MAT December 2012 exam, which was conducted on 2nd Dec 2012, had 200 questions to be attempted in 150 minutes. These 200 questions were from five test areas viz. Indian and Global Environment, Language Comprehension, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning with exactly 40 questions in each. Each question had equal marking and one-fourth mark was deducted for every wrong answer.

MAT December 2012 Snapshot
Number of Questions 200
Marking Scheme 1 mark per question
Negative Marking 0.25 mark per question
Number of Sections 5
Number of Choices 4 (1,2,3,4)
Duration 150 minutes

The consolidated score is evaluated by taking only four areas into account. Indian and Global Environment is not the part of the consolidated or overall score. Hence, the scoring is done out of a maximum possible score of 160 marks (1 mark for 160 questions). However, the score card (by AIMA) does not 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.

It is estimated that with a net score of about 52 marks (out of maximum 160, excluding the marks scored in Indian & Global Environment), one can get at least 80 percentile. However, a net score of about 82 marks (excluding GK score), would be sufficient to get at least 99 percentile overall.

Language Comprehension

This test area had a good mix of 20 questions from Reading Comprehension and 20 questions from Verbal Ability. A good time allocation strategy would be to spend around 30 to 35 minutes. There were five passages. The questions in Verbal require good knowledge about English usage & functional grammar. The type of the questions asked were similar to those asked in earlier MAT exams. There were questions of all types - Vocabulary based questions which involve English usage. The RC passages were small and simple. Overall, the test area can be classified as moderate. A good score, in this test area alone, is 20 in the time limit of 30 to 35 minutes.

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

As shown in the table below, this test area comprises DI, DS and Data Comparison, with DI accounting for 30 out of 40 questions while DS 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 average, percentage based calculations, etc. Overall, this test area can be considered to be Easy-Moderate. A good time allocation strategy would be to spend around 35 to 40 minutes for a good net score of 20 (which will give a sectional percentile of at least 90).

Mathematical Skills

The paper predominantly had questions from the Arithmetic areas like (Percentages, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Geometry & Mensuration, Time and Distance, Averages, Mixtures and Alligations). The questions involved only the basics and those who would have done adequate practice would have found those questions quite easy. The success in this particular test area depended on one's basic conceptual skills, and calculation skills. A good time allocation strategy would be to spend around 35 to 40 minutes for a good net score of 14 (which will give a sectional percentile of at least 90).

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

This test area is a mix of Analytical reasoning with 30 questions and Critical reasoning with 10 questions. A good time allocation strategy would be to spend around 30 to 35 minutes. Overall, the questions on Analytical Reasoning were of easy to moderate difficulty level and a good student would have found this area manageable. One can observe that there were almost 18 questions related to a single topic - Blood Relations. Overall this test area can be classified as moderate. A net score of 24 marks will give a sectional percentile of at least 90.

Language Comprehension
Area Description Marks
Vocabulary Antonyms 3
Odd Man out 3
Fill in the blanks 3
English Usage and Grammar Most appropriate restatement 3
Para-Jumbles 4
Essence of given paragraph 4
Reading Comprehension Passage on Banking & Mutual Funds 4
Passage on self sufficiency with solar power 4
Passage related to Nuclear Independence 4
Others 8
  Overall  40
Data Analysis and Sufficiency   
Area Description Marks
Data Interpretation Two pie charts 5
Caselet 5
Line graph 5
Bar graph 5
Table 5
Bar chart 5
Data Sufficiency & Data Comparison Each question followed by two statements 5
Data Comparison 5
  Overall 40
Mathematical Skills   
Area Description Marks
Arithmetic Time & Work, Pipes and Cisterns 8
Time & Distance, Boats and Streams 4
Averages, Mixtures & Alligations 4
Equations, Ratio, Proportion & Variation 4
Percentages, Profit, Loss, Partnership 4
Geometry & Mensuration 4
Simple Interest, Compound Interest 4
Higher Math Trigometry, Heights and Distance 0
P & C 4
Probability 4
  Overall 40
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning   
Area Description Marks
Analytical Reasoning Direction Sense 3
Number & Letter Series 5
Blood Relations (4 sets of 3 questions each) 12
Blood Relations (1 set based on symbols & notations) 3
Blood Relations (Individual Questions) 3
Verbal Analogy 4
Critical Reasoning Assertion and Reasons 3
Cause & Effect 4
Statement & Conclusions 3
  Overall 40

Indian and Global Environment

The questions in this test area were, predominantly, from business, current affairs, Person and their associated fields, etc. Those who have been reading newspapers on a regular basis would have found this area comfortable. Overall this test area can be classified as Moderately Difficult. A good time allocation strategy would be to spend around 5 minutes for a good net score of 7 marks.