CAT vs MAT- What is the Difference?


You will find every 1 out of 5 students aspiring to get an MBA degree. With the entrance exams of MBA at its peak, students from various parts of the world are working hard and appearing in very MBA exams to get admission into a top ranked B-School. The two top prestigious exams of India are CAT and MAT. If both of the exams land you in a B-School then what makes them any different?

To help students overcome this confusion, we have compiled a list of things that sets the two premier management entrance tests apart. Students get really confused between the both exams. To get an accurate answer to this question have a look at the below mentioned points and decode the difference for yourself as for which of these is more beneficial for you.

Point of Differentiation Common Admission Test (CAT) Management Aptitude Test (MAT)
Academic body Conducted by Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) for admission to MBA and equivalent programmes of top tier B-schools in India Conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA) for admission to MBA and equivalent programmes of second tier B-schools in India
Eligibility Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks Graduation Degree in any discipline from a recognized university.
Cracking the test Tougher to crack Easier than CAT
Mode of Exam Completely computer-based test Includes both paper-pencil and computer-based format
Frequency of Test Carried out once in a year Conducted four times in a year i.e. February, May, September and December
Paper Pattern  Application based: 3 sections. Total number of questions: 60-70 Formula based: 5 sections and the total number of questions is 200
Time management  It plays an important role. If a candidate is able to answer 80-90 percent of the questions of a section, it is considered a very good attempt. Time pressure not such a problem while cracking MAT
Fees  Registration fees is Rs 1600 and Rs 800 for SC/ST category Registration fees is Rs 1200


The above mentioned differences make one thing pretty clear i.e MAT is easier to crack if you compare with CAT. While preparing for the exams, the biggest question is which one is worthier.

The worth of efforts is still hard to tell as the preferences may depend person to person. Anyone who dreams to get into IIMs should at least once attempt for CAT. Seeing that situation one can decide for another try at it or for competing in MAT. However if a person thinks that preparing for CAT would be too very hectic a task that is unachievable for him/her, it is then advisable to devote time in preparing for MAT. However, appearing for both the exams can be a good idea as well, there is no harm in at least trying once.

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