MBA Preparation and MAT – Management Aptitude Test

MBA is always a BIG decision to take, esp when you are considering a shift in career and investing a considerable amount of money in fees. So, it does make sense to be aware of the many options you have as a student, not just in the form of schools to apply to, but also the number of exams available for these schools. And one such you would benefit of being conscious of is the MAT.


Choosing The Right School

India has more than 3,000 management schools offering MBA. Not all of them provide you with the best quality of education. You need to be aware of the schools you are applying to and the exam scores applicable for the same. Our advice is always to make your three tier choices, right from the top rung to your safe choices

  • Dream Goal
  • Moderate Goal
  • Safe Goal

This is done, not just to say that you have a good number of choices, but to ensure that you are saving time and not just being too hard on yourself. Education from a good school is important, but you need to ask yourself if the trade off of time is a worthy investment in the end.

Consequently there are a number of exams available based on the schools you are applying to. Of course you would have heard of CAT, XAT, SNAP, IIFT, etc. While you are making the list of these exams, it would not be the best move to exclude MAT from your list. Quite a few of these top ranking schools in India accept the  MAT scores.


What is MAT? 

matMAT or Management Aptitude Test is a competitive entrance test for admission to MBA in B schools all over India. More than 600 reputed business schools accept the score of MAT. It is conducted four times a year in the month of February, May, September and December. it takes place in both online and offline mode.

Aspirants willing to apply for MAT are required to fill up the application form and mention the type of the exam (online or offline) they want to appear in.

MAT consists of a total of 200 questions equally distributes among five sections of language comprehension, mathematical skills, data analysis and sufficiency, intelligence and critical reasoning and Indian and global environment.

Since MAT is an MBA entrance test, equally competitive, it is recommended to prepare adequately. It requires its own amount of smart work and time investment in the form of mock tests and relevant subject matters. Of course, all exams in India tend to be competitive and MAT is no exception either. You might want to do your research about the free mock tests available out there and the previous exam papers. And only then does it make sense to go ahead with your MAT application form.


Schools Accepting MAT Scores

Here is a list of reputed B schools accepting MAT scores:

  • Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • TA Pai Management Institute, Manipal
  • Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai
  • Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Kolkata
  • ABV- Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior
  • Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education, Mumbai
  • Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Bangalore
  • Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad
  • National Institute of Technology, Warangal
  • Balaji Institute of Modern Management, Pune

As it is said that great building can’t be build on weak foundations. So MAT provides you the best foundation stone for building your career.

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