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MAT Exam Analysis 2021

Updated By Abhinav Chamoli on 07 Sep, 2021 09:48

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MAT 2021 Exam Analysis

The September session of MAT 2021 is being held on various dates. The MAT exam is being held in the CBT, PBT and IBT modes. The MAT exam analysis by CollegeDekho will provide aspirants with a detailed description of the difficulty level, important topics and other factors related to the MAT question paper. The MAT question paper analysis will be based upon feedback received from students who appeared for the exam. The MAT 2021 September session exam schedule is as follows.

  • MAT CBT: August 17 & September 12
  • MAT PBT: September 5
  • MAT IBT: August 28, 29, September 4, 5, 11, 12

MAT 2021 Exam Analysis Highlights

Given below are the important highlights for the MAT 2021 question paper.

ModeCBT, PBT, IBT
No. of sections5
Total no. of questions200
No. of questions in each section40
Marks per question1
Negative marking-0.25
Total raw score200
Total scaled score

The MAT 2021 question paper pattern is same for CBT, PBT and IBT modes. There is no section-wise time limit in MAT 2021. Candidates have access to the complete paper at all points during the exam. However, AIMA has suggested the time a candidate should take in each section as follows.

SectionNo. of QuestionsSuggested Time
Mathematical Skills4040 minutes
Data Analysis & Sufficiency4035 minutes
Language Comprehension4030 minutes
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning4030 minutes
Indian & Global Environment
(Not counted in percentile calculation)
4015 minutes
TOTAL200150 minutes

The February and July sessions of MAT 2021 have already been held. Both were held in all three i.e. CBT, PBT and IBT modes. Following is an analysis of the MAT question paper for previous shifts.

MAT 2021 Question Paper Analysis - July Session

Given below is the section-wise analysis of the MAT 2021 question paper in the July session.

SectionDifficulty Level
Mathematical SkillsModerate
Intelligence & Critical ReasoningEasy
Language ComprehensionEasy to Moderate
Data Analysis & SufficiencyModerate
Indian & Global EnvironmentEasy
OVERALLMODERATE

Here is a more detailed description of each section.

MAT 2021 (July) Mathematical Skills Analysis

The Mathematical Skills section in MAT 2021 July question paper was of Moderate difficulty. The dominant topics in this section included Algebra, Arithmetic, Modern Math and Geometry.

MAT 2021 (July) Language Comprehension Analysis

The Language Comprehension section in MAT 2021 July exam was Easy to Moderate. The section contained 2 RC passages, which were doable with moderate effort. Apart from that, the section included questions from topics such as Antonyms & Synonyms, One-Word Substitution, Idioms & Phrases, Para jumbles etc.

MAT 2021 (July) Intelligence & Critical Reasoning Analysis

Student feedback suggests that the section was Easy to Moderate in difficulty. It was an all-round section and no one topic was dominant. Important topics include Coding-Decoding, Blood Relations, Series etc.

MAT 2021 (July) Data Analysis and Sufficiency Analysis

The Data Analysis and Sufficiency section in the MAT July exam had Easy to Moderately difficult questions. The questions were a usual mix of Charts, Graphs and Tables in Data Analysis and Arithmetic and Mensuration-based questions in Data Sufficiency.

MAT 2021 (July) Indian and Global Environment Analysis

The Indian and Global Environment section was Easy with most of the questions based on Static GK and some questions based on the affairs of the last few years.

MAT 2021 CBT Feb 20 Analysis

MAT 2021 was held on February 20. Candidates can take a look at the detailed MAT 2021 paper analysis below once the exam is over. The exam analysis will help the aspirants understand the difficulty level of the exam and give them an idea of the MAT 2021 expected cutoff

MAT 2021 (Feb 20) Exam & Question Paper Analysis, Answer Key & Solutions

MAT CBT December 2020 Analysis

MAT 2020 was conducted in the CBT mode on December 28, 2020. The exam was held in the CBT mode after a gap of 9 months. Students also appeared for MAT 2020 in the PBT and IBT mode this year. The analysis of MAT PBT and MAT IBT can be found below. A detailed analysis of MAT 2020 CBT will be updated here once details are available.

