• 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 MAT September 2012 exam, conducted on 2nd September 2012, had 200 questions to be attempted in 150 minutes. These 200 questions were from five test areas - 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. 

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). The score card by AIMA gives the scaled score and the percentile in each and every section. It also gives the overall composite score and the overall percentile.

Language Comprehension

This test area had a good mix of 20 questions from Reading Comprehension and 20 questions from Verbal. A good time allocation strategy would be to spend around 30 to 35 minutes. The questions in verbal require good knowledge about English usage & functional grammar. There were six questions which were in jumbled format. In three out of these six questions, the antonym of the word was to be found out. In the remaining three, the words were in jumbled format and the odd one out was to be found out. 

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

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. 

Mathematical Skills

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. 

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

This test area is a mix of Analytical reasoning (32 questions) and Critical reasoning (8 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. 

Indian and Global Environment

The questions in this test area were, predominantly, from business, current affairs, Person and their associated fields, etc. Those who read newspapers and magazines on regular basis will find this area comfortable.