MAT 2020 Registration (May session), Exam Dates, Eligibility, Exam Pattern and Syllabus

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UPDATE 1 - Due to the outbreak of the pandemic COVID-19, the exam dates for the MAT 2020 May session may be rescheduled. Students will be notified about any such changes. In the meantime, applicants can continue registering for the exams as per the existing schedule. Already registered students would get an option to alter their registration as per the new schedule.

MAT 2020 is a national-level MBA entrance test which is conducted four times a year, in the month of February, May, September and December. MAT is organized by the All India Management Association (AIMA) to get admission into MBA, PGDM and other allied management courses in over 600 B-Schools spread across India. 

Each year, lakhs of candidates, who wish to pursue Masters in Business Administration, appear for this exam. MAT does not have any restrictions on the number of attempts taken, however, only the latest exam score will be considered valid to get admission in Business-Schools. MAT 2020 Application Form for May session is available and the candidates who are looking forward to taking this exam can apply through the official website of AIMA.

Check Detailed MAT 2020 Exam Pattern

MAT 2020 - May Session Exam Dates

Candidates can check the MAT 2020 May exam schedule and apply as soon as possible.

MAT 2020 EventsPaper-based Exam (PBT)Computer-based Exam (CBT)
Last Date to ApplyMay 10, 2020April 26, 2020
Availability of Admit CardMay 12, 2020April 28, 2020
Date of ExaminationMay 16, 2020May 03, 2020

Eligibility criteria for MAT 2020

Following are the eligibility criteria for giving MAT 2020 exam:

  • The candidates need to fill all the details correctly and upload scanned images of photographs and signature in the format specified by the authority.
  • The candidates appearing for the MAT 2020 exam, must be a graduate from a recognized university in any discipline (BA, B.Sc, B.Com, BTech, etc). Final year students of graduate courses are also allowed to apply for the examination.
  • Only those candidates who have scored minimum passing marks in graduation are allowed to appear for the examination. The minimum graduation percentage required varies from institute to institute. Therefore, the candidates need to check for each institute they are applying to, individually.
  • The candidates are allowed to appear for MAT exam several times, i.e. there is no fixed limit on the number of attempts.
  • Age: No age bar.
  • Job Experience: It is not mandatory for the students applying for MAT 2020 to have any job experience.

MAT 2020 - Application Process

Below-mentioned are the application Process for the MAT 2020 exam.

  • The candidates need to register online by creating an account on the MAT’s official website.
  • The application form should be duly filled in English language only.

Following are some important abbreviations that you will come across while filling the application form. 

Management Aptitude TestMAT
Management InstituteMI
Paper-based TestPBT
Computer-based TestCBT

Step by step process of filling the MAT 2020 Application form.

Steps to fill  MAT 2020 Application Form

  • For creating an account, candidates must visit the official website and click on the registration button.
  • Once the process is completed, they will receive an OTP for verifying the email id and mobile number. The OTP sent will have to be entered in the space provided and click “Verify and Submit”. This will complete the process of creating the account.
  • The candidates will be required to use details like email ID, date of birth and password to log-in.
  • Make sure that the personal details and educational qualifications of the candidates are correct as changes are not entertained in later stages.
  • The candidates then have to select the exam mode, test city choices, payment mode and process the payment by clicking on the “Save & Next” button
  • The candidates pay the MAT registration fee through Debit/ Credit Card/ Net Banking/Wallet or UPI.
  • The candidates while filling the MAT 2020 form need to fill their particulars, qualification, experiences, and choices for Management Institutes (MI) as well

MAT 2020 Registration Fee:

A candidate can sit for Paper-based Test and Computer-based Test. Following table shows the fees details of both the modes of MAT 2020 examinations.

Exam TypeFee
Paper based Test (PBT)1650
Computer based Test (CBT)1650
Both PBT and CBT2750

MAT 2020 Registrations: Documents Required

Below mentioned are the essential documents that are required at the time of applying for the MAT 2020 examination. 

  • Images of scanned photographs in jpg/jpeg format.(File size below 40 KB will not be accepted)
  • Image of scanned signature in jpg/jpeg format. (File size below 10 KB will not be accepted)
  • Debit/Credit Card/Net Banking/Paytm wallet details for paying the application fees.
  • Educational qualification details

MAT 2020 Application Form Correction

There might be a possibility that a candidate might make a mistake while filling the application form. Once the forms are filled and submitted, AIMA does not give the students privilege to make any changes in the form. However, in case of a serious mistake, applicants can contact AIMA on 011-47673020 or can send a mail to [email protected].

MAT 2020 Admit Card

MAT 2020 Admit card contains the following information:

  • Mode of Examination
  • Exam Centre
  • Date of examination
  • Time slot Chosen
  • Personal Details of the candidate.

