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Entrance Examination: MAT


The Management Aptitude Test helps evaluate critical thinking skills which are typically relevant to management positions, including the ability to make smart business decisions, analyze and solve situational problems, monitor a budget and supervise and communicate effectively with others. The MAT assessment is used to help select management and supervisory personnel, to help identify training needs and to help assess skill and business knowledge for promotion possibilities. Some Useful information about MAT and other resources:

Information About MAT MAT Assessments and important points to remember MAT course Planning MAT Preparation Books MAT Pattern and Syllabus List of MAT recognized institutes MAT FAQ

Since 1988, All India Management Aptitude Testing Service (AIMATS), New Delhi conducts a Management Aptitude Test (MAT) on a national basis every year in the months of May, September and December. The Government of India has approved MAT as a National Entrance Test for admission to MBA and equivalent programmes. Institutes offering recognised PG programmes in management and allied fields can participate in MAT. MAT is necessary for admission into the Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM), Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology & Management (PGDITM) and equivalent programmes offered by All India Management Association (AIMA-CME) or other Management Institutes (MI). 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. AIMA-CME offers various programmes to suit the requirements at different levels of management. They are Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM), Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology & Management (PGDITM) (MAT is necessary for admission to both the programmes). Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) offers specializations in Insurance Management, HR, Finance, Marketing, Operations, and International Business. PGDITM offers three specializations including IT Marketing, E-Commerce, Information Systems Management. Other programmes offered by AIMA-CME include Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), Oneyear Professional Diploma Programmes (PDs), Advanced Diploma Programmes (ADPs) and shorter duration Advanced Diploma Programmes in IT (ADPs).

Salient Aspects Of Mat

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The MAT assessment helps measure:

Problem Solving the ability to evaluate information, give relevant considerations when making decision, interpret data and react appropriately to changing situations. Planning and Organizing the ability to develop long-range plans and short-term activities, including setting business objectives and delivery schedules. Management Responsibility the extent to which the individual feels responsible for and in control of, work performance and job advancement. Communication the ability to present information formally and informally in written and oral contexts and communicate effectively with customers, staff, peers and supervisors. Supervisory Skills the skill level in planning and overseeing the work of subordinates and managing work flow. Administrative Skills the ability to implement and monitor actions to ensure compliance with policies and regulations, distribute information, allocate staff and maintain records. Business Control the skill in and concern for controlling expenses, reducing costs, setting performance standards and reviewing budgets. Managerial Potential Index a composite score of the scales reflecting a candidates overall ability to successfully perform management tasks. Normative Data norms are based upon job candidates from organizations in a wide range of industries. Validation Studies have been conducted on the MAT assessment in a variety of settings including healthcare and advertising. Report the MAT provides a graphic depiction of the candidates scores and an overall estimate of potential.

Course Planning Preparation depends on many factors, including the type of test, and the general academic background and confidence level of the test-taker. Do You Need a Preparation Course? Preparation courses can be helpful in several ways. Since study materials and sample tests are usually provided, it saves time otherwise spent gathering and organizing materials. Even more time is saved if the test covers content areas. The high cost of these courses often motivates students to take full advantage of study time and practice tests. The structured activities provide a systematic review for those who might lack selfdiscipline. There is often a feeling of psychological support from one's peer group and course

