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December MAT 2016: Exam Analysis

Dec 13, 2016 10:12 IST
    MAT 2016
    MAT 2016

    On 11th December 2016, AIMA conducted December MAT 2016 exam in paper based mode and on the coming weekend i.e. 17th December 2016, MAT will be conducted in Computer-based format. Approximately, 15,000 students sat for the MAT Exam on Sunday to grab admission in one of the 400 B-schools across the country that comes under MAT. So here, we bring for you an analysis of the paper based MAT exam to help you analyse your performance in the exam.

    The exam was held in a smooth manner from 10AM to 12.30 PM in 51 test cities in the country. MAT exam had 200 questions that were divided in 5 sections (Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis & Sufficiency, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, and Indian & Global Environment). The candidates were allotted a time limit of 150 minutes. All the questions were in MCQ format followed by 4 answer options.

    MAT 2016 December

    Paper based over on Sunday December 11, 2016

    Total number of questions


    Number of sections


    Number of answer options per question


    Maximum Marks per question


    Negative Marking per question

    0.25 mark for every wrong answer

    Total maximum scaled score out of which percentile score will be awarded


    The exam takers have mentioned that overall the exam was easy but the difficulty level of Data Analysis & Sufficiency and Critical Reasoning sections was high. In addition, a few questions in GK section were also tricky and time consuming. The prime challenge faced by the test takers was ‘Time Management’. Students mentioned that they struggled to solve the question within the stipulated time even after knowing the method of solving them.

    Hence, several test takers didn’t adhere to the suggested time limit and could not attempt the questions. Let us now take a look at the sectional analysis of MAT 2016:


    Language Comprehension

    There were 40 questions in this section. Given below is the list of topics from which question were asked to test the aptitude of the aspirants:

    1. Jumbled words 
    2. Picking odd man out 
    3. Fill in the blanks
    4. Vocabulary words (synonyms-antonyms)
    5. Short comprehension passages 
    6. Basic grammar corrections

    Mathematical Skills

    This section also had 40 questions. The questions came from the below mentioned topics:

    1. Interest,
    2. Percentages,
    3. Time and Work,
    4. Averages Percentage,
    5. Profit, Loss, Partnership
    6. Venn diagrams,
    7. Equations,
    8. Ratio, Proportion & Variation,
    9. Geometry & Mensuration,
    10. Permutation and Combinations,
    11. Probability

    In all, there were 18 questions from arithmetic and the level of difficulty ranged from moderate to high.

    Data analysis and Sufficiency

    This section also had 40 questions and maximum questions were from data interpretation. The questions in this section were from topics such as pie charts, bar diagrams, charts, line graph, data comparison. In this section, questions were equally divided in topics i.e. DI and data sufficiency.

    Intelligence and critical reasoning

    Test-takers mentioned that questions from this section were tricky and consumed too much time. Maximum questions were based on analytical and logical reasoning and fewer questions were from Critical reasoning. Topics covered in this section were:

    1. Calendar,
    2. Distribution,
    3. Assertions reasons,
    4. Blood relations,
    5. Analogies,
    6. Direction,
    7. Series,
    8. Statements

    Indian and Global environment

    The fifth section also comprised of 40 MCQ based questions. The questions were based on conventional GK, business and economics, current affairs. It should be noted that this section would not count for calculation of percentile.


    As the analysis goes, we suggest that an 80+ percentile will work wonders for the test takers to get admission in the college/institute/B-school of their choice. In the MAT 2016 December exam, the scores will be allotted keeping the Indian and Global environment section out. Aspirants who have opted for Computer based MAT 2016 on December 17 onwards have a brighter chance to learn from the difficulties that the test-takers faced in the paper based test. You still have time to spare for the difficult topics and do not consume time in solving all the questions of each section.  

    You can read the sample questions before appearing for the exam. In addition, you can also review the previous year MAT question papers as well.  

    For more information about the MAT Exam, you can also visit the official website.

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