MAT 2021 Analysis

MAT is a national-level entrance test conducted by AIMA (All India Management Association) for admission to 600+ B-schools of India. It is scheduled for four times every year, in the months of February, May, September, and December. Over 20,000 candidates appear for each session of MAT. It can be taken in any of three modes: PBT (paper-based test), CBT (computer-based test), or remote-proctored IBT (internet-based test). Candidates can also choose to opt for a double mode.
The recent session was held in May-June 2021, and its result was declared on 9th July, 2021. After the exam, the aspirants are naturally curious to evaluate their performance. So, our experts have worked out a detailed analysis of MAT 2021 (May-June session).
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MAT 2021: Overall Analysis
MAT is generally moderate in difficulty level and is considered easier to ace than other popular MBA entrances like CAT, XAT, etc. On similar lines, MAT May-June 2021 paper maintained a medium degree of difficulty and the same exam pattern across 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
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Glimpse through the complete break-up of MAT 2021 exam pattern:
MAT 2021: Exam Structure
Section
No. of Questions
Language Comprehension
40
Mathematical Skills
40
Data Analysis & Sufficiency
40
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning
40
*Indian & Global Environment
40
Total
200
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*Not included in the final score and percentile calculation.
MAT 2021: Sectional Analysis
MAT 2021 paper was a blend of easy and moderately tough questions. Barring a few tricky and lengthy questions, most of the paper was manageable in the given time restraint. Given below is the detailed section-wise analysis of different sections of MAT (May-June) 2021 paper:
Language Comprehension
Language Comprehensionsection is one of the most scoring parts of MAT since it is relatively easier and less time-consuming than other sections. The latest exam featured 5 short RC passages with mostly direct questions and a few complex ones. Further, 2-3 questions were asked from each of the grammar/ vocabulary-based topics such as one-word substitution, fill in the blanks, antonyms, synonyms, idioms/phrases, para-jumbles, and error spotting.
An attempt of 28+ 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 May/June MAT paper, there were almost 14-15 questions from the fundamental topics of Arithmetic. The remaining questions were asked from the common concepts of Algebra, Geometry, and Modern Maths (P & C, Probability, etc.). Except for a few time-consuming questions, most questions of mathematics could be tackled accurately with simple tricks and formulae.
An attempt of 24+ questions in 40 minutes fares well for a high score in the section.
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Data Analysis & Sufficiency
This section involves questions on DI sets, data comparison, data sufficiency, and other forms of data analysis. In the recent MAT 2021 paper, there were over 20 DI questions based on graphs, pie charts, bar diagrams, etc. Most of the sets in this section were easy to understand and solve, but 2-3 sets were a little tricky.
An attempt of 21+ questions in 35 minutes would fetch a high percentile in the section.
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning
Reasoning section mainly tests the candidate’s critical thinking, analytical and logical abilities. In the latest MAT exam, this section was dominated by topics like blood relations and deductive statements. Other topics included analogies, series, direction sense, statement-assumptions, etc. Reasoning part is easier compared to the above-mentioned sections.
An attempt of 25+ questions in 30 minutes is sure to lead to a great performance in the section.
Indian & Global Environment
This section is devised to check the general awareness of the candidates. Majority of its questions were from current national and international happenings such as implications of covid-19, new appointments, government policies, trade deals, budget, etc. There were also a few static GK questions from Indian polity, geography, etc. This section can be easily tackled in 10-15 minutes.
Depending upon their MAT scores, candidates receive calls from the suitable B-schools they have applied for. Thereafter, they are required to attend the subsequent 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.
MAT PBT Analysis (Feb-March 2021)
Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is national level exam conducted by AIMA for admissions to management programmes offered by different B-schools in India that participate in MAT. MAT Exam is conducted 4 times in a year in the months of May, September, December, and February. For MAT 2021, candidates had a choice of selecting three different exam modes –CBT, PBT, and IBT.
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MAT 2021 PBT exam was conducted on 6th March 2021. The exam consisted of 200 questions divided into 5 sections, which were to be attempted within 150 minutes. The exam pattern of the PBT exam was in common to the CBT exam held on February 20, 2021. For your reference, our subject-matter experts have curated a comprehensive analysis of MAT 2021 PBT Exam.
The in-depth analysis will include level of difficulty, weightage, marking scheme, exam duration and sectional weightage and analysis. This comprehensive analysis will help the students in analysing their performance, as well as will help the future aspirants in getting familiar with the exam pattern of MAT 2021.
