Course/Examination details and Regulations for ATA by Examination
The award ‘Associate-ship of the Textile Association (ATA)’ is given on the basis of examination in three parts, similar to the Courses offered by the Polytechnic Institutes. The eligible candidates who prepare for the First Part (ATA Part-I) Examination are expected to familiarize themselves with i) Basic and general engineering sciences, ii) brief idea of the textile materials, processes and machines and iii) a preliminary knowledge of computer and its applications.
For the Second Part (ATA Part-II) Examination the candidates are expected to be familiar with the basics of the main textile processes like Spinning, Fabric Forming, Textile Chemical processing and Industrial Organization and Management. In addition, the candidates for Part-II Examination should submit a brief work plan of the Industrial Report to be completed in Part-III. The Third Part (ATAIII), consists of two compulsory subjects, namely, Technical Textiles and Manmade Fibre Technology and relevant subjects from ANY ONE of the Optional Groups, Spinning, Weaving, Chemical Processing and ‘Knitting and Garment Technology’. For all the examinations, though the candidates are expected to have general background of processes of commonly used fibres such as cotton, man-made fibres, wool, silk and jute, the emphasis is on cotton and its blends.
The candidate for the Part-III Examination shall submit the detailed Industrial Report (as per the work plan submitted in Part-II), along with the Examination form for Part III examination. The standard of proficiency and coverage aimed at is equivalent to that of the formal Diploma courses, with more emphasis on the practical and application aspects of basic and engineering sciences to the technology of textile manufacture, rather than the purely theoretical and advanced aspects.
Eligibility and Registration
The applicant for ATA Part-I examination must have been registered as a Life member of the Textile Association (India).
The applicant for ATA Part-I examination must have passed a Secondary School Certificate Examination (S.S.C. or its equivalent) with an evidence of having taken Mathematics and Science subjects for the S.S.C. in view of its importance to the understanding of textile technology. It is recommended that the science subjects be Physics and Chemistry. PAC may relax these conditions on the basis of the long experience and/or education higher than S.S.C. level.
Registration for the course is an admission process. For each of ATA part I, II & III course, the candidate must initially get admission by paying the registration fees. Unless the candidate registers for the course he is not eligible to enroll for the examination. Application for registration is to be done during January to March for the examination to be held in next December. After the course registration, if the candidate feels that he is not prepared well due to some problem, he may not enroll for the examination. No new course registration is required in this case or even if he fails in some subjects. He only has to reappear by enrolling for the respective subject examination as a repeater.
The ATA examinations are generally held in the last fortnight of December every year. The exact dates of the examinations and the exam centre will be intimated to candidate along with ID card at least three months prior to the commencement of the examinations.
Application forms for the examination are required to be sent about three months in advance (i.e. in August / September). The application forms for Part-I examination should be enclosed with a copy of (1) Certificate of passing S.S.C or its equivalent exam with Science and Mathematics subjects and (2) Certificates from the employer in textile field. Results of the examinations are generally declared in the month of March, of the next year.
Those who have passed the ATA Part-III Examination should register for getting the mark-sheet of Part-III Examination and ATA award by paying the award fees mentioned in the Schedule of Fees.
Scheme of ATA Examination
Regulation 1:-Only a registered member of the Textile Association (India) is permitted to apply for the examination. A member shall apply to the Hon. Gen. Secretary of the Central Office of the Textile Association (India) through the unit to which the member is attached or through a nearby unit. Application should not be sent directly to the Central Office. The duly filled in forms should be complete in all respects and should be accompanied by all necessary documents supporting the information given by the applicant.
Regulation 2:- The applicant for ATA Part-I examination must have been registered as a Life member of the Textile Association (India).
1. Registration fees in all cases are non-refundable.
2. Study material and a copy of the Handbook of Professional Awards will be provided at the time of registration for the course in the beginning and only study material for the rest of the course viz. part II & III.
3. The applicant has to pay the total amount along with the appropriate application Form to the Unit. The Unit Secretary will forward the same to the Central Office for the needful action, after scrutiny and attaching the appropriate Check- List where required. If the application is not approved by the PAC/G.C., the fees indicated in the column (3) of the Schedule of Fees, will be refunded.
4. Verification of Marks and Reassessment: If a candidate wishes that the marks obtained by him in any paper should be re-totaled or his answer book be reassessed he should apply (Handwritten application) within one month from the date of issue of intimation of marks with a fee as mentioned in the Schedule of Fees. If a mistake is found in totaling the marks or assessment as a result of verification, the fee will be refunded. The decision of the Professional Awards Committee will be final in all cases.
Regulation 3:- The applicant must be at least 21 years of age at the time of receiving the award of ATA by Examination. However any candidate may be permitted to appear for ATA Part-I, Part-II or Part-III examination before reaching the age of 21 years but will not be given the ATA Certificate till he completes 21 years. Total 3 years (minimum) Industrial Experience is necessary. Candidates are required to produce necessary experience certificate in this regard to get ATA Course Completion certificate.
Regulation 4:- The applicant for ATA Part-I examination must have passed a Secondary School Certificate Examination (S.S.C. or its equivalent) with an evidence of having taken Mathematics and Science subjects for the S.S.C. in view of its importance to the understanding of textile technology. It is recommended that the science subjects be Physics and Chemistry. In considering Regulations 2, 3 and 4 the PAC may relax these conditions in view of the long experience and/or education higher than S.S.C. level.
Regulation 5:- Members satisfying the necessary conditions mentioned above may apply for ATA Part-I Examination on form A, to the Hon. Gen. Secretary, through the Hon. Secretary of the Unit before the stipulated date for receiving the applications which is announced through the circular issued by the Unit and through the Journal of Textile Association (JTA).
