MAT Paper Analysis 2019

Nidhi Bahl Updated On: 27 Dec, 2019 15:31 IST

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MAT 2019 (December) PBT Exam Analysis (LIVE)

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

Sections Number of Questions Good Attempts
Language Comprehension 40 27-29
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning 40 20-22
Mathematical Skills 40 18-20
Data Analysis & Sufficiency 40 27-29
Indian & Global Environment 40 15-18

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.

Topics Number of Questions Difficulty Level
Reading Comprehension 20 16 Easy, 4 Medium
Para-jumbles 4 3 Easy, 1 Medium
Summary questions 4 3 Easy, 1 Medium
Term associated with the given words 4 2 Easy, 1 Medium, 1 Tough
Double FIB 4 4 Easy
Meaning of underlined idiom 4 4 Easy
Total 40 Easy 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.

  Topics Number of of Questions Difficulty Level
Verbal Reasoning Statement-assumption 5 3 Easy, 2 Medium
Assertion and Reason 5 3 Easy, 2 Medium
Statement-conclusion 5 4 Easy, 1 Medium
Non-verbal Reasoning Coding 2 Easy
Directions 2 Easy
Relations 2 Easy
Linear Arrangement 3 Easy
Arrangement (Matrix-5; Circular-5; Two column-5) 15 Medium
Puzzle 1 Medium
Total 40 Easy 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.

  Topics Number of Questions Difficulty Level
Arithmetic Profit and Loss 4 Easy to Medium 
Ratio-Proportions 2 Easy to Medium 
Time-Speed-Distance 4 Easy to Medium 
Time and work 2 Easy to Medium
Simple and Compound Interest 4 Easy to Medium 
Mixtures and Alligations 3 Easy to Medium 
Percentages 3 Easy to Medium 
Averages             2 Medium
Work, Pipe & Cisterns 4 Easy to Medium
Partnership 2 Easy to Medium
Modern Mathematics Probability 1 Medium
Permutation & Combination 1 Medium
Geometry Triangles 3 Medium
Trigonometry 2 Easy to Medium
Algebra Simultaneous Equations 1 Medium
Numbers                                          2 Easy to Medium
  Total 40 Easy 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.

Topics Number of Questions Difficulty Level
A set on Bar graph and Line graph 5 Easy to Medium
A set on Table 5 Easy to Medium
A set on Table and Line graph 5 Easy to Medium
A set on two Pie charts 5 Easy to Medium
A set on Caselet 5 Easy to Medium
A set on Bar graph 5 Easy

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

1 on Geometry  + 1 on Logical Reasoning

5 Easy

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

Ratio and Proportion, Work, pipes and cisterns)

5 Easy
Total 40  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:


Number of Questions


Ideal Time

Ideal attempts

Score Required to Achieve Cut-off Above 90 Percentile

Language Comprehension


30 minutes



Intelligence & Critical Reasoning


35 minutes



Data Analysis & Sufficiency


38 minutes



Mathematical Skills


37 minutes



Indian & Global Environment


10 minutes


Not required for calculating percentile




150 minutes



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.


No. of Questions

Ideal Time

Ideal Attempts

Expected Cut-off Marks

Language Comprehension


28 minutes



Intelligence and Critical Reasoning


40 minutes



Data Analysis and Sufficiency


35 minutes



Mathematical Skills


37 minutes



Indian and Global Environment


10 minutes


Separate sectional marks,

not considered in percentile calculation



150 minutes



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

Sections No. of Questions Suggested Time Ideal Time Ideal Attempts
Language Comprehension 40 30 minutes 25 minutes 28
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40 40 minutes 40 minutes 25
Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40 35 minutes 35 minutes 23
Mathematical Skills 40 30 minutes 40 minutes 25
Indian and Global Enviornment 40 15 minutes 10 minutes 18
Total 200 150 minutes 150 minutes 116

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

Sections No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Language Comprehension 40 Easy to Difficult
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40 Easy
Mathematical Skills 40 Easy to Moderate
Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40 Easy to Difficult
Indian and Global Environment 40 Easy 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

Sections No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Language Comprehension 40 Moderate
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40 Moderate
Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40 Difficult
Mathematical Skills 40 Moderate
Indian and Global Environment 40 Easy  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

Sections No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Language Comprehension 40 Easy
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40 Easy to Moderate
Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40 Moderate
Mathematical Skills 40 Easy to Moderate
Indian and Global Environment 40 Easy  to Moderate

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

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