The Management Aptitude Test or MAT is conducted since 1998 to shortlist candidates for entrance to B-schools in the country for admission to MBA and equivalant courses. It was approved and accepted as a national level test in 2003 by the Government of India. It is a pass to enter more than 600 business schools in the country, its results is also taken into consideration when approaching universities abroad for management courses.
Candidates can choose between the pen paper and PC based tests. This exam is conducted 4 times are year, The examination consists of 200 questions where each question gives 4 marks for a correct answer and deducts 1 mark for a incorrect one. The sections covered are – Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiently, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, General Awareness, Analytical and Logical reasoning.
There is no such mandate for appearing at the MAT exams, except that the applicant should have completed his or her graduation. Students in graduation finals can also appear but they need to provide their passing proofs later on. Application forms is available online on the official site of AIMA.