MAT 2018 Exam Analysis

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The MAT 2018 exam analysis for September 15, 2018 exam reveals that AIMA has adopted a different pattern of conducting 3 MAT exams in a single month. It happened in May MAT 2018 and is now repeated in September MAT 2018. The September MAT 2018 has witnessed two paper based MAT exams and one Computer Based MAT exam on the lines of May MAT 2018.

 

The detailed MAT 2018 exam analysis consists of MAT exam structure, difficulty level - overall and section wise, surprise elements, key topics and questions in the exam, sectional composition, important topics asked section wise and expected Cut offs in top MBA colleges accepting MAT score.

 

MAT 2018 exam Analysis for September 15, 2018  MAT
AIMA has conducted two paper based MAT exams in September 2018 in two phases. The Phase-1 MAT exam was held on September 2, 2018 as paper based test and the Phase-2 MAT 2018 was held on Saturday September 15, 2018 both as paper based test and Computer based test.

 

Similar pattern in MAT 2018 exam was followed in May MAT 2018 exam. The first MAT exam in paper pen mode was held on May 6 and other on May 20 along with the computer based MAT. However, AIMA has taken care both in September and MAY MAT exams go conduct the paper based tests in fixed time slot of 10AM to 12.30PM while the computer based MAT was held in different time slots at different test centres.  

 

Second Paper Based September MAT 2018 was over at 12.30PM on Saturday September 15, 2018 while at the time of releasing this analysis, it has been reported that computer based MAT 2018 is over at a few centres and there is no other time slot for another computer based test at these centres. On the other hand at a few other centres the computer based MAT is scheduled in the afternoon hours.

 

Both the paper based and computer based MAT exams, held on September 15, 2018 had a moderate difficulty level. Besides, there was no change in the MAT exam pattern which had 200 questions in MCQ format divided in 5 sections. The MAT 2018 test takers found the exam of easy to moderate difficulty although parts of Verbal, Data sufficiency were rated as bit difficult. 

 

Surprise Element

The MAT 2018 September exam had no surprise element on September 15 and was on the same pattern as that of first paper based September MAT 2018 which was held on Sunday September 2, 2018.

 

September MAT 2018: Exam Highlights

  • Arithmetic had major share of questions of moderate difficulty level in Mathematical skills section 
  • Test contained 4 RC Passages of 500 words followed by 20 Questions in Language Comprehension section 
  • 2 Passages were fact based and the other 2  were opinion based and/or Abstract RC Passages
  • Reasoning had a few tricky questions otherwise the section was moderate
  • Reasoning had 18-20 questions based on Family Relations and Statements – Cause & Effect
  • Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency as separate section had more questions on Graphs and Pie charts
  • Data Sufficiency had a few difficult questions on Graphs and Pie charts
  • Paper Based MAT on September 15 contained some of the difficult questions in Language and Data Analysis also.
  • Candidates who have appeared in MAT 2018 September exam, have shared the feedback that the MAT 2018 Paper based test on September 15, was moderate although parts of Verbal, Data Analysis & Reasoning took some more time to solve.
  • Candidates would need higher scores as there would be tough competition in getting admission to a good MBA college.   

Overall Analysis

  • There were 200 questions divided in 5 sections in MAT 2018 September test, held on September 15.
  • All the questions in MAT 2018 Sep exam carry equal marks.
  • Every right answer is awarded with a credit of 1 mark
  • Every wrong answer attracts a penalty of ¼ negative marking (0.25 mark) which is deducted from the score awarded for right answers.
  • All the questions are in MCQ format followed by 4 answer options.

Quick View

 

MAT 2018 September Phase-2 PBT exam Date & Time
Saturday September 15, 2018 from 10AM to 12.30PM
Number of test centres for Paper Based Test
51
Total number of questions in the exam
200
Number of sections in the exam
5
Number of answer options per question
4
Maximum Marks per question
1
Negative Marking
0.25 mark for every wrong answer
Level of Difficulty
Moderate
Total maximum raw score
200
Total maximum scaled score out of which percentile score will be awarded
800
Sections considered for percentile calculation
4 (Indian & Global Environment not considered)
Number of questions considered for percentile calculation
160

 

Sectional Analysis

 

Language comprehension

There were 40 questions in the section. Major topics and number of question are:

 

Topic
Number of Questions
Difficulty level
Reading Comprenhsion
20
Moderate
Number of RC Passages
  5
Easy to Moderate
English Language
20
Moderate
Errors in Sentence formation
  3
Moderate
Antonyms
  3
Moderate to difficult
Synonyms
  3
Moderate
Fill in the Blanks with correct vocabulary words
  3
Moderate
One word substitution
  2
Moderate
Phrases & Idioms Substitution by words
  3
Moderate to Difficult
Jumbled Paragraphs
  3
Moderate
  • Except a few questions the section had moderate difficulty level and could be answered in time
  • A score of 27-28 marks could lead to 90 percentile in Language Comprehension section

Mathematical Skills

  • Out of the 40 questions in the section, more weightage was awarded to Arithmetic based questions
  • Around 15 questions were based on Arithmetic like Interest, Percentages, Time and Work, Profit, Loss, Partnership. The questions were a little time consuming although were moderate.
  • Other questions were based on topics like Equations, Ratio, Proportion & Variation, Geometry & Mensuration, Permutation and Combinations, Probability etc.
  • The questions were of moderate difficulty level
  • The section could prove to be a percentile booster for the candidates who did this section well
  • A score of 29-30 marks could earn 90+ percentile in this section

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

  • This section had maximum questions on Data Interpretation
  • More prominent in this section were Graphs, Pie charts, bar diagrams, charts, line graph, data comparison
  • Time remained the major hurdle to solve these questions with speed and accuracy
  • Questions on Data Interpretation (DI) occupied more than 50% space in the section, rest of the part covered questions on data sufficiency and data comparison
  • A score of 22-23 marks is expected to get 90 and above percentile

Intelligence and Critical reasoning

  • This section had 40 Questions
  • More questions were on Analytical and Logical reasoning and fewer questions were there on Critical reasoning
  • 10 Questions were based on Family Relation, 10 on Statements-Cause & Effect, and others were Statement –Assumptions, Reasons, analogies, direction, series, Incorrect Terms.
  • The questions were formed in sets as well as individual questions
  • The section was a little lengthy with moderate level of difficulty
  • A score of 26-27 marks may lead to a percentile above 90 in this section.

