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MAT Feb 2017 Paper Analysis

Last Updated - April 04, 2017

The MAT 2017 Exam was successfully conducted on February 05, 2017 in a single session for admission to MBA/PGDM programs offered by more than 400 post graduate Management institutes across India. Conducted by All India Management Association in pen paper based test, the exam had 200 questions in total for candidates to solve.

The Paper was divided among five sections, viz. Language Comprehension, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Data Analysis & Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills and Indian & Global Environment.  The overall difficulty level of the paper was moderate. However, the Data Analysis & Sufficiency section was a bit tricky with few surprise questions in the section.

Total number of questions in the exam200
Number of sections in the exam5
Number of answer options per question4
Maximum Marks per question1 (Scaled to 5)
Negative Marking0.25 (Scaled to 1.25) mark for every wrong answer
Total maximum raw score200 (Scaled to 800)
Total maximum scaled score out of which percentile score will be awarded800

Overall Difficulty Level

Overall difficulty level of MAT Feb 2017 was moderate as mentioned earlier. Each Section had 40 questions with 1(Scaled to 5) marks allotted to them. Each incorrect response would cost them 0.25(Scaled to 1.25) marks. The Maximum Raw Score of MAT Feb 2017 is 200(Scaled to 800) and score out of which percentile score will be awarded is 800.

As depicted in the table given below. The toughest section of all was undoubtedly Data Analysis and Sufficiency followed by Indian and Global Environment. However, candidates could make up what they had lost in these sections, in Language, Intelligence and Mathematic Skills.

SectionNo of QsIdeal time (in min)Ideal attemptsDifficulty Level
Language Comprehension4025 28Easy
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning4040 25Moderate
Data Analysis and Sufficiency4035 23High
Mathematical Skills4040 25Moderate
Indian and Global Environment4010 18High
200150116Moderate

Language Comprehension

There section comprised 40 questions from various topics. The section saw more questions upon jumbled words and picking odd one out, fill in the blanks, vocabulary words and synonyms-antonyms. The short comprehension passages were followed by 4 questions related to the comprehension. Other questions ranged from jumbled sentences, basic grammar corrections and main idea of paragraphs. However, few questions had moderate difficulty level and could be answered well in time. Let’s look at the weightage of the section.

Reading Comprehension20Easy
Para-jumbled4Moderate-Difficult
Summary questions4Easy
Unscramble word and find its antonym2Easy
Antonyms of underlined words2Moderate
Synonyms of given phrases3Moderate
Synonyms of underlined words2Easy
Unscramble letters and find the odd one out3Difficult
Total40Easy

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

The section put more focus on Analytical & logical reasoning with little attention to Critical reasoning. The Questions were from distribution, calendar, assertions & reasoning, analogies, blood relations, direction, series, statements. The section was a comparatively lengthy with moderate difficulty. Let’s look at the topics breakup of this section.

TopicsNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Course of action questions5Easy
Syllogisms (Venn diagrams)5Moderate
Strong and weak arguments5Moderate
Coding- Decoding5Easy
Miscellaneous ( Included topics like numbers(2), ages(1) )3Moderate
Linear arrangement ( standalone questions )2Easy
Directions (1 set on arrangement based on directions)5Moderate
Matrix arrangement (2 sets of 5 questions each)10Moderate
Total40Moderate

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

There were maximum questions on MAT 2017 data interpretation. The major part of the section covered charts, graphs, and comparison questions. The time management was therefore a major factor to solve the section smartly.

While the Data Interpretation section occupied more than 50%, rest of the section dealt data sufficiency and data comparison. Let’s look at the topic breakup of the section.

TopicsNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Bar Graph5Difficult
Line graph5Moderate
Pie Charts5Difficult
Tables5Difficult
A set on Bar Graph5Moderate
Venn diagram5Difficult
Quantitative Comparison5Easy
Data Sufficiency5Easy
Total40High

Mathematical Skills

Around 18 questions in the section comprised Arithmetic, Percentages, Time & Work, Average, Percentage and Profit & Loss. The questions were time consuming with moderate level of difficult. Other sections covered Venn diagrams, Equations, Ratio & Proportion and Variation, Geometry & Mensuration, Permutation, Combinations and Probability.

The difficulty level of the section was moderate and candidates with decent level of preparation could attempt good amount of questions in the section. Let’s look at the topic weightage of the section.

TopicsNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Time-Speed-Distance7Easy
Time and work5Moderate
Simple and Compound Interest4Moderate
Mixtures and Alligations4Moderate
Percentages4Easy
Profit and Loss5Moderate
Probability2Moderate
Total2Moderate
Geometry ( Quadrilaterals)2Easy
Mensuration2Difficult
Divisibility3Easy
H. C.F and L.C. M2Easy
Total40Moderate

Indian and Global Environment

The average duration of the section was 15 minutes. The questions were based on conventional Knowledge, current affairs, Indian and world economics. However, this section is qualifying in nature and is not considered for preparing merit list of the qualified candidates. Candidates could answer this section well within the time limit.


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