How to Apply for MAT December 2018 Exam?


The All India Management Association (AIMA), the apex body for management in India with over 30,000 members conducts the Management Aptitude Test (MAT) throughout the country, for admission to various MBA, PGDM, and allied management programmes. Approved as a national level test by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Government of India in 2003, MAT is availed by lakhs of students every year to open the gates to reputed business schools in the country.

Eligibility for MAT December 2018?

MAT does not restrict candidates on the basis of age.

However, the candidates applying for MAT must fulfill one of the following eligibility criteria:

  1. The candidate must have completed a Bachelor’s degree with minimum three years or equivalent in any discipline or
  2. The candidate must have completed a professional degree, such as CA/CS/ICWA or
  3. The candidate should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree

Important Dates for MAT December 2018 Test

The detail for MAT Exam Date 2018 is given below:

Schedule Paper Based Test Computer Based Test
Test Date 9th December 2018 (Sunday) 15th December 2018 (Sunday)
Test Timing 10am-12.30pm In single/different time slots at specific test venues
Last Date for Registration 4th December 2018 10th December 2018
Availability of Admit Cards on the Website 1st December 2018 11th December 2018
Results On or after 24th December 2018 (3 pm) On or after 24th December 2018 (3 pm)

MAT December 2018 ExamMode of MAT December 2018 Test

Even as most entrance examinations have switched to the computer-based online mode of examination, MAT still retains the offline mode.

In fact, MAT offers all the options to candidates:

  1. to take a Paper Based Test (PBT) or
  2. to take a Computer Based Test (CBT) or
  3. Both Paper Based Test and Computer Based Test

The candidates opting for both PBT and CBT get the option of applying to two additional Management Institutions, in addition to the five Management Institutions they can otherwise send their scores to.

In other words, they can select seven Management Institutions to send their scores to.

Which mode a candidate chooses depends on his/ her comfort level.

If a candidate feels that he/she will be more comfortable in reading through the printed paper or if he/ she is not well versed with computers, he/ she must opt for the Paper Based Test and vice versa.


MAT is a credible entrance examination, which is accepted by more than 600 leading management institutes of the country.

Students appearing for other entrance examinations such as CAT, XAT and the like, have the option for broadening their choices by appearing for MAT too.

Some reputed names that consider MAT scores are:

1. O.P. Jindal Global University 2. Christ University, Pune and Bangalore Campus
3. ISBR Bangalore 4. MDI Gurgaon
5. DSIMS Mumbai 6. Alliance Bangalore
7. BIMTECH Noida 8. IFIM Business School
9. AIMS Bangalore 10. VIT University
11. SRM University 12. NIBM Pune
13. Gitam University, Hyderabad 14. SSIM Hyderabad
15. VJIM Hyderabad 16. Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow
17. XIME, Bangalore 18. ITM Business School, Navi Mumbai
19. Flame University, Pune 20. M S Ramaiah Institute of Management

 Exam Fees for MAT December 2018 

The fees for taking MAT entrance examination is given below:

  1. For Paper-Based Test (PBT) – Rs 1550
  2. For Computer Based Test (CBT)- Rs 1550
  3. For both PBT and CBT- Rs 2650

MAT December 2018 Exam Pattern

Candidates taking MAT are expected to answer 200 questions within 150 minutes.

The paper comprises 5 sections of 40 questions each. Each question carries one mark, with every incorrect answer attracting a penalty of 0.25 mark.

A candidate can score a maximum of 200 and the scaled score is given out of 800. The exam contains the following sections:

Language Comprehension- This section tests the reading and comprehension skills of candidates, through comprehension passages.

The candidates are likely to face questions such as Fill in the blanks, reading comprehension, Para jumbles, and questions that test their English proficiency.

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning- This section tests the logical reasoning skills of candidates, through problems on topics such as Data Arrangement, Blood Relations, Direction Sense, Coding and Decoding, Statement Argument, Fact Inference Judgement, to name a few.

Data Analysis and Sufficiency- This section tests the analytical and critical thinking skills of candidates, through question types such as Table, Graphs, Data Sufficiency, Venn Diagrams, and charts.

Mathematical Skills- This section tests the Mathematical skills of candidates, through questions on arithmetic and geometry.

Topics such as Number System, Mixtures and Allegation, Profit and Loss, Ratio and Proportion, Interest, Trigonometry, Height and Distance, Algebra, Permutation, and Combination are likely to appear.

Indian and Global Environment- This section tests the general awareness of candidates, through questions on national and international current affairs.

MAT 2018 Exam patternHow MAT Percentile is Calculated?

The scores of 4 out of 5 components of the entrance test are used to calculate the MAT percentile of a candidate.

The maximum score of 200 is scaled out of 800 on a scale of 1 to 100. The institutes come up with their cut off score, which means that the selection will happen if other parameters are also the same.

For instance, factors like better profile, work experience, higher age, and gender diversity will be given preference in case multiple candidates have the same score but the vacant seats are less.

How to Apply for MAT December 2018 Exam?

MAT has shifted to the online application process.

Candidates have the option of applying for both Paper Based Test and Computer Based Test.

The application process for MAT comprises a few basic steps:

  • Create login

The first step to apply for MAT is to create a login using a valid Email ID by clicking on the ‘New Candidate’ option on the website.

  • Application Form

After the registration number is generated and the candidate has logged in, he/ she will see the application form, which needs to be filled. The application form will ask the candidate to fill the relevant information.

This includes the test-taking option, preferred test-taking center, personal particulars such as,

  • Name of the candidate
  • Address
  • Father’s Name
  • Mother’s Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Email Id
  • Nationality
  • Mobile Number
  • Category

The candidate will also have to fill in qualification and experience details such as marks in the higher secondary, details about graduation and so on.

  • Upload Images

The candidates need to upload digital images of their photograph and signature in the required format.

  • Payment

The last step of the application process is to make the payment of the applicable application fee. Once the candidates do this, they can click ‘submit’ to process the application form.  

MAT Admit Card

The admit card is an important document that the candidates need to carry to the Test Centre.

Once made available on the website, the candidates should download the admit card. The admit card contains Candidate’s Name, Form No, Roll No, Test Date, Test Centre and Test Time.

Candidates shall be allowed to enter the Test Centre only when they have their admit cards with them.

MAT Counselling

The body that conducts MAT does not hold centralized counseling for candidates. After the results come out, the institutes accepting MAT scores draft a merit list and inform the selected candidates through call letters or e-mail. Some institutes might conduct further selection rounds such as Group Discussion and Personal Interview in addition to the MAT entrance exam.

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