MAT 2018 MBA entrance test was held by AIMA (All India Management Association) on 4th February 2018. The MBA entrance exam didn’t throw any surprises at MBA aspirants at the exam format, pattern and the difficulty level of the questions was in-line with the general trend of last few years. This was the paper-based MAT 2018 test which was held at around 51 test centres across the country. The online or computer-based MAT 2018 exam (the second and final part of the MAT 2018) is scheduled to be held on 17th February 20018.
To better understand the MAT 2018 paper based test, the type of questions and the expected cut-off we have provided a detailed MAT 2018 paper analysis below. MBA aspirants who have appeared for the MAT 2018 paper based test, can go through this analysis to predict the expected MAT 2018 cut-offs.
MBA aspirants who appeared for the MAT 2018 paper based test were quite satisfied with the overall exam pattern and difficulty level followed in the exam. The MAT 2018 exam paper, which consisted of 5 sections, was termed as moderate in terms of difficulty level by the test-takers.
The general feedback regarding the MAT 2018 exam is that the paper was quite standard with no unpleasant surprises being thrown at the test-takers. A few questions from GK section, especially those concerning Indian and Global Environment, few MCQS from Critical Reasoning and Data Analysis sections were of higher difficulty and consume more time.
With 200 MCQs to be solved in 150 minutes i.e. less than one minute to answer each question. Therefore, candidates had to manage their time really well in order to attempt and answer correctly maximum number of questions. Moderate MAT 2018 exam paper is likely to earn high MAT 2018 score for the candidates and are likely to push the MAT 2018 cut-offs for admission higher.
Coming to the more detailed analysis, let’s look at each of the five sections and the type and format of questions that were asked in the MAT 2018 exam paper.
• Mathematical Skills
In line with the MAT 2018 exam pattern, the Mathematical Skills section consisted of 40 MCQs in total. Of the 40, around 16 questions focused on Arithmetic ability i.e. Time & Work, Profit & Loss, Partnership, Percentages, Interest and Averages. These questions were a bit complicated and time-consuming in nature. The rest of the 24 questions were based on topics like Ratio, Permutation & Combinations, Geometry & Mensuration, Proportion & Variation, Probability, Equations and Ratio as well as Mensuration.
Overall, the questions were of moderate difficulty but were more time-consuming in nature. Also, those candidates who were able to attempt more number of questions would be able to score better in Mathematical Ability section.
Ideal Score: 29 to 30 marks can help you to score 92 to 94 percentile
• Data Analysis and Sufficiency
The Data Analysis & Sufficiency section focused more on questions based upon Data Interpretation. Questions in DI were more concentrated on topics like bar diagrams, line graphs, data comparison and pie-charts. Majority of the Data Interpretation section were lengthy and candidates who had practised such questions in the mock-tests could do well in this section. Accuracy with speed was the key to cracking this section in MAT 2018 exam.
Ideal Score: 21 – 22 marks can help you cross 90+ percentile
• Language comprehension
The Language Comprehension section in MAT 2018 exam paper included 40 questions and a number of questions from that were reported as hard to crack by the MBA aspirants who took the test. Questions that covered topics like odd-one out, jumbled words and fill in the blanks were tough. In addition to this, short comprehension passage based questions were also part of the exam paper. Candidates with sound knowledge of English grammar and good vocabulary were able to do well in MAT 2018 exam paper’s Language Comprehension section.
Ideal score: Scoring 26 – 27 marks in this section can put you in the 90+ percentile category
• Intelligence and critical reasoning
This section was more focused upon questions related to analytical and logical reasoning as compared to critical reasoning. The questions were based on topics like direction, series, statements, blood relations, analogies, distribution, calendar, assertions and statements. A few of these questions were packaged in sets while few individual questions were also there. The biggest challenge for test-takers in this section was time, as most of the questions were lengthy and consumed a lot of time.
Ideal Score: The average score of 25 to 26 in this section can help you score a 90+ percentile
• Indian and Global environment
The Indian and Global Environment section also consisted of 40 questions which were relatively easy to answer. MBA aspirants who were regularly in tough with current affairs, especially topics related to business and finance, held an edge in this section.
Although, AIMA had suggested a time-limit of 15 minutes for 40 questions, because these were fact based questions and not calculative in nature, each could be answered very easily within the prescribed timeframe.
Questions mainly focused on regular GK topics, business and economics along with current affairs. This is merely a qualifying section and the score of this section is not considered by AIMA for the calculation of the final MAT 2018 score.
MAT 2018 is the last national level MBA entrance exam of the MBA admission season. The MAT 2018 February edition of the test would be the last chance for MBA aspirants seeking admission to top MBA colleges in India to appear for the test in order to be considered for MBA admission for the academic year 2018-19. The majority of good MBA colleges accepting MAT 2018 score would complete their admission formalities based upon the MAT 2018 score. Therefore, the exam plays a pivotal role, attracting a large number of MBA aspirants for admission.
With MAT 2018 paper based exam already over, the long wait has begun for the announcement of MAT 2018 result, which will determine the fate of candidates appearing for the MBA entrance test. We will keep you posted about the tentative date of MAT 2018 result here. For detailed MBA entrance test analysis and study materials, you can visit mba.jagranjosh.com as well. If you found this article to be helpful, please share it among your friend and fellow MBA aspirants.