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MAT 2021 Exam Analysis


 The full form of the MAT exam is Management Aptitude Test. It is one of the most popular exams for MBA. There are more than MBA or PGDM Colleges in India that are accepting MAT exam 2021 Scores.

MAT 2021 exam analysis provides detailed information about the question paper, including difficulty levels for each section, topic-based distribution of questions, and estimated good attempts. Below we provide a MAT analysis as all the attempts are the same in terms of pattern, test structure, section break-up and difficulty level.

This comprehensive article prepared by MBA Pathshala Exam Experts will give you complete information about Exam testing modes, Syllabus, Exam dates, How to Prepare for MAT, Exam difficulty level and a lot more. So, read out this article carefully.

Structure of MAT 2021 Exam Analysis:

MAT Paper based Test was held on 5th December, 2021.

The overall structure of the MAT Exam was more or less the same as that of the previous years, with 5 sections of 40 questions each, 4 options and a negative marking of 1/4th of the marks allotted for every wrong answers. The overall level of difficulty for the MAT Exam was Easy to Moderate. The best way to maximize one’s score would be to select questions wisely.


SectionNo. of Q’sDoable Q’sLevel of Difficulty
4027-29Easy – Moderate
Intelligence and Critical reasoning4020-22Moderate
Data Analysis and Sufficiency4027-29Easy – Moderate
Mathematical Aptitude4018-20Moderate – Difficult
Indian and Global

Section 1: Language Comprehension:

MAT Exam Analysis 2021 for Language Comprehension Section had 10 questions of Reading Comprehension and 30 questions on Verbal Ability & Verbal Reasoning. There were 2 RC passages with 5 questions on each RC. It is best recommended to allocate 35 minutes to this section with good strategy.

MAT 2021 Exam Analysis for Language Comprehension section:

TopicNo. of Q’sDoable Q’s
Summary based
Para Jumbles32
Word Replacement of
Identification of Errors42
Verbal Ability1610

Section 2: Intelligence and Critical Reasoning:

MAT Exam Analysis 2021 for Intelligence and Critical Reasoning Section included a mixture of 25 Logical Reasoning and 15 Verbal Reasoning questions. It is best recommended to allocate 35-40 minutes to this section with good strategy.

MAT 2021 Exam Analysis for Intelligence and Critical Reasoning section:


TopicNo. of Q’sDoable Q’s
Statement &
Reason & Assertion53
Cause & Effect53
Family Tree & Weight52
3 Families with 19
members. Check the
marriage status.
7 members from 7 stays plays different games53
Standalone Questions – LR (Direction sense, Ranking, etc.)108


Section 3: Data Analysis and Sufficiency:

MAT Exam Analysis 2021 for Data Analysis and Sufficiency Section consisted of 30 questions on Data Interpretation and rest were on Data Sufficiency. Some sets were straightforward while some involved intensive calculations. As a result, selection of right sets was the key to score good marks. It is recommended to allocate approximately 35 minutes to this section with good solving strategy.

MAT 2021 Exam Analysis for Data Analysis and Sufficiency section:


TopicNo. of Q’sDoable Q’s
A set on Pie chart &
Bar Graph
Tables set53
Bar Graph53
2 Pie Charts53
Case study53
Line Graph53
Comparison of
2 quantities
Data Sufficiency53

Section 4: Mathematical Aptitude:

MAT Exam Analysis 2021 for Mathematical Aptitude Section continued its domination of asking majority of questions based on Arithmetic. Some questions had intense calculations while rest of the questions were straightforward. It is recommended to allocate approximately 35-40 minutes to this section with good strategy.

TopicNo. of Q’sDoable Q’s
Simple & Compound
Time Speed & Distance42
Time & Work21
Ratio & Proportion22
Pipes & Cisterns21
Permutation &
Profit & Loss42

Section 5: Indian and Global Environment:

MAT Exam Analysis 2021 for Indian and Global Environment Section were based on current affairs of the past few months, so it is advised to abreast yourself based on current economic and political scenarios daily. Approximately 17 questions were based on national affairs events, 8 questions were on international events and 15 questions were based on miscellaneous. For a person who had prepared GK well, about 10 questions could be called easy, 15 questions were moderately difficult and rest were difficult questions. It is recommended to allocate not more than 10-15 minutes to this section with good attempts of about 15-18 questions.

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