MAT 2017 Exam Analysis of paper held on May 07

Read the analysis of Paper-based May MAT exam that was conducted on 7th May 2017 (i.e. Sunday) and analyse the question paper as per the opinion of our exam experts

Created On: May 8, 2017 11:13 IST

AIMA conducted May MAT 2017 exam in paper based mode on 7th May 2017 in a single session across the country. The candidates who took the exam felt Data Analysis & Sufficiency tricky in comparison to the other sections.


MAT exam was conducted smoothly from 10:00AM to 12:30 PM. MAT exam had 200 MCQs that were divided into 5 sections (Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis & Sufficiency, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, and Indian & Global Environment). The candidates were allotted a time limit of 150 minutes. All the questions were in MCQ format followed by 4 answer options.

MAT May 2017


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Total maximum scaled score out of which percentile score will be awarded


Let us take a look at the sectional analysis of MAT May 2017 exam.


Language Comprehension

There were 40 questions in this section. Given below is the list of topics from which question were asked to test the aptitude of the aspirants:

  1. 5 Reading Comprehensions (topics such as Wi-fi, Digital India, Pollution)
  2. Vocabulary Questions 
  3. Basic grammar corrections
  4. Verbal Logic questions

Mathematical Skills

This section also had 40 questions. The questions came from the below mentioned topics:

  1. Venn diagrams : 2 Questions
  2. Number system: 3 Questions
  3. Time and distance: 2 Questions
  4. Time and Work: 2 Questions
  5. Algebra: 2 Questions
  6. Ratio, Proportion & Variation: 4  Questions
  7. Geometry & Mensuration: 2  Questions
  8. Averages and Mixtures: 2   Questions
  9. Profit and Loss: 6 Questions
  10. Others: 12 Questions

In all, there were 18 questions from arithmetic and the level of difficulty was moderate. So aspirants can expect a higher percentile in this section.

Data analysis and Sufficiency

Test takers mentioned that Data Interpretation (DI) occupied more than 50% of the section and rest of the questions hailed from data sufficiency and data comparison. This section was the trickiest in comparison to the other sections. Questions were seen from the following topics:

  1. Tables: 5 questions
  2. Line diagram: 3 questions
  3. Pie charts: 3 questions
  4. Bar diagram: 3 questions
  5. Caselets: 3 questions
  6. Data sufficiency: 7 questions
  7. Data Analysis & Comparison: 4 questions

Intelligence and critical reasoning

Moving forward with Intelligence and critical reasoning section, test-takers mentioned that questions in this section were from topics such as calendar, distribution, assertions reasons, blood relations, analogies, direction, series, statements. Various topics carried questions in sets.

The overall rating for the level of difficulty of the questions from this section remains ‘moderate’.

Indian and Global environment

The fifth section also comprised of 40 MCQ based questions. The questions were based on conventional GK, business and economics, current affairs. It should also be noted that performance of the students in this section will not be counted for calculation of percentile. Ideally a student should have spent not more than 30 seconds to pick the correct choice.


As per the opinion of the experts, exam-takers scoring around 330 in 4 sections out of 800 marks can expect to score 99+ percentile.  

We advise that those who will appear in Computer based MAT 2017 on May 13 should further revise for the exam and make their weak areas stronger. You can revise from previous year MAT Exam question papers and gain a better understanding of MAT exam pattern.

For those who have not downloaded their MAT admit card can download it by clicking on the link provided below:

MAT May 2017 Admit Card

For more information about the MAT Exam, you can also visit the official website.

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