MAT February 2019 Analysis

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Management Aptitude Test (MAT 2019) 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 2019. It is conducted 4 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 February 2019
The offline and online MAT was conducted on 17th February, 2019. There were 200 questions in 150 min comprising of five different test areas 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 easy to moderate.
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 February 2019 MAT Exam
Number of questions200
Marking Scheme1 mark per question
Negative Marking0.25 marks per question
Number of Sections5
Number of Choices4 (1,2,3,4)
Duration150 min
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 LevelEstimated Good Marks
Language Comprehension4040Easy -Moderate22-24
Mathematical skills4040Moderate - Difficult20-22
Data Analysis and Sufficiency4040Moderate18-20
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning4040Moderate20-22
Indian and Global Environment4040Easy - Moderate10-12
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Overall Summary – Different Sections
Mathematical Skills
Area DescriptionMarksDifficulty LevelEstimated Marks
ArithmeticAlgebra1Easy -Moderate
Numbers and Average2
Simple Equations, Ratio, Proportion, Variation, Time & Work5
Percentages, Profit, Loss, Partnership, SI n CI20
Geometry and Mensuration3
Permutation and Combinations, Probability9
 Overall40Easy - Moderate20
The questions were basics and those with adequate practice found them doable. The success in this section mainly depends on the conceptual clarity with calculation skills.
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Data Analysis and Sufficiency
Area DescriptionMarksDifficulty LevelEstimated Marks
Data InterpretationPie charts10Moderate12
Bar Graph5
Line Graphs5
Tables10
Data Sufficiency and Data ComparisonData Sufficiency5Easy8
Data Comparison5
 Overall40Moderate20
Overall, this section was moderate. A good strategy would be to spend around 35- 40 min for a good net score of 20.
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
Area DescriptionMarksDifficulty LevelEstimated Marks
Analytical ReasoningFamily Tree10Moderate15
Blood Relations4
Puzzle4
Series4
Directions3
Linear Arrangement2
Verbal ReasoningAssertion and Reasons3Moderate5
Cause & Effect3
Assumptions3
Analogies4
Overall40Moderate20
The level of difficulty in this section was moderate to difficult. A net score of 20 or more can be classified as a good score in this section.
Language Comprehension
AreaDescriptionMarksDifficulty levelEstimated Marks
VocabularyAntonyms3
Moderate
10-12
Synonyms3
One word substitution3
Idioms2
English Usage and GrammarPart -Error3
Para Jumbles4
Sentence completion3
Reading ComprehensionRC-15Moderate10-12
RC-25
RC-35
RC-45
 Overall40Moderate20-24
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Questions in this section required a good knowledge of English usage and Functional Grammar. A fast reading speed and ability to understand well help in getting decent score in verbal section. A score of 22-24 marks can be considered a good in a time limit of 30-35 min.
Indian and Global Environment
  • In this test area the questions were predominantly from business, current affairs, famous personalities etc.
  • 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.