ATMA Analysis

ATMA 2020 Analysis

ATMA (AIMS Test for Management Admissions) is a national level entrance exam conducted by AIMS (Association of Indian Management School). This year it was held on 9 FEB -20. There are 740 top management schools of national and international repute in the country that are associated with ATMA. Students intending to take admission in management programs such as MBA, PGDM, MMS etc. have to appear for the ATMA exam scheduled to be held five times in a year. Many reputed colleges such as IIMs, ISB, Xavier Institutes, Welingkar, MDI, S P Jain, ICFAI and NMIMS accept ATMA scores for the intake of students in their post graduate programmes for the year MBA admission 2020.
ATMA is an objective computer-based test containing 3 sections, namely, Quantitative Skills, Analytical Reasoning Skills, and Verbal Skills. These sections have 2 sub-sections each, making it a total of 6 sections. Students should be aware that the total time duration for ATMA is 3 hours with every correct answer allotted 1 mark and for every incorrect answer 0.25 mark will be deducted.
The section breakup is:
Sections
No. of questions
Time Limit(minutes)
Total Marks
Analytical Reasoning Skills – I
30
30
30
Analytical Reasoning Skills – II
30
30
30
Verbal Skills – I
30
30
30
Verbal Skills – II
30
30
30
Quantitative Skills – I
30
30
30
Quantitative Skills – II
30
30
30
Total
180
180
180
The following paragraphs will provide an in depth analysis of the ATMA test conducted in February.
Verbal Skills Sections:-  The verbal section was in two parts i.e verbal skills – I  & verbal skills – II . Verbal skills – II had 4-5 passages comprising 30 questions. Most of the questions were direct and easy. However the passages were based on diverse areas.  The only requirement was that of a good reading speed. Unlike last year, Verbal Skills-I was dominated by non-vocabulary based questions.This year, the  section was dominated by sentence rearrangement, cloze test, grammar & sentence correction , finding the option, which is not in consonance with the main idea of the given paragraph. One could have easily attempted  46+ questions with the accuracy of 70+%
Quantitative Skills sections:- The Quantitative Ability section has questions from areas such as arithmetic, geometry and analytical geometry. The questions were framed on speed, distance and time, ratio proportion, work problems, heights, progressions, probability, percentages, etc. Students should understand the basic concepts of different mathematical topics.
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 Math
P & C, Probability and Statistics
12
Data Interpretation
Charts + Caselet
14
Overall
60
Analytical Reasoning Skills Sections:- Here a student’s analytical and logical ability is put to test. As time duration is given for each section therefore student has to choose questions that need less time for solving. This year this section was dominated by critical reasoning in one part and other part also had questions based on deductions , puzzles, coding- decoding etc. It is important that students practice mock tests to understand the question type.
ATMA Analytical Reasoning
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
For the analytical reasoning section a continuous and constant practice is the key to success. It helps the candidate to solve the blocks quickly and accurately. A good attempt in this section is around 43-45 questions with 90 % accuracy. For the Quantitative skills the candidate must have a good knowledge of school level Mathematics. This year critical and verbal reasoning played the crucial role in getting decent score in these areas. A good attempt is around 42-43 questions with around 85 to 90 percent accuracy.

 

ATMA Analysis 2019

The question paper and exam pattern of ATMA 2019 was as per the trend we have observed so far.Overall difficulty level of the question paper was moderate.To attempt 100 questions out of 180 in the given duration was not really a work of hassle in ATMA July 2019.The overall level of difficulty was easy to moderate, with around 100 questions being on the easier side.Topics like Numbers, Arithmetic, fill in the blanks were more dominant in ATMA 2019.The reasoning section was well balanced, however, in other sections, topics like Reading Comprehension, Probability carried lesser questions than expected.

As per the analysis, the overall structure/ pattern of the examination was same as previous sessions. Each section had 30 questions to be completed in 30 minutes.

Section Subject Area Number of Questions Sectional Time Duration
Section I Analytical Reasoning I 30 30 minutes
Section II Verbal Skills I 30 30 minutes
Section III Quantitative Skills I 30 30 minutes
Section IV Verbal Skills II 30 30 minutes
Section V Analytical Reasoning II 30 30 minutes
Section VI Quantitative Skills II 30 30 minutes
Total 6 sections 180 Questions 180 minutes

Analytical Reasoning: Section I and V

  • Analytical Reasoning I and II almost had same kind of questions.
  • Section I had questions from critical reasoning, arrangements, statement Interference, statement – conclusion, data sufficiency etc.
  • Section V had questions from coding – decoding, strengthen or weaken arguments, syllogism etc.

Good Attempt: 4 5– 46 Questions

Accuracy: 95% accuracy

Quantitative Skills: Section III and VI

  • Section III of ATMA 2019 Exam comprised of questions on Arithmetic, numbers and algebra. Data Interpretation questions dominated Section VI. Also, it had modern math and geometry problems.

Good Attempt: 43 – 45 questions

Accuracy: 90% accuracy

Verbal Skills: Section II and IV

These sections were easy to attempt. The section had questions on Parajumbles, Grammar, Finding Errors, Main idea, Cloze test etc.

Good Attempt: 50 questions

Accuracy: 85% accuracy

ATMA Analysis 2018

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

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.

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.

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.

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

ATMA Analysis 2017

The analysis of each of the sections is given below.

Sections 1 and 2: 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.

Sections 1 had questions on Arrangements, Analogies, Puzzles, Syllogisms and Data sufficiency.

  • Verbal Reasoning questions in section I included 1 question on Course of Action ,3 Analogies questions ,3 Syllogisms questions ,3 Probably/Definitely True/False questions, 2 Statement/Conclusion questions, 2 Statement/Inference questions and 2 Statement Assumption question.

Section 2 had questions on all the above-mentioned topics and included some Visual Reasoning questions as well.

  • Verbal Reasoning questions in section II included 4 Statement/Conclusion questions 1 Probably/Definitely True/False question, 2 Implicit meaning questions, 4 Statement/Inference questions, 3 Analogies and 4 Syllogisms.Around 6 questions were on matching the question string with the options.

The level of difficulty of both sections was easy to medium.

Sections 3 and 4: Quantitative Ability

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. The level of difficulty of section 3 was easy-moderate.

Section 4 was dominated by the questions on Numbers. Most questions were easy to moderate.

There were two sets with total 6 questions on Data Interpretation, one in each section.

Sections 5 and 6: Verbal Ability

There were 2 sections on Verbal Ability with 30 questions each. There were more questions on Grammar, there was only one RC passage and there were no Jumbled Paragraphs.

Section 5

  • There were 17 Fill in the Blanks. About half of them were vocabulary-based few were on tense forms and the rest were grammar based (testing knowledge of prepositions, articles, determiners and verbs).
  • There were 2 questions on synonyms, 4 on Correct Statement and 1 on Incorrect Statement.There was 1 Reading Comprehension passage with 6 questions (three of them were vocabulary-based and all were simple).The passage was of about 700-800 words and it was of moderate difficulty level.The topic was from the book ‘Coraline’ by Neil Gaiman.
  • However, apart from the passage, this section was quite easy and a student could have attempted around 25 questions (in about 25 minutes) with 90% accuracy.

Section 6

  • There were 6 questions on synonyms, 6 on Correct Statement and 2 on Incorrect Statement. There were 16 Fill in the Blanks based on prepositions, tense forms of verbs and articles which were easy.
  • A good attempt would be 24 -25 questions with 90% accuracy, in 20 minutes

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