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?
- i. 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.
- 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.
Can you mention a few good B schools which accept MAT Score ?
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 a good score in any MAT exam ?
What is a good score for getting a call (for GD-PI) from a B-school?
What should my exam strategy be to improve percentile scores?
What is the relevance of “Indian and Global Environment”section in MAT?
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 32-34 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 6-8 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; Strong and Weak Arguments; Inferences, Courses of Action, Assertion and Reasons).
Data Analysis and Sufficiency: This test area comprises nearly 30 questions (7-8 sets) from Data Interpretation(DI), 5 questions from Data Sufficiency(DS) and 5 questions from Data Comparison(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. Usually, there are 7-8 sets, with each set having, on an average, 4 questions. Data Sufficiency (DS) 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 20 questions each from Verbals/English Usage and 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 to 5 passages, with equal number of questions 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, Polity, Geography, Indian Economy, Global Economy, Sports etc.
Some of the factors are
|BIMTECH, Noida -programs like (Insurance Business Management & Retail Management)
|Christ University, Bangalore
|IISWBM, kolkatta -Course in Public Systems
|ITM, Navi Mumbai
|IMM -FOSTIMA B School, New Delhi
|Shiva Shivani, Hyderabad
|Vignan Jyothi Institute, Hyderabad
|N.L.Dalmia Institute of Managament Studies & Research (NLDIMSR), Mumbai
|IES Management College & Research Centre, Mumbai
|PSG Institute of Management, Coimbatore
|School of Communication & Management Studies, Kochi
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.