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MAT Exam Analysis 2021

MAT Overview
Exam Management Aptitude Test (MAT)
Conducted by AIMA
Mode of exam CBT or Computer Based Test, IBT or Remote Proctored Internet-Based Test and PBT or Paper Based Test
Number of Exams 4 times (in a year)
Application fee
  • PBT and CBT- 2750₹
  • PBT/CBT-1650₹
Exam dates
  • CBT-13th June 2021
  • IBT-30th May to 13th June 2021
Type Objective type with MCQ
Medium of Instruction English
Total No. Of Question 200
Duration of the Exam 150 minutes
Negative Marking 0.25

MAT 2020 December Paper Analysis

  • 200 questions divided into 5 sections
  • 40 questions for each section
  • Each correct answer carried 1 mark
  • There was a deduction of 0.25 mark for each wrong answer
  • The difficulty level for each section is moderate to difficult
  • There was no individual sectional time unit

MAT 2020 Exam pattern (IBT)

Subjects Number of questions
Mathematical skills 40
Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40
Indian and Global Environment 40
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40
Total 200

December Paper Breakup

Sections Topics Difficulty Level
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning Assumptions, Reasons, Analogies, Series, Family Relation, Medium to Difficult
Indian and Global Environment International, Books, Economy, Business, Advertising Easy
Data Analysis and Sufficiency Graphs, Pie Charts, Bar Diagrams, Charts, Line Graph, Data Comparison Medium
Language Comprehension RC, Sentence formation errors, vocabulary, FIB, one-word substitution, para jumbles Easy to Medium
Mathematical Skills Percentages, Time and Work, Profit, Algebra, Geometry, Loss, Interest, Partnership Medium to Difficult

MAT 2020 September Paper Analysis

The 2020 MAT was a Paper-Based Test. It was conducted on 3rd October 2020. Besides PBT, the exam was also conducted in IBT mode or Remote Proctored Internet-Based Test. This means candidates can give exams from their homes.

Section Wise Analysis

a) Language Comprehension

  • Subjects include Idioms/ Phrases, Synonyms, Antonyms, sentences, a summary of a short passage, Para-jumbles and One-word substitution.
  • This section had 40 questions.
  • Topics on Reading comprehension or RC passage were- Fibroscan, Demonetization, Management of Hazardous Material, etc.
  • Students could easily give 30-35 minutes to attempt 30 questions

b) Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

  • This section also had 40 questions.
  • It had 4 four sets and each set had 5 Logical Reasoning questions.
  • Other 20 questions were from Strong/ Weak arguments, Coding-Decoding, Syllogism, Course of Action, etc.
  • Most of the questions were easy.
  • It was easy to attempt 25-30 questions within 35 minutes.

c) Mathematical Skills

  • It had 40 questions and the topic mostly included arithmetic.
  • Questions from Simple & Compound Interest, Time-Speed-Distance, Profit-Loss-Discount, Percentages, etc. were included.
  • Questions from Linear Equations, Probability, Combinatorics, Mensuration, etc. were also included.
  • This is the only segment that had few difficulty level questions.
  • This section did not have many calculation-intensive questions.
  • Students could easily attempt 30 questions within 45 minutes.

d) Data Analysis and Sufficiency

  • The 40 questions mainly came from topics on Pie-charts, Graphs, Bar-Diagrams, etc.
  • This was the easiest section as the majority of questions can be easily solved.
  • 20-25 questions can be attempted in 25-30 minutes.

e) Indian and Global Environment

  • This 40 questions section was not calculated in the total MAT score.
  • But some business school look at the score of this section
  • Students can easily solve this section in 10 minutes
  • This section includes General Knowledge and current affairs’ questions

MAT 2020 May Paper Analysis

Topics Number of Questions Difficulty Level
Phrases & Idioms Substitution by Words 3 Medium to Difficult
Jumbled Paragraph 3 Medium
Number of RC Passages 5 Easy to Medium
Synonyms 3 Medium
Fill in the Blanks with Correct Words 3 Medium
One Word Substitution 2 Medium
Errors in Sentence Formation 3 Medium
Antonyms 3 Medium to Difficult

