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AIMA MAT Exam Pattern 2021: Marking Details, No. of Questions, Pattern Comparison With CAT, XAT

Updated On - July 19 2021 by Swagota Nandi

AIMA MAT 2021 Exam Pattern is prescribed by the All India Management Association (AIMA). Candidates appearing for the MAT 2021 must be aware of the MAT exam pattern. This gives an idea about the total no. of questions asked in exam, sectional marking, marking scheme, total marks, exam duration etc. Candidates must be updated with the September session exam pattern. Due to COVID 19 lockdown, exams will take place through Remote Proctored Internet Based Mode (IBT). There are  5 sections from which the questions will be asked in the exam. Check the detailed AIMA MAT Test Pattern through the post below. 

AIMA MAT Exam Pattern 2021 Section Wise

  • There is 5 section in the exam  i.e Language Comprehension, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Mathematical skills, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Indian and Global Environment
  • AIMA MAT Exam takes place in an online mode.
  • Each section has 40 questions
  • Exam duration is 150 minutes i.e  2hr 30 min (Sectional time limit is there)
  • Total number of questions is 200. 
  • The level of the paper is easy to moderate

Check the MAT Exam Pattern in detail. 

Section name
Total number of questions
Total Marks
Sectional time limit
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
35 min
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
30 min
Language Comprehension
30 min
40 min
Indian and Global Environment
15 min 
150 min 

AIMA MAT Marking Details

As per the exam pattern:
  • The candidate will get 1 mark for every correct answer
  • There is the provision of the negative marking i.e - 0.25 marks for each wrong or unattempted questions.  

AIMA MAT 2021 Sectional Highlights

Key points and Scoring Pattern
Language Comprehension
Part-1: Reading Comprehension 

  • 20 Questions Based on RC Passages
  • 50%Sectional Weightage of RC
  • 4 Short passages.
  • All questions MCQ format with -0.25 marks for wrong answer.
  • Easy to moderate difficulty level
  • Each passage has  5 questions.
  • Questions are based on Antonyms/synonyms of the words & phrases as used in the passage; True/false statements; main idea of RC passage
Part-2: Verbal Ability
  • 20 questions 
  • 50%Sectional Weightage of verbal ability.
  • MCQ format and the penalty for wrong answer
  • Jumbled Paragraphs (3-4 questions)
  • Error Correction of Adjective, Adverb ,Verb, Noun, Pronoun, and other parts of speech in the Sentences.
  • Antonyms/Synonyms (5-6 questions)
  • Fill in the blanks (3-4 questions)
  • One word substitution (1-2 questions)
  • Correcting the sequence of sentences in the paragraph.
  • Idioms/Phrases (2-3 questions)
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 
  • Individual or in a set of 3-4 questions.
  • 20% Weightage of Reasoning Section.
  • All questions are MCQs
  • Topics in MAT Reasoning Syllabus are: Questions were based on Family Relation,, series, Incorrect Terms. Clocks & Calendars, Statements-Cause & Effect, Statement –Assumptions, Reasons, analogies, direction, 
Mathematical skills 
  • 40 questions
  • Sectional weightage is20%
  • MCQs  question
  • Arithmetic section  ranges from 15 to 16.
  • Questions are based on Interest, Percentages,Profit, Loss, Partnership. Time and Work, Other questions are based on topics like Equations, Ratio, Proportion & Variation,, Geometry & Mensuration, Permutation and CombinationsProbability among others.
Data Analysis and Sufficiency 
  • 40 question
  • MCQs Type
  • 20% Sectional weightage
  • 25% Sectional Weightage inPercentile Calculation
  • Data Analysis is  based on graphs (line, area  text, tables,), charts (column, bar, pie), venn diagram.
  • More questions on data interpretation i.e 50%  of the section.
Indian and Global Environment 
  • 40 questions
  •  MCQs type
  • 20% Sectional weightage 
  • No Sectional Weightage in Percentile Calculation
  • Questions are formed on Who’s who, States of India, Sports, Film Awards, taxation & duties, Indian constitution,, Recent events etc
  • Questions are from, business and economics,current and, international affairs
  • Not counted for percentile calculation


MAT 2021
CAT 2021
XAT 2021
Total No. of Questions
Exam Duration
2 hr 30 min 
2 hours
3 hours
Question Format
All MCQs
70% questions are MCQs, rest Non-MCQs
All MCQs
No. of options in MCQs
Each Correct Answer marks
Negative Marking
0.25 mark
1/3 negative marking for MCQ; No negative marking for Non-MCQs
0.25 negative  marking; No negative marking for GK section
Difficulty Level of the exam
Easy to Moderate
Moderate to High
Number of Sections
Section-1: Name and Number of Questions
Language Comprehension: 40
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension: 26
English Language & Logical Reasoning- 26
Section-2: Name and Number of questions
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning: 40
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning -24
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation- 27
Section-3: Name and Number of Questions
Data Analysis & Sufficiency: 40
Quantitative Ability-26
Decision Making-21
Section-4: Name and Number of Questions
Mathematical Skills: 40
Not Applicable
General Awareness-25
Section-5: Name and Number of Questions
Indian & Global Environment: 40
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Facility to Choose Order of Sections
Yes, any section/question within overall time limit
No, should follow pre defined sectional order
Yes, any section within overall time limit
Individual Sectional time limit
Yes, 40 Minutes time limit for each limit
Colleges accepting exam score
NDIM, DSIMS, IPE, IESMCRC, Christ University,, FIIB among 600 MBA colleges
IIMs, FMS, MDI, NITIE, SPJIMR, TAPMI, XIMB, IMI, IMT, IITs, and hundreds of others
XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, TAPMI, LIBA, BIMTECH, XIMB, Great Lakes,, XIME among 150 B-schools

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