MAT PBT December 2020 Analysis

MAT PBT 2020 exam was conducted on December 6, 2020. This year, MAT 2020 is being conducted through both paper-based and internet-based mode.  Candidates can find MAT PBT December 2020 analysis below.

MAT December 2020 Exam & Question Paper Analysis, Answer Key & Solutions - Live Updates

The entire timetable for MAT has been declared and the IBT exam is being held from November 21, 2020, to December 15, 2020. The MAT 2020 PBT December analysis will help the MAT 2020 test-takers to know about the nature of the test, MAT 2020 expected cutoffs, exam pattern and top MBA colleges accepting MAT score etc.

MAT is conducted 4 times a year and the exam has already been wrapped up for the months of February, May and September. The MAT exam is yet to be held for the December session. Meanwhile, you can go through the previous MAT exams and get an idea of the type and nature of questions and pattern that might appear in the upcoming exam

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MAT IBT Exam Analysis

The MAT IBT is similar to MAT CBT and PBT. The only difference is that for MAT IBT, candidates have to appear from home. The difficulty level of the IBT exams held from May-July was reported to be moderate with the Verbal, Data Analysis and Reasoning Questions a bit time-taking.

MAT 2020 IBT Section-Wise Analysis 

Language Comprehension

Let's take a look at the MAT 2020 IBT Section-Wise Analysis which includes the topics, number of questions and the difficulty level. A score of 27-28 marks is decent to help candidates score 90 percentile in this section.

Topics Difficulty LevelNumber of Questions
Error in Sentence Formation Moderate3
AntonymsModerate to Difficult3
SynonymsModerate3
Number of RC PassagesEasy to Moderate5
Fill in the Blanks with Correct WordsModerate3
One Word SubstitutionModerate2
Jumbled ParagraphsModerate3
Phrases & Idioms Substitution by WordsModerate to Difficult3

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

The Intelligence and Critical Reasoning section had more questions focused on Analytical and Logical Reasoning and the number of Critical Reasoning questions was reported to be less. This section was found lengthy by the students and a score of 26-27 marks would be decent to help candidate score 90 percentile. 

Mathematical Skills

This section of MAT 2020 IBT had 40 questions and Arithmetic questions were more on topics such as Interest, Time and Work, Percentages etc. The level of difficulty of this section was moderate and it was reported to be time-taking. There were also questions on Ratio, Geometry and Mensuration, Equation etc. A score of 29-30 marks will help the aspirants get 90+ percentile. 

Indian and Global Environment

This section included 40 questions with most of the questions on COVID-19 and its impact globally, JIO Facebook deal, GST, CAA, Appointments, Government Policies, US Trade Policy, Recent National as well as International Events.

Data Analysis and Sufficiency 

About 50 per cent of this section of MAT had questions on Pie Charts, Graphs, Charts, Bar Diagrams, Data Comparison. Rest of the section had questions from Data Comparison and Data Sufficiency. A score between 20-23 will help candidates score 90 percentile and above. 

MAT 2020 (February) Exam Analysis

The MAT 2020 PBT exam has been conducted on 16 February 2020. The MAT 2020 PBT exam was conducted from 10 AM to 12.30 AM at 51 exam centres across India. According to the experts, the pattern of MAT 2020 PBT exam was quite similar to the exam conducted in December 2019. Going by the detailed exam analysis of both MAT variants (PBT & CBT), it has been found that there are a number of differences in the exam pattern of both. This is expected to be followed in future exams as well. However, there was no surprise element in the MAT February 2020 exam and it was found to be similar to the December 2019 exam in most respects.

