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MAT Dec 2017 Analysis
Management Aptitude Test (MAT 2017) is a national level test conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA) to screen candidates for admission to MBA and allied programs offered by the various B-schools of the country who will participate in the MAT 2017. It is conducted four times in a year, i.e. in the month of May, September, December, and February. Candidates can choose to take either Paper Based Test or Computer Based Test as per their convenience.
Comprehensive Analysis of MAT Dec 2017
The MAT 2017 exam was held in December. There were 200 questions comprising of five sections viz. Language Comprehension, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Indian and Global Environment with 40 questions in each section. The level of difficulty was moderate to difficult.
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The basic purpose of the exam analysis is to make test takers aware about the types of questions, number of questions, marking scheme, level of difficulty, sectional weightage, and duration of the exam.
Exam Pattern Dec 2017 MAT Exam
Numberof questions200
NegativeMarking0.25marks per question
Numberof Sections5
Numberof Choices4(1,2,3,4)
Further, following table will give you insights about the marks distribution and the level of difficulty of different sections in the test.
SectionTotal QuestionTotal MarksDifficulty Level
Language Comprehension4040Moderate
Mathematical skills4040Moderate- Difficult
Data Analysis and Sufficiency4040Moderate-Difficult
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning4040Moderate
Indian and Global Environment4040Moderate- Difficult
Overall Summary – Different Sections
Mathematical Skills
Question topicsNo. of questions
Time & distance4
Time & work2
Average, mixture2
Number system3
Geometry, Mensuration7
Simple interest/Compound interest4
Profit & Loss/Percentage5
The questions were a little time consuming and of a moderate level. Geometry & Arithmetic dominated this section of the exam. The success in this section mainly depends on the conceptual clarity with calculation skills.
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
Question topicsNo. of questions
Bar diagram5
Line graph5
Pie charts(combination)10
Data sufficiency5
Data Analysis & Comparison5
There were tricky questions on data interpretation which were maximum in number. Overall, this section was moderate and needed speed and accuracy to score well.
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
Question topicsNo. of questions
Assertion Reason4
Statement – conclusion5
Blood Relation2
AR Blocks17
This section had a lot of lengthy and time consuming questions based on critical reasoning along with questions based on analytical and logical reasoning.
Language Comprehension
Question topicsNo. of questions
Vocabulary (direct & contextual)8
Grammar & Sentence correction2
4 RC passages (5Q each)
  1. Based on Education and society
  2. Impact of advertisement
  3. Based on defining truth and illusion
  4. Types of pollution and their impact
Para – jumbles4
Sentence Completion4
Including variety in reading and learning the tricks to solve different questions, based on Reading comprehension, would help in getting the decent score in comprehension section. Questions in usage section required a good knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. The overall feel of the section was of moderate.
Indian and Global Environment
  • In this test area the questions were predominantly from National and international affairs
  • A major point is that the marks scored in this section are not counted in the consolidated score.
  • Overall, level of difficulty of this section was moderate.
  • Those who read the newspaper on a regular basis found this area comfortable.
  • A good time allocation strategy was to spend around 5-10 minutes.