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MAT 2016 Paper Analysis

MAT Exam for December session was conducted in offline mode on December 11, 2016 and December 17, 2016. The paper comprised 5 sections namely Language Comprehension, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Mathematical skills, Data Analysis and Sufficiency and Indian & Global Environement. There were 40 questions in each section and table below shows the no. of attempts that can help in scoring good in the exam:

SectionNumber of QuestionsGood Attempts
Language Comprehension4028
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning4026
Data Analysis and Sufficiency4026
Mathematical Skills4030
Indian and Global Environment4020

 The December session of MAT 2016 was similar to the previous year paper of MAT. Overall difficulty of the exam was of moderate level. The results of MAT exam will be declared by last week of December. Check MAT 2016 Counseling

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MAT 2016 December Paper Analysis

MAT 2016 December consisted of 200 questions and the time allotted was 150 minutes (2 ½ Hours).  The paper was divided into five sections of 40 marks each. The sections were Data Analysis, Reasoning, Language and Comprehension, Mathematical Skills and Indian and Global Environment. 1 mark will be awarded for each correct answer and 0.25 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer. Let’s look at the analysis of the five sections:

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

This section had questions were that had pie charts and bar charts were difficult compared to other questions from this section. The estimated time for completing this section would be 35 minutes. The overall difficulty level for this section was moderate. The following table (Table 5) would further analyse the Data Analysis and Sufficiency section on the basis of Types of Questions asked, Difficulty level and number of questions:

Table 5: Analysis of Data Analysis and Sufficiency Section in MAT 2015 December

TopicsNo. of questionsLevel of difficulty
Four bar charts showing responses to a survey on government role in the economy over 4 years5Easy-Moderate
A pie chart + a bar chart on expenditure of a company over two years4Moderate
A line graph on FDI inflows in 3 different countries5Easy-Moderate
A logical caselet involving tennis tournament5Difficult
Two pie charts on Heavy artillery5Easy-Moderate
Data Sufficiency (6 on Arithmetic + 2 on Numbers)*8Easy
Quantitative Comparison (3 on Arithmetic + 2 on Geometry + 1 on Statistics + 1 on Numbers + 1 on Probabiity)86 Easy + 2 Moderate (on Numbers and Probability)

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

The section was divided into  Verbal Reasoning and Logical Reasoning. There were questions on Venn diagrams, cubes, completing the series. Verbal Reasoning had questions based on Statement/Conclusion, Assertion/ reason etc. The emphasis on arrangement type of questions was low in this exam. A good time allocation strategy would be to spend 30 minutes on this section. Overall difficulty level for Verbal Reasoning section was moderate and for Logical Reasoning was easy-moderate.

Through the following table (Table 6) we shall analyse this section and break it down into components of type of questions asked, difficulty level and number of questions:

Table 6: Analysis of Intelligence and Critical Reasoning Section in MAT 2016 December

Logical Reasoning - Total 32 questions

TopicsNo. of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Family tree (A set of 3 questions + 3 standalone questions)6Easy
Venn diagrams5Easy
Complete the series5Easy
Cubes (Visual Reasoning—2 standalone questions)2Difficult
Cubes (2 standalone questions)21 Medium + 1 difficult
Directions (all standalone questions)3Easy
Matrix arrangement (2 sets of 3 questions each)6Easy-Medium
Linear arrangement (standalone questions)2Easy
Circular arrangement (standalone question)1Easy

Verbal Reasoning - Total 8 questions

TopicsNo. of QuestionLevel of Difficulties
Statement/Conclusion4Easy
Assertion/Reason4Medium

Language Comprehension

This section had questions from Passages/ reading comprehension and Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning. Passages were based on topics like Demonitization and its effects, Techniques, application and effectiveness of Fribroscan in Liver diseases. The Verbal Reasoning had questions like Para-jumbled questions, finding the errors, fill in the blanks. The time allocation for this section should be 30 minutes. Difficulty level for Reading comprehension was easy to moderate, while for Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning part was Easy.

Let us see the break-up of Language Comprehension section on the basis of types of questions, difficulty and number of questions through the table (Table 7) given below:  

Table 7: Analysis of Language Comprehension Section in MAT 2015 December

TopicsNo. of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Reading Comprehension5 passages with 4 questions each – 2012 Easy, 8 Moderate
Para-jumbled42 Easy, 2 Moderate
Fill in the blanks – word pair44 Easy
Part of the sentence has an error42 Easy, 2 Moderate
Four different ways of phrasing the complete sentence43 Easy, 1 Moderate
All of the following options are true except one42 Easy, 2 Moderate

Mathematical Skills

In December 2016, Mathematical skills section had Arithematic questions (29 questions out of 40). 5 questions on numbers, 2 on modern math, 4 on Geometry. The estimated time to be spent on this section should be 40 minutes. As a whole this section was one notch more difficult than the Mathematical Skills section in MAT exams in the past.

