MAT (Management Aptitude Test) is conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA). Started in 1988,it is a national level standardized test conducted to facilitate business schools to screen candidates for admission to MBA and allied programmes.
This test, along with CAT, CMAT, GMAT, ATMA and XAT, is recognized by AICTE & approved by Ministry of Human Resource Development. It is the largest test of its kind in the nation and its results are accepted by over 600 B-schools across India.
A MAT candidate should be a graduate in any discipline from a recognized university. The minimum percentage requirement will vary from institute to institute. A final year student in any undergraduate degree course may also apply for the test.
There is generally no age bar or any job experience necessary to take the exam.
MAT is usually conducted 4 times a year in February, May, September and December. The score card is put on the AIMA website during the last week of the test month. The result of the test is valid only for that particular session for one year.
The objective type test has 2 formats: computer based and paper based, both of which last for 2 hours and 30 minutes.
This test, with multiple-choice answers, is designed to measure general aptitudes in the following sections: Language Comprehension (30 mins), Mathematical Skills (40 mins), Data Analysis and Sufficiency (35 mins), Intelligence and Critical Reasoning (30 mins), Indian and Global Environment (15 mins).
All sections carry 40 marks each. A candidate gets 1 mark for each correct answer and the scores of first four sections compose the final scores. However, institutions might choose to consider the score of the General Awareness section too.
Fees: non-refundable test fee of Rs. Rs.1200. Payment can be made either by cash , Demand Draft or online through credit /debit card.
Registration: online or at AIMA, New Delhi or from AIMA listed nodal centres across India.
Official website: http://www.aima.in