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

Section Number

Section Name

Number of Questions

1

Language Comprehension

40

2

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

40

3

Mathematical Skills

40

4

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

40

5

Indian and Global Environment

40

Now let us take a look at the section wise MAT analysis in detail.

Language Comprehension

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:

  • Fill in the blanks

  • Para-jumbles

  • Sentence correction

  • Essence of text

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

Topics

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Logical Reasoning

 

 

Family tree (standalone questions)

2

Easy

Venn diagrams

2

Easy

Complete the series

1

Easy

Cubes (Visual Reasoning)

1

Easy

Linear equations

3

Easy

Remainder

1

Easy

Directions (standalone questions)

2

Easy

Matrix arrangement (2 sets of 5 questions each)

10

Easy

Circular arrangement (1 set of 5 questions)

5

Easy

Verbal Reasoning

 

 

Statement/Course of Action

5

5 Moderate

Statement and Cause/Effect

5

1 Easy, 2 Moderate, 1 Difficult

Assertion/Reason

3

3 Moderate

Total

40

 

Mathematical Skills

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

Topics

Number of Questions

Level of Difficulty

Arithmetic

 

 

Time-Speed-Distance

5

(4 Easy + 1 Moderate)

Time and work

5

(2 Easy + 1 Moderate + 2 Difficult)

Simple and Compound Interest

3

(1 Easy + 2 Moderate)

Mixtures

2

(2 Easy)

Pipes and Cisterns

3

(1 Easy + 2 Moderate)

Percentages

4

(1 Easy + 3 Moderate)

Profit and Loss

4

(2 Easy + 2 Moderate)

Total

26

(13 Easy + 11 Moderate + 2 Difficult)

Modern Mathematics

 

 

Permutation & Combination

1

(1 Difficult)

Probability

4

(2 Easy + 2 Moderate)

Total

5

(2 Easy + 2 Moderate + 1 Difficult)

Geometry

 

 

Trigonometry

4

(4 Easy)

Mensuration

3

(3 Easy)

Total

7

(7 Easy)

Algebra

 

 

Equations

2

(2 Easy)

Total

2

(2 Easy)

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

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

Topics

Number of Questions

Level of Difficulty

Line Graph + Bar Graph

5

Easy

Bar Graph

5

Easy-Moderate

Line Graph

5

Easy-Moderate

Pie Chart +Bar Graph

5

Difficult

Pie Charts

5

Easy-Moderate

Caselet

5

Difficult

Quantitative Comparison

5

Easy

Data Sufficiency

5

Easy

Total

40

 

Indian and Global Environment

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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