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MAT 2021 Data Analysis & Sufficiency Pattern and Syllabus

Exam: 06 Mar `21
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MAT 2021 Data Analysis and Sufficiency is one of the five sections of the MAT 2021 exam, along with Indian and Global Environment, Mathematical Skills, Language Comprehension, and Intelligence & Critical Reasoning. The syllabus for MAT 2021 Data Analysis & Sufficiency is very vast, and it consists of mostly statistics and data interpretation. 

MAT 2021 Data Analysis and Sufficiency Highlights: 

  • MAT 2021 Data Analysis and Sufficiency Section will consist of 40 questions. 
  • Each correct answer in the Data Analysis and Sufficiency section will award 1 mark, and each wrong answer will cost you 1/4th marks
  • MAT 2021 paper will be of 200 marks and each question will be objective

MAT Data Analysis & Sufficiency Pattern

MAT 2021 Data Analysis and Sufficiency Exam Pattern

MAT 2021 Data Analysis and Sufficiency is a very time consuming subject, but it is also scoring. Being thorough with the exam pattern is the first step towards starting the preparation for MAT 2021 Data Analysis and Sufficiency. Here is the detailed MAT 2021 Data Analysis and Sufficiency Paper Pattern: 

MAT 2021 Data Analysis and Sufficiency Exam Pattern
Marks Allotted 40
Number of questions 40
Marks Awarded +1
Negative Marking -0.25
Time Suggested 35 minutes
MAT Total Marks 200
MAT Total Duration 150 minutes

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MAT Data Analysis & Sufficiency Syllabus

MAT 2021 Data Analysis and Sufficiency Syllabus

MAT 2021 Data Analysis and Sufficiency Syllabus has to be considered heavily while preparing for MAT: Based on the subjects and the topics mentioned in Data Analysis and Sufficiency Syllabus, candidates have to make a chart of the topics that they should prioritise and the topics they have to improve on and stick to this chart. Based on the time left for preparation and the amount of preparedness, candidates can modify the chart. Here is the detailed syllabus for MAT Data Analysis and Sufficiency: 

Particular Details
No. of Questions 40
Sectional weightage in MAT Syllabus 20%
Weightage in Percentile Calculation 25%
Type of Questions MCQs based

Note: Data Interpretation comprises 50% of the total section, rest are questions from Data Comparison and sufficiency. 

MAT Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency Important Topics

MAT Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency Important Topics
Data Tables  Data Charts  Bar Diagrams and Charts 
Pie Charts  Graphs (each with 4-5 questions) Data Comparison 
Data Comparison  Venn Diagram  Data Sufficiency 
Caselet Based Data (with 4-5 questions each) Combination Graphs (combination of 2 or more types of graphs such as line+bar, Table+Pie etc.) Data Comparison

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MAT Data Analysis Preparation Books

MAT 2021 Exam Preparation Books – Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency

Name of Book Publisher/Author
Mission MBA MAT Arihant
Complete Guide for MAT and Other MBA Entrance Exams Disha Experts
Face 2 Face MAT Arihant
Study Package for MAT Arun Sharma
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT Arun Sharma
Study Notes Materials For Cmi Entrance Undergraduate Mathematics Mcq Topic Wise Analysis , Model Solved , Previous Year Solved, Chennai Mathematical Institute SOURAV SIR'S CLASSES
Kiran’s Text Book of Data Interpretation & Analysis and Data Sufficiency Kiran Prakashan , Pratiyogita Kiran
Fundamentals of Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation Career Launcher

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MAT DA/DS Sample Papers

MAT DA/DS Sample Papers

Topic Name Reference Links
MAT Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency I Click Here
Sample Paper I Click Here
Sample Paper II Click Here
Sample Paper III Click Here
Sample Paper IV Click Here
Sample Paper V Click Here
Sample Paper VI Click Here

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MAT Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency Syllabus 2021 FAQs

Ques. How to improve in MAT 2021 Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency? 

Ans. The best way to improve in MAT Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency is to practise daily without fail. Solve a lot of sample papers and other study materials and follow a strict schedule.

Ques. Is the MAT 2021 Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency important? 

Ans. Yes, the MAT 2021 Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency section is extremely important. This is a very scoring section if done correctly, and candidates can easily score well if they have enough practise.

Ques. How to solve MAT Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency questions faster? 

Ans. The only way to solve MAT Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency questions quickly is through plenty of practise. Read the question carefully so that you don't waste time reading the question again and again, and this also improves your accuracy as some questions can have some crucial hidden elements.

Ques. How much time is required for preparing for MAT Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency? 

Ans. For MAT Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency, candidates have to give at least 1.5 hours every day for thorough preparation until the time of exam. If this is your weakest section, give more time to it and prioritise preparation for MAT MS, and focus more on this section. . 

Ques. What is the fastest way to prepare for MAT Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency?

Ans. The Fastest Way to prepare for MAT MS is to practise using sample papers of MAT and the previous years question papers. By practising these, you can easily understand what kind of questions are asked in the paper and you will have a good idea of what to expect. 

MAT 2021 : 3 answered questions


Ques. What are the best colleges accepting MAT scores?

