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SEP-MAT-2012
Analysis

Overview:

September MAT 2012 was the usual MAT pattern. The test was sectional with 5 sections each comprising 40 questions, there was negative marking of 25% for each incorrect answer. The overall score could be around 95+ with an attempt of 105+ questions.

Summary:

Duration of Test

150 minutes

Number of Questions

200

Marks per Question

1

Negative marking

.25

Number of Sections

5

Number of options

4

DETAILED ANALYSIS

The Language Comprehension section was quite easy. There were 5 passages of half a page and 4 Qs each, summing up to 20. The other variety of questions were ‘Fill in the blanks (Double blanks)’, Error identification, Para jumbles and Anagrams, Summarizing the Passage.

         The Mathematical Skills section had traditional variety of questions like ratios and percentage, profit & loss, SI and CI, partnership, speed time and distance, Averages ,time and work,  permutation and combination, probability. The section was difficult as there were lengthy calculations.

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning section was manageable, though there were time consuming cases with only three questions each. Hence the number of cases was high. There were only a few individual questions of Blood Relationships and Directions.

The Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency section was on a tougher side. It consisted of at least 8 – 10 questions on Data sufficiency, and 3 Cases with double figures ( Pie charts and Bar graphs together).

General knowledge section was based on companies, (deals, tag line, and product), Who’s who (President, Chairman, and Director etc.) Sports (Terms used and sportsperson connected) International Committees, (BRICS, IMF etc.), Awards ( Olympic , Noble Prize, Film etc).

Language Comprehension
This section was easy. Overall an attempt of 29+ is manageable in 35 mins. Let us take a closer look at this section!
RC Passages: 5 RCs (HALF PAGE EACH)

Description

No. of Qs.

RCs 5 passages with 4 questions each

20

Fill in the blanks

3

Summary

4

Para Jumble

4

Anagrams( Jumbled word )

6

Best way of writing a sentence

3

TOTAL

40

Mathematical Skills
This section was difficult and lengthy in calculation. There were about 10 to 12 questions which could have been done by options if they were selected timely. As the questions were based on calculations, they were time consuming. So an attempt of 20+ is fairly a handsome attempt. Overall an attempt of 16 -20 is manageable in 35 mins

Description

No. of questions

Simple Interest,

4

Ratio

8

Speed, Time & Distance

4

P & C

4

Probability

2

Time & Work

3+3

Profit & Loss

4

Linear and Quadratic equations

4

Averages

4

TOTAL

40

Intelligence & Critical Reasoning
This section had some questions from verbal side also. The others were traditional variety of Analytical Reasoning. Overall an attempt of 22- 25 is manageable.

Description

No. of questions

Series

4

Relationship based

3

Analytical Reasoning (3 cases with 3 questions each)

9

Assertion Reason

4

Conditional reasoning (2 case with 3 questions each )

6

Statement Conclusion

4

Cause and effect relation

4

Direction

2

 Analogies

4

TOTAL

40

Data Analysis & Sufficiency
This section had usual variety of Data Interpretation questions like Table, bar graph, pie chart and line graph. Also the section had Data sufficiency questions of two different varieties (format).  Overall an attempt of 20 -22 should be done.


Topic

No. of questions

2 pie chart

5 (1 Case)

Bar graph and pie chart

5 ( 1 case)

Data Sufficiency (on comparison and on sufficiency)

5 + 5

Line graph

5 (1 case)

1 bar graph + 1 line graph

5 (1 case)

table

5 (1 case)

Caselet based

5

TOTAL

40

GENERAL AWARENESS SECTION
There were 40 questions based on Current affairs. Most of the questions were dynamic GK , and there were about 5 -6  questions that were Static. GK questions were based on current news, national as well as international. The questions were mainly from the news of the last four months and overall an attempt of 18- 20 is manageable in 10 mins.

The overall attempt could be of 105+ questions.

 

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