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MAT 2021: Exam Dates Sept Session (Out), Registration, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus, Result, and Cut Off

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Sachin Gupta

| Updated On - Jul 9, 2021

AIMA has released MAT 2021 September Session Exam Dates for IBT, CBT, and PBT modes. Candidates planning to appear for MAT 2021 September session can fill the MAT Application Form 2021 online by Aug 29 for PBT mode. To appear for MAT CBT Mode two exam dates have been released and with respect to that candidates can apply by Aug 14 and Sept 4, 2021. Also to appear for MAT IBT Mode candidates can apply till Sept 9, 2021, as per the exam date of IBT Mode. Also Check MAT Eligibility Criteria

MAT Result 2021 for the May/ June session for PBT, CBT, and IBT modes has been released on the official website by AIMA on July 9, 2021. MAT 2021 scorecard is valid for one year and these scores are accepted in 600+ colleges in India. MAT 2021 is a national-level entrance examination conducted by AIMA to provide admissions to management courses in top B-schools of India. Management Aptitude Test is conducted in four sessions a year - February, May/June, September, and December. MAT Question paper will consist of 200 objective-type questions carrying 1 mark each. Check MAT Exam Pattern

MAT Latest Updates:

  • July 09: MAT 2021 May/ June Session Result for all three modes has been declared on the official website.
  • July 06: MAT 2021 Exam Dates for the September session for all 3 modes have been released on the official website. Check Here
  • July 02: MAT 2021 May/ June session Result is expected to be declared soon.
  • July 01: MAT 2021 September session exam dates for IBT, PBT, and CBT modes to be announced in July 2021.
  • June 25: MAT 2021 exam for CBT and PBT modes to be held tomorrow.
  • June 23: MAT PBT/ CBT Admit Card 2021 Released.
  • June 21: Last Day to register for MAT CBT/ PBT 2021.
  • June 18: MAT IBT Admit Card 2021 for the May/ June session exam scheduled on June 20, 2021, has been released.
  • June 10: AIMA has released new dates for MAT 2021 PBT and CBT June session. Check Here
  • June 10: MAT IBT 2021 June session exam schedule revised. 

MAT 2021 Syllabus is divided into 5 sections carrying equal weightage. MAT papers have been always been moderate to difficult over the past few years. Check MAT Exam Analysis.

MAT Cutoff for top B Schools is 95+ percentile. With a score of 80+ percentile, candidates can expect a call from reputed colleges. Read the article to know more about the application process and much more. Check MAT Eligibility Criteria

MAT Exam 2021 Highlights

Particulars Details
Name of Exam Management Aptitude Test - MAT 2021
Name of Organization All India Management Association (AIMA)
Level of Exam National
Validity of Scores 1 year
Mode of Application Online only
Application Fee
  • PBT/CBT - INR 1650
  • PBT and CBT/ IBT and CBT- INR 2750
Mode of Exam Online/Computer Based Test (CBT), Remote Proctored Internet-Based Test (IBT), and Offline/Paper Based Test(PBT)
Counselling No
Courses Offered MBA, PGDM
Medium of Instruction English
Number of Exams a year 4
MAT Exam Centers PBT - 41 CBT - 31
MAT Helpline Number 011 - 24645100
011 - 24617354
011 - 43128100
MAT Helpline Email 

MAT Exam Dates 2021: September Session (PBT/ CBT/ IBT Mode)

MAT Exam Dates 2021: September IBT Mode

Sr No. IBT Test Date Slots Last Date for Registration Issue of Admit Card
1 Aug 28, 2021 10.00 am to 12.30 pm
4.00 pm to 6.30 pm
Aug 25, 2021 Aug 26, 2021
2 Aug 29, 2021 10.00 am to 12.30 pm
4.00 pm to 6.30 pm
Aug 26, 2021 Aug 27, 2021
3 Sept 4, 2021 10.00 am to 12.30 pm
4.00 pm to 6.30 pm
Sept 1, 2021 Sept 2, 2021
4 Sept 5, 2021 10.00 am to 12.30 pm
4.00 pm to 6.30 pm
Sept 2, 2021 Sept 3, 2021
5 Sept 11, 2021 10.00 am to 12.30 pm
4.00 pm to 6.30 pm
Sept 8, 2021 Sept 9, 2021
6 Sept 12, 2021 10.00 am to 12.30 pm
4.00 pm to 6.30 pm
Sept 9, 2021 Sept 10, 2021

