The first phase of December MAT 2018 (paper-based exam) was conducted on 9th Dec 2018 from 10.00 AM to 12.30 PM in 58 cities across India. This analysis will cover the exam pattern and the type of questions in each segment.
The examination pattern has faced a few difficulties in its pattern of questions from Language Comprehension, Data Analysis, and Data Sufficiency sections. There were a few tricky questions in the Intelligence and Critical Reasoning Section as compared to earlier MAT examination pattern for PBT (Paper Based Tests).
- Total 200 questions in MCQ format with 4 answer options
- Overall difficulty was moderate, except English and Data Analysis
- Approximately 20 questions in Intelligence & Critical Reasoning section were based on the family tree, cause-effect, reasons and analogies, seating arrangements, and directions.
- In mathematical skills section, arithmetic questions carried more weight (approx. 18 questions were from arithmetic)
- Comprehension section had 4 RCs of 500-600 words with 20 questions (5 questions from each passage) of moderate difficulty level
- In DA and DS, the majority of questions were from Pie- Charts, Graphs, and Tables
- Passages were more opinion based and abstract idea based than fact-based
DETAILED EXAM ANALYSIS
Time management is the key to score well in exam patterns like MAT. In this Dec. MAT 2018, the paper was a bit lengthy, and time allocation was more important for scoring well that overall difficulty level. Candidates who managed to attempt 27 to 30 questions in each section can expect 90 percentile.
Out of total 40 questions, 20 were from 4 RC passages (5 questions each). The difficulty level of these questions was moderate. A few questions from of Antonyms and Idioms &Phrases Substitution by words were difficult. To get 90 percentile, a score of 28 to 30 is sufficient.
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
Out of total 40 questions, 20 were based on the family tree, cause-effect, reasons and analogies, seating arrangements, and directions. This section was dominated by Analytical and Logical Reasoning. There were very few questions from Critical Reasoning. The difficulty level was moderate, but the questions were of a lengthy nature. To get 90 percentile, a score of 27-28 is sufficient.
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
Out of total 40 questions, 20 were based on Data Interpretation and the rest 20 were from Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison concepts. Majority of questions were from Pie- Charts, Graphs, and Tables. To get 90 percentile, a score of 23-24 is sufficient.
Out of total 40 questions, 18 questions were from arithmetic. This segment offered a high scoring opportunity for the candidates as the questions were of moderate to easy level. To get 90 percentile, a score of 29-30 is sufficient.
Indian and Global Environment
Though this segment is exempted from percentile calculation, still its role is significant. Ideally suggested time for this section was 15 minutes. However, keeping the moderate difficulty level and direct nature of questions in this segment, 10 minutes were sufficient. A majority of questions in this segment were from current affairs (recent events, Film Awards, Sports, Indian Constitution, Taxation and Who’s Who.
Amit Sen is the Founder, Director, and Faculty of English, Reading & Comprehension at CF Patna. His aim is to play a major role as a mentor, guide and facilitator to every student.