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ATMA 2021 Pattern and Syllabus: Recommended Books, Marking Scheme, Sectional Weightage & Timing

ATMA 2021 Syllabus and Pattern is released by the conducting body; Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS). The 3 hour long paper consists of 6 sections in total with equal marks distribution. Candidates applying for ATMA 2021 must familiarize with the syllabus and exam pattern.

  • Sections of the ATMA Syllabus consists of 3 major parts; Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Reasoning Skills, and Verbal Skills.
  • All 6 sections of ATMA 2021 carry 30 marks each. Time limit for each section is also equal.
  • Each correct response will be awarded +1 mark while 0.25 marks will be dedcuted

Candidates can choose to write the exam in offline (pen and paper) or online mode (Computer Based Test). Although due to COVID 19 ATMA 2020 was conducted in online proctored method, the mode of upcoming ATMA Exam will depend on the situation.

As far as the ATMA Syllabus and Pattern are concerned, it is aimed to analyse the management and aptitude level skills that a candidate possesses. This is accomplished through the 6 skill tests in the entrance exam that a candidate needs to qualify. These 6 skill tests are devised based on the following three sections:

  • Quantitative section (Aptitude)
  • Verbal section (English)
  • Analytical Reasoning section

Recent ATMA exams are known to conduct the exam via the AI powered test which the candidates have to take up from the home itself after adhering to certain guidelines to tackle the current COVID-19 Pandemic in India.

ATMA Exam Pattern 2021 Highlights

Characteristics Info
Mode of Exam Online
Type of Exam Computer-based Test
Sections count 3
Sectional distribution Quantitative, Analytical Reasoning, and Verbal
Skill Tests Involved Analytical Reasoning skills I & II; Quantitative skills I & II; and Verbal skills I & II
Total Questions Count 180
Maximum Marks 180
Maximum time allowed 3 Hours
Questions Nature MCQs (Objective type)
Medium of Exam English
Options count in MCQs 4
ATMA Marking Schema Correct Answer adds 1 mark each Wrong Answer deducts 0.25 mark Un-attempted Answer deducts no mark
Score accepting courses MBA, PGDM, MMS, and MCA
Negative Marking Yes

ATMA Sectional Weightages

ATMA 2021 Sectional Weightages and Sectional Timings

A Typical ATMA Exam paper pattern (Expected in ATMA exam patten 2021 too) contains 6 Skill tests falling under 3 categories of sections namely,

  • Analytical Reasoning skills I
  • Quantitative skills I
  • Verbal skills I
  • Analytical Reasoning skills II
  • Quantitative skills II
  • Verbal skills II

All these skills tests will consist of 30 questions each and will be allocated the maximum time of 30 minutes (separately timed).

Sections Questions Count (Max.) Total Marks Sectional Cut off Timings
Quantitative skills I & II 30 Ques. 30 Ques. 30 Marks 30 Marks 30 Mins. 30 Mins.
Analytical Reasoning skills I & II 30 Ques. 30 Ques. 30 Marks 30 Marks 30 Mins. 30 Mins.
Verbal skills I & II 30 Ques. 30 Ques. 30 Marks 30 Marks 30 Mins. 30 Mins.
Total of all sections 180 Ques. 180 Marks 180 Mins.

ATMA Marking Scheme

ATMA 2021 Marking Scheme

Marking Characteristics Marking Scheme
Best/ Correct response +1 mark
Double / Incorrect response -0.25 mark
Unanswered / Unvisited Questions 0 mark

Note: As per the latest notification and recently held ATMA exam, the marking scheme for ATMA Exam 2021 is expected to have no change in the marking scheme.

ATMA Syllabus

ATMA 2021 Syllabus

After knowing the Exam Pattern of ATMA, it is necessary to know the ATMA Exam Syllabus 2021 which will aid the candidates in devising a proper plan to crack the exam. Syllabus of ATMA consists of topics/ sections to test the candidate’s following abilities:

  • Management abilities
  • Aptitude solving abilities
  • Analysing abilities
  • Comprehension abilities
  • Synthesizing abilities
  • Numerical reasoning abilities
  • Verbal reasoning abilities

ATMA exam syllabus is designed with a variety of topics getting equally distributed to the 6 sections.

