The All India Management Association (AIMA) is conducting its Management Aptitude Test (MAT) for May 2016 session on May 1 and 7 onwards in paper and computer based modes respectively. With less than a week left for the test, you need a strategic preparation plan to ace the test in the last week.

This article by Careers360 will let you know how to prepare for the test in the last few days before the exam. As an aspirant, you should balance your focus on the preparation as well as the practical aspects of the exam. Let us start with pointers about last week preparation tips for MAT May 2016.


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1. Mock Test: This is the best way to prepare for any of the management tests, and to analyze your preparation level. The Mock test is the most effective method of evaluating your current preparation level and re-strategize your preparation plans in case you have a weaker section. It also makes you familiar with the type of questions which might appear in MAT. If you solve and analyze your preparations via the mock test in these last crucial days, there are chances that you might secure a good percentile.

2. Don’t attempt any new topic – Taking mock test is good, but starting with a new topic is a bad decision. At this last moment neither would you be able to grasp the topics, nor will you be able to revise the rest of the topics. Boost up your confidence by revising and brushing up your strengths. Even on the exam day, select those questions which you are confident about answering accurately.

3. Time Management – As per the exam pattern of MAT May 2016, the test will be of 2 hours 30 minutes within which candidates have to attempt 200 questions from 5 sections. However, it is not necessary that you have to attempt each and every question. If you allot at least 15 to 20 minutes to each section, you will have requisite time left for your revision. On the test day, do not attempt questions which you are not sure of to escape the wrath of negative marking of ¼ marks.

4. Don’t stress – Since MAT is one of the low difficulty MBA entrance exams, you don’t have to worry or panic at all. If you are confident about your preparations, stay confident and relax. Stress will only make you forget important points at the time of the exam. Moreover, if you have already taken other MBA entrance exams of the season, MAT would not be much difficult for you.


Dos and Don’ts on MAT May 2016 Exam Day:

Besides preparing for the test, you must also make sure that you follow below-given steps on the D-day.

  1. Do not forget the Admit Card: As MAT May 2016 admit card is the most important document in an exam, you must not forget to carry the same. Candidates without admit card will not be allowed to appear in the test.

  2. Read Instructions: Before entering the test hall or after receiving the question papers, read the instructions given in the admit card and in the question paper and abide by them. In case of any inconvenience during the test, ask the test invigilator to sort out the issue.

  3. Report on Time at the center: Make sure that you reach the test center at least an hour before the exam. For e.g. if the exam starts from 10 AM, reach the center by 9 AM. Late entry might result into cancellation of the test.

MAT May 2016 Exam Pattern:

MAT is an objective type test consisting of 200 multiple choice questions, equally divided into five sections. The total duration of the test is 150 minutes. Each question carries 1 mark and there will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer. Below table brings to you the overall structure of MAT 2016,


150 minutes

Number of Questions

200 (40 questions in each section)

Marking Scheme

1 mark per question

Negative Marking

¼ of the total marks or 0.25 mark

Number of Sections


Number of Options



Language Comprehension, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, Indian and Global Environment

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I have 42 percentile in feb mat 2020....can i get a chance in NIT Silchar for MBA ???....

Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 9th Apr, 2020

NIT's MAT cutoff percentile is very high compared to some top B Schools. A minimum percentile of 90 is needed to get a call from NIT Silchar. With 42 percentile in MAT, there are very less chances to get into NIT Silchar for MBA.


i scored total. 499 marsks in mat and want collages in pune . can u please help me out

Shiksha 4th Apr, 2020


At 499 in mat there are no top colleges that you can get. Only below average colleges you can target in pune.

A few of them are: Pravara Centre for Management Research & Development, Biib Sri balaji society, iims pune, dy patil pune, riim pune, mitcon, lexicon, etc.

(Although its its be to take a drop)

I hope this helps.


My father is a government employee.If I get good percentile in CAT or MAT exam,does any b-schools offer scholarship to me?

Shiksha 4th Apr, 2020


Yes, there are many mba colleges through mat/cat those offers scholarships.

  • Iim Ahmedabad
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  • Iim lucknow
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  • Tiss mumbai
  • Tapmi Manipal
  • Nmims mumbai
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  • Mdi gurgaon
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Visit this link for more details:

I hope this helps.


Will presidency university accept my mat score.. I have scored 375 and want to do my MBA in digital marketing

Akram Khan 3rd Apr, 2020


The presidency University accept mat scores for admission to MBA programs.

The eligiblity to apply for MBA course in presidency University is -

  • Bachelor's degree with minimum 50% marks from a recognised institution.
  • A high score in national level management aptitude test ( CAt, mat, xat, CMAT ,atma, kmat etc.)
  • experience if any

So you can apply for the MBA course there.

hope you find this helpful.


MAT Compostite Score 403.5 list of Colleges accepting this score .

Manisha Gupta Expert 31st Mar, 2020

Hello aspirant,

Based on this score the chances seems less to get very decent colleges, You might have the chance to get

Jagan Institute of Management Studies, Rohini, Delhi
Ansal University, Gurgaon
BML Munjal University, Gurgaon
Bangalore Institute of Management Studies, Bangalore
Bhavan's Centre for Communication and Management, Bhubaneswar
Birla Global University, Bhubaneswar Etc.

You can also use MAT pathfinder tool to know your other admission possibilities.

Good Luck!

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