Exam Detail

MAT 2024Management Aptitude Test

  • Test Level-: National Level
  •     Eligibility-: Graduation
  • Duration-:2 Hours 30 Minutes
  • Stream-: Management
  • Medium-: English
  • Examination Mode-: Both
  • Total Questions-: 200

About Exam

MAT 2024 registration process for February phase exams are underway. To apply for the MAT exam, candidates need to register at the AIMA website and pay the requisite fee (INR 2,100 for all modes). In MAT February 2024  there will be one PBT, one CBT and three IBTs. Candidates can choose the exam mode as per their choice. Registration process is common for all MAT exam modes.

Management Aptitude Test or MAT is a national-level entrance exam conducted by the All India Management Association (AIMA) for admissions to MBA/PGDM courses. The exam is conducted in multiple sessions in four phases – February, May, September and December. Qualifying candidates are eligible for admissions to 800+ B-schools accepting MAT scores
MAT is conducted in offline (Paper Based Test or PBT), online (Computer Based Test or CBT) and remote proctored (Internet Based Test or IBT) modes. Candidates can choose to appear in the exam in any mode as per their preference. Fees, exam pattern and syllabus for all three modes are same but admit card download and exam dates are different. 

Candidates can take the MAT exam as:

  • Internet Based Test (IBT) or
  • Double Internet Based Test (IBT) or
  • Paper Based Test (PBT) or
  • Computer Based Test (CBT) or
  • Paper Based Test and Internet Based Test (PBT+IBT) or
  • Computer Based Test and Internet Based Test (CBT+IBT) or
  • Paper Based Test and Computer Based Test (PBT+CBT) 

MAT Eligibility Criteria 2024

To be able to appear of the MAT exam, aspirants have to fulfill certain academic requirements fixed by the agency as per the government rule. Given below are the eligibility criteria for MAT exam 2024:

  • Candidates should have completed graduation in any discipline or equivalent degree from a recognised university.
  • Final year graduation students awaiting their results are also eligible to apply for MAT 2024.
  • There is no minimum score requirement for MAT. Candidates with passing marks can apply.
  • Candidates who have completed a professional degree such as CA, CS or ICWA are also eligible to apply for the MAT exam.

MAT Exam Features 

MAT Exam Details 

MAT Full Form

Management Aptitude Test 

Conducting Body

All India Management Association (AIMA)

Exam Level


Exam Frequency

Multiple times a year

Exam Mode


Exam Duration

2 hours and 30 minutes

MAT Exam Syllabus

  • Indian & Global Environment
  • Language Comprehension
  • Data Analysis & Sufficiency
  • Mathematic Quantitative Aptitude
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning



MAT Exam Fees


Exam Purpose

Admission to  800 + colleges )

No. of Test Cities

  • PBT Mode - 28
  • CBT Mode - 35

Number of applicants

18,000 to 20,000 (approx.)

Exam Website

All India Management Association (aima.in)

Exam Helpdesk No.

 011 - 24645100 / 011 - 24617354 / 011 - 43128100


MAT Exam Counselling Process 2024

MAT 2024 counselling process will be conducted by the participating institutes as AIMA does not conduct any counseling process. MAT counselling process will begin once MAT results are announced. The selection process will include Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

MAT 2024 Counselling Process: Documents Required

  • MAT 2024 Admit Card
  • MAT 2024 Score Card
  • Marksheets of 10th and 12th
  • Graduation Marksheet
  • Passport size photograph
  • Candidate Identity Proof

Top Colleges Accepting MAT Exam Score

More than 800 MBA colleges in India consider MAT scores for MBA/PGDM admission. Mentioned below is the list of a few of the popular colleges accepting MAT scores for granting MBA admission to the most eligible candidates.

  • Amity University
  • ABBS School of Management
  • Dr. D.Y. Patil B School, Pune
  • ITM University
  • United world 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


Registration Process

The MAT application process is same for all the three exam modes - PBT, CBT and IBT. MAT December 2023 registration process is underway and candidates can apply for their preferred exam mode and session at the AIMA website. Check below the process to apply for MAT exam:

  • Open AIMA-MAT website in a new browser All India Management Association (aima.in)
  • Enter name, date of birth, email ID, mobile phone number, state, city, test mode and a password
  • Click on 'register' to create a login account
  • In the next page, select preferred test mode (CBT, PBT, IBT) test cities and five B-Schools
  • Make fee payment of INR 2,100 via debit/credit card, net banking or e-wallet 
  • Fill the MAT exam application form with relevant information
  • Upload a recent passport size photo and scanned signature
  • Fill the remaining fields and click on submit
  • An acknowledgement will be shared in email


