Sreetama Datta, 19 Sep 2015, #MAT
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MAT September 2015, the third MAT of the year has been conducted on Sunday, September 6, 2015 in paper pencil based mode and Saturday, September 12, 2015 onwards in the computer based mode. The exam pattern and difficulty level remained same as the past years. The overall difficulty level of the test can be marked as Easy to Moderate. Let us have a detailed look at the MAT September 2015 Analysis.


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As per the pattern of MAT, it is a test of 2.5 hours with 200 objective type multiple choice questions from 5 sections. The test structure is given below.

Section

Number of Questions

Language Comprehension

40

Mathematical Skills

40

Data Analysis & Sufficiency

40

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

40

Indian & Global Environment

40

Total

200

Now we will share with you the detailed section wise analysis.

Language Comprehension

This section consisted of 20 questions each from Verbal Ability & Verbal Reasoning and Reading Comprehension areas. There were 5 Reading Comprehension passages with 4 questions each. The topics of the passages are given below:

1. Unhealthy effects of video games

2. Decline of book reading among children

3. Free market and price fixing

4. Relationship between returns and trading volume

5. Skill development for people of all ages

 

The topics of the Verbal Ability/Reasoning questions were Fill in the Blanks, Para Jumbles, Identifying error in paragraph and Sentence Completion.

The overall difficulty level of this section was Easy.

Mathematical Skills

Majority of the questions in this section was on Arithmetic. The difficulty level of this section can be marked as Easy to Moderate. The following table brings to you the topics, number of questions and the difficulty level.

Topics

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Arithmetic

Simple Interest

7

Easy-Moderate

Time, Speed & Distance

3

Easy

Work, Pipe & Cisterns

2

Moderate

Compound Interest

2

Moderate

Percentage

2

Easy

Average

2

Easy

Ratio-Proportion

2

Easy

Profit-Loss

1

Easy

Algebra

Simultaneous Equation

4

Easy-Moderate

Geometry

Mensuration

6

Easy-Moderate

Trigonometry (Elevation & Depression)

3

Moderate

Triangles

1

Difficult

Total

10

 

Modern Math

Probability

2

Easy

Permutation & Combination

1

Easy

Venn Diagram

1

Moderate

Progression

1

Moderate

Total

5

 

 Data Analysis & Sufficiency

The questions from this section were based on Table, Pie Charts, Line Graph, Caselet etc. The questions were calculation intensive. According to experts, the Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison questions were easier than the Data Interpretation questions.

Topics

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Pie Chart

5

Easy

Bar Graph

5

Moderate-Difficult

Caselet

5

Moderate

Tables

5

Easy-Moderate

Line Graph

5

Easy

Data Sufficiency

10

Easy

Data Comparison

5

Easy

The overall difficulty level was Easy.

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

This section was a mixture of Verbal Reasoning (13) and Logical Reasoning (27) questions.  The types of the questions from the Verbal Reasoning were on Identifying the false statement, Course of Action, Statement-Conclusion and Assertion & Reason. 

 

The LR questions included 15 questions on arrangements (5 sets of 3 questions each), 3 questions on family tree and 4 questions on alphanumeric series. There was no question on calendars or groups and conditionality’s. One question involving concept of divisibility in Mathematics was also included in this section. Most of the questions varied from an easy to a moderate level.

 

The table below brings to you the sectional details.

Topics

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Statement & Conclusion

3

Easy-Moderate

Course of Action

3

Moderate-Difficult

Identifying False Interpretation

4

Moderate-Difficult

Assertion & Reason

3

Moderate-Difficult

Matrix Arrangement

6

Easy

Table

3

Easy

Caselet

3

Easy

Matrix Arrangement

3

Moderate-Difficult

Alphanumeric Series

4

Easy

Coding

2

Moderate

Direction

2

Easy

Family Tree

3

Easy-Moderate

Divisibility

1

Easy

Total

40

 

Indian & Global Environment

The questions from this section were mainly on current affairs of the past few months, on the topics of Economics, Politics, and International Affairs etc. About 20 questions were based on national events and 20 on international events. The difficulty level of this section was moderate.

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