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MAT Paper Analysis 2018: Exam Analysis by Experts

Updated On - August 1st 2018 by SHIVANI TIWARI

MAT Exam Analysis 2018: AIMA has scheduled MAT 2018 September session for September 2 in offline mode and 15 in online mode. The analysis will be available immediately after the MAT September 2018 concludes. It will carry information related to the exam pattern, changes introduced and ideal attempts for each section. 

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The level of difficulty of the exam is expected to be of moderate level this session as well. An attempt of total 100-120 will be considered good.

  • MAT September 2018 is scheduled for September 2 and 15 in offline and online modes respectively.
  • The exam comprises 200 multiple choice questions (1 mark for each) and the duration of the exam is 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • The question paper holds questions pertaining to 5 sections: Language Comprehension, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills and Indian and Global Environment. 

As per the previous years’ trends, MAT exam is considered to have a moderate level of difficulty. According to MAT Paper Analysis of December 2017, the most difficult sections out of all five were Mathematical Skills and Data Analysis & Sufficiency. MAT exam is known for its inconsistency on the grounds of difficulty level. Read on to know more about MAT Exam Analysis of May session.

Highlights of MAT Exam Pattern & Analysis of Last 3 Sessions

MAT Exam SessionDecember 2017February 2018May 2018
Total Questions200200200
Exam Duration2 hours 30 minutes2 hours 30 minutes2 hours 30 minutes
Exam FormatOnline and OfflineOnline and OfflineOnline and Offline
Maximum Marks160 (40 marks for Indian and Global Environment)160 (40 marks for Indian and Global Environment)160 (40 marks for Indian and Global Environment)
Negative Marking0.25 for each wrong answer0.25 for each wrong answer0.25 for each wrong answer
Type of QuestionsMCQsMCQsMCQs
Number of MCQs200200200
Answer Options (MCQs)444
Difficulty levelModerate to DifficultModerateEasy to Moderate with few difficult questions
Number of Questions in each section

Language Comprehension – 40

Mathematical Skills – 40

Data Analysis and Sufficiency – 40

Intelligence and Critical Thinking – 40

Indian and Global Environment – 40

Language Comprehension – 40

Mathematical Skills – 40

Data Analysis and Sufficiency – 40

Intelligence and Critical Thinking – 40

Indian and Global Environment – 40

Language Comprehension – 40

Mathematical Skills – 40

Data Analysis and Sufficiency – 40

Intelligence and Critical Thinking – 40

Indian and Global Environment – 40

MAT May 2018 Exam Analysis

Sectional Composition & Level of Difficulty of MAT May 2018 Paper:

SectionNo of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Language Comprehension40Moderate to Difficult
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning40Moderate but Lengthy, needed more time
Data Analysis and Sufficiency40Moderate but Tricky, needed more time
Mathematical Skills40Moderate
Indian and Global Environment40Moderate to Difficult, covered current affairs, static GK, Business, Economy, Constitution

Expert Analysis of MAT May 2018 

SectionNo of QsIdeal time (in minutes)Ideal attemptsScore required to get 90+ percentile
Language Comprehension4030 2827
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning4035 2726
Data Analysis and Sufficiency4038 2422
Mathematical Skills4037 3029
Indian and Global Environment4010 15Separate sectional marks, not counted for percentile calculation

Scoring Methodology in MAT

  • MAT scorecard will contain 6 scores.
  • For each of the 6 scores, a percentile score will also be provided. 
  • The exam conducting authority awards marks/scores keeping the Indian and Global Environment section out from percentile calculation.
  • Therefore, the marks are awarded out of 160 marks and accordingly the aspirants will get their merit position for admission.
  • A raw marks of 70+ is expected to award the percentile of 80+ and the raw score of 100 marks can award you the percentile of 94.

Section-wise MAT May 2018 Exam Analysis

Language Comprehension

  • Highly difficult questions are asked in this section except for a few questions
  • This section takes more time to answer
  • Maximum marks: 28 (to lead 90 percentage in this section)

Mathematical Skills

  • Arithmetic based questions have more weight in this section
  • In this section, around 15 questions are based on the major topic of arithmetic like
    • Percentages
    • Interest
    • Profit
    • Loss
    • Time and Work
    • Partnership

These questions are moderate and it consuming much time to solve these questions.

  • Other questions are asked based on the topics in this section are
  • Geometry
  • Mensuration
  • Ration
  • Equations
  • Proportion
  • Variation
  • Permutation and Combinations
  • Probability

These questions are moderately difficult level

  • Maximum marks: 29-30 (to lead above 90 percent in this section)

Data Analysis and Sufficiency 

  • 50% of the questions asked in this section are based on data interpretation and others are based on data comparison and data sufficiency
  • Questions are based on the prominent pictorial representation like the chart, line graph, graphs, bar diagrams, and pie charts
  • Time is based on the candidate's accuracy and speed
  • Maximum marks: 22-23 (to lead more than 90 percent in this section)

Intelligence and Critical Thinking

  • 40 questions
  • Most of the questions are asked in this section based on logical and analytical reasoning and only a few questions asked about the critical reasoning
  • 10 questions – Family Relations
  • 10 questions – Statements Cause and Effects
  • Other questions are based on topics like analogies, reasons, direction, assumptions, incorrect times, and series
  • Moderate difficulty level
  • Maximum marks: 26-27 (to lead above 90 percentage)

Indian and Global Environment  

  • 40 questions asked in this section
  • Based on current affairs, conventional GK, international affairs, and business and economics questions will be asked
  • This section marks will not be counted for the MAT Scoring Methodology for computing percentile score.

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