MAT 2021 Registration, Dates, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus and Result

    Urvashi Singhal Urvashi Singhal
    Exams Prep Master

    MAT is a national level entrance examination to select eligible candidates for the best business schools of the country. Clearing this exam paves your way for the degrees of MBA (Master of Business Administration) and PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management).

    Conducted by All India Management Association, the paper is administered four times a year. You can choose to appear in the month that suits your level of preparation. February, May, September and December are the four months in which the exam is usually conducted each year.

    The test is designed in a way to judge a candidate’s ability in the field of management, and how well is s/he groomed for the competitive world. Read the following article to know in detail about MAT 2021 important examination dates, eligibility criteria, application process, and results.

    MAT 2021 Important Dates

    MAT 2021 Important Dates

    If you are interested in testing your business and management acumen through MAT 2021, have a look at the chart beneath. It provides you with a rough idea about the important dates associated with the exam so that you do not miss out on any deadlines.

    EventTentative Date for February examTentative Date for May examTentative Date for September examTentative Date for December exam
    Application process begins 4th week of December 2020March 20211st week of July 2021October 2021
    Application process ends: last date to apply2nd week of February 2021Last week of April 2021August 2021Last week of November 2021
    Availability of admit card2nd week of February 2021Last week of April 2021August 2021Last week of November 2021
    Exam date3rd week of February 2021May 2021September 2021December 2021
    Announcement of Final resultFebruary 2021May 2021September 2021December 2021

    MAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

    MAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

    Many students aspire every year to appear for MAT examination. However one needs to fulfil the eligibility criteria set by the conducting body while filling in the application form. Non-fulfilment of the criteria can leat to cancellation of candidature.

    Here is a detailed list of the criteria you need to fulfil in order to be deemed fit to appear for the exam.

    • First of all, you need to have a graduate or Bachelors’ degree in any discipline from any university recognized by the government of India.
    • Are you worried that you may not have completed your graduation at the time of MAT 2021? No worries! You can still appear for the test if you are in your final year of graduation or your final result is awaited.
    • Good news for you! There is no age limit to appear for the exam.
    • Another good news! There is no limit to the number of attempts for the exam. You can appear for the exam as many times as you wish.

    MAT 2021 Registration Process

    MAT 2021 Registration Process

    Students often get befuddled by the complicated process of application in various exams. To avoid such a scenario, let us give you some more information about MAT 2021 registration process.

    The process of registration and application will happen through online mode only. The exam is conducted in two modes- CBT (Computer Based Test) and PBT (Pen Based Test). You will have different last dates for application for the two modes of exam. 

    • Firstly, you need to fill in all your requisite personal details and educational information.
    • Thereafter, you need to upload necessary documents on the portal. 
    • Keep with yourself scanned copies of your passport size photograph and your signature, which you will need to upload. 
    • After having filled in your details, you can complete your application by paying the registration fees. The fees can be paid through debit cards, credit cards or online banking method. 
    • Make sure you take a print out of the application confirmation page for future reference.

    MAT 2021 Application Fee

    Now that you know about the process of application, let us have a look at the cost of application. The cost for Computer Based Test and Pen Based Test are different. This is important information because once you have made the payment, there can be no refund. Also note that this fee is non transferable as well. Here is a description of the fee structure of MAT 2021:

    Mode of examFee
    For either mode of exam- PBT or CBTRs. 1550
    For both modes of exam- PBT as well as CBTRs. 2650

    MAT 2021 Exam Pattern

    MAT 2021 Exam Pattern

    The exam will be in online mode as well as pen and paper mode. So you can choose to appear for whichever mode suits you better. You can even choose to appear for both.

    The questions are objective in nature (MCQs). The exam is of two and a half hours duration. In the middle of this time, you will be expected to answer 200 questions. For every correct answer, you will be awarded 1 point. You will be well advised to refrain from making arbitrary guesses because this exam involves negative marking. 0.25 points will be deducted from your total score for every wrong answer that you select.

    MAT 2021

    The question paper will be divided into five separate sections: Language Comprehension, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, Indian and Global Environment. The below mentioned table provides data on the number of questions and the time allotted for each section.

