MAT Exam Pattern 2017

MAT Exam Pattern 2017MAT Exam Pattern 2017 - The exam pattern of MAT (Management Aptitude Test), which is conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA), has remained same over the past several years. The MAT 2017 exam pattern is prescribed by the officials. The exam pattern for the upcoming MAT 2017 remains same as an objective type test. The MAT 2017 December will be held on December 10 and December 16 in offline and online mode respectively. While the application for MAT December is made available from October 5, 2017. MAT 2017 September in offline mode was conducted on September 3 and while the online mode exam was held on September 9. The MAT examination is held four times in a year, each in every quarter. According to the MAT exam pattern 2017, the duration of MAT 2017 will be 2 hours and 30 minutes (2:30 hrs).

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The table below mentions the overall structure of MAT 2017:


MAT 2017 Exam Structure



Test Duration

150 minutes

No. of Questions


Marking Scheme

1 mark for each question

Negative Marking

¼ of the total marks or 0.25 mark

No. of Sections

5, 40 questions in each section

No. of Options



1.Language Comprehension

2. Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

3. Data Analysis and Sufficiency

4. Mathematical Skills

5. Indian and Global Environment

Highlights of MAT 2017 Exam Pattern



MAT is among the popular management entrance examination as it is conducted in an ‘offline’ and ‘online’ mode. This means that those taking up the examination offline will have to carry a pencil and an eraser with them to colour the correct answers on the Optical Mark Recognition sheet. The number of slots for online MAT 2017 examination depends on the number of applicants who are taking up the examination.



The duration for upcoming MAT 2017 examination is two hours and 30 minutes or 150 minutes. There is no time limit assigned for each section and candidates can answer questions in different sections depending upon their convenience. The exam officials propose that candidates should not spend more than 30 minutes on each section.



The MAT examination is divided into five sections which are:

1. Language Comprehension

2. Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

3. Data Analysis and Sufficiency

4. Mathematical Skills

5. Indian and Global Environment.


In each section, there are 40 questions. Some of the participating institutes do not take into account the marks scored in the Indian and Global Environment section.


Marking Scheme

A candidate scores one mark for each correct answer and there is negative marking scheme of ¼ marks i.e. 0.25 marks. The maximum marks, which a candidate can score is 200 and the scaled score is given out of 800.


Detailed description of each section of MAT 2017


1. Language Comprehension

This section of reading comprehension is aimed at judging the comprehending and reading skills of the candidates. The candidates will have to read the passages given and answer the questions based on it.


2. Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

In this section, the candidates would have to answer questions on topics like Data Arrangement, Blood Relations, Series and Sequences and Critical Reasoning, Direction Sense, Input/Output analysis, Coding and Decoding. The objective of this section is to assess the candidate’s logical reasoning ability.


3. Data Analysis and Sufficiency

The aim of this section is to judge the candidate’s critical thinking. Questions in this section are based on Direction Sense, Input/Output analysis, Coding and Decoding, Data Arrangement, Blood Relations.


4. Mathematical Skills

Candidates will be required to quickly answer the questions which would be based on business Mathematics, Arithmetic, and Geometry. It is important that the candidates thoroughly know their basic formulae and other concepts.


5. Indian and Global Environment

This section focuses on the domestic and international current affairs. Candidates need to regularly read a national daily. In this section, anything on general awareness could be asked.


The deadline for the online application process for MAT 2017 December is December 1. It is important that the students carry their MAT admit card to the examination hall along with the identity proofs. 


Stay tuned to for more news and updates on MAT 2017.


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