Through the following table (Table 8) we shall analyse this section and break it down into components of type of questions asked, difficulty level and number of questions:

Table 8: Analysis of Mathematics Skills Section in MAT 2015 December

TopicsNo. of questionsLevel of difficultyDifficulty
Arithmetic
Time-Speed-Distance5(3 Easy + 2 Moderate)
Time and work4(2 Easy + 2 Moderate)
Simple and Compound Interest3(2 Easy + 1 Moderate)
Ratio-Proportions3(2 Easy + 1 Moderate)
Pipes and Cisterns3(1 Easy + 2 Moderate)
Percentages1Moderate
Total19(10 Easy + 9 Moderate)
Modern MathematicsPermutation & Combination4(2 Moderate + 2 Difficult)
Probability4(2 Moderate + 2 Difficult)
Set Theory1Easy
Total9(1 Easy + 4 Moderate + 4 Difficult)
GeometryTrigonometry3(3 Moderate)
Mensuration2(1 Easy + 1 Moderate)
Total5 
AlgebraEquations4(1 Easy + 3 Moderate)
Total4 
Number SystemNumbers3Easy-Moderate

Indian and Global Environment

The questions in this test area were, predominantly, from business, current affairs, Person and their associated fields, etc. The candidates who keep themselves updated with current events and happenings are likely to score better in this section. The time spent on this section should be not more than 15 minutes and overall difficulty for this test area can be classified as Moderate.

In estimate, 28 questions were based on national events and 12 on international events. If the candidate had brushed up on their general knowledge they would have found around 25 questions easy, 10 moderately difficult and 5 difficult.

MAT 2016 December Paper Analysis at a Glance

SectionSub SectionMarksDifficulty
Data Analysis and SufficiencyData Interpretation25Easy to Moderate
Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison15Moderate
Intelligence and Critical ReasoningVerbal Reasoning8Moderate
Logical Reasoning32Easy to Moderate
Language ComprehensionPassages20Easy to Moderate
Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning20Moderate
Mathematical SkillsArithmetic19Easy to Moderate
Modern Mathematics9Moderate to Difficult
Geometry5Moderate
Algebra4Easy to Moderate
Number Systems3Easy to Moderate
Indian and Global EnvironmentIndian and Global environment40Moderate

MAT 2016 February Paper Analysis

The Mat exam paper of February 2016 consisted of 200 questions and the time allotted was 150 minutes (2 ½ Hours).  The paper was divided into five sections of 40 marks each. The sections were Data Analysis, Reasoning, Language and Comprehension, Mathematical Skills and Indian and Global Environment

The paper also had negative marking of 1/4th marks (0.25) for every wrong answer, whereas 1 mark was awarded for every correct answer.

Let’s look at the analysis of the five sections:

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

This section had questions from Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison. The questions were based on observation, calculations like comparison of fractions, computing the average, percentage based calculations etc.

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The estimated time for completing this section would be 35 minutes. The overall difficulty level for this section was moderate on a scale of easy, moderate and difficult.

Through the following table (Table 1), we shall analyse the sub-sections of the Data Analysis and Sufficiency Section, a little description of the type of questions asked, the marks, difficulty level and the average number of marks which the candidate can score in that section:

Table 1: Description of Data Analysis and Sufficiency Section in MAT 2016 Feb

AREADESCRIPTIONMARKSDIFFICULTY LEVELESTIMATED GOOD MARKS
Data InterpretationTwo pie charts were provided for consumption of water by different industries in 2011 to 20135Easy-Moderate10
Two tables were mentioned - one for readership data and one for no. of magazines published5
A line chart was given related to raising of funds through "Public Issues" , "Rights Issues", etc.5
The data was pertaining to caselets5
There were 2 line charts related to “Number of Cars produced by different companies” & “Cost of production of each Car” and one Bar Chart for "Growth % in sales previous year"5
Data Sufficiency & Data ComparisonData Sufficiency - Each question followed by two statements, A and B.10Moderate6
Data Comparison5
Overall40Moderate16

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

Here, the section was further divided into a mix of Analytical Reasoning and Critical Reasoning. There questions based on topics like Blood Relations, Coding- Decoding, Letter and Number Series, seating arrangement, statement and conclusion, assertion and reason etc.

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A good time allocation strategy would be to spend 30 minutes on this section. Overall difficulty level for this section was moderate.

Let us analyse this in detail with the help of the table (Table 2) given below:

Table 2: Description of Intelligence and Critical Reasoning Section in MAT 2016 Feb

AREADESCRIPTIONMARKSDIFFICULTY LEVELESTIMATED GOOD MARKS
Analytical ReasoningDistribution (Puzzles)15Moderate15
Blood Relations3
Direction Sense (individual question)1
Coding Decoding1
Number & letter series4
Seating Arrangement (Individual question)1
Critical ReasoningAssertion and Reasons5Moderate5
Which of the statements is NOT in consonance5
Statement & Conclusions5
Overall40Moderate20-

Language Comprehension

This section can be divided into Passages/ reading comprehension and Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning.

The time allocation for this section should be 30 minutes. Difficulty level for Reading comprehension was easy to moderate, while for Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning part was Moderate.

This section comprised a total of 40 questions. There were a total of 20 questions from 5 passages and 20 questions from Verbals.

Through the table (Table 3) given below, we shall analyse this section further:

Table 3: Description of Language Comprehension Section in MAT 2016 Feb

AreaDescriptionDifficulty levelNumber of Questions
Reading comprehensionThis section had A total of five passages, followed by 4 questions each. 20
Passage I: Corruption in India at various levels, whether private or governmentEasy
Passage II: Pollutants and pollution and their causes and effects.Medium
Passage III: The passage was based on Greek mythology and was moral based. It spoke about dealing with problems rather than running away from them.Easy to Medium
Passage IV: The passage was based on immune system of a human body and its working proceduresEasy to Medium
Passage V: The passage was based on understanding the behavior of animals and finding their responses to the same and thereby determining their intelligence.Medium- difficult
Best essenceA paragraph about different dance formation in Makkah.Medium5
Fill in the blanksExample: Many people want to get away from the rat race or the treadmill; the feeling of work is too ______, and are looking for _______ that is/are less stressful or completely unstressful, a more relaxed way of living, perhaps in the village.Easy and medium5
Sentence errorExample: Identify the part of the sentence having error. (1) Men differ in their capacity (2) for excellence, yet democracy (3) insists that everyone (4) have an equal right to judge.Easy5
Para formation questionsThey were on the difficult side as the options made it very confusing to choose one from the other.Difficult5

Mathematical Skills

This section had questions based on Percentages, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Time and Distance, Simple Equations, Ratio, Proportion, Variation etc.

