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MAT Exam Analysis 2018

Aug 1, 2018 19:35 IST
    MAT Exam Analysis
    MAT Exam Analysis

    MAT Exam Analysis 2018- The MAT exam analysis will be released after the exam is conducted on September 2, 2018. Analysis of MAT exam 2018 will be done for both paper-based and computer-based test after the test is conducted. The MAT exam analysis will contain detailed MAT exam structure, difficulty level of each section, major topics, surprise elements and important questions asked in the MAT exam.

    Currently, the registrations for both PBT and CBT MAT exam are open. Interested candidates may register for the MAT exam by August 24 and September 8, 2018 respectively. The MAT PBT and CBT exam is scheduled to take place on September 2 and 15, 2018 respectively.

    Since the MAT exam is yet to be conducted, the MAT analysis will be updated below post the MAT September exam.

    For now, candidates who aspire to appear for MAT September exam may go through the detailed analysis of MAT May 2018:

    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.

    Note- Please note the MAT analysis will be updated after the MAT September exams are conducted. The analysis given here is for reference sake of future MAT test takers.

    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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