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MAT 2021 Exam Pattern | Know Exam duration, Marking Scheme, Sections

Gaurav Macwan

MAT 2021 Exam Pattern - AIMA has cancelled PBT and CBT MAT exam for the May 2021 session due to the COVID19 pendamic, however aspirants can appear for the IBT mode exam. Due to the spread of Coronavirus and to avoid mass gatherings, AIMS has come up with Remote Proctored Internet Based Tests which will allow the candidates to appear for the MBA entrance exam from their home. MAT exam being the only MBA entrance test is conducted four times in a calendar year i.e. February, May, September and December months. Let's find out the changes introduced in the exam pattern for the May 2021  Session. 

Get In-depth understanding of the MAT MBA entrance test exam pattern would give them an edge over others, when it comes to cracking the exam. For the benefit of the candidates, we have provided a detailed analysis of the MAT exam pattern in the article given below:

MAT 2021: Exam Structure

MAT is an MBA entrance test and like all major B-school admission tests, this exam features MCQs / Multiple Choice Questions. However, what makes it different from other B-school entrance tests is that it can be taken in both, paper-based as well as online/computer-based test formats. A brief overview of MAT exam pattern is given in the table below:

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Exam Pattern Component


Format of Question

Multiple Choice Questions / MCQs (4 options)

Number of Questions


Test Duration

150 minutes

Mark per question

1 mark / question

Negative marking

Yes / 0.25 for each wrong answer

No of Sections


MAT 2021 - Mode of Examination

MAT is one the few popular MBA entrance tests that is still conducted in both online as well as offline format. AIMA / All India Management Association focused more upon the knowledge of the candidate, rather than their ability to solve problems on a computer alone. Therefore, they have made the MAT MBA test available to candidates in both paper-based / offline mode as well as computer-based online mode. The computer-based test is very straight forward with candidates having to select the right option for the MCQs. On the other hand, for offline mode, the MCQ format test is conducted through OMR / Optical Mark Recognition sheet. Candidates have to use pencil to mark the right answers on the OMR sheet.

MAT MBA Test Duration

One of the things that makes MAT test tough for aspirants is the short time duration. The MAT MBA exam is of two hours and thirty minutes or 150 minutes in total. During this time-frame, candidates have to answer a total of 200 questions spread across five different sections. However, unlike a few other management entrance tests, MAT doesn’t have any specific sectional time-limit assigned to it. However, with given sections to cover in 2:30 hours, ideally, a candidate should not spend more than 30 minutes on any section.

MAT Exam - Section-wise Breakup

As stated above, the MAT 2021 MBA entrance test consists of 200 questions which are asked from five different sections. These five sections include the following:

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For the better understanding of the different sections and their importance in the MAT exam pattern, please refer to the table given below:

MAT Exam Pattern 2021


No of Questions

Ideal Time for Section

Language Comprehension


30 minutes

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning


30 minutes

Data Analysis and Sufficiency


35 minutes

Mathematical Skills


40 minutes

Indian and Global Environment


15 minutes

MAT 2021 - Marking Scheme

MAT 2021 exam pattern also gives us a detailed overview of the MAT exam marking scheme. Each of the 200 questions that are part of the MAT question paper carries 1 march each, thereby taking the total marks for the exam to 200. However, MAT exam also has negative marking of ¼ or 0.25 for each negative answer. Although each question in MAT exam carries only 1 mark, the overall score is often scaled up to / out of 800.

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