instructors. Also, since many other students take these courses, an applicant may feel they are at a competitive advantage. Which Preparation Course is Best for You? If you have decided to enroll in a preparation course, resist any impulse to sign up for the first course you learn about. Courses vary greatly and you will want to investigate thoroughly before committing to one. Some questions to ask include: What is the cost? Are there scholarships, even partial, available to students in need? How long is the course? How many practice and simulated tests are given during the course? Does the course rely on classroom instruction solely, or are there study materials, audiotapes, practice sessions or other activities offered? What is the background of test instructors? Have they taken the test themselves and scored well? Have you talked to your fellow students and obtained feedback on various courses? Does the course offer unrealistic promises or guarantees which they may not be able to meet? Can you take the test again for free or at reduced cost if you are not pleased with your actual test scores? Based on your study skills, test-taking ability and content knowledge, which course will meet most or all of your specific needs? After careful assessment, you may decide to prepare for the test on your own. But, if not, then your "consumer's" approach to researching courses will assure you of the best course for your needs and financial considerations. Preparation courses are offered by both commercial services and university extension offices. Test Preparation Books and Software If you decide to study on your own, you may want to consider purchasing preparation books or computer software programs to assist you. These aids can be a good alternative to expensive courses, especially if you have good test-taking skills, a fairly low anxiety level about standardized tests, and the ability to discipline yourself on a regular basis. Preparation books are available for most standardized tests. In many cases, the organizations which administer tests offer you the opportunity to purchase preparation books at the same time you sign up for the test. Computer software is available for some tests from publishers of preparation books. If you study on your own with commercial preparation books or software, be sure to plan time into your schedule to take at least three or four complete practice tests, under simulated test conditions. This will require a timer, a quiet place and lack of interruptions, ideally at the same time of day and day of week as the actual admission test you will be taking. Other Testing Concerns Many factors come into play when preparing for and taking standardized tests. Do you historically panic, freeze or become overly anxious during such tests? If so, learn some anxiety-reduction techniques while you are preparing for the test. Such activities as deep-breathing, muscle relaxation and guided imagery can be useful to reduce anxiety before and during tests. Certain kinds of food or drink can help or hinder your performance during a test. Be sure to avoid the ones that can hinder you, even during your practice sessions. Beginning several days to a week before the test, alter your sleeping schedule as needed so that you are used to rising early and being awake at the test start time and so that you get adequate sleep beforehand. Are you concerned that your entire future might rest on one test score? Find out from schools how important the test score will be for their programs. Will programs accept second, or even third, scores of the admission test? Will programs average multiple scores, or use the highest or most recent scores in assessing admissibility? Understand how the test you will be taking is scored. You could lose points on some tests for wrong answers (including guesses and quick "fill-in-the-blank" answers at the end of the test when time has run out). Books

The following are some recommended books for the preparation for MAT entrance examination. These books are at par with international standards and mastering this will surely rank you top the merit.

Barron's 501 Word Analogy Questions Kaplan Master the MAT MAT Secrets Princeton Review

Syllabus The Management Aptitude Test or MAT is the test conducted by All India Management Testing Service for entering into MBA or equivalent post graduate programmes. There are five papers in MAT:

Paper 1 : Language Comprehension Paper 2 : Mathematical Skills Paper 3 : Data Analysis Paper 4 : Intelligence & Critical Reasoning Paper 5 : Indian & Global Environment Section

Paper Pattern: Total Questions: 200 Time: 150 minutes Marks allocation: Correct attempt: 1 mark Incorrect attempt: Negative marking not specified Section Reading Comprehension Data Interpretation/Data sufficiency Quantitative Aptitude Logical and Critical reasoning General Awareness** Questions 40 40 40 40 40

**Scores are based on the first four sections only, the decision to consider scores of the General Awareness section are left to the institutes. Details of Participating Management Institutes / Universities accepting the score of 05 December 2004 for admission to Post Graduate Programs S.No. Name of the Institute/University City 1 Academy of Management Studies Dehradun 2 AIMA - Centre for Management Multi-location Website

3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28

Education (PGDM) AIMA - Centre for Management Education (PGDITM) Alcozin Institute of Management & Information Technology Amity Business School Amrapali Institute Apeejay Institute of Management & Information Technology Apeejay School of Marketing Asia Pacific Institute of Management Birla Institute of Management Technology. BLS Institute of Management BLS University Centre for Management Development Delhi School of e-Learning Delhi School of Professional Studies & Research DPC Institute of Management Dr Gaur Hari Singhania Institute of Management EMPI Institutions Fortune Institute of International Business Global Institute of Management Technology Graduate School of Business & Administration Guru Nanak Institute of Management IILM IILM Academy of Higher Learning IILM Institute for Higher Education IIMT College Indian Institute of Finance Institute of Business Administration & Management

Multi-location Noida Noida Haldwani New Delhi New Delhi New Delhi Greater Noida Ghaziabad Ghaziabad Modinagar New Delhi Delhi New Delhi Kanpur New Delhi New Delhi New Delhi Greater Noida New Delhi New Delhi Greater Noida Gurgaon Meerut New Delhi New Delhi

29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53

Institute of Clinical Research (India) Institute of Management Education Institute of Management Studies Institute of Marketing & Management Institute of Productivity & Management Institute of Productivity & Management Institute of Productivity & Management Institute of Productivity & Management Institute of Professional Excellence & Management Institute of Technology & Science Integrated Academy of Management & Technology International Institute for Special Education International Management Centre Ishan Institute of Management & Technology Jagan Instt of Management Studies Jagannath International Management School Jaipuria Institute of Management Janhit Institute of Education & Information Jamia Hamdard Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management & Technology Lloyd Institute of Management & Technology Maharishi Institute of Management Management Education & Research Institute Master School of Management National Institute of Advertising