    SectionNumber of questions asked in the sectionTime allotted to answer the section
    Language Comprehension4030 minutes
    Intelligence and Critical Reasoning4030 minutes
    Data Analysis and Sufficiency4035 minutes
    Mathematical Skills4040 minutes
    Indian and Global Environment4015 minutes
    Total200150 minutes or 2 hours 30 minutes

    MAT 2021 Syllabus

    MAT 2021 Syllabus

    It is necessary to know the detials of the syllabus of the examination in order to strategise your preparation well. Below mentioned are the details of each section syllabus.

    • Language Comprehension: Here you will have to answer 40 multiple choice questions that will test your skills of comprehension and grammar. Do you know the parts of speech well? How rich is your vocabulary? Can you fill in the blanks with the perfect word? Can you make sense of jumbled paragraphs? Prepare yourself according to these requirements. Sharpen your grammatical skills and enrich your stock of words.
    • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning: This section will test your analytical and cognitive skills through 40 multiple choice questions. You will be given puzzles and series to solve. You will be expected to make sense of family trees. Coding and decoding will form another major part of the section. In a nutshell, your critical reasoning skills will be tested through various mans like numerical grids and column graphs.
    • Data Analysis and Sufficiency: These 40 questions will be solely based on geometry, statistics and accountancy. Here you will be expected to solve puzzles, make sense of bar graphs, pie charts, line charts, data tables. You will have to solve questions based on the data provided to you.
    • Mathematical Skills: In this section, one needs to prepare well in few areas: average, number system, algebra, HCF and LCM, ratio and proportion. In addition, you also need to prepare for questions on geometry including lines, triangles, spheres, rectangles, cubes and so on. Quadratic and linear equations also need your attention.
    • Indian and Global Environment: These 40 questions will be based on your general knowledge. You will do well to keep yourself acquainted with the current affairs to answer this section. Whatever topic is trending in the field of sports, business, economy, science etc. is a potential topic for questions in this section. Revise geography, politics, names of books and authors, history and social news to do well here.

    MAT 2021 Preparation Tips

    MAT 2021 Preparation Tips

    Here are some tips to aid you in your efforts.

    • You must be aware that the syllabus for MAT is not as difficult as that of other MBA entrance exams. On top of this, this exam is conducted 4 times in one year, thus substantially increasing your chances of success. But this does not mean that you should take this exam lightly. Note how the syllabus for MAT is different from other similar tests, and prepare accordingly.
    • Make yourself acquainted with the question pattern of MAT. Carefully go through previous years’ papers.
    • Do not overlook any section. The scores of all the sections make up your total. You cannot afford to ignore any part.
    • Solve previous years papers and mock question papers to get a hag of the question pattern.

    To hone your skills for each specific section, read the below mentioned points.

    • Language Comprehension: Try to improve your reading skills. Work on your grammar. Along with everything else, it is crucial that you keep a check on the clock and manage your speed accordingly. This is an easy area to score good marks if you have strong grammar and vocabulary.
    • Mathematical Skills: If you have studied Mathematics in class 12 board exams or graduation, this section is going to be a cake walk for you. Others need to work hard in this area. First of all, your fundamental knowledge and basics should be absolutely crystal clear. For instance, you should know your theorems thoroughly well. It is suggested that you practice mental calculations to increase your speed. Keep practising, find out your weak areas and work harder on them.
    • Data Analysis and Sufficiency: It is recommended that you first get a basic idea of how to interpret data. This is the first thing that you should do before jumping headlong into solving questions. Learn about tables, pie charts, graphs very well. Be advised that you absolutely must not start solving the questions as soon as you come across them. First take time to understand the data to avoid errors in later stages.
    • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning: This is a section which tests your reasoning skills and logic. The key to scoring well in this section is practice and more practice. It might seem easy to you at first glance but this is the area where most students commit silly mistakes. Do not just start assuming certain answers because they are obvious. Always try to find a logical backing behind your assertion.
    • Indian and Global Environment: This is a section for which you need to spend very little time during the exam as this does not demand any kind of critical thinking for you. However, you will need to spend considerable time preparing for this section. This expects the candidate to have general awareness about the important national and global issues at present. For this, we will suggest that you regularly read newspapers, magazines and journals. Follow daily news and keep yourself aware of important events.

