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MAT 2018 May Session Answer Key, Question Paper and Analysis

Last Updated - May 03, 2018

MAT 2018 was held on May 6, 2018 for the second time this year. Those who have appeared for it might be impatiently waiting for the results. But before that, an answer key is sought after for correct solutions.  MAT examination is held four times a year in month of February, May, September and December.

  • MAT (May) 2018 Answer Key is a compilation of correct answers to all the questions asked in the examination.
  • Sequence of the appropriate responses in the key will be similar or you can say exactly same as that of the questions asked in the exam.
  • AIMA does not officially release the answer key for MAT nor does it mention or notify such information on its site.

MAT 2018 Unofficial Answer Key

MAT 2018 Answer Key will be made available in online mode only. Since AIMA does not release the answer key officially, many top coaching institutes release the answer keys of questions based on different sets.

  • Using the answer key, the candidates can draw an idea about their score and chances of seeking admission into various B-schools in India.
  • However, for MAT Exam which was held offline. It was practically impossible to draft the exact questions asked. Therefore, MAT (May) 2018 Answer Key is entirely based on memory-based question.

MAT (May) 2018 Question Paper

Duration of MAT (May) 2018 was conducted for 150 minutes where 200 multiple choice questions were asked by the students. All the questions carried equal marks, 1 mark will be awarded for each correct answer and there was a penalty of 1/4 marks for each wrong answer. Total maximum scaled score out of which percentile score will be awarded is 800.

There were 5 sections and 40 questions were asked from each of it.

Language Comprehension40
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning40
Data Analysis and Sufficiency40
Mathematical Skills40
Indian and Global Environment40

MAT 2017 Paper Analysis

Candidates who appeared in MAT 2017 (May) should expect lower cut off in top MBA colleges. The exam had tricky Data Analysis and Sufficiency questions, whereas there were time consuming questions based on Intelligence and Critical Reasoning sections. The exam was held on May 7 from 10 AM to 12.30 PM. There was no surprise element in the test. It is expected that MAT result may report high percentile.

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) 2017 May exam was taken by an approximate number of 20,000 candidates. Test pattern remained more or less at the same difficulty level as was in MAT 2017 February exam.

Here is MAT question paper analysis and bifurcation in tabular form for each section described precisely:

SectionNo of QsIdeal time (in min)Ideal attempts
Language Comprehension4025 26
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning4040 24
Data Analysis and Sufficiency4035 22
Mathematical Skills4040 24
Indian and Global Environment4010 17

Language and Comprehension

The questions in this section were based on vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, etc. Number of questions asked from each topic has been tabulated below:

Question topicsNo. of questions
Vocabulary 3
5 RC passages 25
Others including Verbal logic6
RC topicsDigital India, Wi-Fi, Internet, Pollution

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

Intelligence and critical reasoning questions tested candidates’ ability to exercise their reasoning and logical abilities. The division of questions was as follows for each topic:

Question topicsNo. of questions
Assertion Reason 3
Statement – conclusion 3
Blood Relation 2
Direction 2
Clocks & Calendars 2
Coding/decoding 2
Input/output 2
Seating Arrangement (Linear) 2
Seating arrangement (Circular) 2
Venn Diagram 2

Mathematical Skills

Mathematical Skills section was purely based on the topics related to numbers and shapes. Candidates had to display their ability to deal with numbers, shapes and other mathematical concepts:

Question topicsNo. of questions
Time & distance 2
Time & work 2
Average, mixture 2
Number system 3
Geometry, Mensuration 2
Algebra 2
Simple interest/Compound interest 3
Profit & Loss/Percentage 6
Ratio/Fraction/Proportion 4
Venn Diagram 2

MAT 2018 Result

Candidates can check MAT 2018 results, after the test has been conducted, in the form of overall and sectional scores. For May session, it will be declared in the last week of May 2018. On the basis of MAT 2018 Result students will be shortlisted for the selection procedure. Aspirants can check the results by following the steps given below:

  1. Visit the official website of AIMA i.e.
  2. Click on ‘MAT (May) 2018 Result’ tab.
  3. Enter the login credentials obtained at the time of registration including, User ID and Password
  4. Click on ‘Submit’
  5. The result will be displayed on your computer screen.

MAT 2018 Cut Off

The participating institutes of MAT shortlist the test takers based on cut off marks decided by the conducting authorities for the selection procedure. MAT 2018 Cut Off can be either in the form of percentile or score. There are several factors which affect the formation of cut off list such as,

  • Total number of students who appeared for the test.
  • Reservation policy of the Institute.
  • Level of difficulty of the exam.
  • Previous year’s cut off scores/percentile.

The following table indicates expected institute-wise MAT cut off 2018. These have been considered on the basis of previous year cutoffs, the difficulty level of the test, number of candidates and number of seats in an Institute.

Top B-SchoolsExpected MAT Cutoff Marks 2018 
Christ Institute of Management400
Japuria Institute of Management400
BIMTECH Noida500
IFIM Business School500
Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Bangalore700
Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad650
Department of Management Sciences, PUMBA (Pune University)600
DSIMS Mumbai550
Alliance Bangalore500
AIMS Bangalore500
VIT University500
SRM University500
PCMRD Pune450



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