MAT 2012: AIMA announces MAT February 2012; test to be held Feb 5 & 11 onwards
12/10/2011

AIMA announced the February 2012 MAT, the first MAT of the year 2012. The paper pencil based test will be held on Sunday, February 5, 2011 and the test in computer based mode will be held from Saturday, February 11, 2012 onwards.

Online PR News – 10-December-2011 – – Even before the computer based MAT December 2011 could be completed, AIMA announced the February 2012 MAT, the first MAT of the year 2012. The paper pencil based test will be held on Sunday, February 5, 2011 and the test in computer based mode will be held from Saturday, February 11, 2012 onwards.

Candidates can choose to take the test in either computer based or paper pencil based format. The 2.5 hour test will take place from 10:00 am to 12.30 pm for the paper pencil based test. The computer based test will take place in different time slots.

Application Process
Candidates who wish to apply should be graduates or in the final year of their graduation. The last date for Sale of Application forms is Saturday, January 14, 2012. The last date to submit the filled in Registration forms is Tuesday, January 17, 2012. If you are applying online, the last date for application is Saturday, January 14, 2012.

The forms can be obtained from select branches of Bank of Baroda, Axis Bank with application fee of Rs. 1,200. Online application can also be done by visiting www.aima-ind.org/matfeb12.

Institutes to accept MAT February 2012 Scores
The scores of MAT February 2012 will be accepted by 462 B-schools across India. These B-schools will accept the score for admitting the students on the batch of 2012-14.

Test Centers
MAT February 2012 will b conducted in 68 cities in India. Unlike the MAT December 2011, the test will not be conducted in the international centers of Dubai and Singapore.
Exam Pattern
There are 200 questions in the MAT exam. The number of sections is five. The duration of the exam is 150 minutes, which is 2.5 hours. Each question has one mark. There is a negative marking scheme of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer. The overall difficulty level of the exam ranges from easy to moderate.

The sections of the MAT exam are Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis & Sufficiency, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning and Indian and Global Environment. Each section has 40 questions. Let us have a look at the section wise trends.
Language Comprehension
The questions in English Usage came on the topics of Fill in the blanks, Para Jumbles, Identification of Correct Statement, etc. Apart from this, there was Reading Comprehension Passages.
Data Analysis & Data Sufficiency (DS)
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. Overall, this test area can be considered to be Moderate-Difficult. The DI questions were asked from Line Graph, Bar Graph and Pie Chart.
Mathematical Skills
This section has questions from the Arithmetic areas like Percentages, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Geometry, Time and Distance, Averages, Mixtures and Alligations. The overall test area can be classified as Moderate to Difficult.
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning
This test area is a mix of Analytical reasoning (26 questions) and Critical reasoning (14 questions). The questions on Analytical Reasoning were of easy to moderate difficulty level. The types of questions included Blood Relations, Direction Sense, Missing term in the figure, Distribution, Assertion and Reasons, Cause & Effect and Statement & Conclusions. Overall this test area can be classified as Moderate.
Indian and Global Environment

The questions in this section are predominantly from business, current affairs, Person and their associated fields, etc. Overall this test area can be classified as Moderately Difficult.