Management Aptitude Test (MAT) – 2017

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) – 2017

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Application portal for MAT exam 2017 September is open now.

What is MAT?

Management Aptitude Test or MAT exam is a national-level standardized test for admission to a huge pool of management colleges (other than IIMs & XLRI) in India.  The exam was started back in 1988 to unify and aid the admission process at colleges other than IIMs. Unlike its big brother CAT (Common Aptitude Test), the MAT exam is usually conducted 4-times a year. These 4-times include February, May, September and December. AIMA or All India Management Association is the whole sole authority when it comes to conducting the MAT exam. Currently, over 600+ management institutes consider MAT scores for MBA/PGDM admissions in India.

MAT Exam

The formal introduction made above is what most of us know. But for most students, the major question still remains unanswered – Why MAT? How is MAT better than CAT?

Well, I would like to put forward 3 arguments in this respect.

  1. MAT is conducted 4-times a year. Hence, more opportunities.
  2. MAT scores are considered by 600+ management institutes in India. This number is huge when it comes to CAT which is basically a doorway to only 22 IIMs.
  3. Again, admission to IIMs isn’t a cakewalk. Not everybody can crack CAT. You need work experience, CAT percentiles, 12th std marks… basically, you need everything. Still, you may not get the IIMs.

On the contrary, MAT exam is easier to crack, it has more opportunities to offer and moreover, you get certain good colleges, though not IIMs, but still, they are good.

Read: Discover about the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017.

List of Contents

  1. The language of Examination.
  2. Mode of Examination.
  3. Date of Examination.
  4. Eligibility Criteria.
  5. How to Apply?
  6. Admit Cards.
  7. Examination Pattern.
  8. Result.
  9. Test Centers.
  10. Application status.
  11. Important Dates.
  12. Important Links.

Language of Examination

MAT 2017 question paper will be in ENGLISH language only at all times.

Mode of Examination

The MAT 2017 test will be available in both offline (Paper-based test) and online modes (Computer-based test). Candidate can choose either of the two for taking the test.

Date of Examination

As mentioned before, the MAT exam will be held 4-times this year.

Month Dates
February 2017 5th Feb 2017 (Pen/Paper-Based (PBT))
11th Feb 2017 (Computer- based test (CBT))
May 2017 7th May 2017 (PBT)
13th May 2017 (CBT)
September 2017 3rd September 2017 (PBT)
9th September 2017 (CBT)
December 2017 3rd December 2017 (PBT)
9th December 2017 (CBT)

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Graduate: The applicant must be a graduate in any discipline of study. Candidates studying in final year of graduation studies are also eligible for MAT 2017.
  1. Age Limit: There is no age limit (upper or lower).
  1. Number of Attempts: There is no limitation corresponding to the number of attempts a candidate can appear for MAT exam.

Suggested Post: Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2017.

How to Apply?

Application fee

The application fee for MAT 2017 is Rs. 1652 for all categories. Candidates can pay the application fee for the MAT exam either via Online mode or via off i.e.

  1. Debit card/Credit card.
  2. Net Banking.
  3. Demand Draft.

The DD has to be made in favor of “All India Management Association” payable at “New Delhi”.

Documents Required (OPTIONAL)

Documents required for MAT 2017 application form include the following:

  1. Scanned Photograph – JPEG/JPG – 5kb-50kb.
  2. Scanned Signature – JPEG/JPG – 5kb-50kb.
  3. Valid Email Id and Phone Number.

Application Procedure

The application portal for MAT 2017 September is currently open for both PBT and CBT modes. 

The last date of applying for MAT 2017 September exam is 25th August 2017. Further, if an application is filled via an offline mode then it must reach the AIMA office on or before 25th August 2017. 

The application for the same was available at

The complete procedure was a combination of following 4 steps:

  1. Registration.
  2. Filling in the application form.
  3. Uploading of images (optional).
  4. Payment of Fee.

Step 1: Registration

Start the step by following the link Upon reaching the designated page, the candidate would be asked about basic details such as Name, Email Id, DOB and valid contact number. Enter the relevant details and proceed by clicking on “Submit” button to successfully register you. A confirmation email detailing about the candidate’s registration would be sent by AIMA. After successful registration, a candidate may either immediately proceed with step 2 or may complete it later.

Step 2: Filling in the application form

After completing the first stage, the candidates now have to provide AIMA with their complete personal details such as Father’s name, Mother’s Name, Address for correspondence etc. Please enter each detail with extreme care avoiding mistakes. Finalize your data by clicking on “Save” button. Candidates can choose to edit this information at any time later by simply logging in (before payment).

Also at this stage, the candidate would be asked if he/she wanted to upload documents at this stage or not. If you choose “Y” then, keep the documents ready.

Step 3: Documents Uploading (OPTIONAL)

This step, as mentioned, is OPTIONAL in nature. The candidate can either choose to upload documents on the website or can paste the photo and sign the form before sending the hard copy to AIMA. In both ways, the form is considered as right. The specification for the photo and signature are mentioned above.  

Step 4: Fee Payment

This was the last stage of MAT 2017 September application. At this stage, the candidate had to pay the application fee for the MAT exam i.e. Rs. 1,652. The candidate could choose to pay this fee either through online modes or offline mode.

After paying the application fee, the candidate would not be allowed to edit his/her application form under any circumstance. Therefore, it was advisable to check the application form before paying the fee.

Sending the Completed Application form

Candidates, who had uploaded their documents and paid the fees online, were not supposed to send the printed application form to AIMA.

Candidates satisfying either or both of the following conditions had to send their applications to AIMA.

  1. Candidates who had chosen to pay the application fee via demand draft.
  2. Applicants who hadn’t uploaded their documents on the website.

Such candidates must send their application forms to the following address so as to reach on or before 25th August 2017.

Manager – MAT,
All India Management Association,
Management House, 14, Institutional Road,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110003.

MAT 2017 Admit Card 

Candidates can download their admit cards from after 26th August 2017.

MAT 2017 Examination Pattern

The MAT 2017 September exam is a 2 ½-hours long test (both CBT & PBT). The question paper will consist of 200 questions in total with each carrying 1 mark. The MAT exam paper will be divided into following five sections:

  1. Language Comprehension (40 questions).
  2. Intelligence and critical Reasoning (40 questions).
  3. Data Analysis & Sufficiency (40 questions).
  4. Mathematical Skills (40 questions).
  5. Indian & Global Environment (40 questions).

For every correctly answered question, the candidate will earn 1 mark. However, each wrongly answered question will eat ¼ marks.

Also Read: Management Aptitude Test (MAT) – 2018.

Suggested: See the list of Recommended CAT books for Preparation.


The results for MAT exam will be published within a month of the exam day. Follow us on Facebook for all future updates regarding MAT 2017.

Test Cities

Candidates can check the list of available test centers for MAT 2017 at

Application Status

Candidates can check the MAT 2017 application status at .

Important Dates

Event Dates
Last date of Applying for MAT September 2017 25th August 2017.
Availability of Admit Cards 26th August 2017 onwards.
Exam Date 3rd September 2017 (PBT)
9th September 2017 (CBT)
Declaration of Results Yet to be announced.
Action Link
Application Portal
Test Centers
List of Participating Institutes
Admit Card Download Not Available yet.
Application status NA

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