All India Management Association successfully conducted MAT 2020 for the December session on December 6 for PBT mode & on December 28 for CBT mode respectively. The IBT mode tests were conducted between November 21 and December 24. Earlier, MAT 2020 PBT exam for the September session was conducted on October 3. Check MAT 2020 Cut Off
The question papers of MAT 2020 December exams were of moderate difficulty, like they have always been for the past few years.
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MAT 2020 December Session Paper Analysis
There was no change in the MAT 2020 exam pattern. Each section contained 40 questions carrying four marks for correct attempt and - 0.25 marks for wrong attempt. The section-wise difficulty level can be termed as moderate to difficult. Since, Indian and Global Environment section is not included in calculation of MAT percentile candidates need not worry much.
MAT 2020 December Paper Breakdown
|MAT Sections||Topics||Difficulty Level|
|Language Comprehension||RC, Sentence formation errors, vocabulary, synonyms/antonyms, FIB, one word substitution, para jumbles||Easy to Moderate|
|Mathematical Skills||Interest, Percentages, Time and Work, Profit, Loss, Partnership, Algebra, Geometry||Moderate to Difficult|
|Data Analysis and Sufficiency||Graphs, Pie Charts, Bar Diagrams, Charts, Line Graph, Data Comparison||Moderate|
|Intelligence and Critical Reasoning||Family Relation, Statement Cause & Effect, Series, Assumptions, Reasons, Analogies||Moderate to Difficult|
|Indian and Global Environment||International, Advertising, Awards, Books, Economy, Business||Easy|
MAT 2020 September Paper Analysis PBT mode <h2>
MAT PBT 2020 exam was conducted successfully on October 3, 2020. The exam was conducted without any glitches and strict safety protocols were followed to ensure the safety of MAT PBT aspirants amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The september session was also conducted in IBT mode or Remote Proctored Internet Based Test (IBT) which only means that reh candidate will be able to take up the examination from the comfort if their homes on their personal laptops/desktops with the exam pattern been same as that of PBT/CBT in 2021.
Language Comprehension: 40 questions
- This section ensured four passages of 5 items each. The part included 20 other questions from these topics: Synonyms, Antonyms, Sentence Completion (double blank), Idioms/Phrases, Summary of a short passage, One-word substitution and Para-jumbles.
- The RC passages remained easy to read and comprehend. The readings were on Demonetization, Fibroscan (equipment to analyze liver cirrhosis), Management of Hazardous Material, etc.
- Some RC questions had three statements in them and students had to choose the correct comments (as per the passage); these remained, almost certainly, the only moderately difficult questions in RC.
- Some words which the predictable test students knew were: Pivotal, Exodus, etc.
- It was not hard to attempt around 30 questions here by giving the section 30-35 minutes.
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning: 40 questions
- This section ensured four sets- of 5 questions each- of Logical Reasoning questions. The other 20 questions remained from the topics: Strong/Weak arguments, Course of Action, Coding-Decoding, Syllogism, etc.
- Maximum of these questions remained easy. Some sets of Logical Reasoning had become hard on account of some mistake in the question itself!
- It was conceivable to go for 25-30 questions by giving 35 minutes to this segment.
Mathematical Skills: 40 questions
- This section had the significant number of Arithmetic in it. Just about all subjects (Mixture & Solutions, Simple & Compound Interest, Time-Speed-Distance, Percentages, Profit-Loss-Discount, etc.) of Arithmetic were present.
- It also included questions from Probability, Combinatorics, Mensuration, Linear Equations, etc.
- It did not have many calculation-intensive questions. The well-equipped student should have been able to have a go for about 30 questions by a45 minutes to this section.
- Some questions in this section had very near choices. This was perhaps the only segment in the test which had one or two complicated questions.
Data Analysis and Sufficiency: 40 questions
- This piece included questions on Graphs, Pie-charts, Bar-Diagrams, etc. Maximum questions remained easy to do.
- It was not hard to go for 20-25 questions by giving 25-30 minutes to this section.