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The estimated time to be spent on this section should be 40 minutes. On the difficulty level, this section can be classified as Moderate to Difficult.

Let us analyse this section in detail (Table 4) on the basis of marks, difficulty level and estimate score which the candidate can earn in this section:

Table 4: Description of Mathematical Skills in MAT 2016 Feb

AREADESCRIPTIONMARKSDIFFICULTY LEVELESTIMATED GOOD MARKS
ArithmeticTime & Work, Pipes and Cisterns5Moderate -Difficult11
Time & Distance, Boats and Streams4
Simple Equations2
Ratio, Proportion, Variation1
Percentages, Profit, Loss, Partnership4
Geometry & Mensuration6
Averages3
Simple Interest, Compound Interest3
Numbers1
Higher MathTrigonometry, Heights and Distance3Moderate5
Permutation and Combinations4
Probability4
Overall40Moderate -Difficult16-

Indian and Global Environment

The questions in this test area were, predominantly, from business, current affairs, Person and their associated fields, etc. Everyday reading of the newspaper, keeping oneself updated with the daily news and general knowledge would certainly help candidates score in this section.

The time spent on this section should be not more than 15 minutes and overall difficulty for this test area can be classified as Moderate.

MAT 2016 February Paper Analysis at a Glance

SectionSub SectionMarksDifficulty
Data Analysis and SufficiencyData Interpretation25Moderate
Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison15Moderate
Intelligence and Critical ReasoningAnalytical Reasoning25Moderate
Critical Reasoning15Moderate
Language ComprehensionPassages20Easy to Moderate
Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning20Moderate
Mathematical SkillsArithmetic29Moderate to Difficult
Higher Mathematics11Moderate to Difficult
Indian and Global EnvironmentIndian and Global environment40Moderate

MAT 2015 December Paper Analysis

The Mat exam paper of December 2015 consisted of 200 questions and the time allotted was 150 minutes (2 ½ Hours).  The paper was divided into five sections of 40 marks each. The sections were Data Analysis, Reasoning, Language and Comprehension, Mathematical Skills and Indian and Global Environment

The paper also had negative marking of 1/4th marks (0.25) for every wrong answer, whereas 1 mark was awarded for every correct answer. The overall difficulty level of the exam was slightly higher than that of the previous MAT exams.

Let’s look at the analysis of the five sections:

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

This section had questions from Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison. The questions were based on observation, calculations like comparison of fractions, computing the average, percentage based calculations etc.

The estimated time for completing this section would be 35 minutes. The overall difficulty level for this section was moderate on a scale of easy, moderate and difficult.

The following table (Table 5) would further analyse the Data Analysis and Sufficiency section on the basis of Types of Questions asked, Difficulty level and number of questions:

Table 5: Analysis of Data Analysis and Sufficiency Section in MAT 2015 December

TopicsNo. of questionsLevel of difficulty
Four bar charts showing responses to a survey on government role in the economy over 4 years5Easy-Moderate
A pie chart + a bar chart on expenditure of a company over two years4Moderate
A line graph on FDI inflows in 3 different countries5Easy-Moderate
A logical caselet involving tennis tournament5Difficult
Two pie charts on Heavy artillery5Easy-Moderate
Data Sufficiency (6 on Arithmetic + 2 on Numbers)*8Easy
Quantitative Comparison (3 on Arithmetic + 2 on Geometry + 1 on Statistics + 1 on Numbers + 1 on Probabiity)86 Easy + 2 Moderate (on Numbers and Probability)

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

Here, the section was further divided into a mix of Verbal Reasoning and Logical Reasoning. The Logical Reasoning questions included some question types that were not included in the past frequently. There were questions on Venn diagrams, cubes, completing the series. Verbal Reasoning had questions based on Statement/Conclusion, Assertion/ reason etc. The emphasis on arrangement type of questions was low in this exam.

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A good time allocation strategy would be to spend 30 minutes on this section. Overall difficulty level for Verbal Reasoning section was moderate and for Logical Reasoning was easy-moderate.

Through the following table (Table 6) we shall analyse this section and break it down into components of type of questions asked, difficulty level and number of questions:

Table 6: Analysis of Intelligence and Critical Reasoning Section in MAT 2015 December

Logical Reasoning - Total 32 questions

TopicsNo. of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Family tree (A set of 3 questions + 3 standalone questions)6Easy
Venn diagrams5Easy
Complete the series5Easy
Cubes (Visual Reasoning—2 standalone questions)2Difficult
Cubes (2 standalone questions)21 Medium + 1 difficult
Directions (all standalone questions)3Easy
Matrix arrangement (2 sets of 3 questions each)6Easy-Medium
Linear arrangement (standalone questions)2Easy
Circular arrangement (standalone question)1Easy

Verbal Reasoning - Total 8 questions

TopicsNo. of QuestionLevel of Difficulties
Statement/Conclusion4Easy
Assertion/Reason4Medium

Language Comprehension

This section can be divided into Passages/ reading comprehension and Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning. Passages were based on topics like Female Feticide in India, Allergens, Allergies and Asthma, Paris Climate Conference, Depression and its Widespread Prevalence, NITI Aayog and Cooperative Federalism in India under Narendra Modi.  The Verbal Reasoning had questions like Para-jumbled questions, finding the errors, fill in the blanks,

The time allocation for this section should be 30 minutes. Difficulty level for Reading comprehension was easy to moderate, while for Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning part was Easy.