Indian and Global environment

  • Suggested time limit by AIMA to answer the 40 questions in this section was 15 minutes but 10 minutes were enough to attempt this section
  • Questions were formed on Awards, Government policies, rules, regulations, GST, Constitution of India, Appointments, Capitals, Current National and International Events, US Trade Policy.
  • No re-thinking or recalling was required for what you do not know or are confused on it.
  • Ideal time to attempt one question was less than 30 seconds
  • This section is not counted for percentile calculation in MAT exam
  • Many Candidates skipped or answered very few questions in this section to save time for other sections

Time Management: Key Issue

  • The time limit to attempt 200 questions was 150 minutes. Less than 1 minute was available before the test takers to answer each of 200 questions.
  • Candidates who could not manage time well, were seen gasping for Time Management to maximise their attempts across the sections.
  • Those who adhered to the time limit to solve questions in each section helped them to do better in the exam as with this strategy more number of questions could be attempted with accuracy
  • Many of MAT 2018 September test takers could not attempt more questions despite knowing their answers in paper based test as they struggled for time

How to Manage Time in MAT Exam: Tips by Test Takers
Two and half hours were allotted to solve 200 questions in MAT exam. With some of the questions found more difficult and penalty of negative marking existing for all the questions, Candidates were found gasping for more time. Many candidates who did not follow time schedule could not get across the 70-75 questions.

 

Although the overall MAT paper based exam on Saturday, September 15, 2018 remained moderate, a few questions consumed more time of the test takers.

 

GK Section: Not Much Relevant

A unique way to manage time with an aim to attempt more questions, was found by the test takers. Since the GK section in MAT exam is not counted for score calculation, many candidates skipped or attempted very few questions in Indian and Global Environment section and utilized this time to attempt the questions in other sections. The strategy helped them to maximise the attempts in all the 4 core sections.

 

Avoid Difficult Questions

Most of the MAT 2018 September test takers while coming out of the testing hall, revealed that they maximised the attempts by not wasting the time in case they found even a slightly difficult question in their initial attempts. Besides, none of them devoted more than 30 seconds on one question as during this time they could know whether the question was doable or difficult.

 

Avoid Negative Marking

Apart from maximising the attempts, these candidates ensured that they should attempt only the questions which could solve accurately. The strategy boosted their confidence level further and they expect higher score due to no or very little loss due to negative marking.

 

PBT MAT 2018: 15000 take Exam

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) 2018 September exam was attempted by 15000 candidates. Most of them considered it as the preparatory net practice exam before CAT 2018. In fact, except MAT there is no other computer based test before CAT 2018 exam which is scheduled on November 25, 2018. With around 10-12% absentees only, the actual test takers may go beyond the number of 15000.

 

Ideal attempts and Cut offs

MAT 2018 September test takers who maximised the attempts in the exam need to score high keeping in mind the negative marking. Giving time to each of the sections and not getting down by any one section remained an important factor to help the candidates to get high score.

 

Following table consists of the broad MAT Sectional composition of questions, with guideline to achieve cut off above 90 percentile, ideal attempts according to the difficulty level of questions in each section and suggested time limit to solve each of the 5 sections to score high in September MAT 2018: 

 

Sno
Section
No of Qs
Ideal time (in minutes)
Ideal attempts
Score required to get 90+ percentile
1
Language Comprehension
40
30
 28
27
2
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
40
35
 27
26
3
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
40
38
 24
22
4
Mathematical Skills
40
37
 30
29
5
Indian and Global Environment
40
10
 15
Separate sectional marks, not counted for percentile calculation
 
 
200
150
124
104

 

Scoring in MAT & MBA Admission with MAT

  • Admission to good B schools out of the list of B schools available at the AIMA site can be explored with a percentile of 80 and above. 
  • MAT score card will contain 6 scores. For each of the 6 scores, a percentile score is given. This shows the percentage of examinees who scored below the candidate based on the entire MAT testing population. The percentile below figure can change with each administration for the same scores.
  • MAT 2018 September exam would award scores keeping the Indian and Global environment section out from percentile calculation.
  • The scores are to be awarded out of 160 marks and accordingly the test takers will get their merit position where their scores are sent by AIMA.
  • Raw score of 70+ is expected to award the percentile of 80+ and the raw score of 110 can award you the percentile of 90

 

MAT 2018 exam Analysis for May MAT

The MAT 2018 exam analysis will be released immediately after the exam is over on September 2, 2018. The MAT exam Analysis for both MAT September 2018 exams - Paper based and online computer based MAT exams will be published by experts.  MAT September 2018 Analysis by other top coaching institutes and experts in India will also be published.

 

The detailed MAT 2018 exam analysis will consist of MAT exam structure, difficulty level overall and section wise, surprise elements, key topics and questions in the exam, sectional composition and important topics asked section wise, expected Cut offs in top MBA colleges accepting MAT score.

