MAT 2018 Analysis – The MAT exam has been held on May 06, 2018 for Pen-paper based test. Candidates who will appear for May 20, 2018 exam must check the exam analysis for the better exam preparation. This year MAT took place in the morning from 10:00 AM to 12:20 PM, all over India. The exam conducted without any hassle. Candidates could easily able to locate test centers and students faced no inconvenience during the conduction of exam. The exam was moderate with some difficult questions in Language and Data Analysis section.

Moreover, in the exam, there was a total of 200 multiple type questions to be attempted in 150 minutes. There were 40 questions in each section. The paper difficulty level varies from moderate to difficult. Still, candidates were able to attempt atleast 60% of questions from each section. An ideal number of attempts will increase your chance to take admission in colleges associated with AIMA. About the MAT Result, it will come around 20 days after the exam.

After the exam candidates must be anticipating the analysis and cutoff for the exam. So here at this page, Aglasem has brought you the detailed MAT May 2018 Analysis of overall paper.

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MAT 2018 Exam Analysis

In the exam, if you have made the sufficient number of attempts, then you will be able to score atleast 90%ile to take a seat in one of the top Colleges of MAT. Even many B schools offer scholarships if you get a certain level of percentile or beyond that. After the quick analysis given below, we will analyze the MAT 2018 section by section. As such, there is no change in the exam pattern of MAT.

Marking scheme: 1 Mark for a correct answer, -0.25 for the wrong answer.

Maximum raw score: 200

Maximum scaled score: 800

Number of Sections: 5

Sections included while calculating percentile: All the section except Indian And Global Environment.

Section Difficulty Level Good Attempts out of 40 Questions Ideal Time to Spent(Minutes) Expected cut off to score 90+ %ile
Data Analysis and Sufficiency Moderate 22-25 35 -40 Mins  23
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning Easy to Moderate 26-30 30 Mins  26
Language Comprehension Easy to Moderate 25-30 30-35 Mins 28
Mathematical Skills Moderate to Difficult 28-31 35-40 Mins 30
Indian And Global Environment Moderate 14-17 5 Mins

Let us now see the broad analysis of each section

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

This section comprises Data Interpretation (DI), Data Comparison, and Data Sufficiency (DS). The DI is easier to other exams like CAT, XAT etc. Candidates who have good calculation skills were able to attempt this section easily. Candidates who have attempted atleast 22 questions with good accuracy will able to clear the cutoff of this section.

  • Like the last session DI consist of atleast 50% of questions from DI.
  • The topics which covered the prominent part of the section were Pie Chars, Graphs, Bar-Diagrams, Charts, Line Graph and Data Comparison.

If we see the last May Feb 2018 statistics, there were 30 out of 40 questions of DI whereas DS and Data Comparison put together accounting for the rest of the  10 questions. Comparison of fractions, computing the averages, percentage based calculation were some question which dominated the DI section. The data based questions consist of Graphs, Bar Charts, Tables, Pie Charts.

So, we can see DI is the main section to target in our practice to take the upcoming exam on May 20, 2018.

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

  • This section had a mix of Analytical and Critical reasoning questions.
  • Moreover, Analytical and logical covered the major section of the paper.
  • Only a few questions were from Critical Reasoning, it was a relief to the students as candidates find CR little bit tricky to answer.
  • Overall difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Number of Questions: 10 Questions on Statements-Cause & Effect, 10 were on Family Relation, and the rest were Statement based–Assumptions, Reasons, analogies, direction, series, Incorrect Terms.

In MAT Feb examination there were 27 questions from Analytical Reasoning and the rest 13 questions from Critical Reasoning. Candidates found this section manageable to attempt with an ideal score of 21 marks.

So, in line with that focus on the Analytical and logical section more in the upcoming exam.

Language Comprehension

This section has the proportionate number of questions from the verbal and non-verbal section. In today’s exam, applicants who have a good vocabulary and great reading skills were able to attempt question with ease. As such there was no problem in comprehending the language of the questions. Though there were questions which were on the tougher side. Three of the topics in the RC’s were abstract.

In the last session, MAT exam had 20 questions from Reading Comprehension and an equal number of questions from the verbal section. The difficulty level was moderate with four passages consisted of 5 questions each. The questions in Verbal were based on basic knowledge about English usage & functional grammar.

Area Number of Marks Difficulty level
Fill in the blanks (2 blanks) 3 Moderate
One word substitution 2 Moderate
Phrases and Idioms 3 Moderate-Difficult
Para-Jumbles 4 Moderate
Antonyms/Synonyms (Words in jumbled form) 6 Moderate-Difficult
Passages 20 Moderate-Difficult
Agriculture Growth 5
Philosophy- Abstract 5
Philosophy- Abstract 5
Psychology- Abstract 5

Mathematical Skills

The questions were basic and candidates who have their concepts cleared were able to manage this section well. Especially engineering students find the section easy. The level was little bit easy as compared to other management entrance test.

  • Overall Difficulty: Moderate
  • Major Sections: Arithmetic, around 15 questions of Percentages, interest, Profit, Loss, Partnership, Time and Work.
  • Rest of the question comes from the topic Ratio, Proportion & Variation, Equations,
  • Permutation and Combinations, Geometry & Mensuration,  Probability.

Quant section in the last session had questions from the Arithmetic areas. The topics dominated were Percentages, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Mensuration, Time and Distance, Simple Equations, Ratio, Proportion, and Variation. Though the exam was considered moderate to difficult. Still, candidates with their basic concept cleared and good calculation skills were able to clear this section with flying colors.

Indian And Global Environment

This section had questions from various areas of GST, awards, CWG, ASEAN countries, business, current affairs etc. Students who have a habit of reading newspapers did not find a problem in this section. Candidates took merely 3 minutes to attempt this section.

So, for the upcoming exam prepare these topic thoroughly.

  • Oscar Awards
  • GST
  • Import Duty (Import-Export of India with other countries)
  • International Days
  • Indian States
  • Common Wealth Games
  • Formation of Committees and Tribunals
  • President of Myanmar
  • Visiting Guests in the country


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