MAT or Management Aptitude Test is a national level aptitude test conducted by the All India Management Association (AIMA). This test has been around since 1988 and is considered as a standardized benchmark for screening candidates seeking admissions to MBA colleges and similar allied programs.
The Indian Ministry of HRD approved MAT as a national level test in 2003. Based on the scorecard issued, any B-school, be it national or international, can consider enrolling students. We are not hyping the status of MAT, but it actually is your ticket to 600+ B-schools across India.
Another great thing about MAT exams is that it is organized 4 times per year. So, an aspiring candidate can apply either in February, May, September, and December, thus offering the flexibility to register at their own pace. Also, the test is easier when compared to CAT. And, for a large percentage of applicants, this easy quotient definitely makes a major difference.
To apply for MAT exams, graduation from any discipline from a UGC or Ministry of HRD recognized university is a must. If you are a final year student or awaiting results, you too can apply irrespective of your stream of graduation.
Another great thing about MAT exams is that AIMA hasn’t specified an age limit for applicants, and a candidate can appear for the exams as many times they want.
However, there are reserved seats for students of SC, ST, and OBC. To be clear and confident about your eligibility, we highly suggest that you review the guidelines on the official website for MAT exams.
The Application Process
Students can opt for Paper Based Test (PBT), or Computer Based Test (CBT), or both PBT and CBT. The application forms are available online only. AIMA had long discontinued the option for offline application.
The February MAT exams are very close. So, if you are interested, it is time for you to go ahead and apply online. The February 2019 MAT exams will be both paper and computer based. There will be 2 paper based and 1 computer based test in the same month. As of now, the phase-1 for paper based tests will be conducted on February 17,2019 and the phase-2 paper test & the computer based test will be conducted on February 23,2019.
As per the latest update from AIMA, candidates can start downloading admit cards from February 9,2019 till February 17 for the 1st phase of exams, and from February 19 – February 23 for the 2nd phase of paper based and computer based tests.We recommend that you keep visiting the official website to stay updated on any changes.