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July 13, 2021

AIMA is conducting MAT 2021 September exam in CBT, PBT and IBT Mode from August 21 to September 12, 2021. While there are two CBT MAT exams on August 21 and September 12; the IBT MAT is scheduled from August 28 to September 12, 2021. However, the PBT MAT exam will be conducted on September 5, 2021 in a single day and single slot.

 

MAT exam Analysis with expected cut offs in top MBA colleges accepting MAT score will help you to assess your expected MAT score and percentile by using MAT Percentile Predictor. MAT Analysis covers the following:

Previous MAT Exam Analysis
Below is shared the previous MAT exam analysis

 

May MAT 2021 Exam Analysis

AIMA conducted its first Remote Proctored Internet Based Test (MAT IBT) for MAT May exam 2021 on May 30 in morning and evening slots. Candidates appeared in the IBT-MAT from the convenience of their home instead of going to an exam centre. The morning slot was from 10.00 AM to 12.30 PM and evening slot was from 4.00 PM to 6.30 PM.

 

The MAT Exam Analysis below covers the nature of test, difficulty level, exam pattern, expected cut offs, top MBA colleges accepting May MAT among other details 

 

AIMA had introduced MAT Remote Proctored Internet Based Test (MAT IBT) from May MAT 2020 onwards due to Covid pandemic.  

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IBT MAT: Taken from Comfort of Home
Candidates appeared in IBT May MAT 2021 exam from the comfort of their homes with their computers or laptops having fast internet connections and webcams.  The exam time and duration was strictly adhered to. A constant watch on the conduct of the exam by the remote proctors was kept through the candidates’ webcam displaying their live test taking attempts, surroundings to ensure that there was no malpractice that could impact the sanctity of the exam.  

 

Candidates Appeared in IBT MAT after Taking Official Mock
Since most of the candidates who appeared in IBT MAT exam were not aware about the key requirements to appear in the exam, AIMA has offered MAT IBT mock test to enable the candidates to understand how they should attempt the exam. An IBT MAT Mock Test registration and Mock test taking window is enabled at AIMA MAT website  

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Taking IBT May MAT 2021: Key Requirements
For taking the test in IBT mode, instead of going to a test centre candidates can take the exam from the safe confines and convenience of their homes subject to certain conditions. Following are the key requirements to get ready for MAT IBT Exam:  

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Please note that only the candidates with a computer together with webcam and internet facilities meeting specifications can appear in IBT exam. The sanctity and security of the test is effectively maintained through remote proctoring in dual mode i.e., by employing robust Artificial Intelligence (AI) based tools as also human proctors.

  • Network: A stable internet connection with proper speed. Minimum Upload Speed should be 512 kbps or above.
  • Supported Browsers: Use only Browser Version Chrome version 63 and above; Firefox version 52 and above
  • Operating System: WindowsOS Version7 and above
  • Memory: 65MB permanent free space on the default hard drive  

Guidelines to Take the Test
Once the test starts, MSB will not allow to move out of the application before the test is finished MSB will close all the applications running in background

 

The IBT MAT Exam was rated as easy to moderate with no surprises and was on the same pattern of PBT/CBT MAT. A few questions in English Language, Data Analysis and Quant were found a bit difficult. A score of 110-112 is expected to fetch 90 percentile cut off

 

All the candidates who had earlier applied for CBT and PBT MAT exams were given the opportunity to change their application for IBT MAT exam. Accordingly MAT exam was conducted only in IBT Mode. Besides, the exam has seven days testing window and registrations for further exam dates of MAT IBT exam are also open.

 

The detailed MAT IBT 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.  

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MAT 2021 May IBT Exam Highlights

  • Test contained 4 RC Passages of 400-500 words followed by 20 Questions in Language Comprehension section 
  • 2 RC Passages were opinion based and were on Abstract ideas, while 2 were fact based
  • 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
  • Arithmetic had major share of questions of moderate difficulty level in Mathematical skills section 
  • IBT MAT contained some of the difficult questions in Language and Data Analysis also.
  • Candidates have shared the feedback that the MAT Remote Proctored Internet 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.   
  • Overall raw score of 110 is expected to fetch 90+ percentile cut off in MAT exam

Overall Analysis

  • There were 200 questions divided in 5 sections in MAT exam
  • All the questions 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.
  • No Individual Sectional Time Limit. Candidates were allowed to switch to any section and any question

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MAT 2021 May IBT exam Dates & Time
May 30 to June 13, 2021
Exam Slots
Morning: 10AM to 12.30 PM
Evening:  4 PM to 6.30 PM
Test centre location
Test Taker’s Home
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

MAT 2021: IBT Exam Pattern

Section no.
Section Subject
Number of questions
Suggested time to solve
1
Language comprehension
40
30
2
Mathematical skills
40
40
3
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
40
35
4
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
40
30
5
Indian and Global Environment
40
15
 
Total
200
150

 

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 MAT 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 Comprehension
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 Covid 19 & its Global implications, JIO-Facebook deal,  Awards, Government policies, rules, regulations, Budget, GST, CAA,  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

Surprise Element
The MAT 2021 IBT exam had no surprise element and was on the same pattern as that of PBT/CBT MAT exam in February 2021  

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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, had to skip many questions and could not 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 test takers could not attempt more questions despite knowing their answers in IBT MAT as they struggled for time

How to Manage Time in MAT Exam: Tips by Test Takers
The IBT MAT Test takers suggest following tips to manage time in the exam:

 

Skip or Scantly Attempt GK Section

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. 

 

Didn’t Devote More than 30 Seconds
Most of the MAT test takers 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.

 

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

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Ideal attempts and Cut offs

The MAT 2021 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 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 MAT 2021: 

S.no
Section
No of Qs
Ideal time (in minutes)
Ideal attempts
Score required to get 90+ percentile
1
Language Comprehension
40
30
 28
28
2
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
40
35
 27
27
3
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
40
38
 24
23
4
Mathematical Skills
40
37
 30
30
5
Indian and Global Environment
40
10
 15
Separate sectional marks, not counted for percentile calculation
 
 
200
150
124
108-110

Categorization of MBA Colleges accepting MAT 2021
There are 600 MBA Colleges in India accepting MAT 2021 May exam score. These MBA Colleges accepting MAT score include the University and University affiliated MBA Colleges accepting MAT; Autonomous and Private top MBA Colleges accepting MAT and Government regulated top MBA Colleges Accepting MAT Score in 2021.

 

You can use your MAT 2021 exam score in accordance with your score range in the top MBA Colleges accepting MAT with their admission status open. These colleges can be divided into four broad categories:

  • Colleges Accepting MAT score above 700 or the Colleges accepting MAT score above 90 percentile
  • Colleges Accepting MAT score above 600 or the Colleges accepting MAT score 80 percentile
  • Colleges Accepting MAT score above 500 or the Colleges accepting MAT score 60 percentile
  • Colleges Accepting MAT score above 400 or the Colleges accepting MAT score below 50 percentile

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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 figure can change with each administration for the same scores.
  • MAT 2021 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 2021 IBT Exam Difficulty Level
MAT exam 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 test takers found the exam easy to moderate difficulty level although parts of Verbal, Data sufficiency were rated as bit difficult. 

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