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ATMA Exam Pattern 2018, Marking Scheme, Syllabus

Updated On - July 24th 2018 by KRITIKA GUPTA

ATMA 2018 Exam Pattern is designed to test candidates’ aptitude in various management skills by analysing their comprehension abilities, verbal reasoning capacities, analysing and synthesizing capabilities, and numerical reasoning abilities. The pattern is similar to other leading MBA entrance exams like XAT, CAT, CMAT among others. ATMA 2018 is conducted five times a year (January, February, May, July and August).

Exam Date – August 5, 2018 in online mode (computer based), apply online before July 30

The pattern is considered to be unique as ATMA exam mode for some months is offline (May and July) and for others, it is online mode. The test contains 180 MCQs spread over six sections. Each section in the exam need not be attempted in the serial order. The questions cover Analytical Reasoning, Quantitative, and Verbal skills. Read on to know more about the exam pattern, marking scheme, section-wise question distribution, important topics or ATMA Syllabus.

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Highlights of ATMA Exam Pattern

ATMA Exam Pattern, ATMA Paper Pattern
Exam ModeOnline: January, February and August Session 
Offline: May and July session
Number of parts/ sections6
Number of Questions180
Question Paper TypeObjective Type (MCQs) 
Total Marks180

ATMA 2018 Exam Pattern in Detail

Management aspirants seeking admissions in various PG programs such as MBA, PGDM, MCA, MCM, etc. offered by the member management institutes of AIMS can apply for the examination before July 30. The scores of the computer-based or pen-based test are accepted by 200 institutions. 

Exam Mode as per Months

  • The examination mode varies as per the month it is conducted by AIMS.
  • For January, February and August Sessions, the exam will be a computer-based one. 
  • For May and July session, it will be a pen-paper based exam.

Exam Timings

  • Unlike other management exams, ATMA is held in the afternoon session.
  •  ATMA August 2018 is scheduled for August 5 from 2 PM to 5 PM.

Type of Questions

  • All questions are objective in nature.
  • Each multiple-choice question is followed by four answers numbered 1,2,3 and 4.
  • Choose the correct or best answer from these four choices and click the right answer in the Online Test. 

Total Questions, Sections and Time

  • The test comprises 180 questions.
  • As per the official bulletin for the exam (2018-19), the questions are spread across equally over six sections.
  • Each section split into two parts, this is unique about ATMA exam pattern.
  • The composition of the exam is such that the 6 sections cover the questions into 3 sections.
  • The 60 questions in each section are divided into 2 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 Skills3030 mins.
2Verbal Skills3030 mins.
3Quantitative Skills3030 mins.
4Verbal Skills3030 mins.
5Analytical Reasoning Skills3030 mins.
6Quantitative Skills3030 mins.
 -Total180180 mins.

ATMA 2018 Marking Scheme

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

TypeMarking Scheme
Correct/ Best Answer+ 1 mark
Unanswered Question0
Wrong/ Double Answers- 0.25 marks
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ATMA 2018 Syllabus & Important topics

The syllabus aims to assess the aptitude of the candidates for higher management education. AIMS, 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 August 2018. 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

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.

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

ATMA 2018 Reference Books

The following reference books will help candidates in preparing for ATMA 2018 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 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 taking as many sample online computer based mock tests on exam as possible. 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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