The Territorial Army exam was conducted on 30th July 2017 at selected centers. The exam showed the live interest of the aspirants for joining the army and serving the nation. The exam centres were few but still, several aspirants traveled to the exam centers from their homes to appear for the exam. Now taking a look at the level of the exam and analyzing the sections, the following analysis came out along with the average questions attempted by the prepared aspirants.
Exam pattern – The exam was composed of 2 papers. First paper had Reasoning and the Mathematics section of 50 marks each, while the second paper had General knowledge and English of 50 marks each. 2 hours as given for the both the papers individually.
- Reasoning – The reasoning part of the exam was average. The section is composed of sequences, odd one out, missing numbers, relations, directions, time and date, syllogism etc. The section did not have any high level of difficulty, but some candidates have found it time-consuming. The missing number and sequences were time taking. Average attempts were 35-45.
- Mathematics – Mathematics was the scoring section of the paper 1 as the level of the section was a bit lower than average level of difficulty. The questions of the number system, simplification, trigonometry, mensuration, geometry, ratio and proportion, simple and compound interest, profit loss, time and work, and partnership were there in the exam. Average people have attempted a good number of question in the exam. Average attempts were 35-45.
- General Knowledge – The level of general knowledge was a bit higher than the average level. It needs a deep knowledge of science, current affairs, history, and geography to clear the section. The questions were taken from a high level, which made it the weak point of the exam. The prepared aspirants have attempted 20-30 questions in this section.
- English – English section was also a competition cracker section of the exam. The section was having a one-word substitution, idioms and phrases, antonyms and synonyms, passage, editing, cloze sentences, sentence arrangement questions. The one who has prepared for the exam would have attempted between 20-30 questions in the exam.
Cuttoff – The candidates have to clear a section cut off of 40% in all the 4 sections individually and also have to appear in the all over 50% cutoff in both the papers individually.
Marking – 1 mark will be awarded for every correct answer, while ½ marks will be deducted for a wrong answer. The negative marking of the exam is higher than other defense exams like CDS, AFCAT, NDA etc.
Conclusion – The major part of the exam was a bit tough for most of the aspirants. All eyes are now on the result, which is expected to be released in this month. The exam needs strategy and knowledge to clear. Reasoning and Mathematics sections were simple to be attempted, while the general abilities and English part were the competition crackers. Those who have checked their marks and going above the cut-off should start preparing for the next stages and get ready for the next level.
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