All India Management Association (AIMA) has started the registration for Management Aptitude Test (MAT) 2019. For now, the application form is available for the February session. AIMA conducts the exam four times a year in the months of February, May, September, and December. So, candidates can apply for any of this session according to their convenience. The scores of MAT 2019 are valid for 12 months only.
Interested candidates can fill the application form on the official website of AIMA at aima.in. The exam takes place in two modes naming Paper-Based Test (PBT) and Computer- Based Test (CBT). Applicants can appear for either one or both of the modes. Selecting both PBT & CBT will give the candidates option to choose 7 Management Institutes instead of 5. The application fee is Rs 1550/- for one mode and Rs 2650/- for both the modes.
Importantly, the exam schedule for PBT and CBT is different. The last date to apply for PBT and CBT is February 08 & 12, 2019, respectively. Candidates must stick to the deadline to avoid last minute delays. According to previous year session trends, AIMA usually extends the registration dates. According to which exam date changes and the PBT conducts in two phases instead of one. The second phase takes place along with CBT.
For the current session, the PBT is schedule to take place on February 17, 2019, in one slot between 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM. The exam will conduct in 54 cities all over India. The CBT will be held on February 23, 2019, in only 31 cities in India. The computer-based test may take place in more than one slot in a day depending on the number of registrations.
An important point to note is that MAT scores are not enough for the direct entry in a management institute. Candidates must apply to these colleges separately. The exam conducting body just sends the score to the MI’s selected by the institute. If the students clear the cutoff then only the call for the interview will be received. Also, candidates must check the eligibility criteria and selection process of a particular college before applying via MAT 2019 scores.
The exam pattern of MAT 2019 is more or less similar to other national level management tests. It consists of five sections naming Language Comprehension, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis & Sufficiency, and Indian & Global Environment. There is negative marking in the exam of 0.25 marks for each incorrect answer.
The Mathematical section in the exam is usually dominated by the Arithmetic section. Among Data Analysis and Sufficiency, major questions are from Data Interpretation (DI). Analytical Reasoning is generally moderate and the English section has a good mixture of Verbal and RC questions. For the better preparation, candidates can refer to previous year questions papers.
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