An Introduction to Management Aptitude Test (MAT)

Management is not just about managing institution, workplaces, factories and companies but also people, market, finances, etc. it is a comprehensive role that envisages overall disciplinary approach to problems.

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In the current scenario Management has taken on an extremely significant role. It has become an all-pervasive function percolating itself into all facets of the emerging globalize business and economic environment. Management signifies leadership, a skill rarely acquired while pursuing any other professional education; be it engineering, medicine, accountancy, philosophy or fine arts. The modern industry has evolved a cohesive process which amalgamates diverse skills of people.

Although institutes like the IIMs have strong competencies in all areas, there are many B-schools that are perceived to be strong in a particular area of business. If you think managing human resources is your calling in life, then XLRI at Jamshedpur or Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) might be the institutes for you. The IIMs, NITIE in Mumbai and IIT Mumbai and Delhi score over others when it comes to IT and systems. B-schools like IIFT and MICA offer further specialization in the areas of foreign trade and advertising respectively. And if your dream is to work for multilateral agencies like IMF, World Bank or organs of the UN, then institutes like IRMA could be your best launching pad. For those with substantial experience in the industry, the two-year-old Indian School of Business at Hyderabad offers an excellent alternative.


Postgraduate level studies in Management are designed to enable students to acquire a professional approach towards a Management career. A professional approach implies that a student should acquire a body of knowledge that could help him/her to analyze business, organizational and human problems and to develop a set of ethical norms and personal skills for carrying out the managerial tasks most efficiently.

MAT : An Introduction

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is conducted by the All India Management Association : Centre For Management Services (AIMA-CMS), a National Centre for Competency Testing, approximately, for times a year. This is an All India Management Aptitude Testing Service (AIMATS).

The role played by AIMA-CMS is holding MAT is:

  • To announce Test dates,
  • To release list of participating Management Institutes (MIs),
  • To supply MAT Bulletin and Application Form against the prescribed Fee,
  • To receive MAT Application Forms directly from the candidates,
  • To issue special admission tickets for the Test, in case of change of venue/centre,
  • To administer the Test,
  • To report your Test scores to the Management Institutes (MIs) and to you on an AIMA-CMS score card,
  • To report Test scores to the Management Institutes (MISs) who have opted fro the Management Institute Search Service (MISS). MISS is a new service started and relatively new Management Institutes in their admission as well as broaden the options available to you.


Nature of The Test : As per the norms and standards of All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), the Written Test, in general, should measure career aptitude, language mastery and your business awareness. A Written Test should be conducted with utmost care and the whole process must be documented by Management School. All the schools should subscribe to All India Tests such as MAT (management Aptitude Test) being conducted by AIMA, New Delhi or CAT (Common Admission Test) being conducted by Indian Institutes of Management, etc.

Preparing For The Test : CMS believes that it is important for all the candidates, who are taking the MAT, to be familiar with the kinds of questions asked in the Test. The MAT Bulletin, available to you, contains the complete set of instructions along with a series of Sample Questions for nearly each type. Note that a particular type of question given here may not appear in MAT and a particular type of question not given here may appear in MAT.

The purpose of MAT is to provide information on your Aptitude and Skills to cope up with a Post-Graduate Programme in Management. With effect from the MAT held in May 1997, MAT Scores are being released to both, the MIs and the candidates. These guidelines have thereafter been prepared to provide information about appropriate use of MAT-Score for those who interpret scores and set criteria for admission. The guidelines are based on many policy and test considerations. It, therefore, assist in making decisions pertaining to admission to MIs.

General Test-Taking Suggestions : Although the MAT stresses on accuracy rather than speed, it is important to use the allotted time wisely. Make every effort to pace yourself. You will be able to do so if you are familiar with the mechanics of the Test, the kinds of materials, questions and directions that are presented in the Test. Before taking the Test, you should, therefore, become thoroughly familiar with the instructions preceding each group of sample questions.