Indian & Global Environment: 40 questions
- Most of the students are conscious that this section is not calculated to generate the total scaled score in MAT and later they do not try it.
- There are some B-Schools which look at the score (given distinctly) of this section. Going into the exact nature of the chapter, it is not hard to fulfill it in 10 minutes.
- This segment remained a blend of questions on Static General Knowledge and Current Affairs. A score of 15 may be considered right here.
MAT 2020 May IBT Paper Analysis
AIMA conducted MAT May 2020 in the newly introduced Remote Proctored Internet Based Test (IBT) mode due to coronavirus pandemic in May, June, July, August and September. The MAT IBT is the same as CBT and PBT. The only difference is that candidates have to take MAT IBT from home. In the IBT mode exam, candidates had to take the test on their personal laptop/desktop in the stipulated time, just like in the PBT/CBT mode exams. The exam authorities used a remote proctoring method for student verification and exam invigilation to ensure no candidate resorted to cheating or any other malpractice.
There was no change in the MAT 2020 exam pattern of IBT mode. The difficulty level of the IBT mode exams held in May-July was moderate difficulty with no surprise element in the question paper. Verbal, Data Analysis and Reasoning questions were time taking.
Sectional Wise MAT 2020 May Analysis
|Topics||Number of Questions||Difficulty Level|
|Number of RC Passages||5||Easy to Moderate|
|Errors in Sentence Formation||3||Moderate|
|Antonyms||3||Moderate to Difficult|
|Fill in the Blanks with Correct Words||3||Moderate|
|One Word Substitution||2||Moderate|
|Phrases & Idioms Substitution by Words||3||Moderate to Difficult|
This section of the MAT 2020 consisted of 40 questions like usual. Except for a few tricky questions, the level of difficulty was moderate.
The Mathematical Skills section also contained 40 questions. In MAT 2020 IBT mode exams, Arithmetic questions dominated this section. There were around 15 questions on Arithmetic topics like Interest, Percentages, Time and Work, Profit, Loss, Partnership. All the questions were of moderate difficulty level and candidates found them a little time consuming.
Besides the Arithmetic questions, the rest of the questions were from Geometry and Mensuration, Ratio, Probability, Permutation and Combinations, Equation, etc. A score of 29-30 marks can fetch 90+ percentile in this section.
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
About 50 percent of this section of MAT exam was dominated by Data Interpretation that included questions from Graphs, Pie Charts, Bar Diagrams, Charts, Line Graph, Data Comparison. Rest 50 per cent of the section comprised questions from Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison. A score of 20-23 marks will help candidates fetch 90 percentile and above.
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
This section of the MAT IBT question paper had more Analytical and Logical Reasoning questions while Critical Reasoning questions were less. There were 10 questions on Family Relation, 10 on Statement Cause & Effect and others on Statement-Assumptions, Reasons, Analogies and Direction, Series and Incorrect terms; in sets as well as individuals. This section could be considered lengthy. A score of 26-27 marks will help candidates fetch 90+ percentile.
Indian and Global Environment
There were 40 questions in this section with maximum questions on Government Policies, COVID-19 and its global implications, Rules, Regulations, JIO- Facebook deal, Awards, CAA, GST, Constitution of India, Appointments, Capitals, US Trade Policy, Current Nationals and International Events.
MAT 2020 February Paper Analysis
The MAT 2020 CBT and PBT exams were held on February 2 and 16, respectively. The question paper had no surprise elements and many test takers of the MAT 2020 February exam said, the exam was quite satisfactory.
Besides having a few tricky questions in the Language Comprehension, Data Analysis and Quantitative Aptitude section, the overall question paper of MAT 2020 February session exam was easy.
Experts review, a score of 110-112 as good will help students fetch 90-percentile cut off this time. Check detailed MAT exam analysis of February 2020 CBT & PBT modes below:
MAT 2020 February Highlights (CBT and PBT Mode)
- There was no change in the MAT 2020 exam pattern
- Verbal Reasoning, Data Analysis & Reasoning sections were tough and time consuming
- As compared to previous MAT exams, questions in the Intelligence and Critical Reasoning section were slightly tricky this time.