    MAT 2021 Sample Papers

    Let us know more about MAT 2020 sample question papers and mock tests.

    You must have a good look at previous years’ question papers. Try to solve them on your own and then look at solved versions. Along with this, also try your hand at mock tests online. This will help you become familiar with the question pattern and increase your speed. This will improve your preparation strategies. You will get to know where you stand in comparison with your competitors. A comparative analysis will give you a realistic idea about your possible rank. Practising on enough sample papers can make a lot of difference in your final score in MAT.

    MAT 2021 Preparation Books

    MAT 2021 Preparation Books

    Now that you know the details of MAT, why wait any longer? Kickstart your MAT preparation by reading the best books. Here we provide you with a list of the best books for each section:

    Language Comprehension:

    • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
    • Verbal Ability and Comprehension by Disha Publications

    Mathematical Skills:

    • A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by R. S. Aggarwal
    • Magical Books on Quicker Maths by M. Tyra

    Data Analysis and Sufficiency:

    • Data Analysis and Sufficiency by Arun Sharma
    • Data Analysis and Interpretation Data Sufficiency by Think Tank of Kiran Prakashan

    Intelligence and Critical Reasoning:

    • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit Sinha
    • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning by Gajendra Kumar

    Indian and Global Environment:

    • Manorama year book by Mammen Matthew
    • Objective General Knowledge by Lucents Publication

    MAT 2021 Results

    MAT 2021 Results

    Mat Results 2021 will e made available on the official website for both PBT nad CBT sessions, probably in the month of January.

    Candidates can download their results from AIMA’s official Website-

    • MAT Score Card will be made available along with the result, candidates should download the same.
    • Candidates can check their result via SMS as MATS FormNo DoB (dd/mm/yy) to 54242.
    • No hard copy of Score Card will be sent via post or e-mail.

    How to download MAT 2021 Scorecard?

    To download MAT Result and Score Card, candidates have to follow these 4 steps:

    1. Log on to AIMA MAT official website on the result date.
    2. Enter 6 digit MAT Registration Number and 9 digits Roll No. and click on submit link.
    3. Result and scorecard will be displayed on the screen.
    4. Download the scorecard and take a print out for further use.

    MAT 2021 Cutoff

    MAT Cutoff 2021 is released soon after the exam is conducted for each session. Some colleges release the desired sectional cut-offs and composite scores that are going to be accepted.

    More than 300 colleges will be offering admission for the 2021 session on the basis of MAT Cutoff scores. The top B-schools will be accepting scores in the range of 91-95 percentiles while the rest good institutes will go for aspirants acquiring 70-80 percentiles.

    MAT 2021 FAQs

    Ques. How many Management Institutes participate in MAT? Does the number keep on changing or remain constant for all years?

    Ans. The number of institutes that participate in MAT may vary every year. Candidates should check the participating colleges list at the time of application to verify whether their desired colleges fall in the list or not.

    Ques. What is the purpose of MAT exam?

    Ans. MAT examination is a gateway to various prominent business schools in India.

    Ques. Who is eleigibile for MAT 2021?

    Ans. Any candidate who has completed his/her graduation is eligible to appear for MAT 2021.

    Ques. What is the validity of MAT score?

    Ans. MAT score is valid for a year, which means any candidate who appears for the examination in 2020 will be able to seek admission with MAT 2020 Scorecard in the year 2021.

    Ques. In what mode is MAT exam conducted?

    Ans. A student who is willing to take MAT examination can appear for both PBT and CBT mode.

    Ques. What is the application fee for MAT examination?

    Ans. If a candidate is willing to appear for one mode, the application fee is Rs. 1550. If a candidate appears for both mode, the application fee is Rs. 2650.

    Ques. Where can one appear for the test?

    Ans. MAT examination is conducted thoughout various exam centers spread all across India. A candidate can chose the nearest exam center to his/her place of residence.

    Ques. A person who lives abroad can apply for MAT 2021?

