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MAT 2021: Registration (Open), Exam Date, Syllabus, Pattern, Exam Analysis, Result, and Cut Off

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Urvashi Singhal

Exams Prep Master | Updated On - May 3, 2021

MAT 2021 Exam Dates for CBT and IBT modes have been announced by AIMA. MAT IBT mode registrations can be done with respect to the examination dates i.e. May 30 to June 13, 2021. MAT CBT is scheduled for June 13, 2021 for which candidates can register till June 7, 2021 and for the PBT mode exam the last date of registration is May 24, 2021. Click here to apply for MAT 2021.

MAT 2021 is a national level entrance examination carried out by AIMA. MAT 2021 scores are accepted in 600+ colleges in India. Management Aptitude Test is conducted in four sessions a year - February, May/June, September and December. Check MAT Eligibility Criteria

MAT Latest Updates:

  • April 28: MAT 2021 IBT Mode exam dates have been revised. Now the IBT mode will be conducted on seven dates. Check Here
  • April 21: MAT Admit Card 2021 for CBT & PBT mode will be released on June 10 & May 26, 2021 respectively. Check Here
  • April 3: AIMA has released MAT Result 2021 of February Session on April 3 for IBT, CBT, and PBT modes. Check Here

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. 

MAT 2021 Highlights

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 June IBT Dates

Sr No. IBT Test Date Slots Last Date for Registration Issue of Admit Card
1 May 30, 2021 10.00 am to 12.30 pm
4.00 pm to 6.30 pm
May 27, 2021 May 28, 2021
2 June 2, 2021 10.00 am to 12.30 pm
4.00 pm to 6.30 pm
May 29, 2021 May 30, 2021
3 June 4, 2021 10.00 am to 12.30 pm
4.00 pm to 6.30 pm
May 31, 2021 June 1, 2021
4 June 6, 2021 10.00 am to 12.30 pm
4.00 pm to 6.30 pm
June 2, 2021 June 3, 2021
5 June 8, 2021 10.00 am to 12.30 pm
4.00 pm to 6.30 pm
June 4, 2021 June 5, 2021
6 June 10, 2021 10.00 am to 12.30 pm
4.00 pm to 6.30 pm
June 6, 2021 June 7, 2021
7 June 13, 2021 10.00 am to 12.30 pm
4.00 pm to 6.30 pm
June 9, 2021 June 10, 2021

MAT June CBT Dates

Last Date for Online Registration 07 Jun 2021 (Monday)
Availability of Admit Card Jun 10, 2021 (1600 Hrs)
Test Date June 13, 2021
MAT Exam Dates

MAT 2021 CBT February Dates

Event MAT 2021 Important Dates
MAT 2021 Registration closes March 20, 2021  March 22, 2021
MAT 2021 Admit Card release March 22, 2021
MAT 2021 CBT Exam Date March 24, 2021
MAT 2021 Results To be announced

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 February session has begun from last week of December. The application process for MAT PBT, MAT CBT, and MAT IBT will begin at different times. Candidates willing to appear can get themselves registered for either of the tests by paying 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 Admit Card

MAT 2021 Admit Card

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 print out 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 Exam Pattern

MAT 2021 Exam Pattern

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

  • The paper can be attempted both online and offline based on the candidates 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. 
  • Examination will be conducted through Computer Based Test (CBT) and Paper Based Test (PBT). 

Know how is GK important for MAT

MAT Syllabus

MAT 2021 Syllabus

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

  • 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.

Which is the Best Book for MAT 2021 Preparation?

