Analysis: IRMA 2010

IRMA was the first paper of Management Examination season. The paper was almost similar to IRMA 2009. Some students found paper a bit more difficult as compared to last year paper but Bullseye students had a reason to rejoice as a large number of questions in QA and DI and AR sections were from NET IRMA conducted by Bullseye . In English Comprehension Section also ,students found most of the RC s from pack 4. To be precise exactly 26 questions in QA and DI and 20 questions in AR were from NET IRMA. The GK section was the most difficult section and in this section low sectional cut-off is expected. Quantitative ability and English Comprehension was easier as compared to AR section which was a bit tricky.

IRMA is generally designed to test the candidates aptitude for Rural Management and hence majority of GK question were on Rural Management.

There were 200 questions (4 Sections) in all and the time allotted was 2hrs. The four sections were as follows:

  • English Comprehension
  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Issues of Social Concern (GK)
Overview of the IRMA Paper
Time allotted2Hrs.
Total no. of questions200
Marking Scheme1
Sections4
Number of choices5
Negative Marking¼
Expected cut-offs*103+
Overview of Different Sections
Sr. No.SectionsNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
1English Comprehension40Easy
2Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation50Easy
3Analytical Reasoning50Average
4Issues of Social Concern (GK)60Average to tough
SECTIONAL - ANALYSIS
SECTION I: Verbal & Logical Abilities
Sr. No.Area TestedDescriptionNo. of QuestionMark AllottedDifficulty Level /remarks
1Reading ComprehensionPassage on decontrolling of water resources1515Moderate
2Verbal AbilityCloze Test1010Average
3Verbal AbilityPara Jumbled55Easy to Moderate
4Verbal AbilityGrammar55Easy
5Verbal AbilitySentence Completion55Easy

Evaluation: This section had questions on Reading Comprehension; Fill in the Blanks (cloze test), Sentence Completion & Para Jumbled etc.

Comfortable Attempt: 25-30 questions in about 30 minutes.
Achievable Score: 19+ was an achievable score.

SECTION II: Quantitative Ability & DI
Sr. No.Area TestedType of QuestionsNo. of QuestionMark AllottedDifficulty Level /remarks
1DI: Data InterpretationLine graph55Moderate
Tables1010Easy 
Bar graph55Easy 
2QUANTSimplification77Easy-Moderate
Permutation & Combination11Easy-Moderate 
Probability33Moderate 
Percentages11Easy 
SICI , Ratio Proportion, P & L, T&W88Easy 
Data Sufficiency55Moderate 
Venn Diagram (Paragraph based)55Moderate 

Evaluation: Speed, clarity of the fundamentals of Mathematics and immaculate time-management were the key to success in this area. Overall this section was easy.

Comfortable Attempt: 35-40 questions in about 35 minutes.
Achievable Score: 26+ was an achievable score.

SECTION III: Analytical Reasoning
Sr. No.Area TestedDescriptionNo. of QuestionMark AllottedDifficulty Level /remarks
1Critical ReasoningDecision Making (Eligibility for Rural Marketing)510Easy
2CRCoding decoding55Moderate
3CRCourse of action55Moderate
4CRCause Effect55Easy
5CRStatement Assumption55Easy
6Analytical ReasoningAnalytical reasoning (Verbal Puzzle, No. Arrangement, Seating Arrangement etc..)+inference + statement conclusion149Moderate
7CRData Sufficiency (Reasoning Based)55Moderate

Evaluation: This section had questions that tested the student's Analytical Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Decision making ability. There were questions on Odd man- out, Course Of Action and Statement Assumption. The section required attentive reading and deep thinking as it seemed deceptively easy on the first glance.

Comfortable Attempt: 25-30 questions in about 40-45 minutes.
Achievable Score: 27+ was an achievable score.

SECTION IV: General Awareness (Issues of Social Concern)

Evaluation: This was the toughest of all sections. The questions were verbose and descriptive and answer choices tricky close. 8-10 questions were direct (Milkman of India, WTO, Famous Economist, Nobel prize winner) and a student who had brushed up his Current GK could have easily attempted these question and most of the other questions were on Government schemes, definition of terms, economics, poverty and agriculture etc. and exhaustive study was required to attempt these questions. Hence the expected cut-offs in this section is much lower.

Comfortable Attempt: About 25 in 30 minutes
Achievable Score: 18+ would be an achievable score in this area.

*Disclaimer:All the above given information is based on personal opinion of Bulls Eye Expert faculty. Several factors have been considered before giving these cut-offs. However, it has nothing to do with original cut-offs.