Let us see the break-up of Language Comprehension section on the basis of types of questions, difficulty and number of questions through the table (Table 7) given below:  

Table 7: Analysis of Language Comprehension Section in MAT 2015 December

TopicsNo. of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Reading Comprehension5 passages with 4 questions each – 2012 Easy, 8 Moderate
Para-jumbled42 Easy, 2 Moderate
Fill in the blanks – word pair44 Easy
Part of the sentence has an error42 Easy, 2 Moderate
Four different ways of phrasing the complete sentence43 Easy, 1 Moderate
All of the following options are true except one42 Easy, 2 Moderate

Mathematical Skills

In December 2015, this section was dominated by Arithmetic and word based problems, although the emphasis on Arithmetic was slightly lower than in MAT exam in the past.  This section had questions based on Arithmetic, Modern Mathematics (Permutation and Combination, Probability), Geometry, Algebra, Number System etc.

The estimated time to be spent on this section should be 40 minutes. As a whole this section was one notch more difficult than the Mathematical Skills section in MAT exams in the past.

Through the following table (Table 8) we shall analyse this section and break it down into components of type of questions asked, difficulty level and number of questions:

Table 8: Analysis of Mathematics Skills Section in MAT 2015 December

TopicsNo. of questionsLevel of difficultyDifficulty
Arithmetic
Time-Speed-Distance5(3 Easy + 2 Moderate)
Time and work4(2 Easy + 2 Moderate)
Simple and Compound Interest3(2 Easy + 1 Moderate)
Ratio-Proportions3(2 Easy + 1 Moderate)
Pipes and Cisterns3(1 Easy + 2 Moderate)
Percentages1Moderate
Total19(10 Easy + 9 Moderate)
Modern MathematicsPermutation & Combination4(2 Moderate + 2 Difficult)
Probability4(2 Moderate + 2 Difficult)
Set Theory1Easy
Total9(1 Easy + 4 Moderate + 4 Difficult)
GeometryTrigonometry3(3 Moderate)
Mensuration2(1 Easy + 1 Moderate)
Total5 
AlgebraEquations4(1 Easy + 3 Moderate)
Total4 
Number SystemNumbers3Easy-Moderate

Indian and Global Environment

The questions in this test area were, predominantly, from business, current affairs, Person and their associated fields, etc.

The time spent on this section should be not more than 15 minutes and overall difficulty for this test area can be classified as Moderate.

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In estimate, 28 questions were based on national events and 12 on international events. If the candidate had brushed up on their general knowledge they would have found around 25 questions easy, 10 moderately difficult and 5 difficult.

MAT 2015 December Paper Analysis at a Glance

SectionSub SectionMarksDifficulty
Data Analysis and SufficiencyData Interpretation25Easy to Moderate
Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison15Moderate
Intelligence and Critical ReasoningVerbal Reasoning8Moderate
Logical Reasoning32Easy to Moderate
Language ComprehensionPassages20Easy to Moderate
Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning20Moderate
Mathematical SkillsArithmetic19Easy to Moderate
Modern Mathematics9Moderate to Difficult
Geometry5Moderate
Algebra4Easy to Moderate
Number Systems3Easy to Moderate
Indian and Global EnvironmentIndian and Global environment40Moderate

MAT 2015 September Paper Analysis

The Mat exam paper of September 2015 consisted of 200 questions and the time allotted was 150 minutes (2 ½ Hours).  The paper was divided into five sections of 40 marks each. The sections were Data Analysis, Reasoning, Language and Comprehension, Mathematical Skills and Indian and Global Environment

The paper also had negative marking of 1/4th marks (0.25) for every wrong answer, whereas 1 mark was awarded for every correct answer.

Let’s look at the analysis of the five sections:

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

This section had questions from Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison. The questions were based on observation, calculations like comparison of fractions, computing the averages, percentage based calculations etc. The types of charts were related to Line Graphs, Bar Charts, Tables, Pie Charts and Cases.

The estimated time for completing this section would be 35 minutes. The overall difficulty level for this section was moderate on a scale of easy, moderate and difficult. 

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

Here, the section was further divided into a mix of Analytical Reasoning and Critical Reasoning. There questions based on topics like Blood Relations, Coding- Decoding, Letter and Number Series, seating arrangement, statement and conclusion, assertion and reason etc.

A good time allocation strategy would be to spend 30 minutes on this section. Overall difficulty level for this section was moderate.

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Language Comprehension

This section can be divided into Passages/ reading comprehension and Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning. The Passages were based on topics like Video Games are harmful to Kids, Indian & Global Economy, Economics, Education Sector, Lack of Reading Habits among Young People.

The time allocation for this section should be 30 minutes. Difficulty level for Reading comprehension was easy to moderate, while for Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning part was Moderate to Difficult.

Mathematical Skills

This section had questions based on Percentages, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Time and Distance, Simple Equations, Ratio, Proportion, Variation, Trigonometry, Heights and Distance, Permutation and Combination, Simple Interest, Compound Interest etc.

