MAT 2019 Analysis

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 May 2019
The first paper based MAT May 2019 was conducted on 5th May 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 MAT May 2019 Exam
Number of questions 200
Marking Scheme 1 mark per question
Negative Marking 0.25 marks per question
Number of Sections 5
Number of Choices 4 (1,2,3,4)
Duration 150 min
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 Estimated Good Marks
Language Comprehension 40 40 Easy - Moderate 23-25
Mathematical skills 40 40 Moderate - Difficult 21-23
Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40 40 Moderate 16-18
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40 40 Moderate 22-24
Indian and Global Environment 40 40 Easy - Moderate 10-12
Overall Summary – Different Sections
Mathematical Skills
Area Description Marks Difficulty Level Estimated Marks
Arithmetic Algebra 1 Easy -Moderate
Numbers and Average 3
Simple Equations, Ratio, Proportion, Variation, Time & Work 8
Percentages, Profit, Loss, Partnership, SI n CI 16
Geometry and Mensuration 5
Permutation and Combinations, Probability 8
  Overall 40 Easy - Moderate 20
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 Description Marks Difficulty Level Estimated Marks
Data Interpretation Pie charts 5 Moderate 12
Bar Graph 10
Line Graphs 5
Tables 5
Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison Data Sufficiency 5 Easy 8
Data Caselet 5
Data Comparison 5
  Overall 40 Moderate 20
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 Description Marks Difficulty Level Estimated Marks
Analytical Reasoning Family Tree 5 Moderate 15
Blood Relations 3
Puzzle 4
Series 3
Directions 2
Linear Arrangement 4
Verbal Reasoning Assertion and Reasons 4 Moderate 5
Cause & Effect 3
Assumptions 3
Analogies 4
Overall 40 Moderate 20
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
Area Description Marks Difficulty level Estimated Marks
Vocabulary Antonyms 3
Synonyms 3
Idioms 2
English Usage and Grammar Part -Error 4
Para Jumbles 5
Sentence completion 3
Reading Comprehension RC-1 5 Moderate 10-12
RC-2 5
RC-3 5
RC-4 5
  Overall 40 Moderate 20-24
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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 easy to 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.