MAT is conducted by AIMA and is known for admission in top MBA colleges. More than 350 colleges accept MAT score. The examination is conducted 4 times a year, which is a good opportunity for MBA aspirants. Also, the test level ranges from easy to moderate.
What all you know about MAT?
MAT (Management Aptitude Test) is a national level entrance examination held for admissions to MBA/PGDM programs in the top B- schools of India. The test is conducted four times a year in the month of February, May, September and December. The exam is conducted in online as well as in offline mode separately, generally there is a difference of a week between the two, and candidates can choose any mode out of the two. MAT result is usually declared within a month after the conduction of the exam, and candidates must score 95+ percentile to get admission to top B- schools.
MAT is an objective type test which consists of 200 Multiple Choice Questions which includes 5 sections i.e. Data Analysis & Sufficiency, Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, and Indian & Global Environment. The duration of MAT is 2 hours 30 minutes, and candidates are awarded +1 for the correct answer and also there is a deduction of .25 marks for every wrong attempt.
Does MAT have sectional cut- off?
MAT comprises 5 sections, but MAT does not have any sectional cutoff of its own, but overall cut off is declared in MAT Result. It is not essential because AIMA do not declare sectional cut off on the official website, but in order to get a call from a specific MBA college, the college might have some sectional cutoff as their criteria to select a candidate.
What is a good MAT score to get top MBA colleges?
Candidates are selected not only on the basis of Round 1 MAT Result but also on the basis of written exam (depends on the college selection criteria), and Group Discussion & Personal Interview which is conducted by the college separately. Cut off marks (the minimum marks required to be eligible) are between 500- 600, but to get admission in top MBA college like MDI, candidates must score more than 700, which is a good score.
What’s next after clearing MAT?
MAT Result will be valid for 1 year. MAT scorecard will also be sent to every participant’s respective address. After the declaration of MAT Result, colleges accepting MAT score will call all the shortlisted aspirants (after round 1) for Written Ability Test (WAT) which can include essay writing or any test, which will be followed by a Group Discussion/ Personal Interview round.
If a candidate will get admission in top MBA college after clearing MAT then he/ she can seek admission into management courses in Finance, HR, Marketing, Operations and International Business. Also, any B-School which comes under MAT, whether National or International – can consider MAT Score as an admission input based on the MAT score card.
What are the top B- schools for MBA?
Choosing the right college after clearing any exam is the most important part. In MAT, as there is no centralized admission process so it plays even more crucial role for the candidates, that which college they should apply for and which ones to avoid.
Following are the best colleges under MAT- AIMS Institutes, Amity Business School (Noida), Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (Bangalore), Institute of Management, Christ University, Indus Business Academy, Pune Institute of Business Management, Thiagarajar School of Management, Universal Business School, IIKM Business School (Chennai), Jagannath International Management School, SRM School of Management, and International Institute of Management Studies (Pune)
Post declaration of MAT Result, aspirants can apply for any of the above- mentioned colleges out of the total 300+ colleges under MAT.
What if one fails to clear MAT?
If one fails to clear MAT cut off then don’t worry because MAT examination is conducted four times a year, so prepare well. It is also a plus point for the candidates who had already appeared once, because the next time they will have a better understanding of the exam pattern and important topics, also they will have prior knowledge of how to manage their time because time managements plays a very important role.
Other than MAT, if a candidate still wants to pursue MBA program, he can appear for CAT as well as XAT for admission into top MBA colleges.