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MAT 2017 Turned Out a Little Trickier: Detailed Paper Analysis
(Feb 1, 2018): Management Aptitude Test (MAT) 2018 is an all India entrance test conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA) four times in a year. The first of the four exams is scheduled to be held on February 4 (offline) and February 10, 2018 (online).

The results are usually declared two-three weeks after the examination. On the basis of score obtained in MAT, candidates are further selected for admission in MBA and other management courses in top B-Schools of the country.

The last of the four exams for 2017 was successfully conducted on December 10 (offline mode) and December 16 (online mode). The result for the exam was declared on December 29, 2017. The exam was divided into five sections- Language Comprehension, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Indian and Global Environment. Students found some sections to be trickier than others.

Here is a detailed analysis of MAT 2017 (December) to help you understand the exam and prepare accordingly.

MAT December 2017 Paper Analysis

A total of 200 questions were asked in Management Aptitude Test. The questions are MCQ based. One mark is awarded for every right answer, while 0.25 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer. Total time allotted for the paper is 150 minutes. The same pattern is followed for both offline and online tests.

Result is released a few days after the examination. Scoring is on the basis of the marks obtained in the first four sections. Scores obtained in the Indian and Global Environment section are not considered while calculating the final score. Percentile is calculated out of a maximum scaled score of 800.

The overall difficulty level of the examination was moderate. Few sections turned out to be time consuming and tricky as compared to others. Let us discuss the same section wise.

Language Comprehension

This section consisted of 20 questions from Reading Comprehension and 20 questions from Verbal. The difficulty level of this section was moderate. Reading Comprehension had four passages with five questions each. The passages were based on education and society, impact of various types of pollution, impact of advertisements and defining truth and illusion. The rest of the section had fill in the blanks, sentence replacement and completion, para jumbles, vocabulary, synonyms and antonyms. These questions were moderately difficult and required basic knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. The section was solvable within 30 to 40 minutes.

Data Analysis & Sufficiency

This section turned out to be the trickiest and students found it difficult and lengthy. It contained 30 questions from Data Interpretation and 10 questions from Data Sufficiency. Data Interpretation questions were based on bar diagrams, line graphs, tables and pie charts. Each table, chart, graph or diagram had 5 to 10 questions based on it.

Data Interpretation part was tricky and time consuming. Calculations based on average, percentage, comparison of fractions were involved. Students found it difficult to solve the section within 35 to 40 minutes.

Mathematical Skills

Questions from this section were based on Arithmetic – average, percentages, profit & loss, time & work, simple & compound interest, time & distance, ratio proportion & variation and partnership. Questions from permutation & combination, probability, geometry & mensuration and trigonometry were also asked in this section.

The section was moderately difficult. Questions were calculative but doable for students with clear conceptual knowledge and good calculation skills. The Higher Math Section was a little bit difficult than the rest of the section. Nevertheless, the whole section was solvable within 35 to 40 minutes of time.

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

This section involved questions based on analytical and critical reasoning. Students were asked 26 questions from analytical reasoning and 14 questions from critical reasoning. The section was found to be easy and manageable by the students. Some questions were lengthy but overall the section was solvable. Difficulty level for the section was between easy to moderate. Approximate time required to solve this section was 30 to 40 minutes.

Indian & Global Environment

This section comprised of questions on general knowledge and current affairs. Most of the questions were based on business and economics, conventional GK, person and their associated fields. The section was easy for those who read the newspaper regularly. Some students felt this section to be tricky. Since, the score obtained in this section is not considered while calculating the final percentile, an approximate time of 5 to 10 minutes was enough to solve this section.

Overall review of MAT 2017

The difficulty level and question pattern of the exam was at par with the previous years’. One or two sections turned out to be trickier than the rest. Students with good conceptual clarity, calculation skills and practice were able to tackle the paper comfortably. A score of 70+ out of 160 can award 80 percentile and score of 110+ out of 160 can award above 90 percentile.


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