MAT Exam Pattern | Complete Details about MAT 2019


The MAT Exam Pattern is set by All India Management Association, the exam’s governing body. Usually, the exam pattern remains the same and this year is not an exception. MAT exam consists of a mostly objective type of questions irrespective of the exam mode. MAT 2019 will be held on February 2019, in offline and online modes respectively. Application for both the mode for February slot has already commenced from December 2018. However, the application commencement date was the same but, the applications will close on 8 February for the offline exam and on 12 February for the online exam. After a candidate has successfully filled the application form the admit card will be issued online only from February 9 and February 19, 2019, for offline and online modes respectively. As per the exam pattern set by AIMA, the exam is of 2 hours and 30 minutes which consists of 200 questions.

Overview of MAT Exam Pattern

Component  Details 
Test Duration 150 minutes
No. of Questions 200
Marking Scheme 1 mark for each correct question
Negative Marking ¼ of the total marks or 0.25
No. of Sections 5 with 40 questions each
No. of Options 4
  • Language Comprehension
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
  • Data Analysis and Sufficiency
  • Mathematical Skills
  • Indian and Global Environment

Mode of Exam for MAT

Unlike the other exam, the MAT exam is conducted in both the offline and online mode. Both the exams are held on separate dates. The offline exam is conducted in the traditional pen-paper mode, where the candidates would have to fill in the answers on the OMR sheets.

Test Duration of MAT

MAT examination spans over 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 mins). However, there is no time limit for each section and the candidates have the option to choose the questions they want to answer as per their convenience. However, it is advised that candidates do not spend more than 30 minutes on each section.

Sections in the Entrance Exam

Section No. Sections in MAT No of Questions in MAT  Average Time Taken
1. Language Comprehension 40 30
2. Mathematical Skills 40 40
3. Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40 35
4. Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40 30
5. Indian and Global Environment 40 15
Total 200 150 (mins)

Please note that some of the participating institutes do not consider the marks of the Indian and Global Environment.

MAT Marking Scheme

As per the MAT exam pattern, the marking scheme suggests that one mark would be awarded to the candidate for each correct answer. Whereas, one-fourth of the total marks of the question or 0.25 would be deducted for each wrong answer. The presence of negative marking leaves no room for the candidates to speculate the answers.

So, this was the MAT exam pattern for the MAT 2019 entrance exam. The entrance exam is conducted in two modes, and the exam pattern for both the modes is same, the only difference is that the online exam is conducted on a computer and the offline is conducted in the traditional OMR sheet – Pen and paper method. Rest each and everything is the same between the two. Also, knowing the marking scheme, total questions, and duration would help the candidates to prepare their strategy as to how they will tackle the exam.