ATMA Syllabus: Quantitative skills I

The quantitative skills I syllabus for ATMA with 30 questions and 30 marks consists of the following topics:

  • Arithmetic
  • Modern Math
  • Number System
  • Percentages
  • Proportion & Ratio Variations
  • Mensuration
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Average
  • Profit & Loss
  • Time, Distance, and Speed
  • Combination and Permutation
  • Logarithm
  • Number Systems
  • LCM and HCF
  • Inequalities
  • Problems on Ages
  • Complex Numbers
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Averages
  • Set Theory
  • Surds and Indices
  • Discounts

ATMA Syllabus: Quantitative skills II

The quantitative skills II syllabus consists of topics that is not different from the topics found in the quantitative skills I syllabus. This skill test consists of 30 questions and 30 marks with 1 mark being allocated to each question found in this skill test.

ATMA Syllabus: Analytical Reasoning skills I

This skill test consists of 30 questions and 30 marks with one mark getting allocated to each other. The topics which are usually tested in the Analytical Reasoning skills I Test are as follows:

  • Critical Reasoning
  • Statement – Inference
  • Statement – Course of Action
  • Statement – Weak and Strong Arguments

ATMA Syllabus: Analytical Reasoning skills II

This Analytical Reasoning skill test II also consists of 30 marks and questions and one mark is allotted to all questions in this skill test. The topics that were found in the skill test are as follows:

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

ATMA Syllabus: Verbal skills I

Verbal skills I comprises of 30 questions with 30 marks testing the abilities of the candidate to test English Language Command and Expertise. The following topics are found in this skill test:

  • Grammar
  • Passages (Reading Comprehension)
  • Vocabulary
  • Sentence Completion
  • Jumbled Sentences

ATMA Syllabus: Verbal skills II

Verbal skills II also contain 30 questions and marks with one mark for each. Verbal skill I and Verbal Skill II topics are one other the same.

ATMA Recommended Books

Recommended Books for ATMA 2021 Exam

Skill Tests Books Author/ Publisher
Quantitative skills I and Quantitative skills II Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Sulava Ee
- Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations RS Agarwal
Mathematics for MBA RS Agarwal
Analytical Reasoning skills I and Analytical Reasoning skills II A Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning RS Agarwal
- Logical and Analytical Reasoning Ashok Gupta
Logical Reasoning Arihant Publication
Verbal skills I and Verbal skills II Trishna's Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for the CAT and Other MBA Examinations T. I. M. E.
- High School English Grammar & Composition Wren & Martin
Objective General English S.P Bakshi
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis

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Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme ATMA 2021 Vs XAT 2021 and NMAT 2021

Exam Pattern Characteristics ATMA 2021 NMAT 2021 XAT 2021
Questions Count 180 108 100
Nature of Questions 180 MCQs 108 MCQs 97 MCQs and Descriptive type Questions
Total time for exam 3 Hours 2 Hours 3.5 Hours
Marking Scheme Correct response adds 1 mark each and
Wrong response deducts no Marks
Correct response adds 3 marks each
Wrong response deducts no Marks
Correct response adds 1 mark each
Wrong response deducts 14 Mark for selective 72 MCQs and Remainder 25 MCQs deducts no marks for Wrong response
Unanswered questions also carry negative marks
Sectional Cut off Time 30 minutes for all 6 skill tests 28 minutes to 52 minutes depending upon count of questions Sectional cut off timing varies on the basis of sections (15 mins for GK section and 165 minutes for remaining 3 sections)
Sectional Weightage Analytical Reasoning skills I & II: 60 marks
Quantitative skills I & II: 60 marks
Verbal skills I & II: 60 marks
Quantitative Aptitude: 36
Logical Reasoning: 36
English Language: 36
Data Interpretation and Quantitative Aptitude:27
Logical and Verbal Reasoning: 26 General Knowledge: 25
Decision Making: 21
Deciding the exam sectional order Not Possible Possible Not Possible

ATMA Preparation Tips

ATMA Exam Preparation Tips

By knowing the ATMA syllabus and Exam pattern, one can start his/her from scratch. But another thing in the mind of the aspirants will be ‘What should I have to follow to crack the exam?’ or ‘How much minimum time of preparation is needed to give the attempt with higher accuracy?’

  • The preparation strategy to be devised for cracking any exam is to know your strengths and weaknesses so that you can better your area of weakness and improvise your stronger areas to work on the accuracy.
  • After the weaker ones have been made less worse, you can try to improvise the accuracy for it too.
  • Always, try to cover the syllabus for three to four months and try to solve as many as mock tests or previous years question papers in order to be aware of the exam level difficulty that you might be exposed to while you take up your exam.