Sections Sectional weightage in MAT Syllabus Sectional Weightage in Percentile Calculation
Mathematics skills 20% 25%
Language comprehension 20% 25%
Data analysis and sufficiency 50% -
Intelligence and critical reasoning 20% -
Indian and global environment 20% -
MAT Paper Analysis

MAT 2021 Paper Analysis

All India Management Association successfully conducted MAT 2020 for the December session on December 6 for PBT mode & on December 28 for CBT mode respectively. The IBT mode tests were conducted between November 21 and December 24. Check Detailed MAT Paper Analysis

  • The question papers of MAT 2020 December exams were of moderate difficulty, like they have always been for the past few years.
Session Paper Analysis
December Session
  • The Language Comprehension section was easy
  • Mathematical skill section was moderate to difficult.
  • Data Analysis and Sufficiency was moderate
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning was Moderate to difficult.
  • Indian & Global Environment was easy like that of the previous year.
September 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 length and thus time taking.
  • Mathematical skill section was moderate but was time taking. About 50 per cent of this section of MAT had questions on Pie Charts, Graphs, Charts, Bar Diagrams, Data Comparison. Rest of the section had questions from Data Comparison and Data Sufficiency.
  • Indian & Global Environment section was easy.
May 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 scale. 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 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 where 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

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. Memorise static GK topics from magazines like Manorama.

How should I start preparing for MAT 2021? Click here

MAT 2021 Sample Papers & Mock Tests

One of the best ways to score well in MAT is to solve several practise 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. For MAT 2021, the results are projected to release in the month of February 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 with your documents. 
  • Take a print out of the MAT Score Card for future reference.
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 which 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 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 2021 Related Articles:


MAT 2021 FAQs

Q1. What are the best colleges in Mumbai that accept MAT Scores? 

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

Q2. What to do if OTP is not received while registration?

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. 

Q3. For MAT 2021, is speed or accuracy more important?

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. 

Q4. What documents are required when in the exam center?

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

Q5. What all is required in the exam center? 

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. 

Q6. How much is the validity of MAT Scores? 

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.


jatin sharma
Can you give me the names of some colleges in Kerala accepting MAT score during admission?
aniket ranjan

MAT is a national level entrance examination which is carried out by AIMA. MAT scores are accepted in 53+ colleges in Kerala which includes Calicut University, Mahatama Gandhi University, SCMS Cochin School of Business and many more. To know about all colleges visit:- LIST OF COLLEGE'S ACCEPTING MAT SCORE IN KERALA 

Where can I get the category wise cutoff for the exam?
mrittika mallick

Category-wise cutoff lists are available on the internet and on the official website for MAT. You can check them out freely.

Will MAT exam be held online or offline this year?
mrittika mallick

The MAT exam will be held online (Computer Based Test or CBT), offline, as well as in remote proctored (Internet Based Test or IBT) modes. Candidates can choose to sit for the exam in any preferred mode.

sadim ansari
Can I get admission in private collegeson the basis of MAT score?
mrittika mallick

Yes, there are a number of private colleges in India that offer admissions on the basis of MAT scores. Some of these include KIIT, Christ University, Birla Institute of Management Technology, NSHM Knowledge Campus Kolkata, etc.

sheetal chib
Will MAT rank include my percentage of graduation?
mrittika mallick

No, MAT results are calculated solely on the candidates’ performance in the examination. No percentage of graduation or other qualifying exams will be taken count of in the MAT calculations.

laxmi mishra
Will I be allowed to give the exam after scoring 50% marks in the exam?
aniket ranjan

Yes, You are eligible to appear for MAT entrance exam as the eligibility criteria is graduation in any discipline from a recognized university. There is no specific percentage requirement for applying in MAT Exam. However the eligibility criteria for most of Institute is Bachelor’s degree with minimum 50% marks in aggregate from any recognized University.

laxmi mishra
Can MAT exam be given by the candidate who has completed diploma course?
mrittika mallick

The minimum educational qualification required for MAT is a Bachelor’s degree in any relevant field. So f you have a Bachelor’s degree along with a Diploma certification, you shall be eligible for the exam. 

Am I allowed to puruse double MBA degree in India?
mrittika mallick

Yes, it is possible to pursue a double MBA degree in India after attempting any MBA entrance exam like MAT, or others. It completely depends on the student in what discipline they want an MBA and from which college.

