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MAT Dec 2017 Analysis
Management Aptitude Test (MAT 2017) 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 2017. It is conducted four 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 Dec 2017
The MAT 2017 exam was held in December. There were 200 questions comprising of five sections 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 moderate to difficult.
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 Dec 2017 MAT Exam
Numberof questions 200
NegativeMarking 0.25 marks per question
Numberof Sections 5
Numberof Choices 4(1,2,3,4)
Duration 150min
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
Language Comprehension 40 40 Moderate
Mathematical skills 40 40 Moderate- Difficult
Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40 40 Moderate-Difficult
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40 40 Moderate
Indian and Global Environment 40 40 Moderate- Difficult
Overall Summary – Different Sections
Mathematical Skills
Question topics No. of questions
Time & distance 4
Time & work 2
Average, mixture 2
Number system 3
Geometry, Mensuration 7
Algebra 1
Simple interest/Compound interest 4
Profit & Loss/Percentage 5
Ratio/Fraction/Proportion/Partnership 5
Probability 2
Others 5
Total 40
The questions were a little time consuming and of a moderate level. Geometry & Arithmetic dominated this section of the exam. The success in this section mainly depends on the conceptual clarity with calculation skills.
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Data Analysis and Sufficiency
Question topics No. of questions
Tables+Line 5
Bar diagram 5
Line graph 5
Pie charts(combination) 10
Table 5
Data sufficiency 5
Data Analysis & Comparison 5
There were tricky questions on data interpretation which were maximum in number. Overall, this section was moderate and needed speed and accuracy to score well.
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
Question topics No. of questions
Assertion Reason 4
Statement – conclusion 5
Blood Relation 2
Direction 3
Argument 5
AR Blocks 17
Others 4
This section had a lot of lengthy and time consuming questions based on critical reasoning along with questions based on analytical and logical reasoning.
Language Comprehension
Question topics No. of questions
Vocabulary (direct & contextual) 8
Grammar & Sentence correction 2
4 RC passages (5Q each)
  1. Based on Education and society
  2. Impact of advertisement
  3. Based on defining truth and illusion
  4. Types of pollution and their impact
Para – jumbles 4
Summary 2
Sentence Completion 4
Including variety in reading and learning the tricks to solve different questions, based on Reading comprehension, would help in getting the decent score in comprehension section. Questions in usage section required a good knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. The overall feel of the section was of moderate.
Indian and Global Environment
  • In this test area the questions were predominantly from National and international affairs
  • 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 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.
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