What is the Difference Between MAT and CAT Exam?
MAT vs CAT: Management Aptitude Test (MAT) and Common Admission Test (CAT) are two of the most popular MBA entrance exams in India. Although the CAT score is accepted by 20 IIMs and more than 1,000 B-schools in India and 600+ management institutions offer admissions based on MAT scores.
The two exams are similar in terms of syllabus but very different in other respects. The main difference between CAT and MAT is the exam frequency. Although MAT is conducted four times a year, CAT is conducted only once a year. In this article, we discussed the difference between the MAT exam and the CAT exam. Knowing the differences between MAT and CAT exams will help you decide which exam to choose this academic year.
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MAT vs CAT: Overview
Let's take a quick look at how MAT differs from CAT:
Exam Full Form
Management Aptitude Test
Common Admission Test
Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50% mark
Passing marks required in bachelor’s degree
Four times a year (February, May, September, December)
Once a year (November)
Mode of Exam
Computer-Based Test (CBT)
Number of Sections
Number of questions
+1 for correct response
-0.25 for every incorrect response
+3 for correct response
-1 for incorrect response
MAT vs CAT: Exam Conducting Body
Management Aptitude Test: The MAT exam is conducted by the All India Management Association (AIMA) for admissions to PGDM/ MBA courses offered at 600+ B-schools in India. MAT exam is conducted four times a year in three modes - Paper Based Test (PBT), Internet-Based Test (IBT), and Computer Based Test (CBT).
Common Admission Test: The CAT exam is conducted once a year for admissions to PGDM/ MBA courses. The exam is conducted by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) on a rotation basis. Every year, one of the top IIMs is given the responsibility to conduct the CAT exam. CAT is a computer-based test (CBT) mode exam and is considered the toughest of all MBA entrance exams.
MAT vs CAT: Eligibility Criteria
Management Aptitude Test: The MAT exam is a boon for students who somehow do not excel at graduation. Any graduate with passing marks can appear for the MAT exam. No age limit or minimum percentage is required to appear for the MAT exam.
Common Admission Test: Students must hold a bachelor’s degree from any recognized university/ board with a minimum of 50 percent aggregate marks or equivalent CGPA in the qualifying exam. Candidates belonging to SC, ST, and PwD/ DA categories must have obtained a minimum of 45 percent aggregate marks or its equivalent.
MAT vs CAT: Frequency of Exam
Management Aptitude Test: MAT is conducted four times a year in February, May, September, and December. Dates of CBT, PBT, and IBT mode exams are different and candidates can choose one or more examination modes.
Common Admission Test: CAT exam is conducted once a year on the last Sunday of November, in two sessions: forenoon and afternoon. In 2020, CAT was conducted in three sessions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, CAT 2021 will be held on November 28.
MAT vs CAT: Exam Pattern
Management Aptitude Test: The MAT exam paper consists of questions from Language Comprehension, Indian and Global Environment, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Intelligence, and Critical Reasoning. The India and Global Environment section has current affairs and GK questions. The MAT exam paper comprises a total of 200 questions (40 in each section).
Common Admission Test: Students appearing for CAT need to solve questions from sections like Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), and Quantitative Aptitude (QA). Normally, CAT has 100 questions to be solved in 3 hours (180 minutes). In CAT 2020, the exam duration was reduced to 120 minutes (2 hours) and questions to 76 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
MAT vs CAT: Exam Duration
Management Aptitude Test: Students need to solve the given questions in two and a half hours (150 Minutes). Students are required to solve 200 questions within the given time duration. There is no sectional time limit so the students can solve the MAT paper in a sequence they prefer.
Common Admission Test: The duration of the CAT exam is 120 minutes i.e. 2 hours. There is a sectional time limit of 40 mins for each section (VARC, DILR, QA). The students have to follow the given sequence to solve the CAT exam paper and as soon as 40 minutes of one section gets over, the computer screen jumps to the next section automatically. For PwD candidates the time limit will be 53 Minutes 20 Seconds for each section.
