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

Last Updated - January 15 2018

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

  •  ATMA Result will be declared on January 192018 announcing names of all qualifying aspirants. 
  • There are 89 participating institutes, whereas over 200 institutes accept ATMA scores for admissions to MBA, PGDM and MCA. 
  • QA was dominated by questions on Arithmetic. The level of difficulty was easy-moderate. Check ATMA Paper Analysis (Detailed)
  • Selection will be done on the basis of merit prepared after considering overall performance of aspirant. Check ATMA Selection Procedure
  • The overall difficulty of the exam did not vary much from the earlier ATMA Exams
  • 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).

ATMA Question Paper 2018

  • Aspirants obligatory not attempt every section as per the given order. They can choose to attempt any section during the stipulated time.
  • The ATMA 2018 Question Paper consists of 180 multiple choice questions (MCQs) from three sections: Analytical Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, and Verbal Skills.
  • For every accurate response, the aspirant will be honored 1 marks whereas, for each inaccurate response, a negative marking of 0.25 mark will be exercised.
  • The test must be attempted within the period of three hours.
SectionsNumber of QuestionsIssued 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

Response key for ATMA 2018

Aspirants can reach ATMA 2018 Response Key few days after the exam. Aspirants can check the response keys, ones available via the following process: Students can estimate the approximate score can score. The response key will be uploaded for all the three subjects- Verbal Skills, Analytical Reasoning Skills, and Quantitative Aptitude.

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

Challenging ATMA 2018 Response key

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

Paper Analysis for ATMA 2018

Although every year difficulty level and format of the test does not fluctuate much, aspirants must exercise earlier year questions sets to attempt maximum questions correctly. Every year, each section ranges from easy to Moderate level questions.  Each question will have four options.

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
Mistake 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 & Allegations1
Time & Distance4
Time & Work2
Number Series5
Probability & Statistics12
Inequalities & Comparison5
Data Interpretation14

Cut Off for ATMA 2018

Candidates must secure at least marks (Cut Off) so that they are shortlisted for the further admission procedure. Cut off marks may vary for each institute, depending on different aspects, as said below: Cut off for each participating institute will be released by ATMA on their respective web portals.

  • The number of seat availability for admission to institute via ATMA 2018 examination.
  • Total qualifying aspirants.
  • The difficulty level of the question paper.
  • The number of aspirants qualified for the exam.

In the following table, ATMA Cut off 2018 is mentioned, based on earlier 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 Procedure after Result Declaration

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

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

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