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ATMA January 2018 - Analysis

The overall structure of the ATMA exam did not vary much and was the same as that of the previous years, with 6 sections of 30 questions each. Each section was allocated 30 minutes. A candidate could not access other sections during the time allocated for a particular section.

Each question had 4 options and carried one mark. 0.25 marks would be deducted for a wrong answer. The overall difficulty of the exam was the same as previous years’ ATMA exams. Most of the questions were of moderate difficulty level. The best way to maximize one’s score would be to select questions judiciously.

Section Subject Area Number of Questions
Section I Analytical Reasoning I 30
Section II Verbal Skills I 30
Section III Quantitative Skills I 30
Section IV Verbal Skills II 30
Section V Analytical Reasoning II 30
Section VI Quantitative Skills II 30

The analysis of each of the sections is given below.

Sections 1 and 5: Analytical Reasoning:

There were 2 sections on analytical reasoning with 30 questions each. Both the sections had similar types of questions. As usual, this section included a mixture of Verbal Reasoning and Logical Reasoning questions. There were around 18 Verbal Reasoning questions and 12 Logical Reasoning questions in each of the sections.

Sections 1 had questions on Critical Reasoning, Course of Action, Statement-Inference, Strong/Weak Arguments, Statement-Conclusion, Arrangements, Syllogisms and Data sufficiency.

Section 2 had questions on all the above mentioned topics and included some Coding-decoding and Strengthen/Weaken arguments as well.

The break-up of the questions is as below:

Section 1 & 5:

Topics Number of questions Level of difficulty
Critical Reasoning 6 Moderate - Difficult
Syllogisms 6 Moderate - Difficult
Course of Action 3 Easy
Statement Cause-Effect 6 Moderate
Statement-Conclusion 1 Easy
Strengthen/Weaken 6 Moderate
Strong/Weak Arguments 1 Moderate - Difficult
Statement-Inference 5 Moderate
Course of action 2 Easy
Arrangements 10 Moderate - Difficult
Data Sufficiency 8 Moderate
Coding decoding 6 Easy - Moderate

A good attempt in these sections would be a total of 42-43 questions with 90% accuracy.

Sections 3 and 6: Quantitative Skills

There were two sections on Quantitative Ability with 30 questions each. Both the sections of Quantitative Ability had similar types of questions.

Section 3 was dominated by questions on Arithmetic and numbers. The level of difficulty of section 3 was moderate.

Section 6 was dominated by the questions on Geometry-based questions and DI. Most questions were of moderatedifficulty level. There were three sets with total 5 questions on DI in this section.

Section 3 & 6:

Topics Number of questions Level of difficulty
Numbers 11 Easy
Arithmetic 9 Easy-Moderate
Algebra 5 Moderate-Difficult
Modern Math 12 Easy-Moderate
Geometry 8 Easy-Moderate
Data Interpretation 15 Moderate

A good attempt in these sections would be a total of 41-42 questions with 80-90% accuracy.

Sections 2 and 4: Verbal Skills

There were 2 sections on Verbal Ability with 30 questions each. There were questions on Grammar, Jumbled Paragraphs, Fill in the Blanks, Correct Statement, Cloze, Part of sentence with error, Incorrect word/phrase , Main Idea, Sentence starters,and Reading Comprehension passages with 6 questions (three of them were vocabulary-based and all were simple). A good attempt would be 41-42 questions with 90% accuracy.

Topics Number of questions Level of difficulty
Jumbled Paragraph 6 Easy – Moderate
Sentence not contributing
to Main Idea
1 Easy
Sentence starters 2 Moderate
Antonym-Synonym pairs 3 Moderate
RC ( 5 passages) 30 Easy – Moderate
Fill in the blanks 6 Easy – Moderate
Cloze 4 Moderate
Correct Statement 1 Easy
Part of sentence with error  4 Easy
Incorrect word/phrase 3 Easy

Ideal attempts in these 6 sections: 120-125
Ideal accuracy: 85-90%

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