ATMA Exam Paper Analysis

2020- Paper Analysis (February)

Sections

Score Expected for 90+ Percentile

Difficulty Level

Verbal Ability- I

18-20

Moderate

Verbal Ability- II

18-20

Moderate

Analytical Reasoning- I

21-23

Moderate

Analytical reasoning- II

20-22

Moderate to difficult

Quantitative Ability- I

15-18

Moderate to difficult

Quantitative Ability- II

16-18

Difficult

Detailed analysis of the sections:

Verbal Ability I and II: This section composed of 5 RC passages with 6 questions each that were easy to moderate. Jumbled paragraphs and fill in the blanks also formed an important part of the section with 5 questions each and an easy to moderate level. The overall section was moderate as the level of the antonyms and sentence correction was tough.

Topics

Number
of Questions

Doable
Questions

Difficulty

Reading Comprehension

30

27

Easy to Moderate

Errors in sentence formation

5

2

Difficult

Fill in the blanks with correct vocabulary word

5

4

Moderate

Summary

6

5

Moderate

One-word substitution

4

3

Moderate

Jumbled Paragraphs

4

2

Moderate

Phrases and Idioms substitution by words

6

3

Moderate to difficult

 
Analytical section I and II: Section I comprised of questions from critical reasoning, arrangements, statement inference, statement conclusions and data sufficiency while section II was made up majorly of coding-decoding and strengthen and weaken arguments. An attempt of 43-44 questions with an accuracy of 90% was considered to be a good attempt.

Topics

Number
of Questions

Doable
Questions

Difficulty

Coding Decoding

5

4

Moderate

Deductions

6

5

Moderate

Seating Arrangement -Circular

5

4

Moderate

Data Sufficiency

5

4

Moderate

Input-Output

5

3

Moderate

Ranking

4

2

Moderate

Course of Action

5

3

Moderate

Strong and Weak Arguments

5

4

Moderate

Inferences

4

3

Moderate

Cause and Effect

5

3

Moderate

Distribution

5

4

 

Statement & Conclusions

6

4

Moderate


Quantitative Ability I and II:
With a 90% accuracy, if a candidate attempted 43-45 questions, it could be termed as a good attempt. Data Interpretation portion formed a major part of the section with 17 questions in total and a moderate difficulty level. Other major topics were modern math, numbers and algebra.

Topics

Number of
Questions

Doable Questions

Difficulty

Time & Work, Pipes and Cisterns

2

2

Moderate

Percentages, Profit, Loss, Partnership

5

3

Moderate

Simple Equations, Ratio, Proportion and Variation

5

4

Moderate

Time & Distance, Boats and Streams

4

3

Moderate

Geometry & Mensuration

2

1

Moderate to difficult

Simple Interest, Compound Interest

2

1

Moderate to difficult

Averages, Mixtures and Alligations

2

1

Moderate

Numbers, Indices & Surds

2

Moderate

Charts + Cases (Data Interpretation)

14

11

Moderate to difficult

Permutation and Combinations, Probability

12

10

Moderate to difficult

Quantitative Comparison

5

3

Moderate

Number Series

5

3

Moderate

2019- Paper Analysis

Sections

Score Expected for 90+ Percentile

Difficulty Level

Verbal Ability- I

18-20

Moderate

Verbal Ability- II

18-20

Moderate

Analytical
Reasoning- I

19-21

Moderate

Analytical
reasoning- II

19-21

Moderate

Quantitative
Ability- I

18-20

Moderate to difficult

Quantitative
Ability- II

18-20

Moderate to difficult

Detailed analysis of the sections:

Verbal Ability I and II: This section was relatively easy to attempt as compared to other sections. 5 RC passages with 6 questions each were easier when compared to the previous years. Sentence correction and antonym-synonym pair questions were considered to be a little difficult. 50 questions with 85% accuracy were considered to be a good attempt in this paper.

Topics

Number of Questions

Doable Questions

Difficulty

Reading Comprehension (5 passages)

30

27

Easy to Moderate

Part of sentence with error 

4

3

Easy

Correct Statement

1

1

Easy

Cloze

4

3

Moderate

Fill in the blanks

6

5

Easy to Moderate

Incorrect word/phrase

3

2

Easy to Moderate

Antonym-Synonym pairs

3

3

Moderate

Sentence starters

3

2

Moderate

Jumbled Paragraph

6

4

Easy to Moderate

Analytical section I and II: Section I comprised of questions from critical reasoning, arrangements, statement inference and conclusions and data sufficiency while section II was made up majorly of coding-decoding, syllogism and strengthen and weaken arguments. An attempt of 45-46 questions with an accuracy of 90% was considered to be a good attempt.

