MAT 2020 Analysis

Management Aptitude Test (MAT 2020) 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 2020. 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 December 2020
The MAT exam was conducted in PBT, CBT and IBT modes. The PBT MAT December 2020 was conducted on 6th December 2020 and CBT was conducted on December 28. The IBT MAT was conducted from November 21 to December 24. 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 of moderate difficulty.
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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 weight age and duration of the exam.
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Exam Pattern MAT December 2020 Exam Highlights
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 Questions
Total Marks
Difficulty Level
Estimated Good Marks
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
40
40
Moderate
21-23
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
40
40
Moderate to Difficult
26-27
Language Comprehension
40
40
Easy to Moderate
26-28
Mathematical skills
40
40
Moderate to Difficult
29-30
Indian and Global Environment
40
40
Easy
Not counted for Percentile calculation
Overall Summary – Different Sections
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
The section had questions that were straightforward yet tedious to solve. If a candidate knew the tips and tricks to solve the questions, they would have easily completed the section in time. Questions from topics like Ratio and Proportion, Simple Average etc. were easy to solve. Overall, this section was moderate.
Mathematical Skills
Topics
No. of questions
Level of difficulty
Arithmetic
Profit and Loss
4
Easy – Moderate
Time-Speed-Distance
2
Easy – Moderate
Boat & Stream
2
Easy – Moderate
Time and work
2
Easy – Moderate
Simple and Compound Interest
4
Easy – Moderate
Mixtures and Alligations
2
Easy – Moderate
Ratio and Proportion
1
Easy – Moderate
Percentages
3
Easy – Moderate
Averages
2
Easy – Moderate
Work, Pipe & Cisterns
2
Easy – Moderate
Partnership
2
Easy – Moderate
Modern Mathematics
Probability
2
Easy – Moderate
Permutation & Combination
2
Easy – Moderate
Geometry
Triangles
2
Easy – Moderate
Algebra
Simultaneous Equations
2
Easy – Moderate
Numbers
6
Easy – Moderate
Total
40
Easy – Moderate
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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Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
Topics
No. of Questions
Level of Difficulty
Verbal Reasoning (Total 15 questions)
Cause and Effect
5
3 Easy, 2 Moderate
Statement-assumption
5
3 Easy, 2 Moderate
Assertion and Reason
5
4 Easy, 1 Moderate
Non-verbal Reasoning (Total 25 questions)
Individual Questions
10
Symbol-based Blood Relation
1
Easy
Alphanumeric Series
1
Easy
Letter Series
1
Easy
Day of the week when the Birthday is
1
Easy
Weight comparison
1
Easy
Direction sense
1
Easy
Coding – Decoding (letter based)
1
Easy
Blood relation: “Pointing to a man the lady said - … … …”
1
Easy
2 Dimensional Venn Diagram
1
Easy
Position in the row
1
Easy
Questions in Group
15
 
Distribution: 7 members – State – Game of Choice
5
Easy to Moderate
Weight Comparison & Blood Relation
5
Easy to Moderate
Blood Relation: 3 Families 19 members – members from different families get married
5
Moderate to Difficult
Total
40
Easy – Moderate
The level of difficulty in this section was moderate to difficult. A net score of 25 or more can be classified as a good score in this section.
Language Comprehension
To score well in verbal section, one function must be well acquainted with basic concepts of grammar and should have good knowledge of English usage. The section had 2 RC of 290-350 words of easy to moderate level of difficulty. A score of 26-28 marks can be considered a good attempt.
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Indian and Global Environment
  • In this test area most of the questions were predominantly from business, current affairs, famous personalities etc.
  • The marks scored in this section are not counted in the consolidated score.
  • The difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.
  • People who read the newspaper on a regular basis found this area moderate.
The section can be attempted in a time limit of 10-15 minutes. A good attempt for this section will 15-17 questions with at least 75% accuracy.
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