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MAT 2016 December Paper Analysis

Last Updated - August 18, 2017

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 NameNo. of Questions
Language Comprehension40
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning40
Mathematical Skills40
Data sufficiency and Analysis40
Indian and Global Environment40

The questions were from easy to moderate difficulty. Section wise analysis is discussed below in detail.

MAT 2016 December – Language Comprehension

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:

TopicNo. of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Reading Comprehension4 passages with 5 questions12 easy, 8 moderate
Para - Jumbled43 easy, 1 moderate
Summary Questions42 easy, 2 moderate
Unscramble word and find its antonym21 easy, 1 moderate
Antonyms of Underlined words21 easy, 1 moderate
Synonyms of given phrases31 easy, 2 moderate
Synonyms of underlined words22 easy
Unscramble letters and find out one out32 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:

  1. Demonetization and its effects
  2. The technique, application and effectiveness of Fibroscan in liver diseases.
  3. How to train executive level candidates to increase productivity.
  4. State of safety regulatory regime.

Good Attempts – 25, Accuracy – 85%

MAT 2016 December - Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

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:

TopicsNo. of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Verbal Reasoning
Course of action questions5Easy
Strong and weak arguments5Easy
Non Verbal Reasoning -
Coding - Decoding5Easy
Linear Arrangement (standalone questions)2Easy
Matrix Arrangement10Easy-Moderate

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%

MAT 2016 December Paper Analysis

MAT 2016 December - Mathematical Skills

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:

TopicNo. of QuestionsLevel of Questions
Time-Speed-Distance75 easy, 2 moderate
Time and Work51 easy, 3 moderate, 1 difficult
Simple and Compound Interest42 easy, 2 moderate
Mixtures and Allegation42 easy, 2 moderate, 1 difficult
Percentages43 easy, 1 moderate
Profit and Loss53 easy, 2 moderate
Modern Mathematics--
Probability21 easy, 1 moderate
Geometry - -
Geometry (Quadrilaterals)22 easy
Mensuration21 easy, 1 difficult
Divisibility33 easy
H.C.F and L.C.M22 easy

35-40 minutes would have been enough for this section. 20-22 questions would be considered good attempts with 85% accuracy.

MAT 2016 December – Data Analysis and Sufficiency

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:

TopicsNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
A set of pie chart + bar chart5Moderate - difficult
A set on Line graph5Easy - Moderate
A set on 2 pie charts combined5Moderate - Difficult
A set on bar graph5Easy - Moderate
A set on tables5Easy - Moderate
A Caselet based on Venn diagram (involving 5 parameters)5Difficult
Quantitative Comparison (1 on Ratio proportion + 1 on Geometry (Mensuration) + 1 on Numbers + 1 on Simple Interest & compound interest +1 on Venn diagram )5Easy
Data Sufficiency (1 on probability + 1 on Geometry + 3 on Arithmetic ( 1 on Simple Interest and Compound Interest and 2 on Time and Work)5Easy

22-24 questions with 85% accuracy in 35 minutes would be considerate enough to score high in this exam.

MAT 2016 December – Indian and Global Environment

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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