 

MAT 2018 exam Analysis for May MAT (Published on May 6 and May 20, 2018)
There were two paper based MAT exams in May 2018. One was held on May 6 and other on May 20. MBAUniverse.com published May MAT 2018 Analysis for both the exams with all the key details immediately after the exam.

 

Second Paper Based May MAT 2018 was over at 12.30PM on Sundary May 20, 2018. There was no change in the MAT exam pattern which was of moderate difficult level with 200 questions in MCQ format divided in 5 sections. Second May MAT 2018 test takers in paper based format found the exam of easy to moderate difficulty although parts of Verbal, Data sufficiency were rated as bit difficult. 

 

MAT 2018 May second Paper Based Test was held from 10AM to 12.30 PM on May 20. The exam had no surprise element and was on the same pattern as that of first paper based May MAT 2018 which was held on Sunday May 6, 2018.

 

Highlights of Second Paper Based May MAT 2018

  • Arithmetic had major share of questions of moderate difficulty level in Mathematical skills section 
  • Test contained 4 RC Passages of 500 words followed by 20 Questions in Language Comprehension section 
  • Reasoning had a few tricky questions else the section was moderate
  • Data Sufficiency had a few difficult questions on Graphs and Pie charts

MAT 2018 May Paper Based Test held on Sunday May 6, 2018 from 10AM to 12.30 PM in 51 test cities by AIMA did not have any surprise element. However, the PBT MAT contained some of the difficult questions in Language and Data Analysis. A few questions on Reasoning were also found a bit lengthy as compared to earlier MAT exams.

 

May MAT 2018 PBT Highlights

  • 4 RC Passages of 500 words with 20 Questions in Language Comprehension section
  • 1st Passage on Agriculture Credit was the only fact based Reading Comprehension passage, other 3 were opinion based and Abstract Passages
  • Mathematical skills had more questions on Arithmetic
  • Reasoning had 20 questions based on Family Relations and Statements – Cause & Effect
  • Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency as separate section had more questions on Graphs and Pie charts

There was no change in the MAT exam pattern which had 200 questions in MCQ format divided in 5 sections. Candidates who have appeared in MAT 2018 May exam, have shared the feedback that the MAT 2018 Paper based test was moderate although parts of Verbal, Data Analysis & Reasoning took some more time to solve. Candidates would need higher scores as there would be tough competition in getting admission to a good MBA college.   

 

Broad analysis

There were 200 questions divided in 5 sections in MAT 2018 May paper based test, held on May 6 from 10AM to 12.30 PM across the country.

 

All the questions in MAT 2018 May exam carry equal marks. Every right answer is to be awarded with a credit of 1 mark while every wrong answer will attract a penalty of ¼ negative marking (0.25 mark) and will be deducted from the score awarded for right answers. All the questions are in MCQ format followed by 4 answer options. Below is the quick view of MAT 2018 May paper based test:

MAT 2018 May PBT exam date & time
Sunday May 6, 2018 from 10AM to 12.30PM
Number of test centres for PBT
51
Total number of questions in the exam
200
Number of sections in the exam
5
Number of answer options per question
4
Maximum Marks per question
1
Negative Marking
0.25 mark for every wrong answer
Level of Difficulty
Moderate
Total maximum raw score
200
Total maximum scaled score out of which percentile score will be awarded
800
Sections considered for percentile calculation
4 (Indian & Global Environment not considered)
Number of questions considered for percentile calculation
160
 
Sectional analysis, Ideal attempts and Cut offs
MAT 2018 May test takers who maximised the attempts in the exam need to score high keeping in mind the negative marking. Giving time to each of the sections and not get down by any one section remained an important factor to help the candidates to get high score.
 
Following table consists of the broad MAT Sectional Analysis with guideline to achieve cut off above 90 percentile, ideal attempts according to the difficulty level of questions in each section and suggested time limit to solve each of the 5 sections to score high in PBT May MAT 2018: 
Sno
Section
No of Qs
Ideal time (in minutes)
Ideal attempts
Score required to get 90+ percentile
1
Language Comprehension
40
30
 28
27
2
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
40
35
 27
26
3
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
40
38
 24
22
4
Mathematical Skills
40
37
 30
29
5
Indian and Global Environment
40
10
 15
Separate sectional marks, not counted for percentile calculation
 
 
200
150
124
104

 

Composition of MAT Sections

Language comprehension

  • There were 40 questions in the section.
  • Major topics and number of question are:
Topic
Number of Questions
Difficulty level
Reading Comprenhsion
20
Moderate
RC-1: Impact of Flow of Credit, Subsidized interest rate and loan waiver on Agriculture Growth
5
Easy to Moderate
RC-2: Difference in Modern Life Vs. Past Life, parameters of good life
5
Abstract Topic -Moderate to Difficult
RC-3: Earling Kagge-Idea of Silence, reference to his book Silence
5
Abstract Topic -Moderate to Difficult
RC-4:Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)- How to run your brain
5
Abstract Topic-Moderate to Difficult
English Language
20
Moderate
Errors in Sentence formation
 3
Moderate
Antonyms
 3
Moderate to difficult
Synonyms
 3
Moderate
Fill in the Blanks with correct vocabulary words
 3
Moderate
One word substitution
 2
Moderate
Phrases & Idioms Substitution by words
 3
Moderate to Difficult
Jumbled Paragraphs
 3
Moderate

 

  • Except a few questions the section had moderate difficulty level and could be answered in time
  • A score of 27-28 marks could lead to 90 percentile in Language Comprehension section

Mathematical Skills

  • Out of the 40 questions in the section, more weightage was awarded to Arithmetic based questions
  • Around 15 questions were based on Arithmetic like Interest, Percentages, Time and Work, Profit, Loss, Partnership. The questions were a little time consuming although were moderate.
  • Other questions were based on topics like Equations, Ratio, Proportion & Variation, Geometry & Mensuration, Permutation and Combinations, Probability etc.
  • The questions were of moderate difficulty level
  • The section could prove to be a percentile booster for the candidates who did this section well
  • A score of 29-30 marks could earn 90+ percentile in this section

