It is administered by AIMA (All India Management association) and is accepted by AIMA-CME (Centre for management education) and other AICTE approved management institutes (MI) and university departments.
This test is approved by Government of India and is the National entrance test for MBA and equivalent management programmes of various participating institutes and over 240 business schools.
Centre for Management Education (CME), the education wing of AIMA, was established in 1993 as a full-fledged autonomous business school. All management institutes that participate in MAT are either AICTE (All Indian Council for Technical Education) approved or affiliated to universities.
It is an objective type test with multiple-choice answers. The test is designed to measure a person's general aptitudes.
MAT is online from 2009 and so now MAT is both a paper pencil test as well as computer based test.
The MAT paper has traditionally been a 150 minute test, having 200 questions in all.
It mainly contains 5 sections:
Data Analysis & Sufficiency
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning
India & Global Environment
MAT is a unique test in the form that it employs latest technology in evaluation and result processing.
It has 25% negative marking, for every wrong answer, i.e. 0.25. For every correct attempt, candidate is awarded with one mark. However there is no negative marking for question not attempted.
Its test centres are spread all over India as well as abroad.
It is held four times in a year i.e., in February, May, September and December.
A candidate is provided with individual score card with candidate's photograph after this test.
After the written test, candidate has to go through GD's, PI's, psychometric test, role plays, essay writing etc.