MAT exam 2021 date: Registration, Eligibility, Syllabus, Pattern

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What is the MAT exam?

MAT exam 2021- MAT which stands for Management Aptitude Test is a standardized test first conducted in 1988 and since then being administered each year to facilitate Business Schools to screen candidates for admission to MBA/PGDM programs. In 2003, MAT got approved as a national level test by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.

MAT Exam 2021 Highlights

Conducting Body

All India Management Association (AIMA)

Frequency of Conduct

4 times a year

Exam Level

National Level Exam



Mode of Application


Application Fee (General)

1650 Rs [Offline] +1 More

Mode of Exam

Online and Offline

Mode of Counselling


Participating Colleges


Exam Duration

2 Hours 30 Minutes

MAT exam eligibility criteria

Those who are planning to take the upcoming MAT exam in December must ensure they fulfill the MAT exam eligibility criteria to be able to apply.

  • Candidates should have completed their Bachelor's degree in any discipline from a recognized Institute or University
  • Those appearing in their final year examination or awaiting results of their Bachelor's degree are also eligible to appear for the MAT exam in December.
  • Candidates should have at least 50% aggregate or equivalent CGPA in their Bachelor's degree.
  • Candidates belonging to reserved categories i.e. ST, SC, and PwD must have a minimum 45 percent aggregate or equivalent CGPA in the final result of Bachelor's degree. 
  • There is no age limit or the number of attempts for taking the exam. The latest attempt scores will be taken into account for admission.

MAT 2021 Exam: Testing Modes

AIMA conducts MAT exam 4 times a year, this year in three testing modes as under:

  • Remote Proctored Internet-Based Test (IBT): You can appear in IBT MAT from the convenience of your home.
  • Paper-Based Test (PBT): PBT MAT exam is conducted at test centers.
  • Computer Based Test (CBT): Online CBT MAT exam will be conducted at test centers in 50+ cities.

MAT 2021 exam registration dates

Remote Proctored Internet-Based Test (IBT) Schedule

Sr. No

IBT Test Date


Last Date for Registration

Issue of Admit Card


27 Nov 2021 10.00 am to 12.30 pm
4.00 pm to 6.30 pm
24 Nov 2021 25 Nov 2021


04 Dec 2021 10.00 am to 12.30 pm
4.00 pm to 6.30 pm
01 Dec 2021 02 Dec 2021


05 Dec 2021 10.00 am to 12.30 pm
4.00 pm to 6.30 pm
02 Dec 2021 03 Dec 2021


11 Dec 2021 10.00 am to 12.30 pm
4.00 pm to 6.30 pm
08 Dec 2021 09 Dec 2021


12 Dec 2021 10.00 am to 12.30 pm
4.00 pm to 6.30 pm
09 Dec 2021 10 Dec 2021


18 Dec 2021 10.00 am to 12.30 pm
4.00 pm to 6.30 pm
15 Dec 2021 16 Dec 2021

Computer Based Test (CBT) Schedule

Sr. No

CBT Test Date

Last Date for Registration

Issue of Admit Card


21 Nov 2021 14 Nov 2021 16 Nov 2021


19 Dec 2021 12 Dec 2021 14 Dec 2021

Paper-Based Test (PBT) Schedule

Sr. No PBT Test Date

Last Date for Registration

    Issue of Admit Card


05 Dec 2021 30 Nov 2021 01 Dec 2021

MAT Exam 2021 Application Process

The application forms of MAT 2021 for every stage are released on the official website of the AIMA-MAT website. Candidates can fill the form to appear for the exam by registering on the official website. Check the MAT application process below:

  • Log on to the AIMA MAT website
  • Click on the registration tab or click here:
  • Enter the basic details, and password
  • Select state/UT, click on checkboxes, and submit
  • You'll receive an OTP on your registered mobile number
  • To complete the MAT registration process, verify the phone number using the OTP and log in.
  • Enter personal and academic details
  • Select exam mode, three test cities, and five institutes you wish AIMA to send your MAT score to for admission
  • Upload photo and signature in prescribed format
  • Make a payment of MAT application fee
  • Download the copy of the duly filled application form once the submission is done.

MAT 2021 Exam Registration: Documents Required

For online registration, these documents are to be made ready 

  • Scanned image of the photograph in jpg/jpeg format (10 to 50 kb)
  • Scanned image of signature in jpg/jpeg format( 5 to 20 kb)
  • Debit Card (ATM Card), Credit Card or Net Banking details
  • Valid email ID

MAT Application Fees 2021

The paper-wise MAT 2021 application fee is given in the table below which you can pay through online mode only i.e through credit/debit card or net banking:


Amount (in Rs)

Paper-Based Test (PBT)


Computer Based Test (CBT)    


Remote Proctored Internet-Based Test (IBT)


Both PBT & CBT    


MAT Exam 2021- Syllabus 

MAT Syllabus 2021 sections

MAT Syllabus 2021 topics

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

  • Pie Chart
  • Puzzles
  • Bar Graphs
  • Table Charts
  • Venn Diagram
  • Line Chart.

General Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

  • Linear Arrangement
  • Seating arrangement
  • Blood relations
  • Syllogisms
  • Sequencing
  • Statements, and Assumptions
  • Identifying Valid Interference
  • Coding, and Decoding.

Indian Global Environment

  • Major Events Incorporate
  • Awards
  • Sports
  • Current Affairs
  • Woods and Authors
  • Science.

Mathematics Skill

  • Profit and Loss
  • Average
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Algebra
  • Percentage
  • Work and Time
  • Geometric Progressio
  • LCM.
  • HCF
  • Linear Algebra

Language Comprehension

  • One-Word Substitution
  • Analogies
  • Fill in The Blanks
  • English Vocabulary
  • Syllogism
  • Sentence Completion
  • Idioms
  • Jumbled Paragraphs

MAT exam pattern

Candidates are advised to strategize their preparation as per the MAT exam pattern which will allow them to score better in the exam.

Total No. of sections

Five  sections with 40 questions in each

Total No, of questions


Question Type

Multiple Choice Format (MCQs)

Sections & Time allotted 

  • Data Analysis and Sufficiency - 35 minutes
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning - 30 minutes
  • Indian and Global Environment - 15 minutes
  • Mathematics - 40 minutes
  • Language Comprehension - 30 minutes

Exam Duration

2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes)

Marking Scheme

For every right answer: +1 marks
For every wrong answer: -0.25 mark

Clearing the MAT exam is half the requirement, upon clearing the MAT exam, candidates get calls from institutes for their further selection rounds and it ends up with the selected candidates arranging the funds. 

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