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MAT SEPTEMBER 2010
Analysis

 

Overview:

Again the September 2010 MAT was back to the section-wise pattern. Offering a high scoring section of Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, manageable Language Comprehension specially RC because of half page length passages with 4 Qs each and slightly difficult Mathematical Skills, the question paper, on an overall basis, provided sections that belonged to an average level of difficulty. Each section contained a few questions that were easily manageable and hence made the question paper quite scoring.

Executive Summary:
The basic sequence of section with possible attempts was as follows:

Section No

No.of Questions

Possible
Attempts

Suggested
Time

Possible Score

Mathematical Skills

40

20-25

35 min

20+

Data Analysis and sufficiency

40

20-25

35 min

20+

Intelligence &
Critical
Reasoning

40

30+

35 min

25 +

Language
Comprehension

40

25+

35 min

25 +

G.A

40

20-25

10 min

20 +

TOTAL

200

125+

150

110+

SECTION I:
LANGUAGE COMPREHENSION
This was again a section of easy to moderate difficulty level. Overall an attempt of 20+ is manageable in 35 mins. Let us take a closer look at this section!

Total no. of Questions: 40
Questions from RC : 20
Questions from Non-RC : 20

RC Passages: 5 RCs (HALF PAGE EACH)

Passage

Topic

No. of Qs.

Level of difficulty

RC 1

Travelogue

4

Tough as Qs. were inferential

RC 2

Industrial Robots

4

Easy as Qs. were direct

RC 3

Marketing Planning

4

Easy as Qs were direct

RC 4

Language barriers in communication

4

Moderate as 3 Qs. were inferential and 1 was direct

RC 5

Branding yourself in C.V.

4

Moderate as Qs were inferential.

TOTAL

 

20

 

Non-RC Qs. 4 variety with 5 qs. each.

Q variety

No. of Qs.

Level of difficulty

Fill in the blanks

5

2 moderate
3 easy

Error detection

5

easy

Summary

5

3 moderate
1 easy
1 tough

Para Jumble

5

3 moderate
2 tough

TOTAL

20

 

Section II
Mathematical Skills

Topic

No. of questions

Difficulty Level

Discount

3

Easy-Moderate

Height & Distance

3

Easy-Moderate

Mensuration

3(Solid) + 2(Plane)

Easy-Moderate

Pipes & Cisterns

3

Easy-Moderate

Trains

3

Easy

Simple Interest

3

Easy-Moderate

Ratio

1

Easy

Alligation

1

Easy

Average

2

1 Easy, 1 Moderate

No. Theory

1

Moderate

Geometry

1

Easy

Speed, Time & Distance

1

Easy

P & C

4

Easy-Moderate

Probability

4

Easy-Moderate

Time & Work

3

Moderate

Profit & Loss

2

1 Easy, 1 Moderate

TOTAL

40

 

SECTION III
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning


Topic

No. of questions

Difficulty Level

Series

5

Easy

Cube

4

Easy

Relation

3

Easy

Arrangement

4

Easy-Moderate

Venn Diagram(four)

 2 + 3

Easy-Moderate

Assertion Reason

4

Easy-Moderate

Passage

4

 

Statement Conclusion

5

 

Syllogism(Case)

3

 

Direction based

3

Easy-Moderate

TOTAL

40

 

SECTION IV
Data Analysis & Sufficiency

Topic

No. of questions

Difficulty Level

Bar Graph (4 Bar Graph)

5 (1 Case)

Moderate

Pie Chart (2 Pie Charts)

5 (1 Case)

Easy-Moderate

Line Graph (2 Line Graph)

5 (1 Case)

Easy-Moderate

Syllogism (Case)

5 (1 Case)

Easy-Moderate

Data Sufficiency

8

Easy-Moderate

Comparison

8

Easy-Moderate

1 Bar graph + 1 Pie Chart

4 (1 Case)

Easy-Moderate

SECTION V:
GENERAL AWARENESS SECTION

There were 40 questions based on Current affairs & some fact based questions. In 10 minutes, a
student could have attempted 15 questions and with 60 % accuracy; one could have got 9 marks in GK Section.

No. of Qs

Topic

4-5 Qs.

Company information on Nokia, Volvo, AT-T, A-6 model of Audi etc.

3-4 Qs

Inflation, Deflation, Taxation, investment etc.

3-4 Qs.

Corporate info; ADAG, Mukesh Ambani,

5-7 Qs.

Current affairs (Unique identification etc.)

3-4 Qs.

Sports

3-4 Qs

Constitution and civics

3-4 Qs

History, (Shimla agreement, first woman PM of Australia, PM of UK etc.)

Rest 10-12 Qs

Miscellaneous (What is IRDA, GDR etc.)