While the overall difficulty level of questions in the MAT 2020 PBT exam was found to range from easy to moderate, a number of questions from Language Comprehension, Data Analysis and Mathematical Skills were found to be a bit difficult. After a detailed paper analysis of the MAT 2020 PBT exam, it has been concluded that 110+ would be a good score to get a 90+ percentile in the exam.

Candidates would be interested in knowing that this is the second time that AIMA has conducted the PBT exam after the CBT has been conducted. Earlier, it happened in September 2019. In December 2019, the PBT exam was conducted before the scheduled date of the MAT CBT. Since fewer candidates appeared for the MAT PBT exam, it was conducted at just 51 centres throughout the country.

MAT PBT (February) Exam Analysis 2020

Given below is a detailed paper analysis of the MAT 2020 PBT exam.

  • Starting with the Language Comprehension section, there were 4 RC passages that appeared in this section carrying 5 questions each. 2 of the RCs were fact-based while the other 2 had opinion-based passages.

  • The Reasoning section had 18 - 20 questions mostly based on Family Relations and Statements - Cause & Effects topics. Except for a few tricky questions, the overall difficulty level of the section was found to be moderate.

  • A healthy number of Graphs and Pie Chart questions were included in the Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency section as a whole.
  • There were only a few Data Sufficiency questions form Graphs and Pie Charts but they were found to be on the difficult side of the spectrum.

  • The Mathematical Skills section was found to be composed of majorly questions from Arithmetic. The difficulty level was moderate.

MAT CBT (February) Exam Analysis 2020

The MAT CBT February exam was conducted on 2 February 2020. Here is a detailed exam analysis of the MAT 2020 CBT February exam.

  • The MAT CBT exam was found to be of moderate difficulty except for a few time-consuming questions in the Language Comprehension and Data Analysis sections.

  • Some of the questions that were found to be difficult were limited to the Language Comprehension, Data Analysis and Mathematical Skills sections of the exam.

  • As compared to the previous year's questions, the level of difficulty of questions in the Intelligence & Critical Reasoning section was found to be higher than before.

  • 110 can be considered to be a good score in the MAT 2020 CBT February exam to get 90+ percentile.

MAT (February) Good Score and No. of Attempts 2020

Refer to the table given below for more information on what is a good score in the MAT 2020 exam.

SectionIdeal TimeGood Score (for 90+ percentile)
Language Comprehension30 minutes26 - 28
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning35 minutes22 - 24
Mathematical Skills38 minutes29 - 30
Data Analysis and Sufficiency38 minutes21 - 23
Indian and Global Environment9 minutesExcluded
OVERALL150 minutes98 - 105

MAT (February) Section-Wise Analysis 2020

Here is a detailed sectional analysis of the MAT 2020 February exam.

MAT (February) Language Comprehension Analysis 2020

The 40 questions in this section covered most of the major topics from the MAT syllabus. While the majority of the questions in this section were of moderate difficulty, a few RC questions were found to be on the easier side while a couple of topics contained the few difficult questions in the section. A score ranging from 26-28 can be considered good for candidates targetting 90+ percentile.

Here is a topic-wise distribution of questions and their difficulty level in the MAT 2020 exam.

MAT 2020 Language Comprehension Topic-Wise Distribution of Questions
TopicNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Reading Comprehension20Easy to Medium
Antonyms3Medium to Hard
Synonyms3Medium
Fill In The Blanks3Medium
One-Word Substitution2Medium
Errors in Sentence Formation3Medium
Idioms & Phrases Substitution with Words3Medium to Hard
Jumbled Paragraphs3Medium

MAT (February) Intelligence & Critical Reasoning Analysis 2020

Following were the important highlights of the Intelligence & Critical Reasoning analysis.

  • The section was found to be strewn with time-consuming questions although the difficulty level was moderate.

  • Questions from Analytical and Logical Reasonings dominated the section in terms of numbers. Comparatively fewer Critical Reasoning questions appeared in the section.

