MAT Exam Pattern 2019
Aditi Garg, 27 Sep 2019, #MAT
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MAT Exam Pattern 2019 – The exam pattern of MAT 2019 is prescribed by the All India Management Association (AIMA), the conducting body of the exam. Usually, the MAT exam pattern remains the same every year. The MAT exam pattern 2019 for December session is expected to remain unaltered; an objective type test. It is likely to remain along the same lines as the MAT exam held in December 2019. MAT 2019 exam for December session in paper-based mode will be conducted on December 8 and in online mode will be conducted on December 14 respectively. According to the MAT 2019 exam pattern, the total duration of all MAT exams of 2019 is 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes). In this article, Careers360 brings to you the detailed paper pattern, syllabus, marking scheme and exam pattern of MAT 2019 December exam.
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The table below mentions the overall structure of MAT 2019:

MAT 2019 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 2019

Let’s take a look at the MAT December exam pattern 2019 in-depth-

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MAT 2019 Exam Pattern - Mode of the Exam

MAT is among the popular management entrance examination as it is conducted in both, ‘offline’ and ‘online’ modes. Candidates can choose to appear for either of the modes or even both the modes.

This means that those taking up the examination in paper-based or PBT mode, 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 2019 examination depends on the number of applicants who are taking up the examination.

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The ones opting for computer-based or CBT mode just have to be aware of handling the basic tools and hardware such as keyboard and mouse. Rough sheets will be provided to them for rough work.

MAT Exam Pattern 2019 - Test Duration

The duration of the MAT 2019 examination will be 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.

MAT 2019 Exam Pattern - Sectional Distribution

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






Note:- Some of the participating institutes do not take into account the marks scored in the Indian and Global Environment section.

MAT 2019 Exam Pattern - Marking Scheme

As per the marking scheme prescribed by AIMA, a candidate scores one mark for each correct answer and there is a 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.

MAT 2019 Exam Pattern - Detailed description of each section

  • 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 questions based on 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.

In order to appear for MAT December, candidates must first fulfil the MAT eligibility criteria as laid down by AIMA and then fill in the MAT application form before the deadline. They must remember to carry their MAT admit card to the examination hall along with the identity proofs. No candidate allowed to take the exam without the possession of MAT 2019 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. More than 600 B-schools in the country accept MAT scores.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - MAT Exam Pattern 2019

Question: What are the features of MAT 2019?


MAT 2019 will include objective type questions. The MAT 2019 will consist of the following exam pattern:

Section - Number of questions

Indian and global environment - 40 

Data analysis and sufficiency - 40

Language comprehension- 40

Mathematical skills- 40 

Intelligence and critical reasoning- 40

Question: Can I appear for both CBT and PBT mode?


Yes, Candidates can apply for both CBT and PBT mode.

Question: Is there any time limit to attempt sections?


Yes, Each section will be allotted ceratin timing, under which candidates need to complete:

Indian and global environment -  15 minutes

Data analysis and sufficiency - 35 minutes

Language comprehension- 30 minutes

Mathematical skills-  40 minutes

Intelligence and critical reasoning- 30 minutes

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am pursuing B.A LLB. can I prepare for any of these ( CAT, MAT, XAT) .. which will be more appropriate for law students.. plz suggest!

Ronak Gala Student Expert 19th Oct, 2019

More than 20,000 students wrote the CLAT EXAM last year for admission to undergraduate courses and around 10,000 of students pass out from NATIONAL LAW UNIVERSITIES every year.

(The actual figure could be much more because we have not taken into consideration the number of students who pass out from other Law Colleges and Universities in India) and half of the same number (5,000) either get placed into firms, or have already decided and planned for their Legal career ahead. The residual half are the ones who are in a dilemma as to what next.

We at Law Schools are taught about majority of the Laws that prevail in our mother land but when it comes to how and when to apply them, these institutions are in fallacy. This guide is for that residual 5,000 students or more who have least or no idea as to what they should do with their Law degree. Below are some major steps that you can take when your course is going to end.

Be a Litigation Lawyer

Most of the students who graduate from a Law College opt for this option. This field of career is the one corresponding to the clichéd Lawyer we see on television or in movies. After you receive your Law degree, you can enroll yourself to any State Bar Council and then sit for ALL INDIA BAR EXAMINATIONS.

Once you pass in it, then you can practice as a Lawyer in India. It is a very lucrative career option but challenging as well. One can earn minimum Rs 10 lacs p.a. if he or she excels in this field.

Sit for Competitive Exams (UPSC)

Many aspirants prepare for Competitive Exams like UPSC while

taking coaching or preparing themselves. With great financial support, this is a great choice of career involving the opportunity to service the nation and the public at large.

Sit for Judiciary Exams [PCS (J), HJS]

Judiciary exams are one of the most prestigious exams in the country which hold the portal for the most coveted profession in the Legal Fraternity- The Judge. Students after passing out from their Universities can sit for Judiciary exams like PCS (J) and HJS. It is a tough exam to crack but once cracked, opens the opportunity for being one of the most respectable and responsible citizen of the country.