The estimated time to be spent on this section should be 40 minutes. On the difficulty level, this section can be classified as Moderate to Difficult.

Indian and Global Environment

The questions in this test area were, predominantly, from business, current affairs, Person and their associated fields, etc.

The time spent on this section should be not more than 15 minutes and overall difficulty for this test area can be classified as Moderate.

MAT 2015 September Paper Analysis at a Glance

SectionSub SectionMarksDifficulty
Data Analysis and SufficiencyData Interpretation25Easy to Moderate
Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison15Moderate
Intelligence and Critical ReasoningAnalytical Reasoning27Easy to Moderate
Critical Reasoning13Moderate
Language ComprehensionPassages20Easy to Moderate
Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning20Moderate to Difficult
Mathematical SkillsArithmetic33Moderate to Difficult
Higher Mathematics7Moderate to Difficult
Indian and Global EnvironmentIndian and Global environment40Moderate

MAT 2015 May Paper Analysis

The Mat exam paper of May 2015 consisted of 200 questions and the time allotted was 150 minutes (2 ½ Hours).  The paper was divided into five sections of 40 marks each. The sections were Data Analysis, Reasoning, Language and Comprehension, Mathematical Skills and Indian and Global Environment

The paper also had negative marking of 1/4th marks (0.25) for every wrong answer, whereas 1 mark was awarded for every correct answer.

Let’s look at the analysis of the five sections:

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

This section had questions from Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison. The questions were based on observation, calculations like comparison of fractions, computing the average, percentage based calculations etc.

The estimated time for completing this section would be 35 minutes. The overall difficulty level for this section was moderate on a scale of easy, moderate and difficult. 

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

Here, the section was further divided into a mix of Analytical Reasoning and Critical Reasoning. There questions based on topics like Blood Relations, Coding- Decoding, Letter and Number Series, seating arrangement, statement and conclusion, assertion and reason etc.

A good time allocation strategy would be to spend 30 minutes on this section. Overall difficulty level for this section was moderate.

Language Comprehension

This section can be divided into Passages/ reading comprehension, Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning and Vocabulary. The questions were based on Para-jumbles, finding the antonym, Fill-in the blanks, Odd one out and passages on topics like, The risk of medications used for treating Diabetes on heart failure, Tracking drug resistance in pathogens, Vaccines for treating Japanese Encephalitis, Negotiation Skills, Small And Medium Enterprises.

The time allocation for this section should be 30 minutes. Difficulty level for Reading comprehension was easy to moderate, while for Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning part was Moderate.

Mathematical Skills

This section had questions based on Percentages, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Time and Distance, Simple Equations, Ratio, Proportion, Variation etc.

The estimated time to be spent on this section should be 40 minutes. On the difficulty level, this section can be classified as Moderate to Difficult.

Indian and Global Environment

The questions in this test area were, predominantly, from business, current affairs, Person and their associated fields, etc.

The time spent on this section should be not more than 15 minutes and overall difficulty for this test area can be classified as Moderate.

MAT 2015 May Paper Analysis at a Glance

SectionSub SectionMarksDifficulty
Data Analysis and SufficiencyData Interpretation30Moderate
Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison10Moderate
Intelligence and Critical ReasoningAnalytical Reasoning26Easy to Moderate
Critical Reasoning14Moderate
Language ComprehensionPassages20Easy to Moderate
Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning11Moderate to Difficult
Vocabulary9Moderate
Mathematical SkillsArithmetic29Moderate to Difficult
Higher Mathematics11Moderate to Difficult
Indian and Global EnvironmentIndian and Global environment40Moderate

MAT 2015 February Paper Analysis

The Mat exam paper of February 2015 consisted of 200 questions and the time allotted was 150 minutes (2 ½ Hours).  The paper was divided into five sections of 40 marks each. The sections were Data Analysis, Reasoning, Language and Comprehension, Mathematical Skills and Indian and Global Environment

The paper also had negative marking of 1/4th marks (0.25) for every wrong answer, whereas 1 mark was awarded for every correct answer.

Let’s look at the analysis of the five sections:

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

This section had questions from Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison. The questions were based on observation, calculations like comparison of fractions, computing the average, percentage based calculations etc.

The estimated time for completing this section would be 35 minutes. The overall difficulty level for this section was moderate on a scale of easy, moderate and difficult. 

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

Here, the section was further divided into a mix of Analytical Reasoning and Critical Reasoning. There questions based on topics like Blood Relations, Coding- Decoding, Letter and Number Series, seating arrangement, statement and conclusion, assertion and reason etc.

A good time allocation strategy would be to spend 30 minutes on this section. Overall difficulty level for this section was moderate.

Language Comprehension

This section can be divided into Passages/ reading comprehension, Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning and Vocabulary. The questions were based on Para-jumbles, finding the antonym, Fill-in the blanks, Odd one out and passages on topics like, Need to Infuse quality in Skill Development, Prime Minister's visit to Australia and Make In India initiative, Road Safety in India, Mobile Banking, Indian Retail Market. 

The time allocation for this section should be 30 minutes. Difficulty level for Reading comprehension was easy to moderate, while for Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning part was Moderate.

Mathematical Skills

This section had questions based on Percentages, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Time and Distance, Simple Equations, Ratio, Proportion, Variation etc.

The estimated time to be spent on this section should be 40 minutes. On the difficulty level, this section can be classified as Moderate.

Indian and Global Environment

The questions in this test area were, predominantly, from business, current affairs, Person and their associated fields, etc.

