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AIMA MAT 2022 - Complete Information

What is MAT examination?

The All India Management Association (AIMA) conducts the Management Aptitude Test (MAT) to help MBA Colleges also called Business Schools (B-Schools) to select candidates for admission to MBA and allied programmes. Approved by the Govt. of India as a national level test, MAT is your key to fulfilling your MBA dreams. More than 600 MBA colleges (B-Schools) across India use MAT scores for screening students for their respective MBA programmes. Read the complete article to know about MAT test pattern, structure, eligibility, test taking procedure, etc.

What is the pattern and structure of MAT?

MAT is an objective type (Multiple Choice Question) test designed and developed to evaluate the aptitude of the candidates who aspire to pursue Post Graduate Programme in Management in India. Aptitude is your ability to solve problems related to logic, verbal and math. In addition to aptitude MAT also tests your current affairs, business awareness and general awareness. The MAT has five sections, each section having forty questions. The total 200 questions are to be attempted over 150 minutes. The test structure is given below:

S.No Sections No. of Questions Total Marks Time Allotted
1.
Language Comprehension
40
40
150 minutes (2.5 hour)
2.
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning
40
40
3.
Mathematical Skills
40
40
4.
Data Analysis & Sufficiency
40
40
5
India & Global Environment
40
40
TOTAL
200
200

MAT MARKING SCHEME:

  • Each section of MAT 2022 will have equal weightage of 40 marks each.
  • For every correct answer, candidate will be rewarded with 1 mark.
  • However, for every wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted.
  • For unanswered questions, there is no negative marking.

What are SCALED SCORE, PERCENTILE BELOW and COMPOSITE SCORE in MAT?

  1. SCALED SCORE: Each section in MAT has 40 questions of 1 mark each. Based on the total marks obtained (after deducting negative marks 0.25 for each wrong answer) in the section you are given a scaled score in the range of 0-100. However, it is rare to be awarded a scaled score below 20 or above 80 in a section. 
  2. PERCENTILE BELOW: This scaled score in each section is converted to percentile score which is based on your relative performance as compared to other candidates. For example if your percentile below score in a section is 90%, it indicates that 90% of the test takers have scored below you.
  3. COMPOSITE SCORE: The composite Score in MAT result is arrived at using the scaled scores in the first 4 sections of the test only because these sections relate to specific skills that one acquires over a long period of time. The 5th section (India & Global Environment) is not used while calculating the composite score. Also, since MAT is conducted multiple times, while calculating the scaled scores and composite scores AIMA takes into account the relative difficulty level of each paper. Composite score in MAT is generally in the range of 200-800.

Key points regarding COMPOSITE SCORE in MAT:

  1. Composite score is awarded in a range of 200 to 800.
  2. AIMA does not award composite score below 200 or above 800.
  3. The scores below 200 are taken as 199 and the scores above 800 are reported 801
  4. If your score is more than 800, it will be reported in your score card as 801
  5. If your score is less than 200 to any level, it will be reported in your score card as 199

MAT ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

1. Academic Qualification

a) Bachelor’s degree (graduation) in any discipline (BA, B.com, BSc, BBA, etc.) from a recognised College or University, or
b) Candidates possessing professional degree E.g. CA/CS/ICWA, or
c) Candidates appearing in the final year examination or awaiting result for Bachelor’s degree are also eligible to appear for MAT

2. Percentage of marks/age/work-experience

There is no such eligibility requirement set by the AIMA

However, candidates must keep in mind that participating colleges do have their own set of eligibility requirements and selection criteria. You can observe the following comparison table to understand this point.

MAT ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

1. Academic Qualification

a) Bachelor’s degree (graduation) in any discipline (BA, B.com, BSc, BBA, etc.) from a recognised College or University, or
b) Candidates possessing professional degree E.g. CA/CS/ICWA, or
c) Candidates appearing in the final year examination or awaiting result for Bachelor’s degree are also eligible to appear for MAT

2. Percentage of marks/age/work-experience

There is no such eligibility requirement set by the AIMA

However, candidates must keep in mind that participating colleges do have their own set of eligibility requirements and selection criteria. You can observe the following comparison table to understand this point.

AIMA – MAT ELIGIBILITY ELIGIBILITY & SELECTION CRITERIA OF COLLEGES
Candidate should have completed graduation (i.e. passed in graduation) or should be final year student or awaiting result of final year Minimum 50% to 60% marks in graduation required (differs from college to college)
No Age limit; minimum or maximum Some colleges may have a minimum age requirement of 20 years.
Work experience is not required Having relevant work experience can help in selection process
No Weightage for Class 10 & 12 marks Good weightage can be given for excellent academic performance

MAT – MODE OF TAKING TEST:

With changing times and trends, AIMA has constantly updated the mode through which candidates can take the MAT. This has made MAT one of the most versatile examination in India. AIMA provides candidates with the kind of flexibility that no other examination conducted in India provides. This is done to make it easier for candidates to participate in MAT.