  • The topic-wise distribution of questions can also be said to be a bit skewed. 10 questions were from Family Relations, 10 from Statements - Cause & Effects and the rest were from a number of different topics including Analogies, Series, Direction, Statement - Assumptions, Reasons, and Incorrect Terms.
  • Going by the overall level of questions in this section, 22 - 24 marks can get a candidate in the 90+ percentile range.

MAT (February) Mathematical Skills Analysis 2020

The highlights of the Mathematical Skills section have been given below.

  • Questions from Arithmetic were in majority in the Mathematical Skills section of the MAT 2020 exam. 15 out of a total of 40 questions were from Arithmetic topics such as Profit & Loss, Partnership, SI & CI, Time and Work, and Percentages.

  • Questions from topics including Permutation and Combination, Geometry, Mensuration, Ratio & Proportion, Probability etc. made up the rest of the 25 questions in the section.

  • The overall difficulty level of the section was found to be moderate, with a score of 29 - 30 considered good for 90+ percentile rank.

MAT (February) Data Analysis and Sufficiency Analysis 2020

The major highlights of the Data Analysis and Sufficiency section can be found below.

  • More than half of the questions in this section were from Data Interpretation (DI).

  • Rest of the questions were largely from Graphs and Pie Charts, Data comparison, Bar Diagrams etc.

  • This section was found to be one of the most time-consuming sections of the exam. It was difficult to manage time while also maintaining speed and accuracy while solving questions.

  • 21 - 23 marks in this section can be considered sufficient for a 90+ percentile rank.

MAT (February) Indian and Global Environment Analysis 2020

The following points emerge on doing an analysis of the Indian and Global Environment section.

  • Questions from the following topics were asked in this section of the MAT exam -- Awards, GST, CAA,  Budget, US Trade Policy, Government Policies, Constitution of India, Appointments, Capitals, Current National and International Events etc.
  • Since the section is not counted towards the overall percentile calculation of MAT, candidates either hurried through the section or skipped some of the questions in favour of attempting questions from other time-consuming sections.

MAT 2019 (December) PBT Exam Analysis

The Paper-Based MAT 2019 December exam has been successfully conducted on December 08, 2019. Candidates can check the detailed MAT exam analysis for December 2019 PBT exam. Overall, the paper-based test remained on the same lines as that of last paper-based MAT conducted in the month of September. There were no surprise elements in the paper pattern. The exam comprised of 5 sections of 40 question each, which means a total of 200 questions. Each question was followed by 4 options and there was a negative marking of 1/4th of the marks for every incorrect answer.

Most of the questions asked in the paper were easy to moderate, although Language Comprehension, Data Analysis & Sufficiency and Quant sections had some tricky questions. As compared to previous MAT exams, some questions in Intelligence and Critical Reasoning section turned out to be a bit tough. 

Selecting questions judiciously is the best way to maximise one’s score.

MAT December 2019 Question Break-Up & Good Attempts

SectionsNumber of QuestionsGood Attempts
Language Comprehension4027-29
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning4020-22
Mathematical Skills4018-20
Data Analysis & Sufficiency4027-29
Indian & Global Environment4015-18

Section-wise Analysis of MAT PBT December 2019 Examination

Language Comprehension

The Reading Comprehension had a total of 20 easy to moderate questions. There were 4 passages and each passage was 400 words long. In every passage, test takers were supposed to answer 5 questions. The remaining 20 questions were based on Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning.

TopicsNumber of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Reading Comprehension2016 Easy, 4 Medium
Para-jumbles43 Easy, 1 Medium
Summary questions43 Easy, 1 Medium
Term associated with the given words42 Easy, 1 Medium, 1 Tough
Double FIB44 Easy
Meaning of underlined idiom44 Easy
Total40Easy to Medium

Solving this section within 35 minutes would be a good strategy. Attempting as many Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning questions as possible in the beginning, and then attempting the remaining Reading Comprehension questions would be a good idea.