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

  • This section had maximum questions on data interpretation
  • More prominent in this section were Graphs, Pie charts, bar diagrams, charts, line graph, data comparison
  • Time remained the major hurdle to solve these questions with speed and accuracy
  • Questions on Data Interpretation (DI) occupied more than 50% of the section, rest of the part covered questions on data sufficiency and data comparison
  • A score of 22-23 marks is expected to get 90 and above percentile

Intelligence and Critical reasoning

  • This section had 40 Questions
  • More questions were on Analytical and Logical reasoning and fewer questions were there on Critical reasoning
  • 10 Questions were based on Family Relation, 10 on Statements-Cause & Effect, and others were Statement –Assumptions, Reasons, analogies, direction, series, Incorrect Terms.
  • The questions were formed in sets as well as individual questions
  • The section was a little lengthy with moderate level of difficulty
  • A score of 26-27 marks may lead to a percentile above 90 in this section.

Indian and Global environment

  • Suggested time limit by AIMA to answer the 40 questions in this section was 15 minutes but 10 minutes were enough to attempt this section
  • Questions were formed on Best Director Oscar Award, GST, Import Duty, World Wild Life Day, Indian States, Common Wealth Games, Formation of Committees and Tribunals, President of Myanmaar. One question was on the recent visited country of North Korean President.
  • No re-thinking or recalling was required for what you do not know or are confused on it.
  • Ideal time to attempt one question was less than 30 seconds
  • The questions were based on conventional GK, business and economics, current affairs, international affairs
  • This section is not counted for percentile calculation in MAT exam
  • Many Candidates skipped or answered very few questions in this section to save time for other sections

Areas where candidates lagged behind

  • The time limit to attempt 200 questions was 150 minutes. Less than 1 minute was available before the test takers to answer each of 200 questions.
  • Candidates who could not manage time well, were seen gasping for Time Management to maximise their attempts across the sections.
  • Those who adhered to the time limit to solve questions in each section helped them to do better in the exam as with this strategy more number of questions could be attempted with accuracy
  • Number of MAT 2018 May test takers could not attempt more questions despite knowing their answers in paper based test as their time management strategy was poor

 

Managing Time in MAT Exam: Solution found by candidates
Two and half hours were allotted to solve 200 questions in MAT exam. With some of the questions found more difficult and penalty of negative marking existing for all the questions, Candidates were found gasping for more time. Many candidates who did not follow time schedule could not get across the 70-75 questions.

 

Although the overall MAT paper based exam on Sunday, May 6 remained moderate, a few questions consumed more time of the test takers.

 

However, a unique way out to have more time to attempt more questions, was found by the test takers. Since the GK section in MAT exam is not counted for score calculation, many candidates skipped or attempted very few questions in Indian and Global Environment section and utilized this time to attempt the questions in other sections. The strategy helped them to maximise the attempts in all the 4 core sections.

 

17000+ take PBT MAT
Management Aptitude Test (MAT) 2018 May exam in paper pencil mode was taken by an approximate number of 17000 candidates. With around 10-12% absentees only, the actual test takers may go beyond the number of 17000.

 

Suggestion for CBT May MAT 2018 exam

  • Those who could not do well in May MAT 2018 PBT Exam and are appearing in CBT MAT on May 20, 2018, are advised not to repeat such mistake and manage time to score high in each section.
  • Same number and pattern will appear in online computer based test on May 20

MAT Analysis: Last 3 Exams

MAT Exam Months
February 2017
December 2017
September 2017
Total questions
200
200
200
Exam Format
PBT & CBT
PBT & CBT
PBT & CBT
Exam duration
2½  hours
2½ hours
2½  hours
Testing window
1 day, 1 session
1 day, 1 session
1 day, 1 session
Number of sections
  5
  5
  5
Name of sections with number of questions
Language Comprehension-40
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning-40
Data Analysis & Sufficiency-40
Mathematical Skills-40
Indian & Global Environment-40
Language Comprehension-40
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning-40
Data Analysis & Sufficiency-40
Mathematical Skills-40
Indian & Global Environment-40
Language Comprehension-40
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning-40
Data Analysis & Sufficiency-40
Mathematical Skills-40
Indian & Global Environment-40
Types of questions
MCQs
MCQs
MCQs
Difficulty level
Moderate to Difficult
Easy to moderate with very few questions difficult
Moderate.
Maximum marks
160 (40 marks for Indian & Global environment not counted)
 160 (40 marks for Indian & Global environment not counted)
160 (40 marks for Indian & Global environment not counted)
Marks for each correct answer
    1
    1
    1
Negative Marking
    0.25 mark for each wrong answer
    0.25 mark for each wrong answer
    0.25 mark for each wrong answer

 

MAT Exam 2018 Analysis: Immediately after the exam

The MAT 2018 analysis will also be released immediately after the exam is over and for both MAT May 2018 exams with Paper based and online computer based MAT exams.  MAT May 2018 Analysis by other top coaching institutes and experts in India will also be published.

 

The detailed MAT 2018 exam analysis will consist of MAT exam structure, difficulty level overall and section wise, surprise elements, key topics and questions in the exam, sectional composition and important topics asked section wise, expected Cut offs in top MBA colleges accepting MAT score.

