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HPU MAT 2019- Himachal Pradesh University Management Aptitude Test

Updated On - October 15th 2018 by JAINAB ALVI

Himachal Pradesh University Management Aptitude Test (HPU MAT) is a state level entrance test for admissions to MBA program at Himachal Pradesh University Business School. The test is conducted by Himachal Pradesh University Business School. The institute offers 120 seats in its MBA course.

HPU MAT 2019 Registration will start from the first week of April 2019 and closes on May 05, 2019 (tentative). The application form can only be filled in the online mode. The exam will be conducted on May 26, 2019 (tentative).

HPU MAT consists of 200 multiple choice questions. The question paper is divided into 4 sections- English, Critical Reasoning, Business Environment, and Arithmetic Comprehension and Data Skill. Every section consists of with 50 questions of 1 mark each. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers.

Highlights of HPU MAT 2019

Conducting BodyHimachal Pradesh University Business School
Mode of examPaper-pen
Medium of ExamEnglish
Duration of Exam2 hours
Type and number of question200 objective type questions
Courses offeredMBA
Number of seats120

HPU MAT 2019 Exam Dates

The official notification of HPU MAT 2019 will release in the month of April 2019. The table below enlists the important dates to be followed by the authorities:

EventDate (tentative)
Last date for applying onlineMay 05, 2019
Release of Admit cardMay 20, 2019
HPU MAT examinationMay 26, 2019
HPU MAT results announcementJune 09, 2019
Interview/group discussion for reserved categoryJuly 09 to 12, 2019
Declaration of final results for reserved categoryJuly 14, 2019
Interview/group discussion for non-reserved categoryJuly 16 to 21, 2019
Declaration of final results for non-reserved categoryJuly 23, 2019

Who can Apply for HPU MAT 2019?


  • There are no specific limitations to a student’s nationality or residential status.

Academic Qualifications:

  • Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification with minimum 50% aggregate marks (45% for SC/ST candidates).
  • Final year graduation students are also eligible to apply provided they submit the proof of graduation before August 2019.

Age Limit:

  • The upper age limit for male candidates is 26 years whereas for females it is 28 years.
  • The same for candidates of SC/ST category is 29 years (both males and females).

HPU MAT 2019 Registration

Candidates can only apply online for HPU MAT examination. Here are a few steps to apply for the exam:

  • Visit the official website i.e. 
  • Click on the ADMISSIONS section and register yourself from through a valid e-mail ID
  • Log onto the profile to fill the application form.
  • The online application form is divided into the following categories:
    1. Personal information
    2. Education and document details
    3. Application summary
    4. Payment
    5. Submit reference number and application form
    6. After filling the details click on the SAVE button.
  • Candidates will receive a system generated registration number and password in the given mobile number and email ID.
  • Upload a scanned copy of the following documents in the given specifications:
    • Passport sized photograph of maximum 100 KB in .jpeg or .jpg format only.
    • Signature of maximum file size100 KB in .jpg or .jpeg format
    • Marksheet/Certificate of 2 MB in PDF format.
  • Application fee of INR 1000 can be paid online through debit/credit card or net banking.

Read More about HPU MAT 2019 Registration 

HPU MAT 2019 Application Fee

CategoryApplication Fee
General categoryINR 1000

HPU MAT 2019 Admit Card

  • Admit card for HPU MAT 2019 will be issued a few days prior to the exam date.
  • The admit cards are sent to candidate’s address by post.
  • Candidates can also download the HPU MAT 2019 Admit Card from the official website of the college.
  • Candidates must thoroughly go through the admit card in case there are any printing mistakes should immediately contact the program coordinator. Admit card contains the following details-
    • Candidates Name
    • Candidate’s roll number
    • Candidate’s address
    • Exam venue
    • Exam time
    • Exam date

How to download HPU MAT 2019 Admit Card?

  1. Log onto the official website of HPUBS
  2. Click on the ADMIT CARD.
  3. Fill in your registration number and password to view the admit card.
  4. Download and take a print out of the same.