MAT 2021 PBT Exam Highlights
Number of questions
200
Marking Scheme
1 mark per question
Negative Marking
0.25 marks per question
Number of Sections
5 (Indian & Global Environment not considered in percentile calculation)
Number of Choices
4
Duration
150 min
MAT 2021 PBT Analysis: Question Paper Break Up
Check the table below for section-wise question break up-
Sections of the Subject
Number of Questions
Suggested Time (in minutes)
Language Comprehension
40
30
Mathematical Skills
40
40
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
40
35
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
40
30
Indian and Global Environment
40
15
Total
200
150
MAT 2021 PBT Analysis: Section-wise
Language Comprehension
The level of difficulty for this exam was average. Most of the questions asked we based on Phrasal Verbs, Cloze Test and Reading Comprehension. However, the section was easier as compared to other sections. A good attempt for this section could be 34-35 questions.
Mathematical Skills
The difficulty level of this section was as usual hard. The questions were quite lengthy and tricky, which made it a time-consuming section. Most of the questions were Arithmetic based and some of the topics covered were finding the Missing Letter, Quadratic Equations, Data Interpretation and Quadratic Equations (Match the Pair).
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
The section had similar questions as in MAT PBT 2021. Most of the questions asked in the exam were based on graphs, tables and charts that dominated the section. Overall the exam was termed to be of easy to moderate level of difficulty.
Indian and Global Environment
The questions in this section were doable. Most of the questions that were asked in this section were from Static GK. However, a few questions were based on previous year events. Candidates can attempt the section within 15 minutes with ease.
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning
The section had a different mix of reasoning questions from different topics including letter series, blood relations,arithmetic questions, coding-decoding (letter based), comparison, Venn diagram, etc. Candidates can easily attempt the section within 30-40 minutes. However, the level of difficulty was of moderate difficulty.
MAT CBT Analysis
Management Aptitude Test (MAT 2021) is a national level test conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA) to test candidates for admission to MBA and allied programs offered by the various B-schools of the country who will participate in the MAT 2021. 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. Due to COVID, Internet-based test (IBT) was introduced to comply with the guidelines.
For 2021, MAT CBT 2021 was conducted on February 20, 2021. There was no change in the exam pattern and the exam was said to be of easy to moderate level of difficulty. The exam had 200 questions, which were to be completed within 150 minutes. Below mentioned is the in-depth exam analysis of MAT 2021 conducted in CBT mode curated by subject-matter experts at Hitbullseye.
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The purpose of this in-depth exam analysis is to help the test takers in analyzing their performance as well as assisting the future aspirants in getting familiar with the types of questions, level of difficulty, marking scheme, sectional weightage and exam duration.
MAT 2021 CBT (February) Exam Highlights
Number of questions
200
Marking Scheme
1 mark per question
Negative Marking
0.25 marks per question
Number of Sections
5 (Indian & Global Environment not considered in percentile calculation)
Number of Choices
4
Duration
150 min
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MAT 2021 CBT (Feb) Analysis: Question Paper Break Up
Check the table below for section-wise question break up-
Sections of the Subject
Number of Questions
Suggested Time (in minutes)
Language Comprehension
40
30
Mathematical Skills
40
40
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
40
35
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
40
30
Indian and Global Environment
40
15
Total
200
150
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MAT 2021 CBT (Feb) Analysis: Section-wise
Language Comprehension
The section was of difficult to moderate level of difficulty. Two reading comprehension passages comprising of 10 questions were asked in the exam. Other questions in this section were based on topics like fill in the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, idioms/phrases sentence correction, Para jumbles and one word substitution. Test-takers found the section to be easy as compared to other sections.
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning
The section had a mixture of reasoning questions of different from different topics including letter series, arithmetic questions, blood relations, coding-decoding (letter based), comparison, Venn diagram, etc. The section was of easy to moderate level of difficulty and could be easily attempted within 30-40 minutes.
Mathematical Skills
This section was of moderate level of difficulty as compared to previous year papers. It was more dominated by arithmetic questions. Other topics that were asked in the section were modern math, algebra and geometry. However, the questions were not much tricky and were straightforward. Candidates can easily attempt the section within the given time.
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Data Analysis and Sufficiency
The section is on the same lines with the previous year exam papers and questions were asked from the topics like graphs, tables and charts that dominated the section. Questions from Data Sufficiency required the application of mensuration and arithmetic formulas. Overall the exam was termed to be of easy to moderate level of difficulty.
Indian and Global Environment
The questions in this section were not tricky but doable. Most of the questions that were asked in this section were from Static GK. However, a few questions were based on events conducted in the previous year. Candidates can attempt the section within 15 minutes without any difficulty.
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