New Delhi Ghaziabad Ghaziabad New Delhi Meerut Ghaziabad Lucknow Kanpur Ghaziabad Ghaziabad Ghaziabad Lucknow New Delhi New Delhi Delhi New Delhi Ghaziabad Greater Noida New Delhi Bareilly Greater Noida Noida New Delhi Meerut New Delhi

54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80

New Delhi Institute of New Delhi Management NIA Business School New Delhi NICE Management College Meerut NIILM University New Delhi NIMT Ghaziabad Nimbus Academy of Management Dehradun Omkarananda Institute of Rishikesh Management & Technology Rai University New Delhi Regional Institute of Management Mandigobindgarh & Computer Technology Shiva Institute of Management Ghaziabad Studies Shri Guru Ram Rai Institute of Dehradun Technology Skyline Business School New Delhi Sri Sringeri Sharada Institute of New Delhi Management Tecnia Institute Delhi The Delhi School of New Delhi Communication The NIS Academy New Delhi Academy for Studies on Tourism Tirupati & Research Acharya Institute of Management Bangalore & Sciences Adhiyamaan College of Hosur Engineering AIMA - Centre for Management Multi-location Education (PGDM) AIMA - Centre for Management Multi-location Education (PGDITM) Alliance Business Academy Bangalore Ambedkar Institute of Visakhapatnam Management Studies Asan Memorial Institute of Chennai Management Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Bangalore CBM College Coimbatore Christ College Institute of Bangalore Management

81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107

Dayananda Sagar Business School Dhruva College of Management Fatima College (For women) Indian Institute of Plantation Management Indo-American School of Business Institute of Business Management & Technology Institute of Finance & International Management INTECH Institute of Business Management Jai Bharath Arts & Science College Lourdes Matha College of Science & Technology Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies MATS School of Business & Information Technology MP Birla Institute of Management MS Ramaiah Institute of Management MSN Institute of Management & Technology National Institute of Human Resources Development Nehru College of Engineering & Research Centre Nehru College of Management NIILM University Ohio-Manipal School of Business PESIT PKR School of Management Studies (For women) Pondicherry University Prathap Institute of Management Sciences Rajagiri School of Management Rai University Rai University

Bangalore Hyderabad Madurai Bangalore Visakhapatnam Bangalore Bangalore Bangalore Perumbavoor Trivandrum Tiruvalla Bangalore Bangalore Bangalore Kollam Chennai Thrissur Coimbatore Bangalore Bangalore Bangalore Gobichettipalayam Pondicherry Cochin Cochin Bangalore Chennai

108 Rai University 109 Rai University RL Institute of Management 110 Studies School of Communication & 111 Management Studies SCMS School of Technology & 112 Management Siva Sivani Institute of 113 Management Sree Narayana Guru Institute of 114 Science & Technology 115 Sona School of Management 116 T John College 117 TIME Business School 118 Westfort Higher Education Trust Academy of Business 119 Administration AIMA - Centre for Management 120 Education (PGDM) AIMA - Centre for Management 121 Education (PGDITM) Academy for Professional 122 Excellence Annex College of Management 123 Studies Asian Workers Development 124 Institute Bengal College of Engineering & 125 Technology Bengal Institute of Technology & 126 Management 127 Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan 128 CMCE Academy 129 Dr BC Roy Engineering College 130 Eastern Institute of Management 131 EIILM University 132 Global Institute of Management 133 Heritage Institute of Technology 134 IBAT School of Management Indian Institute of Science & 135 Management

Kochi Hyderabad Madurai Cochin Cochin Secunderabad Kochi Salem Bangalore Tirupati Thrissur Balasore Multi-location Multi-location Kolkata Kolkata Rourkela Durgapur Kolkata Kolkata Bokaro Durgapur Kolkata Kolkata Cuttack Kolkata Bhubaneswar Ranchi

