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MAT December 2011 Analysis

Management  Aptitude  Test  (MAT)  conducted on 4th   December,  2011  had  no major difference  in the pattern of  the test as compared to its  previous  counterparts i.e. Feb, May and Sep.
The paper was as per the expected pattern. MAT December exam had 200 questions to be attempted in 150 minutes.  Each question carried 1 mark and the penalty for every wrong answer was 0.25 marks. The paper was equally distributed amongst 5 sections namely, Verbal Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency, Logical Reasoning and Indian & Global Environment.
The marks obtained in the last section namely ‘Indian & Global Environment’ are given separately and not considered in the composite score. Thus, in order to calculate the composite score, total marks taken into consideration are 160 and not 200.

BREAK UP OF SECTIONS AND QUESTIONS

Section

No. of Questions

Level of Difficulty

Verbal Ability

40

Easy to Moderate

Quantitative Aptitude

40

Moderate to Difficult

Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

40

Moderate to Difficult

Logical Reasoning

40

Easy

Indian & Global Environment

40

Moderate

Total

200

Moderate

Total Marks

200 Marks

Negative Marking

0.25 marks per question

Duration

150 Minutes (2.5 Hrs)

SECTION-WISE ANALYSIS

Verbal Ability:
This section can be considered as easy to moderate difficulty level.  The section   had equal number of questions divided   amongst Reading   Comprehension   (20)   and   English usage and vocabulary (20). Reading Comprehension questions were of moderate difficulty level.  Grammar had 15 questions with easy to moderate difficulty level questions. Only 5 questions of vocabulary came which we can consider as easy.  Overall, the section was easy to moderate with very few difficult questions.
Overall an attempt of 25-28 questions with 70% accuracy can be considered as good. Possible score could have been 18 – 20 marks out of 40 in this section.
Quantitative Aptitude
This section can be considered as moderate to difficult level. The  section  was  dominated  by   Arithmetic and Number Theory  with  nearly  30  questions  from  this  area pertaining to various topics like Time & Work, Pipes & Cisterns, Speed-Time-Distance,  Percentages, Profit & Loss,  Allegations  & Mixtures,  Averages  and SI/CI. The rest of the questions were from Geometry, Trigonometry, Mensuration, P&C and Probability. 
Overall an attempt of 15-18 questions with 85% accuracy can be considered as good. Possible score could have been 12 – 15 marks out of 40 in this section.
Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency:
This section can be considered as moderate to difficult level. DI cases were heavy on calculation. This section comprised of Data Interpretation (DI), Data Sufficiency (DS) & Data Comparison (DC).  DI with 5 sets involving all traditional variety Bar charts, Pie chart, Line graph and data in tabular format. Data sufficiency and Data comparison can be considered as less time consuming in comparison with DI cases.
Overall an attempt of 15-18 questions with 85% accuracy can be considered as good. Possible score could have been 12 – 15 marks out of 40 in this section.
Logical Reasoning
This section was easiest out of all. It was a mix    of   Analytical   Reasoning and Critical Reasoning. The questions of analytical reasoning were easy in nature with majority being doable. It comprised of questions on directions, cubes, number/letter series, Venn diagrams, distribution & blood relations.  Attempting this portion was the key to cracking this section. Critical Reasoning, on the other hand, was of easy to moderate level   with   questions   on statements   & conclusions, assertions & reason and statement and assumption.
Overall an attempt of 28-30 questions with 90% accuracy can be considered as good. Possible score could have been 25– 28 marks out of 40 in this section.
Indian & Global Environment
This  section  had  questions  from  different  subject  areas  such  as  economics, sports,  politics,  etc.  Time  allocation  of   around  7-10  minutes  with  a  score of around 10 out of  40 would have been adequate as the score of  this  section  is  not going to be considered for calculating the composite score. The questions were of easy nature otherwise.
Conclusion
Overall a student should look for an attempt of around 90 out of 160 questions with an accuracy range of 80-85%.  The total  composite  score of  72-75  out of  160  would  be considered  good and the student  can expect calls  for GD/PI  from some of  the good colleges through MAT December

 

 

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