MAT 2017 NEWS
NATIONAL LEVEL ONLINE/OFFLINE TEST
MAT 2016 was conducted on December 11, 2016 (pen paper mode) and December 17, 2016 (online mode) successfully by AIMA. The exam was very much similar to last year MAT exam. It consisted 5 sections as per the exam pattern of MAT – Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Mathematical Skills, Data sufficiency and Analysis, Language comprehension and Indian and Global Environment. The overall difficulty of the exam was moderate.
The exam was of 200 marks but the candidates will get a total from 800 marks. The candidates who chose questions judiciously would definitely be able to maximize their scores. The exam structure was as follows:
|Section Name||No. of Questions|
|Intelligence and Critical Reasoning||40|
|Data sufficiency and Analysis||40|
|Indian and Global Environment||40|
The questions were from easy to moderate difficulty. Section wise analysis is discussed below in detail.
The Language comprehension section in MAT 2016 December session was all about judging the candidates’ command over English (including grammar, vocabulary). The questions were from Verbal Ability, Verbal Reasoning and Reading Comprehension (20 questions each). There were 4 passages in the RC section which had 5 questions each. The table below will give complete analysis of Language comprehension section of MAT 2016:
|Topic||No. of Questions||Level of Difficulty|
|Reading Comprehension||4 passages with 5 questions||12 easy, 8 moderate|
|Para - Jumbled||4||3 easy, 1 moderate|
|Summary Questions||4||2 easy, 2 moderate|
|Unscramble word and find its antonym||2||1 easy, 1 moderate|
|Antonyms of Underlined words||2||1 easy, 1 moderate|
|Synonyms of given phrases||3||1 easy, 2 moderate|
|Synonyms of underlined words||2||2 easy|
|Unscramble letters and find out one out||3||2 moderate, 1 difficult|
If the participating candidates would have allotted 35 minutes to this section they would score high. Also, if they tried to solve maximum Verbal ability and Verbal Reasoning questions and devoted rest of the time to Reading comprehensions, scoring high in this section would be certain. The passages were on the following topics:
Good Attempts – 25, Accuracy – 85%
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning section comprised mixture of Verbal Reasoning (15 questions) and Logical Reasoning (25 questions). Action questions, Venn diagrams, Strong Arguments, Linear arrangements, coding-decoding questions were asked. Apart from this, there were 3 sets on arrangement with 2 sets on matrix arrangement and 1 set on directions. No questions from family tree, complete the series and cubes in non-verbal reasoning were asked in this section. Look at the table below for complete analysis:
|Topics||No. of Questions||Level of Difficulty|
|Course of action questions||5||Easy|
|Strong and weak arguments||5||Easy|
|Non Verbal Reasoning||-||-|
|Coding - Decoding||5||Easy|
|Linear Arrangement (standalone questions)||2||Easy|
As per the candidates, the questions were of ambiguous options and inconsistent data. 35-40 minutes would be sufficient for this section.
Good Attempts – 20 to 22, Accuracy – 85%
The mathematical skills section mainly had Arithmetic questions (29 out of 40 questions). There were 5 questions on numbers, 2 on Modern Math and 4 on Geometry. The questions ranged from easy to moderate difficulty level. There were questions from time and work, mixtures and allegations. The table below shows the complete analysis and break-up of the section:
|Topic||No. of Questions||Level of Questions|
|Time-Speed-Distance||7||5 easy, 2 moderate|
|Time and Work||5||1 easy, 3 moderate, 1 difficult|
|Simple and Compound Interest||4||2 easy, 2 moderate|
|Mixtures and Allegation||4||2 easy, 2 moderate, 1 difficult|
|Percentages||4||3 easy, 1 moderate|
|Profit and Loss||5||3 easy, 2 moderate|
|Probability||2||1 easy, 1 moderate|
|Geometry (Quadrilaterals)||2||2 easy|
|Mensuration||2||1 easy, 1 difficult|
|H.C.F and L.C.M||2||2 easy|
35-40 minutes would have been enough for this section. 20-22 questions would be considered good attempts with 85% accuracy.
Data Analysis and Sufficiency Section consisted of 40 questions in total. The questions that which had pie charts and bar charts were difficult compared to rest of the questions of this section. The table below gives the full analysis of this section:
|Topics||No. of Questions||Difficulty Level|
|A set of pie chart + bar chart||5||Moderate - difficult|
|A set on Line graph||5||Easy - Moderate|
|A set on 2 pie charts combined||5||Moderate - Difficult|
|A set on bar graph||5||Easy - Moderate|
|A set on tables||5||Easy - Moderate|
|A Caselet based on Venn diagram (involving 5 parameters)||5||Difficult|
|Quantitative Comparison (1 on Ratio proportion + 1 on Geometry (Mensuration) + 1 on Numbers + 1 on Simple Interest & compound interest +1 on Venn diagram )||5||Easy|
|Data Sufficiency (1 on probability + 1 on Geometry + 3 on Arithmetic ( 1 on Simple Interest and Compound Interest and 2 on Time and Work)||5||Easy|
22-24 questions with 85% accuracy in 35 minutes would be considerate enough to score high in this exam.
This section consisted of general awareness questions from events of last few months. So the candidates who keep themselves updated with the latest happenings, developments in regional, national and international arenas would score high in this section. Candidates felt 15 minutes were enough to attempt 18-20 questions.
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