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MAT 2020 Paper Analysis

By: Avantika Bhardwaj on October 26, 2020

All India Management Association (AIMA) conducts MAT Exam at the national level for admission to MBA and Allied programs offered by various reputed management institutions or business schools across the country. The examination is conducted in two modes namely Computer Based Test (CBT) and Paper Based Test (PBT).

Candidates are free to choose either of the modes as per their convenience. Candidates can also choose to take exam in both the modes.

  • Since the exam is conducted four times a year, MAT 2020 is conducted in the month of February 2020, May 2020, September 2020, and December 2020, but due to coronavirus outbreak across the world resulted into delayed exams.
  • The analysis of MAT Question Papers of September 2020 will help students understand the exam pattern and prepare accordingly.

MAT 2019

Format of MAT Question Paper:

Sections

No. of Questions

Time allotted (in minutes)

Language Comprehension

40

30

Mathematical Skills

40

40

Data Analysis & Sufficiency

40

35

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

40

30

Indian & Global Environment

40

15

Total

200

150

Analysis of MAT 2020 September

MAT 2020 September was conducted from 27th August 2020 to 3rd October 2020 and the difficulty level of MAT Exam was considered easy. Since the question paper is divided in five segments and each segment was of different difficulty level.

Total no. of questions

200

Sections

5

Question type

MCQ

Maximum Marks for each question

+1

Negative Marking

-0.25

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Highlights of MAT September 2020

  • Language Comprehension comprised of 4 Reading Comprehension Passages.
  • More of Arithmetic questions were asked in Mathematical Skills section.
  • Intelligence & Critical Reasoning section was comparatively easy.

There were total 200 questions divided amongst five sections with 40 questions in each section. All the questions asked in the exam carried equal marks. Each correct answer would be rewarded with +1 mark and for each incorrect answer 0.25 marks would be deducted as penalty.

Sectional Analysis of MAT 2020 September

1. Language Comprehension

Language Comprehension section was considered of moderate difficulty level and students were able to attempt a good number of questions. There were total 40 questions to be attempted in 30 minutes.

These 40 questions were asked from several topics such as error correction, antonyms, synonyms, one-word substitution, etc.

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Following is the list of number of questions asked from various topics:

Topic

No. of question

Jumbled Sentences

3

Phrases and Idioms

3

One-word substitution

2

Vocabulary (Fill in the Blanks)

3

Synonyms

3

Antonyms

3

Error Correction

3

Reading Comprehension Passages

20 (5 questions from each para)

Total

40

The difficulty level of these 40 questions ranged from moderate to moderately difficulty and the total allotted time of 30 minutes was enough to complete them.

2. Mathematical Skills

This section was considered moderately difficult as there were more questions from Arithmetic section, and it took students more time to solve them. There were total 40 question asked in this section and the total allotted time was 40 minutes which means one minute for each question.

Following is the list of number of questions asked from various topics:

Topic

No. of Questions

Algebra

1

Numbers

2

Average

1

Simple Equations

2

Ratio

3

Proportion

1

Time and work

2

Percentages

4

Profit and Loss

3

Partnership

4

Simple Interest

2

Compound Interest

3

Geometry

3

Mensuration

2

Permutation and Combination

4

Probability

3

Total

40

3. Data Analysis and Sufficiency

This section was easy to give a shot and the students could easily attempt question without any severe difficulty. There were total 40 questions to be completed in 35 minutes. The questions asked in this section were of two types namely:

  • Data Interpretation
  • Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison

The questions were particularly based upon Pie Charts, Bar Graphs, Line Graphs, and Caselets.

Following is the list of number of questions asked from various topics:

Topics

No. of Questions

Pie Charts

10

Bar Graphs

5

Line Graphs

5

Tables

5

Data Sufficiency

4

Data Caselets

7

Data Comparison

4

Total

40

It is clearly visible that Data Interpretation topic covered almost 50% of the questions. The questions were of moderate difficulty level.

4. Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

The section comprised of 40 questions and more of the total questions were from analytical and logical reasoning topics. There were a few questions made from Critical Reasoning topic.

There were different sets formed of question and there were individual questions too. The questions were primarily based on Family Relation, Statements, Cause & Effect, etc.

Following is the list of number of questions asked from various topics:

Area

Topics

No. of Questions

Analytical Reasoning

Family Tree

5

Blood Relations

3

Puzzle

4

Series

3

Directions

2

Seating Arrangement

4

Verbal Reasoning

Assertion and Reasons

4

Cause & Effect

3

Assumptions

3

Analogies

4

Total

 

40

5. Indian and Global Environment

The questions asked in this section were primarily from various sectors such as Business awareness, Current affairs, Sports, etc. Since there is vast information in such sectors, it is not possible to determine the kind of questions that could be asked in the exam.

Key Points of this section:

  • Marks scored by candidates in this section are not counted during the calculation of percentile.
  • The difficulty level of this question ranged from easy to moderate.

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