MAT Syllabus 2024: Section-wise Weightage

There has been no change in the syllabus or pattern of MAT exam in over 10 years. Being one of the most student friendly exams, MAT is the only one which has three exam modes that candidates can choose from and can take multiple attempts. Check section-wise weightage of the five sections of MAT exam syllabus below:

MAT 2024 Sections

Number of Questions

Total Marks

Language Comprehension



Intelligence and Critical Reasoning



Data Analysis and Sufficiency



Mathematical Skills



Indian and Global Environment







Language Comprehension

Language Comprehension syllabus of the exam includes 40 MCQs from the topics listed below. The Reading Comprehension passages of MAT are straightforward and easy to read. The questions are also mostly doable. 

MAT 2024 Syllabus: Language Comprehension

  • Verb, Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Adverb
  • Antonyms & Synonyms
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Parts of Speech
  • One Word Substitution
  • Vocabulary
  • Sentence Corrections
  • Idioms/Phrases
  • Grammar
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Para Jumbles
  • Verbal Ability


Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

MAT Intelligence and Critical Reasoning syllabus contains 40 questions from topics listed in the below table. This section tests the analytical and cognitive ability of candidates through puzzles and patterns based questions. Check out all the topics included in the Intelligence and Critical Reasoning section of MAT syllabus:

MAT 2024 Syllabus: Intelligence & Critical Reasoning 

  • 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


Mathematical Skills

Mathematical Skills syllabus of MAT exam comprises topics from Geometry, Algebra and Mensuration. The dominant topics are Arithmetic and Algebra. Check the table below for topics included in MAT syllabus 2024:

MAT 2024 Syllabus: Mathematical Skills

  • LCM and HCF
  • Commercial Maths
  • Complex Numbers
  • Percentages
  • Permutation and Combinations
  • Binomial Theoram
  • Profit and Loss
  • Sequence And Series
  • Surds and Indices
  • Interest (Simple & Compound)
  • Heights and Distance
  • Inequalities
  • Speed, Time and Distance
  • Triangles
  • Set Theory
  • Number System
  • Circles
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Elementary Mathematics
  • Geometry
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Trigonometry
  • Equations
  • Linear Programming


Data Analysis & Sufficiency

Data Analysis and Sufficiency section of MAT has 40 objective-type questions. These questions are calculation based and you need to apply basic Mathematical calculations to solve them. Check the table below for important topics included in this section of MAT syllabus for Data Analysis & Sufficiency:

MAT 2024 Syllabus: Data Analysis & Sufficiency Syllabus

  • Tables
  • Pie Charts
  • Caselet-based Data
  • Charts
  • Graphs – Line X-Y Graphs
  • Venn Diagram
  • Bar Diagrams
  • Data Analysis and Data Comparison
  • Data Sufficiency


Indian & Global Environment Section

The Indian and Global Environment section of MAT exam carries 40 MCQs on General Knowledge and Current affairs. Check the table below to know the topics included in the MAT syllabus for Indian and Global Environment:

MAT 2024 Syllabus: Indian and Global Environment

  • Current Affairs
  • World Records
  • Business
  • CEOs
  • Awards and Winners
  • Books and Authors
  • Company Punchlines
  • History
  • International Organisation
  • Statements & Quotations
  • Social issues
  • Geography
  • Sports
  • Finance
  • Corporate News
  • Science
  • Entertainment
  • Politics


Best Books for MAT Preparation 2024

MAT Books for Data Analysis and Sufficiency

The Data Analysis and Sufficiency section of MAT exam includes topics such as Data Tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison, Data Sufficiency, Caselets based on Data, Venn Diagram. Refer to MAT books on Data Analysis and Sufficiency mentioned in the table below:

MAT Books


Data Analysis and Sufficiency

Arun Sharma

How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for MAT

Arun Sharma

Data Interpretation: Practice Book for the CAT and Other MBA Entrance Examinations

Nishit K Sinha

The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation

Nishit K Sinha

Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency for CAT/XAT/IIFT/CMAT/MAT/Bank PO/SSC