MAT Exam Dates 2021: September CBT Mode 

Two Schedules have been released for MAT CBT Mode for September session: Schedule 1

Events Dates
Last Date for Online Registration Aug 14, 2021
Availability of Admit Card Aug 17, 2021
Test Date Aug 21, 2021

Schedule 2:

Events Dates
Last Date for Online Registration Sept 4, 2021
Availability of Admit Card Sept 6, 2021
Test Date Sept 12, 2021

MAT Exam Dates 2021: September PBT Mode 

Events Dates
Last Date for Online Registration

Aug 29, 2021

Availability of Admit Card

Aug 30, 2021

Test Date

Sept 5, 2021

Check MAT 2021 Important Dates

MAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

To appear for MAT 2021, candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institute in any stream. The major advantage that MAT aspirants have is that there’s no upper age limit to appear for the test along with the number of attempts i.e. candidates can appear for MAT as many times they want to improve their ranks. Read entire MAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria here

Note: Candidates appearing for their bachelors’ final year exams in the year 2021 can also apply.

MAT 2021 Registration

Registration for MAT 2021 for the September session has begun. The application process dates for MAT PBT, MAT CBT, and MAT IBT are at different times. Candidates willing to appear can get themselves registered for either of the tests by paying the required application fee. How can I register for MAT 2021?

MAT 2021 Application Fee

Category Fees
Both PBT and CBT INR 2750
Both IBT and CBT INR 2750
MAT Exam Pattern

MAT 2021 Exam Pattern

MAT 2021 Exam Pattern generally consists of 5 sections. The sections broadly measure the candidate's ability in Mathematics, English, and General Awareness.

  • The paper can be attempted both online and offline based on the candidate's preferences.
  • A total of 200 questions will be asked in MAT 2021.
Subjects Marks Allotted Duration (in minutes) MAT Exam Pattern
Mathematics skills 40 40 Click Here
Language comprehension 40 30 Click Here
Intelligence and critical reasoning 40 30 Click Here
Indian and global environment 40 15 Click Here
Data analysis and sufficiency 40 35 Click Here
Total 200 150 -
  • Each Question is compulsory. 
  • All questions are objective in nature. 
  • For every correct answer, 1 mark will be awarded. 
  • For every wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted. 
  • The examination will be conducted through Computer Based Test (CBT) and Paper Based Test (PBT). 

Know how GK is important for MAT

MAT Syllabus

MAT 2021 Syllabus

MAT 2021 Syllabus will be divided into five different sections carrying different weightage.

  • Mathematical Skills will comprise topics like Algebra, Mensuration, Arithmetic, Geometry, Trigonometry.
  • Language Comprehension will be divided into Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability.
  • Questions on Data analysis and sufficiency will be based on texts, tables, graphs, charts, and Venn diagrams.

Check MAT Syllabus 2021

MAT Paper Analysis

MAT 2021 Paper Analysis

All India Management Association successfully conducted MAT 2021 for the February session on February 20, 2021, for CBT mode. The IBT mode tests were conducted between March 8 and March 13, 2021. Check Detailed MAT Paper Analysis

The question papers of MAT 2021 February exam were of moderate difficulty like they have always been for the past few years.

