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By: Vishal on November 09, 2017

Analysis of MAT-December 2016

Last year the MAT exam for December was conducted offline on December 11 and December 17, 2016. The paper composed of 5 sections: Language, Critical

Reasoning and Intelligence, Math skills, Data sufficiency and analysis and Indian & Global Environment.

Each section had about 40 questions and the table shows the count of attempts that can help in scoring well.

Section Count of questions Attempt number
Language 40 27-28
Intelligence and Reasoning 40 25-26
Data sufficiency and Analysis 40 25-26
Math skills 40 28-30
Indian and Global Environment 40 15-20


The December session was similar to the previous session of MAT. The overall difficulty level was the same. The results would be declared by last week of


The sectional analysis of the same is as follows:

Intelligence and critical reasoning:

The section had a lot of questions on Analytical and Logical Reasoning and a few questions on Critical Reasoning. Questions usually were based on the calendar, assertions, blood relations, and vocabulary words. 

Mathematical skills:

Out of the 40 questions, 18 were based on Interest, Percentages, Time and Work, Averages Percentage, Profit, Loss, Partnership. The questions were slightly

time-consuming and moderately difficult.

Data Analysis and Sufficiency:

Most prominent questions were on pie charts, bar diagram, line graph and data comparison. Time was the main factor involved to ensure accuracy.

Indian and Global Environment

The suggested time limit to answer 40 questions was 15 minutes, but the time advised was 10 minutes. The questions were based on conventional General Knowledge, current-affairs, business, economics although this section would not be accounted for calculation of percentile.

MAT score

Admission to the best of B-schools warrants a score of a minimum of 80 percentile. The scores that are awarded should be out of 160 marks.


MAT 2015 paper analysis

  • Observing the trend of previous year results, an inference can be drawn on what can be called as a ‘good score'. Experts feel that solving 80 questions, with 80% accuracy can guarantee a good score. It comes out as a net score of 60-65 marks with an overall 95+ percentile. Whereas to obtain more than 99 percentile one needs to score more than 82 marks (excluding GK score).
  • Time management is crucial to scoring well in MAT 2016. It is essential to solve a particular section within the allotted time limit and move on to the other.
  • Along with time limit, one must also have a target score for each section. The target scores vary as per the difficulty level of each section. Here is the apt split of marks to achieve and time to spend on sections one must aim for:



Language Comprehension

30-35 minutes

18 marks


Mathematical Skills

35-40 minutes

13 marks


Data Analysis and Sufficiency

35-40 minutes

17 marks


Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

30-35 minutes

18 marks


Indian and Global Environment

5 minutes 

8 marks



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