MAT December 2016 Analysis: Easy to moderate level test
Urvashi Dalal, 14 Dec 2016, #MAT
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The Management Aptitude Test (MAT) has been conducted by AIMA on December 11, 2016, across test centres in paper pencil based mode. The overall structure of the test remained similar to that of previous tests. According to the test-takers and experts, the overall MAT December 2016 test was of moderate difficulty level.

The experts opine that whilst the overall test was of moderate difficulty level, some of the questions across sections were easier. Before moving further with the analysis, let us have a look at the MAT December 2016 exam pattern.

 

MAT Exam Pattern

Section No.

Section Name

Number of Questions

I

Language Comprehension

40

II

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

40

III

Mathematical Skills

40

IV

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

40

V

Indian and Global Environment

40

Total

200

Let us now start with the section wise analysis of MAT December 2016.

 

Section I- Language Comprehension:

 

Out of the total 40 questions, there were 20 Verbal Ability & Reasoning questions and 20 Reading Comprehension questions. According to experts from IMS Learning, there were four passages with five questions each. The topics of the comprehensions were:

1.Demonetisation & its effects

2.The technique, applications and effectiveness of Fibroscan for liver diseases

3.Shortage of supply of right talent, how we can use training and improve effectiveness of productivity from low level to executive level employees.

4.The current state of safety care regulatory regime, how it can be restructured and its advantages

 

While the comprehension questions were on the easier side, Jumbled words were a bit on the moderate level of difficulty.

 

 Language Comprehension Analysis

Topics

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Reading Comprehension

4 passages with 5 questions each – 20

12 Easy, 8 Moderate

Para-jumbled

4

3 Easy, 1 Moderate

Summary questions

4

2 Easy, 2 Moderate

Unscramble word & find its antonym

2

1 Easy, 1 Moderate

Antonyms of underlined words

2

1 Easy, 1 Moderate

Synonyms of given phrases

3

1 Easy, 2 Moderate

Synonyms of underlined words

2

2 Easy

Unscramble letters & find the odd man out

3

2 Moderate, 1 Difficult

Total

40

22 Easy, 17 Moderate, 1 Difficult

As suggested by experts, a good attempt in this section would be answering at least 25 questions with 85 per cent accuracy.

 

Section II- Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

 

This section was on the expected lines with 15 verbal reasoning questions and 25 logical reasoning questions. UR questions included 5 Syllogisms (Venn diagrams) and 5 strong and weak arguments questions.

 

Segregating topic wise questions, IMS expert says, “The Non-verbal questions included 10 stand alone questions with 5 on coding decoding and out of the rest 5 questions, 2 were stand alone linear arrangement questions and remaining 3 were miscellaneous (the topics like numbers & ages). There were 3 sets on arrangement with 2 sets on matrix arrangement and 1 set on directions.”

 

This was slightly on the tricky side. On the basis of students inputs, some of the questions had ambiguous options and inconsistent data. The following table shows the break-up of different question types in this section:

 

ICR Analysis

Topics

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Verbal Reasoning (Total 15 questions)

Course of action questions

5

Easy

Syllogisms (Venn diagrams)

5

Moderate

Strong and weak arguments

5

Easy

Non-verbal Reasoning (Total 25 questions)

Coding- Decoding

5

Easy

Miscellaneous ( Included topics like numbers(2), ages(1) )

3

Easy

Linear arrangement ( standalone questions )

2

Easy

Directions ( 1 set on arrangement based on directions )

5

Easy – Moderate

Matrix arrangement (2 sets of 5 questions each)

10

Easy – Moderate

Total

40

25 Easy – 15 Moderate

If students had attempted around 20-22 questions 85 per cent accuracy, chances in the results are good too.

 

Section III- Mathematical Skills

 

Usually this section is dominated by Arithmetic questions, which almost has a ratio of 29 out of 40 questions. Overall this section was of easy to moderate level with around 5 questions on Numbers, 4 questions on Geometry and 2 questions on Modern Math. A few of the Arithmetic questions involved lengthy calculations and were a bit time consuming. The following table shows the break-up of different types of questions in this section.

 

MS Analysis

Topics

Number of questions

Difficulty Level

Arithmetic

Time-Speed-Distance

7

5 Easy, 2 Moderate

Time and work

5

1 Easy, 3 Moderate, 1 Difficult

Simple and Compound Interest

4

2 Easy, 2 Moderate

Mixtures and Alligations

4

2 Easy, 1 Moderate, 1 Difficult

Percentages

4

3 Easy, 1 Moderate

Profit and Loss

5

3 Easy, 2 Moderate

Total

29

16 Easy, 11 Moderate, 2 Difficult

Modern Mathematics

Probability

2

1 Easy, 1 Moderate

Total

2

1 Easy, 1 Moderate

Geometry

Geometry ( Quadrilaterals)

2

2 Easy

Mensuration

2

1 Easy, 1 Difficult

Total

4

3 Easy, 1 Difficult

Numbers

Divisibility

3

3 Easy

H. C.F and L.C. M

2

2 Easy

Total

5

5 Easy

Total

40

25 Easy, 12 Moderate, 3 Difficult

A good strategy would be to attempt about 20 to 22 questions in 35 to 40 minutes with 85% accuracy.

 

Section IV- Data Analysis & Sufficiency

 

There were 30 questions on Data Interpretation, five questions on Data Sufficiency and five questions on Quantitative Comparison, in this section. Most of the set were difficult. There were 5 questions on Quantity Comparison and five on Data sufficiency, with easy difficulty level.

 

DI Analysis

Topics

Number of questions

Difficulty Level

A Set on Pie chart + Bar Graph combined

5

Moderate – Difficult

A Set on Line graph

5

Easy-Moderate

A Set on 2 pie charts combined

5

Moderate – Difficult

A Set on tables

5

Easy - Moderate

A set on Bar Graph

5

Easy-Moderate

A Caselet based on Venn diagram (involving 5 parameters)

5

Difficult

Quantitative Comparison (1 on Ratio proportion + 1 on Geometry (Mensuration) + 1 on Numbers + 1 on Simple Interest & compound interest +1 on Venn diagram)

5

Easy

Data Sufficiency (1 on probability + 1 on Geometry + 3 on Arithmetic (1 on Simple Interest and Compound Interest and 2 on Time and Work)

5

Easy

Total

40

Moderate

Section V- Indian and Global Environment:

 

Most of the questions in this section were on current events of, especially of past few months. For test takers with a habit of reading news, this section was a cakewalk. About 23 questions were based on national events and 17 questions on international events. Overall, a few of the questions were of moderate difficulty level, whilst a few were quiet difficult.

 

The second MAT of December 2016 session will be conducted on December 17, 2016. It is likely that the test will be on similar lines. The MAT 2016 result will be announced by the last week of December 2016.

 

Also Read:

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