If the candidate finds any incorrect information on the admit card, he or she is advised to immediately contact the official authority.

MAT 2020 - Steps to Download Admit Card

Following steps should be followed while downloading the admit card for MAT 2020.

  • Visit the official website of AIMA - mat.aima.in
  • A new page will open on the screen.
  • Enter the following information - Name, Application Number, date of birth.
  • Click on the Submit Button.
  • The admit card will start displaying on the screen.
  • Candidates are required to take out the printed form of the card for further use.
  • The invigilator will check and sign the admit card at the time of examination.
  • The upper half of the admit card is taken by the invigilator.

MAT 2020 Exam Centres

MAT 2020 exam May session will be conducted all over India.There are a total of 48 centers available for Paper-based Test and 29 centers for Computer-based test. AIMA releases a list of cities where these exam centers are located. AIMA is conducted in Dubai and Singapore outside India.

Candidates can choose the exam center according to their own suitability while filling the application form. AIMA allots the centers to the candidates as per their own preference. The location of the exam center will be mentioned on the admit card.

What is the pattern of the MAT 2020 Exam?

The candidates applying for MAT 2020 in the month of May must have sufficient information about the exam pattern so that they can start preparing accordingly.

Exam ModeThe exams are conducted in two modes - Computer Based Test and Paper Based test.
Number of QuestionsThere will be a total of 200 questions that will be asked in the exam.
Duration of the exam150 minutes
Nature of QuestionsMCQs only
Marking SchemeFor each correct attempt, the candidates will get 1 mark. For each wrong attempt, ¼ marks will be deducted.
Paper SectionIndian and Global Environment, Language Comprehension Data Analysis and Sufficiency Mathematical Skills Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

MAT 2020 Syllabus

The students appearing for MAT 2020 tests are recommended to brush up their academic knowledge which they’ve received so far in school and college. The candidates can follow the below-mentioned standards while starting preparing for the MAT 2020 exam -

  • Mathematical Skills- Candidates can prepare for the Mathematics test by considering the syllabus of CBSE Class 10.
  • Language Comprehension- Following topics must be covered while preparing for language comprehension English proficiency, fill in the blanks, para jumble, reading comprehension and Analytical Reading and the likes to do well in the test.
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning- This section aims to judge the intelligence and critical reasoning of the candidates. Some of the topics that will be covered under each of the sections include Passage Conclusion, Statement Argument, Analogy Based Questions and the likes.
  • Data Analysis and Sufficiency- This section will consider candidate's proficiency in Data Analysis and Sufficiency covering general topics like graphs (area and line), data Sufficiency, Venn diagram, Pie Charts among others.
  • Indian and Global Environment- This section will mostly focus on the general awareness of Indian Economy and Global Environment Awareness in a candidate.

The candidates planning to give MAT 2020 are suggested to start preparing at the earliest as per the latest examination pattern so that the time and efforts invested by them don’t get wasted. Also, the candidates can take various MAT Mock Tests which will give them an idea about the type of questions asked, the exam pattern and marking scheme. Post giving the test, the candidates can immediately check their scores so that they can prepare better for the sections they are lacking in.

How to Prepare for MAT 2020?

  • Over the last few years, the pattern and syllabus for MAT has not changed much and even preparing for the test is not that difficult. By reading good MAT preparation books, and practicing more MAT sample papers of and MAT previous year papers will help the students in preparing in the right way for the exam.
  • By doing well in the MAT 2020 exam, the candidates can get admission in good MBA colleges so it is high time that you must start preparing for the exam without any further delay as per the MAT test pattern.
  • The students giving MAT 2020 exam need to focus more on all the four core sections along with keeping the ‘Indian & Global Environment’ section in second place.
  • There are many MAT 2020 exam preparation books available in the market which you can consider to begin your MAT 2020 exam preparation. This will not only strengthen your fundamentals but will clear all your doubts as well. Also, the exercises and different difficulty level questions mentioned in the books will help you to practice different variety of questions.
  • According to the experts and toppers, one of the best ways to start preparing for the MAT 2020 exam is to focus on your weaknesses and start looking for the ways to overcome them. Along with focusing on your weakness, look further to strengthen your strong areas as well, so that you can crack MAT with a high score.
  • MAT is a moderately-leveled tough exam and while getting involved with the MAT preparation, you don’t need to study round the clock. The trick is to rather study smartly and adopt an intelligent approach which will help you crack the questions correctly at minimum time to get a high score.

MAT is one of the exams that allow the eligible students to get admission to the country’s top-most B-Schools located across the country. MAT is the only exam that is conducted in both ways, paper-based format and computer-based format and allows the candidates to give unlimited attempts. So preparing in a dedicated and detailed manner will lead you to do well in the exam and get a seat in the country’s most renowned B-Schools and achieve your dreams.

