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MAT Paper Analysis 2021 (Out): Check Detailed Analysis of MAT 2021 Exam

MAT Paper Analysis 2021 is available for all sessions. All India Management Association has successfully conducted MAT 2021 for the December session on Dec 5 for PBT mode, Nov 21 & Dec 19 for CBT mode, and from Nov 27 to Dec 23, for IBT mode.

  • As per MAT 2021 test-takers, the exam was of moderate difficulty level and there were no major changes observed in MAT paper pattern. Check MAT Question Papers
  • MAT exam analysis for previous sessions can help candidates planning to appear in MAT 2022 in getting a brief idea of the ideal attempts, difficulty level, important topics asked, etc.
  • As per the previous year's MAT paper analysis, an overall score of 110-115 is ideal to secure the 90+ percentile. Check MAT 2021 Cut Off
MAT December 2021 Paper Analysis

MAT 2021 December Paper Analysis

AIMA conducted MAT 2021 for the December session in PBT, CBT, and IBT modes. The MAT IBT paper pattern is the same as CBT and PBT. The only difference is that the candidates take MAT IBT from home unlike at an exam center in PBT and CBT modes. In the IBT mode exam, candidates had to take the test on their personal laptop/desktop in the stipulated time, just like in the PBT/CBT mode exams. The exam authorities used a remote proctoring method for student verification and exam invigilation to ensure no candidate resorted to cheating or any other malpractice.

Overall MAT 2021 Paper Analysis: Key Points

  • 40 questions were asked from each of the 5 sections
  • Each question was objective type and had 4 options to choose from.
  • MAT 2021 September session exams were of moderate difficulty with no surprise element in the question paper.
  • Some questions in Verbal Ability, Data Analysis, and Reasoning sections were tricky and time taking.
  • In the Mathematical Skills section, Arithmetic had a maximum weightage of around 15 questions.
  • Around 20 questions of easy-moderate level were asked from RC passages in the Language Skills section.
  • An overall score of 110-115 is sufficient to secure 90+%ile.

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MAT 2021 Question Paper

MAT 2021 Question Paper Division

Sections of the Subject Number of Questions Suggested Time (in minutes)
Language Comprehension 40 30
Mathematical Skills 40 40
Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40 35
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40 30
Indian and Global Environment 40 15
Total 200 150

The MAT 2021 IBT question paper pattern was similar to that of MAT CBT and PBT question papers. As per the university decision, there may be certain changes in the division of marks in MAT 2021. Check Detailed MAT 2021 Exam Pattern 


Sectional-wise MAT 2021 December Session Analysis

Section No of Questions Suggested time (in minutes) Good attempts Raw Score to get 90+%ile
Language Comprehension 40 30  27-29 28
Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40 35 23-25 23
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40 35  27-29 27
Mathematical Skills 40 40  29-31 30
Indian and Global Environment 40 10  14-17 Not considered for percentile calculation
Total 200 150 120-131 110-115

Language Comprehension

This section of the MAT 2021 consisted of 40 questions as usual. Except for a few tricky and lengthy questions, the level of difficulty was moderate. 

Topics Number of Questions Difficulty Level
Number of RC Passages 5 Easy to Moderate
Errors in Sentence Formation 3 Moderate
Antonyms 3 Moderate to Difficult
Synonyms 3 Moderate
Fill in the Blanks with Correct Words 3 Moderate
One Word Substitution 2 Moderate
Phrases & Idioms Substitution by Words 3 Moderate to Difficult
Jumbled Paragraphs 3 Moderate

Mathematical Skills

The Mathematical Skills section also contained 40 questions. In MAT 2021 IBT, PBT, and CBT mode exams:

  • Most of the questions were of moderate difficulty level with only a few tough ones.
  • Arithmetic questions dominated this section. There were around 15 questions on Arithmetic topics like Interest, Percentages, Time and Work, Profit, Loss, Partnership. All the questions were of moderate difficulty level and candidates found them a little time-consuming.
  • Besides the Arithmetic questions, the rest of the questions were from Geometry and Mensuration, Ratio, Probability, Permutation and Combinations, Equation, etc.
  • A score of 29-30 marks is adequate to fetch the 90+ percentile in this section.

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

  • MAT Data Analysis & Sufficiency section had 40 MCQs of moderate difficulty level with 1-2 tricky sets.
  • About 50 percent of this section of MAT exam was dominated by Data Interpretation that included questions from Graphs, Pie Charts, Bar Diagrams, Charts, Line Graph, Data Comparison.
  • Rest 50 percent of the section comprised questions from Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison.
  • A score of 20-23 marks will help candidates fetch 90 percentile and above.

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

  • This section of the MAT 2021 question paper had more Analytical and Logical Reasoning questions while Critical Reasoning questions were fewer.
  • There were 10 questions on Family Relation, 10 on Statement Cause & Effect, and others on Statement-Assumptions, Reasons, Analogies and Direction, Series and Incorrect terms; in sets as well as individuals.
  • This section could be considered lengthy and tricky to attempt.
  • A score of 26-27 marks will help candidates fetch the 90+ percentile.