 

MAT 2018 exam Analysis for February MAT (Published on February 4, 2018)
MAT 2018 Analysis for February exam with all the key details was published immediately after the exam. The key trends as revealed in MAT exam analysis 2018 for February exam are detailed below:

 

MAT 2018 February exam was held on February 4 as Paper-based test and on February 17 as Computer-based test. For both the tests, exam paper was very similar with equivalent difficulty level. However, some candidates who were not familiar with online exam test-taking mode found the Computer-based test slightly more difficult.

 

MAT 2018 February exam had 200 questions divided in 5 sections: Language Comprehension, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, and  Indian and Global Environment. The time limit to attempt 200 questions was 150 minutes. This means, less than 1 minute was available before the test takers to answer a question! All the questions in MAT 2018 carry equal marks. Every right answer is to be awarded with a credit of 1 mark while every wrong answer will attract a penalty of ¼ negative marking (0.25 mark) deducted from the awarded score for right answers. All the questions were in MCQ format followed by 4 answer options.

 

Below is the quick view of MAT 2018 February Paper pattern:

Total number of questions in the exam
200
Number of sections in the exam
5
Number of answer options per question
4
Maximum Marks per question
1
Negative Marking
0.25 mark for every wrong answer
Total maximum raw score
200
Total maximum scaled score out of which percentile score will be awarded
800

Ideal attempts and Cut offs
MAT test takers who maximise the attempts in MAT 2018 February exam are to score higher than their peers as it remains the key to success. Giving time to each of the sections and not get down by any one section remained an important factor to help you score high.

  

The suggested time limit to solve each of 5 sections and attempts needed per section to score high in MAT 2018 are: 

Sno
Section
No of Qs
Ideal time (in min)
Ideal attempts
Expected cut off marks for 90+ percentile
1
Language Comprehension
40
28
 26
26
2
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
40
40
 25
25
3
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
40
35
 23
21
4
Mathematical Skills
40
37
 25
29
5
Indian and Global Environment
40
10
 15
Separate sectional marks, not counted for percentile calculation
 
 
200
150
114
101

Those who adhered to the time limit to solve questions in each section helped them to do better in the exam as with this strategy more number of questions could be attempted with accuracy.

 

Number of MAT 2018 February test takers could not attempt more questions despite knowing their answers in paper based test as their time management strategy was poor. Candidates going for online computer based exam on February 17 are advised not to repeat such mistake and manage time to score high in each section.

 

Sectional analysis

Mathematical Skills: Out of the 40 questions in the section, around 16 questions were based on Arithmetic like Interest, Percentages, Time and Work, Averages Percentage, Profit, Loss, Partnership. The questions were a little time consuming although were moderate. Other questions were based on such topics like Equations, Ratio, Proportion & Variation, Geometry & Mensuration, Permutation and Combinations, Probability.

 

The questions were moderate and those who practiced more could attempt more questions in this section. Higher percentile would be waiting for those candidates who did this section well. A score of 29-30 marks could earn 92 to 94 percentile in this section.

 

Data analysis and Sufficiency: This section had maximum questions on data interpretation. More prominent in this section were Pie charts, bar diagrams, charts, line graph, data comparison. Time remained the main factor to solve these questions with speed and accuracy. While questions on Data Interpretation (DI) occupied more than 50% of the section, rest of the part covered questions on data sufficiency and data comparison. A score of 21-22 marks is expected to cross the 90+ percentile.

 

Language comprehension: There were 40 questions in the section. The test had number of questions based on jumbled words and picking odd man out of them, inserting correct words to fill in the blanks, vocabulary words to pick out correct synonyms-antonyms. The short comprehension passages were followed by 4 questions each. Other questions were based on jumbled sentences, basic error corrections based on English language grammar, main idea of paragraphs. Except a few questions the section had moderate difficulty level and could be answered in time. A score of 26-27 marks could lead to 90+ percentile in this section.

 

Intelligence and critical reasoning: The section had questions on Analytical and Logical reasoning and fewer questions were there on Critical reasoning. Questions were based on calendar, distribution, assertions reasons, blood relations, analogies, direction, series, statements. The questions were formed in sets as well as individual questions. The section was a little lengthy with moderate level of difficulty. A score of 25-26 marks may lead to a percentile above 90 in this section.

 

Indian and Global environment: AIMA had suggested the time limit to answer the 40 questions in this section as 15 minutes but 10 minutes were enough to attempt this section. There was no point to go on re-thinking or recalling what you do not know or are confused on it. One question therefore, could be attempted in less than 30 seconds.

 

The questions were based on conventional GK, business and economics, current affairs, although this section is not counted for percentile calculation in MAT exam. Candidates could answer this section well within the time limit but many of them continued struggling in this section instead of moving forward without wasting the time as there was nothing to solve.

 

Scoring pattern

  • MAT score card will contain 6 scores. For each of the 6 scores, a percentile score is given. This shows the percentage of examinees who scored below the candidate based on the entire MAT testing population. The percentile below figure can change with each administration for the same scores.
  • MAT 2018 February exam would award scores keeping the Indian and Global environment section out from percentile calculation.
  • The scores are to be awarded out of 160 marks and accordingly the test takers will get their merit position where their scores are sent by AIMA.
  • Raw score of 70+ is expected to award the percentile of 80+ and the raw score of 100 marks can award you the percentile of 94.

Positive changes in MAT 2018 February exam

One of the key positive changes which AIMA has offered to the MAT takers, is the opportunity to appear both in paper Based MAT and online computer based MAT exam. If you have not been able to do well in paper based MAT on February 4, there is still time you can appear in Computer Based MAT on February 17.

 

MAT 2018 exam pattern, syllabus and the sectional composition reveals that MAT 2018 exam on February 4 in PBT mode and on February 17 as CBT exam will not throw any major surprise and will remain on the moderate difficulty level with same number of 200 questions in MCQ format. 