MAT 2020 Result

MAT 2020 Result / scorecards will be made available on the official website. The MAT 2020 scorecard includes the scaled score of each section and the percentile. The candidates who score 400 or higher have a better chance of getting calls from premium MBA colleges that consider MAT score. The candidates can check their result cum scorecard in online mode only. Once the scores are available on the official website, the candidates can take a print out of the scorecard for future reference.

Note - MAT 2020 Results for December 2019 and February 2020 session are available on the official website.

MAT 2020 Score Card

MAT 2020 Scorecard will be delivered to the students by post or email and the candidates giving MAT tests are allowed to apply for admission in various institutes situated all over India, using the scorecard. The students can download their scorecards online by entering their login credentials. It is advised that the candidates keep their scorecard safe for the further admission procedure. In case the MAT scorecard gets misplaced, the candidates can apply for a duplicate scorecard as well. The score of MAT 2020 will be valid for a 1-year duration.

MAT 2020 Cut Off

MAT 2020 cut-offs are decided by the participating institutes individually and the institutes that are participating in MAT 2020 disclose MAT 2020 cut-offs for each new academic session at the time of granting admissions to the eligible students. Most of the institutes accept candidates who have 70-80 MAT percentiles. In addition to considering the overall MAT 2020 exam score, there are few colleges that consider MAT composite score and MAT sectional score as cut-offs for admission.

MAT Cut-off: Determining Factor

The MAT cut-off for admission to a particular institute is dependent upon various factors which are mentioned below.

  • Total number of candidates who are appearing for the exam
  • Difficulty level of exam
  • Total number of seats

Once the institutes have announced their MAT cut off individually, the candidates can apply for admission in case they meet the cut off percentile. The candidates need to register separately for every college by visiting their official website and the shortlisting of candidates will depend on their MAT scores, their performance in academics, Work experience (if any, though it is not a mandatory criteria).

MAT 2020 Counselling

AIMA does not hold a centralized counselling process for admission through MAT; each participating management institute that accepts MAT score further continues the admission process individually that varies from each institute to institute. MAT is organized four times in a year, so the candidates can give the exam according to the admission schedule of the institutes in which they are planning to take admission.

MAT selection procedure starts once the results are announced

  • The colleges that accept MAT scores will release their respective merit list based on the MAT scores and shortlisted candidates will be informed via call letters or through e-mails as well.
  • The selection procedure will include various rounds, group discussion (GD), personal interview (PI) and written ability test (WAT) will be conducted by the institutes according to their schedule

To get admission through MAT, the candidates are allowed to select five participating institutes at the time of filling the MAT application form and the selection criteria for MAT participating colleges differ from each other. For instance, some B-Schools grant admissions based on the MAT scores only while some B-schools hold GD/PI/WAT for selection of the students.

Interview call letter

The shortlisted candidates will get the call letters on their registered MAT email ID from the participating institutes and colleges. These candidates have to appear for the GD/PI/WAT rounds at the institutes, the details regarding the same will be mentioned through the call letters -

  • Registration link
  • Last date to complete the registration
  • Date, time and venue of WAT/GD/ PI

Shortlisted candidates must carry the following documents at the time of WAT/GD/ PI

  • Copy of MAT admit card
  • Rank/scorecard of MAT
  • Original and photocopy of class X and XII certificates
  • Passport size coloured photographs
  • Bank Draft (detailed shall be enclosed in MAT Prospectus)

The candidates will be shortlisted by the institutes based on their MAT scores and their performance in academics. More than 300 MBA colleges in India accept MAT scores for admission to their MBA programs and courses. 

B-Schools Accepting MAT Score

Following are few of the top B-schools that accept MAT scores:

The cut-offs for the following colleges is 80-85 percentile.

  1. BIMTECH Greater Noida (Specialized programs)
  2. XIME Bangalore
  3. Balaji Institute of Modern Management, Pune
  4. International School of Business and Media (ISB&M) Pune
  5. School of Inspired Leadership - SOIL Gurgaon.

Following are the colleges with the cut-off of 75-80.

  1. IMS Ghaziabad
  2. IPE Hyderabad - Institute of Public Enterprise
  3.  AIMS School of Business Bangalore 
  4. Lexicon Management Institute of Leadership and Excellence (MILE) Pune
  5. INDUS Business Academy (IBE) Bangalore

Following are the colleges with cut-off 65-70.

  1. St. Joseph Institute of Management Bangalore
  2. J K Business School Gurgaon
  3. GITAM Hyderabad Business School 
  4. GITAM School of Business Bangalore
  5. Vivekanand Education Vesim Mumbai