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MAT Paper Analysis 2017 (December)

Updated On - April 30th 2018 by SOUMYA SEHGAL

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a national level entrance exam for top B-School in the country. Hence, making it the most sought-after and toughest competitive entrance exam. MAT is conducted in both online & offline modes.

  • MAT December 2017 has been successfully conducted on December 10.Released MAT 2017 December Analysis & Answer Key
  • MAT Exam comprises 200 multiple choice questions (1 mark for each) and the duration of the exam is 2 hours and 30 minutesCheckMAT Syllabus
  • It comprises 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 paper trends, MAT Exam is considered to have a moderate level of difficulty. According to MAT December 2017, the most difficult sections out of all five were Mathematical skills and Data Analysis and Sufficiency. MAT exam is known for its inconsistency on the grounds of difficulty level. Hence, as per MAT September 2017, the most difficult sections were Language Comprehension and Data Analysis and Sufficiency. Check MAT Cutoff 2017


MAT December 2017 Analysis

While the offline exam of MAT Dec 2017 has been conducted on December 10, the online is scheduled for December 16. MAT December witnessed a hike in the number of test takers, thus affecting MAT Cutoff 2017 to be higher for most B-Schools. For Top B- Schools accepting MAT score above 600, it may touch 95+ percentile. No change in MAT Exam Pattern for December 2017 was notified by All India Management Association (AIMA), its conducting body.


MAT September 2017 Analysis

MAT September 2017 was successfully conducted on September 03 in offline mode and September 09 in online mode. The difficulty level of the paper was moderate to difficult. The exam pattern was similar as the previous tests, with 200 questions from 5 sections to be completed in 150 minutes.

MAT September 2017 analysis (Offline)MAT September 2017 analysis (Online)

MAT September 2017 Section Analysis

SectionsNumber of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Language Comprehension40Easy to Difficult
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning40Easy
Mathematical Skills40Easy to Moderate
Data Analysis and Sufficiency40Easy to Difficult
Indian and Global Environment40Easy to Moderate

MAT September 2017 Answer key

MAT Result 2017 was declared on September 21, 2017. AIMA did not publish official Answer Key for MAT September 2017. However, many MAT and MBA coaching institutes had published their respective answer key by which the candidates could calculate their expected score and analyze their performance.

MAT September 2017 Cut off

It is expected that for MAT September 2017, the cutoff remains on the similar lines as that of the previous year. It is expected that the cut off might report high percentile at lower than earlier scaled score. An Institute decides its MAT Cutoff scores on the basis of difficulty level of the test, number of candidates and number of seats in an Institute. Students will be shortlisted on the basis of their MAT September results. These shortlisted candidates have to check individual cutoffs by the participating colleges in which they have applied for and have been selected. Candidates getting a score of 500 to 700 have decent chances to get admission in a good B School.


MAT May 2017 Analysis

MAT May 2017 was conducted on May 07, Sunday in the offline mode and the online exam mode was conducted on May 14, 2017. MAT May 2017 followed the same exam pattern as in the previous years with 200 questions to be attempted in 150 minutes.

MAT May 2017 analysis (Offline)MAT May 2017 analysis (Online)

MAT May 2017 Section wise analysis

  • Language comprehension: This section can be considered as of moderate difficulty level. To get a score of 17 was a decent score.
  • Intelligence and critical reasoning: The questions were moderate ones which could be easily attempted by the test takers. The section was of moderate level of difficulty. A score of 20 marks or above was considered to be a good score in this section.
  • Mathematical Skills: The success in this section depended on the candidate’s basic conceptual skills and calculation skills. Overall, it can be classified as moderate to difficult. A net score of 15 was a decent score in a time limit of 35 to 40 minutes.
  • Data analysis and Sufficiency: Questions on Data Interpretation (DI) were difficult. This was the most difficult section among all the 5 sections in MAY MAT 2017 exam. The questions in other areas in the section were manageable. Overall, this test area can be considered to be Difficult. A net score of 16 marks was a decent score in a time limit of 35 to 40 minutes.
  • Indian and Global environment: The questions in this test area were mainly from business, current affairs, Person and their associated fields, etc. Overall this section can be classified as Moderate. It is to be noted that the marks in this section is NOT counted in the consolidated score.
Main SectionSub SectionsTotal QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Language ComprehensionVocabulary6 
English Usage and Grammar14 
Reading Comprehension 20 
Overall Moderate
Intelligence and Critical ReasoningAnalytical Reasoning26 
Critical Reasoning14 
Overall -Moderate
Mathematical SkillsTime and Distance2 
Time and Work2 
Average, mixture2 
Number system3 
Geometry, Mensuration2 
Algebra2 
Simple interest/Compound interest3 
Profit & Loss/Percentage6 
Ratio/Fraction/Proportion4 
Venn Diagram2 
Others12 
Overall -Moderate to Difficult
Data Analysis and Sufficiency Caselet3 
Bar Graph3 
Pie charts3 
Line3 
Tables5 
Data Sufficiency7 
Data Analysis & Comparison4 
Overall -Difficult