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ATMA Mock Series

ATMA Exam Mock Series

After improvising your accuracy, its now time to master the accuracy and work on your time by taking up the mock tests and previous year/ previous sessions of ATMA entrance exams conducted by ATMA.

An indicative Mock test are made available by AIMS itself, which is accessible at

Frequently Asked Questions

ATMA Syllabus and Exam Pattern FAQs

Ques. Which board conducts the ATMA test every year for PG level Management courses in India?

Ans. The Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) conducts the ATMA exam every year towards the admission of the candidates into PG level Management courses.

Ques. At which slot, the ATMA exams are usually conducted?

Ans. ATMA exams will be conducted in afternoon slots alone which is different from the way of conduct of CAT or XAT exams.

Ques. What is the total marks for which ATMA entrance exam is being conducted by AIMS?

Ans. AIMS conducts the ATMA entrance exam with a total of 180 marks.

Ques. What is the sectional timing allocated for each skill test in the ATMA Exam Pattern?

Ans. A sectional timing of 30 minutes is allocated to each of the skill test found in the ATMA entrance exam.

Ques. How many skill tests are there to test the various capabilities of the candidates?

Ans. There are 6 skill tests in the ATMA Entrance exam, namely, Quantitative skills I, Analytical Reasoning skills I, Verbal skills I, Quantitative skills II, Analytical Reasoning skills II, and Verbal skills II.

Ques. How is the syllabus ATMA entrance exam structured?

Ans. The syllabus of ATMA entrance exam is structured in a way to test the candidate’s capabilities in a variety of parameters in order to test whether he/ she is capable enough to take admission into the PG level of Management courses.

Ques. Has the ATMA exam pattern changed recently?

Ans. No, the ATMA exam pattern has not changed in recent years. But, any changes in the exam patterns get notified in the official site of AIMS.

Ques. How many minimum months of preparation is needed to crack the ATMA exam.

Ans. A minimum of 6 months of preparation will give you the ability to attend good attempts of the questions with good accuracy even when the question paper set of your session is difficult.

Ques. How much mark is deducted if the response chosen by the candidate is wrong or the candidate chooses two responses for a single question?

Ans. 0.25 of marks get deducted if the candidate gives wrong or double response per question.

Ques. How many sessions of ATMA take place in a calendar year?

Ans. Three to four sessions of ATMA entrance exams take place per calendar year.

ATMA 2021 : 4 answered questions


Ques. Which MBA colleges can I apply for with ATMA scores?

● Top Answer By Asmita Khandelwal on 18 Jan 21

Ans. ATMA is one of the nationally accepted examinations for MBA/PGDM courses in India. It is recognised by AICTE and MHRD . The test clearly is focussed at aptitude oriented assessment. The paper is one of the credible national papers that helps to provide a clear cut access to a larger group of aspirants to enter good institutes. Categories ATMA Conducting Body Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) Exam Level National Exam Frequency 4-5 times a year Exam Mode Online Exam Duration 3 hours The paper consists of sections like verbal, quantitative and reasoning skills. No business related or subject areas knowledge is checked through the exam. It is an online objective MCQ exam focussing on assessing the higher education aptitude in the candidate with a major focus on reasoning skills.  The prospective date for the exam this time is 14 February 2021. The common colleges that are accepting the score are include -  Christ University, FIIB, New Delhi IMS Ghaziabad LN Welingkar Institute Of Management Development & Research Delhi School Of Business ITM Business School, Navi Mumbai  Indus Business Academy Bangalore Department Of Management Sciences University Of Pune, Pune IPE Hyderabad Institute Of Management Technology, Hyderabad SIESCOMS, Navi Mumbai IIMS, Pune ATMA is a score accepted by approximately 200 colleges across the country making it a feasible option to look up to. A not so tough examination opens up a lot of scope for good colleges like Welingkar, FIIB and many others.Read more
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Ques. What are the colleges accepting MBA admissions for ATMA (aims test for management admissions)?