Indian and Global Environment

There were 40 questions in this section with maximum questions on:

  • Government Policies
  • COVID-19 and its global implications, Rules, Regulations
  • JIO- Facebook deal, Awards
  • CAA
  • GST
  • Constitution of India
  • Appointments
  • Capitals
  • US Trade Policy
  • Current National and International Events.
MAT May/ June 2021 Paper Analysis

MAT 2021 September Paper Analysis

AIMA conducted MAT 2021 for the September session in PBT, CBT, and the Remote Proctored Internet-Based Test (IBT) modes. MAT CBT was conducted on August 21 & September 12, 2021, and MAT IBT 2021 was held from August 28 to September 12.

  • In the Mathematical Skills section, Arithmetic had the highest weightage followed by algebra, geometry, and number system.
  • The Language Comprehension section had 20 RC passage-based questions.
  • Questions asked in the Data Analysis & Sufficiency section were a bit tricky but manageable.
Sections of the Subject Number of Questions Suggested Time (in minutes) Difficulty Level Good Attempts
Language Comprehension 40 30 Moderate 27-29
Mathematical Skills 40 40 Moderate-Difficult 26-28
Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40 35 Moderate 24-26
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40 30 Easy-Moderate 27-28
Indian and Global Environment 40 15 Easy 20-24
Total 200 150 Moderate 124-140

MAT 2021 May/ June Paper Analysis

AIMA conducted MAT 2021 for the May/ June session in PBT, CBT, and the Remote Proctored Internet-Based Test (IBT) modes. MAT CBT & PBT was conducted on June 26, 2021, and MAT IBT 2021 was held from May 30 to June 20, 2021.

  • In the Mathematical Skills section, Arithmetic had the highest weightage of 15 questions.
  • 50% weightage in the Language Comprehension section was of the RC passage-based questions.
  • Questions asked in the Data Analysis & Sufficiency section were tricky but doable.
Sections of the Subject Number of Questions Suggested Time (in minutes) Difficulty Level Good Attempts
Language Comprehension 40 30 Easy-Moderate 27-29
Mathematical Skills 40 40 Moderate-Difficult 26-28
Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40 35 Moderate 24-26
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40 30 Moderate 27-28
Indian and Global Environment 40 15 Easy 20-24
Total 200 150 Moderate 124-140

MAT 2021 February Paper Analysis

MAT February 2021 Paper Analysis

MAT 2021 February session exam was conducted successfully on February 20 for CBT mode, March 6 for PBT mode, and on multiple days in February 2021 for IBT mode. The exam was conducted without any glitches and strict safety protocols were followed to ensure the safety of MAT aspirants amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The February session was also conducted in IBT mode or Remote Proctored Internet-Based Test (IBT) which only means that the candidate will be able to take up the examination from the comfort of their homes on their personal laptops/desktops with the exam pattern been same as that of PBT/CBT in 2021. 

Overall Analysis of MAT 2021 February Session

  • There was no change in the MAT 2021 exam pattern
  • Verbal Reasoning, Data Analysis & Reasoning sections were tough and time-consuming
  • As compared to previous MAT exams, questions in the Intelligence and Critical Reasoning section were slightly tricky this time.
  • The Language Comprehension section had four RC passages of 500 words. Out of this, two RC passages were opinion based and two were fact-based
  • The Reasoning section was moderate with just a few tricky questions. It had 18-20 questions on Family Relations and Statements-Cause and Effect
  • Both the Data Analysis and Data Sufficiency section had a lot of questions on Graphs and Pie Charts.
  • Few questions on Graphs and Pie Charts from the Data Sufficiency section were on the difficult side
  • The Mathematical skills section had maximum arithmetic questions of moderate difficulty level.
  • Experts review, a score of 110-112 is considered good to help students fetch a 90-percentile cutoff.
MAT 2021 Feb Section wise Analysis

Check detailed MAT exam analysis of February 2021 CBT, PBT, and IBT exam modes below:

Language Comprehension: 40 questions

  • This section ensured four passages of 5 items each. The part included 20 other questions from these topics: Synonyms, Antonyms, Sentence Completion (double blank), Idioms/Phrases, Summary of a short passage, One-word substitution, and Para-jumbles.
  • The RC passages remained easy to read and comprehend. The readings were on Demonetization, Fibroscan (equipment to analyze liver cirrhosis), Management of Hazardous Material, etc.
  • Some RC questions had three statements in them and students had to choose the correct comments (as per the passage); these remained, almost certainly, the only moderately difficult questions in RC.
  • Some words which the predictable test students knew were: Pivotal, Exodus, etc.
  • It was not hard to attempt around 30 questions here by giving the section 30-35 minutes.