    Ans. Yes. A citizen of India who fulfils the eligibility criteria can apply for MAT 2021. However, the paper will be conducted across centers in India. Therefore, a person who is living abroad will have to travel to India to appear for the paper.

    *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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    MAT 2021 Result





    i have scored 86 percentile in the dec mat exams . which college will i get admission into

    03 Jan, 2020 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Vinay, you can check the list of the colleges with their corresponding cut-offs from here to know the college/university you are eligible for: Cut Off Marks of MAT

    03 Jan, 2020 11:26
    nimisha gupta

    i am planning to give MAT exam in Feb 2020. Will that score be considered for 2020 admission process or do i need to appear in Dec'19 ?? Please respond ASAP.

    10 Nov, 2019 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Nimisha, MAT score is considerable for at least an year within the declaration of result. Thus, you need not to appear in Dec if you are appearing in Feb as that score will also be considered valid for admission.

    12 Nov, 2019 17:12
    Roma Kumar

    Kindly Call me regarding MBA in Fashion and retail Management course.

    23 Aug, 2019 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Roma, kindly mention the college in which you want to take admission so that we can guide you with the admission procedure accordingly.

    23 Aug, 2019 12:29

    which is better to give either of these,september MAT or december MAT.??

    10 Jul, 2019 00:20
    mannu singh

    Hi Charan, It is completely your choice.

    11 Jul, 2019 15:01
    Sangita Adak

    my mat sept 2018 score is 516.50 and percentile is 41.87 and my 10th percentage is 85%,12 th percentage 77 % and graduation( science engineering) percentage 72.5%can you please tell me that can i get admission in b-schools in delhi like NDIM tughlakabad,FIIB vasant vihar,JIMS rohini?

    03 Nov, 2018 00:20
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Sangita, You may please visit to the JIMS university for getting the Admission eligibility or procedure.

    03 Nov, 2018 11:21
    deepti sharma

    What is the gmat cut off

    10 May, 2018 22:01
    Garima Bansal

    Hi Deepti, To get cutoff details you may check this link:- Cutoff

    22 Jun, 2018 14:29

    When do we need to apply for the respective colleges through MAT May 2018 , before the exam or after acquiring the result.

    08 Apr, 2018 12:06
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Anagha, You need to apply for the respective colleges through MAT May 2018 After getting the result.

    08 Apr, 2018 14:55
    Nitya kaushik

    I have a mat score of 695. Is there any chance of getting PUMBA?

    28 Mar, 2018 12:36
    Bhawna Vedwal

    Yes, You can get admission in PUMBA as PUMBA's cutoff score is 600

    04 Jun, 2018 11:45
    Sravika Reddy

    I am appearing for MAY MAT 2018.Can I get an admission in 2018-2019 batch?

    24 Mar, 2018 00:41
    Bhawna Vedwal

    NO because MAT conducted in 2018 is for getting admission for next session of 2019.

    06 Jun, 2018 13:23

    Ma'am I attempt mhcet but I didn't good score now I will give mat may exam am I eligible for cap round

    22 Mar, 2018 10:28
    Bhawna Vedwal

    Its depend on how much you score. If you score well then you will be eligible for CAP round. For more information you can check result page with this link : Result

    05 Jun, 2018 16:42
    utkarsh pandey

    I got composite score of 588,can I apply?

    10 Mar, 2018 10:59
    Bhawna Vedwal

    Yes, You can apply for Counselling process

    29 May, 2018 11:26
    Deepali Rana


    06 Mar, 2018 00:20
    Bhawna Vedwal

    MAT is conducted 4 times in a year. MAT Registration 2018 (May) is closed now. The last date to apply is May 2, 2018 (for PBT) and May 12, 2018 (for CBT). Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree can apply online at, by paying an application fee of INR 1550. From this year onwards, All India Management Association (AIMA) has discontinued the offline registrations.

    28 May, 2018 12:41
    Mayank Yadav

    I Got 579.5 in MAT feb 2018 ... Is There any chances for bimtech?

