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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
Number of Questions
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
Indian and Global Environment
Let us now start with the section wise analysis of MAT December 2016.
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
4 passages with 5 questions each – 20
12 Easy, 8 Moderate
3 Easy, 1 Moderate
2 Easy, 2 Moderate
Unscramble word & find its antonym
1 Easy, 1 Moderate
Antonyms of underlined words
Synonyms of given phrases
1 Easy, 2 Moderate
Synonyms of underlined words
Unscramble letters & find the odd man out
2 Moderate, 1 Difficult
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.
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:
Verbal Reasoning (Total 15 questions)
Course of action questions
Syllogisms (Venn diagrams)
Strong and weak arguments
Non-verbal Reasoning (Total 25 questions)
Miscellaneous ( Included topics like numbers(2), ages(1) )
Linear arrangement ( standalone questions )
Directions ( 1 set on arrangement based on directions )
Easy – Moderate
Matrix arrangement (2 sets of 5 questions each)
25 Easy – 15 Moderate
If students had attempted around 20-22 questions 85 per cent accuracy, chances in the results are good too.
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.
Number of questions
5 Easy, 2 Moderate
Time and work
1 Easy, 3 Moderate, 1 Difficult
Simple and Compound Interest
Mixtures and Alligations
2 Easy, 1 Moderate, 1 Difficult
Profit and Loss
3 Easy, 2 Moderate
16 Easy, 11 Moderate, 2 Difficult
Geometry ( Quadrilaterals)
1 Easy, 1 Difficult
3 Easy, 1 Difficult
H. C.F and L.C. M
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.
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.
A Set on Pie chart + Bar Graph combined
Moderate – Difficult
A Set on Line graph
A Set on 2 pie charts combined
A Set on tables
Easy - Moderate
A set on Bar Graph
A Caselet based on Venn diagram (involving 5 parameters)
Quantitative Comparison (1 on Ratio proportion + 1 on Geometry (Mensuration) + 1 on Numbers + 1 on Simple Interest & compound interest +1 on Venn diagram)
Data Sufficiency (1 on probability + 1 on Geometry + 3 on Arithmetic (1 on Simple Interest and Compound Interest and 2 on Time and Work)
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.
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At 499 in mat there are no top colleges that you can get. Only below average colleges you can target in pune.
A few of them are: Pravara Centre for Management Research & Development, Biib Sri balaji society, iims pune, dy patil pune, riim pune, mitcon, lexicon, etc.
(Although its its be to take a drop)
I hope this helps.
Yes, there are many mba colleges through mat/cat those offers scholarships.
Visit this link for more details:
The presidency University accept mat scores for admission to MBA programs.
The eligiblity to apply for MBA course in presidency University is -
So you can apply for the MBA course there.
hope you find this helpful.
Based on this score the chances seems less to get very decent colleges, You might have the chance to get
Jagan Institute of Management Studies, Rohini, Delhi
Ansal University, Gurgaon
BML Munjal University, Gurgaon
Bangalore Institute of Management Studies, Bangalore
Bhavan's Centre for Communication and Management, Bhubaneswar
Birla Global University, Bhubaneswar Etc.
You can also use MAT pathfinder tool to know your other admission possibilities.
NIT, Rourkela accepts Common Admission Test (CAT) for admission in MBA.It does not accept MAT score.You need to appear in CAT and the admission is based on merit in CAT, group discussion, personal interview.
Please click the link below for more information
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