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning: 40 questions

  • This section ensured four sets- of 5 questions each- of Logical Reasoning questions. The other 20 questions remained from the topics: Strong/Weak arguments, Course of Action, Coding-Decoding, Syllogism, etc.
  • The maximum of these questions remained easy. Some sets of Logical Reasoning had become hard on account of some mistake in the question itself!
  • It was conceivable to go for 25-30 questions by giving 35 minutes to this segment.

Mathematical Skills: 40 questions

  • This section had a significant number of Arithmetic questions in it. Just about all subjects (Mixture & Solutions, Simple & Compound Interest, Time-Speed-Distance, Percentages, Profit-Loss-Discount, etc.) of Arithmetic were present.
  • It also included questions from Probability, Combinatorics, Mensuration, Linear Equations, etc.
  • It did not have many calculation-intensive questions. The well-equipped student should have been able to have a go for about 30 questions by a45 minutes to this section.
  • Some questions in this section had very near choices. This was perhaps the only segment in the test which had one or two complicated questions.

Data Analysis and Sufficiency: 40 questions

  • This piece included questions on Graphs, Pie-charts, Bar-Diagrams, etc. Maximum questions remained easy to do.
  • It was not hard to go for 20-25 questions by giving 25-30 minutes to this section.

Indian & Global Environment: 40 questions

  • Most of the students are conscious that this section is not calculated to generate the total scaled score in MAT and later they do not try it.
  • There are some B-Schools that look at the score (given distinctly) of this section. Going into the exact nature of the chapter, it is not hard to fulfill it in 10 minutes.
  • This segment remained a blend of questions on Static General Knowledge and Current Affairs. A score of 15 may be considered right here.

MAT December Session Paper Analysis 2020

There was no change in the MAT 2020 exam pattern. Each section contained 40 questions carrying four marks for the correct attempt and - 0.25 marks for the wrong attempt. The section-wise difficulty level can be termed as moderate to difficult. Since the Indian and Global Environment section is not included in the calculation of MAT percentile candidates need not worry much. 

MAT 2020 December Paper Breakdown

MAT Sections Topics Difficulty Level
Language Comprehension RC, Sentence formation errors, vocabulary, synonyms/antonyms, FIB, one-word substitution, para jumbles Easy to Moderate
Mathematical Skills Interest, Percentages, Time and Work, Profit, Loss, Partnership, Algebra, Geometry Moderate to Difficult
Data Analysis and Sufficiency Graphs, Pie Charts, Bar Diagrams, Charts, Line Graph, Data Comparison Moderate
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning Family Relation, Statement Cause & Effect, Series, Assumptions, Reasons, Analogies Moderate to Difficult
Indian and Global Environment International, Advertising, Awards, Books, Economy, Business Easy
Frequently Asked Questions

MAT 2021 Paper Analysis FAQs

Ques. Is the MAT IBT exam pattern different from MAT PBT and CBT?

Ans. No, the MAT IBT exam is the same as the MAT PBT and CBT pattern. The question paper of IBT consists of 200 questions equally divided into five sections – Language Comprehension, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis & Sufficiency, and Indian & Global Environment.

Ques. Which section will have more importance in the MAT 2021 February session?

Ans. According to the previous year's question paper based on the February session, the candidates can expect the Intelligence and Critical Reasoning section to be the most difficult with Reading Comprehension, where the passages are more fact-based with a focus on abstract topics. 

Ques. If I am not satisfied with my MAT score, can I take it again in the next session?

Ans. Yes, any candidate can take the MAT exam multiple times. MAT is conducted four times a year – February, May, September, and December. So, in case the candidate is not satisfied with marks scored in the February session, they can take the exam again for the May session. 

Ques. If the GK section is not included in the final score calculation, can I skip that section in the exam?

Ans. Even though the score of the GK section is not included in the final score calculation, it is advised that candidates perform in the GK section equally well as it will add to the overall impression of the candidate at the time of admission, and knowledge of GK will be helpful in Group Discussion and Personal Interview rounds.

Ques. Which section of the MAT exam is usually the toughest?

Ans. According to the year question, paper Language Comprehension and Intelligence & Critical Reasoning will usually be tougher than the rest of the sections of the MAT exam.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.

Comments


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Anonymous
I have been preparing for the CAT exam. I just wanted to know, how similar are the critical reasoning of MAT and Logical reasoning of CAT?
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manika gupta

Hi Shruti, Both the sections of both exams are similar. You can check the difference in the syllabus by downloading it from the official website of both the exams.

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Anonymous
What is the difference between the difficulty level of quants in CAT and MAT exams?
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abhishek upadhyay

Hi Puja, click here for a detailed comparison of CAT and MAT.

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Anonymous
What is the difference between the difficulty level of quants in CAT and MAT exams?
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abhishek upadhyay

Hi Amit, click here for a detailed comparison of CAT and MAT.


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