● Top Answer By Pranjal Singhal on 16 Feb 21

Ans. There are more than 1395 top B-schools in India that accept MAT scores. These colleges are known to have a decent academic and global exposure. Also recruiting companies participating in their placement programs offer generous salary packages to its students. A cooperative faculty and ROI also determines a good MBA college.  Here are some of the best colleges accepting MAT scores including their location, course fees and cut-offs. Institution Location Fees MAT Cut-off Christ University Bengaluru INR 7,97,000 Percentile 80-85 Alliance School of Business, Alliance University Bangalore INR 9,00,000 100 Amity Business School Noida INR 7,67,000 500 KIIT School of Management Bhubaneswar INR 13,60,000 600 International School of Business & Media  Pune INR 5,90,000  Percentile 80% Universal Business School Mumbai INR 8,28,000 Percentile 70% Institute of Technology & Management Navi Mumbai INR 10,45,000 Percentile 80% University of Petroleum & Energy Studies Dehradun INR 13,35,000 140 Amrita School of Business Coimbatore INR 10,60,000 Percentile 40% Indus Business School  Pune INR 3,20,000 60 % Indus Business Academy  Bengaluru INR 6,14,000 80% Jaipuria Institute of Management  Noida 6,50,000 600 International School of Management Excellence Bangalore INR 9,00,000 70% Balaji Institute of Modern Management Pune INR 8,45,000 600 Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship Bangalore INR 10,00,000 700 Institute of Finance and International Management (IFIM) Bangalore INR 12,00,000 85% Institute of Public Enterprise  Hyderabad INR 5,00,000 80% Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies (KIAMS) Pune 10.75 Lakh 60 Unitedworld School of Business Ahmedabad INR 6,50,000 450 However, there are many more colleges in India that accept MAT scores. But these are some top colleges among them.Read more
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Ques. Which is the best B school to get in using a CMAT/MAT score?

● Top Answer By Nikkil Visha on 02 Feb 21

Ans. CMAT, commonly known as the Common Management Aptitude Test, is a computer-based entrance exam conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for admission to MBA/PGDM courses in over 1000 B-schools across India. The duration of the exam is three hours with the question paper consisting of 100 questions from Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, and General Awareness. You can refer to the table given below for the cutoffs released by various B schools, analyzed as per the previous year's trends. These colleges have been recommended by our mentor from Erudite Institute. Listed below are the names of the colleges and their cut offs:  Name of the College Cutoff JBIMS, Mumbai 99.99 %ile Sydenham(SIMREE), Mumbai  99.92%ile SIES Mumbai 99.8%ile MET, Mumbai 98%ile KJ Somaiya, Mumbai 97%ile Goa Institute of Management Great Lakes Institute of Management PUMBA, Pune Indira Institute of Management, Pune 95%ile  IPE Hyderabad IFMR, Chennai 90%ile  NIBM, Pune Welingkar Institute, Mumbai N.L Dalmia Institute, Mumbai 85%ile XISS Ranchi HR IMT Navi Mumbai ISME, Mumbai 80%ile  Welingkar Institute, Bangalore Soil Institute of Management NIA Pune 75%ile  ADANI Institute of Infrastructure Management 70%ile These colleges may not be Tier 1 institutions but are good B Schools that admit students on the basis of their CMAT scores. These management institutes conduct group discussions and personal interviews to select candidates for MBA/PGDM programs post declaration of CMAT exam results. The admission process of each institute is independent and according to their academic cycle.Read more
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Ques. What is the order of difficulty mode of entrances exam among these CAT, MAT, XAT, CMAT, ATMA and other exams conducted by deemed universities?

● Top Answer By Sahil Sachdeva on 18 Jan 21

Ans. The order of difficulty is definitely related to various factors but the prominent ones are candidates appearing & its composition. Keeping these in mind; the list is as follows: Common Aptitude Test(CAT) The exam is conducted by IIMs and accepted by most of the management institutes across the country.  The test duration is around 3 hours and comprises 100 questions.  A nice level of preparation is required to crack it as colleges look up to candidates holding more than 90 percentile. Xavier’s Aptitude Test (XAT) This examination is organised by Xavier Institute Of Management situated in Jamshedpur.  It also qualifies as a prominent score for management courses across various colleges.  The paper has sections similar to CAT but reasoning and general knowledge are the cracking points in the paper. Common Management Aptitude Test (CMAT) It is conducted by All India Council Of Technical Education(AICTE) having a moderate level of difficulty.  It takes general knowledge scores into consideration.  It is a 3 hour exam with 100 questions. Management Aptitude Test (MAT) This examination is conducted 4 times a year in February, May, September and December by All India Management Association (AIMA).  It is the easiest of all management exams and is accepted by 55-60% colleges across the country.  It is a 2.5 hour paper including 200 questions.  The percentile awarded is not inclusive of general knowledge score. The details regarding exams can be summed up in the table as follows: PAPER Number of questions Time duration (hours) Number of times paper conducted CAT 100 3 Once in a year (29 November 2020) XAT 100; 2 parts 3 Once in a year ( 3 January 2021) CMAT 100 3 Once in a year ( January 2021 ; registration open) MAT 200 2.5 4 times a year (February, May, September and December) The other prominent exams that are institute specific are : NMAT- Narsee Monjee Institute Of Management Studies -Management Aptitude Test SNAP- Symbiosis College – Symbiosis National Aptitude Test IIFT- Indian Institute Of Foreign Trade The aforesaid examinations are followed by GD/PI with a comprehensive evaluation of the entire academic cycle of candidate. Mere qualification of percentile is not a sure shot entry to top institutes.Read more
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