MAT Paper Analysis 2018

Nidhi Bahl Updated On: 28 Dec, 2018 14:37 IST

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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

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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