ATMA Exam Pattern

The next ATMA 2019 Exam date is expected on January 13, 2019. ATMA is one of the six national level MBA entrance exams, leading to admission in 100 MBA colleges. The Application process for the first ATMA 2019 exam is to open in the month of November 2018.  


ATMA Exam pattern is similar to other leading national level MBA entrance exams like CAT, XAT, MAT, NMAT by GMAC, CMAT among others. ATMA 2019 exam pattern is unique as ATMA pattern for some of its tests remain paper based while for others it is computer based. For example ATMA Exam pattern 2018 for February ATMA was paper based and the ATMA May, June and August 2018 exam pattern was online computer based.


After the ATMA January 2019 exam, there will be four more ATMA exams 2019 pattern of which remains unchanged. The ATMA January 2019 exam pattern, as announced by AIMS is computer based.


Except that ATMA is conducted as computer based or paper based test in different months, ATMA Exam 2019 pattern for all the ATMA exams remains same. ATMA exam pattern will consist of 180 questions with a time limit to solve the test paper in 3 hours. The sectional ATMA exam pattern 2019 is that the entire exam is divided into 6 sections namely Analytical Reasoning Skills 1 & 2; Verbal Skills-1 & 2; Quantitative Skills 1 & 2. One of the key points to note in ATMA exam pattern is that effectively there are three sections if their part 1 and 2 are clubbed.


In the revised ATMA 2019 exam pattern, each correct answer will get 1 positive mark while a penalty of 0.25 negative mark will be applied for each wrong answer in ATMA 2019 exam.


ATMA 2019 Exam Pattern: Sectional composition
The key components in ATMA exam 2019 are:

Section name
Number of  questions
Time allotted in minutes
Analytical Reasoning Skills -1
Verbal Skills-1 
Quantitative Skills-1
Verbal Skills -2
Analytical Reasoning Skills -2
Quantitative Skills-2


ATMA Exam Pattern: Salient Features


Different Format of Exam Pattern: ATMA 2019 exam pattern for different exams held in January, February, May, July and August changes its format from computer based to paper based or vice versa. However, unlike MAT which conducts both paper based and computer based exams in the same month, the ATMA pattern remains same for the month in which ATMA exam is held – either computer based or paper based.


Exam is held in Afternoon: ATMA is one of the very few national exams which are held in the afternoon sessions. ATMA exam 2019 in January will also be held from 2PM to 5PM


All questions are MCQs: All the questions in ATMA exam pattern 2019 will be of Multiple Choice type (MCQs) with 4 answer options


180 questions: ATMA 2019 exam as revealed in the notification also consists of 180 questions divided in 6 sections and are to be attempted in 3 hours


Each Section Split into Two Parts: This is unique about ATMA exam pattern. The composition of the exam is such that the 6 sections cover the questions on 3 sections. The 60 questions on each section are divided into 2 sections. Your ATMA exam preparation for one section therefore, covers the questions in two sections without extra effort. 


Sections Timed Individually: All the 6 sections in ATMA exam pattern are individually timed. A time limit of 30 minutes is prescribed for each section with 30 questions. Candidates cannot skip and go to other section during the time limit for the section they are at.  


Uniform Marking Scheme: For each correct or best answer, you will get a score of +1 mark in ATMA 2019 exam. For any question not answered, a zero score will be given


¼ Negative Marking: Each wrong answer in ATMA exam attracts 25% negative marking. A deduction of 0.25 mark will be made for each incorrect answer.


Moderate Difficulty Exam: ATMA pattern favours a moderate difficulty level instead of high difficulty exam. Barring a few questions, majority of the questions in ATMA exam has moderate difficulty level as against IIMs-CAT and XLRI-XAT exams


Importance of Navigation Tools: To succeed in computer based ATMA exam pattern, you should gain expertise in navigating through the test paper, how to answer questions in Computer Based Test, how to mark/unmark/review the answers or change your answers to maximise your score. It can be achieved by taking as many sample online computer based mock tests on ATMA exam.