Disha Experts

Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

Ananta Ashisha

Data Analysis & Interpretation Data Sufficiency

Think Tank of Kiran Prakashan

Accredited Guide to Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency

Ananta Ashisha

Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency

Arihant Experts


 MAT Books for Language Comprehension

The MAT syllabus of Language Comprehension consists topics like Analogies, Antonyms, Grammar, Idioms, Verbal Reasoning, Reading Comprehension passage, etc. Refer to the following MAT books for preparation of Language Comprehension section:

MAT Books

Authors/ Publishers

Verbal Ability & Comprehension for MBA Exams

Disha Publications

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Nishit K Sinha

Word Power Made Easy

Norman Lewis

Verbal Ability & Comprehension

Disha Publication

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Gautam Puri

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT

Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay

Verbal Ability & Comprehension for CAT/XAT/GMAT/IIFT/CMAT/MAT/Bank PO/SSC

Bharat Patodi and Aditya Choudhary

English Comprehension for MAT

Disha Experts

English Reading Comprehension

RPH Editorial Board

Proficiency in Reading Comprehension Simplifying the “Passage” for You

Ajay Singh

Reading Comprehension Ordering of Words Ordering of Sentences

Dilip Kushwaha


MAT Books for Mathematical Skills

The Mathematical Skills section of MAT exam includes topics such as Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Mensuration, Modern Maths, etc. Refer to the MAT books mentioned in the table below for this section:

MAT Books


Mathematics for MBA

RS Aggarwal

Magical Book on Quicker Maths

M Tyra

Arithmetic and Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams

R Gopal

Speed Mathematics: Do it quick, Do it right

Rajesh Kumar Thakur C

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams

RS Aggarwal

Vedic Mathematics: Secrets Skills for Quick, Accurate Mental Calculations

Sumita Bose

The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude

Dinesh Khattar

How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude

Arun Sharma



MAT Books for Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

The Intelligence & Critical Reasoning section of MAT exam includes topics such as Family Tree, Calendars, Statements, Puzzles, Series, Blood Relations, Coding & Decoding, Columns & Graphs, etc. Refer to the list of MAT books mentioned in the table below:

MAT Books


A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning

RS Aggarwal

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Gajendra Kumar

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT

Nishit K Sinha

How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT

Arun Sharma

Critical Reasoning Guide


General Intelligence and Critical Reasoning for MAT

Disha Experts

Koncept of Logical Reasoning

Gajendra Kumar

Analytical & Logical Reasoning for CAT & Other Management Entrance Tests

Peeyush Bhardwaj


MAT Books for Indian & Global Environment

Strengthen General Knowledge and Current Affairs for MAT exam by studying from the books listed below:

MAT Books


Manorama Year Book

Mammen Mathew

The Mega Yearbook

Disha Experts

Objective General Knowledge

Lucents Publications

General Knowledge 2020

Arihant Publications

The Mega Yearbook 2016: Current Affairs & General Knowledge for Competitive Exams

Disha Experts


MAT Preparation Books: Secondary Reading

Apart from the books mentioned in the tables above, MAT 2024 aspirants can also refer to the following books for sample questions and practice tests. These books provide sample questions for practice and exam based exercises to help you master the topics included in MAT syllabus. 

MAT Books


Face to Face MAT 22 years Solved Papers

Arihant Publications

Complete Guide for MAT & Other MBA Entrance Exams with GK

Disha Experts

Mission MBA MAT Mock Tests & Solved Papers

BS Sijwali

Study Package for Management Aptitude Test

Arun Sharma

A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning

Dr RS Aggarwal

MAT Score Accelerator

Disha Publication

MAT (Management Aptitude Test) Entrance Exam Guide

R Gupta

MAT 20 Years Topic-Wise Solved Papers

Deepak Aggarwal


MAT Exam Preparation Tips 2024

For MAT preparation, candidates should focus on improving their reasoning and problem-solving skills with the help of previous years' MAT question papers and online mock test, etc. If you have appeared for any other national level MBA entrance exam before, you will be able to crack the exam easily as the MAT syllabus is similar to other exams, The preparation strategy should based on the exam phase you choose. You should prepare for MAT for at least six months before taking the exam. Below are some tips to prepare for MAT exam 2024

  • Read best books for exam preparation, for covering the exam syllabus. Study all the subjects of MAT thoroughly.
  • magazines, newspapers and online blogs on a daily basis to improve reading skills, understanding skills as well as for keeping track of current affairs of national and international level.
  • Practice previous year MAT question papers, sample papers and online mock tests to improve speed and accuracy as well as to develop familiarity with the test pattern.
  • Regularly analyse your preparation level to know your strength and weakness in each section of the MAT syllabus.
  • Target topics carrying more weightage in each section of MAT to score well in the exam.
  • Time management is the key to attempt maximum questions in MAT so, don’t waste time on tricky or tough questions.