During the Test administration, read all the Test directions carefully. The directions given therein explain exactly what each section requires, in order to answer each type of question.

Take the questions in order, but to not waste time pondering over those questions which seem extremely difficult to unfamiliar to you. A wise practice is to first answer those questions about which you are sure. Then, if you complete a section of the Test, before the time is called, go back and reconsider those questions in that section about which you were uncertain in the first instance. (If you skip a question, mark it in the Test Book so that you can return to it, later. be sure to skip the space for that question on the Answer Sheet).

Sample Questions

A few sample questions are being given here for your guidance while preparation. These samples do not necessarily indicate either the types or the difficulty levels of the questions that can be in the actual test. In general, the preparation standard expected is that of a graduate from an Indian University having completed 10+2+3 pattern of education. However, the knowledge level required for attempting the section on Mathematical Skills is that of 10th standard under Central Board of Secondary Education.

Section I : Language Comprehension

Directions : Read the passage carefully and then answer Questions 1 to 5 based on what is started or implied in the passage.

As medium of literacy expression, the common language is inadequate. Like the man of letters, the scientist finds it necessary to “give a purer sense to the words of the tribe”. But the purity of scientific language is not the same as the purity of literary language.

The aim of the scientist is to say only one thing at a time, and to say it unambiguously and with the greatest possible clarity. To achieve this, he simplifies and jargonizes. In other words, he uses the vocabulary and syntax of common speech in such a way that each phrase is susceptible to only one interoperation; and when the vocabulary and syntax of common speech are too imprecise for this purpose he invites a new technical language, or jargon specially designed to express the limited meaning with which he is professionally concerned. At its most perfectly pure, scientific language ceases to the matter of words and terms into mathematics.

The literary artist purifies the language of the tribe in a radically different way. The scientist’s aim, as we have seen, is to say one thing, and only one thing at a time. This, most emphatically, is not the aim of the literary artist. human life is lived simultaneously on many levels and has many meanings. Literature is a device for reporting the multifarious facts and expressing their various significances. When the literary artist undertakes to give a pure sense to the words of his tribe he does so with the express purpose of creating a language capable of conveying nor the single meaning of some particular science, but the multiple significance of human experience, its most private as well as on its more public levels

1. ‘Jargon’ in the context of the passage means

  • difficult language.
  • technical language.
  • language with limited meaning.
  • mathematical language.

2. The purpose of literature, according to the passage, is

  • express views privately as well as publicly.
  • report multifarious facts of life.
  • view life from various planes.
  • None of the above.

3. The language science is

  • precise.
  • verbose.
  • ambiguous.
  • None of the above.

Section II : Mathematics

4. If 3 : 21 : : x: 35, then x equals

(1) 5   (2) 4   (3) 7   (4) 8

5. The LCM and HCF of two numbers are 84 and 21, respectively. If the ratio of the two numbers is 1:4, then the larger of the two numbers is

(1) 12   (2) 48   (3) 84   (4) 108

Section III : Data Analysis And Sufficiently

Directions : The following questions are to be answered on the basis of the table given below:

6. If pie charts were to be drawn for the different categories of personnel, what would be the angle subtended by the Analysts sector for the year 1990?

(1) 30˚   (2) 67½˚    (3) 45˚   (4) 90˚

7. For the same category of Analysts what is the sector angle for the year 1995?

(1) 85˚   (2) 8˚   (3) 83˚   (4) 32˚

Section V : Indian & Global Environment

10. The second largest continent in the world (in terms of area) is

(1) Asia (2) South America   (3) North America   (4) Africa

11. Where is monazite found in India on a large scale?

(1) Bihar (2) Salem   (3) Kerala   (4) None of the above

12. Kaziranga is know for

(1) Project Tiger (2) The great Indian two homed Rhino

(3) The great Indian one homed Rhino   (4) Operation Flood


1. (3), 2. (3), 3. (1), 4. (1), 5. (3), 6. (2), 7. (3) 10. (4), 11. (3), 12. (3)

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