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ATMA- 2016 ANALYSIS

January 19, 2016 06:26 PM 4 minute read , Management - BBA / MBA / Diploma

ATMA- 2016 ANALYSIS

ATMA 2016 was held on 27 Dec at various centres across the country. The pattern of ATMA 2016 was on the same lines as previous years’ ATMA Exams. The paper was divided into 2 parts, each part having 1 Quant, 1 Analytical Reasoning and 1 Verbal section. The test was online and the duration of each part was 90 minutes, and the students had no option to go back to the first part once the second part has started. However, individual sections were not timed. There were 170 questions – 85 questions each in Part I & Part-II to be attempted in 180 minutes. Negative mark of 1/3 was there for every wrong answer. One minute gap was given between the parts. The overall pattern in ATMA 2016 was as follows:

Part

Section

Allotted time

Number of questions

I

Quantitative skills

90 min

30

Analytical Reasoning skills

30

Verbal skills

25

II

Analytical Reasoning skills

90 min

30

Verbal skills

25

Quantitative skills

30

Total

180 min

Sectional Analysis

Verbal Skills

No .of questions: 50 (25 in each section)

Area

Description

Marks

Good Score

Reading Comprehension

Passage 1

5

18-20

Passage 2

5

Passage 3

5

Passage 4

10

Verbal

Synonyms (Word pairs)

4

15-17

Fill in the Blanks

5

Para Completion Questions (PCQs)

3

Idioms

5

Error identification in bold part of a sentence

3

Sentence completion questions

5

Overall

50

34.03

The RC passages were simple and the questions following them were also easy to answer. The RC questions in Part 1 were relatively easier to score when compared to the RC questions in Part 2. The VA questions in Part 2 were of slightly difficult as compared to those in Part 1. The PCQs were a bit difficult and needed good comprehension and understanding of grammar tools. The Fill in the blanks had simple options. Two out of three idiom questions were simple. Idiom questions were asked in both the sections with a difference in question type. The vocab questions were simple. Both the sections, part 1 and 2 (RC and VA) needed around 20 minutes each and a combined score of 30+ can be good enough for some of the good schools.

Quantitative Skills

No. of questions – 60 (in both sections put together)

The questions given on Quantitative Skills in ATMA this year is on the lines of previous ATMA papers. The questions given in Part -I are simple and straight forward, while the questions given in Part II are time consuming and a few of them are application oriented.
The following table describes the difficulty level of various types of questions in Quant part.

Area

Topic

No. of
Questions

Good Score

Arithmetic

Equations , Ratio - Proportion & Variation

5

37 - 39

Percentages,Profit & Loss & Partnership

5

Numbers

2

Simple Interest & Compound Interest

2

Average,Mixtures & Alligation

2

Time & Distance

4

Geometry & Mensuration

2

Time & Work

2

Number Series

5

Quantitative Comparison

5

Higher Maths

P & C, Probability and Statistics

12

Data Interpretation

Charts + Caselet

14

Overall

60

Most of the questions were straight forward with simple concepts and direct application. About 30 minutes will be needed in each of the parts for this section and any score above 35-40 for both the sections combined can be considered to be good.

Analytical Reasoning

No. of questions: 60 (in both sections put together)

Area

Detail

Marks

Good Score

Analytical- Reasoning

Puzzle on Circular arrangement

5

22

Deductions

6

Puzzle on Distribution

5

Data Sufficiency

5

Input-Output

5

Coding and Decoding

5

Statements & Conclusions (Inequalities)

6

Critical Reasoning

Cause and Effect

4





8 - 10

Strong and weak Arguments

5

Course of Action Questions

5

Cause & Effect

5

Inferences

4

Overall

60

30-32

Though this section has questions on predictable patterns, this is the toughest section in the exam, relatively. The students needed good exposure and practice to crack the questions in these sections. Questions on deductions were tough this year which were based on possibility model. Overall, a 35-40 minutes will be needed in each of the parts for this section. Any score above 30 for both the sections combined will be a good one.

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