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

In this section, candidates, as usual, had to tackle a mixture of Verbal Reasoning (15 questions) and Logical Reasoning (25 questions) questions. While VR had 15 questions, LR had 25 questions. The questions in this section can be termed easy to moderate in terms of the difficulty level.

TopicsNumber of of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Verbal ReasoningStatement-assumption53 Easy, 2 Medium
Assertion and Reason53 Easy, 2 Medium
Statement-conclusion54 Easy, 1 Medium
Non-verbal ReasoningCoding2Easy
Directions2Easy
Relations2Easy
Linear Arrangement3Easy
Arrangement (Matrix-5; Circular-5; Two column-5)15Medium
Puzzle1Medium
Total40Easy to Medium

Mathematical Skills

Arithmetic dominated the Mathematical Skills section, as usual. While most of the questions were straightforward, some questions required lengthy calculations. In terms of the difficulty level, this section can be considered easy to moderate.

TopicsNumber of QuestionsDifficulty Level
ArithmeticProfit and Loss4Easy to Medium 
Ratio-Proportions2Easy to Medium 
Time-Speed-Distance4Easy to Medium 
Time and work2Easy to Medium
Simple and Compound Interest4Easy to Medium 
Mixtures and Alligations3Easy to Medium 
Percentages3Easy to Medium 
Averages            2Medium
Work, Pipe & Cisterns4Easy to Medium
Partnership2Easy to Medium
Modern MathematicsProbability1Medium
Permutation & Combination1Medium
GeometryTriangles3Medium
Trigonometry2Easy to Medium
AlgebraSimultaneous Equations1Medium
Numbers 2Easy to Medium
Total40Easy to Medium

Data Analysis &Sufficiency

In this section, test takers had 30 questions on Data Interpretation (6 sets of 5 questions each) to be solved. The questions asked in some sets were direct but some needed tedious calculations. Attempting the right sets was the key to successfuly crack this section.

TopicsNumber of QuestionsDifficulty Level
A set on Bar graph and Line graph5Easy to Medium
A set on Table5Easy to Medium
A set on Table and Line graph5Easy to Medium
A set on two Pie charts5Easy to Medium
A set on Caselet5Easy to Medium
A set on Bar graph5Easy

Quantitative Comparison (2 on Percentages + 1 on Time-Speed-Distance +

1 on Geometry  + 1 on Logical Reasoning

5Easy

Data Sufficiency - 1 on Numbers, 4 on Arithmetic (Percentages, Profit and Loss,

Ratio and Proportion, Work, pipes and cisterns)

5Easy
Total40 Medium

Indian and Global Environment

Majority of the questions asked in this section were around the events of the past few months. About 19 questions were on national events whereas 21 were based on international events. Therefore, a person with a good General Knowledge, or anyone who stays updated about the current economic and political scenarios in India and abroad and has a habit of reading the newspapers regularly would've found this section easy.

Out of the total 40 question asked in this section, about 10 questions could be termed easy, 10 tough and 20 moderately tough.

With inputs from IMS

MAT 2019 PBT Exam Analysis Video - To be Updated on Dec 08

Scroll down to check the analysis of the previous sessions of MAT 2019. 

MAT Exam Analysis 2018 (December)

The paper-based Management Aptitude Test (MAT) 2018 has been conducted successfully on December 9, 2018 from 10 AM to 12.30 PM in 58 cities across the country. Candidates can now check our detailed analysis of MAT 2018 December exam.

CollegeDekho has published the MAT exam analysis for paper-based test to give an insight into the MAT exam structure, overall and section-wise difficulty level of the paper. There are many coaching institutes in India that often release their own version of the paper analysis. Apart from this, there are some experts in India who independently publish their analysis of the paper. 

The MAT December 2018 Analysis will also reveal if there were any surprise elements in the paper, what were the key topics section-wise, and what kind of questions were asked in the exam. Also, test takers will be given an idea of cut-offs in top MBA colleges that offer admission based on MAT score.