The time spent on this section should be not more than 15 minutes and overall difficulty for this test area can be classified as Moderate.

MAT 2015 February Paper Analysis at a Glance

SectionSub SectionMarksDifficulty
Data Analysis and SufficiencyData Interpretation30Easy to Moderate
Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison10Moderate
Intelligence and Critical ReasoningAnalytical Reasoning28Moderate
Critical Reasoning12Moderate
Language ComprehensionPassages20Easy to Moderate
Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning11Moderate
Vocabulary9-
Mathematical SkillsArithmetic36Moderate
Higher Mathematics4Moderate
Indian and Global EnvironmentIndian and Global environment40Moderate

In order to attempt the paper, it is important that students practice by solving plenty of mock papers, sample papers and previous year question papers.

Students can find some of the papers in the following links:

Sample Paper 01

Sample Paper 02

Sample Paper 03

Sample Paper 04

Sample Paper 05

Sample Paper 06

Sample Paper 07


MAT 2016 May Paper Analysis

Language Comprehension

This section contained 40 questions. There 5 short passages and 4 questions were asked from each passage. Many questions were based on jumbled sentences, basic grammar corrections. Overall this section was easy to attempt

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

Most of the questions were based on analytical and logical reasoning. Topics asked were Calendar, Distribution, Assertion-Dissertion, Blood Relations, analogies, Direction, Series, Statements etc. This section was comparatively lengthy and difficult.

Mathematical Skills

Questions were asked from Interest, Percentages, Time and work, Averages, Profit and Loss and Partnerships. Questions were not very time consuming however some of them were tricky. Questions were also asked from Venn diagrams, Equations, Ratio, Proportion and Variation, Geometry and Variation.

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

Mostly questions were based on data interpretation. There were pie charts, bar graphs, line graph and data comparison. Questions were time consuming and requires speed and accuracy

Indian and Global Environment

Test takers have to attempt 40 questions in 15 minutes. Topics covered were current affairs, GK business and economics.

SectionNumber of QuestionsGood Attempts
Language Comprehension4028
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning4026
Data Analysis and Sufficiency4026
Mathematical Skills4030
Indian and Global Environment4020

MAT 2016 February Paper Analysis

The Mat exam paper of February 2016 consisted of 200 questions and the time allotted was 150 minutes (2 ½ Hours).  The paper was divided into five sections of 40 marks each. The sections were Data Analysis, Reasoning, Language and Comprehension, Mathematical Skills and Indian and Global Environment

The paper also had negative marking of 1/4th marks (0.25) for every wrong answer, whereas 1 mark was awarded for every correct answer.

Let’s look at the analysis of the five sections:

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

This section had questions from Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison. The questions were based on observation, calculations like comparison of fractions, computing the average, percentage based calculations etc.

The estimated time for completing this section would be 35 minutes. The overall difficulty level for this section was moderate on a scale of easy, moderate and difficult.

Through the following table (Table 1), we shall analyse the sub-sections of the Data Analysis and Sufficiency Section, a little description of the type of questions asked, the marks, difficulty level and the average number of marks which the candidate can score in that section:

Table 1: Description of Data Analysis and Sufficiency Section in MAT 2016 Feb

AREADESCRIPTIONMARKSDIFFICULTY LEVELESTIMATED GOOD MARKS
Data InterpretationTwo pie charts were provided for consumption of water by different industries in 2011 to 20135Easy-Moderate10
Two tables were mentioned - one for readership data and one for no. of magazines published5
A line chart was given related to raising of funds through "Public Issues" , "Rights Issues", etc.5
The data was pertaining to caselets5
There were 2 line charts related to “Number of Cars produced by different companies” & “Cost of production of each Car” and one Bar Chart for "Growth % in sales previous year"5
Data Sufficiency & Data ComparisonData Sufficiency - Each question followed by two statements, A and B.10Moderate6
Data Comparison5
Overall40Moderate16

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

Here, the section was further divided into a mix of Analytical Reasoning and Critical Reasoning. There questions based on topics like Blood Relations, Coding- Decoding, Letter and Number Series, seating arrangement, statement and conclusion, assertion and reason etc.

A good time allocation strategy would be to spend 30 minutes on this section. Overall difficulty level for this section was moderate.

Let us analyse this in detail with the help of the table (Table 2) given below:

Table 2: Description of Intelligence and Critical Reasoning Section in MAT 2016 Feb

AREADESCRIPTIONMARKSDIFFICULTY LEVELESTIMATED GOOD MARKS
Analytical ReasoningDistribution (Puzzles)15Moderate15
Blood Relations3
Direction Sense (individual question)1
Coding Decoding1
Number & letter series4
Seating Arrangement (Individual question)1
Critical ReasoningAssertion and Reasons5Moderate5
Which of the statements is NOT in consonance5
Statement & Conclusions5
Overall40Moderate20-

Language Comprehension

This section can be divided into Passages/ reading comprehension and Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning.

The time allocation for this section should be 30 minutes. Difficulty level for Reading comprehension was easy to moderate, while for Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning part was Moderate.

This section comprised a total of 40 questions. There were a total of 20 questions from 5 passages and 20 questions from Verbals.

