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Data Analysis and Sufficiency for MAT 2018- Questions and Answers

Last Updated - August 10, 2018

Data Analysis and Sufficiency section of MAT (Management Aptitude Test) will test aspirant’s ability to analyze the situations and decision making abilities. For September session of MAT, it is important for candidates to prepare well, therefore, tips to prepare for Data Analysis and Sufficiency section have been shared below. 

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  • MAT 2018 September is scheduled for September 2, 2018 in offline mode, while online exam will begin from September 15, 2018. 
  • Ideally, out of the total 2 hours allotted for the exam, an aspirant must dedicate approximately 35 minutes to this section.
  • Data Analysis and Sufficiency questions are based on bar graphs, pie charts, caselettes, data comparison, etc. 

MAT comprises 200 questions which candidates need to solve in 2 hours and 30 minutes. MAT Syllabus is divided in 5 different sections namely, Language Comprehension, Mathematics, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning and Indian & Global Environment. Selection of the candidates is based on the marks secured by them in MAT 2018.

MAT 2018 Data Analysis and Sufficiency Syllabus

Data Analysis and Sufficiency carries a total number of 40 questions in MAT Exam. It carries 40 marks out of 200 marks. It is important to know about MAT Exam Pattern before appearing for the exam. For every correct answer, candidate will be awarded with 1 mark and for every wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted.

The following list shows the topics included in the syllabus of this section:

  • Bar Graphs
  • Graphs
  • Line Charts
  • Column Graphs
  • Pie Chart
  • Venn diagram
  • Analysing the Graphs
  • Tables – Problems Passage or Individual Questions

How to crack Data Analysis and Sufficiency Section in MAT 2018?

Before appearing for MAT, candidates must prepare and revise this section carefully. Data analysis and sufficiency questions can be solved by following useful tricks. Questions in this section are long and calculation based.

This section in MAT helps to test student’s logical or reasoning skills. This test also checks the decision-making ability of candidates. Mostly question asked are in the form of tables, graphs, and charts. Candidates can increase their speed by trying various mathematical techniques such as shortcuts, Vedic maths etc. So, candidates should solve questions of this section as much as they can.

The following are the tips to crack Data Analysis and Sufficiency questions

  • Read all the questions very carefully before attempting the questions in the paper of their choice.
  • Candidates are advised not to assume any information. They must always use the facts and figures given in the questions.
  • For securing good marks students should always practice questions in the form of charts or pictures.
  • First candidates should solve those questions which they are sure about the answers because this section contains all easy, medium, and difficult level questions.
  • Candidates should save the time for difficult level questions because they consume more time and require higher concentration.
  • Candidates must do time management properly so that they can attempt the questions within specified time.

The following table shows the list of topics along with number of questions and their difficulty level that need more focus:

TopicNumber of QuestionsDifficulty level
Data Sufficiency5Easy
Data Caselette5Difficult
Line Graph5Easy – Moderate
Bar Graph, Expenditure and Profit5Easy – Moderate
Multiple Graph5Easy
Pie Chart5Difficult
Data Comparison5Easy
Quantitative Comparison5Easy

MAT May 2018- Difficulty Level of Data Analysis and Sufficiency Section

MAT 2018 is divided into five different sections namely, Language Comprehension, Mathematics, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning and Indian and Global Environment. MAT May 2018 was of moderate to tough level of difficulty.

Data Analysis and Sufficiency section in may session of MAT exam was of moderate difficulty. The following table shows different sections along with their difficulty level and weightage:

TopicDifficulty LevelNumber of Questions
Caselette Moderate to Difficult5
Bar GraphsEasy to Moderate 5
Mixed GraphModerate to Difficult 15
LineEasy to Moderate5
Data SufficiencyEasy to Moderate5
Data ComparisonEasy to Moderate5

Preparation Books for MAT 2018

Along with MAT Practice Papers, it is important for candidates to refer to good books. Given below is the list of books which are recommended for MAT preparation:

  1. Mission MBA guide by B.S. Sijwali and Tarun Goyal by Arihant
  2. MAT entrance exam with practice CD by GKP
  3. The Pearson Maths super course with CD by Pearson
  4. Study package for MAT by Arun Sharma
  5. 10 Challengers MAT: 10 mock test for MAT by Dharmendra Mittal
  6. MAT score accelerator by Disha Publications
  7. MAT solved papers by Disha experts
  8. Barron’s guide for MAT by Eugene D.Jaffe
  9. MAT entrance guide by Deepak Aggarwal



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