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MAT September 2016 has been concluded on September 10, 2016 in the expected pattern and easy to moderate difficulty level. Some of the questions were found difficult. According to IMS Learning experts, few questions had incorrect options also.As far as the exam pattern is concerned, it was the same as previous tests. The 2.5 hour test carried 200 questions from 5 sections. The following table brings to you the MAT September 2016 exam pattern.
MAT September 2016 Exam Pattern
Number of Questions
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
Indian and Global Environment
Now let us take a look at the section wise MAT analysis in detail.
The section was equally divided among Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability questions. There were 4 RC passages with 5 questions each. The word limit of the passages ranged from 500 to 600 words each. In the previous exams, there were 4 shorter passages with 5 questions each, which has seen slight change. The topics of the passages were as follows:
Geospatial Regulation Bill and Indian Lawmakers’ and Bureaucracy’s Approach towards Legislation
Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code
7th Pay Commission and its Fallout on Expenditure
NSG Membership: Role of China in Thwarting India’s Entry
Most of the questions were easy and direct and few were tricky in nature which aimed to test the test takers’ reasoning ability.
The topics from the Verbal Ability/Verbal Reasoning areas were:
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Apart from Essence of text topic questions, which were a bit tricky, other questions were of easy to moderate difficulty level. The overall section wise difficulty ranged from easy to moderate.
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
This section was a mix between Verbal and Logical Reasoning questions. The number of Verbal Reasoning questions increased from 8 to 13. There were 5 questions on Statement-Course of Action, 5 on Statement and Cause/Effect types and 3 on Assertion and Reason. The analysis by IMS Learning states, “There was a common error in the 5 questions of the Statement-Course of Action category. All of the options following the statements did not have any course of action. On the contrary, all the options were suggestive of inference/conclusion that could be arrived at from the question statements. It appears that the instruction text wrongly marked the questions as Statement-Course of Action type in place of Statement-Conclusion type. Therefore, students had no option but to mark option 4 (neither of the two statements).”
The Logical Reasoning questions had 12 standalone questions and 5 set wise questions. Few of the questions were ambiguous and might get discredited during final evaluation. The overall difficulty level of this section can be termed as easy.
The following table shows the break-up of different question types in the exam.
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning Topics
Family tree (standalone questions)
Complete the series
Cubes (Visual Reasoning)
Directions (standalone questions)
Matrix arrangement (2 sets of 5 questions each)
Circular arrangement (1 set of 5 questions)
Statement/Course of Action
Statement and Cause/Effect
1 Easy, 2 Moderate, 1 Difficult
Majority of the questions in this section was on Arithmetic. As many as 26 questions out of 40 were on this topic. The overall difficulty level of the section was easy to moderate. This time there was no question on Number System. A number of questions were calculation intensive.
Mathematical Skills Topics
Level of Difficulty
(4 Easy + 1 Moderate)
Time and work
(2 Easy + 1 Moderate + 2 Difficult)
Simple and Compound Interest
(1 Easy + 2 Moderate)
Pipes and Cisterns
(1 Easy + 3 Moderate)
Profit and Loss
(2 Easy + 2 Moderate)
(13 Easy + 11 Moderate + 2 Difficult)
Permutation & Combination
(2 Easy + 2 Moderate + 1 Difficult)
The DI section consisted of 6 sets with 5 questions each. Most of the questions were calculation intensive. There were 5 questions each in Quantitative Ability and Data Sufficiency. The difficulty level was easy. Take a look at the MAT topics, number of questions and difficulty level in the table below.
Data Analysis and Sufficiency Topics
Line Graph + Bar Graph
Pie Chart +Bar Graph
The questions were divided into current affairs and static GK. About 30 questions were based on national events and 10 on international events. The topics include Sports, Awards & Recognition, Technology, Politics to name a few. The difficulty level of this pattern can be termed as easy to moderate.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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