HPU MAT 2019 Exam Centers

  • HPU MAT is currently conducted in 8 cities and in various examination centers.
  • The business school reserves the right to adjust the date/center of entrance examination.
  • The examination centers can also vary from previous year depending upon the number of enrollment.
Exam Cities

HPU MAT 2019 Exam Pattern

  • HPU MAT is a pen and paper test of 2-hour duration.
  • The question paper is divided into 4 parts comprising of 50 questions each, making 200 questions in total.
  • Each question comprises of 1 mark and the paper is of 200 marks.
  • The paper is divided into English comprehension, reasoning, business environment and arithmetic comprehension and DI.
  • There is no negative marking for any question.

HPU MAT 2019 Exam Pattern Highlights:

Mode of ExaminationOffline
Number of questions200
Maximum Marks200
Duration of exam2 hours
Sections in Paper4

Read More about HPU MAT 2019 Exam Pattern 

HPU MAT 2019 Syllabus

HPU MAT is an objective type paper which tests candidates on the following topics:

  • English- Comprehension and language
  • General Awareness- Business environment and current affairs
  • Quantitative Aptitude- Data interpretation and Arithmetic Comprehension
  • Reasoning- Critical reasoning and General intelligence
Syllabus for Numerical Ability & Data InterpretationThis section will contain technical questions.
Syllabus for General Intelligence & Critical ReasoningCalendars number and letter series clocks and Venn diagrams cubes logical connectives seating arrangements syllogism logical sequence binary logic logical matching blood relations
Syllabus for General Knowledge & Business Awarenessthis section will contain questions to check the basic knowledge about business
Syllabus for English Comprehension & Languagecomprehension of passage verbal reasoning syllogism contextual usage analogies antonyms fill in the blanks jumbled paragraphs sentence correction foreign language words used in English sentence completion odd man out idioms one word substitution Different use of same word

HPU MAT 2019 Recommended Books

Give below are some of the important and recommended books for candidates preparing for HPU MAT 2019 Exam.

Book NameAuthor
Mission MBA guideB.S. Sijwali and Tarun Goyal
MAT entrance exam with practice CDGKP
The Pearson MAT super courseArun Sharma
10 challengers MAT: 10 mock tests for MATDharmendra Mittal
MAT score acceleratorDisha publications
MAT solved papersDisha experts
Barron’s guide for MAT Eugene D.Jaffe
10 mock test papers for MATCarrier launchers

Recommended Books for English Comprehension & Language

Book NameAuthor
 A Communicative Grammar of English  Geoffrey Leech
Business English and Communication Clark
30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary Wilfred Funk and Norman Lewis

Recommended Books for Numerical Ability & Data Interpretation

Book NameAuthor
Data Interpretation MBA Entrance Jaiswal
Quantitative Aptitude Arun Sharma
The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations Dinesh Khattar

Recommended Books for General Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

Book NameAuthor
Logical and Analytical Reasoning A.K.Gupta
Verbal AbilityArun Sharma
Verbal AbilityR. S. Agarwal

HPU MAT 2019 Result

  • HPU MAT 2019 Result will be announced on June 09, 2019 (tentative).
  • Candidates will be ranked in the list on the basis of their scores in the written test.
  • Final selection of the student is based on the group discussion and personal interview. By following below steps students can download HPU MAT 2019 Result:
    1. Visit the official website.
    2. Click on Result.
    3. Enter the roll number and date of birth.
    4. The result will be displayed as score card in pdf format.
    5. Download and take a print for future references.
  • The score card will have the following information on it-
    • Name of the candidate
    • Roll number
    • Sectional marks scored
    • Overall marks scored
    • Minimum qualifying cut off marks.

HPU MAT 2019 Result Cut off

  • Candidates scoring more than or equal to the minimum cut off marks will be eligible for GD-PI rounds.
  • Candidates who fulfill the cut off stated for other entrance exams will also be eligible for GD-PI rounds.
  • Cut off marks will be decided based on the following factors :
    • Total numbers of candidates appear for the exam
    • Difficulty level of the paper
    • Previous year cut off marks
    • Average scores obtained by a candidate in the entrance test.
    • Number of seats available in the University.