Exam Highlights 

  • MAT is a speed-based aptitude test, which aims to assess candidate’s general knowledge and analytical, logical and comprehension skills.
  • MAT syllabus includes Data Analysis & Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and Indian & Global Environment.
  • MAT is conducted in Paper Based Test (PBT), Computer Based Test (CBT) and Internet Based Test (IBT) modes.
  • Candidates can choose the mode of test as per their convenience at the time of filling the MAT application form.
  • MAT preparation strategy, MAT books and exam pattern of all the three modes are same.
  • The MAT exam pattern is similar to other MBA entrance exams, having MCQs with four options to choose the right answer from.
  • The MAT question papers carries 200 questions and each of the five sections carry 40 questions.
  • MAT exam duration is 2.5 hours in which candidates have to complete the test.
  • Candidates can take multiple attempts in MAT in the same academic year as it is held multiple times.
  • The total marks of MAT exam is 200. Every question carries one mark for correct attempt and -0.25 for incorrect attempt.
  • The score of Indian & Global Environment section is not taken into consideration for calculation of MAT score and percentile


MAT Cut Off 2024

MAT cut off is the minimum score requirement for selection to the group discussion and personal interview round of MBA admission. MAT cut offs are usually lower than other MBA entrance exams such as CAT, XAT or CMAT. Given below is the table indicating expected MAT 2024 cut offs:

MAT Accepting Colleges

MAT cut off 2024 (percentile)

Amity Business School, Noida


SOIL Institute of Management 


Christ University Bengaluru


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


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MAT Participating Colleges 2024 in India

MAT Participating Colleges 2024 have varying seat intakes. Colleges admit candidates to their courses based on their MAT scores. Each college has its MAT Eligibility Criteria 2024and specific MAT cut off marks for admissions. 

The list of top MAT Participating Institutes 2024, along with their seat intake, is listed below:

MAT 2024 Participating Institutes

Seat Intake

Christ University, Bangalore


IILM Gurgaon






IFIM, Bangalore


Jaipuria Institute of Management


MIT, Pune


Amity Business School, Noida


UPES, Dehradun





MAT Admit Card 2024

MAT admit cards are released at the official website. In order to download the hall ticket, candidates need to key in the registration number and date of birth on the login page of AIMA-MAT website. Given below are the steps to download the MAT admit card:

  • Open the MAT 2024 website
  • Go to 'download/view'
  • Select ' MAT admit card' from the drop down
  • Enter email ID, password and date of birth
  • Download the MAT 2024 admit card

The admit card will be released for IBTs too. Candidates taking MAT IBT will have to upload/show their admit card for identification process through remote proctoring at the time of exam. The MAT admit card will be issued session wise, i.e. for every session there will be a new admit card.

MAT Exam Day Guidelines 

  • For MAT IBT mode, candidates should arrange a laptop/desktop and check internet connection at least one hour before the exam timing.
  • For MAT IBT mode, candidates should wear formal clothes and keep the admit card and other documents ready for remote verification process.
  • MAT PBT and CBT are conducted from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Candidates have to report to the exam centre by 8:30 AM.
  • Candidates should carry a blue or black ball point pen with them. CBT mode candidates will need it for signing the attendance sheet and PBT mode candidates will need it for filling the OMR sheet as well as sighing the attendance sheet.
  • Phone, calculator, electronic watch or any such item is prohibited at the exam centre hence, candidates must ensure they don't carry any such item on exam day.
  • Digital or photocopy of the MAT admit card will not be considered a valid ID proof so carry the original copy of your admit card.

Also carry below-mentioned documents to the MAT exam centre for PBT and CBT mode exams:

  • Admit card: Two printouts
  • Identity proof: Any of the following documents (in original) - Voter ID, Aadhaar Card, Election I-Card, Passport, Driving License and PAN Card
  • Proof of name change (if any): In case you have changed your name, you will be required to carry a document supporting the change of name
  • Caste certificate (if applicable): If you belong to SC/ST/OBC category, you are required to carry caste certificate