Section-Wise Analysis

a)Mathematical Skills

  • In MAT 2020 IBT mode, the majority of the questions from this section was from arithmetic.
  • Around 15 questions were from Time and Work, Interest, Percentages, Profit, Loss.
  • Questions were medium-difficult.
  • They required time to solve.
  • Other questions were from Equation, Geometry and Mensuration, Ratio, Probability, Permutation and Combinations, etc.

b)Data Analysis and Sufficiency

  • Half of the questions were from Data Interpretation which was Graphs, Pie Charts, Bar Diagrams, Charts, Line Graph, etc.
  • The other half was from Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison.

c) Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

  • The majority of the questions were from Logical Reasoning.
  • This was a lengthy section.
  • 10 questions were on Reasons, Statement Cause & Effect and others on Statement-Assumptions, Analogies and Direction, 10 were on Family Relation.

MAT 2020 February Paper Analysis

The February MAT exam was held on 2nd and 16th February 2020. The mode was CBT and PBT. The overall question paper was easy. There were some tricky questions in the Language Comprehension, Data Analysis and Quantitative Aptitude section. There was no change in the exam pattern

Each section had 40 questions. The Language Comprehension section had 500 words in four RC passages. Out of this, two RC passages were fact-based and two opinions based. Data Analysis & Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning sections were time-consuming and were difficult. The Reasoning Section had 18-20 questions on Family Relations and Statements-Cause and Effect.

Section Wise Analysis

a) Language Comprehension

  • The 40 questions were equally divided among English Language and RC
  • Topics in subsection were on One Word Substitution, Errors in Sentence Formation, Fill in the blanks, etc.
  • There were five RC passages, each carrying four questions.
  • The section was medium-difficult

b) Mathematical Skills

  • This was a medium-difficult section.

c) Data Analysis and Sufficiency

  • The majority of the questions were from the Data Interpretation section.
  • Maximum questions came from Pie Charts, Data Comparison, Bar Graph, Venn Diagrams, Graphs, etc.

d) Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

  • This section was slightly longer and was medium-difficult.
  • 10 questions were from Family relations and Cause & Effect.
  • 20 questions were from Analogies, Direction, Statement-Assumptions, Series and Incorrect Terms Reasons, etc.

e) Indian and Global Environment

  • Questions came from the Constitution of India, government policies, Regulations, Rules, Budget, GST, CAA, Appointments, etc.

MAT 2021 Exam Analysis:

There was no change in the exam pattern

a) Language Comprehension

  • The difficulty level for MAT 2021 held in February was easy to medium.
  • This was a CBT mode of exam.
  • Two Reading and Comprehension passages were there that had 10 questions.
  • Other questions in this section came from para jumbles, idioms/ phrases, antonyms, sentence correction and one-word synonyms, substitution and summary questions, fill in the blanks.

b) Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

  • This section can be said in between easy to medium difficulty.
  • Different types of reasoning questions came from the venn diagram, blood relation, alphanumeric series, letter series, comparison, distribution, etc.
  • Students could easily complete this section in 30-40 minutes.

c) Mathematical Skills

  • Topics were from modern maths, algebra, arithmetic and geometry.
  • Like previous years the majority of questions were from arithmetic
  • The level of difficulty of this section was medium.
  • Most of the questions would have required 30-40 minutes to finish

d) Data Analysis and Sufficiency

  • This was too much like the previous exams.
  • Questions were on charts, Tables, graphs.
  • It was in between easy to medium levels of difficulty.

e) Indian and Global Environment

  • The question was from static GK and was straight-forward.
  • This section was easy.
  • Most of the questions that came in the exam were from past events.
  • It can be completed in 15 minutes.

You can appear for the MAT exam four times a year.
Must have passed a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with an aggregate of 50% of marks.
Yes. It has a negative marking of about 0.25 for each negative answer.
No. The Calculator is not allowed to carry during the exam.
A score of more than 400 is considered a good MAT score percentile.
MAT score is valid for an entire year.
There is no age limit to appear in the exam and the candidate must have completed 21 years of age.
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