The cutoff lists differ according to the different category of candidates. Here is the previous year’s cutoff list for reference-

CategoryCut off
Open to all30.75%
Internal General28%
Single girl child25.75%
Ph. Challenged17%
Non-subsidized category21.25%
HPU ward16.5%

Read More aboutHPU MAT 2019 Result 

HPU MAT 2019 Counselling

  • Candidates are shortlisted based on their scores and are further called for university-based counseling in mid July.
  • It is an offline counseling conducted by Himachal Pradesh University Business School.
  • Students must appear for the group discussion and the personal interview.
  • The result for subsidized seats is declared within a week after the counselling session

The final selection of HPU MAT after the counseling is done on the basis of the following procedure-

  • Application rating -30 marks
  • HPU MAT- 50 marks
  • Group discussion- 10 marks
  • personal interview- 10 marks
EventDate (tentative)
GD/Interview for subsidized seatsJuly 09-12, 2019
GD/Interview for non-subsidized seatsJuly 16-21, 2019
Result declaration for subsidized seatsJuly 14, 2019
Result declaration for non-subsidized seatsJuly 23, 2019


Question 1: What is HPU MAT?

Answer: HPU MAT is a state-level entrance examination, which is conducted once in every year by Himachal Pradesh University Business School to provide admission to eligible candidates in various management courses.

Question 2: When is the exam usually conducted?

Answer: HPU MAT is usually conducted in the month of July every year.

Question 3: When will be the application forms available?

Answer: Application forms for HPU MAT 2019 will be out in the month of May.

Question 4: Where can we fill the application form for HPU MAT 2019?

Answer: Interested candidates can fill the application form on the official website i.e.

Question 5: Is there a registration fee for HPU MAT Exam?

Answer: Yes, there is a registration fee of INR 1000 for general category students and INR 500 for reserved (SC/ST/OBC) candidates.

Question 6: How can we remit the registration fee?

Answer: Registration fee for HPU MAT Exam can be remitted either via online mode (through debit card/credit card/net banking) or via offline mode (through Bank Challan).

Question 7: What is the last date to submit the application form?

Answer: Students can submit their application form till the month on May, 2019. Any submission of application forms after the due date won’t be accepted and will be rejected by the conducting authority.

Question 8: When can we get the admit card?

Answer: Admit Cards for HPU MAT 2019 will be made available on the official website by the last week of May, 2019. Students can download their respective admit cards from the official website by logging in to their Ids.

Question 9: Will the admit cards delivered at our residential address as well?

Answer: Yes, admit cards will be delivered to the address provided by each student, while filling in the registration form. Still students are advised to take a print out of the admit cards from the official website, and check if there are any errors. Take several print outs of the admit card, for all further processes.

Question 10: How many questions will be there in the HPU MAT Exam?

Answer: There will be a total 200 MCQ questions in the exam, divided into 4 sections, which have to be completed in 2 hours.

Question 11: In which mode, exam will be conducted?

Answer: The exam will be conducted in only offline mode (pen & paper mode).  No online exams will be conducted.

Question 12: What sections will be there in the exam?

Answer: There will be four sections- English Comprehension, Business Environment, Reasoning, Arithmetic Comprehension & data skills. Each section will contain 50 questions.

Question 13: How many marks will be awarded for each answer?

Answer: For every correct answer, 1 mark will be awarded. Maximum marks for the exam are 200.

Question 14: Is there any negative marking?

Answer: No, there is no negative marking in the exam.

Question 15: On what basis, the question paper is made?

Answer: Questions asked in HPU MAT Exam are designed to test candidates’ understanding of data interpretation, business and general knowledge.

Question 16: What is the upper age limit to apply for HPU MAT Exam?

Answer: The upper age limit for male candidates is 26 years and 28 years for female candidates. Candidates above these ages are not eligible for the exam.

Question 17: Is there any age relaxation for reserved category candidates?

Answer: Yes, there is age relaxation for candidates belonging to the SC/ST category. The upper limit to apply for both male and female is 29 years.

Question 18: What is the minimum percentage required to apply?

Answer: Candidates interested in applying for HPU MAT Exam must have graduated with a minimum 55% in any bachelor’s degree from a recognized university. All SC/ST/OBC candidates are given a relaxation up-to 10%.

Question 19: Can final year graduation students apply?

Answer: Yes, final year graduation students can also apply for the exam, but admission to such candidates will be given permanently only after they fulfill the selection criteria.

Question 20: Is there any residential criteria for HPU MAT?