Regulation 6:- A candidate who has appeared for Part-I Examination but has passed only in three subjects, may be ‘Allowed to Appear for Higher Examination’ (ATAHE) (i.e. Part-II Examination) at the subsequent examination. However he should clear the subjects of ATA Part-I in which he has failed. Otherwise the results of the higher examination will not be declared. The candidates reappearing for Part-I Examination will get exemption in the subjects they have passed. The candidate appearing under ATAHE must fill-in forms A and B concurrently.
Regulation 7:- The candidates who have fully passed ATA Part-I Examination and who are ATAHE as per regulation 6, may apply for the ATA Part-II Examination on form B, to the Hon. Gen. Secretary, Central Office, through the Hon. Secretary of the Unit, giving evidence about their eligibility for ATA Part-II Examination. The brief work plan (1-2 page) of Industrial Report should be submitted along with the Form B, i.e. at the time of paying Examination fee for Part-II.
Regulation 8:- The rules for ATAHE at Part-II are same as in Regulation 7. The candidates who have fully passed ATA Part-II or who are ATAHE at Part-II Examination may apply for ATA Part-III Examination in Form C to the Hon. Gen. Secretary through the Hon. Secretary of the Unit, giving proof of their eligibility to appear for ATA Part- III Examination. The Industrial Report should be submitted along with the Examination form. The candidate appearing under ATAHE must fill-in forms B and C concurrently.
Regulation 9:- The ATA Part-III Examination consists of four papers of three hours each and submission of the Industrial Report (as per the work plan submitted along with the Part-II Examination form). Of the four papers two are compulsory subjects and two papers should be chosen from any one of the Optional Subjects listed in the Table above. The Industrial Report must be submitted along with the application form for ATA Part-III Examination.
Regulation 10:- The candidates appearing for ATA Part- III repeat examination must fill-in Form C.
Regulation 11:- If the candidates, who have fully passed the Part- III examination with one Optional subject, wish to appear for the Part-III Examination with another Optional subject, they may do so without appearing in the compulsory subjects and without submission of Industrial Report, by paying the full total fees.
Regulation 12:- The examiners for Part I, Part II and Part III examinations may give Grace Marks of up to a maximum of 5% to pass the candidate in a subject. If a candidate scores 35 marks, the examiners can give, at their discretion, five marks to pass the candidate. However if the candidate scores 34 marks or less, no Grace Marks be given by the examiner. In addition, the PAC can grant a maximum grace of 15 marks, at the rate of one marks for every one percent in excess of 40% in the aggregate, to be distributed over not more than two subjects. For example, if the aggregate mark of a candidate is 50%, a grace of 10 marks may be added to pass that candidate in one or two subjects in which the candidate has failed. If the candidate fails in more than two subjects, no grace marks be given in any of the subjects. However under extra-ordinary circumstances, the PAC may take appropriate decision regarding the Grace Marks, passing a Special Resolution.
Regulation 13:- Refund of Examination Fees on Medical grounds: If a candidate is unable to take the whole examination because of sickness, he should submit a certificate from a registered Medical Practitioner on the first day of the examination to the Officer-In-Charge of the Examination centre. The genuineness of the certificate should be vouched by the Hon. Secretary of the Unit where such examination is conducted. Application of such candidates should be sent within one week after the completion of the examination to the Hon. Gen. Secretary. Such applications for refund of examination fees will be placed in the PAC meeting for its consideration. If approved, the applicant will be refunded only 50% of the normal examination fees. The registration fees will not be refunded.
Regulation 14:- The ATA Award by Examination: Certificate of ATA will be given only after the candidate fulfills the following conditions.
(a) He has passed the ATA Part-III Examination.
(b) He should have completed 21 years of age.
(c) He has a professional experience of three years.
(d) He has filled in Form D with Registration Fees as Scheduled.
(e) The application in Form D is endorsed by the Secretary of the Unit. (If the candidate has no
professional experience of three years, a provisional Mark-sheet will only be given and ATA Certificate will be issued only on producing the evidence that he has worked for three years in textile industry in a supervisory capacity or has a professional experience of three years).
Professional Award Committee (PAC) has revised the Exam fees as under in their PAC meeting held on 08th December, 2015.
1. Currently total fees paid by ATA Part-I, candidate is Rs. 7000/- of which the cost of study material is Rs. 4000/- and Exam fee is Rs. 3000/-. It was resolved that obtain of study material will be optional, so the candidate can pay Rs. 4000/- per year towards Registration fee and Exam fee. In case if the candidate desires to obtain study material, candidate can do so by paying separately.
2. Currently total fees paid by ATA Part-II, candidate is Rs. 9500/- of which the cost of study material is Rs. 5000/- and Exam fee is Rs. 4500/-. It was resolved that obtain of study material will be optional, so the candidate can pay only Rs. 5000/- per year towards Registration fee and Exam fee. In case if the candidate desires to obtain study material, candidate can do so by paying separately.
3. Currently total fees paid by ATA Part-III, candidate is Rs. 12000/- of which the cost of study material is Rs. 6000/- and Exam fee is Rs. 6000/-. It was resolved that obtain of study material will be optional, so the candidate can pay only Rs. 7000/- per year towards Registration fee and Exam fee. In case if the candidate desires to obtain study material, candidate can do so by paying separately.
This will help more candidates to appear in ATA Exam.
Exam Fee Schedule
Note: During PAC meeting held on 08th December, 2015, it has resolved that candidates can obtain the study materials is optional. Otherwise candidates has to pay only Registration Fee and Exam Fee.