MAT December 2021 Analysis

05 December, 2021

 

Overview 

MAT PBT (Paper-based Test) was held on December 05, 2021.

The overall structure of the MAT remained the same as that of the previous years, with 5 sections of 40 questions each, 4 options and a negative marking of 1/4th of the marks allotted for wrong answers. The overall difficulty level of the exam did not vary much from the previous years’ MATs.

Most of the questions were Easy to Moderate. The best way to maximize one’s score would be to select questions judiciously.

The test structure was as follows:

Section No. Section Name No. of Questions
I Language Comprehension 40
II Intelligence & Critical Reasoning 40
III Mathematical Skills 40
IV Data Analysis & Sufficiency 40
V Indian & Global Environment 40
Total 200

 

The analysis of each section is given below.

Section I – Language Comprehension:

This section consisted of 30 Verbal Ability and Verbal Reasoning questions and 10 Reading Comprehension questions. There were 2 passages with 5 questions each. Each  passage was about 300-400 words long.

Most of the questions were on the easier side with a few moderate to difficult questions.

Topics No. of Questions Level of Difficulty
Reading Comprehension

(2 passages with 5 questions each)

10 5 Easy, 5 Moderate
Para-jumbles (5 sentences) 3 2 Easy, 1 Moderate
Summary questions 3 2 Easy, 1 Moderate
Synonym of underlined word 4 2 Easy, 1 Moderate, 1 Difficult
Antonym of underlined word 4 2 Easy, 1 Moderate, 1 Difficult
Four parts of sentence with error 4 2 Easy, 1 Moderate, 1 Difficult
Double FIB 4 4 Easy
Meaning of underlined idiom 4 3  Easy, 1 Moderate
One word replacement of phrase 4 3  Easy, 1 Moderate
Total 40 Easy-Moderate

A good strategy would be to allot 35 minutes to this section, and solve as many VA/VR questions as possible, and then use the remaining time to attempt the RC questions.

A good attempt would be 27-29 questions, with 85% accuracy.

 

Section II-Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

As usual, this section included a mixture of Verbal Reasoning (15 questions) and Logical Reasoning (25 questions).  The Non-verbal questions included 10 standalone questions. All the questions were of easy-moderate level.

 

The following table shows the break-up of different question types in this section:

Topics No. of Questions Level of Difficulty
Verbal Reasoning (Total 15 questions)
Statement-assumption 5 3 Easy, 2 Moderate
Assertion and Reason 5 3 Easy, 2 Moderate
Cause-Effect 5 3 Easy, 2 Moderate
Non-verbal Reasoning (Total 25 questions)
LR Sets
Family tree and weight 5 Moderate
Three families with 19 members related through marriage 5 Moderate
7 members from 7 states play 7 games 5 Moderate
Standalone LR questions
Letter Series 1 Easy
Mother’s Birthday 1 Moderate
Coding-Decoding – Letter 1 Easy
Family Tree 1 Moderate
Rank in Row 1 Easy
Symbol-based Family Tree 1 Moderate
Alpha-numeric Series 1 Moderate
Weight Comparison 1 Easy
Direction Sense 1 Easy
2-D Venn Diagram 1 Moderate
Total 40 Easy – Moderate

A good strategy would be to attempt about 20-22 questions in 35-40 minutes with 85% accuracy.

 

Section III- Mathematical Skills:

Mathematical Skills section continued its tradition of being dominated by Arithmetic. All the different topics in Arithmetic were represented. Majority of questions were straightforward. However some questions involved lengthy calculations. As a whole, this section can be considered Easy to Moderate level of difficulty.

The following table shows the break-up of different types of questions in this section.

Topics No. of questions Level of difficulty
Numbers 5 4 Easy,  1 Moderate
Mixture 2 1 Easy, 1 Moderate
Simple Interest Compound Interest 4 2 Easy, 1 Moderate, 1 Difficult
Time Speed Distance 4 1 Easy, 3 Moderate
Mensuration 2 2 Moderate
Ratio Proportion 2 2 Easy
Average 2 2 Easy
Partnership 2 1 Easy, 1 Moderate
Time and Work 2 1 Easy, 1 Moderate
Pipe and Cisterns 2 1 Easy, 1 Moderate
Probability 2 2 Easy
Permutation-Combination 2 2 Easy
Equation 2 2 Easy
Percentage 2 2 Easy
Profit Loss 4 2 Easy, 1 Moderate, 1 Difficult
Series 1 1 Moderate
Total 40 Easy – Moderate

A good strategy would be to attempt about 18-20 questions in 35-40 minutes with 85% accuracy.

 

Section IV- Data Analysis and Sufficiency:

This section consisted of 30 questions on Data Interpretation..Some sets were straightforward while some involved somewhat tedious calculations. As a result, attempting right sets was the key.

Topics No. of questions Level of difficulty
A set on Bar graph and Pie Chart 5 Easy-Moderate
A set on Table 5 Easy-Moderate
A set on Bar graph 5 Easy – Moderate
A set on two Pie charts 5 Easy – Moderate
Comparison of two quantities 5 Easy-Moderate
Case Study 5 Easy-Moderate
Line Graph 5 Easy-Moderate
Data Sufficiency 5 Easy-Moderate
Total 40 Easy-Moderate

Around 27 – 29 attempts with 85% accuracy, in about 35 minutes, would be considered a good attempt for this section.

 

Section V-Indian and Global Environment:

Almost all the questions in this section were based on current events of the past few months, so anyone who keeps abreast of current economic and political scenarios in India and abroad and regularly reads newspapers will find this section easy. About 17 questions were based on national events and 8 on international events.15 questions were based on miscellaneous topics. For a person who had prepared GK well, about 10 questions could be called easy, 15 moderately difficult and 15 difficult.

This section could be attempted in about 10-15 minutes. A good attempt would be about 15-18 questions, with 75% accuracy.