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Paper Pattern for MAT May 2017

Published On: 21 Aug 2013 | Last Updated On: 23 Feb 2017

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a knowledge-based test with an objective type test pattern that examines general aptitude across varied parameters. AIMA MAT is an all India level entrance exam held for acquiring seats in management programs in several participating institutes across India. Every year, All India Management Association (AIMA) holds the MAT entrance examination. The paper based test is being conducted on the first Sunday of the February, May, September and December from 1000-1230 hours. The MAT May paper based test will be held on Sunday, May 07, 2017 and computer based test will be conducted from Saturday, May 13, 2017 onwards

Pattern of MAT May 2017:

A candidate is allowed to take MAT in only one mode i.e. either Paper Based Test or Computer Based Test for this current administration of MAT.

MAT is an objective type test with multiple-choice answers. The test is designed to measure a person’s general aptitudes as the following table indicates:

Section No.


No of Questions

Time Suggested(Minutes)


Language Comprehension




Mathematical Skills




Data Analysis and Sufficiency




Intelligence and Critical Reasoning




Indian and Global Environment







  • All the questions and instructions of the test will be in English only.
  • The duration of the test is 2 hours 30 minutes.
  • There are 200 questions. All questions are compulsory. Each question has four answer options marked (1), (2), (3) and (4).
  • All questions carry equal marks. There will be negative marking for wrong answers.

About Paper Based Test:

  • Answers are to be marked on the Answer Sheet, which is provided separately.
  • Choose the correct option and darken the oval completely corresponding to (1), (2), (3) and (4) against the relevant question number.
  • Use only HB Pencil to darken the oval for answering.
  • If you wish to change any answer, erase completely the one already marked and darken the fresh oval with an HB pencil.

About Computer-Based Test:

  • Computer Based Test means the candidate sits in front of a computer and the questions are presented on the computer monitor and the candidate submits the answers through the use of keyboard or mouse.
  • Computer Based Test assumes that the candidate has basic familiarity with use of computers like use of keyboard and mouse operation. It is the responsibility of the candidate to acquire these skills before appearing in the test and AIMA cannot take responsibility for the same.
  • There is no time limit for individual parts of the test. The candidate can go back and change any of his/her answers among the 200 questions.
  • All questions will be of the Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) type. Each MCQ will consist of a stem which may be in the form of a question or an incomplete statement and four options. Candidates must choose the correct or most appropriate answer by clicking on the button next to the answer. Candidate can change this answer by clicking on the appropriate answer. Candidates can navigate freely through the questions. Candidate can move between the sections.

General Instructions:

  • Candidates are to report to the allotted test center at least 45 minutes before the scheduled commencement of the test.
  • Candidates are to be in possession of the following when reporting to the test center:
  • Document: Admit Card duly completed.
  • Writing Materials: Ball Point Pen, HB Pencils, Eraser and Sharpener.
  • The test room will be opened about 30 minutes before the commencement of the test. The candidates are to be seated at the allotted place.

Tips by AIMA:

  • Candidates should take the questions in order, but do not waste time pondering over those that seem extremely difficult or unfamiliar to you. A wise practice is to first answer the questions you are sure of.
  • Although the MAT stresses on accuracy more than speed, it is important to use the allotted time wisely. Make every effort to pace yourself by making yourself familiar with the mechanics of the test.
  • The directions explain exactly what each set of questions requires to answer those questions. Read all test directions carefully.
  • Read each question carefully and thoroughly.
  • Before answering a question, determine exactly what is being asked.

MAT May 2017 Application Procedure

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