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MAT 2018 Exam Analysis: Phase 2 Moderate Exam, Cut-offs to Go Up

Dec 15, 2018 17:40 IST
    MAT 2018 Exam Analysis
    MAT 2018 Exam Analysis

    MAT 2018 December Exam for Phase 2 was held on 15th December 2018 – Saturday. To facilitate exam for maximum number of aspirants, the test was held in both the modes i.e. Paper Based Test (PBT) and Computer Based Test (CBT) simultaneously. Overall, the MAT 2018 December exam was of moderate difficulty for both the exams. Contrary to the general trend, the Paper Based Test (PBT) was taken by more aspirants as compared to the computer based test. In line with this, the number of test centres for MAT 2018 PBT was more as compared to the ones assigned for CBT Exam.

    MAT 2018: Phase 2 - Exam Highlights

    The following are the key highlights of the MAT 2018 Phase 2 Exam conducted in both PBT and CBT formats:

    • Overall Difficulty Level was Moderate
    • Mathematics Skills Section focused on Arithmetic questions
    • RC Passages were of moderate difficulty level
    • Few questions in English Comprehension Section were Inferential
    • Reasoning section had questions of easy to moderate difficulty level
    • Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency section consisted of questions of Pie Charts and Graphs

    MAT 2018 Exam - Overall Analysis

    In line with the MAT 2018 December Exam Pattern, the paper for both CBT and PBT consisted of 5 sections. The total number of questions were 200 which are asked from 5 sections and they all carried equal marks. The Questions are in MCQ format. As far as marking scheme is concerned, the each correct answer was awarded 1 mark while 0.25 mark was deducted for every wrong answer. For final calculation of MAT 2018 December Scores, the raw scores are multiplied by 4 for all the 5 sections i.e. out of 800 marks.

    Statistical Analysis

    The Key Statistics of MAT 2018 Exam Analysis for December is given below:

    MAT 2018 December PBT / CBT - Phase-2

    Total number of questions in the exam


    Number of sections in the exam


    Number of answer options per question


    Maximum Marks per question


    Negative Marking

    0.25 mark

    Level of Difficulty


    Total maximum raw score


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


    Sections considered for percentile calculation


    Number of questions considered for percentile calculation


    No Surprises

    There was no surprise element in any section and in the type of questions that appeared in phase-2 of paper based December MAT 2018 exam on December 15. The sectional composition of questions has remained similar to phase-1 test.

    MAT 2018 December exam result for all the three exams namely- Phase-1 paper based MAT, Phase-2 paper based MAT and Computer based MAT will be declared simultaneously by AIMA on December 24, 2018 after 3 PM on its website.

    For detailed analysis of the MAT 2018 Exam conducted on PBT mode on 9th December 2018 is given below.


    MAT 2019 Exam Analysis: The MAT exam analysis for the Phase 2 exam will be out tomorrow i.e. 15ht December for both the paper based test and the computer based test. Aspirants can expect the analysis of MAT PBT exam by 2p.m. and for the computer based test by 5p.m. The MAT exam for the Phase 1 which was conducted only in the Paper Based Test (PBT) format was held on 9th December 2018. The MBA entrance exam was conducted by AIMA (All India Management Association) at 59 test cities in the morning slot from 10AM to 12.30 PM. Nearly 20,000 MBA aspirants appeared for MAT exam in the PBT format.

    After the examination, the initial impressions suggest that the MAT 2018 PBT test for December was of moderate difficulty level. In terms of section-wise analysis, Verbal, Data Analysis & Data Sufficiency and Critical Reasoning sections were found to be tricky and lengthy compared to the general trend of MAT exam. To understand the expected score, no of attempts and expected cut-offs, let’s dive into the detailed analysis of MAT 2018 exam.

    MAT 2018 (DEC) Exam Analysis - Key Highlights

    • Overall Level of Difficulty was Moderate
    • Mathematical Skills was more focused on Arithmetic questions
    • Reading Comprehension had 4 passages of 500 words with 5 question each
    • RC passages were lengthy but the difficulty level was moderate
    • Key topics in Reasoning Section were: Family Tree, Cause - Effect, Seating Arrangement, Conclusion
    • RC Section’s level of difficulty was moderate, but few questions were tricky
    • DA and DS sections were dominated by Pie Charts, Graphs, Tables

    MAT 2018 Exam Analysis - Overall

    MAT 2018 Paper Based Exam for December edition followed the same exam pattern that was provided in the detailed exam notification. The question paper consisted of 200 questions divided into 5 sections. The exam consisted of MCQs in all the five sections. Marking scheme followed for MAT 2018 was also familiar i.e. + 1 for each correct answer and -0.25 for each wrong answer. However, the final score that are released for the candidates are multiplied by 4 and scaled out of total 800 marks.

    As discussed above, overall, the difficulty level of the MAT 2018 paper was moderate with few tricky questions in the Verbal, Data Analysis & Data Sufficiency sections. The Critical Reasoning sections had a few lengthy questions that required more time from candidates. GK section was of qualifying nature and the marks scored in it will not be counted as part of the final score of the candidate.

