Management Aptitude Test (MAT), September 2019 (Paper Based) - Exam Analysis



The paper based Management Aptitude Test (MAT) was conducted on 21st September 2019. The test was very similar to previous years’ papers. Every question carried 1 mark. There was 25% negative marking for wrong answers. Total time of the test was 2.5 hours.

The pattern of the test was as follows:

Section Total Questions Level of difficulty Approximate time taken (in mins)
Language Comprehension 40 Moderate 30-33
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40 Moderate 24-28
Mathematical Skills 40 Easy-Moderate 29-34
Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40 Moderate 35-37
Indian and Global Environment 40 Easy-Moderate 18-20
Total 200   150

Language Comprehension

In this section, there were a total of 4 Reading Comprehension passages. Each passage had 5 questions. The first passage was on the new Motor Vehicles Act. The passage can be accessed here: The second RC passage was on India's population growth rate. The passage can be accessed here: The third RC passage was on the cultivation of transgenic crops. The passage can be accessed here: The fourth passage, on tiger conservation in India can be accessed here: Most of the questions were fact based. There were no vocab based questions in the RC section. The other questions that came in Language Comprehension are: Para jumble (4 questions), Find the odd word from jumbled words (3 questions), Rearrange the jumbled word and find its antonym (3 questions), Double Fill in the blanks in 1 sentence (3 questions), Sentence improvement (3 questions) and Summary (4 questions). A student can comfortably attempt 35-37 questions in this section.

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

In this section, there were questions from both verbal reasoning and quant based reasoning. From the verbal section, there were questions on Assertion Reason (4 questions), Statement Conclusion (4 questions), Cause and effect (4 questions), Statement Assumption (4 questions), Row arrangement (6 questions), Coding (3 questions), Seating arrangement (5 questions), Blood relation (1 question), Direction based (2 questions). Rest of the questions covered miscellaneous topics. Overall, the level of difficulty was moderate. A student can attempt around 31-33 questions in this section.

Mathematical Skills

Like other years’ question papers, most of the questions were from Arithmetic. Topics covered in this section were time, speed and distance, percentage, average, time and work, etc. There were around 2 questions on Mensuration. The level of difficulty in this year’s paper can be categorised as moderate. A student can attempt around 32-34 questions in this section.

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

This section was of moderate difficulty level. Questions came primarily from the areas of Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation. An attempt of around 26-28 questions can be regarded as good attempt.

Indian and Global Environment

The questions in this section came mainly from Indian and world politics, literature, sports, defence, articles of the Indian Constitution, awards, etc. Most of the questions came from events that had happened in the recent past. A student can easily attempt 25-28 questions in this section.

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Overall, the paper was of moderate difficulty level and an attempt of 142 to 150 questions can be considered as a good attempt.

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