MAT Exam 2019: Last Minute Tips for May Management Aptitude Test (MAT)

MAT Exam: Last Minute Tips
Saturday, May 04 2019, 10:00 AM
MAT 2019 paper based exam on May 5 or computer based exam on May 18 are easy MBA entrance tests with 200 questions and if you have prepared as per the MAT exam syllabus for the first four MAT exam sections, you can score a high percentile in the exam. There is no need to start anything new now. Since the last section on Indian & Global Environment is not counted for merit score calculation in MAT exam, you can attempt this section after completing your other four sections.

MAT 2019 May paper based test date is May 5, 2019 and the MAT computer based test is on May 18, 2019. There is a ratio of 80:20 in number of candidates appearing in paper based MAT Vs computer based MAT exams. Since more candidates appear in paper based MAT, AIMA has more number of 60-63 exam centres for paper based test as against 12-13 MAT exam centres for computer based test.

However, the MAT exam pattern, syllabus and scoring pattern is same in both type of MAT exams. Therefore it becomes immaterial whether you opt for PBT or CBT MAT exam. In both cases the merit list will be prepared with similar parameters. As only a day is left for paper based MAT exam, the MAT exam takers are trying to find out ways and means how to take MAT exam and what they should do a day before the exam. The last minute tips shared by experts and given below for May MAT 2019 exam will help you to keep your cool, organize your things for the exam and will boos your confidence to score high in the exam.

AIMA gives a choice to appear in Paper Based MAT or Computer Based MAT or to appear in both the MAT exams. So far as the number of questions, sectional division of questions, difficulty level, exam duration, syllabus of the MAT exam is concerned, the exam pattern for both type of MAT exams is same. Therefore the tips to appear in both type of MAT are not much different. Immediately after the paper based MAT is over, AIMA conducts computer based MAT exam within one or two weeks.

MAT paper based exam or computer based exam is an easy MBA entrance test with 200 questions and if you have prepared as per the MAT exam syllabus for the first four MAT exam sections, you can score a high percentile in the exam. There is no need to start anything new now. Since the last section on Indian & Global Environment is not counted for merit score calculation in MAT exam, you can attempt this section after completing your other four sections.

MAT PBT and CBT: Time Slots are Different
Please note that the time slot for paper based MAT is fixed from 10AM to 12.30 PM. The computer based MAT is held in different time slots by AIMA.

Different MAT Admit cards for PBT & CBT Exams
Besides, separate MAT exam admit cards for paper based test and computer based MAT are generated on the official MAT website. You should download the MAT Admit card from AIMA website and check your details. The process can be completed by login with the MAT registration number and your date of birth/email ID.. Read More

MAT Exam Day Tips
If you have applied for MAT exam, you should adhere to the exam day tips to crack the test with high score. On the day before MAT exam, you should get ready for the MAT exam day for the exam and follow the step wise expert tips:

  1. MAT Question Paper: First thing to Know
    MAT will have 200 MCQ type questions divided in 5 sections. Each of the 5 sections in MAT question paper will have 40 questions in MCQ format to be solved in 150 minutes. Individual time limit for each section has been suggested by AIMA although candidates can move from one section to other in the MAT exam.
Section Name
Number of Questions
Suggested Time to solve (In Minutes)
Language Comprehension
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
Mathematical Skills
Indian and Global Environment
  1. How to answer MAT question?
    Take following 3 steps to answer your MAT question:
  • You have to choose the correct answer option out of the multiple choices given below the question
  • Mark the correct answer option on the answer sheet
  • Darken the correct oval in the correct row on the OMR sheet

Please note that time duration to complete the MAT exam as per the MAT pattern is 2 hours 30 minutes. Each correct answer is awarded +1 Mark and Each wrong answer is penalized with -0.25 negative mark

  1. Documents you need for Exam Day
    Keep Ready 3 things to carry on MAT exam day – MAT Admit card, one original ID proof and one black/blue ball point pen
  1. Download MAT Admit Card & Take Print
    Do not leave it for last minute, download your MAT Admit card and take print. Verify your personal details, MAT Test Centre details, Test time and Reporting Time as mentioned in your MAT Admit Card. Take 2 Prints of MAT Admit Card and read the instructions on it
  1. No Photo Required on Admit Card
    You do not need to paste any photo on MAT Admit Card. Your scanned image appearing on MAT card is sufficient proof of your image.
  1. Carry Original ID Proof
    You need one original photo identity proof like Aadhar Card, Voter Id, Driving Licence among others as mentioned on MAT Admit Card. It has to be carried to the MAT exam centre for verification alongwith the hard copy of MAT Admit Card.
  1. Keep Black or Blue Ball point pen
    The pen should be of smooth writing type as you will need to fill up the ovals on OMR sheet quickly. A hard writing pen can tear or make hole in OMR sheet while shading the oval.
  1. Last Minute Preparation: Don’t Start Anything New
    Practice with Mock and Analyse your Mistakes but don’t start anything New. Quickly Revisit and Revise key topics. Try to download Blank OMR sheets for practice the filling up of answer options.
  1. Do’s: A day before
    Gather all the things you need to carry to MAT Test Centre. Visit the MAT test centre a day in advance to understand how much time it will take to reach the venue from your place of stay. It will keep you relieved and comfortable on MAT Exam day
  1. Adhere to Reporting Time on Exam Day
    Reporting time is one and a half hour before the commencement of MAT exam. However you should arrive at MAT Exam Centre at least an hour before - by 8.30AM for PBT MAT exam for security check and verification with your Admit card Photo ID Proof and Ball Point Pen
  1. Collect Lower Part of Admit Card after Exam
    Ensure that the lower part of your Admit Card is returned by the invigilator after putting his/her signature with date of test and stamp on it. You will need it in the final selection round and while applying for MBA admission in the management institute.

How to Attempt the Exam: Key Tips
Manage Time during the exam

  • Don’t bother about GK Section, Concentrate on other scoring sections counted for merit calculation
  • Ensure Speed with Accuracy during the exam. 200 questions are to be solved in 150 minutes
  • Maximise your attempts with a wise choice of questions
  • You need to score high if you wish to get admission in MBA programme in a good MBA college. So avoid making mistakes in choosing the questions, correct answer options and in shading the correct ovals on OMR sheet. Sometimes in your hurry you make very small mistakes which cost you dearly.
  • It will be good to go for last minute practice on dummy OMR sheet to avoid any mistake in darkening the right oval in the right answer row.

Each question carries maximum 1 raw mark and after scaling your MAT raw score goes up many times. This score is converted to highest composite score of 800. Roughly it means that your 1 question will carry 5 marks in your final composite score. Accordingly 160 marks are converted to 800 marks. On the basis of this score, you will get your percentile.

Scoring the top score of 800 in Management Aptitude Test (MAT) may not be very difficult, if you follow what the earlier MAT toppers advise you to do and make sure that you meticulously prepare the strategy to crack it. MAT scoring pattern is different from other MBA entrance exams. There are 160 questions divided in 4 sections scores of which are taken into account to calculate your percentile in MAT exam.

The MAT exam offers you more admission options. There are more than 300 MBA colleges in almost all the prominent cities that will accept MAT exam scores for MBA admission.

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