The MAT exam, conducted on 4th December, 2011 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. For the sake of convenience, 1 mark has been taken for every correct answer.
- Number of Questions: 200
- Marking Scheme: 1 mark per question
- Negative Marking: 0.25 marks per question
- Number of Sections: 5
- Number of Choices: 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 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 (out of 800) and the overall percentile.
This test area had a mix of 20 questions from Reading Comprehension and 20 questions from Verbal. A good time allocation strategy would be to spend around 30-35 minutes. Each of the five passages was of around the length of 300 to 400 words. A majority of the questions were fact based and they could have been solved by reading the questions first and then skimming through the passage to locate the answers. The questions in Verbal require good knowledge about English usage and functional grammar. One of the surprise elements, introduced by AIMA, was the introduction of six questions, where in each of these six questions, the words were given in jumbled form. Overall, the test area can be classified as moderate level.
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
This test area comprises DI, DS and Data Comparison, with 30 out of 40 questions in DI and the remaining 10 questions in DS and data Comparision. 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 Moderate.
The paper predominantly had questions from the arithmetic areas like Percentages, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Geometry, 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. Overall, the test area can be classified as Easy to Moderate.
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
This test area is a mix of analytical reasoning (26 questions) and critical reasoning (14 questions). Each of the five questions pertaining to missing term in the figure was very easy. Some of the questions on Critical Reasoning were doable while others were quite ambiguous. Overall, the questions on Analytical Reasoning were of easy to moderate difficulty level.
Indian and Global Environment
The questions in this test area were mainly from business and current affairs, persons 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 level.