Exam Pattern of ATMA 2018

Last Updated - February 13 2018

Exam Pattern of ATMA 2018

ATMA 2018 Exam Format will be designed to test aspirants’ aptitude in different management skills by analysing their comprehension abilities, verbal reasoning capacities, analysing and synthesizing capabilities, and numerical reasoning abilities.

Below is a quick overview of ATMA 2018 Exam Format:

  • There is negative marking in the test. For each wrong response, 0.25 marks will be deducted.
  • For each accurate response, 1 mark is given.
  • There will be 180 MCQs (Multiple-choice questions) in total, divided into 6 sections.
  • The exam will be organizeed in both modes, i.e. online (computer-based) and offline (pen & paper). Please note that the examination for January session will be organizeed in online mode, while the exam for May and July session will be organizeed in offline mode.
  • The total period of the examination will be 3 hours.
  • The syllabus for ATMA 2018 will include Analytical ability, Quantitative ability and Verbal ability.
  • The test will be objective type only.

ATMA (AIMS Test for Management Admissions) is organizeed by Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) multiple times in a year. provideed by the member management institutes of AIMS. The test is organizeed for providing admission to applicable aspirants in different Postgraduate programs such as MBA, PGDM, MCA, MCM, etc. ATMA entrance exam is a national level test and the score is accepted by 200 institutions.


ATMA 2018 Exam Format Highlights

Below given table highlights important details about ATMA 2018 exam format.

Exam ModeOffline and Online both: January Session (Online Mode) / May and July sessions (Offline Mode)
Number of parts6
Number of Questions180
Question Paper Type Objective Type (MCQs) 
Total Marks180
Exam duration3 hours
Exam language English

Exam Format in Detail of ATMA 2018

ATMA 2018 entrance exam will be organizeed in both online and offline modes. The examination for January session will be organizeed in Online mode, while the exam for May and July session will be organizeed in offline mode. The test will consist of a total of 180 questions. There is negative marking in the test. All the questions will be objective type (MCQs). For each wrong response, 0.25 marks will be deducted. Each question will carry 1 mark.

Please note that the 180 questions given in the exam paper will be divided into 6 sections and will follow the below-given format:

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SectionName of SectionNo. of Questions
1Analytical Reasoning Skills30
2Verbal Skills30
3Quantitative Skills30
4Verbal Skills30
5Analytical Reasoning Skills30
6Quantitative Skills30
 -Total180

Each of the above-mentioned sections will have 30 MCQs. The three sections, namely Analytical Reasoning Skills, Verbal Skills, and Quantitative Skills will have 2 parts each, as shown in the table.


Marking Scheme of ATMA 2018

ATMA 2018 Marking Scheme is given below.

Total Number of Questions180
Question TypeObjective (MCQs)
Marks for Each Question1 mark
Negative MarkingThere is a negative marking of 0.25 marks.

Aspirants are advised to note the below-given points with respect to marking scheme:

  • There will be no penalty for leaving a response blank.
  • Each question will have four options and the aspirant will need to mark one accurate response out of the four given options only.
  • For each accurate response, 1 mark will be honoured.
  • There will be negative marking. For each wrong response, 0.25 marks will be deducted.
  • Choosing more than one response for Multiple-choice questions (MCQs) that have a single accurate answer, is considered to be invalid.

Syllabus of ATMA 2018

Below discussed is the exam syllabus for ATMA 2018 entrance exam. The syllabus aims to assess the aptitude of the aspirants for higher management education. The syllabus will include verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, analyzing and synthesizing ability.

The main topics of the exam syllabus are:

  1. Analytical Reasoning Skills
  2. Quantitative Skills
  3. Verbal Skills

Analytical Reasoning Skills

  • No specialized knowledge of any particular field or a particular formula or theorem is a need for responding the questions in this section.
  • This section will test the aspirant’s analytical skills and logical thinking abilities. For each question, the aspirant will need to analyze the situation and response the question cautiously. 
  • The thorough exercise of questions relating to logical thinking and reasoning aptitude will help aspirants to response this section successfully.

Verbal Skills

  • Aspirants are advised to read English newspapers, magazines, etc. to increase their familiarity with words and improve vocabulary.
  • This section assesses aspirant’s English language skills. Aspirants will be tested on factors such as accurate grammatical usage, vocabulary, familiarities with words, understanding and comprehension of the language while reading, etc.
  • Questions will be based on the following topics:
  1. Reading Comprehension
  2. Sentence Correction
  3. Word Meaning: Antonyms, Synonyms, Analogies, Parallel relationships
  4. Sentence Completion

Quantitative Skills

This section revolves around mathematics, numerical ability, calculation skills, etc. Topics covered in this section are given below: for doing well in this section. It is important for aspirants to exercise quick solving tricks with respect to calculations, etc.

  • Time, Speed & Distance
  • Geometry
  • Number System
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Allegation
  • Profit & Loss
  • Probability
  • Inequalities
  • Set Theory
  • Interest
  • Logarithm
  • Improvements on
  • Time & work
  • Average
  • Percentages
  • Mensuration
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Permutation & Combination
  • Functions
  • Ratio & Proportion Variations

Reference Books for ATMA 2018

The following reference books will help aspirants in preparing for ATMA 2018 entrance exam. These books will let aspirants prepare for the various 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

Important Instructions

The details mentioned below are important and must be noted before appearing for the ATMA 2018 exam:

  • Aspirants must report to the examination hall minimum 45 minutes prior to the commencement of the exam.
  • Aspirants are expected to maintain decorum for smooth organisation of examination.
  • On the day of the exam, aspirants must follow all the rules and regulations of the exam.
  • Aspirants must carry a printout of the hall ticket and a valid photo identity proof at all times during the exam.


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