Session Paper Analysis
February 2021 Session
  • The Language Comprehension section was of moderate difficulty level.
  • The Mathematical Skills was of moderate to high difficulty level and Arithmetic constituted for more than 50% weightage.
  • Data Analysis and Sufficiency section was dominated by questions based on charts and graphs. The overall difficulty level was moderate.
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning section was of easy to moderate level and comprised questions from topics like blood relations, series, comparison, coding & decoding, etc.
  • Indian & Global Environment sections was easy and most of the questions were from static GK.
December 2020 Session
  • The Language Comprehension section was easy
  • The mathematical skill section was moderate to difficult.
  • Data Analysis and Sufficiency was moderate
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning were Moderate to difficult.
  • Indian & Global Environment was easy like that of the previous year.
September 2020 Session
  • The Intelligence and Critical Reasoning section had more questions focused on Analytical and Logical Reasoning and the number of Critical Reasoning questions was reported to be less. The section was lengthy and thus time taking.
  • Mathematical skill section was moderate but was time taking. About 50 percent of this section of MAT had questions on Pie Charts, Graphs, Charts, Bar Diagrams, Data Comparison. The rest of the section had questions from Data Comparison and Data Sufficiency.
  • Indian & Global Environment section was easy.
May 2020 Session
  • Language Comprehension section was slight on the moderate scale with certain topics carrying difficult questions.
  • In the Mathematical skill section, the Arithmetic section dominated the paper entirely. It was moderate to difficult level. About 50 percent of this section of MAT exam was dominated by Data Interpretation that included questions from Graphs, Pie Charts, Bar Diagrams, Charts, Line Graph, Data Comparison.
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning section was lengthy with more focus on Statement-Assumptions, Reasons, Analogies and Direction, Series and Incorrect terms. o There were 40 questions in this section with maximum questions on Government Policies, COVID-19 and its global implications, Rules, Regulations, JIO- Facebook deal, Awards, CAA, GST, Constitution of India, Appointments, Capitals, US Trade Policy, Current Nationals, and International Events.
February 2020 Session
  • Language comprehension section was difficult with questions on Antonyms/Synonyms, One Word Substitution, Errors in Sentence Formation, Fill in the blanks, Phrases & Idioms, and Jumbled Paragraphs. There were five RC passages, each carrying four questions.
  • Mathematical skill section according to the candidates was one of the most difficult to solve.
  • In Data Analysis and Sufficiency, most of the questions were from Graphs, Pie Charts, Bar Graph, Venn Diagrams, Charts, Line Graph, Data Comparison. It was moderate in nature.
  • The Intelligence and Critical Reasoning section was slightly lengthy and questions were of moderate level of difficulty.
  • Indian and Global environment was easy to solve according to the candidates.
MAT Preparation

Check Best Books for MAT 2021 Preparation

MAT 2021 Preparation Strategy

Section No. of Question Suggested Time (in mins) Preparation Tips
Mathematics skills 40 40 Understand concepts and theorems well, as theorems are used to solve many questions. Be quick with calculations.
Language comprehension 40 25-30 Improve reading speed with a focus on understanding the core idea of the topic.
Data analysis and sufficiency 40 35 Be well-versed with charts, graphs, and tables.
Intelligence and critical reasoning 40 30 Understand the FACT hidden in the question, and then frame the logic. Have a critical thinking approach while answering.
Indian and global environment 40 15 Make notes out of newspapers, magazines, blogs. memorize static GK topics from magazines like Manorama.

Check MAT 2021 Preparation Tips

MAT 2021 Sample Papers & Mock Tests

One of the best ways to score well in MAT is to solve several practice papers and previous years' questions. This will help you in developing an idea of what to expect while writing the actual paper. This will also help in building confidence. 

To get more sample papers, check - MAT Sample Papers Free Download

MAT Result

MAT 2021 Result & Score Card 

MAT 2021 Result is always released within three weeks of the exam. MAT 2021 June session Result has been released on July 9, 2021. For MAT 2021 February session, the results were announced on April 2, 2021. The results will be released online only. 

  • Visit the official website of AIMA MAT. 
  • Login using the registered email address, DOB, and password. 
  • You can now download MAT 2021 Score Card. 
  • Check if all the details match your documents. 
  • Take a printout of the MAT Score Card for future reference.

Check MAT 2021 Result

MAT Cut Off

MAT 2021 Score vs Percentile calculation

MAT 2021 consists of 5 sections but the candidate will be scored on the basis of 4 sections only. The 5th section which is Indian & Global Environment is not taken into consideration. 

  • MAT 2021 consists of 40 questions of 1 mark each but the end marks are calculated out of 160 marks instead of 200 marks. 
  • The scores that candidates acquire are scaled to 100 for each section. Thus, the scaled scores are awarded in the section from 0-100.
  • Later, the scaled score which the candidate acquires is converted into percentile score based on the relative performance of one candidate as compared to others. 
  • The composite score is calculated out of 800 marks and the scaled scores of 0-199 are converted into composite scores.

What is a good score in MAT?

