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MAT Counselling 2018 (February)

Updated On - January 9th 2018 by SOUMYA SEHGAL

MAT Counselling 2018 (February) will be held in February 2018. AIMA will release MAT Counselling Schedule post declaration of MAT Result. It will come out in the last week of February 2018. While some colleges admit students directly on the basis of MAT Score, some hold pre-admission rounds (Group Discussion (GD), Personal Interview (PI) and Written Ability Test (WAT)) to shortlist candidates.

For all the candidates who are participating in MAT Counselling 2018 (February), here is all that you need to know:

  • AIMA will release MAT counseling notification on its official website i.e.
  • Candidates who qualify MAT Cut off will proceed towards further selection rounds i.e. GD/PI. These rounds vary institute-wise.
  • Registration for MAT online counseling is important in order to participate in it on the provided date.
  • Submission of MAT counselling fee should also be done online.
  • Candidates can also apply for offline counselling. In this, they need to report at the allocated reporting center.
  • At the time of MAT Counselling, it is essential to bring all your documents such as admit card, rank card, original certificates, caste certificates if any and at least6 passport size black and white and color photographs.
  • Seats will be allotted on the basis of scores obtained in MAT as well as other selection rounds combined.
  • There are nearly 600 MAT Participating Colleges that accept its score. 
The Trend: In majority of the management institutions these days, Written Ability Test (WAT) is given more weightage, than the earlier idea of group discussions. It is because the admission committee believes it is more convenient to judge a person’s view points based on Written Ability Test than in a Group Discussion. They stated this argument as they realized that a soft-spoken candidate loses their chance to score in a group discussion when the louder candidate speaks a lot about a given topic.

MAT 2018 Counselling Procedure

  • The counselling procedure in MAT differs from institute to institute.
  • While some may have a provision for offline mode, the other only allow online registrations.
  • Before proceeding to the choice-filling step, make sure you have paid the counselling fee online.
  • A link for the same will be shown on the official website of AIMA and respective colleges.

Read MAT Cutoff for PUMBA

Given below is the step-by-step procedure of participating in MAT Counselling 2018:

Online Mode

Step 1- Online Choice Filling

Here, all qualified candidates who have paid their registration fee/ counselling fee choose their preferred colleges in descending order.

Step 2- Choice Locking & Printing of Locked Choices

The choices filled by contender will be locked automatically after registration period is over. Applicants have to take a print out of the filled choices only after closing of choice-filling in that particular round.

Step 3- Seat Allotment

The choices given are considered by the authorities and seats are allotted in order of merit.

Read MAT cutoff for Christ University Bangalore

Step 4- Pay Fee

Post allotment of seat, candidates must pay the fee via E-Challan or online mode. Post that, they must download the Online Provisional Admission letter. Then, the rounds of allotment will be started and also the Withdrawal of Allotted Seat and Refund of Fees session will be proposed.

Offline Mode

  • You must carry the ‘Assisstance Form’ along at the time of MAT Counselling. It can be obtained from the designated centers where candidates must report before the last date.
  • From the given list of MAT Participating Colleges, choose the most preferred colleges.
  • Post allotment of seat, you must be physically present at the  Institute and secure your seat and do the payment of requisite fee.
  • Carry all important documents (given below) in original, along with their attested photocopies.
  • In case you wish to participate in the second round of MAT Counselling, the dates will be announced post completion of the first round.

Documents Required for MAT Counselling 2018

Following documents are required at the time of counselling:

  1. Xerox copy of Counselling Letter
  2. Xerox Copy of MAT Admit Card
  3. Bank Draft (check details in AIMA MAT Prospectus)
  4. MAT Rank Card 
  5. Medical Documents
  6. Original and xerox of 10th , 12th and graduation certificates
  7. 6 passport size black & white and colored photographs of the candidate

Factors Affecting Selection through MAT

Requirement of Aptitude test for Selection

Aptitude tests is conducted to discover suitable & efficient student to meet industry & market standards in future. Your selection will depends on following factors:

  • Marks in qualifying exam/equivalent CGPA
  • Performance in MAT exam
  • Date of Birth: DOB benefits will be provided to those students who are older than another student with the same MAT Cut off in merit list. 

Selection Criteria for Sponsored Category Student

  • If you are working in any government/regulatory/research/academic or consultant organization then you have to go through the institute level test with respect to fulfillment of minimum qualification.
  • Work Experience: If you have 2 year’s post qualification experience through a technical/engineering institute of state or national level.
  • Requirement of certificate: Your selection will depend on the presentation of sponsorship certificate from the respective Institute at the time of the test.
  • In case of equivalent marks of two students DOB will be the merit criteria.

Selection of Sons/Daughter of NRI Personnel

  • You must hold a valid passport regarding fulfillment of NRI quota.
  • 5% of available seats are reserved.
  • Seats will be converted to general intake in case of non-availability of NRI students.

Calculation of MAT Score

The final cumulative score calculation for selecting candidates after various rounds of selection procedure would be based on the following parameters.

