The paper-based exam of the Management Aptitude Test (May 2014) was conducted on 4 May, 2014 (Sunday) from 10 AM to 12.30 PM. MAT is conducted by the All India Management Association (AIMA) as a national entrance test for admission into Master of Business Administration (MBA) and equivalent programs offered by various participating institutes.
The examination consisted of 200 questions for which 150 minutes were allotted. The questions were from five areas:
- Mathematical Skills
- Data Analysis and Sufficiency
- Language Comprehension
- Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
- Indian and Global Environment
There were 40 one-mark questions in each section. For every incorrect answer, there is negative marking of one-fourth marks. There were 4 choices per question.
The questions in this section were framed mainly from Arithmetic (about 26) such as Percentages, Time and Work, Profit and Loss, Geometry, Averages, Time and Distance, Mixtures, etc. Overall, the section was moderate to difficult and time consuming.
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
The section consists of Data Interpretation (DI), Data Comparison (DC) and Data Sufficiency (DS). There were 30 questions of DI, while DC and DS together accounted for 10 questions. The DI questions were standard, including ones based on observation and calculations, such as comparison of fractions, percentage-based calculations, computing average, etc. There were Pie charts, Line Graph, Bar Diagrams, etc. Overall, the section was moderate.
This section consisted of 20 questions from Reading Comprehension (RC) and 20 from Verbal Ability. The 5 passages had 4 questions each, which were straight forward. Majority of the questions were direct and candidates needed to search the passages to find the answer. The questions in Verbal Ability needed thorough knowledge of English usage and functional grammar.
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
In this section, there was a blend of 30 questions from Analytical Reasoning (AR) and 10 from Critical Reasoning (CR). Overall, the AR questions were easy to moderate in terms of difficulty level. Questions were based on Assertions Reasons, Analogies, Family tree, Direction, Series, Calendar, Cause & Effect, Distribution, etc. The overall section was moderate.
Indian and Global Environment
The questions in this section were based on conventional general knowledge, current affairs, business and economics, persons with their associated fields, etc. The questions in this section do not count for calculation of percentile in the MAT result.
The total score is assessed based on the other 4 sections. However, the score of this section is considered at the final admission round in different business schools.