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MAT 2017 Paper Analysis

MAT September Pen and Paper based exam was conducted successfully on September 03, 2017. The offline exam was held in single shift and paper was divided among five sections, viz. Language Comprehension, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Data Analysis & Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills and Indian & Global Environment.

Overall, the paper was of moderate difficulty level and an attempt of 105 to 120 questions can be considered as a good attempt. Check MAT Sep. 03 Paper Analysis, Question Paper and Answer Key

Certain questions in Data Analysis & Sufficiency and Critical Reasoning section turned out to be a little tricky and time consuming. The overall MAT in paper based form remained moderate and of same level of difficulty as was the earlier MAT exam. To get into top-notch MBA Colleges participating in MAT, candidates will need high scores leading to strong percentile although a slight dip in cut offs is expected this year.

MAT Overall difficulty level of the paper was moderate. Although there was no surprise element in the test paper. It is expected that MAT result may report high percentile at lower than earlier scaled score.

SectionTotal QuestionsLevel of DifficultyApproximate time taken (in mins)
Language Comprehension40Moderate25-30
Intelligence and Critical reasoning40Moderate22-26
Mathematical skills40Moderate to Difficult25-28
Data analysis and sufficiency40Quite tough20-25
Indian and Global environment40Easy to moderate17-22

MAT 2017 Answer Key and Question Paper 

After the completion of entrance examination, candidates are looking for answer key. MAT Answer Key is now available. MAT Question Paper is available here. With the help of answer key, candidates can calculate the total marks and analyze their performance in the exam.

Some coaching institutes also provide the tentative answer key which is made by their subject experts. Candidates can use answer keys for the following reasons:

  • To know the correct answer for the questions asked in the examination
  • It requires to know the solved steps and answers for the questions
  • To compare the candidate’s answers with the actual answer

How to Download Official Answer Key? 

Candidates eagerly waiting to know their total score in the entrance test can check, the official answer key by following these steps.

  1. Visit the official website of MAT i.e.
  2. Go to the Notification tab and click on the link of answer key.
  3. Enter your Roll Number and Date of Birth and click on the submit button.
  4. The PDF file will open for answer key. Candidates can download the answer key for its future reference.

MAT May 2017 Sectional Analysis 

After getting a brief idea of the overall analysis of MAT May 7, 2017 Exam, let us now move forward to have a look at the section wise analysis.

Language Comprehension 

The section was dominated by questions on Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary. There were 5 reading comprehension passages. Each passage had 4 questions each. Three of these passages were descriptive/factual in nature while the other 2 were inference based. The text of the inference based passages was abstract and hence required careful reading. In Vocabulary, there were 3 questions each on one word substitution, Fill in the Blanks and Odd Word Out. There were 4 questions each on Summary and Para Jumbles. In Grammar, there were 3 questions on Sentence Correction. Overall, the section was of moderate level of difficulty but a bit lengthy; given the number of reading comprehension passages. An attempt of 25-30 questions can be considered a good attempt.

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SectionTotal QuestionLevel of Difficulty
Reading Comprehension20Moderate – Tough
Verbal logic8Moderate

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

This section was dominated by Analytical Reasoning. There were around 30 questions based on it. Verbal Reasoning comprised questions on Assertion and Reason, Statement Conclusion. A student could have easily attempted over 25 questions in this section.

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The details of the section are given below:

SectionTotal QuestionLevel of Difficulty
Assertion Reason5Easy
Blood Relations3Moderate
Analytical Reasoning15Moderate
Mathematical5Easy to moderate
Venn diagram2Easy to moderate
Miscellaneous puzzle3Easy to moderate

Mathematical Skills

This was the most difficult section of the paper and questions in this section were calculation intensive and time consuming. Arithmetic dominated the section with around 28 questions from Ratio, Profit & Loss, Averages, Time-Speed-Distance, Time & Work, Partnerships and Percentages. These questions were Moderate to difficult. There were a few questions on Probability and Mensuration too. Overall, an attempt of about 20 to 25 questions can be considered a good attempt for this section.

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The details of the section are given below:

SectionTotal QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Arithmetic28Moderate to difficult
Geometry and Mensuration2Moderate
Number system4Easy
PnC & Probability4Moderate

Data Analysis and Sufficiency  

This section was of moderate difficulty level. A few questions in this section were ambiguous. An attempt of 25 questions can be considered a good attempt.

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Detailed break-up of the section is as follows:

SectionTotal QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Case let5Moderate to difficult
Bar Graph5Easy to moderate
Mixed graph15Moderate to difficult
Line5Easy to moderate
Data sufficiency5Easy to moderate
Data comparison5Easy to moderate

Indian and Global Environment 

This section was dominated by questions from current GK. More than 25 questions were from important events, developments, sports tournaments, advertisements, etc. Many questions from International Affairs, and Business Awareness were also asked. An attempt of around 15-17 questions can be considered a good attempt.

MAT Cut Off 2017  

Admission to good B schools out of the list of 308 MBA colleges available at the AIMA site for May 2017 MAT can only be explored with a percentile as high as 85 and above. MAT 2017 May exam would award scores keeping the Indian and Global environment section out. Hence the scores are to be awarded out of 160 marks scaled to 800 marks, and accordingly the test takers will get their merit position where their scores are sent by AIMA.

Those who have opted for Computer based MAT 2017 on May 13 should revise and further strengthen their strong areas and should remember to maximize their attempts in the exam with accuracy to score high as per the above suggested time limit.



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