ATMA 2011
Analysis
ATMA IN A NUTSHELL:
ATMA test held on 19th December, 2010. Probably this is the only test with sectional limits where test was divided into two parts each part has to be cracked in 90 mins. Each part has 3 sections, one from each area i.e MA, IRA and VCA. However there was no change in the pattern and it was very much expected that the test should be having two sections from each area and that there will be 30 questions each in all the four sections of MA and IRA and 25 questions in both the sections of VCA. In total there were 170 questions to be cracked in 3 hrs (180 mins.) In reasoning good amount of critical reasoning questions were asked. The test can be categorized as a moderate one with a few difficult or say time consuming questions. The only difficulty in the test is the management of time that is it is not easy to crack 85 questions in 90 mins. and sitting continuously for a stretch of 3 hrs. is highly taxing.
The questions of MA, IRA and VCA were easy to moderate. Overall it was an easy to moderate test and therefore cutoffs are expected to be higher. On an average, 4550 questions could easily be done in sections with 85 questions. A total of 95+ questions are going to be a good attempt while an attempt of 110+ will fetch 99+ percentile.
Summery:
No. of Questions 
170 
Total marks 
170 
Duration 
180 Min (90 mins. for each part) 
Part 
2( one part contain one section from each area i.e. MA,IRA &VCA) 
Negative marking 
1/3rd 
Number of options 
4 
The sectional distribution of questions was as follows:
QUANTITATIVE SKILLS (SECTION I)
Type 
Number of questions 
Description 
Data Sufficiency 
5 
Based on number system and equations etc 
Probability 
5 
1 case with 5 questions. Traditional variety of number of ball 
Geometry 
5 
1 case with 5 questions. Based on rectangle square and circle. 
Number system 
2 

Series 
3 

SI, CI 
1 

Fractions 
2 

Ages 
1 

Equations 
2 

Arithmetic 
4 
All single questions 
Total 
30 

Data sufficiency questions were simple and based on arithmetic like x>y, and number system like divisibility rule etc.
There were 2 cases of 5 questions each. These type of cases are generally uncommon in MA section. A bog contains 2 red balls, 3 green balls and 5 blue balls. (1) 2 balls are drawn at random. What is the probability of drawing at least one red ball? (2) if 3 balls is drawn at random what is probability of drawing no ball is green?(3) if three balls drawn at random what is the probability of drawing all three balls green and so on there were 5 questions on it.
The case of geometry was based on the following figure.
One side of square is 8 cm was given.
Q. Area of shaded reason
Q. Perimeter of rectangle and so on there are 5 questions on it.
22 questions could easily be attempted in 30 minutes
ANALYTICAL REASONING (SECTION II)
Type 
Number of questions 
Description 
Seating arrangement 
5 
Linear arrangement 
Data sufficiency 
5 
Based on reasoning 
Input output 
5 
Some words were given as Input 
Analytical reasoning 
5 
Three parameter 
Critical reasoning 
10 
Course of action, causeeffect, statementinference etc. 
Total 
30 

All the 3 cases were very simple. In this section also 5 questions of Data sufficiency were given. The case of students seating around a circle could easily be done. There were 5 questions in which conditions were given and then to decide whether the students should be admitted, not admitted,. These varieties are quite common in Bank entrance exams. There were 10 questions based on critical reasoning.
Overall an attempt of 15 questions will be considered a good attempt.
LANGUAGE SKILLS (SECTION III)
Type 
Number of questions 
Description 
Reading Comprehension 
3 RC with 5 questions each and 1 RC with 10 questions 

Total 
25 

VCA section was easy to moderate; it was tough to allocate 30 mins. To this section, Questions on RC were inferential, assumption based and conclusion based.
An attempt of 1213 questions would be ideal for this section.
ANALYTICAL REASONING (SECTION IV)
There were 30 questions in this section.
Type 
Number of questions 
Description 
Data sufficiency 
5 
Based on reasoning 
Analytical reasoning 
10 
2 cases (5 questions each ) 
Critical Reasoning 
10 
Cause, effect and expectations, Statement –argument, single paragraph weaken or strengthen the given statement etc. 
Symbol given as relationship 
3 
A+B means A is brother of B… 
Relationship 
2 

Total 
30 

Input based case is the variety of reasoning in which the numbers are to be arranged in ascending or descending order in number of steps. This variety is again very common in bank PO entrance exams.
The case of analytical reasoning was based on 8 students A,B,C,D,E,F,G and H have to take admission in 8 different P,Q,R,S,T,U,V and W in three different subject Finance, HR and Marketing. This was an easy case and had to be attempted.
Other 10 questions were based on critical reasoning, in which varieties like Inference, judgment, causeeffect, conclusions etc. were given.
From this section an overall attempt of 1415 questions should be considered as good attempt.
LANGUAGE SKILLS (SECTION V)
Type 
Number of questions 
Description 
Close test 
12 
A passage is given with numbered blank space. 
Para jumbled up 
5 

Synonyms 
5 
Two words having similar meaning in the given option 
Concept of sentence 
3 

Total 
25 

Passages for close test were on banking sector. Synonym wherein the option that contains either the two similar has to be chosen as the answer.
An attempt of 1215 with good accuracy would be a fair attempt.
QUANTITATIVE SKILLS (SECTION VI)
Type 
Number of questions 
Description 
Data Sufficiency 
5 
On Maths topics 
Permutations 
5 
Based on arrangement of number of different books on various subjects. 
Geometry 
7(5+2) 
Single case based on a circle and equilateral triangle and 2 questions on mensurarion. 
Fractions 
1 

Equations 
2 
Linear and quadratic 
Polynomial 
1 
Sum of interior angles 
Series 
1 

Ages 
1 

P and L 
1 

SI 
1 

Misc. (Arithmetic) 
5 

Total 
30 

The section was easy as there were 2 case based questions which could easily be solved in 5 minutes each and 5 minutes for 5 Data sufficiency questions out of which 3 could easily be done. From the other 15 questions, 7 could easily be done in the given time limit.
The case of permutations was based on arranging the books on different subjects together or separately and so on. It was a very common and traditional variety of easy questions on permutations.
The case of geometry was based on following figure.
The value of one side of equilateral triangle = 14√3 cms was given and area of triangle, side and area of smaller circle, area of larger circle etc. were asked. With basic knowledge of geometry this case could have been easily solved. It was a good case to attempt as there were 5 questions associated with it.
From this section also, 1718 questions could have been attempted easily in the given time limit of 30 minutes.
Overall cutoffs
An attempt of 110+ questions with good accuracy can easily fetch 99+ percentile.
An attempt of 90 to 100 questions with good accuracy can fetch 95+ percentile.