Pursue Further Studies (LLM)

Pursuing LLM is another option one has when he or she prefers to land on a profession that involves vast and extensive research or pedagogy. One can pursue research fellowship programmes through the government after completing their masters. Once chosen, you may get an opportunity to study and research abroad completely or partially funded by the Government. For being eligible to teach in Law Schools one needs to have a Master’s degree as well as NATIONAL ELIGIBILITY TEST Qualification. Along with this a good experience and a well written resume can also help.

Best wishes. Thank you.


hi, i am looking for MAT, bt i cant leave my job, is this possible to prepare mat exam without leaving my job? And also my graduation marks 58%, am i eligible to mat exam? please... i m so confused

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 19th Oct, 2019


First of all there's no specific aggregate set for MAT, one needs to have passed graduation in any discipline from a recognized university.But, yes different colleges accepting admission based on MAT scores might have different eligibility criteria that may vary.

You can go ahead for preparation for MAT, you have to balance your work as well as preparation, there are many people who're working yet preparing for different entrance exams. So, you have to make your plans accordingly and devote time in the similar manner.Also, you have advantage here as MAT is conducted four times a year.


write now iam in my 3 rd year of BBA nd i havent prepared for any entrance exam. i m planning to go for mat exam which is in may . but i am really confused should i go for mba only or do i have any other option?

Apurv 19th Oct, 2019

Hello Jyoti, MAT is a very good choice for you considering that you are doing BBA. You can go for MBA because that will raise your chances for getting a job and most of the companies are looking for MBA degree holders for work. You have other options like to change your path and prepare for civil services examinations or BANK, SSC examinations.


Which government universities accept mat score

Aditya kumar Student Expert 19th Oct, 2019

Hello there!


List of top government  colleges accepting mat score are given below :-

  • Indian Institute of Management Rohtak
  • Indian Institute of Management Tiruchirappalli
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Which is the best books for preparation Cat, MAT?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 17th Oct, 2019
The syllabus for MAT and CAT is more or less the same and so most Candidates read CAT books.

MAT preparation books by Arun Sharma:
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MAT preparation books by Nishit K Sinha:
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CAT Books For Quantitative Ability:
1.NCERT mathematics books (from 6th to 10th class) ::
These books are a good way to start if one needs to clear their basics and concepts. NCERT books are best to start your CAT Preparation with only if you have a lot of time before your exam date and need to brush up on concepts before solving advanced problems.

2.How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT (by Arun Sharma)
(publisher: Tata McGraw Hill)
This is a very popular book among CAT aspirants and really easy and simple to understand. This book also focuses on the basics first and has different levels of difficulties step by step.

3.Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations (by Abhijit Guha)
This book is quite comprehensive for various competitive exams, for both MBA aspirants and for those seeking jobs who need to prepare for the aptitude tests.
4.Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma
It is an extensive book for students aspiring to go to IIMs. It has a very simple, lucid and tailor made content revolving around CAT.

5.Quantitative Aptitude for CAT (by Nishit Sinha)
This book by Pearson focuses on in depth understanding of core topics for basic and advanced applications.

Verbal Ability Books For CAT:

1.How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT( by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay)
This book is good to brush up your verbal and reading comprehension skills. It covers three important topics: reading comprehension, verbal ability and verbal reasoning. It provides sufficient practice and mock papers for self-assessment.

2.Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension For The CAT( by Nishit Sinha)
This book by Pearson provides not only an exhaustive resource for verbal ability. It also includes numerous tests as well as integral problem solving techniques and approaches.

3.Word Power Made Easy (by Norman Lewis)
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4.High School Grammar and Composition( by Wren and Martin)
It is a very good book for people who want to improve their grammar skills. It helps to understand and conceptualise different aspects of grammar and it is a must have book for anyone with poor grasp on verbal ability or who wants to make up with the basics of english.

Read books from different genres
The ultimate key to improve your verbal ability is to read extensively and to read books from different genres. This ensures that when the time for reading comprehension comes you are well acquainted with different writing styles and topics. Reading extensively also improves your reading speeding over a period of time. There are no shortcuts here.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Books For CAT:

1.A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning( by R.S. Agarwal)
This CAT book by R.S. Agarwal is to start with the most basic reasoning problem as it is quite simple to understand. It is segregated into different sections such as logic, statements, inferences and arguments, assumptions, conclusions, course of actions, logical puzzles, etc.

2.How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT book (by Arun Sharma)
This book by Tata McGraw Hill contains all topics to be considered under Logical Reasoning for CAT as well as other entrance exams. Each topic is explained with solved examples followed by a series of problems with varied difficulty levels to solve which gives an individual enough practice for this section.

3.How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT book (by Arun Sharma)
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4.Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT (by Nishit Sinha)
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