Analysis: MAT 2012

The Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA) every year for short listing candidates for post graduate programs. The MAT score is used by many institutes. MAT is conducted 4 times a year that is in February, May, September and December.

The pattern of the paper was same as that of previous years. Also the level of the questions was same. The breakup of the paper is given as follows:

Overview of the MAT Paper
Time allotted 2Hrs.
Total no. of questions 200
Marking Scheme Correct Answer: +1
Sections 5
Number of choices 4
Negative Marking Wrong Answer: -1/4
Expected cut-offs* Cut off is different for different colleges. Marks of 95+ could be considered good to clear the cut off.
Overview of Different Sections
Sr. No. Sections No. of Questions Difficulty Level
1. Language Comprehension 40 Easy-Moderate
2. Mathematical Skills 40 Moderate
3. Data Analysis & Sufficiency 40 Moderate-Difficulty
4. Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

40 Easy
5. General Awareness 40 Moderate
Overall 200 Moderate
SECTION I: Language Comprehension

Evaluation:The level of the questions was easy to moderate. Verbal Ability covered entirely every topic of English usage. Reading comprehension passages were easy and the questions were direct. There were 5 passages with 4 questions each. The other varieties of questions were error identification, Para jumbles, fill in the blanks, antonyms and one word substitution. Expected attempt in this section could be 27+.

SECTION II: Mathematical Skills

Evaluation:This section was a bit tough than the previous MAT papers. It required lengthy calculations. The questions were from ratio & percentages, profit & loss, partnership, simple and compound interest, speed distance time, time & work, pipes & cisterns, linear & quadratic equations, permutation & combination, probability & mensuration. Some of the questions were also on trigonometry. Expected attempt in this section could be 20+.

SECTION III: Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

Evaluation:This section was the easiest of all. The variety of questions was traditional like analytical reasoning, critical reasoning, and mathematical reasoning. The critical reasoning questions were based on event cause variety. Expected attempt in this section could be 30+

SECTION IV: Data Analysis & Sufficiency

Evaluation:The section was moderate to difficult level. This section covered the graphs like table, bar graph, pie chart, line graph, and combination of graphs. Expected attempt in this section could be 20+

SECTION V: General Awareness

Evaluation:The level of the section was moderate. Questions were based on dynamic General Knowledge. Various questions were based on the issues like liquidity, noble prize winners, sports, banking, business, etc. If a student is into reading he/she could easily excel in this section.

*Disclaimer:All the above given information is based on personal opinion of hitbullseye Expert faculty. Several factors have been considered before giving these cut-offs. However, it has nothing to do with original cut-offs.

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