 

Around 20000 candidates are expected to appear in February MAT 2018 exam. The past MAT exam analysis shows that the Data Analysis & Sufficiency and Critical Reasoning sections are reported a bit tricky and consume more time than expected. 

 

Indian & Global Environment section in MAT 2018 exam reveals that a few of the questions in GK section in MAT exam also turn to be a little trickier and time consuming. The overall MAT exam analysis makes it clear that MAT in paper based form and MAT in online computer based format remain moderate and of same level of difficulty exam MAT after MAT.
 

MAT exam analysis based on the feedback from the test takers, MBAUniverse.com experts, and from top coaching centres like CL, T.I.M.E will be published immediately after the MAT exam is over. 

 

(Watch this space on February 4, 2018 at 1PM for detailed MAT 2018 exam analysis, expected cut offs in top MBA colleges)

 

 

MAT 2017 December Exam Analysis & cut offs for Paper based test: DA, Reasoning difficult; overall moderate  

December MAT 2017 paper based test held on December 10 had no surprise element but the candidates found a few questions in Data Analysis & Sufficiency and Critical Reasoning sections a bit tricky which consumed more time than expected. A few of the GK questions in Indian and Global Environment section also turned to be a little trickier and time consuming. 

 

The overall Paper based MAT 2017 December exam remained moderate and of same level of difficulty as was the MAT September 2017 exam.

 

AIMA conducted MAT 2017 December exam in paper pencil mode on December 10, 2017 in a single session for admission to more than 250 MBA colleges across the country. The feedback from the test takers indicated that December MAT 2017 was moderate test with Data Analysis & Reasoning being on tricky side. Candidates will need higher scores as there would be tough competition in getting the highly ranked B-school.  

 

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) 2017 December exam in paper pencil mode was taken by an approximate number of 15000 candidates. Test pattern remained more or less at the same difficulty level as was in MAT 2017 September exam.

 

Candidates were already given the option of either to appear in paper pencil mode or online test. No candidate who has taken paper based test on December 10, can appear in the on-line test proposed to be held from December 16 onwards. 

 

MAT 2017 December test: Broad analysis
There were 200 questions divided in 5 sections in MAT 2017 held on December 10, 2017 from 10AM to 12.30 PM in 51 test cities in the country. The 200 questions had to be answered in 150 minutes. Less than 1 minute was available before the test takers to answer each of 200 questions. Candidates were seen struggling for Time management to maximise their attempts. Same number and pattern will appear in online computer based test.

 

All the questions in MAT 2017 carry equal marks. Every right answer is to be awarded with a credit of 1 mark while every wrong answer will attract a penalty of ¼ negative marking ( 0.25 mark) deducted from the awarded score for right answers. All the questions are in MCQ format followed by 4 answer options. Below is shared the quick view of MAT 2017 December exam. 

MAT 2017 December exam date & time
Paper based over on Sunday December 10, 2017 from 10AM to 12.30PM
Number of test centres for PBT
51
Total number of questions in the exam
200
Number of sections in the exam
5
Number of answer options per question
4
Maximum Marks per question
1
Negative Marking
0.25 mark for every wrong answer
Total maximum raw score
200
Total maximum scaled score out of which percentile score will be awarded
800

 

Ideal attempts 

MAT test takers who maximise the attempts in MAT 2017 December test are to score higher than their peers as it remains the key to success. Giving time to each of the sections and not get down by any one section remained an important factor to help you score high. 

  

The suggested time limit to solve each of 5 sections and attempts needed per section to score high in MAT 2017 remained -  

Sno
Section
No of Qs
Ideal time (in min) 
Ideal attempts
Expected cut off marks for 90+ percentile
1
Language Comprehension
40
25
 28
27
2
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
40
40
 25
25
3
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
40
35
 23
22
4
Mathematical Skills
40
40
 25
28
5
Indian and Global Environment
40
10
 18
Separate sectional marks, not counted for percentile calculation
 
 
200
150
116
102
 

Those who adhered to the time limit to solve questions in each section helped them to do better in the exam as with this strategy more number of questions could be attempted with accuracy. 

 

Many MAT 2017 December test takers were found gasping for more time as they didn’t adhere to the suggested time limit and could not attempt the questions despite knowing their answers in paper based test. Candidates going for online computer based exam on December 16 are advised not to repeat such mistake and manage time to score high in each section. 

 

Sectional analysis

Language comprehension: There were 40 questions in the section. The test had number of questions based on jumbled words and picking odd man out of them, inserting correct words to fill in the blanks, vocabulary words to pick out correct synonyms-antonyms. The short comprehension passages were followed by 4 questions each. Other questions were based on jumbled sentences, basic grammar corrections, main idea of paragraphs. Except a few questions they had moderate difficulty level and could be answered in time.

 

Intelligence and critical reasoning: The section had questions on Analytical and logical reasoning and fewer questions were there on Critical reasoning. Questions were based on calendar, distribution, assertions reasons, blood relations, analogies, direction, series, statements. The questions were formed in sets as well as individual questions. The section was a little lengthy with moderate level of difficulty.

 

Mathematical Skills: Out of the 40 questions in the section, around 18 questions were based on Arithmetic like Interest, Percentages, Time and Work, Averages Percentage, Profit, Loss, Partnership. The questions were a little time consuming although were moderately difficult. Other questions consisted of Venn diagrams, Equations, Ratio, Proportion & Variation, Geometry & Mensuration, Permutation and Combinations, Probability.

 

The questions were moderate and those who practiced more could attempt more questions in this section. Higher percentile would be waiting for those candidates who did this section well.

 

Data analysis and Sufficiency: This section had maximum questions on data interpretation. More prominent in this section were Pie charts, bar diagrams, charts, line graph, data comparison. Time remained the main factor to solve these questions with speed and accuracy.

