CAT vs MAT : Differences and Which one is worth the effort?

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CAT vs MAT : Differences and Which one is worth the effort?

CAT vs MAT : Differences and Which one is worth the effort? : CAT and MAT are both management entrance exams. The main difference is the that while CAT is to get admission into top of the line B-schools, MAT on the other hand is used by the next tier of B-Schools. CAT is abbreviated as Common Admission Test, while MAT is abbreviated as Management Aptitude Test.

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CAT: CAT is the toughest management exam and CAT scores are accepted by top B-Schools. CAT is far more challenging than MAT

CAT is the toughest management exam and CAT scores are accepted by top B-Schools. CAT is far more challenging than MAT. CAT is one of the toughest exams to get into any of the the reputed Indian Institute of Management spread across the country. Cracking CAT is hard and its even harder to get into IIM’s and meant for a chosen few.

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a national-level management entrance examination conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) for admission to 20 IIMs and over 100 B-schools across India.

It is necessary to take CAT or the Common Aptitude Test if you have MBA dreams and want to get into IIM’s or any of the top 100 B-Schools. Getting into IIM’s takes both brains and brawns – which means its a combination of both hardwork and intelligence and certainly not for everyone. Students need more 99 to 100 percentile to get into any of the IIM’s spread across the country.

Over 2 lakh students compete in CAT Exam every year, so the examination is both tough and competitive.

Examination Paper Pattern of CAT 2017:

S. No.

Section

Number of Questions

Duration in minutes

1

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

34

60

2

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

32

60

3

Quantitative Ability

34

60

Total

100

180

Participating Institutes for CAT :

  1. Post Graduate Programmes in Management:
Institutes: Programmes: Website Addresses:
IIM Ahmedabad PGP, PGP-FABM, ePGP www.iima.ac.in
IIM Amritsar PGP www.iimamritsar.ac.in
IIM Bangalore PGP, PGPEM, PGPPM www.iimb.ac.in
IIM Bodh Gaya PGP www.iimbg.ac.in
IIM Calcutta PGP-PGDM www.iimcal.ac.in
IIM Indore PGP (Indore, Mumbai), EPGP, PGP-HRM www.iimidr.ac.in
IIM Jammu PGP www.iiml.ac.in/jammu
IIM Kashipur PGP, EPGP www.iimkashipur.ac.in
IIM Kozhikode PGP www.iimk.ac.in
IIM Lucknow PGP, PGP-ABM, PGP-SM www.iiml.ac.in
IIM Nagpur PGP www.iimnagpur.ac.in
IIM Raipur PGP, PGPWE www.iimraipur.ac.in
IIM Ranchi PGDM, PGDHRM www.iimranchi.ac.in
IIM Rohtak PGP, EPGP, EPGPX www.iimrohtak.ac.in
IIM Sambalpur PGP www.iimsambalpur.ac.in
RGIIM Shillong PGP, PGPEX www.iimshillong.in
IIM Sirmaur PGP www.iimsirmaur.ac.in
IIM Tiruchirappalli PGP, PGPBM www.iimtrichy.ac.in
IIM Udaipur PGP www.iimu.ac.in
IIM Visakhapatnam PGP www.iimv.ac.in

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CAT vs MAT : Differences and which one is worth the effort?

MAT: 

In comparison to CAT, MAT is a much easier exam and is taken by lesser number of people but a lot of institutes and colleges accept MAT.

S. No.

Section

Number of Questions

Duration in minutes

1

Language Comprehension

40

150 minutes

2

 Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

40

3

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

40

4

Mathematical Skills

40

5

 Indian and Global Environment

40

Total

200

Candidates will be awarded 1 mark for each question and will lost 0.25 marks.

MAT or Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a national-level management entrance examination. The test scores are used for admission to various MBA, PGDM and allied management programmes. The exam is conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA). More than 600 B-Schools accept MAT exam scores. MAT is held four times a year. Graduates of any discipline can apply take the exam and final year graduation students can also apply. MAT has not age limit. Candidates can take online MAT test in more than 100 cities across India.

Exam Centers for MAT 2017:

STATE/ UT NAME TEST CITY CODE TEST CITY NAME TEST MODE CHOOSABLE
ANDHRA PRADESH 502 VISAKHAPATNAM Only Paper Based Test
ASSAM 701 GUWAHATI Only Paper Based Test

703 JORHAT Only Paper Based Test
BIHAR 801 PATNA Only Paper Based Test
CHANDIGARH 101 CHANDIGARH Paper Based or Computer Based Test
CHHATTISGARH 403 RAIPUR Only Paper Based Test
DELHI 102 DELHI (NCR) Paper Based or Computer Based Test
GUJARAT 301 AHMEDABAD Paper Based or Computer Based Test
HARYANA 106 GURGAON Only Paper Based Test
HIMACHAL PRADESH 171 SHIMLA Only Paper Based Test
JAMMU & KASHMIR 113 JAMMU Only Paper Based Test
JHARKHAND 802 JAMSHEDPUR Only Paper Based Test

803 RANCHI Only Paper Based Test
KARNATAKA 503 BENGALURU Paper Based or Computer Based Test

505 MANGALORE Only Paper Based Test
KERALA 602 KOCHI Paper Based or Computer Based Test

604 THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Only Paper Based Test
MADHYA PRADESH 404 BHOPAL Paper Based or Computer Based Test

406 INDORE Only Paper Based Test
MAHARASHTRA 408 MUMBAI Paper Based or Computer Based Test

409 NAGPUR Only Paper Based Test

410 PUNE Only Paper Based Test
ORISSA 706 BHUBANESWAR Only Paper Based Test
RAJASTHAN 306 JAIPUR Paper Based or Computer Based Test
TAMIL NADU 606 CHENNAI Paper Based or Computer Based Test

607 COIMBATORE Only Paper Based Test
TELANGANA 501 HYDERABAD Paper Based or Computer Based Test
UTTAR PRADESH 203 ALLAHABAD Only Paper Based Test

204 BAREILLY Only Paper Based Test

206 KANPUR Only Paper Based Test

207 LUCKNOW Paper Based or Computer Based Test

208 MEERUT Only Paper Based Test
UTTARAKHAND 211 DEHRADUN Only Paper Based Test

213 HARIDWAR Only Paper Based Test
WEST BENGAL 712 DURGAPUR Only Paper Based Test

711 KOLKATA Paper Based or Computer Based Test

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CAT vs MAT : Differences and Which one is worth the effort?

CAT is definitely worth the effort. CAT remains the king of management exams and if you want to get into the IIM’s or any of the top business schools. It is always recommended to give CAT. You can give MAT as well. However, some institutes might not accept CAT scores and may be accepting only certain exams. Find out and accrodingly take the exam.

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