Overview Every year, the All India Management Association (AIMA) conducts the Management Aptitude Test (MAT) which is scheduled on a national level to enable students to get admission to a top Business School in India and at some B-schools abroad as well. The MAT score of a student is accepted as a general basis by the B-school to consider the student's eligibility for its MBA or other allied courses. The MAT score may also be accepted by other institutes for their Degree or Diploma management programs.
Due to the current pandemic, this year AIMA has made provision for students to appear for MAT at home itself and not go to a test centre. Known as the Remote Proctored Internet Based Mode Test (IBT), there are certain software and hardware requirements for the test to be done from home. 'Proctored' means that the test will be monitored by invigilators via the Webcam and mic.
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The paper-based test/computer-based test at a test centre may be decided later, subject to the prevailing COVID situation. As of now, know more about IBT through the information given below.
About Internet Based Management Aptitude Test You have the option to appear for two IBTs instead of just one; in this case, you can apply for the Double Remote Proctored Internet Based Test. The advantage of this is that you can select 7 B-schools instead of the five that is given for a single IBT.
The best part of applying for MAT through IBT is that there are 14 slots over a span of seven days from 27th August to 2nd September 2020, so you can choose from any of these multiple slots as per your convenience.
Computer requirementsYou cannot appear for IBT through a smartphone. You require a computer desktop or a laptop which must have a Webcam and, of course, Net connectivity. Refer to the image below to know the requirements-
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You can download the required MSB browser from the official website and check the compatibility of the system that you are using, whether it is suitable for MAT IBT. The relevant links have been provided in the top right-hand corner of the registration portal of AIMA MAT.
Eligibility requirements for MAT While there is no age limit to be eligible to appear for MAT, you need to be a Graduate in any discipline with pass marks from any recognized University or having any equivalent recognized Degree. In case you are appearing for the qualifying exam this year, then you can appear for MAT on a provisional basis. There is no requirement for any kind of job experience.
Important note: For admission to the B-school, they may require a minimum percentage in the graduating exam, for which you will need to check directly with that B-school. They may also have certain other eligibility requirements. Hence, it should not be assumed that the MAT score will guarantee admission to the MBA or other programs of the B-school. It would, therefore, be a good idea to first check the eligibility criteria of the B-school at which you are keen to pursue a management program. Otherwise, it does not make sense to appear for MAT in the first place. Further, the scores acquired through MAT is valid only for the duration of one year.
MAT questions format MAT is wholly an objective type test, with Multiple Choice Questions (known as MCQs). There are five sections to test your aptitude, having 40 questions each, with a total of 200 questions. The sections and the approximate time that has been suggested for completing each section are: Language Comprehension (30 minutes), Mathematical Skills (40 minutes), Data Analysis and Sufficiency (35 minutes), Intelligence and Critical Reasoning (30 minutes), Indian and Global Environment (15 minutes).
How to apply for MAT IBT Register online with a valid email ID at the official AIMA-MAT IBT registration website. You will be required to upload the following –
Payment of the fee has to be done online with a credit card or a debit card or via Net Banking. Payment through UPI and Paytm wallet are also acceptable. The fees are as follows-
For Remote Proctored Internet Based Test (IBT): Rs.1650/-.
For Double Remote Proctored Internet Based Test (IBT): Rs.2750/-.
Note: In case a computer-based test (CBT) and/or paper-based test (PBT) is scheduled later, the fee is Rs.1650/- for each. If you opt for both, the fee will be Rs.2450/-, with the option to select two more management institutes.
Once you have completed the payment, you can take a print out of it and keep it for future reference.
Important dates and time slots of Remote Proctored Internet Based Test (IBT) For all the seven scheduled dates given below, there are two different time slots, one from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm and the other from 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm. The full schedule is as follows-
For Test date of 27th August 2020: The last date to register is 23rd August 2020. The Admit Card will be issued on 24th August 2020, 2 p.m. onwards.
For Test date of 28th August 2020: The last date to register is 24th August 2020. The Admit Card will be issued on 25th August 2020, 2 p.m. onwards.
For Test date of 29th August 2020: The last date to register is 25th August 2020. The Admit Card will be issued on 26th August 2020, 2 p.m. onwards.
For Test date of 30th August 2020: The last date to register is 26th August 2020. The Admit Card will be issued on 27th August 2020, 2 p.m. onwards.
For Test date of 31st August 2020: The last date to register is 27th August 2020. The Admit Card will be issued on 28th August 2020, 2 p.m. onwards.
For Test date of 1st September 2020: The last date to register is 28th August 2020. The Admit Card will be issued on 29th August 2020, 2 p.m. onwards.
For Test date of 2nd September 2020: The last date to register is 29th August 2020. The Admit Card will be issued on 30th August 2020, 2 p.m. onwards.
After the result You can download the scorecard that is put up at the AIMA website, which is generally in the last week of the month of the test, from https://mat.aima.in/previous-results/.
Contact Details For queries regarding MAT IBT e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Ph: 8130338839.
Get detailed Guidelines on the registration process: https://mat.aima.in/sep20/uploads/documents/1594751287MATSEP2020-guidelines.pdf.
Know all about IBT: https://mat.aima.in/sep20/uploads/documents/IBT-candidate-guide-v2.pdf
Registration for a Mock IBT Test: https://mat.aima.in/ibtmocktest/register-online.
MAT sample questions: https://mat.aima.in/sep20/uploads/documents/1594749919Sample-Paper-Sept-2020.pdf.
Learn how MAT score is interpreted: http://resources.aima.in/event-uploaded-file/mat-score-and-its-interpretation.pdf.
Important note to readers: Please check the official AIMA website on a regular basis for updates and changes, in any, of the IBT schedule.
Best of luck! While awaiting your MAT Score Card, you can explore the section on business management colleges in India.
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