Frequently Asked Questions

Q.1: What are the Qualifications & percentage needed for appearing in the MAST?
A.1: The minimum qualification for appearing in MAST is MBA/PGDM or equivalent degree/diploma in management from a recognized University/Institute. The candidates who have passed on or after 2009 are only eligible. A final year student can also appear provisionally. There is no minimum percentage requirement for taking the test.

Q.2: What is the mandatory qualifying course duration?
A.2: MBA/PGDM or equivalent degree/diploma in management from a recognized University/Institute should be 2 year Full Time or 3 year Part Time or 3 year Distance Learning Programme. The courses/Programmes having duration less than 2 year are not eligible.
Q.3: What is MAST Online Registration No.?
A.3: MAST Online Registration No is an auto-generated Registration Number allotted to the candidate on successful submission of online registration form and will appear on print version of the Registration Form.

This number is used for:
1 : Downloading of the candidates admit card
2 : Reprint of candidates registration form
3 : All future correspondences.

Q.4: What is the mode of test?
A.4: MAST is conducted as Computer Based Test (CBT) only.

Q.5: What are the test dates and timings of the test?
A.5: The CBT is being scheduled on 23 September 2012 (Sunday) in different time slots.

Q.6: What is the cost of the taking the test?
A.6: The cost of the test is 1750/-.

Q.7: What is the mode of payment and Registration?
A. 7: Candidate can register online at www.aima-ind.org along with the Demand Draft of Rs.1750/- in favour of "All India Management Association"  Payable at New Delhi from any Bank. Detailed Procedure is givin on the website link  or Register online at website www.aima-ind.org with Credit Card Payment. Detailed Procedure is given on the website.

Candidate must have the Demand Draft / Credit Card ready before filling up the Registration Form.

Q.8: What will happen in case of any payment error due to website connectivity?
A 8: Due to any network communication/connectivity problems, if your application form does not get materialize and the amount of Rs.1750/- has been debited from your account, the same will be refunded back to your account after the reconciliation with Bank and declaration of the MAST result. In Such cases candidates are advised to register again.

Q.9 : What is the validity of MAST score?
A.9 : Validity of the MAST score is for one year.

Q.10 : Do we get a separate Admit Card for appearing in MAST?
A.10 : All provisionally registered candidates can down load their Admit Card from AIMA website link: http://aima-ind.org/mast2012Sep fifteen days before the date of test i.e. 08 September 2012 after  1400 hour. No separate special card is issued. Also, activation of a test centre depends upon the minimum no. of registration.

Q.11 : Is there any age bar for it? Any Job experience required to appear in MAST?
A.11 : There is no age bar. Job experience is not necessary.

Q.12 : What is the nature of MAST test?
A.12 : It is an objective type test with multiple-choice answers.

Test is divided in three main sections
1. Psychometric assessment
2. General Aptitude
3. Domain Knowledge

Psychometric assessment

Personality traits commonly held in high demand by recruiters stated below will be tested
• Leadership
• Decision Making Ability
• Team Work
• Adaptability
• Stress Management
• Initiator
• Ethical Values
• Negotiation skills
• Stability

General Aptitude

Ability tests will assess logical reasoning or thinking performance and will evaluate the following
• Numerical Ability
• Managerial Ability
• Reasoning
• English Language

Domain Knowledge

Domain Knowledge Test will be Case Study based followed by multiple choice questions in the following areas:
• HR
• Marketing
• Operations
• IT
• International Business
• Finance

 Q.13 : How to get the MAST Score Card?
A 13 : The Score Card is put on the AIMA website during last week of October 2012 (tentative). Candidate can download his/her score card with his Registration Form Number and Roll No from AIMA website.

Q.14 : Will mock test be available on the website?
A 14 : Yes mock test will be available on the website.

Q.15 : Will the candidate database be shared with the recruiter endorsing the test?
A 15 : The details provided by the candidate in the registration form and the score details based on the test will be furnished to potential recruiters.
Q.16 : What was the need for the MAST?
A 16 : A research conducted by Indian Market Research Bureau (IMRB) and AIMA showed that despite the large number of management graduates passing out annually, most of them were not placed appropriately in corporates. With an aim to create and launch a universal yardstick for screening and selecting the right candidates for the right profile, AIMA launched MAST in 2010. AIMA successfully conducted its first test in September 2011 and the next test is scheduled on September 23.
Q.17 : Who does it benefit and how?
A 17 : Attracting and hiring the right recruit for their organisations is a major challenge for corporates today. As a result, hiring teams in major firms invest a lot of time and money in scouting for talent and hiring the right profiles. Most placement teams invest in tie ups with Job portals, launch Internal Employee referral programmes with impressive monetary rewards, send recruitment teams for campus recruitment in tier II and tier III towns, invest heavily in advertising and email/sms virals, partner with placement consultants and job fairs, etc, which are time consuming and expensive activities with low turn around percentages. MAST offers potential employers a cost-effective, one stop solution to this problem. With MAST, companies will be able to match the candidate’s profile with right job requirements particularly in respect of skills & psychometric profile. It will allow potential employers to deepen their search for talent and access b-schools across India to find the right talent. MAST will open up opportunities across functions and industries based on the participating organisation’s profile/requirement.
Q. 18 : What does the average job applicant have to gain from it?
A 18 : With the management education sector fragmented by location, learning content and student background, MAST is aimed at providing a level playing field for all management graduates, irrespective of location or category of their b-School; thereby allowing potential employers to deepen their search for talent. MAST will measure management students’ readiness for employment using employers’ benchmarks, such as familiarity with relevant technology, strategic thinking and communication skills. Being a national test, MAST will generate a database of scores of most of the fresh graduates and the students in their final year of b-schools. This database will allow employers to identify potential hires by location and specialisation. MAST scores will also help students assess their preparation for the real business world and act suitably.
Q. 19 : How many companies accept the test as of now?
A 19 : Close to 100 companies endorse MAST as of today, including Nokia, Parle India, Religare India, Moser Baer India, ITC Lifestyle, Suzlon, SBI Life, Transport Corporation of India amongst others.


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