  • Your score will be calculated by comparing it with an average group of other students. Your ability & aptitude performance are evaluated relative to the performance of a group of students.
  • To obtain your composite score, collect your score in each test area. Calculate percentile in test areas & in turn calculate total percentile.
  • Score obtained in Indian & Global environment section is not used in composite score calculation rather mentioned separately in the score card.

MAT Selection Process 2018

You need to prepare thoroughly for the exam to secure admission in a top B-school. One of the top B-School, Ta Pai Management Institute, Manipal which has an overall rank 4 throughout India, accepts cutoff 700. Xavier Institute of Management in Bangalore also accept students having a minimum score as 700. Overall, cutoff in top B-school ranges from 500 to 700. Thus, it is a top beat competition and you need to start your preparations as early as possible.

The top 5 institutes’ criteria of selection in detail are as follows:
1. Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

For selection in IIT MBA, Madras, the candidate must have a valid score in MAT. If they have the minimum score or percentile which will be the cut off mentioned by the institution, they will be shortlisted. It will also consider past academic performance, work experience etc.

Minimum Academic Qualifications for all the shortlisted candidates will also be taken further into notice. Graduates in any degree must have achieved first degree or 60% marks and above (55% and above for SC/ST candidates) in their degree from a reputed or recognized University. Fr=or defense personnel, the required qualifying degree is 55%. Final year students, who will be applying for MAT, will also be able to apply in this institute, and if they get selected, they will be given admissions provisionally. The only condition being, that they must meet all the requirements of the minimum percentage before the start of the exam and can submit the provisional certificate within two months of joining the program.

 Later on, a personal interview will be conducted on a specific location which will be followed by group task performance and written communication. 

2. TA Pai Management Institute, Manipal

For selection in TA PAi Management Institution, a candidate must have a graduate degree in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum aggregate of 50% marks. The students of final year, if selected, will have to submit the required proof of completion of their graduation by the time they join the post graduate programme. A stipulated date will be given by which they need to submit all their mark-lists and other essential testimonials.

Scores of MAT exam, academic excellence and work experience will also be considered. Later on, after the shortlist is out, candidates will be asked for a written test or personal interview and other evaluation components involved in the admission procedure.

Then, the overall performance will be considered for the selection of the candidate.

3. Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education, Mumbai

Students who want admission in this institute must have a graduation degree with 50% marks or above from a recognized University (45% and above for SC/ST candidates).  Final year students can also apply for the admission process. You should achieve the minimum score required in MAT 2018 and you will be able to get admission in the institution. Candidates do not require applying separately for this institution and the admissions will be handled by the CAP itself. Candidates with work experience will be given importance than candidates who have zero experience in the industry for the selection procedure.

4. Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Bangalore

Candidates with minimum aggregate of 50% marks(45% for SC/ST candidates) in their graduation from a recognized university can apply for MBA in this institution. Candidates who are in final year can apply and they must be able to complete their graduation before June 15, 2017. They need to submit proof of their passing degree before February, 2017 and they should be clearing their graduation with 50% marks only. Any other candidate who has scored less need not apply for this institution.
Candidates who will be able to get 70% in MAT entrance exam of 2018 will be eligible for admission in the MBA programme. Your academic record, performance in Group Discussion and Personal Interview will also be considered. Better work experience and participation in extra-curricular activities will also be given more importance during the selection criteria.

5. Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad.

Candidates must have a graduate degree with minimum percentage as 50% or equivalent CGPA (45% for SC/ST candidates) in order to be eligible for the admission process. Final year students clearing the selection process will have to submit their proof of completion of graduation within 4 weeks of joining the course.
Candidates applying for MAT must submit the application form to the institute as well. Short-listed candidates will require sitting through personal interview and group discussions which will be conducted by the institution for the selection. Te final selection is going to be based on overall performance in Admission Test, Group Discussion, Personal Interview and consistent academic Awards.

Check MAT Result 

MAT Counselling 2018 FAQs

QUES. How many institutes are participating in MAT selection process from all over India?

ANS. Check here list of participating institutes & universities in MAT selection process for different regions:

RegionNumber of Institutes

To avail admission in International institute you have to go through the WAT process. The institutes are:

Schiller International universityUSA
University Carlos III of MadridSpain

Ques. What do you mean by an average performer in the test?

ANS. If you pass an exam then you will be considered as an average performer. But in some cases more efficient student has advantage over others. For e.g. a mathematics student has an unfair advantage on students of different backgrounds appearing for same paper.

It is good that now a days authorities consider aptitude tests as a part of assessment process only.

Ques. Who will inform me about my selection after announcement of score from AIMA?

ANS. After announcement of MAT Result by AIMA, which is the exam conducting authority for MAT. Initially you have to make the list of those institutes in which you want to take admission. Apply by sending your score card to the respective institute. Merit list will be released by that institute & you will be informed by authorities through e-mail or call letter. Keep visiting to the official website of the institute for latest updates.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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