MAT May 2017 Cut off

  • The consolidated score is calculated by taking only four sections into account, excluding Indian and Global Environment (GK).
  • Hence, the scoring is done out of a maximum possible score of 160 marks. Check MAT Cutoff
  • However, the score card gives the overall composite score and the overall percentile.
  • A net score of 77 marks (out of 160 marks) is considered to be outstanding.
  • Candidates getting above the cutoff marks of 500 had a good chance of admission in some of the best B schools of India.
CheckMAT 2017 Answer Key, Question paper and Analysis
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MAT February 2017 Analysis

  • MAT February 2017 offline test was conducted on February 5, 2017 in a single session and the online exam took place in the following week.
  • The question pattern was similar to the previous year and the difficulty level was more or less similar.
  • However, according to test takers, MAT 2017February paper was a moderate test but the section Data Analysis & Reasoning was slightly tricky.
  • Even few questions in the section on Indian & Global Environment were slightly difficult as compared to the previous years.
  • Many candidates also had difficulty in completing the paper as they didn’t adhere to the suggested time limit despite knowing their answers.
MAT February 2017 analysis (Offline)MAT February 2017 analysis (Online)

MAT February 2017 Level of Difficulty

SectionTotal QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Language Comprehension40Easy to Moderate
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning40Moderate
Mathematical Skills40Moderate to Difficult
Data Analysis and Sufficiency40Moderate to Tough
Indian and Global Environment440Easy to Moderate
Total200 -

MAT February 2017 Section-wise Analysis

  • Language comprehension: Except a few questions that had a moderate difficulty level, all questions could be answered in time.
  • Intelligence and critical reasoning: The section was a little lengthy with a moderate level of difficulty.
  • Mathematical Skills: The questions were moderately difficult and little time consuming too.
  • Data analysis and Sufficiency: Questions on Data Interpretation (DI) were tricky. This was the most difficult section among all the 5 sections in February MAT 2017 exam.
  • Indian and Global environment: The suggested time limit to answer questions in this section was 15 minutes. Total number of questions was 40. There was no point in wasting time for confusing questions. All questions needed to be attempted in less than 30 seconds. This was a time-consuming section.
Main SectionSub SectionsTotal QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Language ComprehensionVocabulary9Moderate
Grammar3Easy
Reading Comprehension20Moderate-Tough
Verbal Logic8Moderate
Intelligence and Critical ReasoningAssertion Reason5Easy
Statement-Conclusion5Moderate
Blood Relations3Moderate
Directions2Easy
Analytical Reasoning15Moderate
Mathematical5Easy to Moderate
Venn Diagram2Easy to Moderate
Miscellaneous Puzzle3Easy to Moderate
Mathematical SkillsArithmetic28Moderate to difficult
Geometry and Mensuration2Moderate
Number System4Easy
PnC& Probability4Moderate
Miscellaneous2Moderate
Data Analysis and Sufficiency Caselet5Moderate to difficult
Bar Graph5Easy to Moderate
Mixed Graph15Moderate to difficult
Line5Easy to Moderate
Data Sufficiency5Easy to Moderate
Data Comparison5Easy to Moderate

MAT February 2017 Answer Key

There were four sets of question papers (i.e., A, B, C and D). The students who had appeared for MAT 2017 February exam could check MAT Answer Key from the website, aima.in. The Answer Key for each set had been uploaded on the website and the students could check the answers by logging onto the site with their register id and entering their set number.

MAT February 2017 Cut off 

With 200 questions out of total marks of 200 (each question carrying equal marks), the raw score is scaled and then converted to percentile after normalization process. The total score for all the 4 sections (excluding Indian & Global environment section) is out of 800 maximum score. Candidates scoring around 330 in 4 sections are the ones who got 99+ percentile. MAT Colleges announce individual cutoff for MAT February 2017 and it was in the range of 500 to 700.

AIMA conducts MAT Exam four times in a year. The registration for December exam has begun from October 5 and will conclude on November 24. The exam is scheduled for December 3 (offline) and 9 (online). Each section (Data Analysis & Sufficiency, Language Comprehension, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, Mathematical Skills and Indian & Global Environment) will have40 questions. No change in MAT December exam pattern is reported as yet by the conducting body. The cut off is expected to touch 95+ percentile for MAT December 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

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