What is MAT?
Who can write MAT?
Is MAT conducted in both the formats - Paper pencil as well as Computer based? If yes, can I take the test in both the formats?
What is the test pattern of MAT?
What are the different test areas of MAT? What are the different topics from which the questions are asked in individual test area?
I have scored less than 50% marks in graduation. Am I eligible to write MAT ?
How many times MAT is conducted in a year? What are the factors which I need to take into consideration before deciding the month for writing MAT?
- Number of B schools which accept score card for that exam.
- Your own level of preparation.
- Any other MBA entrance exam which you are writing.
- Number of B schools region-wise(as illustrated in the table below).
- The stage of graduation you are in, i.e. whether you have already graduated or are scheduled to graduate in the current academic year.
- Whether any specific B school, where you want to take admission, accepts the score of that particular MAT exam.
When are the results declared? What is scaled score? Why does the score card give the scaled score/composite score and NOT the net marks scored in any section/overall?
Is there any fixed syllabus for MAT exam?
What is the cut-off percentile for getting a call (for GD-PI) from a B-school?
What should be my exam strategy be to improve percentile scores?
What is the relevance of "Indian and Global Environment"section in MAT?
The Paper-Pencil Test takes place only on one day at only one time slot, whereas in Computer Based Test (Online Test), you can take the test on any one of the three time slots in the span of the first few days of February, May, September and December. For example, for Sep 2015 exam, Paper Pencil Test will be conducted on 6th Sep in only one time slot, while Computer based test will take place from 12th Sep onwards in 3 time slots per day.
Mathematical Skills:The questions are designed to test your basic mathematical skills, understanding of elementary mathematical concepts, and the ability to reason quantitatively and solve quantitative problems. It has been observed, in the last few exams, that approximately 32-36 questions are asked from topics like Algebra(Simple equations, Ratio, Proportion, Variation), Arithmetic (Percentages, Profit and Loss, Partnership, Averages, Mixtures and Alligation, Simple Interest and Compound Interest,Time and Work, Time and Distance, Numbers), Plane Geometry and Mensuration. The remaining 4-8 questions are asked from Higher Maths like Trigonometry, Permutations and Combination, Probability and Height and Distance.
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning: This test area, has, approximately 25-30 questions from Analytical Reasoning (Linear Sequencing/Seating Arrangement; Direction Sense; Clocks; Calendars; Blood Relations; Venn Diagrams; Distribution; Coding /Decoding; Number and Letter Series). The remaining 10-15 questions are from Critical Reasoning(Cause and effect; Statements and Conclusions; Statements and Assumptions; Statements and Arguments etc).
Data Analysis and Sufficiency: This test area comprises questions from Data Interpretation(DI), Data Sufficiency(DS) and Data Comparison(DC). For example, In May 2015 exam, 30 questions were asked in DI, 5 questions in DS while 5 questions in DC. Questions in DI are based on the data, whose presentation is done in one or more of the following ways: Tables, pie charts, bar graphs, Caselets, Venn diagram, stacked graph, line graph, 3 Dimensional form. Usually, there are 7-8 sets, with each set having, on an average, 4 questions. Data Sufficiency questions are designed to measure your ability to analyze a problem and recognize which information is relevant. Usually, In DS, a problem is given followed by two statements. You have to read both the statements and find out which statement(s) is(are) sufficient to answer the question. Data Comparison questions are designed to measure your ability to compare different quantitative data.
Language Comprehension: This test area comprises nearly 20 questions each from Verbals/English Usage and nearly 20 Questions from Reading Comprehension. Questions in Verbals/English Usage are from topics like Analogies, Synonyms, Antonyms, Para Jumbles, Fill in the Blanks, Summary and Functional Grammar. While the questions related to Analogies, Synonyms, Antonyms, Fill in the blanks test your vocabulary skills, the questions related to para jumbles measure your ability to choose the most logical order of sentences that constructs a given paragraph. In Reading Comprehension, you have to read passage(s) and answer questions that follow the passages. Usually, there are 4-5 passages, with 4 questions, on an average, in each passage. The questions are designed to test your ability to quickly grasp what is being said in the passage. The passages,usually, are from different topics like Science and Technology, Politics, Philosophy, Art and Culture, Business.
Indian and Global Environment: MAT has General Awareness as a part of the paper. In this area, questions are asked on current issues and/or past issues. General Awareness questions also cover economic related issues and cover topics like History, Civics, Geography, Indian Economy, Global Economy, Sports.
Some of the factors are
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Each score report contains six scores:
Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Intelligence and Critical reasoning, Composite Score and Indian and Global Environment. The composite score is arrived at using the first four sections of the test only. Essentially, the marks scored in Indian and Global Environment is not a part of the composite score. Instead, it is presented separately in the same score report. Equal weightage is assigned to all these four sections.
In any section, one can score a maximum of 40 marks or a minimum of -10 marks, theoretically. However, the score card gives neither the net marks scored in any section nor the net marks scored overall. Instead, it gives only the scaled score (which ranges from 0 to 100 for any section) and the percentile below(for every section). Two MAT test papers need not be of the same level of difficulty. One test paper may be slightly more easy or more difficult as compared to the other one. In an easy test paper, a candidate can score higher marks as compared to that in the difficult paper. So, if someone gets a higher net marks(in any section) in any one MAT exam as compared to another, that does not necessarily mean his performance was better. That could have happened because the level of difficulty of that paper was lower. In fact, the net marks in two different test papers cannot be compared (as the level of difficulty of the two test papers may be different). Since, it should not really matter to a candidate whether he is taking an easier test or a more difficult one, this is where scaled score comes in. A scaled score is a mathematical transformation of raw score(net marks). The scaled score accounts for any differences in the level of difficulty of the paper and hence the scaled scores in two different test papers can be compared. Thus a higher scaled score(in any section) means a better performance. For example, in Sep 2009 MAT exam, a net score of 21 marks (in Intelligence and Critical Reasoning) was equivalent to a scaled score of 65.08 while in Dec 2009 MAT exam, the net score of 17 marks(in the same section of Intelligence and Critical Reasoning) was equivalent to a scaled score of 65.2.
It may be tempting to compare the net marks(across two exams) and come to be a conclusion that somebody who scored 21 marks had a better performance as compared to someone who scored 17 marks. However, the net marks cannot be compared (as explained earlier). Instead, comparing the scaled scores, it can easily be observed that even though the candidate scored a lower net marks in Dec(as compared to that in Sep), his scaled score was high and hence it can be concluded that his performance was better. Similarly, when it comes to overall score, overall net marks cannot be compared. Instead, Composite score need to be compared to assess the overall performance level of a candidate. For that reason, in the score card, total net marks scored is not specified. Instead, Composite score (which is reported on a scale ranging from 199 to 801) and the percentile below is specified. For example, in Sep 2009 exam, a net score of 50 marks was equivalent to a composite score of 662.5. In Dec 2009 exam, a net score of 41 marks was equivalent to a composite score of 672.5. Once again, it can be concluded that the overall performance of the candidate (who secured a composite score of 672.5) was better, even though his overall net marks(41) was way less as compared to someone who scored 50(in Sep 2009 exam).