MAT 2018 NEWS
NATIONAL LEVEL ONLINE/OFFLINE TEST
With most of the education sector going online, MAT is one of the few entrance exams that offers to be taken in either of the modes- online or offline. MAT is conducted for admission to MBA programs in top B-Schools. The next session of MAT 2018 will be conducted on May 06, 2018 (Paper Based mode) and May 20, 2018 (Computer Based mode). Read MAT Paper Analysis
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For taking MAT May 2018, candidates can choose between online and offline modes. The schedule for MAT May 2018 is given below:
|MAT Offline Test||May 06, 2018 (Sunday)||10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.||-|
|MAT Online Test||May 26, 2018 (Saturday)||In different Time slots at specific test venues||If the number of candidates registered for Computer Based Test is less than the minimum requirement and test can be arranged in a single day; the test will be conducted on September 2, 2018, only.|
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Let’s first discuss the exam pattern of MAT 2018 before moving forward to pros and cons of offline or online paper.
Mentioned below is section wise distribution of MAT exam:-
|Section||Number of Questions||Suggested Time Limit|
|Data Analysis and Sufficiency||40||35|
|Intelligence and Critical Reasoning||40||30|
|Indian and Global Environment||40||15|
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Now that we have a fair idea about what the complete XAT Paper Pattern is, we will help you choose between the two modes of the test. Given below are the pros and cons of MAT online & offline exam.
Candidates have to mark their answers using the keyboard. They will also be given provision of a navigation throughout the paper i.e. at any time they can move from one section to another.
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Till the year 2009, MAT was conducted in offline mode only. In this mode, candidates have to mark their answers on an OMR sheet using a pencil. They have to fill the oval corresponding to the correct option on the OMR sheet.
Candidates can choose any one mode of taking MAT Exam : Online or Offline mode. The dates and methodology of both are different. Candidates can choose them upon their differences and similarities.
|Computer Based Mode||Pencil Based Mode|
|Test taker sits in front of a computer and the questions are shown on the computer screen and the candidates have to mark their answers via keyboard and mouse attached to the system||Candidate will be given a Question Booklet along with an OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) Answer Sheet. Using a pencil (HB Pencil) candidates have to mark their option by filling up the oval dark.|
|Candidates have to mark their correct option (Out of 4) on the screen using a mouse. A palate of options is provided on the right side of the screen, they have to mark their answers in it.||In pencil based test candidate fill the circle against the right option using a pencil.|
|Students are expected to simply click the appropriate option and then click another button to move to the next question. In case, a candidate wants to change the answer later on, he can come back to that question and click on a different option||If the candidate has to change any answer, he has to erase completely the one already marked and darken the fresh oval with an HB pencil. This takes a lot of time and gives rise to the possibility of mutilation of the answer sheet.|
|Usually, in most of the computer-based test, a clock is provided on the screen which let the students know how much time is left?||In this mode there is no clock provided, candidates have to carry their own watches or have to ask the invigilator about the timings|
|There are chances that technical failures may occur following which candidates may have to start their paper again.||This mode is usually considered as easy with no risk of technical failures, just the candidates have to mark their answers using a pencil on an OMR sheet.|
|The candidates taking the computer-based test are provided with rough sheets for solving their answers.||No rough sheet is provided. Candidates have to perform all the calculations in the question booklet itself|
We hope all you candidates are now clear with your choice. While both the modes have their own set of advantages and disadvantages, you may choose one upon your preference. Also, there are no changes in the paper structure and pattern of MAT Online & Offline exam. So, choose wisely between the two and you are good to go!
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