There are three different modes and eight different combinations that students can choose from.

First let’s understand the three distinct modes for taking the MAT:

Paper Based Test (PBT)

This is the traditional format of taking the test where you get a printed question paper with questions and options and an OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) sheet for marking the answers for the questions that you have attempted. If you have taken any MCQ based test in the past, you should be familiar with this medium of taking the examination. At Competition Forum, we provide you mock Paper Based Tests to make you familiar with this mode.

There are two key points that you should keep in mind about PBT.

a) Where to take the test: Test is taken at designated test centres assigned by AIMA

b) Mode of Examination: Question Paper printed on paper

c) Time for taking the test: 10am to 12:30 on the designated day

Computer Based Test (CBT)

Computer Based Tests became popular in India from 2009 when CAT (Common Admission Test) was conducted using CBT format for the first time. The main difference between CBT and PBT is the CBT is taken on a computer system where the questions appear one by one on the computer screen. Competition Forum provides you with one of the best online platforms for taking Mock CBT for MAT. Click here to know more.

Key points about CBT.

a) Where to take the test: Test is taken at designated test centres assigned by AIMA

b) Mode of Examination: Questions appear on a computer screen that is assigned to you at your designated centre. You have the following options for every question.

  1. Save and Next: Mark the question (by selecting the option) once you have solved it and are confident about your answer. After that you can click on Save and next to save your response and go to the next question (Remember that for wrong answers you get -0.25)
  2.  Mark for Review: For a question that you have read but you wish to solve it later (based on time left and other factor), you can mark it for review.
  3. Skip: If you don’t want to attempt the question (Remember that there is no negative marking for un-attempted questions)
  4. Time for taking the test: Different time slots are available on different days. You can select your convenient time slot and day.

Remote Proctored Internet Based Test (IBT)

The AIMA introduced “Remote Proctored Internet Based Test (IBT)” with a separate schedule to during the Covid-19 pandemic. This is a unique way of appearing in a test. Let’s first look at the key points regarding IBT. This is the best description of MAT IBT that you will find on the internet.

a) You take the test on a computer screen (just like CBT) but in your own home, not at a test centre.

b) You need to fulfill certain requirements for taking the IBT.

c) The test can be taken in your home or any other place that you find convenient (your relative’s or your friend’s house)

d) Before starting the IBT, a human proctor (invigilator) will ask you to show 360⁰ view of the room where you will be taking the test

e) You will be monitored using AI (Artificial Intelligence) based proctor as well as a human proctor while you are taking the test

f) You should not use your mobile phone or calculator while the test is going on.

g) At any point of the test a human proctor can ask you to show 360⁰ view of the room or to show any paper on which you are noting down things

MAT IBT Exam: Key Requirements

Candidates need to fulfill following key requirements to appear in IBT MAT exam.

  • You must ensure to sit in a well-lit room with proper light on your face and in a quiet place
  • Ensure that no other person enters/interferes during the scheduled test
  • You must not use mobile phone or any gadgets
  • A Laptop or Desktop with Webcam is Mandatory to appear in test
  • A stable internet connection with minimum upload Speed => 512 kbps  is required
  • Required Supported Browsers are Chrome-version 63 and above; Firefox-version 52 and above
  • Required Operating System is Windows OS (Version 7 and above)
  • Dot NET framework minimum supported version is 4.5.1. NET framework.
  • Required Memory is 65MB permanent free space on the default hard drive.

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How can I take MAT? What are the different options for taking MAT? What is the meaning of double PBT or PBT + IBT?

Don’t worry. With so many modes and test taking options, it can be really confusing for students to understand the MAT examination process. We will answer all your questions here in the simplest possible way. If you still have doubts contact Competition Forum MAT Experts to get your doubts cleared. 

MAT 2022/2023 Test Taking Options:

In addition to three distinct modes, AIMA provides you with the following eight options. You can choose any of the options based on your convenience.

1. Single attempt – MAT

Remote Proctored Internet Based Test (MAT IBT)

or Paper Based Test (MAT PBT)

or Computer Based Test (MAT CBT)

Rs. 1650/-

2. Two attempts – MAT

a) Double Paper Based Test (you can appear in two PBTs in the same month on different days, with maximum possible gap of 15 days)

MAT PBT is conducted twice (PBT 1 and PBT 2). For example in MAY 2022, PBT 1 is on 15th May 2022 and PBT 2 is on 28th May 2022

b) Double Remote Proctored Internet Based Test (MAT IBT) (you can appear in two IBTs in the same month, with maximum possible gap of 15 days)

MAT IBT test window for MAY 2022 starts from 14th May and ends on 29th May

c) Paper Based Test and Remote Proctored Internet Based Test (PBT+IBT) (You can take on PBT and one IBT in the same month, with maximum possible gap of 15 days)