Through the table (Table 3) given below, we shall analyse this section further:

Table 3: Description of Language Comprehension Section in MAT 2016 Feb

AreaDescriptionDifficulty levelNumber of Questions
Reading comprehensionThis section had A total of five passages, followed by 4 questions each. 20
Passage I: Corruption in India at various levels, whether private or governmentEasy
Passage II: Pollutants and pollution and their causes and effects.Medium
Passage III: The passage was based on Greek mythology and was moral based. It spoke about dealing with problems rather than running away from them.Easy to Medium
Passage IV: The passage was based on immune system of a human body and its working proceduresEasy to Medium
Passage V: The passage was based on understanding the behavior of animals and finding their responses to the same and thereby determining their intelligence.Medium- difficult
Best essenceA paragraph about different dance formation in Makkah.Medium5
Fill in the blanksExample: Many people want to get away from the rat race or the treadmill; the feeling of work is too ______, and are looking for _______ that is/are less stressful or completely unstressful, a more relaxed way of living, perhaps in the village.Easy and medium5
Sentence errorExample: Identify the part of the sentence having error. (1) Men differ in their capacity (2) for excellence, yet democracy (3) insists that everyone (4) have an equal right to judge.Easy5
Para formation questionsThey were on the difficult side as the options made it very confusing to choose one from the other.Difficult5

Mathematical Skills

This section had questions based on Percentages, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Time and Distance, Simple Equations, Ratio, Proportion, Variation etc.

The estimated time to be spent on this section should be 40 minutes. On the difficulty level, this section can be classified as Moderate to Difficult.

Let us analyse this section in detail (Table 4) on the basis of marks, difficulty level and estimate score which the candidate can earn in this section:

Table 4: Description of Mathematical Skills in MAT 2016 Feb

AREADESCRIPTIONMARKSDIFFICULTY LEVELESTIMATED GOOD MARKS
ArithmeticTime & Work, Pipes and Cisterns5Moderate -Difficult11
Time & Distance, Boats and Streams4
Simple Equations2
Ratio, Proportion, Variation1
Percentages, Profit, Loss, Partnership4
Geometry & Mensuration6
Averages3
Simple Interest, Compound Interest3
Numbers1
Higher MathTrigonometry, Heights and Distance3Moderate5
Permutation and Combinations4
Probability4
Overall40Moderate -Difficult16-

Indian and Global Environment

The questions in this test area were, predominantly, from business, current affairs, Person and their associated fields, etc. Everyday reading of the newspaper, keeping oneself updated with the daily news and general knowledge would certainly help candidates score in this section.

The time spent on this section should be not more than 15 minutes and overall difficulty for this test area can be classified as Moderate.

MAT 2016 February Paper Analysis at a Glance

SectionSub SectionMarksDifficulty
Data Analysis and SufficiencyData Interpretation25Moderate
Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison15Moderate
Intelligence and Critical ReasoningAnalytical Reasoning25Moderate
Critical Reasoning15Moderate
Language ComprehensionPassages20Easy to Moderate
Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning20Moderate
Mathematical SkillsArithmetic29Moderate to Difficult
Higher Mathematics11Moderate to Difficult
Indian and Global EnvironmentIndian and Global environment40Moderate

MAT 2015 September Paper Analysis

The Mat exam paper of September 2015 consisted of 200 questions and the time allotted was 150 minutes (2 ½ Hours).  The paper was divided into five sections of 40 marks each. The sections were Data Analysis, Reasoning, Language and Comprehension, Mathematical Skills and Indian and Global Environment

The paper also had negative marking of 1/4th marks (0.25) for every wrong answer, whereas 1 mark was awarded for every correct answer.

Let’s look at the analysis of the five sections:

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

This section had questions from Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison. The questions were based on observation, calculations like comparison of fractions, computing the averages, percentage based calculations etc. The types of charts were related to Line Graphs, Bar Charts, Tables, Pie Charts and Cases.

The estimated time for completing this section would be 35 minutes. The overall difficulty level for this section was moderate on a scale of easy, moderate and difficult. 

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

Here, the section was further divided into a mix of Analytical Reasoning and Critical Reasoning. There questions based on topics like Blood Relations, Coding- Decoding, Letter and Number Series, seating arrangement, statement and conclusion, assertion and reason etc.

A good time allocation strategy would be to spend 30 minutes on this section. Overall difficulty level for this section was moderate.

Language Comprehension

This section can be divided into Passages/ reading comprehension and Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning. The Passages were based on topics like Video Games are harmful to Kids, Indian & Global Economy, Economics, Education Sector, Lack of Reading Habits among Young People.

The time allocation for this section should be 30 minutes. Difficulty level for Reading comprehension was easy to moderate, while for Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning part was Moderate to Difficult.

Mathematical Skills

This section had questions based on Percentages, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Time and Distance, Simple Equations, Ratio, Proportion, Variation, Trigonometry, Heights and Distance, Permutation and Combination, Simple Interest, Compound Interest etc.

The estimated time to be spent on this section should be 40 minutes. On the difficulty level, this section can be classified as Moderate to Difficult.

Indian and Global Environment

The questions in this test area were, predominantly, from business, current affairs, Person and their associated fields, etc.

The time spent on this section should be not more than 15 minutes and overall difficulty for this test area can be classified as Moderate.

MAT 2015 September Paper Analysis at a Glance

SectionSub SectionMarksDifficulty
Data Analysis and SufficiencyData Interpretation25Easy to Moderate
Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison15Moderate
Intelligence and Critical ReasoningAnalytical Reasoning27Easy to Moderate
Critical Reasoning13Moderate
Language ComprehensionPassages20Easy to Moderate
Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning20Moderate to Difficult
Mathematical SkillsArithmetic33Moderate to Difficult
Higher Mathematics7Moderate to Difficult
Indian and Global EnvironmentIndian and Global environment40Moderate

MAT 2015 May Paper Analysis

The Mat exam paper of May 2015 consisted of 200 questions and the time allotted was 150 minutes (2 ½ Hours).  The paper was divided into five sections of 40 marks each. The sections were Data Analysis, Reasoning, Language and Comprehension, Mathematical Skills and Indian and Global Environment

The paper also had negative marking of 1/4th marks (0.25) for every wrong answer, whereas 1 mark was awarded for every correct answer.

