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MAT Preparation Tips DATA Sufficiency and Analysis

Last Updated - December 08, 2016

MAT (Management Aptitude Test) is conducted via both online and offline modes. The offline test is scheduled to be conducted on December 11, 2016 and the online test on December 17, 2016. Candidates can download MAT 2016 Admit Card from the AIMA official website from December 3, 2016 onwards.

MAT 2016 exam comprises of 200 questions that candidates need to solve in 2 hours and 30 minutes. The questions asked from 5 different sections named as 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 2016. Final selection is based on the MAT Counselling Process 2016.

MAT 2016 Data Sufficiency and Analysis Syllabus

Data Sufficiency and Analysis Syllabus forms a total number of 40 questions in MAT 2016. It carries 40 marks out of 200 marks. MAT exam syllabus is huge so that candidates need to start preparation before to secure good marks. For every correct answer candidate, will be awarded by 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 Sufficiency and Analysis Section in MAT 2016 December?

Before MAT 2016 examination, candidates must prepare and revise this section carefully. Candidates can score good marks in Data sufficiency and analysis by answer the questions smartly with formulas and tricks. Questions in this section are long and calculation based.

This section in the MAT 2016 examination 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 sufficiency and analysis questions

  • Candidates should read all the questions very carefully before start 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 practise 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 No. of questions and their difficulty level that need more focus:

TopicsNo. of questionsDifficulty level
Data sufficiency5Easy
Data Caselette5Difficult
Line Graph5Easy – Moderate
Bar Graph, Expenditure and Profit5Easy – Moderate
Multiple Graph5Easy
Pie Chart5Difficult
Data Comparison5Easy
Quantitative Comparison5Easy

Difficulty Level of All the Sections in MAT 2016 December

The MAT 2016 examination is divided into five different sections. The following table shows the five different sections along with their difficulty level and weightage:

SectionsDifficulty LevelWeightage Marks
Language ComprehensionModerate18
Mathematical SkillsModerate – Difficulty14
Data Analysis & SufficiencyModerate16
Intelligence & Critical ReasoningModerate17
Indian and Global EnvironmentModerate – Difficulty7

Preparation Books for MAT 2016

Candidates can prepare well from textbooks and eBooks. So, preparation from books is the best option. The following is the list of books that 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

MAT 2016 Expected Cut-off

MAT 2016 examination official cut-off will be released after the declaration of examination result. If the candidates rank is higher than their chances of selection is better. The MAT 2016 examination expected cut-off is same as that of the previous year. For admission into the institutes, candidates must obtain the cut-off marks.

Following is the list of factors that affect the MAT 2016 Cutoff

  • Total number of candidates registered
  • A Total number of candidates appeared in the examination
  • Reservation norms
  • Difficulty level of the examination
  • Cut-off trends of previous year
  • Admission trends of previous year

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