136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160

Institute of Management Bhubaneswar Institute of Management & Information Science Institute of Professional Studies & Research LN Mishra College of Business Management Rajdhani College of Engineering & Management Regional College of Management Rourkela Institute of Management Studies Royal School of Management & Technology Sairam College Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology SN Sinha Institute of Business Management Tezpur University The NIS Academy The University of Burdwan Vaishali Institute of Business & Rural Management Xavier Institute of Social Service AIMA - Centre for Management Education (PGDM) AIMA - Centre for Management Education (PGDITM) Asia Pacific Institute of Management Centre for Management Research & Development Guru Nanak Institute of Management Studies Gyan Vihar Indian Institute of Management Training Indian Institute of e-Business Management Indian Institute of Rural Management

Bhubaneswar Bhubaneswar Cuttack Muzaffarpur Bhubaneswar Bhubaneswar Rourkela Bhubaneswar Bhubaneswar Sikkim Ranchi Tezpur Kolkata Burdwan Muzaffarpur Ranchi Multi-location Multi-location Jaipur Pune Mumbai Jaipur Pune Pune Jaipur

161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176

Institute of Agri Business Management-Rajasthan Agricultural University Institute of Business Management & Research Institute of Health Management Research Institute of Rural Management International University for Human Transformation IPS Academy JK Institute of Technology & Management Kavikulguru Institue of Technology & Management Maharishi Arvind Institute of Science & Management Mody Institute of Technology & Science (For women) NIILM University NIILM University Rai University Rai University Som-Lalit Institute of Management Studies Suryadatta Institute of Management & Information Research

Bikaner Pune Jaipur Jodhpur Raipur Indore Navi Mumbai Ramtek Jaipur Lakshmangarh Mumbai Raipur Mumbai Pune Ahmedabad Pune


Management Aptitude Test (MAT)

When & how many times MAT is conducted in a year? Qualification & percentage needed for it. Mat is usually conducted 4 times in a year in February, May, September and December.The minimum qualification for appearing in MAT is graduation in any discipline from any recognized University or equivalent recognized degree.A final year student in any undergraduate (i.e. B.A, B.Sc., B.Com., B.Tech., etc) can also appear provisionally.Usually, there is a minimum percentage requirement in graduation, which is different for different MIs/University.

How many MIs participate in MAT. Do they keep on changing or remain the same? Is there a same admission criterion for each & every Institute? Are they recognized, by AICTE? Do they have hostel facility? What about the total fee?

The number of participating MIs may vary. The number of MIs keeps on changing from test to test. Admission criteria for every institute is different. All MIs participating in MAT are either AICTE approved or affiliated to some Universities, for further information you may contact the MIs/Universities of your choice. The list of various MIs/Universities is available in MAT bulletin along with the admission notification. It may be worthwhile to go through the brochure of the MIs for detailed information. This is the current list.

What is the cost of the Bulletin? The DD, which is to be made, should be in whose favor? At Present the cost of a MAT bulletin is Rs.550/- by cash across the AIMA, New Delhi counter/ Select ICICI branches all/ AIMA Nodal Centres all over India and Rs. 590/- against Demand Draft (DD) by post. DD should be made in favor of AIMA-CMS, payable at New Delhi.

What is the validity of MAT score? Validity of the MAT score is for that particular session for most MIs, but for AIMA-CMEs PGDM & PGDITM programmes, the score is valid for one year.

What is the last date of submitting filled in MAT OMR Form? Last date for submission is mentioned in the MAT bulletin. The last date also appears in the notification released by AIMA in various national & regional newspapers.

Do candidate has to buy the prospectus of the MIs opted by him/her? For applying to MIs it is suggested that the prospectus of the MIs opted should be bought.

Is MAT held all over the country what about a person living abroad? Can he/she apply for it? MAT is conducted in all major cities in the country and in leading cities abroad. For further clarification, see MAT bulletin or contact our information centre.

Do we get a separate Admit Card for appearing in MAT or just form C will do? A separate special card is issued only when there is a change in arrangements of Test centre as finalization of Test. Also centres depend upon the number of registered candidates at a location.

Is there any age bar for it? Any Job experience required, to appear in MAT? There is no age bar. Job experience is not necessary.

Is appearance in MAT necessary for getting admission into PGDM/ MBA programme ? Yes, MAT is necessary for admission into PGDM/equivalent programmes offered by AIMA or other MIs who participate in it.

What is the nature of MAT test?

It is an objective type test with multiple-choice answers. The test is designed to measure a persons general aptitudes as the following table indicates: Section no. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Section Language Comprehension Mathematical Skills Data Analysis and Sufficiency Intelligence and Critical Reasoning Indian and Global Environment Total: No of Questions Time Suggested (Minutes) 40 40 40 40 40 200 30 40 35 30 15 150