MAT 2021: Exam Dates, Exam Patterns, Preparation Tips

By Ankita Das

Management Aptitude Test or MAT is a national level entrance exam conducted by the All India Management Association (AIMA), for admission into various MBA/ PGDM programs. MAT exam scores are considered in more than 600+ B-Schools in India. Students, who have completed their graduation in any discipline, are only eligible for appearing MAT exam. 


Read here : MAT 2021 Syllabus, Exam pattern, and Eligibility

MAT Exam Dates:

MAT 2020 exams are held four times a year; February, May, September, and December. All India Management Association (AIMA) conducted Computer Based Test (CBT) MAT 2021 on February 20, 2021. MAT Paper Based Test (PBT) will be conducted on March 6, 2021. Also the Internet-Based Test (IBT) MAT 2021 application process is available till March 9 and the exam will be conducted from March 8 to 13, 2021.

CBT Mode February

Events Dates
MAT 2021application form  released  January 4, 2021
Last date to apply for MAT 2021 February 16, 2021
Admit card release date February 16, 2021
MAT 2021 exam date February 20, 2021
MAT 2021 result declaration  To be notified

PBT Mode February

Events Dates
Starting of application form 4th January 2021
Last date to apply 3rd March 2021 
Availability of admit card 3rd March 2021
Exam date 6th March 2021
Announcement of result March 2021 

For IBT Test:

IBT Test Dates Last dates of Registration Admit Card availability
8th March 2021 4th March 2021 5th March 2021
9th March 2021 5th March 2021 6th March 2021
10th March 2021 6th March 2021 7th March 2021
11th March 2021 7th March 2021 8th March 2021
13th March 2021 9th March 2021 10th March 2021

MAT Exam details for May:

Events Dates( Tentative)
Application form release date Last week of February 2021
Last date to fill the application form Last week of April 2021
Admit card release date The first week of May 2021
Exam date The third week of May 2021
Result declaration date May/June 2021

MAT Exam Details for September:

Events Dates(Tentative)
Application form release date The first week of July 2021
Last date to fill the application form August 2021
Admit card release date Last week of August 2021
Exam date The first week of September 2021
Result declaration date October 2021

MAT Exam Details for December:

Events Dates ( Tentative)
Application Form Release Date First Week of October 2021
Last date to apply November 2021 
Admit Card Release Date   Last week of November 2021
Exam date  Second and Third week of December
Result declaration date  Jan 2021

Exam Pattern: 

MAT 2021 exam pattern, as presented by AIMS, includes 5 sections in the question paper, in which a total of 200 MCQ-type questions are asked. For every correct answer, one mark will be awarded, and for each incorrect answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted.

Exam Name  MAT 2021
Mode of Examination PBT, IBT, CBT
Mode of Instruction English
Question Pattern MCQs
Sections in Question Paper 5 Sections
Total no of Questions 200 Questions
Total Marks 200 Marks
Test Duration  150 Minutes
Marks Per Question 1 Mark
Negative marking  0.25 for each incorrect answer.

Sectional Breakdown of MAT 2021:

Sections Number of Questions Sectional Time Limit
Data analysis and sufficiency 40 35 Minutes
Language comprehension 40 30 Minutes
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40 30 Minutes
Mathematical Skills 40 40 Minutes
Indian and Global environment 40 15 Minutes
Total 200 150

MAT 2021 Preparation Tips:

Students get an ample amount of time for MAT 2021 preparation as it is conducted four times a year. Its preparation can be managed by self-study as the question paper gets easy to moderate to the difficulty level. Here is the list of tips one should follow before appearing for MAT 2021;

  • Practice previous year's question paper, as MAT question paper has remained unchanged for the last few years. So it's a great advantage for the students to practice them. Also, they can refer to the MAT practice questions and sample papers with solutions as they are good referrals for MAT exam preparation.
  • Make a study routine, because it will help the aspirants to study in a more organized way and practice every subject uniformly. 
  • One should be thorough about the MAT exam pattern and MAT syllabus to crack the MAT exam paper with a high score. Candidates may then find the best MAT exam study material such as MAT preparation books, MAT sample papers, MAT practice books, and MAT previous year papers.

For Data Analysis and sufficiency, candidates need to first, analyze the data, then interpret it, and then choose the right answer. If one question takes a lot of time, keep it to attempt in the end in the remaining time, and move on to the next question.

For Language Comprehension, one must practice various unseen passages to makes it easy for themselves to find the answers well on time. Candidates also need to increase their vocabulary by reading the newspaper, different books, etc.

For Intelligence and critical reasoning, candidates need to practice previous year's question papers or different sample papers. High accuracy of solving questions is very crucial in this paper. This paper might seem easy but can be tricky as well. It mainly consists of verbal and nonverbal reasoning questions like Blood Relations, Statement & Conclusion, Series and Assertion & Reason, Matching Statements, Analogies.

Mathematical Skill is the most crucial part of MAT 2021. It mainly consists of Quantitative Ability. Candidates need to be very thorough about the concepts and practice every day at least some questions.  Prepare notes on formulae and fundamentals, understand them well and attempt related questions. Also, know about some tricks and how to solve questions as fast as possible.

For Indian and Global Management, candidates must read the newspaper, books, magazines, and GK books and also get regular updates about the Current Affairs. In this section, candidates can score abundantly, only if they have prepared well.

Read also : MAT Preparation Tips


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