MAT vs CAT: Marking Scheme
Management Aptitude Test: The total of MAT exam marks is 200. Every correct response carries a +1 mark, and a -0.25 mark is deducted for every wrong response. The score of the India and Global Environment section is not taken into consideration for calculating the final MAT percentile.
Common Admission Test: The total of CAT exam marks is 228. For every correct response, +3 marks are awarded and there is a negative marking of -1 for every incorrect response. In case a student does not attempt a question, no marks will be deducted.
MAT vs CAT: Difficulty Level
Management Aptitude Test: The MAT exam is an easy exam when compared to CAT. The questions in the MAT exam are of easy to moderate difficulty level.
Common Admission Test: CAT exam is considered one of the toughest MBA exams. The question paper is usually moderate to the high difficulty level.
MAT vs CAT: Examination Fee
Management Aptitude Test: The registration fee for the MAT exam is Rs 1,650 for one paper (either CBT, PBT, or IBT). Students willing to appear for both PBT and CBT need to pay Rs 2,750.
Common Admission Test: The registration fee for the CAT exam is Rs 2,000 for the General and NC-OBC categories. For SC/ ST/ PwD (DA) categories, the CAT registration fee is Rs 1,000.
Top Colleges Accepting MAT scores in India
MAT scores are accepted by over 600 MBA colleges in India. Below is a list of colleges that accept MAT scores to enroll in MBA programs.
Top Colleges Accepting CAT Score apart from IIMs
School of Business, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun
Christ University, Bangalore
National Institute of Technology Warangal
Prin LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai
Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Kolkata
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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - What is the Difference Between MAT and CAT Exam?
Question: How many attempts can I get in the CAT exam?
The CAT is conducted only once a year, so a student gets a single attempt in a particular academic year. However, the CAT exam did not cap on the number of attempts. Students can appear as many times as they like.
Question: What are the registration fees for CAT and MAT exams?
The registration fee for MAT is Rs 1,650 for all candidates. CAT registration fee is Rs 2000 for the General category and Rs 1000 for the Reserved category.
Question: How many times the MAT exam will be conducted in a year?
The MAT exam is conducted four times a year. There are four phases of the MAT exam - February, May, September, and December. Students can appear as many times as they want in the MAT exam.
Question: What are the modes of the MAT exam?
MAT exam is conducted in Computer Based Test (CBT), Paper Based Test (PBT), and Internet-Based Test (IBT) modes.
Question: Is the MAT exam easier than CAT?
Yes, the MAT is very easier than the CAT exam. The CAT exam is usually more difficult and has a section-time limit, which makes cracking even harder. MAT, on the other hand, is generally moderate difficulty and has no segmentation time limit.
Question: What are the modes of the CAT exam?
CAT exam is conducted in only one mode which is Computer Based Test (CBT) mode in two shifts at multiple exam centres in various cities across India.
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460 neet score,obc cat can possibility of get admission in MBBS course
Your profile suggests that your domicile state is Maharashtra
It's quite difficult to predict that whether you will get seat or not as cut off marks for medical colleges keeps changing every year depending upon various factors like number of students that appeared in the exam, kind of marks obtained by them , toughness level of the examination etc.
But when we go through previous data then ,
>>>>> with 460 marks ,
you hold a low chance for an mbbs seat in a Government Medical College
in neet 2019, 521 marks for general category was the lowest mark to get an mbbs seat in Government Medical College, under Maharashtra State quota and it was for Government Medical College and Hospital, jalgaon
You can check the same at
You have chances in deemed universities for mbbs which are listed below along with their neet 2020 , 2nd round cut off :-
----------) SBKS Med. Inst. and Res. Centre, Sumandeep Vadodara:- 446 marks
----------) Yenepoya Manglaore:-436 marks
----------) Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar:- 426 marks
----------) B.L.D.E University, Bijapur:- 387 marks
----------) MGM Medical College, Navi Mumbai:- 380 marks
And a few more
To get the complete list of colleges in which you have chances, you can go through our college predictor at
It gives you a personalized report with top college in which you have chances for admission , with the help of predicted colleges you can make better choice while filling your choices of colleges during your counselling
450 score, obc cat, MD anaesthesia, low budget college, good govt/ Pvt college, any chance??
