MAT May 2019 Exam Analysis: MAT May 2019 Paper-based Test (PBT) was held on May 5, 2019 between 10 AM to 12.30 PM. MAT May 2019 Computer-based test  (CBT) will be held on May 18, 2019. Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a national-level entrance test meant to grant admissions to MBA, PGDM and allied management programmes. All India Management Association (AIMA) is responsible for holding the MAT 2019 Exam.

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MAT May 2019 Exam Analysis: Exam Pattern

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

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MAT May 2019 Exam Analysis: Overview of the MAT May 2019 PBT Exam

MAT May 2019 Exam Analysis

  • The overall structure of the MAT May 2019 Paper-based Test (PBT) remained the same as that of the previous years.
  • It had 5 sections of 40 questions each, 4 options and 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’ MAT Exams.
  • Most questions swung between Easy to Moderate.
  • The best way for a candidate to maximize their score would be to select questions judiciously.

MAT May 2019 Exam Analysis: Section I – Language Comprehension

  • This section comprised of 20 Verbal Ability, Verbal Reasoning questions, and 20 Reading Comprehension questions.
  • There were 4 passages in RC, all with 5 questions each. 2 passages were about 400 words long while the other two were about 300-350 words long
  • In each passage, there were two contextual usage questions and three inferential type questions.
  • Most questions were on the easier side with a few moderate to difficult questions.
  • A better strategy to ace this section would be to allot 35 minutes to this section, and solve as many VA/VR questions as possible.
  • A good attempt would be at least 25-27 questions, with 85% accuracy.

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Section II – Intelligence & Critical Reasoning

  • This section included a mixture of Verbal Reasoning (14 questions) and Logical Reasoning (26 questions).
  • The former included 3 Cause-Effect, 4 Assertion and Reason, 3 Implicit Conclusions, and 4 Analogy questions.
  • The Non-verbal questions included 11 standalone questions with 5 on series completion, 2 on directions, 3 on relations and 1 on linear arrangement.
  • The remaining 12 questions were on Family Tree (4 sets of 3 questions each). 1 set of 3 questions was a puzzle that required basic calculations to arrive at the answer.
  • In Non-Verbal Reasoning, there were no questions on coding-decoding or other types of arrangements, such as circular arrangement.
  • A good strategy would be to attempt about 20-22 questions in 35-40 minutes with 85% accuracy.

Section III – Mathematical Skills

  • The Mathematical Skills section in MAT May 2019 Paper-based test, was like usual, dominated by Arithmetic.
  • 27 questions out of 40 were based on Arithmetic. All the different topics in Arithmetic were represented.
  • Also, there were 3 questions on Geometry, 9 questions on Modern Math, 1 question on Algebra and one question on Numbers.
  • Most questions were straightforward. However, some questions involved lengthy calculations.
  • Overall, this section swayed between an Easy to Moderate level of difficulty.
  • 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 had 30 questions on Data Interpretation (6 sets of 5 questions each).
  • There were 5 questions on Quantity Comparison and 5 on Data Sufficiency. All of these questions were easy, and could have been attempted.
  • In DI, some sets were straightforward, while some required tedious calculations.
  • As a result, attempting right sets was the key.
  • Around 21 – 23 attempts with 85% accuracy, in about 35 minutes, would be considered a good attempt for this section.

Section V – Indian and Global Environment

  • Most questions in this section were based on current events of the past few months. Therefore, anyone who is in the habit of reading newspapers and staying abreast of current affairs will find this section easy.
  • About 22 questions were based on national events and 18 on international events.
  • For candidates who had prepared GK well, about 12 questions could be called easy, 20 moderately difficult and 8 difficult.
  • This section could be attempted in about 10-15 minutes. A good attempt would be about 15-18 questions, with 75% accuracy.

MAT May 2019 Expected Cutoff

The Marking Scheme for MAT May 2019 Exam is 1 mark per question for a total of 200 questions. Also, there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer. 

The MAT May 2019 Expected Cutoff, therefore, would be calculated somewhat like this:
No of Qs
Ideal time (in minutes)
Ideal attempts
Score required to get 90+ percentile
Language Comprehension
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
Mathematical Skills
Indian and Global Environment
Separate sectional marks, not counted for percentile calculation

There are several factors which affect MAT May 2019 Expected Cutoff, like number of seats, number of candidates appearing for the exam, reservation trends, previous years’ cutoff etc.

Notably, the MAT May 2019 Cutoff marks for all the colleges will be based on a composite score and it is 800. Usually, the merit list for the participating colleges will be around 500-700 marks. On the basis of the MAT May 2019 Cutoff marks, candidates will be shortlisted for the counselling procedure. The candidates scoring equal to or above the cutoff marks will be put on the Merit List. Candidates scoring over 500 marks will be admitted in a better B-school.

Candidates can appear for both MAT 2019 PBT and MAT 2019 CBT, which will give them an additional advantage of choosing 2 extra management institutes, besides the already existing 5 management institutes. Thus, they will be able to choose 7 management institutes in total.