Can MAT be given by candidate of any state?
mrittika mallick

Yes, MAT can be given by candidates of any state across India. However, the test is conducted in only a list of specified states in offline mode, and in a list of specified states in CBT mode. Candidates need to be available at a given state while appearing for the examination.

ankur jain
Will there be inclusion of class 12th percentage during the admission?
mrittika mallick

It entirely depends on the college you are applying to whether they will check your 10+2 percentage or only take account of your MAT score. In general, most management institutes and B-school conduct admissions only through MAt scores.

sandesh kumar
Do I have to submit my GPA of graduation during admission?
mrittika mallick

For students who qualify in MAT with good scores are eligible to apply in good colleges independent of their GPA scores in graduation. To know more about admission criteria, click on the link MAT 2021 Details.

Can students of any state give MAT exam?
mrittika mallick

Yes, students from any state in India can apply for the MAT examination. Students need to fulfill the eligibility criteria for MAT that are specified by authorities of the institution they are applying to. To know more about eligibility criteria in detail, click on the link MAT 2021 Eligibility.

utkarsha khatri
Is MAT exam only for the admission in management courses?
simran singh

MAT is a national level entrance exam conducted for admission to MBA/PGDM courses, the exam is conducted 4 times in a year candidate who qualified the exam are eligible for admission to 800 + B schools.

vanshika chandra
Can I give the exam online or offline this year?
mrittika mallick

MAT exams are conducted in three modes- 1. Online/Computer Based Test (CBT), 2. Remote Proctored Internet Based Test (IBT) and 3. Offline/Paper Based Test(PBT). Candidates can choose any one of the mentioned modes to appear for the exam. Since this is an all-India exam, students from all across the country appear for it. Hence, the flexibility of the mode of conducting the exam is maintained. 

shruti verma
Is MAT syllabus similar to that of CAT?
mrittika mallick

MAT and CAT are the two most popular MBA entrance exams. Although they are conducted for similar streams of subjects, they are not very similar in terms of syllabus and exam pattern. The key differences of MAT and CAT syllabus are:


Key Difference MAT CAT
Topics Included

Language Comprehension, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Indian and Global Environment

 Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
No. of Sections 5 3
Difficulty Level High Easy
No. Of Questions 200 100
Marking Scheme

Correct: +1

Incorrect: -0.25 

Correct: +3 

Incorrect: -1 

See MAT 2021 Syllabus and CAT 2021 Syllabus to know more. 

jitendra pawar
My son got 98.52 percentile with respect to above said marks in which colleges he get the admission for M B A/ P G D M ?
nitin yaduvanshi

With a score of 98 percentile your son is eligibile for admission in some highly ranked and accredited MBA/ PGDM colleges that accepts MAT score above 90 percentile. Top MBA colleges accepting MAT score above 90 percentile are:

• Jagdish Sheth School of Management (JAGSoM) Bangalore

• Amrita School of Business Coimbatore

• SDMIMD Mysore

• SIESCOMS Navi Mumbai

• VIT Business School (VIT) Vellore

arushi thankur
What are the slots available in the exam?
nitin yaduvanshi

MAT is conducted in offline (Paper Based Test or PBT), online (Computer Based Test or CBT) and remote proctored (Internet Based Test or IBT) modes. You can choose to appear in the exam in any mode as per your preference. 

The IBTs will be conducted in two slots: 10 AM to 12:30 PM and 4 PM to 6:30 PM.

Can I give the MAT exam after clearing CMAT exam?
mrittika mallick

Yes, it is possible to sit for the MAT exam after the CMAT exam or any other qualifying entrance exam.

anuj singh chauhan
What is the difference between PBT and iBT paper?
aniket ranjan

Management Aptitude Test or MAT is a national-level entrance exam which conducted in three mode; offline (Paper Based Test or PBT), online (Computer Based Test or CBT) and remote proctored (Internet Based Test or IBT) modes.

nafisa khatoon
Is the exam tougher than CAT?
nitin yaduvanshi

The level of MAT exam is not hard as that as of CAT exam and any average student can easily score 80 percentile score in this exam. With the rising number of IIM aspirants the competition in the CAT exam has increased a lot and to secure admission in one of the top-10 b-schools one needs to score a 99+ percentile in the CAT exam. CAT thus becomes one of the toughest management entrance exam to crack.