MAT Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of MAT is prescribed by All India Management Association (AIMA), the conducting body of the exam. It remains the same every year. MAT is objective-type paper with the duration of 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes).

Test Duration 150 minutes
No. of Questions 200
Marking Scheme 1 mark for each question
Negative Marking ¼ of the total marks or 0.25 mark
No. of Sections 5 (40 questions in each section)
No. of Options 4
  1. Language Comprehension
  2. Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
  3. Data Analysis and Sufficiency
  4. Mathematical Skills
  5. Indian and Global Environment

Mode of Exam

MAT is is conducted in both offline and online mode. Those taking up the examination offline have to carry a pencil and an eraser with them to mark the correct answers on the Optical Mark Recognition sheet.


The duration of MAT exam is two hours and 30 minutes or 150 minutes. There is no time limit assigned for each section and you can answer questions in different sections depending upon your convenience.  


The exam is divided into five sections.

Section No. Section No. of Questions
1. Language Comprehension 40
2. Mathematical Skills 40
3. Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40
4. Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40
5. Indian and Global Environment 40
  Total 200

Some of the participating institutes do not take into account the marks scored in the Indian and Global Environment section.

Marking Scheme

A candidate scores one mark for each correct answer and there is negative marking scheme of ¼ marks i.e. 0.25 marks. The maximum marks, which a candidate can score is 200 and the scaled score is given out of 800.

Sections of MAT

  1. Language Comprehension: This section is aimed to judge the comprehending and reading skills of the candidates. The candidates will have to read the passages given and answer the questions based on it.

  2. Intelligence and Critical Reasoning: With an aim to assess the candidates’ logical reasoning ability, this section deals with the topics like Data Arrangement, Blood Relations, Series and Sequences and Critical Reasoning, Direction Sense, Input/Output analysis, Coding and Decoding.

  3. Data Analysis and Sufficiency: This section is to judge the candidates’ analytical and critical thinking. This section brings the questions based on the topics like Direction Sense, Input/Output analysis, Coding and Decoding, Data Arrangement, Blood Relations.

  4. Mathematical Skills: This section deals with the question based on business Mathematics, Arithmetic, and Geometry. It is important that the candidates thoroughly know their basic formulae and other concepts.

  5. Indian and Global Environment: Knowledge about current affairs is all you need for this section. This section focuses on the domestic and international current affairs and anything related to general awareness could be asked.