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ATMA 2019 Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Syllabus and Books

Updated On - July 31st 2019 by LOKESH GUPTA

ATMA 2019 Exam Pattern is designed to test candidates’ aptitude and management skills by analysing their comprehension abilities, verbal reasoning capacities, analysing and synthesizing capabilities, and numerical reasoning abilities.

Latest: Last date of ATMA Application Form Submission was July 22, 2019. Apply Now

  • ATMA 2019 July session was scheduled for July 28, 2019 through computer-based mode. 
  • The paper consists of 180 objective type questions spread over 6 sections.
  • Each section in the exam need not be attempted in the serial order. Download ATMA Question Papers
  • All the questions were based on three sections namely- Analytical Reasoning, Quantitative, and Verbal skills.
  • 1 mark is awarded for every correct answer. Negative marking of - 0.25 mark is also applicable. 

ATMA is conducted five times for an academic year (December 2018, February, May, July, July 2019). The pattern is similar to other leading MBA exams like XAT, CAT, CMAT among others. Check ATMA 2019 Exam Dates

Read on to know more about the exam pattern, marking scheme, section-wise question distribution, important topics from ATMA Syllabus and Preparation Tips.

ATMA 2019 Exam Pattern Highlights

ATMA Exam Pattern, ATMA Paper Pattern
ATMA Exam Pattern FeaturesDetails
Exam ModeOnline and Offline
Number of parts/ sections6
Number of Questions180
Question Paper TypeObjective Type (MCQs) 
Total Marks180

ATMA 2019 Exam Pattern in Detail

Exam Mode 

  • The examination is conducted in online mode which is computer-based mode. 

Exam Timings

  • Unlike other management exams, ATMA is held in the afternoon session.
  •  ATMA 2019 was held on July 28, 2019 (2:00 PM – 5:00 PM)
  • The Reporting Time was 1:00 pm.

Type of Questions

  • All questions are objective in nature.
  • Each question has four options.
  • Choose the correct or best answer from these four choices and click on the right answer in the online test. 

Total Questions, Sections and Time

  • The test comprises of 180 questions divided equally into 6 sections.
  • Each Section is timed individually i.e. a time limit of 30 minutes is prescribed for each section with 30 questions.   
SectionName of SectionNo. of QuestionsAllotted Time
1Analytical Reasoning Skills – I3030 mins.
2Verbal Skills – I3030 mins.
3Quantitative Skills – I3030 mins.
4Verbal Skills – II3030 mins.
5Analytical Reasoning Skills – II3030 mins.
6Quantitative Skills – II3030 mins.
Total6 Sections180 Questions180 Minutes

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ATMA 2019 Marking Scheme

The marking scheme for ATMA exam is uniform. The scheme is tabulated below.

TypeMarking Scheme
Correct/ Best Answer+ 1 mark
Unanswered Question0
Wrong/ Double Answers- 0.25 marks

ATMA 2019 Syllabus & Important topics

The syllabus aims to assess the aptitude of the candidates for higher management education. AIMS, the coordinating body of ATMA does not release any official syllabus for the examination. Based on the past trends of questions, we have curated ATMA Syllabus for you all. Read on to know more.

There are three main sections in ATMA 2019. Each section is further divided into two parts. The main topics of the exam syllabus are:

  1. Analytical Reasoning Skills
  2. Quantitative Skills
  3. Verbal Skills

ATMA Syllabus: Analytical Reasoning Skills 1 and 2

Skills 1: Candidates must possess the analytical skills to analyze the situation and arrive at a right answer. Questions will be framed out of:

  • Critical Reasoning,
  • A course of Action,
  • Statement-Inference,
  • Strong/Weak Arguments

Skills 2: In addition to the topics mentioned above, you can expect questions based on  

  • Coding-decoding,
  • Strengthen/Weaken arguments 
  • Statement-Conclusion,
  • Arrangements,
  • Syllogisms,
  • Data sufficiency

Check ATMA Paper Analysis

ATMA Syllabus: Verbal Skills 1 and 2

Skill 1:  This section assesses a candidate’s English language skills. The topics covered under this section are:

  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary,
  • Jumbled Sentences
  • RC Passages
  • Sentence Completion

Skills 2: It is no different from section 1 of verbal skills. The only difference is, that you may get more questions on Reading Comprehension and Verbal Reasoning as well.

Preparation Tip: Read English newspapers, magazines, etc. to increase their familiarity with words and improve vocabulary. Read Complete Preparation Tips

ATMA Syllabus: Quantitative Skills 1 and 2

Skills 1 and 2: This section revolves around mathematics, numerical ability, calculation skills, etc. It is important for candidates to practice quick solving tricks with respect to calculations, etc. for doing well in this section. Topics covered in this section are given below:

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Modern Math
  • Geometry
  • Number System
  • Average
  • Percentages
  • Profit & Loss
  • Ratio & Proportion Variations
  • Time, Speed & Distance
  • Mensuration
  • Permutation & Combination
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Logarithm

Preparation Tip: Practice Previous Years’ Question Papers. Download ATMA Sample Papers

ATMA 2019 Reference Books

The following reference books will help candidates in preparing for ATMA 2019 entrance exam. These books will let candidates prepare for the different types and category of questions that can be expected in the exam.

Book NameAuthorISBN
Quantitative Aptitude for MBASulava Ee0070706360
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsRS Agarwal9352534026
A Modern Approach to Verbal ReasoningRS Agarwal8121905524
Trishna's Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for the CAT and Other MBA ExaminationsT.I.M.E8131774163
Mathematics for MBA RS Agarwal8121908450

ATMA Exam Pattern/ Syllabus – FAQs

Ques. What will be the difficulty level of the exam? Will the level of questions be same as CAT or XAT?

Ans. As per the analysis and previous year trends, you can expect the difficulty level to be moderate to difficult. Barring few questions, the majority of the questions in ATMA exam has moderate difficulty level as against IIMs-CAT and XLRI-XAT exams

Ques. If I am appearing for the exam in online mode, what all should I know to avoid any hurdles?

Ans. You must be fully aware of the function of Navigation Tools. It is important to gain expertise in navigating through the test paper, how to answer questions in CBT, how to mark/unmark/review the answers or change your answers to maximize your score. You can do it, by attempting online computer based mock tests. Direct LinkATMA Mock Tests

Ques. Will the exam pattern and syllabus change for ATMA Exam for each session?

Ans. No, the syllabus and exam pattern for ATMA remains the same for each of the session. However, the questions will differ.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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