Topics

Number
of Questions

Doable
Questions

Difficulty

Coding Decoding

6

5

Easy to Moderate

Data Sufficiency

8

7

Moderate

Arrangements

10

8

Moderate to Difficult

Course of Action

2

2

Easy

Statement-Inference

5

3

Moderate

Strong/ Weak Arguments

1

Moderate to Difficult

Strengthen/Weaken

6

4

Moderate

StatementConclusion

1

1

Easy

Statement CauseEffect

6

5

Moderate

Course of Action

3

3

Easy

Syllogisms

6

4

Moderate to Difficult

Critical Reasoning

6

4

Moderate to Difficult

Quantitative Ability I and II: With a 90% accuracy, if a candidate attempted 43-45 questions, it could be termed as a good attempt. Data Interpretation and modern math portion formed a major part of section II with 17 questions in total and a moderate difficulty level. Other major topics were geometry, numbers and algebra.

 

Topics

Number
of Questions

Doable
Questions

Difficulty

Data Interpretation

15

10

Moderate

Geometry

8

6

Easy to Moderate

Modern Math

12

10

Easy to Moderate

Algebra

5

4

Moderate to Difficult

Arithmetic

9

7

Easy to Moderate

Numbers

11

8

Easy

2018- Paper Analysis

Sections

Score Expected for 90+ Percentile

Difficulty Level

Verbal Ability- I

20-21

Moderate to
difficult

Verbal Ability- II

20-21

Moderate to
difficult

Analytical
Reasoning- I

21-22

Moderate

Analytical
reasoning- II

21-22

Moderate

Quantitative
Ability- I

20-21

Moderate to difficult

Quantitative
Ability- II

20-21

Moderate to
difficult

Detailed analysis of the sections:
Verbal Ability I and II: Like previous years, the pattern remained almost the same with 5 RC passages and jumbled sentences. Fill in the blanks and correct the sentence were some topics that formed 6 and 4 questions each. A good attempt would be if a candidate attempted 41-42 questions with 90% accuracy.
 

Topics

Number
of Questions

Doable
Questions

Difficulty

Reading
comprehension

30

22

Easy
to Moderate

Sentence
not contributing
to Main Idea

1

1

Easy

Sentence
starters

2

1

Moderate

Antonym-Synonym
pairs

3

1

Moderate

Jumbled
Paragraph

6

4

Easy
to Moderate

Fill
in the blanks

6

4

Easy
to Moderate

Cloze

4

2

Moderate

Correct
Statement

1

1

Easy

Part
of sentence with error 

4

3

Easy

Incorrect
word/phrase

3

2

Easy

Analytical section I and II: Section I comprised of questions from critical reasoning, course of action, statement inference and conclusions, strengthen and weaken arguments and data sufficiency while section II was made up majorly of coding-decoding and syllogism. An attempt of 42-43 questions with an accuracy of 90% was considered to be a good attempt.

Topics

Number
of Questions

Doable
Questions

Difficulty

Critical
Reasoning

6

3

Moderate
to difficult

Syllogisms

6

3

Moderate
to difficult

Course
of Action

3

3

Easy

Cause
and Effect

6

5

Moderate

Statement-Conclusion

1

1

Easy

Strengthen/Weaken

6

5

Moderate

Strong/Weak
Arguments

1

1

Moderate
to difficult

Statement-Inference

5

4

Moderate

Course
of action

2

2

Easy

Arrangements

10

5

Moderate
to difficult

Data
Sufficiency

8

6

Moderate

Coding
decoding

6

5

Easy
to Moderate

Quantitative Ability I and II: This section was towards the difficult end of the scale. Questions were not lengthy but required good critical thinking and a basic understanding of the topics. Arithmetic and numbers dominated the first section and modern math dominated the second section. An attempt of 41-42 questions with 80-90% accuracy was considered a good attempt.

Topics

Number of Questions

Doable Questions

Difficulty

Data Interpretation

15

9

Moderate

Geometry

8

6

Easy to Moderate

Modern Math

12

9

Easy to Moderate

Algebra

5

4

Moderate to Difficult

Arithmetic

9

7

Easy to Moderate

Numbers

11

8

Easy

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