MAT 2021 Raw Score vs Scaled Score

MAT Sections Marks Allotted Composite Score Scale
Language Comprehension 40 0 to 100
Mathematical Skills 40 0 to 100
Data Analysis & Sufficiency 40 0 to 100
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning 40 0 to 100
Indian and Global Environment* 40* 0 to 100*
Total 200 400 converted to a maximum composite score of 800

MAT 2021 Cut Off

College MAT Cut Off Range
BIMTECH Greater Noida (Specialized programs) 80-85
XIME Bangalore 80-85
Balaji Institute Of Modern Management (BIMM) Pune 80-85
International School of Business & Media (ISB&M) Pune 80-85
School of Inspired Leadership - SOIL Gurgaon  80-85
SIESCOMS Navi Mumbai 80-85
Jagan Institute of Management Studies (JIMS) Rohini, Delhi 80-85
Jaipuria Institute of Management (Jaipuria) Noida 80-85
New Delhi Institute of Management (NDIM) New Delhi 80-85
VIPS-TC-Delhi School of Business Delhi 80-85
Christ University Bengaluru 80-85
VIT Business School (VIT) Vellore 80-85
IMS Ghaziabad 75-80
IPE Hyderabad: Institute of Public Enterprise 75-80
AIMS School of Business (AIMS) Bangalore 75-80
GITAM Visakhapatnam 75-80
Lexicon Management Institute of Leadership and Excellence (MILE) Pune 75-80
St. Joseph Institute of Management, Bangalore 65-70
J K Business School Gurgaon 65-70
GITAM Business School Hyderabad 65-70
GITAM School of Business Bengaluru 65-70
Vivekanand Education VESIM Mumbai 65-70
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Usha & Lakshmi Mittal Institute of Management (BULMIM) 65-70

Check MAT Cut Off for Top B-schools here

MAT Colleges Accepting MAT Score (80-90 Percentile)

Name of College Percentile Average Placement Packages
Amity Business School, Noida 90+  6 LPA
Christ University Bengaluru 80-90 6 LPA
BIMTECH Greater Noida 80-90 10 LPA
SIESCOMS Navi Mumbai 80-90 7.14 LPA
Jagan Institute of Management Studies (JIMS), Rohini Delhi 80-90 6.5 LPA
Indus Business Academy 80-90 6.5 LPA
Institute of Management Studies (IMS) 80-90 6.1 LPA
IPE Hyderabad, Institute of Public Enterprise 80-90 6.09 LPA
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow 80-90 6 LPA
New Delhi Institute of Management (NDIM) 80-85 6.5 LPA
Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management 80-85 6 LPA
IES Management College and Research Centre 80-85 5 LPA
ITM Business School, Navi Mumbai 80-85 7.6 LPA

MAT Colleges Accepting MAT Score (70-80 Percentile)

Name of College Percentile Average Placement Packages
IMS Ghaziabad 75-80 6.1 LPA
AIMS School of Business (AIMS) Bangalore 70-75 4.92 LPA
GITAM Visakhapatnam 70-75 5.2 LPA
Lexicon Management Institute of Leadership and Excellence (MILE) Pune 70-75 6.5 LPA
Indus Business Academy (IBA) Bangalore 75-80 12 LPA
Chetna CIMR 75-80 5.42 LPA
Kristu Jayanti College (KJC) Bangalore 70-75 3.2 LPA
Rajagiri Centre for Business Studies (RCBS) Cochin 70-75 4.5 LPA

Know Top participating B-schools in MAT 2021

MAT Colleges Accepting MAT Score (60-70 Percentile)

Name of College Percentile Average Placement Packages
St. Joseph Institute of Management, Bangalore 65-70 6.25 LPA
J K Business School Gurgaon 65-70 6 LPA
GITAM Hyderabad Business School Hyderabad 65-70 6 LPA
GITAM School of Business Bengaluru 65-70 3.5 LPA
Vivekanand Education VESIM Mumbai 65-70 7.11 LPA
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Usha & Lakshmi Mittal Institute of Management (BULMIM) 65-70 5.75 LPA
EMPI Business school New Delhi 60-65 6.5 LPA
Jaypee Business School, Noida 60-65 7.4 LPA
CII School of Logistics, Amity University, Noida 60-65 5.5 LPA
National Institute of Financial Management (NIFM), Faridabad -Delhi NCR 60-65 6.7 LPA
Accurate Institute of Management And Technology 55-60 5 LPA
Acharya Bangalore B-School (ABBS) Bangalore 65-70 3 LPA
MAT Counselling Process

MAT 2021 Counselling Process

MAT 2021 Counselling process is conducted to provide admission to candidates who clear MAT 2021 Cut Off. AIMA does not conduct any centralized counselling process for MAT 2021 and hence each participating institute conducts its own counselling and selection process. The steps in MAT 2021 Counselling Process include:

Registration: Candidates need to select 5 different institutes while filing in the application form. 

