Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a standardized national level entrance test conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA) to facilitate 600 Business Schools (B-Schools) across the country to screen candidates for admission to MBA and allied programs. Any B-School -- national or international -- can consider a valid MAT Score card as an admission input.
Usually the test is conducted 4 times in a year – in the months of February, May, September and December. The September 2013 test is scheduled to be held on 1 September 2013. 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;
While the paper based test will be held on 1 September 2013 from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm, the Computer Based Test will be conducted from 7 September onwards (6 days after the Paper Based Test date) in different time slots.
MAT examination 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.
The five sections include Language Comprehension, Mathematical skills, Data Interpretation, Intelligence and critical reasoning, and Indian and Global Environment. There is a provision of negative marking and one fourth marks get deducted for each incorrect answer.
One should ensure regular dose of practice with Practice Papers. Regular practice increases the speed in the examination hall and increases the accuracy. Practice should be done only with good quality practice tests which are made by experts.
Here are some tips for the candidates willing to appear for the September 2013 MAT examination for the examination day:
- Prepare / assemble everything related to examination – stationary, Admit Cards, etc on the night before the examination day to avoid chances of leaving important items at home.
- On the examination day, wake up on time and have a healthy breakfast to keep yourself relaxed and alert throughout the day.
- Try to reach the examination venue 15 minutes before the reporting time to avoid getting late. This will reduce half of your tension, as you will be relaxed in the examination hall.
- Don’t panic / feel nervous while entering the examination hall. Take a deep breath and be confident before entering the examination hall.
- Make short notes of very important topics -- from the exam point of view and revise only these notes before the examination. Last minute revision helps one remind all that he / she has studied and boosts morale.
While solving the examination paper:
- Divide the allotted time in appropriate five proportions – as there will be five sections in MAT examination paper, and try to solve each section in that time band only. Candidates can allot more time to the section they are not perfect in and less to the section they are confident in.
- Attempt that section first in which you are most confident, and then the one you are less confident and solve the entire paper similarly. This will prevent you from getting nervous and boost your morale.
- If you are unable to recall/ find the answer for a question, don’t waste time on it. Leave that question and move on to the next question. You can attempt that question in the last, if time allows.
- While solving the questions, keep a trail of the time.
- Avoid attempting questions, you are not confident about as there is provision of Negative Marking for each wrong answer. Mark answers for only those questions, for which you are confident.
By following these small suggestions, we think you will be able to appear for the examination without any stress.
All the Best for the examination from Jagran Josh team!