MAT Exam Pattern 2020
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MAT Exam Pattern 2020 - All India Management Association (AIMA) provides the exam pattern of MAT 2020 which included the type of questions that were asked in the entrance test. MAT exam pattern 2020 also mentions the marking scheme, duration of the exam. If the student is aware of the MAT 2020 exam pattern in advance, then he or she can draw a clear cut strategy. Knowing the MAT exam pattern well in advance, candidates got to know how many questions were asked in each section of the exam, whether there is negative marking or not. MAT exam for CBT mode was held on February 2 while the one in the PBT mode on February 16. To know all the details about the exam pattern of MAT 2020, such as mode of exam, marking scheme, medium etc, read the full article.
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MAT 2020 Exam Pattern

The table given below mentions the snippets related to the exam pattern of MAT 2020.

Exam Pattern of MAT 2020



Total Number of questions


Duration of the exam

150 minutes

Total number of sections

5 sections with 40 questions in each of them

Total number of options for each question

Four options


  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

  • Language Comprehension

  • Mathematics

  • Data Analysis and Sufficiency

  • Indian and Global Environment

MAT Exam Pattern 2020 - Duration of the test

According to the exam pattern of MAT 2020, the test was of 150 minutes or two hours and 30 minutes. Candidates had the option to switch between the sections as there was no time limit for a particular section. According to the experts, in order to perform well in the entrance exam, candidates should not spend more than half an hour for each section.

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MAT 2020 Exam Pattern - Marking Scheme

In the exam pattern of MAT 2020, AIMA had proposed the marking scheme under which candidates got to know how many marks they will be awarded for correct answer and how many for incorrect. According to the marking scheme, candidates can get one mark for every correct answer and 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. The maximum marks which a candidate who will appear in MAT 2020 can score are 200.

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MAT Exam Pattern 2020 - Sectional Distribution

There are five sections according to the exam pattern of MAT 2020 from which the questions are asked. These five sections are the English language, Mathematics, intelligence and critical reasoning, data analysis and sufficiency, Indian and global environment.

MAT Exam Pattern 2020 - Section wise questions


Total Number of Questions

Time to be spent in each section

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning



Language Comprehension



Data Analysis and Sufficiency






Indian and Global Environment






Note: Some of the MAT participating institutes do not take into account the marks scored by the candidate in the Indian and Global environment section.

Exam Pattern of MAT 2020 - Mode of the entrance Test

The Management Entrance Test (MAT) 2020 is conducted four times in a year both in a computer-based mode as well as in pen and paper-based mode. If the candidate decides to appear for the MAT entrance exam in pen and paper-based mode, then in such case responses will have to be marked in the OMR sheet with a pencil. If the candidate has marked the answers incorrectly, then they have the option to erase it.

According to MAT exam pattern 2020, if the candidate wanted to appear in the exam in computer based mode, then he or she should be comfortable using the mouse and keyboard. Candidates were given a paper to do their rough work.

MAT Exam Pattern 2020 - Marking Scheme8

According to the marking scheme of MAT 2020, candidates will be given one mark for every question answered correctly and they will lose 0.25 marks if they answer the question incorrectly. The total scaled score is 800.

MAT 2020 Exam Pattern - Detailed Description of Each Section

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning - In this section of MAT 2020 candidates are assessed on their critical thinking. Candidates will have to answer questions related to series and sequences and critical reasoning, data arrangement, blood relations, direction sense, input-output analysis, coding and decoding.

Mathematics - Candidates will have to answer questions related to arithmetic, geometry, business mathematics, Hence, candidates must be well versed with basic formulae and other concepts.

Language Comprehension - According to the exam pattern of MAT 2020, in language comprehension section candidates will be assessed on their comprehension and reading skills. Candidates will have to go through the questions based on the passage and answer the questions correctly.

Data Analysis and Sufficiency - Questions in this part will be asked on coding and decoding, direction sense, input/output analysis, blood relations, directions sense.

Indian and Global Environment - As per the exam pattern of MAT candidates will have to answer questions related to national and international current affairs. Questions on general knowledge will also be asked in this section.

MAT Syllabus 2020

Based on past years trends of questions, the syllabus of MAT 2020 includes the topics and sub-topics from which the questions will be asked. MAT 2020 CBT mode was conducted on February 2. Some of the topics which form part of MAT 2020 syllabus include mathematics, English language, data analysis and sufficiency, intelligence and critical reasoning.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - MAT Exam Pattern 2020

Question: Will there be any subjective questions that will be asked in MAT 2020?


As of now there has been no official notification from AIMA with regard to change in the exam pattern of MAT 2019 and candidates will have to answer multiple choice questions.

Question: What books should I consult for preparing for MAT 2020?


Some of the books which the candidates can consult for MAT 2020 are: 

  • Word Power Made Easy’ – by Norman Lewis

  • Mission MBA MAT Guide

  • Complete Guide for MAT and Other MBA Entrance Exams-Deepak Agarwal, Mahima Agarwal

Question: What is the marking scheme for MAT 2020?


Candidates will be given one mark for every correct answer and ¼ mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.

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how much marks is required in mat exm for the admission in burdwan university for MBA?

Smrity 21st Feb, 2020


Admission score in Burdwan University based on MAT score is done as

MAT Score(200 marks) + Viva-voce Test(100 marks) + G.D.(100 marks) = Total out of 400 marks.

The top 70 students of the MAT score are called for the GD round and then they move forward with the admission process.

The cutoff scores are decided as per the performance in MAT score and the top  70 performers so wait for the college to release the required cutoff, but accordingly a score of 500+ out of 800 is required to get admission in Burdwan University for MBA.

you can check this link out for MAT path finder

All the best!


the cutoff for qualifying was40% in both sat,mat in sat i have scored 48 and in mat 40 but i have not been selected why when i have scored 40%in both?

vignesh 21st Feb, 2020

Dear Daniyel,

Both the SAT and the MAT exams that you have taken are strictly percentile based.

Applicants appeared for the exams would have got more percentile that yours and that would be the reason for your rejection.

However you can take the exam in the next session and try scoring a percentile of more than 85 which may be a better chance to get qualified.

Best of luck.


How much of valid score in MAT 2020 exam is needed to take admission in MBA from NIT Hamirpur?

Vaishali Singh 20th Feb, 2020


A score of minimum 600 is a valid score to get a call from NIT hamirpur for mba admissions.

Although it also depends upon the pool of candidates applying and your overall profile is also taken into consideration.

All the best.


mat cutoff for iem Kolkata ???its a good choice for MBA or Doon business school?

Leon George 18th Feb, 2020

Hello Adarsh,

The cutoff for IEM Kolkata is 60%, the infrastructure is good and basic facilities are provided. Regarding placement record almost every student is placed and there is 100% placement,  but the package offered is not good. Average salary package offered is as low as 5 LPA.

On the other hand Doon Business School,  the infrastructure is average but good facilities are provided. Placement record of college is good with about 90% of the students getting placed and package ranges from 5 to 15 LPA.

So personally I think Doon business school is better

Thank you


which month mat score is accepted by pumba University for out side of Maharashtra students

Vaishali Singh 18th Feb, 2020


Any of the following : September and December MAT 2019 will be accepted and the current years i.e 2020 will be accepted for admission in this year's program.

Thank you.

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