MAT Cut offs, Coaching Centers, Books, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, List of Colleges and Preparation Tips


Q. What is MAT (Management Aptitude Test)?

A. MAT is an abbreviation of Management Aptitude Test which is conducted on all India Examination. This is an Entrance Examination for the admission to the Master Degree Programs in various B – Schools (excluding IIMs)  that are affiliated under All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).  MAT is organized by Centre of Management Services (CMS) by All India Management Association (AIMA). The exam is conducted four times a year. The score card will be valid up to one year from the date of commencement of the results. There are many B Schools in India that accepts MAT score card. Every year the number of students appearing for the examination is increasing.

Q. What are the good colleges that accept MAT score card?

A. There are more than 350 institutes that accept MAT score card all over the country. Following is the list of most popular colleges that accept MAT score card –

Northern Region

  1. AIMA-Centre for Management Education (PGDM)
  2. AIMA-Centre for Management Education (PGDITM)
  3. Amity University – Noida
  4. Amity University – Manesar
  5. ICFAI University – Dehradun
  6. IILM Academy of Higher Learning – Lucknow
  7. Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management & Technology – Bareilly
  8. Lloyd Business School – Greater Noida
  9. Lovely Professional University – Phagwara
  10. IEM Institute of Business Management – Barabanki

Eastern Region

  1. AIMA-Centre for Management Education (PGDM)
  2. AIMA-Centre for Management Education (PGDITM)
  3. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kolkata
  4. Durgapur Institute of Management & Science – Durgapur
  5. Institute of Engineering & Management – Kolkata
  6. NSHM Business School – Kolkata
  7. Techno India Group – Kolkata
  8. Netaji Subhas Institute of Business Management – Jamshedpur
  9. Kejriwal Institute of Management & Development Studies – Ranchi
  10. JIS College Engineering – Nadia

Western Region

  1. ICFAI University – Raipur
  2. Suryadatta Institute of Business Management & Technology – Pune
  3. Aditya Institute of Management Studies & Research – Mumbai
  4. Institute of Rural Management – Jaipur
  5. Institute for Technology & Management – Navi Mumbai
  6. Kohinoor Business School – Khandala
  7. AIMA-Centre for Management Education (PGDM)
  8. AIMA-Centre for Management Education (PGDITM)
  9. Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India – Gandhinagar
  10. IILM Academy of Higher Learning – Jaipur

Southern Region

  1. AIMA-Centre for Management Education (PGDM)
  2. AIMA-Centre for Management Education (PGDITM)
  3. Alliance University – Bangalore
  4. Chinmaya Institute of Technology – Kannur
  5. Christ University – Bangalore
  6. GITAM University – Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam
  7. MS Ramaiah Institute of Management – Bangalore
  8. Park Global School of Business Excellence – Coimbatore
  9. MATS Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship – Bangalore
  10. Institute of Business Management & Technology – Bangalore

Q. What are the Eligibility Criteria of MAT?

A. The Eligibility Conditions of MAT are as follows –

1. Applicants should be a Graduate in any discipline

2. Final year students can also apply.

3. Final year students who are waiting for their results are also liable

4. An applicant can take the exam as many times as he wants. There is no restriction in the number of times appearing the exam.

Q. What is the Examination Pattern of MAT?

A. The details o the Examination Pattern are listed below –

1. The question paper will comprise of objective questions

2. The pattern of the examination changes from time to time

3. All total there will be 200 questions.

4. Each question will carry 1 mark

4. Time limit for the test is two hours and thirty minutes.

5. The question paper mainly consists of five sections – Reading Comprehension, Logical and Critical Reasoning, General Awareness, Data Interpretation, and Quantitative Aptitude.

Q. What are the reference books or magazines for MAT?

A. The reference books for MAT are –

  1. 501 Word Analogy Questions
  2. Master the MAT
  3. Princeton Review
  4. Barron’s
  5.  MAT Secrets
  6. Kaplan
  7. Economics Time
  8. The Statesman
  9. The Hindu
  10. Times of India
  11. Business Today
  12. Business World
  13. Competition Success Review
  14. Business Line by Hindu Group
  15. Management Compass Career Launcher

Q. What are the coaching institutes for MAT?

A. List of coaching institutes for MAT –

  1. Ascent Education
  2. Bulls Eye Knowledge Systems
  3. Career Forum
  4. Career Launcher
  5. IMS Institute
  6. T.I.M.E (Triumphant Institute of Management Education Pvt. Ltd)
  7. Test Merit

Q. What are preparation tips for MAT?

A. The preparation tips for MAT are –

  1. Time Table – The prime step is preparing the time table. Aspirants should make a genuine time table that would list out their whole day’s activity. They should give equal time to all the subjects of the examination.
  2. Study Materials – Aspirants need to select their study material. They can take help from seniors, internet or from many book stores. Many books are available in the market which will fetch them with relevant stuffs. Selection of proper study material is very important.
  3. Practice – Everyday practice will bring confidence to the students. All subjects should be given equal weightage. Easy problems should be solved first and then gradually aspirants should increase their level of difficulty.
  4. Time Management – Time management is very important for entrance examinations. Candidates have to finish their paper in given time with most correct answers. They should practice time management when they are familiar with the exam pattern and questions.
  5. Reading – Aspirants should make a habit of reading. Reading is the best way to learn new things. It will improve English vocabulary. Reading daily articles, newspapers or monthly magazines will enhance aspirants’ general knowledge.
  6. Mock Tests – various coaching centers are there which conducts mock tests. Aspirants should register themselves in any of the institute and can appear for the sample tests. This practice will enhance their time management and will also bring confidence into them.

Q. What is the expected cut off marks?

A. There are many Colleges and Universities around the country that accept MAT score card. Every individual college has their own cut off marks. Leading Colleges and Universities take students who have secured more than 700 marks in MAT. Average institutions have a target that ranges between 500 & 600.

Q. What is the validity of MAT score card?

A. Most management Institutes have the validity of the score card for one year.


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