As per inputs from experts, the MAT 2018 December exam did not have any surprise elements. The overall difficulty level of the paper was moderate, although candidates found some questions in Verbal, Data Analysis & Data Sufficiency, and Critical Reasoning a little time-consuming and tricky as compared to the previous MAT exams.

Section-wise Analysis of Paper-based MAT 2018

Language Comprehension

This section comprised of a total of 40 questions with 4 Reading Comprehension passages of 500 words based on which 20 questions were asked. Except for Antonyms and Phrases & Idioms Substitution by words that had a moderate to tough difficulty level, other topics in the Language Comprehension section including RC passages, Synonyms, Fill in the Blanks, Jumbles Paragraphs, Errors in Sentence Formation and One-word Substitution had a moderate difficulty level. Except a few, candidates were able to answer most of the questions in time. 

Mathematical Skills

In the Mathematical Skills section, Arithmetic questions commanded major weightage, with around 15-16 questions based on Interest, Time and Work, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Partnership. Equations, Proportion & Variation, Geometry & Mensuration, Ration, Permutation and Combinations, Probability etc. were some other topics based on which some other questions were asked in this section. With an overall moderate difficulty level, this section could help boost the percentile of those who performed well in this section.

Data Analysis & Sufficiency

Data Interpretation (DI) covered over half of the section. Maximum questions were based on DI. Pie Charts, Bar Diagrams, Line Graphs, Data Comparison were prominent in this section. Candidates found it a little tough to manage time in this section. They were not able to handle the questions with speed and accuracy.

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

This section turned out to be time-consuming with a moderate difficulty level. Out of the total 40 questions, Analytical and Logical Reasoning questions were more whereas Critical Reasoning had fewer questions. Some of the topics on which the questions were based are Statements-Cause & Effect, Family Relation, Statement –Assumptions, Clocks & Calendars, Reasons, Direction, Series, Analogies, and Incorrect Terms.

Indian and Global Environment

Time management was not an issue in this section, as it did not require candidates to do any thinking or recalling. The 40 questions asked in this section were based on Taxation & Duties, Film Awards, Indian Constitution, the States of India, Who’s who, Sports, and Recent events. With less than 30 seconds required to attempt each question, many candidates preferred saving their time to attempt other sections. Basically, those who've attempted this section should've been good with conventional GK, current affairs, business and economics, and international affairs.

In the table below, you can see the broad Sectional Analysis of MAT Paper-based test with the total number of questions in each section, idea time required to attempt every section, idea attempts and the score required to achieve 90+ percentile:

Section

Number of Questions

Ideal Time

Ideal attempts

Score Required to Achieve Cut-off Above 90 Percentile

Language Comprehension

40

30 minutes

 28

28

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

40

35 minutes

 27

27

Data Analysis & Sufficiency

40

38 minutes

 24

23

Mathematical Skills

40

37 minutes

 30

29

Indian & Global Environment

40

10 minutes

 15

Not required for calculating percentile

200

150 minutes

124

107

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is popular management entrance exam organised by All India Management Association (AIMA) for candidates seeking admission various B-schools of India that offer admission in MBA and allied programmes on the basis of MAT exam.

The examination is held both in Paper-Based format or Computer-Based format, and candidates have the option to take either of them as per their suitability. MAT is held four times in a year - in February, May, September, and December. Candidates can take the exam anytime and fulfill their dream of pursuing management education from any of the participating B-School. 

MAT February 2018 Exam Analysis

AIMA conducted the Management Aptitude Test (MAT) in the Paper-Based format on February 4, 2018 as well as in the Computer-Based format on February 17, 2018. The offline exam had no surprise elements although Verbal, Critical Reasoning and Data Analysis & Data Sufficiency sections had some tricky questions, which were time-consuming.

The overall difficulty level of MAT exam conducted on Sunday, Feb 4 was medium. According to students, GK in Indian and Global Environment, Critical Reasoning, and Data Analysis sections had few questions that were tough in terms of difficulty level. These questions turned out to be lengthy and therefore students were found gasping for time. Managing time is an important factor to successfully all the 5 sections of the MAT exam.