    05 Mar, 2018 11:18
    Bhawna Vedwal

    MAT Cutoff rank for BIMTECH ranges above 75

    28 May, 2018 11:54
    ashish khatri

    MAT FEB 2018 composite score 668.5, 88.29 percentile, X- CGPA- 9, XII-70.83% , GRADUATION- 60% EXP-0. any good colleges to pursue MBA?

    26 Feb, 2018 22:07
    Bhawna Vedwal

    Hello Ashish, You can get admission into top B-Schools like PUMBA, IFIM Business school, VIT University. To get more information regarding colleges according to your score you can use this link : Cutoff

    25 May, 2018 10:44
    Anukriti Mishra

    Ma'am, do i need to apply individually to the colleges i mentioned in preferences during filling up of MAT application form?

    23 Feb, 2018 17:55
    Bhawna Vedwal

    Hello Anukriti,After the result announcement Apply separately to the B-Schools the cutoff of which is met by your score.

    24 May, 2018 13:20
    Yash Gaba

    Does ifim accept mat feb 2018?

    16 Feb, 2018 10:11
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Yash, Candidate must have qualified in one of the national level management entrance examinations, viz., CAT, XAT or GMAT.

    16 Feb, 2018 10:59
    Rupesh Murty

    What about RIIM College (pune) ?

    07 Feb, 2018 10:48
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Rupesh, To get information about the RIIM college through this link: RIIM Overview

    09 Feb, 2018 19:07
    subhajit pal

    If i attempt 2 mat exam in a year,and the result of 2nd attempt is less than 1st attempt. Then which score is count for admission in B school?

    09 Jan, 2018 11:52
    Bhawna Vedwal

    Hello Subhajit, You can apply with any of your MAT score as MAT Score is valid for 1 year

    18 May, 2018 18:29
    Priya Singh

    if we didn't score well in previous year MAT exam (dec) , then can we write another MAT exam ( on feb ) so.. if i score well in feb MAT exam .. so.. both of my score card will be valid for 1 year .. is this possible ..that i can apply to colleges from my feb MAT score or i can only apply from december MAT exam not the FEB one

    08 Jan, 2018 21:59
    Bhawna Vedwal

    ello Priya, Yes you can give another MAT Exam as there is no restriction on the number of attempts. you can apply any of score card as score card is valid for 1 year

    18 May, 2018 18:01
    Abhishek Bhattacharjee

    I secured 699.50 composite score and 93.85 %tile..What are some of the better b-should i should apply for?

    03 Jan, 2018 20:21
    Bhawna Vedwal

    Hello Abhishek, The B-schools you can apply for is listed below-


    Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad

    Department of Management Sciences, PUMBA (Pune University)

    DSIMS Mumbai

    Alliance Bangalore

    AIMS Bangalore

    VIT University


    18 May, 2018 12:17
    Ayushmaan Mishra

    How can I obtain MAT Score on SMS?

    19 Aug, 2017 17:43
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Ayushman, Just type your application number and Date of Birth (DOB) by prefixing MATS (in caps) and send it to 54242.

    19 Aug, 2017 17:49
    Pankaj Pathak

    Can I do the registration for MAT 2017 December exam in February?

    19 Aug, 2017 15:28
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Pankaj, No, you can fill the application form for MAT 2017 December attempt in the month of August 2017 only, not before that.

    19 Aug, 2017 15:30
    Pankaj Pathak

    How many times can I write MAT?

    19 Aug, 2017 15:27
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Pankaj, You can appear for MAT Exam 4 times in one year. The exam is conducted in the month of February, May, September, and December. You may choose to appear in any of the sessions. Also, there are no number of fixed attempts.

    19 Aug, 2017 15:33
    Yashika Goel

    Do I have to register separately every time for appearing in different MAT attempts?

    19 Aug, 2017 14:45
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Yashika, Yes, you need to register separately for all the 4 attempts. Also, the application fee has to be paid separately for each attempt.

    19 Aug, 2017 15:15
    Yashika Goel

    If I fail to appear for the entrance exam because of some reason, will my application fee be transferred to the next scheduled exam?

    19 Aug, 2017 14:44
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Yashika, No, there is no provision of transfer or refund of MAT application fee. If you miss the exam due to some reason, you must perform the application process again to register yourself.

    19 Aug, 2017 15:17

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