By Sneha Dasgupta

ATMA exam pattern 2021 – Duration, No. of Sections, no. of Questions & Marking Scheme

7th October, 2021

ATMA Exam Pattern – AIMS Test for Management Admissions (ATMA) is a computer-based MBA entrance test recognized by MHRD and AICTE. It is a prestigious national-level exam conducted in all the major cities of the country for admission to MBA, PGDM, MCA, and PGDBA courses. 

Management entrance exam pattern changes quite often as the criteria for evaluation alters. To keep your preparation at the best level, you should know every little detail about the ATMA exam pattern. Even if you are caught by surprise, you should be able to adapt and answer them correctly.

For example, due to Covid 19, ATMA was conducted in the home-based mode for the May and July 2021 sessions.

To ace the test with a high score, the examinees need to have clarity about the structure of the exam – duration, no. of sections, no. of questions, and marking scheme.

Knowing the ATMA 2020 test pattern will help them devise a good preparation strategy for the exam day, and especially in the months before that.

ATMA Exam Pattern

ATMA Exam examines the basic aptitude and competency required for pursuing postgraduate management courses. Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) officially has released the exam pattern of ATMA 2021 and is available in the prospectus.

A total of 180 multiple-choice questions will be asked in the ATMA 2020 exam. The exam will have 6 sections and 30 questions will be asked from each section.

Details of ATMA Exam Pattern 2021

Mode of ExamHome-based
AI and Remote Human Proctored
Duration3 Hours (180 Minutes)
Sectional Time Limit30 minutes for each section
No. of Sections6 (30 questions in each section)
Time to complete each section1 Hour (60 Minutes)
Total Number of Questions180
Types of QuestionsObjective Type (MCQ)

ATMA Syllabus

The students check the 2021 ATMA syllabus by visiting the official website – The ATMA exam pattern has six sections in total and candidates are allowed to take 60 minutes to complete each. All the sections, according to the ATMA syllabus, have been listed below:

  1. Analytical Reasoning Skills 1
  2. Verbal Skills 1
  3. Quantitative Skills 1
  4. Verbal Skills 2
  5. Analytical Reasoning Skills 2
  6. Quantitative Skills 2

ATMA Question Paper Structure

The candidates can check the details of all 6 sections of the ATMA exam pattern, and the number of questions in each section, in the table given below.

Sequence of
Sections in ATMA
Name of Section No. of MCQs
1Analytical Reasoning Skills 130
2Verbal Skills 130
3Quantitative Skills 130
4Verbal Skills 230
5Analytical Reasoning Skills 230
6Quantitative Skills 230
Total180 MCQs

ATMA Exam Sectional Timings

Each of the six sections in the ATMA exam pattern contains 30 questions. 30 minutes are allotted for each section which takes the total time of the exam to 180 minutes or 3 hours. On average, 1 minute is allotted per question, and candidates need to prepare accordingly.

S.L. No.Name of SectionTime Allotted
1Analytical Reasoning Skills 130 minutes
2Verbal Skills 130 minutes
3Quantitative Skills 130 minutes
4Verbal Skills 230 minutes
5Analytical Reasoning Skills 230 minutes
6Quantitative Skills 230 minutes
Total180 minutes

ATMA Exam Pattern: Marking Scheme

It is important to have an understanding of how the questions are marked, how negative marking is done, total marks in the exam, and the correct marks per question.

The students must know these details for preparing an exam day strategy – how to attempt the exam in order to obtain a high percentile

Total number of Questions in the exam180 MCQs
Marks for each question1.0
Total Marks180
For marking a correct answer1.0 mark will be added
For marking a wrong answer0.25 marks will be deducted

Important topics for ATMA

To ace the exam, you need to have a strong grip on several important exam topics in the ATMA exam pattern. The topics in the ATMA exam is similar to other management entrance exams in India. We have listed the important topics from the ATMA exam syllabus below. 

Analytical Reasoning

  • Statement-Inference
  • Syllogism
  • Coding-decoding
  • Arrangements
  • Argument
  • Course of Action

Verbal Skills

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Sentence Completion
  • Jumbled Paragraphs

Quantitative Skills

  • Arithmetic
  • Geometry
  • Algebra
  • Number System
  • Profit and Loss
  • Time, Speed, and Distance
  • Mensuration

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How many questions are on the ATMA exam?

The ATMA exam will have 180 questions in total. Candidates need to complete the exam in 180 minutes. 

Is there a sectional cutoff in the ATMA exam?

Some institutes have sectional cut-offs for admission into specialised management programmes. However, most institutes only consider the total percentile score for admissions.

Is the negative marking in ATMA?

Yes. 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer, so you should prepare well and mark an answer only if you are certain about it. 

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