It’s CAT vs. MAT!

It’s CAT vs. MAT!

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A detailed comparison between the two premier management entrance tests.

CAT vs. MAT, Difference between CAT & MAT

With MBA entrance exam season at its peak, students from across the country are appearing for various tests to get admission in top B-schools of India.

(LATEST: The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a popular entrance exam for candidates seeking admission in the prestigious Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other top B-Schools of the country. The CAT exam is taken by lakhs of students every year in the month of October or November. As per the latest news, the CAT 2016 will be conducted by IIM Bangalore and the important dates for the same will be release somewhere in the month of August.)

After the announcement of CAT 2012 results, it is time for the next prestigious management exam –  MAT 2013, scheduled to be held on 3rd February (paper-based) and 9th February (computer-based).

Many students, however, who do not know the difference between CAT and MAT.

To help students overcome this confusion, we have compiled a list of things that sets the two premier management entrance tests apart.


Point of Differentiation

Common Admission Test (CAT)

Management Aptitude Test (MAT)

Academic body

Conducted by Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) for admission to MBA and equivalent programmes of top tier B-schools in India

All India Management Association (AIMA) for admission to MBA and equivalent programmes of second tier B-schools in India


Candidate must hold a Bachelor's Degree with at least 60% marks

Candidate should be a graduate with 50% marks

Cracking the test

Tougher to crack

Easier than CAT

Mode of Exam

Completely computer-based test

Both paper-pencil and computer-based format

Frequency of Test


Carried out once in a year

Conducted four times in a year i.e. February, May, September and December

Paper Pattern


Application based: 3 sections. Total number of questions: 60-70

Formula based: 5 sections and the total number of questions is 200

Time management


It plays an important role. If a candidate is able to answer 80-90 percent of the questions of a section, it is considered a very good attempt.

Time pressure not such a problem while cracking MAT



Registration fees is Rs 1600 and Rs 800 for SC/ST category

Registration fees is Rs 1200



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