 

While questions on Data Interpretation (DI) occupied more than 50% of the section, rest of the part covered questions on data sufficiency and data comparison. 

 

Indian and Global environment: The suggested time limit to answer the 40 questions in this section was 15 minutes but 10 minutes were enough to attempt this section. There is no point to go on re-thinking or recalling what you do not know or are confused on it. One question therefore, could be attempted in less than 30 seconds.

 

The questions were based on conventional GK, business and economics, current affairs, although this section would not count for calculation of percentile. Candidates could answer this section well within the time limit but many of them continued struggling in this section instead of moving forward without wasting the time as there was nothing to solve. 

 

Cut off Score you need 

  • Admission to good B schools out of the list of B schools available at the AIMA site can be explored with a percentile as high as 80 and above. 
  • MAT score card will contain 6 scores. For each of the 6 scores, a percentile score is given. This shows the percentage of examinees who scored below the candidate based on the entire MAT testing population. The percentile below figure can change with each administration for the same scores.
  • MAT 2017 December exam would award scores keeping the Indian and Global environment section out from percentile calculation.
  • The scores are to be awarded out of 160 marks and accordingly the test takers will get their merit position where their scores are sent by AIMA.
  • Raw score of 70+ is expected to award the percentile of 80+ and the raw score of 110 can award you the percentile of 90+

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MAT exam analysis reveals that MAT exam has remained a steady and no surprise throwing test over the years. Around 20000 candidates appear in MAT exam every 3 months since it is conducted 4 times in a year. Next MAT exam is scheduled to be held on December 10, 2017 as paper based test and on December 16 as online MAT computer based test. 

 

December MAT 2017 paper based test does not propose to have any surprise element. However the past MAT exam analysis shows that the Data Analysis & Sufficiency and Critical Reasoning sections are reported a bit tricky and consume more time than expected. 
 

Not only this, the MAT exam analysis of Indian & Global Environment section reveals that a few of the questions in GK section in MAT exam also turn to be a little trickier and time consuming. The overall MAT exam analysis makes it clear that MAT in paper based form and MAT in online computer based format remain moderate and of same level of difficulty exam MAT after MAT.
 

MAT exam analysis based on the feedback from the test takers indicated that MAT 2017 December exam was moderate test with Data Analysis & Reasoning being on tricky side. Candidates needed higher scores as there remained a tough competition in getting the well ranked MAT college.

 

Expected difficulty level in December MAT 2017 exam 
There were 200 questions divided in 5 sections in MAT 2017 exam held on September 3, 2017 from 10AM to 12.30 PM in 51 test cities in the country. The 200 questions had to be answered in 150 minutes. Less than 1 minute was available before the MAT test takers to answer each of 200 questions in MAT exam. Candidates were seen struggling for Time management to maximise their attempts.

 

Same number and pattern will appear in December MAT 2017 exam in paper based and MAT online computer based test.

 

All the questions in MAT exam carry equal marks. Every right answer will be awarded with a credit of 1 mark in MAT December exam while every wrong answer will attract a penalty of ¼ negative marking (0.25 mark) deducted from the awarded score for right answers. All the questions in September MAT 2017 will be in MCQ format followed by 4 answer options. Below is shared the quick view of MAT 2017 exam

MAT 2017 September PBT exam date & time Paper based on Sunday September 3, 2017 from 10AM to 12.30PM
MAT 2017 September CBT exam date Computer based on Saturday September 9, 2017 onwards
Number of test centres for PBT 51
Total number of questions in the exam 200
Number of sections in the exam 5
Number of answer options per question 4
Maximum Marks per question 1
Negative Marking 0.25 mark for every wrong answer
Total maximum raw score 200
Total maximum raw score for percentile calculation 160 (Score of Indian & Global Environment section not included in percentile calculation)
Total maximum scaled score out of which percentile score will be awarded 800 (score of 160 for 4 sections scaled to 800)

 

Ideal attempts based on last MAT 2017 exam
The test takers who maximised attempts in MAT 2017 September test could score higher than their peers as it remained the key to success. Giving time to each of the sections and not get down by any one section remained an important factor to help you score high. MAT 2017 December exam aspirants are advised to follow the similar strategy as the MAT exam pattern will remain the same
 

The suggested time limit to solve each of 5 sections and attempts needed per section to score high in MAT 2017 should be –

Section Total Questions Ideal time (in minutes) Ideal attempts
Language Comprehension  40  25  28
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning  40  40  25
Data Analysis and Sufficiency  40  35  23
Mathematical Skills  40  40   25
Indian and Global Environment  40  10  20
Total  200  150  116

 

MBAUniverse.com has repeated suggested to focus on first 4 sections. Even if you do not attempt the Indian and Global Environment section, it won’t impact your score. However, you need to adhere to the time limit to solve questions in each section. This could help you to do better in the exam as with this strategy more number of questions could be attempted with accuracy.
 

The biggest problem with December MAT 2017 test takers would be to struggle against time. Therefore it is advised to adhere to the suggested time limit else it happens that you are unable to attempt the questions despite knowing their answers.

 

Sectional analysis

Language comprehension

There are 40 questions in the section. The test has more number of questions based on jumbled words and picking odd man out of them, inserting correct words to fill in the blanks, vocabulary words to pick out correct synonyms-antonyms.

 

The short comprehension passages are followed by 4 questions each. Other questions are based on jumbled sentences, basic grammar corrections, main idea of paragraphs. Except a few questions the questions have moderate difficulty level and can be answered in time.

 

Key topics & goods attempts for high percentile
The division of questions is broadly 20 Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning questions and 20 questions based on Reading Comprehension passages. All RC passages are followed by 5 questions each. 2 passages are slightly longer with around 600 words and 2 are of around 400 words each.

