MAT Exam Pattern 2020

MAT 2020 Exam Date (May 2020 -Revised schedule) – MAT 2020 May CBT and PBT mode exam dates have been revised due to COVID-19 pandamic crisis

Paper Based Test (PBT) Schedule

Last Date for PBT Online Registration – 7th June 2020 ( Sunday)

Download PBT Admit Card – 9th June 2020

MAT 2020 Exam (PBT) – 14th June 2020 (Sunday)

Computer Based Test (CBT) Schedule

Last Date for CBT Online Registration – 15th June 2020 (Monday)

Download CBT Admit Card – 17th June 2020

MAT 2020 Exam (CBT) – 21st June 2020 (Sunday)

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MAT 2020 Exam Pattern

The All India Management Association (AIMA) conducts a standard aptitude test called Management Aptitude Test (MAT) since 1998.

Through MAT, one can get an admission to Master of Business Administration (MBA) and allied programs by over 600 business schools across India. In 2003, MAT was approved by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Applicants can choose to take either a computer-based test or a paper-based test. It is conducted in two languages which are English or Hindi. Eligibility is for graduates in any field. Even final year students of graduate courses can apply.

The test is offered 4 times in a year in February, May, September and December. The application fee was ₹ 1550 as of 2020 for one MAT. The MAT scores are valid only for 1 year.

The following table is a representation of the exam pattern for MAT.

Section No. of Questions Suggested time to be taken Topics included
Language Comprehension 40 35 -Verbal Reasoning


-Fill in the Blanks

-Contextual usage


-Different usage of the same word


-Foreign language words used in English

-Sentence correction


-One-word substitution

-Sentence completion

-Jumbled paragraphs


Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40 15 -Puzzles

-Visual reasoning



-Numeric grid

-Pie Chart

-Family tree


-Arguments and –Weak


-Multi-dimensional arrangements

-Course of Action

-Blood Relations

-Critical Reasoning


-Coding & Decoding


-Statement Conclusions

-Column graphs

-Graphs representing Area

Mathematical Skills 40 30 -Geometry

-Number System

-Profit & loss


-Allegation & Mixture

-Time Speed & Distance


-Simple-Compound Interest

-P&C Probability

-Time & Work

-Height & Distance






Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40 40 -Data Sufficiency

-Line Graph

-Data Table

-Multiple Graph

-Pie Chart

-Data Comparison


-Bar Charts

India and Global Environment 40 30 -History

-International Organization

-Important Quotations

-Social issues




-Current affairs


-World Records

-Top officials of big companies

-Famous awards and Prizes

-Books and Authors

-The punch line of companies

-Major Corporate news





Total 200 150

Here are a few tips for preparing for the exam section-wise:

Language Comprehension:

In this section of MAT 2020 you must prepare for questions which are based on English grammar, fill in the blanks, English proficiency, synonyms, antonyms, reading comprehension and jumbled paragraphs.

For preparing, one needs to start reading editor’s column in newspapers, books, novels, solve questions and clear the basics of grammar with the help of 8th and 9th standard CBSE grammar books.

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning Section:

One’s skills of understanding the questions and situations and reasoning abilities will be tested in this section of MAT 2020. Questions here must be answered based on analogy, statement argument, inference judgement and passage conclusion.

Mathematical Skills:

This section is very vast as many topics are covered in this section. However, one can easily score well in this section by practicing questions from NCERT math text books till 10th standard.

Data Analysis and Sufficiency:

In this section of MAT, one’s observational and analytical skills will be tested. Important topics like table, graphs (line, area), data sufficiency, Venn diagram, charts (column, bar, pie) must be covered.

Indian and Global Environment:

This is a very important section for which you must start preparing as soon as possible. One cannot prepare for this section overnight or even within a week or month. Most questions asked here will be linked to global issues, general knowledge and much more. Reading newspapers and watching news channels regularly helps a lot.