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MAT 2021 Score vs Percentile: Difference and How to Calculate it?

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Urvashi Singhal

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All India Management Association has released its results for MAT 2020 December session on January 4, 2021. MAT results are released in the form of scorecard, consisting of sectional, composite score and percentile accordingly. 

There is a sharp difference between Score and Percentile defined by the institution to the concerned candidate. While your performance will get you a raw score in MAT leading to MAT percentile Score, many of the MAT exam takers are not aware of the key aspects of MAT Score Vs Percentile calculator. Once you know how the MAT score vs percentile is calculated, it will be easier for you to focus and devise your test taking strategy. The results for the upcoming February session will be released on AIMA official website on the 4th week of May. 

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Score vs Percentile

Difference between MAT Score vs Percentile

AIMA will declare the sectional scores, composite score, and percentile score for each section along with the overall percentile of a candidate in the MAT 2021 Scorecard. It is necessary for a candidate to know the difference between MAT 2021 score and percentile.

  • MAT 2021 Score is the total score obtained by a candidate in the entrance examination in all the sections.
  • MAT 2021 Percentile score is the relative marks obtained by a candidate. It depicts the percentage of total exam- takers that have a lower score than a candidate in MAT 2021. In other words, a percentile rank is a way of rank- ordering people compared to others in a sample. For example, 85 percentile means that your score is more than 85% of the candidates appearing for the entrance examination.
  • MAT 2021 Composite score is the average marks that are calculated don’t the basis of the performance of a candidate in the first four sections of the paper. 

NOTE: Most of the top B- schools will accept admissions based on the percentile score while many others offer admission in the MBA or PGDM courses through the MAT 2021 score.

Score vs Percentile Calculation

MAT 2021 Score vs Percentile Calculation

MAT 2021 Score Vs Percentile calculation in MAT 2021 result will be based on following parameters:

  • There are 5 Sections in MAT 2021. Out of them only scores of 4 sections in the exam are taken to calculate the percentile.
  • The score of 5th section, Indian & Global Environment is not counted for percentile calculation
  • 40 Marks for each section with 40 questions is the maximum raw score with a total of 200 raw marks for all the 5 sections.
  • MAT 2021 score will be awarded out of 200 marks but MAT 2021 percentile will calculated out of 160 Marks after removing the 5th section
  • MAT 2021 scores are scaled to 100 for each section. The scaled score is therefore awarded in the scorecard in the range of 0-100 in each section.
  • Raw scores awarded out of 40 in each section are not reflected either in sectional score or final composite score
  • This scaled score is then converted to percentile score which is based on your relative performance as compared to other candidates.
  • Finally the composite score is calculated out of maximum 800 and the scaled score between 0 to 199 is converted to composite score. 

What is Composite Score?

What is MAT Composite Score & How it is calculated?

The MAT Composite Score is referred to as the marks calculated based on the performance of a candidate in the first four sections of the entrance exam. These sections are related to the skills required over a longer period in the management field.

Composite score includes the scaled scores of the first 4 sections only, it does not include the score of the 5th section.

There is no particular formula for calculating the MAT Composite score.

The MAT 2021 composite score will be given on a scale of 199 to 801. Composite scores less than 200 or more than 800 are rare.

All scores below 200 are stated as 199 and all scores above 800 are reported 801. This means, even if you get scores less than 199, your composite score will be reported as 199. Similarly, for scores above 801, it will be reported as 801 only.

The table mentioned below depicts the sections and the marks allotment in the entrance test. The composite score scale is also given with each section.

Language Comprehension 40 0- 100
Mathematical Skills 40 0- 100
Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40 0- 100
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40 0- 100
Indian and Global Environment* 40 0- 100*
Total 200 800

What is Percentile?

What is MAT Percentile & How is it calculated?

MAT Percentile shows the percentage of total exam- takers that have a lower score than a candidate in the MAT examination.

The MAT percentile score is influenced by the total number of candidates that take the entrance test as well as the scores obtained by all the exam takers.

Most of the colleges accept the MAT percentile score for the admission to MBA or PGDM courses while some of them accept admissions based on the Composite score.

