Exam Pattern for MAT September 2013

All India Institute of Management Association (AIMA) is to conduct MAT in the month of September 2013. Read for more details on the examination format and pattern.

Candidates willing to appear for MAT September 2013 exam can choose any one of the two options to take the test:
1. Paper Based Test  
2. Computer Based Test

The paper based test will be held on 1 September 2013 from 10.00am to 12.30pm while the Computer Based Test will be conducted from Saturday onwards (6 days after the Paper Based Test date) in different time slots.  

For the Computer Based Test, if the number of candidates is limited and can be accommodated in a single day, the test will be conducted on 1 September 2013 itself, in different time slots at specific test venues. However, if number of candidates is such that they cannot be accommodated in one day then the test will be held on all week days from 7 September 2013 onwards.

The MAT test is conducted to assess candidates’ knowledge in five different test areas primarily Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Indian and Global Environment. The test is an objective type test with multiple-choice answers. The 150 minute test is designed to measure a person’s general aptitude and question paper has 5 sections with 40 questions in each section. The candidates are required to answer these 200 questions in the given time of two and a half hours.


No. of Sections: 5
Total No. of questions: 200
No. of questions per section: 40
Time: 150 minutes OR 2 hours 30 minutes.

Sl. No

Paper Section

Name of the Section

No of questions

Suggested time



Language Comprehension

40 questions

30 minutes



Mathematical Skills

40 questions

40 minutes



Data Analysis and Sufficiency

40 questions

35 minutes



Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

40 questions

30 minutes



Indian and Global Environment

40 questions

15 minutes


200 questions

150 minutes

In Computer Based Test, the candidate appears for the test using a computer system and submits the answers to the question asked using the keyboard or mouse. For computer based test, the computer is connected to a server, which prepares the question set and delivers it to the candidate on the computer.

A candidate can appear for the Computer based September 2013 MAT test only on one date.

For Computer Based Test it is assumed that the candidate has basic familiarity with use of computers like use of keyboard and mouse operation.

The Computer Based Test is unlike the Paper Based Test, which is generally conducted on a single day. For traditional Paper Based Test, candidate is required to bring his / her Pen, HB-Pencils, Erasers and Sharper while the Question Paper & OMR Answer Sheet is provided at the Test Centre.

Till May 2009, MAT was only a Paper based Test, but from September 2009, MAT is being conducted in both the formats-Paper based and Computer based.

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