MAT 2021 Analysis

MAT is a national-level entrance exam conducted by AIMA (All India Management Association) for admission to 600+ B-schools of India. It is held four times a year, in the months of February, May, September, and December. More than 20,000 candidates appear for each session of MAT. The exam is administered in three modes: PBT (paper-based test), CBT (computer-based test), and remote-proctored IBT (internet-based test). Candidates can also opt for a double mode.
The recent session was held in Nov-Dec. 2021, and its result was declared on 27 December, 2021. Post the exam, the aspirants are eager to assess their performance. So, our experts have come up with a detailed analysis of MAT 2021 (Nov-Dec session).
MAT 2021: Overall Analysis
MAT has a moderate level of difficulty and is easier than other popular MBA tests like CAT, XAT, etc. Likewise, MAT Nov-Dec. 2021 paper maintained a medium degree of difficulty and same exam pattern in all three modes. It is an objective test consisting of five sections designed to check the general aptitude of the candidates. Listed below are the key features of MAT 2021:
  • Total number of questions: 200
  • Total time duration: 150 minutes
  • No sectional time limit
  • 4 choices given for each question
  • 1 mark granted for every correct answer
  • 0.25 marks deducted for each incorrect answer
  • Overall Scaled Score Range: 200-800
  • Scaled score per section: 0-100
Glimpse through the complete break-up of MAT 2021 exam pattern:
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MAT 2021: Exam Structure
No. of Questions
Language Comprehension
Mathematical Skills
Data Analysis & Sufficiency
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning
*Indian & Global Environment
*Not included in the final score and percentile calculation.
MAT 2021: Sectional Analysis
MAT 2021 paper was a mix of easy and moderately tough questions. Except a few tricky questions, most of the paper was manageable in the given time limits. Given below is the detailed section-wise analysis of different sections of MAT (Nov-Dec) 2021 paper:
Language Comprehension
Language Comprehension section is one of the most scoring parts of MAT as it is relatively easier and less time-consuming than other sections. The latest exam featured 2 RC passages of 300-400 words each. Each passage had 5 questions, which included mostly direct questions and a few complex ones. Remaining 30 questions were asked from grammar/ vocabulary-based topics such as one-word substitution, sentence correction, antonyms, synonyms, idioms/phrases, para-jumbles, and FIB.
An attempt of 27+ questions in 30 minutes suffices for a good percentile in the section.
Mathematical Skills
Mathematical section is on a slightly tougher side in MAT. In Nov/Dec MAT paper, there were almost 18-20 questions from the fundamental topics of Arithmetic. The remaining questions were from Algebra, Geometry, and Modern Maths (P & C, Probability, etc.). While a few questions required heavy calculations, most were direct and could be tackled with simple shortcuts and formulae.
An attempt of 20+ questions in 40 minutes fares well for a high score in the section.
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Data Analysis & Sufficiency
This section includes questions on DI sets, data comparison, data sufficiency, and other forms of data analysis. In the recent MAT 2021 paper, there were 4-5 DI sets based on graphs, pie charts, bar diagrams, etc. Each set had 5 each questions and the remaining questions were from data comparison, case study, and data sufficiency. Most of the sets in this section were straightforward and a few were lengthy.
An attempt of 27+ questions in 35 minutes would fetch a high percentile in the section.
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning
Reasoning section tests the candidate’s critical thinking, analytical and logical abilities. In the latest MAT exam, this section was dominated by logical reasoning topics, which involved sets as well as standalone questions. There were 25 non-verbal (logical) reasoning questions in the exam and the remaining part covered verbal reasoning topics like assertion-reason, cause-effect and statement-assumptions. LR sets were based on blood relations and games.
An attempt of 22+ questions in 30 minutes is sure to lead to a great performance in the section.
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Indian & Global Environment
This section checks the general awareness of the candidates. In this part of MAT 2021, majority of the questions were from current national and international happenings such as new appointments, government policies, trade deals, etc. There were also a few static GK questions as well. This section can be easily completed in 10-15 minutes.
As per their MAT scores, candidates get calls from the suitable B-schools they have applied for. Accordingly, they are required to attend the next screening rounds like GD, WAT, PI, etc. The final admission is granted on the basis of MAT scores, profile, work experience, and performance in the selection rounds.
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