MAT December 2016: Last minute tips

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MAT December 2016: Last minute tips

  Thu Dec 15, 2016 16:19        Education, India

MAT is conducted by Centre for Management Services (CMS) which is the specialised division of AIMA (All India Management Association) undertaking testing and other management services. Graduates or final year degree course students in any discipline from a recognised university in India can write the MAT.

The computer-based test will be conducted on December 17.

In order to prepare well for the exam, here we bring to you last minutetips:

  • It would be prudent to revise one's basics for the examinations. A lot of questions are sitters and moving fast through them and not wasting time on even mildly difficult questions is a good strategy in the examination

  • Revising the previous papers is extremely important, since MAT is known to have a very predictable pattern and thus people who revise the previous examinations have a significantly higher chance of acing the examination

  • Always start with the GK section so that you can get it out of the way and then concentrate on the remaining paper with full concentration and proper time division. Give enough mock tests and experiment with your time allocation strategy. Once you finalise how to allocate time, give many mock tests so that you are comfortable with the strategy

  • Do not guess blindly. However, if you are able to eliminate some options and are left with 3 or 2 options then do make sure that you guess from the remaining options because the marking scheme remains the same but the chances of your getting the answer right have increased

  • Keep marking the OMR sheet at regular intervals (say, after every page or after every question) so that you do not miss out some questions from the marking. Also, mass-transfer of the answers to the OMR sheet can lead to errors if there are some unanswered questions in the middle and you do not realise that in haste

MAT scores:

MAT scores are considered by a wide range of B-schools including some really good management schools. While some of the B-Schools using MAT scores for admission also accept CAT scores, the competition levels in MAT may be lower than those in CAT. A large number of colleges (around 400 colleges) base their admission through MAT. 

While a few good B-Schools under MAT are listed below, students are advised to take expert guidance in the matter of selecting / applying to B-Schools that take MAT.

  • Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai

  • XIME, Bangalore

  • ITM, Navi Mumbai

  • AMITY-Noida

  • CHRIST, Bangalore

  • BIMM, Pune

  • BIMTECH-Noida ( some programs )

  • SIES, Mumbai

  • IPE, Hyderabad

  • VJIM, Hyderabad

  • XISS, Ranchi

  • SSIM, Hyderabad

Other than these, there are a few other colleges in each region which would have a good placement track record and accept the score of MAT.

MAT test pattern:

The following is the test pattern of the MAT examination to be held in December 2016:

  • Number of sections: 5

  • Number of questions: 200

  • Number of questions for each section: 40

  • Time: 150 minutes

The consolidated score is evaluated by taking only four areas into account. Indian and global environment (GK) is not the part of the consolidated score. Hence, the scoring is done out of a maximum possible score of 160 marks (1 mark for 160 Qs). However, the score card (by AIMA) does not give the net marks. It gives the scaled score and the percentile in each and every section. It also gives the overall composite score and the overall percentile.

Section No.

Section Name

No. of Questions

Time Suggested(Minutes)


Language Comprehension




Mathematical Skills




Data Analysis & Sufficiency




Intelligence & Critical Reasoning




Indian & Global Environment








The examination has negative marking of 0.25 marks per each incorrect response.

Good luck Students.

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