Apply at the respective Institutes: After the declaration of MAT 2021 result, candidates have to apply to their preferred institute on the officilal website by filling in the form and uploading the required documents along with their MAT 2021 scorecard.

Selection for Counselling: Selected candidates will receive an interview call from the respective institute(s) they have applied for. 

GD/ WAT – PI: Every college follows its own selection procedure and depending on the criteria adopted by the college, candidates will be required to appear for any or all of these MAT Selection rounds:

  • Group Discussion(GD) 
  • Written Ability Test(WAT)
  • Personal Interview(PI)

Seat Allotment and Admission: Candidates who clear all the rounds of MAT 2021 Counselling will be selected for admission.

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MAT Admit Card

MAT 2021 Admit Card

Candidates could download their MAT 2021 June session Admit Card for CBT/ PBT mode from June 23, 2021, onwards. 

The steps to download MAT Admit Card are mentioned below: 

  • Visit the official website of AIMA MAT. 
  • Login using the registered Mobile Number and Password. 
  • There will be an option to download the Admit Card. 
  • Save the Admit Card/Hall Ticket to your device and on the drive as well. 
  • Take a printout of the Admit Card for use at the center.
  • Also, take a printout of the Test Instructions. 
  • In the exam center, the invigilator will verify the details and sign on it. 
  • The upper half of the admit card will be collected by the Invigilator and the lower half will be given to the candidate.

To know more about MAT Admit Card 2021, Click here

MAT 2021 FAQs

Ques. Are MAT PBT and CBT modes for Sept 2021 session canceled? 

Ans. No. AIMA has released the exam dates along with registration dates for all the 3 modes on July 6, 2021 on the official website. 

Ques. What are the MAT exam dates for IBT Mode?

Ans. To appear for MAT CBT Mode two exam dates have been released and with respect to that candidates can apply by Aug 14 and Sep 4, 2021. 

Ques. What are the best colleges in Mumbai that accept MAT Scores? 

Ans. The Best Colleges in Mumbai that accept MAT scores include SIES, IESMCRC, DSIMS, VESIM, Chetna, and so on. These colleges have cut offs higher than 65 at least, going up all the way to 85. 

Ques. What to do if OTP is not received while registering?

Ans. You need to check your spam folder of the registered email for the OTP. You cannot complete registration without it. If it is still not there, wait for a day and try to register again. This time, make sure that the right email address was used. 

Ques. For MAT 2021, is speed or accuracy more important?

Ans. AIMA suggests that accuracy is more important when it comes to MAT 2021. Since all questions are compulsory and there is negative marking for every wrong answer you have to make sure that you give answers correctly. 

Ques. What documents are required when in the exam center?

Ans. You need identity proof to verify your identity like Aadhar Card. The Invigilator will check the ID Proof in the exam center. 

Ques. What all is required in the exam center? 

Ans. Inside the exam center, you require MAT 2021 Admit Card, MAT 2021 Test Instructions, and ID Proof. You also need to carry a Blue or Black Pen. 

Ques. How much is the validity of MAT Scores? 

Ans. The validity of MAT score is 1 year. If the validity period is over and you have not sought admission, you will have to attempt again in the next session.

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

MAT 2021 : 5 answered questions


Ques. Is MAT score accepted at great lakes Chennai and Gurgaon?

● Top Answer By Apeksha Roy on 02 Jul 21

Ans. MAT scores are not accepted by Great Lakes Chennai and Gurgaon, In 2019, only accepted exam for admission was CAT scores of the preceding year, that is 2017 to 2018. For XAT, it is 2018 to 2019, for GMAT, it typically is after January 2016 and for CMAT, it is the year 2018. That being said, it means either institute only accepts scores of CAT, GMAT, XAT, CMAT. Here is the expected cutoff for Great Lakes Chennai and Gurgaon. Examination  Great Lakes Chennai CAT 2019-20 80  XAT 2020-21 80  GMAT (Taken after Jan 2018 for PGPM and after Jan 2019 for PGDM) 600  Great Lakes Gurgaon  CMAT  85  MAT  80  Hope this helps answer your question.Read more
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Ques. What are the best B-schools that come under the MAT exam?

