Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a competitive national-level examination, conducted quarterly every year by the All India Management Association (AIMA) in February, May, September, and December. This test is a popular choice for admissions in top Management Institutes offering MBA/PGDM programmes.

However, clearing MAT is not an easy task and a lot of hard work as well as dedication is required to clear it. The important aspects of this exam have been explained below so that you can prepare for it better.


  • Candidates who are applying for the exam must have a graduation degree from a recognised university or institute.
  • Final year graduation students can also apply for the exam.
  • There is no age limit for MAT.


MAT 2017 application fee is INR1400, for all categories of candidates. The modes through which candidates can apply and pay the fee for the exam are as follows:

  • Online: You can pay via your Credit/Debit Card or through Net Banking on the official AIMA website.
  • Demand Draft: You can pay through a demand draft, and register online along with the DD details.
  • Cash: You can also obtain the MAT Bulletin and the CD from listed Nodal Centers of AIMA, New Delhi. After filling the application form, you can submit it along with the application fee.

Candidates opting for the computer-based test can choose the date and time slot of their choice. While filling the form, you are required to fill details of five management institutes and your test scores will be sent directly to those fiver mentioned. The system automatically allots date and time to the candidates who fail to select their slot up to four days before of the computer-based test.

Admit Card

Only those candidates who have completed the application form and submitted the fee successfully are issued the admit cards. No hard copy of the admit card is sent by the officials. The candiates need to download their respective admit cards from the official website.

Exam Pattern/Format
In the exam, 200 objective-type questions are asked from five sections. The duration of the exam is 150 minutes (2.5 hours). The specific pattern is given below:
MAT Exam Pattern

Section No. Section No. of Questions Time Suggested
1. Language Comprehension 40 30 min.
2. Mathematical Skills 40 40 min.
3. Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40 35 min.
4. Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40 30 min.
5. Indian And Global Environment 40 15 min.
  Total 200 150

*every question carries one mark, and one/fourth mark is deducted for every wrong answer.

Candidates are shortlisted by participating institutes of MAT based on their cutoff marks for the selection procedure. The cutoff can either be in the form of percentile or score, and the cutoff score varies from 250 to 700 according to various Management Institutes.

Selection Procedure

The selection rounds consist of Group Discussion, Personal Interview, and/or Written Ability Test (WAT). First, candidates are shortlisted by Institutes according to their MAT scores, then these shortlisted candidates are called for the selection rounds by various participating institutes and admissions are given according to their performances in these rounds.


Karnataka Private Post Graduate Colleges Association (KPPGCA) conducts Karnataka Management Aptitude Test (KMAT) for admission in more than 150 AICTE approved Management Institutes in Karnataka, to MBA/PGDM courses.

Since last year KMAT has been opened for candidates all across the country. There are two KMAT exams conducted now; the first one is held on a national level, whereas the second one is held on a regional level. However, both the exams will offer opportunities for the same Institutes irrespective of from where the candidate belongs.

Registering for the Exam

You can register for the exam through online and offline methods. Online applicants must pay the registration fee of INR1000 through credit/debit card or Net Banking. Payment for the offline application form can be made through demand draft prepared in the name of KMAT and payable at Bangalore.

Aspirants who are non-residents of Karnataka must make sure to choose the test centre city correctly, once selected changes will not be allowed.

It is mandatory for the candidates to have a bachelor degree/master’s degree in Commerce, Arts, Management, Arts, Social Science, Engineering/Technology or equivalent from a recognised university with a minimum of 50% marks (40% for SC/ST candidates).

Type and duration of exam

  • KMAT is conducted in paper-pencil mode.
  • KMAT is of 120 minutes (2 hours) in duration.
  • KMAT consists of 120 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) with four answer options for each question.
  • The KMAT’s marking scheme awards four marks for every correct answer and deducts a ¼ mark for every wrong answer.
  • KMAT brings total transparency in the result by basing the merit on Net Raw scores rather than percentile scores.

Exam Pattern

Section No. Section Questions Marks
1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 40 160
2. Quantitative Ability 40 160
3. Logical Reasoning 20 80
4. General Awareness 20 80
Total 120 480

*Candidates have to report one hour before the test starts.

Hope you now have sufficient information regarding both the examinations and will be able to prepare wrell. GOOD LUCK!