Let’s look at the analysis of the five sections:

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

This section had questions from Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison. The questions were based on observation, calculations like comparison of fractions, computing the average, percentage based calculations etc.

The estimated time for completing this section would be 35 minutes. The overall difficulty level for this section was moderate on a scale of easy, moderate and difficult. 

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

Here, the section was further divided into a mix of Analytical Reasoning and Critical Reasoning. There questions based on topics like Blood Relations, Coding- Decoding, Letter and Number Series, seating arrangement, statement and conclusion, assertion and reason etc.

A good time allocation strategy would be to spend 30 minutes on this section. Overall difficulty level for this section was moderate.

Language Comprehension

This section can be divided into Passages/ reading comprehension, Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning and Vocabulary. The questions were based on Para-jumbles, finding the antonym, Fill-in the blanks, Odd one out and passages on topics like, The risk of medications used for treating Diabetes on heart failure, Tracking drug resistance in pathogens, Vaccines for treating Japanese Encephalitis, Negotiation Skills, Small And Medium Enterprises.

The time allocation for this section should be 30 minutes. Difficulty level for Reading comprehension was easy to moderate, while for Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning part was Moderate.

Mathematical Skills

This section had questions based on Percentages, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Time and Distance, Simple Equations, Ratio, Proportion, Variation etc.

The estimated time to be spent on this section should be 40 minutes. On the difficulty level, this section can be classified as Moderate to Difficult.

Indian and Global Environment

The questions in this test area were, predominantly, from business, current affairs, Person and their associated fields, etc.

The time spent on this section should be not more than 15 minutes and overall difficulty for this test area can be classified as Moderate.

MAT 2015 May Paper Analysis at a Glance

SectionSub SectionMarksDifficulty
Data Analysis and SufficiencyData Interpretation30Moderate
Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison10Moderate
Intelligence and Critical ReasoningAnalytical Reasoning26Easy to Moderate
Critical Reasoning14Moderate
Language ComprehensionPassages20Easy to Moderate
Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning11Moderate to Difficult
Vocabulary9Moderate
Mathematical SkillsArithmetic29Moderate to Difficult
Higher Mathematics11Moderate to Difficult
Indian and Global EnvironmentIndian and Global environment40Moderate

MAT 2015 February Paper Analysis

The Mat exam paper of February 2015 consisted of 200 questions and the time allotted was 150 minutes (2 ½ Hours).  The paper was divided into five sections of 40 marks each. The sections were Data Analysis, Reasoning, Language and Comprehension, Mathematical Skills and Indian and Global Environment

The paper also had negative marking of 1/4th marks (0.25) for every wrong answer, whereas 1 mark was awarded for every correct answer.

Let’s look at the analysis of the five sections:

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

This section had questions from Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison. The questions were based on observation, calculations like comparison of fractions, computing the average, percentage based calculations etc.

The estimated time for completing this section would be 35 minutes. The overall difficulty level for this section was moderate on a scale of easy, moderate and difficult. 

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

Here, the section was further divided into a mix of Analytical Reasoning and Critical Reasoning. There questions based on topics like Blood Relations, Coding- Decoding, Letter and Number Series, seating arrangement, statement and conclusion, assertion and reason etc.

A good time allocation strategy would be to spend 30 minutes on this section. Overall difficulty level for this section was moderate.

Language Comprehension

This section can be divided into Passages/ reading comprehension, Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning and Vocabulary. The questions were based on Para-jumbles, finding the antonym, Fill-in the blanks, Odd one out and passages on topics like, Need to Infuse quality in Skill Development, Prime Minister's visit to Australia and Make In India initiative, Road Safety in India, Mobile Banking, Indian Retail Market. 

The time allocation for this section should be 30 minutes. Difficulty level for Reading comprehension was easy to moderate, while for Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning part was Moderate.

Mathematical Skills

This section had questions based on Percentages, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Time and Distance, Simple Equations, Ratio, Proportion, Variation etc.

The estimated time to be spent on this section should be 40 minutes. On the difficulty level, this section can be classified as Moderate.

Indian and Global Environment

The questions in this test area were, predominantly, from business, current affairs, Person and their associated fields, etc.

The time spent on this section should be not more than 15 minutes and overall difficulty for this test area can be classified as Moderate.

MAT 2015 February Paper Analysis at a Glance

SectionSub SectionMarksDifficulty
Data Analysis and SufficiencyData Interpretation30Easy to Moderate
Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison10Moderate
Intelligence and Critical ReasoningAnalytical Reasoning28Moderate
Critical Reasoning12Moderate
Language ComprehensionPassages20Easy to Moderate
Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning11Moderate
Vocabulary9-
Mathematical SkillsArithmetic36Moderate
Higher Mathematics4Moderate
Indian and Global EnvironmentIndian and Global environment40Moderate

In order to attempt the paper, it is important that students practice by solving plenty of mock papers, sample papers and previous year question papers.

Students can find some of the papers in the following links:

Sample Paper 01

Sample Paper 02

Sample Paper 03

Sample Paper 04

Sample Paper 05

Sample Paper 06

Sample Paper 07


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