MAT Paper Analysis 2018

Nidhi Bahl Updated On: 01 Sep, 2018 12:57 IST

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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

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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