MAT Eligibility Criteria 2020: Age Limit, Qualifying Criteria, Number of Attempts

MAT eligibility criteria includes academic qualification, minimum marks, work experience, age limit as mentioned by AIMA. Know complete MAT eligibility criteria 2020.

MAT Eligibility Criteria as stated by All India Management Association (AIMA) is a set of academic requirements that candidates need to fulfil to be eligible to take the entrance test. AIMA conducts Management Aptitude Test or MAT four times a year – February, May, September and December. Candidates can take MAT exam in either of the test modes i.e. Computer-Based Test (CBT) or Paper-Based Test (PBT). In 2020, AIMA introduced the Internet Based Test (IBT) mode where in candidates can appear for the exam from home. MAT 2020 May and September exams were conducted in IBT mode.

MAT score is accepted by over 700 B-schools across the country for admission to MBA/PGDM courses. Those who plan to take upcoming MAT 2020 exam in December, must ensure they fulfil the eligibility criteria to be be able to apply. Check below detailed MAT eligibility criteria and other key information related to the exam.

MAT Eligibility Criteria 2020

Academic Qualification

  • Candidates must have completed bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognised Institute or University
  • Candidates appearing in final year examination or awaiting result for Bachelor’s degree are also eligible to appear for MAT 2020

Minimum Marks in Qualifying Exam

  • Candidates need to have at least 50 percent aggregate or equivalent CGPA in bachelor’s degree
  • Candidates belonging to reserved categories i.e. SC, ST, and PwD need to have minimum 45 per cent aggregate or equivalent CGPA in bachelor’s degree final result

Age Limit

There is no upper age limit to apply for MAT exam. However, the lower age limit is not less than 20 years old which is equivalent to a graduate.

Work Experience

Having work experience is not mandatory for MAT, however it carries extra weightage in selection process of all top MBA colleges.

There is no limit on the number of attempts for taking the exam, therefore candidates are eligible to take the exam irrespective of their attempts in previous sessions. The score of lastest attempt will be taken into consideration for admission.

MAT Eligibility Criteria for Participating Institutes

Candidates can check MBA colleges accepting MAT scores for participating B-schools from Northern region, Southern region, Western region and Eastern region. As per general MAT eligibility criteria, candidates should have a bachelor’s degree and a valid MAT 2020 score. Some of the B-schools specify eligible marks for the qualifying degree examination as mentioned below. 

Reservation Criteria: PwD candidates

In most of the higher education institutes 5 per cent seats are reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD) under the provision of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPwD Act 2016).

The categories of disability are:

  1. Blindness and low vision
  2. Deaf and hard of hearing
  3. Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy, cured dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy.
  4. Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness
  5. Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under 1 to 4
  6. Other ‘specified disabilities’ mentioned in ‘The Schedule’ of the RPwD Act 2016