● Top Answer By Sritama Ray on 11 May 21

Ans. In India, if you aim to pursue MBA, you have to clear the Common Admission Test (CAT) with a good score. Nonetheless, many top colleges even accept MAT and the list of colleges varies each year. Few top business schools accepting MAT along with their cut-off scores are tabulated below. Business school MAT cutoff score Amity business school 620+ for MBA Christ University Bangalore 600+ for PGDM Alliance school of business, Banglore 650+ for MBA Xavier school of management (XLRI Jamshedpur) 640+ for PGDM-GMP SP Jain institute of management and research 670+ for GMBA, 700+ for MBA Few other top institutes accepting MAT scores in India are: ABES Engineering College AIMA-Centre for Management Education (PGDM) SIMSREE BIMTECH Noida ITM NAVI MUMBAI O P JINDAL DELHI Pumba Great Lakes Chennai IMI BHUBANESWAR JSS College. IBS Hyderabad Above mentioned business schools in the table are of top reputation in India. Assess each of them and opt for the best B- School for yourself.Read more
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Ques. I gave MAT exam and secured 94.2 percentile. Can anyone suggest me a few good b-schools which accepts MAT score to apply for?

● Top Answer By Sandip Pal on 10 May 21

Ans. With your MAT score, you can get into many top-rated B-Schools. Here are a few of the options that you can consider.  Below given are some of the b-schools that accept MAT scores.  B-School MAT Cut-off XIME Bangalore  80% Christ University  80% Amity Business School, Noida 80% KSOM Bhubaneswar 80% International School of Business & Media (ISB&M), Pune 80% Institute of Technology & Management (ITM), Navi Mumbai 80% Institute of Public Enterprise (IPE), Hyderabad 80% Amrita School of Business, Coimbatore 75% - 80% Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow, Noida & Indore 75% Hope this helps. To know more about the institute visit the official websites.Read more
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Ques. What are the best colleges accepting MAT scores?

● Top Answer By Amit Shukla on 16 Feb 21

Ans. There are more than 1395 top B-schools in India that accept MAT scores. These colleges are known to have a decent academic and global exposure. Also recruiting companies participating in their placement programs offer generous salary packages to its students. A cooperative faculty and ROI also determines a good MBA college.  Here are some of the best colleges accepting MAT scores including their location, course fees and cut-offs. Institution Location Fees MAT Cut-off Christ University Bengaluru INR 7,97,000 Percentile 80-85 Alliance School of Business, Alliance University Bangalore INR 9,00,000 100 Amity Business School Noida INR 7,67,000 500 KIIT School of Management Bhubaneswar INR 13,60,000 600 International School of Business & Media  Pune INR 5,90,000  Percentile 80% Universal Business School Mumbai INR 8,28,000 Percentile 70% Institute of Technology & Management Navi Mumbai INR 10,45,000 Percentile 80% University of Petroleum & Energy Studies Dehradun INR 13,35,000 140 Amrita School of Business Coimbatore INR 10,60,000 Percentile 40% Indus Business School  Pune INR 3,20,000 60 % Indus Business Academy  Bengaluru INR 6,14,000 80% Jaipuria Institute of Management  Noida 6,50,000 600 International School of Management Excellence Bangalore INR 9,00,000 70% Balaji Institute of Modern Management Pune INR 8,45,000 600 Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship Bangalore INR 10,00,000 700 Institute of Finance and International Management (IFIM) Bangalore INR 12,00,000 85% Institute of Public Enterprise  Hyderabad INR 5,00,000 80% Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies (KIAMS) Pune 10.75 Lakh 60 Unitedworld School of Business Ahmedabad INR 6,50,000 450 However, there are many more colleges in India that accept MAT scores. But these are some top colleges among them.Read more
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Ques. Which is the best B school to get in using a CMAT/MAT score?

