Read detailed MAT February 2018 exam analysis here. AIMA successfully conducted MAT exam on February 4, 2018, in pen and paper based test mode. Therefore now, its review has been published to analyse what sort of questions were asked and how difficult it was. Overall the paper did not throw any surprises. The same is expected to happen in the upcoming computer based test scheduled to be held from February 17, 2018 onwards. Right now MAT Dec Analysis of PBT is available here. After CBT, its analysis will also be updated.
MAT February 2018 Exam Analysis: Exam Pattern
There were no changes in the exam pattern. Exam pattern of MAT Feb 2018 was as follows.
|Section||Name||Number of questions|
|II||Intelligence and critical reasoning||40|
|IV||Data analysis and sufficiency||40|
|V||Indian and global environment||40|
Exam duration: 1.5 hours (90 minutes).
Mode: Exam held on Feb 4 was pen and paper mode. Exams from Feb 17 onwards will be computer based tests.
MAT February 2018 Exam Analysis: Difficulty Review
Tricky sections: According to students who appeared for the exam, some questions in language comprehension, data analysis and sufficiency, intelligence and critical reasoning were slightly tricky.
Difficult and time consuming sections: Some questions in Indian and global environment, intelligence and critical reasoning, data analysis and sufficiency were more difficult that expected and were also time consuming.
Time is of utmost essence in a paper where 200 questions have to be attempted in 90 minutes. Hence time consuming questions were most lamented ones.
Overall difficulty: Overall the MAT February 2018 exam analysis is that paper was moderately difficult.
It is the last national level management entrance exam for this session. Thus a sizeable number of candidates had appeared for the AIMA MAT Feb 2018 exam.
All India Management Association usually conducts Management Aptitude Test four times in a year – February, May, September, December. Around 600 B-schools accept its scores for MBA/PGDM admissions.
MAT February 2018 Exam Analysis: Detailed Review
AIMA conducted MAT exam on February 4, 2018 in pen and paper mode from 10 AM to 12:30 PM. PBT was conducted at around 51 centres. There were 5 sections in exam as can be seen above.
Marking scheme: +1 for correct answer, -0.25 for wrong answer.
Maximum raw score: 200
Maximum scaled score out of which percentile will be awarded: 800.
By good attempts we mean the number of attempts which may lead to clearing cut offs in good colleges. As per MAT Analysis, candidates who could decide which questions to answer and maximize on time can score well. It is critical in MAT to not be stuck in any one section.
As per MAT February 2018 exam analysis, good scores will be as follows.
|Section||Name||Good attempts||Time to attempt|
|II||Intelligence and critical reasoning||24-26||37-42|
|IV||Data analysis and sufficiency||21-24||33-36|
|V||Indian and global environment||13-17||8-11|
Tip for future aspirants
You can see that Indian and global environment section has fewer good attempts and least time. This is because usually candidates find this section most challenging. Even then, time required is less because they are recall questions. So you either know the answer or you don’t.
You will need more time in intelligence and critical reasoning as well as presence of mind. Keep calm throughout in the paper.
MAT Analysis 2018: Section Wise
Now let us look at the section wise analysis.
Intelligence and critical reasoning
Types of questions: In this section, more questions were on analytical and logical reasoning. There were fewer questions on critical reasoning. Questions of assertion reasoning, analogies, blood relations, calendar, directions, series, statements were in there in this paper.
Difficulty: It was moderate-difficult.
Lengthy / Not lengthy: It was lengthy.
Expected score vs percentile: There are high chances of a score of 25 above mapping to a percentile of 90 above.
Types of questions: Many questions were on arithmetic. From arithmetic, questions were based on averages, interest, percentages, partnership, profit and loss, time and work. Other than that there were questions also on equations, geometry, mensuration, permutation and combination, probability, ratio and proportion.
Difficulty: It was moderate.
Lengthy / Not lengthy: It was not lengthy per se. But it is one of the sections where more time needed.
Expected score vs percentile: Score of 29 above may fetch a percentile of 92 above.
Data analysis and sufficiency
Types of questions: A major chunk of questions were on data interpretation. Here one had to read bar diagrams, data comparison, line graph, pie charts.
Difficulty: It was moderate in terms of difficulty level.
Lengthy / Not lengthy: It was lengthy. Time was of essence to solve more questions with accuracy.
Expected score vs percentile: It could be so that a score of 26 leads to 90 or more percentile.
Indian and global environment
Types of questions: They were static general knowledge based questions on business, current affairs, economics.
Difficulty: It was difficult, solely because MBA aspirants are better equipped to handle other sections as compared to this.
Lengthy / Not lengthy: It was not lengthy.