Besides the composite score or the percentile, many top B- schools also conduct written ability tests, group discussion, and personal interviews as part of their selection procedure.

The formula to calculate MAT percentile score is given below:

MAT Percentile Score = (Composite scores obtained by a candidate/ Total number of candidates) * 100 

This formula lets you calculate the percentile score obtained in the examination.

Admission to the popular management courses, i.e., MBA and PGDM in the top- notch B- schools of the country is offered through the MAT entrance examination. Some colleges accept the percentile score of a candidate while others offer admission based on the score obtained in the entrance examination.

Other forms of selection criteria include Group Discussion, Personal Interview, and Written Ability Test. These tests are conducted to check the overall personality and knowledge of an aspirant. 

MAT Percentile Score: Key Points to Note

  • MAT percentile score indicates the percentage of examinees who scored below the candidate based on the total MAT test taking candidates
  • The percentile figure may change with increase or decrease in number of test takers and their scoring pattern 
  • The Composite Score in MAT 2020 result is reported on a scale ranging from 199 to 801, but extreme scores below 200 or above 800 are uncommon
  • These uncommon scores i.e., all below 200 are reported as 199 and all above 800 are reported as 80

Details mentioned on Scorecard

What are the Details Mentioned on MAT Scorecard?

AIMA releases a MAT scorecard along with the results of candidates. MAT Scorecard contains details about the marks scored by the candidates. Along with that, many other details are mentioned on MAT scorecard:

  • MAT Scorecard contains the scaled scores obtained in Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, and Critical reasoning sections.
  • It also includes the score obtained in the 5th section, i.e., Indian and Global Environment section.
  • The scorecard mentions the composite score of the first four sections,
  • MAT overall percentile along with the percentile score for each section is given in the MAT scorecard.

MAT 2021 : 3 answered questions


Ques. What are the best colleges accepting MAT scores?

● Top Answer By Pranjal Singhal 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 Nikkil Visha 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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Ques. What is the order of difficulty mode of entrances exam among these CAT, MAT, XAT, CMAT, ATMA and other exams conducted by deemed universities?

● Top Answer By Sahil Sachdeva on 18 Jan 21

Ans. The order of difficulty is definitely related to various factors but the prominent ones are candidates appearing & its composition. Keeping these in mind; the list is as follows: Common Aptitude Test(CAT) The exam is conducted by IIMs and accepted by most of the management institutes across the country.  The test duration is around 3 hours and comprises 100 questions.  A nice level of preparation is required to crack it as colleges look up to candidates holding more than 90 percentile. Xavier’s Aptitude Test (XAT) This examination is organised by Xavier Institute Of Management situated in Jamshedpur.  It also qualifies as a prominent score for management courses across various colleges.  The paper has sections similar to CAT but reasoning and general knowledge are the cracking points in the paper. Common Management Aptitude Test (CMAT) It is conducted by All India Council Of Technical Education(AICTE) having a moderate level of difficulty.  It takes general knowledge scores into consideration.  It is a 3 hour exam with 100 questions. Management Aptitude Test (MAT) This examination is conducted 4 times a year in February, May, September and December by All India Management Association (AIMA).  It is the easiest of all management exams and is accepted by 55-60% colleges across the country.  It is a 2.5 hour paper including 200 questions.  The percentile awarded is not inclusive of general knowledge score. The details regarding exams can be summed up in the table as follows: PAPER Number of questions Time duration (hours) Number of times paper conducted CAT 100 3 Once in a year (29 November 2020) XAT 100; 2 parts 3 Once in a year ( 3 January 2021) CMAT 100 3 Once in a year ( January 2021 ; registration open) MAT 200 2.5 4 times a year (February, May, September and December) The other prominent exams that are institute specific are : NMAT- Narsee Monjee Institute Of Management Studies -Management Aptitude Test SNAP- Symbiosis College – Symbiosis National Aptitude Test IIFT- Indian Institute Of Foreign Trade The aforesaid examinations are followed by GD/PI with a comprehensive evaluation of the entire academic cycle of candidate. Mere qualification of percentile is not a sure shot entry to top institutes.Read more
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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.