    MAT 2018 – Sectional Analysis

    Although the overall level of difficulty in the MAT 2018 exam remained moderate, with 200 questions from 5 sections to be answered in the short time span of 2:30 minutes, it surely was a challenge for the aspirants. Aspirants, who couldn’t manage the time well, especially for sections like Critical Reasoning, could only manage fewer attempts in the exam. The detailed analysis of the ideal time that candidates should have given to the section is given below:


    No of Questions

    Section-wise Time

    Language Comprehension



    Intelligence and Critical Reasoning



    Data Analysis and Sufficiency



    Mathematical Skills



    Indian and Global Environment






    MAT 2018 – No of Attempts + Score

    For MAT 2018 paper based test, it was the lengthy nature of the paper that was the problem as compared to the overall difficulty level. Therefore, the candidates who managed to optimize their time well after going through the paper first, would have managed to attempt good number of questions. Candidates aspiring for 90 percentile and above should have the following attempt break-up and score:


    Questions Attempted

    Expected Score

    Language Comprehension



    Intelligence and Critical Reasoning



    Data Analysis and Sufficiency



    Mathematical Skills



    Indian and Global Environment


    Qualifying Nature




    MAT 2018: Section-wise Analysis

    Language Comprehension Section

    The Language Comprehension Section consisted of total 40 questions. The section had 4 RC passages and each of them had 5 questions, taking the total number of questions in the section to 20. The questions asked on most of the topics were of moderate difficulty level, with exception of Antonyms and Phrases & Idioms Substitution by words, which had a few difficult questions. The topic-wise break-up of questions for MAT 2018 is provided below:


    Number of Questions

    Difficulty level

    Errors in Sentence formation





    Moderate to difficult




    Fill in the Blanks with correct vocabulary words



    One word substitution



    Phrases & Idioms Substitution by words


    Moderate to Difficult

    Jumbled Paragraphs






    Verdict: Attempt of 28 questions and a score of 28 – 29 can easily help candidates score 90+ percentile.

    Data Analysis and Sufficiency

    Following the trend of last year, the DA and DS section has maximum number of questions from Data Interpretation concepts. Topics like Graphs, Pie Charts, Charts, Data Comparison, Line Graphs, Bar Diagrams had the maximum number of questions. Of the total 40 questions, 20 questions were focused on Data Interpretation, rest 20 were from Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison concepts. A few questions in this section required extensive time and those candidates who managed to maintain speed with accuracy will do well in the section.

    Verdict: A score of 23 -24 in DA-DS section would be necessary to secure 90+ percentile.

    Intelligence and Critical reasoning

    Analytical and Logical reasoning questions dominated this section with very few questions from the Critical Reasoning Section. The section consisted of total 40 questions which were focused around topics like: Family Relation, Statements-Cause & Effect, Clocks & Calendars, Statement –Assumptions, Reasons, analogies, direction, series, Incorrect Terms. Questions were in the form of sets as well as individual questions. Overall the questions were lengthy in nature while the difficulty level was moderate.

    Verdict: A score of 27 – 28 is required to score 90+ percentile.

    Mathematical Skills

    Unlike the previous MAT exams, the Mathematical Skills section was of moderate difficulty level, making it a high scoring opportunity for the aspirants. The section saw more number of questions form arithmetic. The key topics on which questions were asked in the Mathematical Skills section were Interest, Percentages, Time and Work, Profit, Loss, Partnership. Many aspirants reported the section to be lengthy as compared to previous years.

    Verdict: Sectional Score of 29 – 30 would be necessary to score 90+ percentile.

    Indian & Global Environment

    As per the exam pattern, the Indian & Global Scenario section would have 40 questions which were to be answered in 15 minutes. However, due to the moderate difficulty level of the questions, they could easily be managed in 10 minutes. Questions in this section were focused on Film Awards, taxation & duties, Indian constitution, Who’s who, States of India, Sports, Recent events. The questions were direct in nature and didn’t require any time to solve or think through the solutions. The GA section in MAT 2018 is of qualifying nature and the score of this section will not affect the overall score or the cut-offs. Many aspirants skipped the GK section and attempted only a few questions to save time and use that for other, more lengthier sections.

    Candidates can also compare the MAT 2018 December Exam with the exams held in Sept and earlier. The MAt exam analysis for previous exam is provided below:

    MAT Exam Analysis 2018: September

    AIMA conducted the MAT September exam is two slots. The PBT September exam was conducted on September 2, 2018, while the online mode was held on September 15, 2018. Both the PBT and CBT September exams had moderate level of difficulty, though sections like Data Sufficiency and Verbal were considered the most difficult. The MAT September exams: CBT & PBT had no surprise element. Both the MAT exams were conducted on similar lines.

    MAT exam Analysis 2018: MAY

    In May 2018, we witnessed two MAT paper-based tests held on May 6 and 20, 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. 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.

    MAT 2018 Overall analysis (Previous)

    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.

    MAT 2018 - Sectional analysis

    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.

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