a thorough grip on logical and analytic reasoning, verbal ability, data interpretation, quant, mathematics and social awareness.


Here's a detailed view of all topics covered in MAT syllabus:


Indian & Global Environment Section


This section is unique to MAT exam. It's mostly about current affairs and latest new:

  •          Current affairs
  •          Business
  •          World Records
  •          Top officials of big companies
  •          Famous awards and Prizes
  •          Books and Authors
  •          Punch line of companies
  •          History
  •          International Organisation
  •          Important Quotations
  •          Social issues
  •          Geography
  •          Sports
  •          Finance
  •          Major Corporate news
  •          Automobiles
  •          Entertainment
  •          Politics
  •          Science



Data Analysis and Sufficiency / Mathematical Skills


Core topics in DA are:

  •          Geometry, (Lines, angles, Triangles, Spheres, Rectangles, Cube, Cone etc)
  •          Ratios and Proportion
  •          Number system
  •          Work and time
  •          HCF & LCM
  •          Algebra
  •          Profit & Loss
  •          In-equations Quadratic and linear equations
  •          Geometric Progression
  •          Percentages
  •          Averages
  •          Partnership (Accounts)
  •          Time-Speed-Distance



Language Comprehension


Verbal ability is an important part of every MBA exam. Here are the core topics for MAT verbal section:

  •          Verbal Reasoning
  •          Syllogisms
  •          Fill In the Blanks
  •          Contextual usage
  •          Analogies
  •          Different usage of same word
  •          Antonyms
  •          Sentence completion
  •          Jumbled paragraphs
  •          Foreign language words used in English
  •          Sentence correction
  •          Idioms
  •          One word substitution


Intelligence and Critical Reasoning


Prepare the following subjects under CR:

  • Family tree
  • Strong Arguments and Weak Arguments
  • Multi-dimensional arrangements
  • Course of Action
  • Puzzles
  • Visual reasoning
  • Arrangement
  • Series
  • Numeric grid
  • Pie Chart
  • Blood Relations
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Calendars
  • Coding & Decoding
  • Syllogisms
  • Statement Conclusions
  • Column graphs
  • Graphs representing Area

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