● Top Answer By Sakshi Gupta on 18 Jan 21

Ans. Aims Test For Management Admissions (ATMA) is accepted by almost more than 200 colleges in the country prominently; but it depends on the percentile scored by the candidates. The list of prospective colleges are as follows: PERCENTILE RANGE COLLEGES 80-85 Welingkar Mumbai, PUMBA, IMS Ghaziabad, Jaipuria Institute Of Management (Noida), Christ University Bangalore and SIESCOMS Mumbai 75-80 NIBM Pune, OP Jindal University, Sonepat, XIME Bangalore, SDMIMD Mysore, VIT Vellore, Indus Business School Bangalore and VJIM Hyderabad 70-75 IES Mumbai, IIMS Pune, FIIB New Delhi, DSB New Delhi, AIMS Bangalore, PES University, GITAM Hyderabad, SRM University Chennai, IES Mumbai and SSIM Secunderabad A large group of students are able to attain a good percentile in a range of 90-98 percentile. The acceptance of score is also quite good in a variety of colleges opening up a huge range of possibilities.Read more
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Ques. How much marks do toppers get in ATMA Exam?

● Top Answer By Supriya Sarkar on 18 Jan 21

Ans. The toppers score in a competitive examination depends totally on the number of candidates and their prospective scores, creating anticipation.  The general range of scores and their colleges is best described in table below: PERCENTILE RANGE COLLEGES 98-95 Welingkar Institute Of Management , DMS University Of Pune 90-85 SIES College Of Management Studies, Institute Of Public Enterprises , ITM Business School 80-75 FIIB, Entrepreneurship Development Institute Of India , Delhi School Of Business , Faculty Of Management Studies; Institute Of Rural Management and International Institute Of Management Pune. Other important details to be looked are as : The paper is of 800 marks and the score of toppers lies close to 640-650. The score is translated to percentile after score declaration. Above 600; a guaranteed 95 plus percentile is guaranteed. The scores are compiled percentile wise of three sections; quantitative skills, verbal skills and analytical skills. The target should be close to more than 120 questions plus an approach to avoid any loss of marks due to negative marking. ATMA is one of the easiest management exams , so it’s easy to score a decent percentile in it. ATMA is one of the easiest papers to look up to in the management field. It encompasses a lot of good colleges and has a light curriculum as compared to CAT. Aspirants should definitely try to score a good percentile in it.Read more
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Ques. What is the order of difficulty mode of entrances exam among these CAT, MAT, XAT, CMAT, ATMA and other exams conducted by deemed universities?

● Top Answer By Sahil Sachdeva on 18 Jan 21

Ans. The order of difficulty is definitely related to various factors but the prominent ones are candidates appearing & its composition. Keeping these in mind; the list is as follows: Common Aptitude Test(CAT) The exam is conducted by IIMs and accepted by most of the management institutes across the country.  The test duration is around 3 hours and comprises 100 questions.  A nice level of preparation is required to crack it as colleges look up to candidates holding more than 90 percentile. Xavier’s Aptitude Test (XAT) This examination is organised by Xavier Institute Of Management situated in Jamshedpur.  It also qualifies as a prominent score for management courses across various colleges.  The paper has sections similar to CAT but reasoning and general knowledge are the cracking points in the paper. Common Management Aptitude Test (CMAT) It is conducted by All India Council Of Technical Education(AICTE) having a moderate level of difficulty.  It takes general knowledge scores into consideration.  It is a 3 hour exam with 100 questions. Management Aptitude Test (MAT) This examination is conducted 4 times a year in February, May, September and December by All India Management Association (AIMA).  It is the easiest of all management exams and is accepted by 55-60% colleges across the country.  It is a 2.5 hour paper including 200 questions.  The percentile awarded is not inclusive of general knowledge score. The details regarding exams can be summed up in the table as follows: PAPER Number of questions Time duration (hours) Number of times paper conducted CAT 100 3 Once in a year (29 November 2020) XAT 100; 2 parts 3 Once in a year ( 3 January 2021) CMAT 100 3 Once in a year ( January 2021 ; registration open) MAT 200 2.5 4 times a year (February, May, September and December) The other prominent exams that are institute specific are : NMAT- Narsee Monjee Institute Of Management Studies -Management Aptitude Test SNAP- Symbiosis College – Symbiosis National Aptitude Test IIFT- Indian Institute Of Foreign Trade The aforesaid examinations are followed by GD/PI with a comprehensive evaluation of the entire academic cycle of candidate. Mere qualification of percentile is not a sure shot entry to top institutes.Read more
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