 

Past RC passages topics
1.Current safety care regulatory regime, how to restructure and what will be the advantages
2.Demonetization and its effects
3.The technique, applications and effectiveness of Fibroscan for liver diseases
4.Shortage of supply of right talent, how we can use training and improve effectiveness of productivity from low level to executive level employees.

Topics in the section Number of questions Level of difficulty
4 RC Passages  20 Easy to moderate
Jumbled paragraphs  4 Moderate to a little difficult
Para summary  4 Easy to moderate
Organize the scrambled word and find the antonyms   2 Easy to moderate
One word/synonyms for phrases  3 Easy, moderate and 1 difficult
Picking out the odd man out for the scrambled word  3 Moderate to difficult
Finding the synonyms and antonyms for underlined words  4 Easy, Moderate and 1 difficult

 

The section can be attempted in 35-37 minutes. 25 questions with 90% accuracy can get a high percentile in this section.

 

Intelligence and critical reasoning

The section has more number of questions on Analytical and logical reasoning and fewer questions are there on Critical reasoning. Questions in this section are based on calendar, distribution, assertions reasons, blood relations, analogies, direction, series, statements.

 

The questions in this section of MAT exam are formed in sets as well as are individual questions. The section is sometimes a little lengthy but has moderate level of difficulty.

 

Key topics and good attempts for high percentile
This section in last MAT exam included 5 course of action questions, 5 Syllogisms (Venn diagrams) and 5 strong and weak arguments questions. There were 10 individual non-verbal questions consisting of The Non-verbal questions included 10 standalone questions with 5 on coding-decoding and out of the rest 5 questions, 2 were standalone linear arrangement questions and remaining 3 were miscellaneous (the topics like numbers and ages).

 

There were 3 sets on arrangement with 2 sets on matrix arrangement and 1 set on directions. There were no questions on family tree, complete the series, Venn diagram or cubes in non-verbal reasoning. A good attempt of 22-24 questions with 85% accuracy in this section could fetch a high percentile.

 

Mathematical Skills

Out of the 40 questions in the section, around 18 questions are based on Arithmetic like Interest, Percentages, Time and Work, Averages Percentage, Profit, Loss, Partnership. The questions are a little time consuming although in last MAT exam they were slightly difficult.

 

Other questions consisted of Venn diagrams, Equations, Ratio, Proportion & Variation, Geometry & Mensuration, Permutation and Combinations, Probability.
 

The questions were moderate and those who practiced more could attempt more questions in this section. Higher percentile would be waiting for those candidates who can do this section well.

 

Key topics and good attempts for high percentile
This section in last MAT exam had 29 Arithmetic questions out of total 40 questions. There were 5 questions on Numbers, 4 on Geometry and 2 on Modern Math. 3 questions could be classified as difficult, out of them 1 was from Geometry (Mensuration), 1 from Time and work and 1 from Mixtures and Alligations Many Arithmetic questions involved lengthy calculations.
 

The section usually has moderate difficulty level. The composition of questions in MAT May exam can be classified as under:

 

Topics in the section Number of questions Level of difficulty
Arithmetic-Time speed-distance  7 Moderate
Time & work  5 Moderate to difficult
Simple & compound interest  4 Moderate to difficult
Mixtures & Alligations    4 Moderate
Percentage; Profit & Loss  9 Easy, moderate and difficult
Geometry-Mensuration  2 Moderate to difficult
Quadrilaterals  2 Moderate
Probability  2 Moderate to difficult
Number system-HCF/LCM; divisibility  5 Moderate

Good attempt of 22-24 questions with 90% accuracy could lead to high percentile in this section.

 

Data analysis and Sufficiency

This section in MAT is marked with maximum questions on data interpretation. In last MAT exam, more prominent in this section are Pie charts, bar diagrams, charts, line graph, data comparison. Time remained the main factor to solve these questions with speed and accuracy.

While questions on Data Interpretation (DI) occupied more than 50% of the section, rest of the part covered questions on data sufficiency and data comparison.

 

Key topics and good attempts for high percentile
In last MAT exam, this section had 30 questions on Data Interpretation with 6 sets of 5 questions each; 5 questions on Data Sufficiency and 5 questions on Quantitative Comparison. 3 sets were difficult, one of them involved 2 pie charts, one of them had a bar chart and a pie chart combined and one was on Venn diagram involving 5 parameters. The rest 3 sets appeared to be easy but were calculation intensive. There were 5 questions on Quantity Comparison and 5 on Data sufficiency, all of them were moderate. A good attempt of 24 questions with 85% accuracy could fetch a high percentile. 

 

Indian and Global environment

The suggested time limit to answer the 40 questions in this section was 15 minutes but we advised 10 minutes to attempt this section. There is no point to go on re-thinking or recalling what you do not know or are confused on it. One question therefore, could be attempted in less than 30 seconds.

The questions were based on conventional GK, business and economics, current affairs, although this section would not count for calculation of percentile. Candidates could answer this section well within the time limit but many of them continued struggling in this section instead of moving forward without wasting the time as there was nothing to solve.

 

Key topics and good attempts for high percentile
Most of the questions in this section were on current events of last 1 year. 23 questions were based on national events and 17 on international events. A good attempt of 16-18 questions in 15 minutes could get you high percentile in this section. It should be noted that this section is not taken into account for calculation of MAT percentile.

 

MAT score you need 
Admission to good B schools out of the list of B schools available at the AIMA site could only be explored with a percentile as high as 80 and above. MAT awards scores keeping the Indian and Global environment section out. Accordingly the test takers will get their merit position where their scores are sent by AIMA or they apply to the desired B-schools on their own.