In the Management Aptitude Test, there are usually 200 questions which are divided into 5 sections. The exam was taken by students in 51 test cities across the country from 10 AM to 12.30 PM. Students had a time limit of 150 minutes to attempt 200 questions, which means that less than 1 minute was available to attempt each question.

In this paper, students were found struggling to finish the exam as certain questions were really time-consuming. The same pattern was followed in the Computer-Based Test, which took place on February 17, 2018. Both the papers had the same difficult level.

All the questions asked in the test carry equal marks. For every correct answer, 1 mark is awarded. For every wrong answer, there is a negative marking, which means 0.25 mark is deducted. All the questions asked in the examination are in MCQ format. Each question is followed by 4 options of answers.

The following table shows the ideal time limit to tackle each section of MAT and attempts required per section to score well in the exam.

Sections

No. of Questions

Ideal Time

Ideal Attempts

Expected Cut-off Marks

Language Comprehension

40

28 minutes

26

26

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

40

40 minutes

25

25

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

40

35 minutes

23

21

Mathematical Skills

40

37 minutes

25

29

Indian and Global Environment

40

10 minutes

15

Separate sectional marks,

not considered in percentile calculation

200

150 minutes

114

101

Watch out for detailed analysis of MAT Feb 2018!

MAT December 2017 Exam Analysis

The paper-based test conducted on 10th December, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM had 200 questions divided into 5 sections. Candidates were supposed to answer the 200 questions within the time limit of 150 minutes. This means that MAT test takers had less than 1 minute to answer each of 200 questions in the examination. 

According to the feedback from test takers, the overall difficulty level of MAT 2017 December exam was moderate with the section of Data Analysis & Reasoning being on the tricky side. In the section of Indian and Global Enviornment, a few of the GK question were difficult and consumed candidates' extra time. The previous MAT exam was on the same lines, with the Data Analysis & Sufficiency as well as Critical Reasoning sections being a little tough and time-consuming.  

There was no notification from AIMA (All India Management Association) regarding any change in the MAT December 2017 exam. Therefore, it was expected to be similar to the previous test. 

The MAT exam score is accepted by various participating institutes such as TAPMI Manipal, Christ University Bangalore etc for admissions to their management programmes. The MAT cut-off 2017 is expected to go higher in most B-Schools. The cut-off may touch 95+ percentile for top B-Schools accepting MAT score above 600. Meanwhile, candidates may check Latest News & Updates on MAT December 2017 exam.

Brief Analysis of MAT December 2017 Exam

SectionsNo. of QuestionsSuggested TimeIdeal TimeIdeal Attempts
Language Comprehension4030 minutes25 minutes28
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning4040 minutes40 minutes25
Data Analysis and Sufficiency4035 minutes35 minutes23
Mathematical Skills4030 minutes40 minutes25
Indian and Global Enviornment4015 minutes10 minutes18
Total200150 minutes150 minutes116

MAT September 2017 Exam Analysis

MAT September 2017 was conducted successfully in the month of September in offline as well as online mode. According to exam experts, the paper was moderate to difficult in terms of its level of difficulty. The MAT exam format was on the same lines as the previous tests, with 5 sections comprising of 200 questions and time duration being 2 hours 30 minutes.

Brief Analysis of MAT September 2017 Exam

SectionsNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Language Comprehension40Easy to Difficult
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning40Easy
Mathematical Skills40Easy to Moderate
Data Analysis and Sufficiency40Easy to Difficult
Indian and Global Environment40Easy to Moderate

MAT May 2017 Exam Analysis

There were 5 sections with a total of 200 questions, which had to be attempted in 150 minutes. According to the feedback from test takers, the Data Analysis & Sufficiency section had tricky questions, and the section on Intelligence and Critical Reasoning was quite time-consuming. There was no surprise element in the MAT examination, which was taken by around 20000 candidates. The difficulty level remained almost similar to that of MAT 2017 February exam.