- The Language Comprehension section had four RC passages of 500 words. Out of this, two RC passages were opinion based and two fact based
- The Reasoning section was moderate with just a few tricky questions. It had 18-20 questions on Family Relations and Statements-Cause and Effect
- Both the Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency section had a lot of questions on Graphs and Pie Charts.
- Few questions on Graphs and Pie Charts from the Data Sufficiency section were on the difficult side
- The Mathematical skills section had maximum arithmetic questions of moderate difficulty level.
MAT 2020 February: Section wise Paper Analysis
The Language Comprehension section of MAT 2020 February exam had 40 questions equally divided into English Language and RC. The English Language sub-section included questions on Antonyms/Synonyms, One Word Substitution, Errors in Sentence Formation, Fill in the blanks, Phrases & Idioms and Jumbled Paragraphs. There were five RC passages, each carrying four questions.
Overall, the Language Comprehension section was of moderate difficulty. A score of 27-28 can easily help candidates fetch 90 percentile in Language Comprehension section.
The Mathematical Skills section with 40 questions was of moderate difficulty. A score of 29-30 marks could earn 90+ percentile in this section.
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
Data Analysis and Sufficiency was dominated by questions from the Data Interpretation section. Questions from Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison sections were less in number. Most of the questions were from Graphs, Pie Charts, Bar Graph, Venn Diagrams, Charts, Line Graph, Data Comparison. A score of 22-23 should help students fetch 90 percentile and above.
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
The Intelligence and Critical Reasoning section was slightly lengthy and questions were of moderate level of difficulty. The questions in this section were both single and in sets. There were 10 questions each from Family Relation and Cause & Effect. The rest of 20 questions were distributed among Based on Statement-Assumptions, Reasons, Analogies, Direction, Series and Incorrect Terms. A score of 26-27 marks should help test takers fetch 90 percentile in the section.
Indian and Global Environment
The Indian and Global Environment section had 40 questions based on the below mentioned topics.
- Government policies
- Constitution of India
- Current National and International events
- US Trade Policy
MAT 2020 Question Paper Division
|Sections of the Subject||Number of Questions||Suggested Time (in minutes)|
|Data Analysis and Sufficiency||40||35|
|Intelligence and Critical Reasoning||40||30|
|Indian and Global Environment||40||15|
The MAT 2020 IBT question paper pattern was similar to that of MAT CBT and PBT question papers. As per the university decision, there may be certain changes in the division of marks in MAT 2021. Check Detailed MAT 2021 Exam Pattern
MAT 2021 Paper Analysis FAQs
Ques. Is the MAT IBT exam pattern different from MAT PBT and CBT?
Ans. No, the MAT IBT exam is the same as the MAT PBT and CBT pattern. The question paper of IBT consists of 200 questions equally divided into five sections – Language Comprehension, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis & Sufficiency and Indian & Global Environment.
Ques. Which section will have more importance in the MAT 2021 February session?
Ans. According to the previous year question paper based on the February session, the candidates can expect the Intelligence and Critical Reasoning section to be the most difficult with FReading Comprehension, where the passages are more fact based with focus on abstract topics.
Ques. If I am not satisfied with my MAT score, can I take it again in the next session?
Ans. Yes, any candidate can take the MAT exam multiple times. MAT is conducted four times a year – February, May, September and December. So, in case the candidate is not satisfied with marks scored in the February session, they can take the exam again for the May session.
Ques. If the GK section is not included in the final score calculation, can I skip that section in the exam?
Ans. Even though the score of GK section is not included in the final score calculation, it is advised that candidates perform in the GK section equally well as it will add to the overall impression of the candidate at the time of admission and knowledge of GK will be helpful in Group Discussion and Personal Interview rounds.
Ques. Which section of the MAT exam is usually the toughest?
Ans. According to the year question paper Language Comprehension and Intelligence & Critical Reasoning will usually be tougher than the rest of the sections of the MAT exam.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.