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MAT 2018 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.

MAT exam full form is Management Aptitude. It is one of the most popular National level MBA entrance exams in India after CAT. More than 600 MBA/PGDM Colleges are accepting MAT exam 2018 Scores for MBA/PGDM Admission 2019. In its notification AIMA has clarified that there are 600+ Participating B-Schools who use MAT score. This includes the 330+ MBA colleges in Maharashtra who offer PGDM and MBA/MMS programmes.

This comprehensive article prepared by MBA Pathsala 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 this article carefully before applying for the exam. 

MAT 2018 Exam Analysis :

MAT 2018 Exam Analysis :

SectionNumber
of Good
attempts
Score Expected
for 90+ Percentile
Difficulty Level
Language
Comprehension
2828Moderate to Difficult
Intelligence and Critical
reasoning
2725Easy
Data Analysis and
Sufficiency
2421Moderate to Difficult
Mathematical Aptitude2929Easy to Moderate
Indian and Global
Environment
15Easy to Moderate

Detailed Analysis of the Sections:

Language Comprehension:

The reading comprehensions in MAT 2018 were lengthy compared to previous years with every comprehension being of almost 500 words. The level of difficulty was found to be tough and only a few topics like antonyms and phrases were easy. Topics like synonyms, jumbles, fill in the blanks and errors in sentence formation had a moderate difficulty level.

MAT 2018 Exam Analysis for Language Comprehension section:

TopicsNumber of
Questions
Doable
Questions
Difficulty
Reading Comprehension2011Easy to Moderate
Errors in sentence formation32Easy to Moderate
Fill in the blanks with correct vocabulary word32Moderate
Synonyms and antonyms63Easy to Moderate
One-word substitution31Easy to Moderate
Jumbled Paragraphs3Moderate to difficult
Phrases and Idioms substitution by words21Easy to Moderate

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning:

With a moderately difficult level, this section was time-consuming in MAT 2018 for candidates and managing time became an issue of importance. Like previous years, the prominent topic was analytical reasoning and critical reasoning comprised of fewer questions.

MAT 2018 Exam Analysis for Intelligence and Critical Reasoning section:

TopicsNumber of
Questions
Doable
Questions
Difficulty
Coding Decoding11Easy to Moderate
Seating Arrangement -Linear54Easy to Moderate
Blood Relations (individual questions)
-Symbols based
54Easy to Moderate
Selection54Easy to Moderate
Puzzle -Quant based31Easy to Moderate
Cause and Effect53Easy to Moderate
Blood Relations (Distribution)53Easy to Moderate
Identify the incorrect term
in a sequence
31Easy to Moderate
Statement & Assumptions52Moderate
Number & Letter series2Moderate
Blood Relations (individual)11Moderate

Data Analysis and Sufficiency:

The questions in MAT 2018, like in the previous section, were time-consuming. More than half of the paper composed of questions from Data interpretation. Maintaining speed and accuracy became challenging in this section.

MAT 2018 Exam Analysis for Data Analysis and Sufficiency section:

TopicsNumber of
Questions
Doable
Questions
Difficulty
The bar chart gives the production details of Gold
and Silver. Pie Chart gives the percentage break-up of
sale of Indian Gold in 2010
52Moderate
The line chart gave details regarding the exports
and production of Tea in Country X. The bar chart gave per
capita availability (in gm)
52Moderate
The bar graph gives the percentage distribution of marks
in four sections of an exam
53Moderate
The line chart was given with the year wise and
department wise break up of candidates enrolled in
Management colleges from 2009 to 2017
53Moderate
The two pie charts gave the data regarding the %
share of deposits and advances given
52Moderate
The question gave the data regarding the movies
running in two theatres
52Moderate
Each question followed by two statements, A and B52Moderate
Data Comparison52Moderate

Mathematical Aptitude:

In this section of MAT 2018, arithmetic questions shared major weightage, with around 15-16 questions based on interest, time and work, percentages, profit & loss and partnership. Proportion & variation, geometry & mensuration, permutation and combinations, probability etc. were some topics that formed the other half of the paper.

TopicsNumber of
Questions
Doable
Questions
Difficulty
Time & Work, Pipes and Cisterns74Moderate to difficult
Percentages, Profit, Loss52Moderate to difficult
Simple Equations, Ratio,
Proportion and Variation
73Moderate to difficult
Time & Distance, Boats and Streams52Moderate to difficult
Geometry & Mensuration41Moderate to difficult
Simple Interest, Compound Interest21Moderate to difficult
Averages, Mixtures and Alligations11Moderate to difficult
Partnerships41Moderate to difficult
Trigonometry, Heights and Distance0Moderate to difficult
Permutation and Combinations, Probability51Moderate to difficult

Indian and Global Environment:

The questions in MAT 2018  were based on recent events with topics from sports, film awards, states of India taxation and duties etc. Students adopted the strategy to save time in this section and spend it across other sections.

Based on the 2019 PBT paper, to secure a 99 percentile, a MAT exam score of 750-765 out of 800 would be optimum.

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