To get a government seat one must score above 525. With 450 you can get in to a private college. As your NEET score is 450. Your Overall Percentile is: 93.39 - 93.89 and when it comes to rank, your Predicted Rank is:89930 - 107080 . Also depends upon last years cut-off. Adding it with 15% All India quota and 85% state quota seats in government colleges.
As per the last year result of NEET UG ,General category aspirants need minimum 147 marks (50 percentile). On the other hand General-PH(129 Marks 45 percentile) and SC/OBC/ST requires 113 marks (40 percentile).
Hope this helps
Wish you luck
my jee rank in obc cat. 29192 can I get cse in hbti
First and foremost,
congratulations on achieving an 29k rank in the JEE . According to recent reports, hbti may not accept admmision through Upsee. HBTI KANPUR is moving its intake to the Jee mains, which is wonderful news because it means more intake. And, based on your ranking, you will very certainly be offered a spot in the second round of counselling.
Visit http://hbtu.ac.in/ for further information.
sir as punjab democile cat. gen sroce 471 can i got best ptv collage in punjab
Hello Yatin. I hope you are in good health. You mentioned your marks but didn't mention the exam you are talking about. Assuming that you have a query regarding NEET UG 2021, I will give an answer based on that. You mentioned you belong to general category. Well, based on your marks, your overall percentile may end up somewhere around 91.59 - 92.09 while your AIR may lie somewhere around 127893 - 160043.
Well, it is quite difficult to predict whether you have any window of opportunity to get government quota seats in private medical colleges in Punjab. Although based on your performance you have less chance to grab a seat for MBBS via All India Counselling as well as State Counselling.
Moreover, you may get chance to grab a seat for B.D.S. under government quota at private dental colleges in Punjab via State Counselling.
You may get admission for pursuing B.D.S. in the following private dental colleges:
- B.J. Singh Dental College Hospital & Research Institute, Ludhiana
- Dasmesh Institute of Research & Dental Sciences, Faridkot - https://www.careers360.com/colleges/dasmesh-institute-of-research-and-dental-sciences-faridkot
- D.B. Dental College & Hospital, Mandi Gobindgarh - https://www.careers360.com/colleges/desh-bhagat-dental-college-and-hospital-mukatsar
- SGRD Institute of Dental Sciences & Research, Amritsar - https://www.careers360.com/colleges/sri-guru-ram-das-institute-of-dental-science-and-research-amritsar
To get detailed information on cutoff marks vs rank for Punjab medical and dental colleges, follow this link:
To know your admission chances in medical/dental colleges with NEET Score, to get a personalized report with Top MBBS & B.D.S Colleges and to check course & counselling wise cut-offs of NEET for various state quotas, caste groups etc., I encourage you to use NEET UG 2021 College Predictor:
I hope you find this information helpful.
Thank you and good luck!
for cat exam which is going to held on november 28 2021 is 2 months home preparation is enough to get good score. please suggest me
Home preparation or we can say Revision or Practice is more than enough to score good marks for any competitive exams. You should have a proper schedule and syllabus that is to be cover you should go through last years paper for knowing the pattern of questions, you should go through atleast 10 sample papers for proper practice. Be focused and set a target of how much you want to achieve, so that you can atleast give your best to achieve near to that target. The most important thing while writing an exam or while preparing is to be calm and focused. So be calm and don't panic.
Hope this helps you.
All the best for your exams.
Give your best