MAT Exam Pattern 2018

MAT Exam PatternMAT Exam Pattern 2018 – The exam pattern of MAT 2018 is prescribed by All India Management Association (AIMA), the conducting body of the exam. It usually remains the same every year. The MAT exam pattern 2018 for September session will remain the same as an objective type test. The MAT September 2018 will be held on September 2 and September 15, 2018, in offline and online mode respectively. The application process for the September exam has started from June 30 and the last date to apply for the MAT September 2018 offline and online exam is August 24 and September 8 respectively. The admit card of MAT 2018 will be available for download online only from August 25 and September 11, 2018 for offline and online mode respectively. MAT examination is held four times in a year - February, May, September, and December. According to the MAT 2018 exam pattern, the duration of MAT 2018 is 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes). In this article, Careers360 brings to you the detailed paper pattern, syllabus, marking scheme and structure of MAT 2018 exam.

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The table below mentions the overall structure of MAT 2018:

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MAT 2018 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



  • Language Comprehension

  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

  • Data Analysis and Sufficiency

  • Mathematical Skills

  • Indian and Global Environment

Highlights of MAT Exam Pattern 2018


Mode of the Exam


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 2018 examination depends on the number of applicants who are taking up the examination.


Test Duration


The duration of MAT 2018 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:


MAT Exam Pattern

Section No.


No of Questions

Time Suggested(Minutes)


Language Comprehension




Mathematical Skills




Data Analysis and Sufficiency




Intelligence and Critical Reasoning




Indian and Global Environment







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 2018

  • Language Comprehension - This section is aimed to judge the comprehending and reading skills of the candidates. The candidates will have to read the passages given and answer the questions based on it.

  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning – With an aim to assess the candidates’ logical reasoning ability,this section deals with the topics like Data Arrangement, Blood Relations, Series and Sequences and Critical Reasoning, Direction Sense, Input/Output analysis, Coding and Decoding.

  • Data Analysis and Sufficiency – This section is to judge the candidates’ analytical and critical thinking. This section brings the questions based on the topics like Direction Sense, Input/Output analysis, Coding and Decoding, Data Arrangement, Blood Relations.

  • Mathematical Skills – This section deals with the question based on business Mathematics, Arithmetic, and Geometry. It is important that the candidates thoroughly know their basic formulae and other concepts.

  • Indian and Global Environment – Knowledge about current affairs is all you need for this section.This section focuses on the domestic and international current affairs and anything related to general awareness could be asked.  

It is important that the students carry their MAT admit card to the examination hall along with the identity proofs. No candidate are allowed to appear for the exam without the admit card. 


MAT is a national level management entrance test for admission to MBA/PGDM programme at various management institutes across the country. The exam is conducted four times a year – February, May, September and December. MAT score is accepted by more than 600 B-schools in the country.


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Hello Deeksha ,

Ibs takes into consideration the following exams , 

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