Management Aptitude Test (MAT 2018) 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 2018. 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. The pattern and difficulty level of MAT May were similar to previous MATs.
Comprehensive Analysis of MAT May 2018
MAT May 2018: Broad analysis
MAT May 2018 was held on May 6, 2018. There were 200 questions comprising 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.
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 May 2018 MAT Exam
Further, following table will give you insights about the marks distribution and the level of difficulty of different sections in the test.
|Section||Total Question||Total Marks||Difficulty Level|
|Mathematical skills||40||40||Moderate- Difficult|
|Data Analysis and Sufficiency||40||40||Moderate-Difficult|
|Intelligence and Critical Reasoning||40||40||Moderate to difficult|
|Indian and Global Environment||40||40||Moderate- Difficult|
Overall Summary – Different Sections
|Question topics||No. of questions|
|Time & work||4|
|Pipe & Cistern||2|
|Time & distance||5|
|Number system ||1|
|Geometry, Mensuration ||5|
|Profit & Loss/Percentage||7|
|Simple interest/Compound interest||1|
The questions were a little time consuming and of moderate level. Geometry & Arithmetic dominated this section of the exam. One should have a conceptual clarity of conventional topics such as time & work, profit loss, percentage, SI/CI to score well in this section.
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
No. of questions
Line + Bar
Data Analysis &Comparison
Bar + Pie
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
No. of questions
Cause - effect
Statement – Assumption
This section had a few tricky questions based on verbal reasoning along with questions based on analytical and logical reasoning.
No. of questions
One word Substitution
As usual this time also the Language Comprehension section had four RCs with five questions each. Most of the questions were direct and were therefore easy to answer. There were one or two inference and vocabulary based questions, which were a little tricky. So it is important to learn the tricks to solve different types of questions, based on Reading comprehension. After RCs, the other dominated section was of vocabulary. There were twelve questions based on vocabulary and they included synonyms, idioms and one word substitutions. There were a few questions based on grammar part –error, sentence Completion and sentence rearrangement. The overall feel of the section was moderate.
Indian and Global Environment
- In this test area the questions were predominantly from sports, awards, economy and politics.
- 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 regular basis found this area comfortable.
- A good time allocation strategy was to spend around 5-10 minutes.