MAT Exam Pattern 2017 - Sections, Marking Scheme, Duration

Shreyasa Vijay updated on : 26 Oct 2017

Check details on MAT exam pattern and structure. Know all about MAT test pattern 2017 to accomplish your goal.

MAT Exam Pattern 2017

MAT Exam Pattern 2017 – AIMA has prescribed the test pattern of MAT December 2017. Candidates can get the idea regarding the number of sections, questions, duration of test with the help of exam pattern. The entrance test will be conducted in both online and offline mode. Candidates must check the exam pattern so that they can do their preparation accordingly. There is no specific change in the exam pattern of MAT exam. However, knowledge of the exam pattern is essential for applicants. This enables them to know about the exam in detail so that they can prepare the type of questions expected in the exam beforehand, thereby increasing the possibility of obtaining a good score.

MAT 2017 registration process for December attempt has begun from October 5. Candidates can register till December 1 for both offline and online mode of exam. MAT December 2017 admit card will be made available to the applicants after the completion of application process. All provisionally registered candidates both for Paper Based and Computer Based Test can download their Admit Card from AIMA website i.e. ( on or after 02 December 2017 (Saturday). MAT gives applicants a chance to study MBA, PGDM and allied courses at post-graduation level in various B-schools across India. AIMA will conduct the MAT 2017 on 10th and 16th December in paper-based and computer-based mode respectively.

MAT Exam Pattern 2017

Knowing the MAT December 2017 exam pattern will make the preparation easier for the candidates. Test pattern will help them to formulate an appropriate strategy which will aid aspirants in scoring good marks to crack the MAT exam. Here we are providing the outline for MAT 2017:

MAT Test Pattern 2017 - Overview

Total no. of questions


Duration of test

150 minutes

Marking Scheme

1 mark for every question

Negative marking

0.25 of the total mark

Number of sections


Options for each question


MAT exam pattern 2017 for December examination will constitute of multiple choice questions offering four answer choices for each question There will be a total of 200 questions to attempt in all which will be divided into 5 different sections. Each of these sections will consist of 40 questions.

The five different sections along with the time suggested for it are as follows –


Section  Name

No. of Questions

Time Suggested (Minutes)


Language Comprehension




Mathematical Skills




Data Analysis & Sufficiency




Intelligence & Critical Reasoning




Indian & Global Environment








Duration of MAT December 2017

According to the MAT 2017 test pattern, the duration of the test will be 150 minutes or 2.5 hours. Each section will consist of 40 questions. There is no such limited time duration for each section. However, time for each part is suggested in the table given in above section.

Marking Scheme of MAT 2017

Along with the exam pattern of MAT December 2017, it is essential to know about the marking scheme for candidates. It will help them to form a strategy in the exam.

Below is the marking scheme of MAT December 2017 –

  • For each correct answer- one mark will be awarded
  • For each incorrect answer- 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer
  • Total marks of test- 200
  • Scaled marks will be given out of 800

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