● Top Answer By Aditya Som on 02 Feb 21

Ans. CMAT, commonly known as the Common Management Aptitude Test, is a computer-based entrance exam conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for admission to MBA/PGDM courses in over 1000 B-schools across India. The duration of the exam is three hours with the question paper consisting of 100 questions from Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, and General Awareness. You can refer to the table given below for the cutoffs released by various B schools, analyzed as per the previous year's trends. These colleges have been recommended by our mentor from Erudite Institute. Listed below are the names of the colleges and their cut offs:  Name of the College Cutoff JBIMS, Mumbai 99.99 %ile Sydenham(SIMREE), Mumbai  99.92%ile SIES Mumbai 99.8%ile MET, Mumbai 98%ile KJ Somaiya, Mumbai 97%ile Goa Institute of Management Great Lakes Institute of Management PUMBA, Pune Indira Institute of Management, Pune 95%ile  IPE Hyderabad IFMR, Chennai 90%ile  NIBM, Pune Welingkar Institute, Mumbai N.L Dalmia Institute, Mumbai 85%ile XISS Ranchi HR IMT Navi Mumbai ISME, Mumbai 80%ile  Welingkar Institute, Bangalore Soil Institute of Management NIA Pune 75%ile  ADANI Institute of Infrastructure Management 70%ile These colleges may not be Tier 1 institutions but are good B Schools that admit students on the basis of their CMAT scores. These management institutes conduct group discussions and personal interviews to select candidates for MBA/PGDM programs post declaration of CMAT exam results. The admission process of each institute is independent and according to their academic cycle.Read more
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neha thasale
What documents do I need at the examination centre along with admit card?
aniket ranjan

You need to carry a passport-sized photo, blue/black ball-point pen, a self Declaration form for COVID-19 and a valid photo ID proof such as Voter ID, Aadhar Card, Passport, PAN Card or driving licence along with MAT examination admit card.

deep jyoti das
Is there any sectional cut- off in the MAT paper?
shivangi srivastava

Yes, basically to get a 90+ percentile in MAT, the candidates must acquire certain scores in the different sections of paper that are:

  • Language Comprehension – 28
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning – 27
  • Data Analysis and Sufficiency – 23
  • Mathematical Skills – 30

And overall a total of 110-115 marks.

sadim ansari
Can I get a list of participating colleges that accept 80 percentile?
shivangi srivastava

There are many colleges that accept your MAT scores of 80-85 percentile to grant admission, some of these are: BIMTECH Greater Noida, XIME Bangalore, Christ University Bengaluru, VIT Business School Vellore, Jaipuria Institute of Management Noida, International School of Business & Media Pune and many more: MAT 2021 Colleges Cut- off.

sheetal chib
What are the factors depicting the selection in MAT 2021?
shivangi srivastava

Your final selection will be based on your MAT scores and further rounds that may vary from institution to institution. However, the main rounds are: Group Discussion, Written Ability Test and Personal Interview. In case two candidates have the same scores, the candidate who is older will be considered for admission.

shatakshi patki
Suggest me some books for MAT preparation and other possible sources.
shivangi srivastava

The candidates are advised to study from books by Arun Sharma for different sections of MAT. Apart from books the candidates may also refer to other resources like: Economic Times, The Financial Times, Business World, Competition Success Review, Business Today, The Hindu for preparation. Other section wise important books are mentioned here for you: MAT 2021 Books.

mohammed najamuddin
Please analyze the IBT mode paper for me.
shivangi srivastava

The IBT mode paper consists of 5 sections with 40 questions under each making the total number of questions to 200 multiple choice questions. The candidates are granted the time duration of 150 minutes to complete the entire paper. The detailed paper analysis is mentioned in the link for your reference: MAT 2021 Paper Analysis.

Can I get complete syllabus of Critical Reasoning?
shivangi srivastava

The syllabus for Critical Reasoning includes major topics like: blood relations, syllogisms, statements and assumptions, seating arrangement, critical reasoning, statements cause and effect, etc. Total 40 questions of moderate difficulty are asked in the section. The syllabus is mentioned in the link for your further reference: MAT 2021 Syllabus.

ammar zaheer ahmed
What are the exam centres for PBT mode examination?
shivangi srivastava

There are many examination centres for PBT mode of MAT 2021, these are: Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Dehradun, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Pune, Varanasi, etc. For a complete list of centres and other information like guidelines you can check the link that is mentioned: MAT 2021 Exam Centres.