Brief Analysis of MAT May 2017 Exam

SectionsNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Language Comprehension40Moderate
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning40Moderate
Data Analysis and Sufficiency40Difficult
Mathematical Skills40Moderate
Indian and Global Environment40Easy  to Moderate

MAT February 2017 Exam Analysis

The feedback from test takers suggested that the Critical Reasoning and Data Analysis & Sufficiency sections were a bit trickier as compared to the rest of the sections. Some of the questions asked in Indian & Global Environment section turned out to be a little difficult to answer. There was, however, no surprise element in the entrance exam. The overall difficulty level of MAT February 2017 exam was moderate.

Brief Analysis of MAT February 2017 Exam

SectionsNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Language Comprehension40Easy
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning40Easy to Moderate
Data Analysis and Sufficiency40Moderate
Mathematical Skills40Easy to Moderate
Indian and Global Environment40Easy  to Moderate

Get Detailed Section-wise Analysis of MAT February 2017 Exam!

MAT PBT September 2020 Exam Analysis

MAT PBT 2020 exam has been conducted successfully on October 3, 2020. The exam was conducted without any glitches and strict safety protocols were followed to ensure that safety of MAT PBT aspirants amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The MAT PBT 2020 Exam Pattern was the same as last year with no changes to the number of questions or duration of the exam. Candidates also did not report any glitches from any examination centres and the overall process was conducted smoothly.

The temperature of candidates was taken at the time of entry and candidates with abnormal symptoms were not allowed to enter the examination hall. There was sufficient arrangement to ensure a hassle-free process for every student.

MAT PBT September 2020 Difficulty Level

Candidates who appeared for MAT PBT this year reported that the overall difficulty level of the exam was Moderate. The question paper was as expected with no surprise elements of changes working in the favour of the candidates.

A detailed exam analysis of MAT PBT September 2020 will be released soon. Keep checking this space to know the section-wise breakdown of MAT PBT question paper including the difficulty level, topic-wise distribution of questions, good attempts etc.

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Congratulations on your clearing MAT 2020 with 78 percentile rank. With this score, you will be able to apply to many top MBA colleges accepting MAT score.

You can check this article on the colleges accepting 70-80 percentile in MAT. You will also be able to apply to colleges accepting 60-70 percentile in MAT.

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FAQs about MAT Exam Analysis

How difficult was the MAT 2019 exam?

Most of the questions asked in the MAT 2019 exam were easy to moderate and the overall difficulty level of the paper was moderate.

How many questions do the MAT 2020 Mathematical Skills section carry?

The Mathematical Skills section of MAT 2020 carry 40 question in total/

What kind of questions come in the MAT exam from the Intelligence & Critical Reasoning section?

The Intelligence & Critical Reasoning section of the MAT exam majorly have questions from the Analytical and Logical Reasoning.

What difficulty level was reported for the MAT February session?

The overall difficulty level for the MAT February session was moderate.

How many questions does the MAT Language Comprehension section have?

The Language Comprehension section of MAT has 40 questions and 20 are only from the Reading Comprehension.

Does the difficulty level of the exam affect the cutoff of MAT?

Yes, MAT cut-off is affected by many factors such as the total number of applicants, the difficulty level of exam and vacant seats.

How much is a good MAT score?

98-110 can be considered to be a good MAT score and a candidate can score 90+ percentile with it.

Was the exam pattern of MAT 2020 different from MAT 2019?

No, the exam pattern of MAT 2020 and MAT 2019 were the same.

How was the difficulty level of the MAT September session PBT exam?

The overall difficulty level of the MAT September Session 2020 exam was reported as moderate.

Which section was the most difficult in the MAT 2020 February session exam?

Data Analysis and Mathematical Skills sections of the MAT 2020 February session exam were the most difficult.

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