ATMA 2020 Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Syllabus and Books

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    ATMA 2020 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. AIMS has divided the question paper in 6 sections with 180 objective type questions.

    Latest: ATMA Application Form 2020 is available from February 13 to May 19, 2020. Also, Results for February session are decared, candidates appeared for the exam have to Validate the Results

    • Next session of ATMA 2020 is scheduled for May 24, 2020.
    • The exam will be conducted in English language for a duration of 180 minutes. 
    • All the questions are 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 for every incorrect answer. 

    ATMA is conducted five times for an academic year. The pattern is similar to other leading MBA exams like MAT. Read on to know more about the exam pattern, marking scheme, section-wise question distribution, important topics and Preparation Tips

    ATMA Exam Pattern 2020 Highlights

    ATMA Exam Pattern

    ParticularsATMA Exam Pattern 
    Exam ModeOnline 
    Number of parts/ sections6
    Number of Questions180
    Question Paper TypeObjective Type (MCQs) 
    Total Marks180

    Detailed Exam Pattern for ATMA

    ATMA 2020 Detailed Exam Pattern

    Following are the features of ATMA Exam Pattern:  

    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 2020 will be held on February 5, 2020 (2:00 PM – 5:00 PM)
    • The Reporting Time is 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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    Marking Scheme for ATMA

    ATMA Marking Scheme 2020

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

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

    ATMA Syllabus & Important Topics

    ATMA Syllabus & Important Topics 2020

    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 2020. 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

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    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

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    Mock Test and Sample Papers

    ATMA Mock Test 2020

    Conducting body of the exam AIMS provides facility to practice Mock Test on the official website. Following are the steps to avail the facility:

    • Visit the official website
    • Navigate to “Mock Test’ option displayed on the top most bar
    • A new login window will appear, enter email id, password. In case not yet registered there is an option of “ Register an Account”
    • Set of instructions are displayed on the screen taht are necessary to be followed to start the test.

    Direct Link to Practice Mock Test

    ATMA Mock Test Window appears like this: 

    Atma Mock Test

    Recommended Books for Preparation

    ATMA 2020 Recommended Books

    The following reference books will help candidates in preparing for ATMA 2020 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

    Frequently Asked Questions

    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. 

    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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