For example in May 2022 you can take MAT PBT 1 on 15th May and MAT IBT on 29th May for maximum gap between the two.

d) Computer Based Test and Remote Proctored Internet Based Test (CBT+IBT) (You can take on CBT and one IBT in the same month, with maximum possible gap of 24 days)

For example in May 2022 you can take MAT CBT 1 on 15th May and MAT IBT on 29th May for maximum gap between the two.

e) Paper Based Test and Computer Based Test (PBT+CBT) (You can take on PBT and one IBT in the same month, with maximum possible gap of up to 15 days)

For example in May 2022 you can take MAT PBT 1 on 15th May and MAT CBT 2 on 28th May for maximum gap between the two.

Fee 2,750

As you can see, by paying Rs.1100/- extra in addition to Rs.1650/- you can take MAT twice (in the same month) using your preferred combination. The best of the two scores can be used for applying to colleges.

What is the syllabus of AIMA MAT?

You need to be well versed with the syllabus of the examination that you are preparing for.  This helps you in developing a road map of your preparation and in avoiding areas that are not relevant for your examination. In this section we have highlighted the syllabus of all the five sections of the AIMA – MAT. Click on the relevant tab to check the syllabus of respective sections.

Vocabulary

Synonyms and Antonyms

One word substitution

Idioms and Phrases

Paragraph Jumbles

Reading Comprehension

Fill in the blanks

Spelling Mistakes

Grammar - Spot the Error

Grammar - phrase replacement

Coding and Decoding

Blood Relations

Direction Sense

Alphanumeric Reasoning

Number Series

Puzzles (Tabulation)

Seating Arrangement

Assumptions

Assertion - Reason

Cause Effect

Course of Action

Decision Making

Conclusions

Analogy

Statement Argument

Binary logic

Syllogism

Logical Venn-Diagrams

Set-Theory

Visual Reasoning

Quantitative Reasoning

Important Points regarding MAT Reasoning Syllabus

  • Level of Difficulty - Easy to Moderate
  • This can be one of the sections in which you can score high irrespective of your academic background.
  • Puzzles and Seating Arrangement comprise approximately 30% of all questions
  • Assertion-Reason and Statement - Assumption - 10 questions asked in MAT - Feb 2022
  • Coding Decoding, Directions and Blood Relations - 10 questions in MAT - Feb 2022

Arithmetic (12-15 Questions)

Application of LCM and HCF

Percentages

Profit and Loss

Simple and Compound Interest

Speed, Time and Distance

Time and Work

Averages

Ratio and Proportion

Mixtures and Solution

Partnership

Number System (2-4) questions

Number System

Remainders & Power Cycle

Divisibility Rules

Algebra (5-7 questions)

Permutation and Combinations

Sequence and Series

Equations & Functions

Inequalities

Probability

Set-Theory

Geometry/Mensuration (6-8 questions)

Triangles

Circles

Coordinate Geometry

Trigonometry - Height & Distance

Key Facts Mathematics Section of MAT

  • Level of Difficulty: Easy (20%), Moderate (40%), Difficult (40%)
  • Questions from Arithmetic (Percentages, Profit and loss, SI/CI, etc.) are calculation extensive
  • Geometry is very important (approximately 8 questions out of 40)
  • In geometry, Mensuration and Heights and Distance have huge weightage and are calculation extensive
  • Focus on Permutation & Combination & Probability (approximately 6-8 questions out of 40)

Data Tables

Data charts

Bar diagrams & Charts including Simple, Stacked, Composite Bar charts

Pie charts

Graphs – Line X-Y Graphs

Data analysis and Data comparison among others

Caselet based Data

Venn diagram

Data Sufficiency

Key Facts on Data Analysis and sufficiency Syllabus in MAT & Type of questions

  • Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Questions are in sets of 5
  • Questions are calculation extensive but are easy to understand
  • Tables and Pie-charts are the most frequently asked questions
  • Data Sufficiency questions are easy
  • This section should be your prime target. All you need is to improve your calculation skills.

Current Affairs (National and International)

  • Sports
  • Awards and achievements
  • Persons in news
  • Government Policies
  • Business news
  • Internationally important topics

Static GK

  • Indian History
  • India and World Geography
  • Economics (terms, definitions etc.)
  • Finance (basic terms)
  • Facts about India and World
  • Books and Authors
  • Countries and Capital
  • National Parks, Power Plants, etc.
  • Facts about Indian States
  • Indian Culture and Heritage

Key Facts on Indian & Global Environment Syllabus in MAT & Type of questions

  • Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Sectional weightage in Syllabus: 20%
  • Sectional Weightage in Percentile Calculation: Nil
  • Ideal time to attempt one question is less than 30 seconds
  • The questions are based on conventional GK, business and economics, current affairs, international affairs

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