shaik kabeer
What are the latest covid guidelines for MAT examination?
shivangi srivastava

Due to the ongoing pandemic of covid- 19, the authorities have stated a few guidelines for students’ health care and protection. They advice you the wear a mask, carry a hand sanitizer, maintain social distancing rules, candidates must submit a self declaration form and carry their own water bottle or other equipments.

mizna harmain
What is the time slot for IBT exam conduction and last date of registration?
shivangi srivastava

The IBT mode examinations are held under 2 slots with the timings of: 10.00 am to 12.30 pm and 4.00 pm to 6.30 pm respectively. The examination is supposed to be held from August 28, 2021 to September 12, 2021. The last date of registration is different for each round and so you can check them at: MAT 2021 IBT Dates.

utkarsha khatri
When is the examination conducted and can I apply for the PBT mode?
shivangi srivastava

The examination for PBT mode will be conducted on September 5, 2021. Yes, you can apply for the same as the last date of registration is until August 29, 2021 and the admit cards will be uploaded on August 30, 2021. The exam is usually conducted four times every year in the months of: February, May/ June, September and December.

sourajit mukherjee
How many marks are allotted to each section of the paper?

Hi Sourajit. 40 marks are allotted to each section of the paper. MAT exam contains five sections. The sections are Mathematics skills, Language comprehension, Intelligence and critical reasoning, Indian and global environment, and lastly, Data analysis and sufficiency. Thus, the total mark is 200. 

uma goenka
Is there any age restriction to give the exam?

Hi Uma. Nope, there is no age restriction to give MAT Exam. The major advantage of MAT is that there’s no upper age limit to appear for the test along with the number of attempts which means candidates can appear for MAT as many times as they want to improve their ranks. 

rinki mahapatra
Is there any time slot that I can select from to give the paper?

Hi Rinka. Yes, two slots are provided for the MAT IBT September session which is 10.00 am to 12.30 pm and 4.00 pm to 6.30 pm. You can select the slot as per your preference. To know about the MAT dates check, MAT 2021 Exam Dates

ankur jain
When are the IBT mode examinations being conducted?

Hi Ankur. MAT IBT mode of exam shall be conducted on six different dates. The dates are Aug 28, Aug 29, Sept 4, Sept 5, Sept 10, and Sept 11, 2021. Two-time slots are provided for all dates which are 10.00 am to 12.30 pm and 4.00 pm to 6.30 pm. 

jatin sharma
How can I contact the helpline? Please provide the number.

Hi Jatin. In case of any query or doubt, you can always contact their helpline numbers. There are numbers provided which are 011 - 24645100, 011 - 24617354, and 011 - 43128100. In case the numbers don't connect you can always email them to their official email id which is 

saurav kumar
Is there any counselling as well? What is the selection process?

Hi Saurav. MAT has no centralized counseling process. The participating colleges conduct their own counselling and selection process. After the declaration of MAT  result, candidates have to select their preferred institute on the official website. Selected candidates will receive an interview call from the respective institute they have applied for. Selection will finally be done on the basis of their performance in GD, WAT, and PI. 

nafisa khatoon
How many sessions is the MAT 2021 paper held in?

Hi Nafisa. MAT 2021 will be held in four sessions. The first two sessions were held in February and May/June. The last two sessions will be held in September and December. The registration for the September session has started for IBT, CBT, and PBT mode. 

anuj singh chauhan
So now can I apply for the CBT mode examination?

Hi Anuj. Yes, you can still apply for the MAT CBT mode of examination. Two schedules are provided for CBT. For the first schedule, the last date to apply is August 14, 2021, and for the second schedule, the last date to apply is Sept 4, 2021. The exam dates are Aug 21 and Sept 12 respectively. 

ammar zaheer ahmed
Can I get some sample papers for MAT?
shivangi srivastava

Yes, we are hereby attaching a set of sample or previous years’ questions papers in the link mentioned below for your further reference. Try to solve them to practice more for the actual examination. There will be 200 objective type questions from 5 different sections respectively.

MAT 2021 Sample Papers

diya suresh

You can download previous year question papers for MAT in pdf format at MAT Question Paper. It is suggested to prepare atleast 1 paper on a daily basis for better understanding of the real exam. Also, you can refer to sample papers available on the official website to prepare for the exam.