Answer: No, there are no specific limitations to a candidate’s nationality or residential status.

Question 21: How can we apply offline for HPU MAT 2019?

Answer: Students can also apply offline for the exam. For that, you will have to buy the exam prospectus from the admission counter at HPUBS counter. The application form is attached with it. You have to fill the application form, and along with the application fee submit it back to the counter.

Question 22: Do we have to send documents to the conducting authority’s office?

Answer: If you are filling the application form online, then you have to upload the required documents online and you don’t have to send the copies to the office. But if you are registering offline, then you have to submit the documents along with the application form and application fee to the counter of HPUBS.

Question 23: What documents are to be submitted with the application form?

Answer: A scanned copy of candidate’s recent passport size colored photograph, candidate’s signature, guardian’s signature and a self-attested document (either mark sheet or certificate) are required to be submitted along with the application form.

Question 24: Is it important to have a hard copy of admit card at the time of exam?

Answer: Yes, it is very important to carry the hard copy of the admit card at the time of entry to the examination hall. Students without admit cards won’t be permitted to enter the examination hall.

Question 25: Can we carry a soft copy of the admit card?

Answer: No, soft copy of admit card won’t be enough to get the entry to the examination hall. Also, no photocopies of admit card will be allowed. Every student must carry the original admit card at the time of exam.

Question 25: What documents do we have to carry with ourselves to the exam hall?

Answer: On the day of examination, candidates have to carry their original admit card and an original copy of ID Proof. No photocopies will be accepted. Students without ID proof will not be permitted to enter the examination hall.

Question 26: In which cities will HPU MAT 2019 be conducted?

Answer: HPU MAT 2019 will be conducted in Chandigarh, Shimla, Solan, Una, Palampur, Hamirpur, Mandi and Dharmshala. Students can fill their preferences of cities while filling in the application form.

Question 27: Can we make correction to the submitted application form?

Answer: No, once the application form is submitted no information entered in it can be altered or corrected. So, students are advised to carefully fill in all the information in the application form, and check twice before hitting the ‘Submit’ button.

Question 28: Can we contact the conducting authority in case of emergencies?

Answer: Yes, you can contact the conducting authority in case of emergencies. But there is no such guarantee that the filled and submitted form will be altered. But you can try to contact them on the below mentioned address:

Himachal Pradesh University Business School (HPUBS)
Summer Hill, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh - 171005
Ph. No.: 0177-2831653

Question 29: When will be the results for HPU MAT 2019 Exam declared?

Answer: The results for HPU MAT 2019 will be declared in the mid of June after the exams are successfully conducted.

Question 30: Where can we check HPU MAT Result?

Answer: Results for HPU MAT 2019 will be declared online on the official website of HPUBS ( Students can check their results easily by logging into their account and entering their roll number.

Question 31: How is the result announced?

Answer: The conducting body announces the result online through scores/ranks of candidates.

Question 32: When will be the answer key and merit list announced?

Answer: HPUBS will release the answer key online on the official website soon after the exam is conducted and merit list is also expected to be announced, once the results are declared. Students are advised to keep visiting the site for latest updates.

Question 33: How will be the final selection of candidates done?

Answer: Once the result for HPU MAT is declared and merit list is released, short-listed candidates will be called for Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview Round (PI), in the mid of July, 2019. Candidate’s overall performance will be evaluated by highly qualifies faculty members and candidates will be selected for admission.

Question 34: What is the basis for final selection of candidates?

Answer:  Candidates will be short-listed for admission on the basis of following procedure:

  • Application Form – 30 marks
  • HPU MAT Exam- 50 marks
  • Group Discussion Round- 10 marks
  • Personal Interview Round- 10 marks

Question 35: What documents have to be submitted at the time of admission?

Answer: At the time of admission, students will have to submit Class 10th & 12th mark sheet, Graduation mark sheet, Migration Certificate (if applicable), demand draft, Address Proof, Proof of Date of Birth and other relevant documents.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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1 Comment
Prabhat Kumar maddheshiya

Which collages comes under hpu ??

29 Dec, 2017 00:53
Bhawna Vedwal

Hello Prabhat, To get information regarding colleges accepting HPU MAT score you can check with this link Participating Colleges.

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