MAT - Marking scheme, selection procedure and participating institutes

What is the marking scheme for MAT Exam and Is there any negative marking for MAT exam?

Every question in MAT exam consists of one mark. So, as there are 200 questions in the exam and each question caries one mark, hence the total paper is of 200 marks.

Yes, there is negative marking for MAT exam. As such no specification is mentioned in the official website of AIMA, but in the last few years, one fourth or 0.25 of each incorrect answer is deducted as negative mark.

What is the selection procedure for MAT Exam?

Selection process of MAT exam starts from the filling and submission of Registration form. Next the candidate has to appear in the MAT exam either through paper based or computer based paper. After the announcement of MAT results, each of the participating Institute announces its merit list.

Candidates on the basis of their scores obtained in MAT are then called for Group Discussion, Personal Interview and Written Ability Test and on the basis of total composite scores in all the steps of selection, final merit lists is announced.

How many participating Management Institutes are accepting MAT scores for admission in their Management programmes?

List of participating institutes / Universities along with their MI code is given on

As per the given list the number of participating management institutes in different regions are:

- Northern region: 111
- Western region: 55
- Southern region: 118
- Eastern region: 48

At international level, the MAT scores are accepted in two universities namely:
- University Carlos III of Madrid – Spain
- Schiller International University – USA
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  • RE: MAT - Marking scheme, selection procedure and participating institutes -Rakesh Khanna (05/30/18)
  • MAT exam is held for almost two-and-a-half hours. The test covers two hundred (200) questions in 150 minutes. The aspirant is tested in the following five areas: Indian and Global Environment, Language Comprehension, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning. There are 40 questions in each section. Each question carries one mark, whereas, one/fourth mark is deducted for every wrong answer. I have given it once and my score was 95 percentile. The score helped my get an admission at Thapar School of Management which further helped to get a good job at Kellogs, India. If you are able to score above 92 percentile, you would be bale to get into good business schools in India. If the score is less than the mentioned, you might face some problem getting into good schools. So study hard and get your MBA from a reputed business schools.