MAT Dec 2017 Analysis

SNAPSHOT - Dec 2017 MAT EXAM

 Number of Questions 200 Marking Scheme 1 mark per question Negative Marking 0.25 marks per question Number of Sections 5 Number of Choices 4(1.2,3,4) Duration 150 minutes

This MAT exam(Paper based test), conducted on10th Dec 2017, had 200 questions to be attempted in 150 minutes. These 200 questions were from five test areas viz. Language Comprehension, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Indian and Global Environment with exactly 40 questions in each. Each question had equal marking and one-fourth mark was deducted for every wrong answer. For the sake of convenience, 1 mark has been taken for every correct answer.

OVERALL SUMMARY(ESTIMATED FOR DEC 2017 MAT EXAM)

The consolidated score is evaluated by taking only four areas into account. Indian and Global Environment (GK) is not the part of the consolidated score. Hence, the scoring is done out of a maximum possible score of 160 marks(@1 mark for 160 qs). However, the score card(by AIMA) doesnot give the net marks. It gives the scaled score and the percentile in each and every section. It also gives the overall composite score and the overall percentile. A net score in excess of 60 marks (excluding the score in GK) is considered to be a very good score.

Let us analyze the different types of questions from each of the test area along with the overall difficulty level of each of the test area.

DATA ANALYSIS AND SUFFICIENCY

As shown in the table below, this test area comprises Data Interpretation (DI), Data Sufficiency (DS) and Data Comparison, with DI accounting for 30 out of 40 questions while Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison put together accounting for the remaining 10 questions. The questions in DI involved were based on observation, calculations like comparison of fractions, computing the averages , percentage based calculations etc. However, there was one unconventional question(in DI) where it was required to find “sub-duplicate ratio”. The types of charts were related to Line Graphs, Bar Charts, Tables, Pie Charts. Overall, this test area can be considered to be Moderate. A good time allocation strategy would be to spend around 35-40 min for a good net score of 16 marks.

AREA DESCRIPTION MARKS DIFFICULTY LEVEL ESTIMATED GOOD MARKS
Data Interpretation The set was based on the data given in the form of two different charts. The Pie chart gave the % spend of Income across 6 different categories. The Bar Chart represented the salary by months (a total of 6 data points were given). 5 Moderate 12
The table represented the marks scored by a student in a subject from April to March 5
The set was based on the data given in the form of two different charts. The table represented the profit per tonne for three different crops -C1, C2 and C3. The line graph gave the data where the Y-axis represented the yield and X- axis represented the year 5
The set was based on the data in the form of two different charts. The bar chart gave the distribution of the total employees across six departments. The pie chart gave the number of graduates (in %)for each of the six departments. 5
The bar chart gave 6 data points for two different years. For each of the two years, there was a total of 3 stacked vertical bars representing different sets of data-> “Net Sales”, “Profit”, “Value Add” 5
These questions were based on the line graph which gave the data on CSR spend across six categories like Child welfare, maternity, poverty etc for three different years – 2014, 2015 and 2016 5
Data Sufficiency & Data Comparison Each question followed by two statements, A and B. 5 Moderate 4
Data Comparison 5
Overall 40 Moderate 16

INTELLIGENCE AND CRITICAL REASONING

This test area is a mix of Analytical reasoning (26 questions) and Critical reasoning (14 questions). A good time allocation strategy would be to spend around 30 min. Overall, the questions on Analytical Reasoning were of easy-moderate difficulty level and a good student would have found this area manageable. For e.g, one of the questions, as based on the memory, pertaining to the topic – Direction Sense(in Analytical Reasoning) was “A is facing west. He turns 90 degrees in clockwise direction and then turns 180 degrees in the same direction. Finally, he turns 270 degrees in anti-clockwise direction. In which direction, he would be facing now?

Overall this test area can be classified as MODERATE. A net score of 21 marks or above is considered to be a good score in this section.

AREA DESCRIPTION MARKS DIFFICULTY LEVEL ESTIMATED GOOD MARKS
Analytical Reasoning 2 sets of questions on small puzzles with 3 qs in each set (2 sets of puzzles related to Distribution model) 6 Easy -Moderate 14
Blood Relations (individual questions) 2
Direction Sense (individual questions) 3
Decision Making (Matching of conditions) 3
Puzzle (Miscellaneous) 6
Number & Letter series 3
Blood Relations (Distribution) 3
Critical Reasoning Assertion and Reasons 4 Moderate 7
Statement & Conclusions 5
Strong & Weak Arguments 5
Overall 40 Moderate 21

LANGUAGE COMPREHENSION

This test area, once again, had a good mix of 20 questions from Reading Comprehension and 20 questions from Verbals. A good time allocation strategy would be to spend around 30-35 min. There were four passages and each passage had five questions to be answered. The questions in Verbal require basic knowledge about English usage & functional grammar. Overall, the test area can be classified as MODERATE. A good score is estimated to be 19 in the time limit of 30-35 min.

AREA DESCRIPTION MARKS DIFFICULTY LEVEL ESTIMATED GOOD MARKS
Fill in the blanks (2 blanks) 4 Moderate 8
English Usage, Grammar & Vocabulary Replacement of underlined portion of sentence 2 Moderate
One word substitute 2 Easy-Moderate
Para-Jumbles 4 Moderate -Difficult
Closest in meaning of underlined word 3 Easy -Moderate
Opposite in meaning of underlined word 3 Easy-Moderate
Essence of paragraph 2 Moderate
Reading Comprehension Passage with the theme:"Marketing as Cultural Pollution” 5 Easy-Moderate 11
Passage with the theme:"Importance of water purity” 5
Passage with the theme:"Errors of Mind” 5
Passage with the theme:"Characteristic of Education” 5
Overall 40 Moderate 19

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

The paper predominantly had questions from the Arithmetic areas like (Percentages, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Mensuration, Time and Distance, Simple Equations, Ratio, Proportion, Variation). The questions involved only the basics and those who would have done adequate practice would have found those questions quite doable. The success in this particular test area depended on one's basic conceptual skills, and calculation skills. Overall, the test area can be classified as MODERATE- DIFFICULT.A good time allocation strategy would be to spend around 35-40 min for a very good net score of 14.

AREA DESCRIPTION MARKS DIFFICULTY LEVEL ESTIMATED GOOD MARKS
Arithmetic Time & Work, Pipes and Cisterns 5 Moderate -Difficult 12
Time & Distance, Boats and Streams 5
Simple Equations, Ratio, Proportion and Variation 5
Percentages, Profit, Loss, Partnership 5
Geometry & Mensuration 5
Averages, Mixtures and Alligations 2
Simple Interest, Compound Interest 5
Miscellaneous 2
Higher Math Trigometry, Heights and Distance 3 Moderate -Difficult 2
Permutation and Combinations, Probability 3
Overall 40 Moderate -Difficult 14

INDIAN AND GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT

The questions in this test area were, predominantly, from business, Current Affairs, Person and their associated fields, etc. Those who read newspapers on a regular basis will find this area comfortable. Overall this test area can be classified as Moderate. It is to be noted that the marks scored in this section is NOT counted in the consolidated score. A good time allocation strategy would be to spend a maximum time ofaround 5 minutes for a good net score of 6 marks.