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ATMA 2018 Analysis, Question Paper, Answer Key & Cut Off

Last Updated - January 14, 2018

ATMA 2018 was successfully held on January 14, 2018. The exam is being conducted successfully every year since 2000 and the scores are used in admissions process as a dependable predictor of aspirant’s performance in postgraduate management programs. Cut off (category and course wise) will release on the official website of each of the participating institutes. Check ATMA Expected Cut off

  • QA was dominated by questions on Arithmetic. The level of difficulty was easy-moderate. Check ATMA Paper Analysis (Detailed)
  • There were two sets with total 6 questions on Data Interpretation, one in each section.  
  • There was 1 Reading Comprehension passage with 6 questions (three of them were vocabulary-based and all were simple).
  • Selection will be done on the basis of merit prepared after considering overall performance of candidate. Check ATMA Selection Process
  • There are 89 participating institutes, whereas over 200 institutes accept ATMA scores for admissions to MBA, PGDM and MCA. 
  • The overall difficulty of the exam did not vary much from the previous ATMA Exams
  •  ATMA Result will be declared on January 192018 announcing names of all qualifying candidates. 

ATMA 2018 Question Paper

  • The ATMA 2018 Question Paper consists of 180 multiple choice questions (MCQs) from three sections: Analytical Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and Verbal Skills.
  • The test must be attempted within the duration of three hours.
  • For every correct answer, the candidate will be awarded 1 marks whereas for each incorrect answer, a negative marking of 0.25 mark will be practiced.
  • Candidates need not attempt every section as per the given order. They can choose to attempt any section during the stipulated time.
SectionsNumber of QuestionsAllotted Time
Analytical Reasoning (PART 1)3030 minutes
Analytical Reasoning (PART 2)3030 minutes
Verbal Skills (PART 1)3030 minutes
Verbal Skills (PART 2)3030 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude (PART 1)3030 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude (PART 2)3030 minutes
Total180180 minutes/ 3 hours

ATMA 2018 Answer key

Candidates can access ATMA 2018 Answer Key few days after the exam. The answer key will be uploaded for all the three subjects- Verbal Skills, Analytical Reasoning Skills and Quantitative Aptitude. Students can estimate the approximate score can score. Candidates can check the answer keys, ones available through the following procedure:

  • Visit the official website i.e.
  • Enter the required credentials i.e. Application ID and Password.
  • Then, click on submit button. ATMA 2018 Answer Key will be displayed.
  • Download the Answer key and match answer with your answer.
  • Take a print out for future reference.

Challenging ATMA 2018 Answer key

In case of any discordance, applicants can also challenge the answers provided in the key. The challenges against the answer key will be referred to the exam board committees constituted by AIMS (Association of Indian Management Schools). 

ATMA 2018 Paper Analysis

Although every year difficulty level and pattern of the test does not fluctuate much, candidates must practice previous year questions sets to attempt maximum questions correctly. Each question will have four options. Every year, each section ranges from easy to moderate level questions. 

SubjectTopics CoveredNumber of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Analytical ReasoningPuzzle (based on circular arrangement)5Easy to Moderate
Puzzle on distribution5
Data Sufficiency5
Input Output5
Coding & Decoding5
Statements & Conclusions6
Cause & Effect4
Strong & Weak arguments5
Course of Actions5
Cause & Effect5
Verbal SkillsReading Comprehension 15Moderate to Difficult
Reading Comprehension 25
Reading Comprehension 310
Reading Comprehension 410
Idioms & Phrases5
Error Detection4
Fill in the blanks6
Sentence Completion5
Para Completion5
Synonyms & Antonyms5
Quantitative AptitudeEquations (Simplification)5Moderate to Difficult
Percentage (based on Profit & Loss)5
Simple & Compound Interest2
Mixtures & Alligations1
Time & Distance4
Time & Work2
Number Series5
Probability & Statistics12
Inequalities & Comparison5
Data Interpretation14

ATMA 2018 Cut Off

Aspirants must secure minimum marks (Cut Off) so that they are shortlisted for the further admission process. Cut off for each participating institute will be announced by ATMA on their respective web portals. Cut off marks may vary for each institute, depending on various aspects, as stated below:

  • Total qualifying candidates.
  • Number of candidates qualified in the exam.
  • Number of seat availability for admission to institute through ATMA 2018 examination.
  • Difficulty level of the question paper.

In the following table, ATMA Cut off 2018 is mentioned, based on previous years cut off analysis.

InstituteATMA 2018 Expected Cut Off
Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai97+
Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur97
Institute for Future Education, Entrepreneurship and Leadership (iFEEL), Pune95
University School of Business Chandigarh University, Gharuan90+
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Usha & Lakshmi Mittal Institute of Management (BULMIM), New Delhi90+
JK Lakshmipat University, Jaipur93
NIILM – Centre for Management Studies, Greater Noida87+
Institute of Management Studies, Ghaziabad (IMS, Ghaziabad)70
Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDI), Gandhinagar97
FLAME School of Business, Pune,85
Jagan Institute of Management Studies (JIMS) Sector-5, Rohini60
Prin L N Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, Bangalore80
Fortune Institute of International Business, New Delhi85+
Eastern Institute for Integrated Learning in Management (EIILM), Kolkata90
Regional College of Management, Bhubaneswar88
Sinhgad Technical Education Society, Pune85
MITCON Institute of Management, Pune90
Indus Business School, Bangalore80
Bharati Vidyapeeth’s Institute of Management Studies & Research, Navi Mumbai96
Sinhgad Institute of Business Management, Mumbai90+
Acharya School of Management, Bangalore75+
Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management, Hyderabad85+
Siva Sivani Institute of Management, Secunderabad88
M S Ramaiah Institute of Management, Bangalore98+

Admission Process after Result Declaration

  • The admission to any participating college of ATMA will be based on the total marks a candidate scores in all selection rounds.
  • These scores are valid for one year only. Candidates can opt for any five colleges they want to take admission in.
  • Candidate’s admissions to these institutions are solely decision of the institute.
  • The candidate should write to ATMA Office directly indicating the institutions to which his/ her scores should be sent, with a fee of INR 100/- per Institution.
  • The ATMA Office will send these scores within a week of the receipt of the request.

Students are expected to apply directly to the various Institutions for their Admission Bulletins and Application Forms, within the deadlines for admissions to each Institution.



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