ATMA 2018 Syllabus

ATMA exam is one of the six national level MBA entrance tests leading to admission in 100 MBA colleges in India. Read More about ATMA Test 2018.  The broad outline of ATMA 2018 Exam Syllabus is based on the past trends of questions, their sectional structure in ATMA exam syllabus.


ATMA Syllabus 2018: Overall Composition
The question pattern in ATMA 2018 syllabus is based on MCQ format. Accordingly ATMA exam syllabus 2018 is based on following components:

ATMA Exam Syllabus Components
ATMA Exam 2018 Syllabus Details
Total Questions
Exam Difficulty Level
Easy to Moderate
Overall Time Limit to Attempt the Exam
3 hours
Question Format
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Answer Options for each MCQ
Marks Awarded for Each Correct Answer
Negative Marking
0.25 mark
Overall Areas covered in ATMA Exam Syllabus
Questions on Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation
Number of Sections


ATMA August 2018 Exam Syllabus: Sectional Composition
There are three major sections in ATMA 2018 August Exam syllabus. Each of the three sections is further divided into two parts making ATMA exam syllabus defining key topics and questions for six sections.

Number of Questions
Sectional Time Limit to Solve the Questions
Expected skills from ATMA Test Takers
Analytical Reasoning Skills-1
30 minutes
Must possess the analytical skills to analyze the situation and arrive at write answers. Expected to answer questions on  Critical Reasoning, Course of Action, Statement-Inference, Strong/Weak Arguments
Verbal Skills-1
30 minutes
Must have clarity on English language usage, grammar, vocabulary. Topics covered are Grammar, Jumbled sentences, Vocabulary, RC Passages
Quantitative Skills-1
30 minutes
With clarity on solving Mathematics & numerical problems, you are expected to face questions on Arithmetic, Algebra, Modern Math
Verbal Skills-2
30 minutes
It is no different from part-1 of Verbal Skills. You may get more questions on RC passages, vocabulary and verbal reasoning also
Analytical Reasoning Skills-2
30 minutes
In addition to the topics in part-1, you may expect questions based on  Coding-decoding, Strengthen/Weaken arguments Statement-Conclusion, Arrangements, Syllogisms, Data sufficiency
Quantitative Skills-2
30 minutes
Questions on Data Interpretation are also placed in this section. Geometry, Modern Math are also major components in this section.

ATMA Syllabus 2018: Section wise Topics
One of the key points in ATMA Exam Syllabus is that it is not necessary that order of sections would remain the same. The sequence may change from exam to exam. The important topics covered in ATMA August 2018 exam syllabus for each section are:


ATMA Exam Syllabus for Analytical Reasoning Skills
There are two sections of Analytical Reasoning skills. The questions are not very difficult but need practice and concentration to crack in maximum numbers. You need natural logical instinct and good practice to score high in this section of ATMA exam.

Following are the key topics in ATMA exam syllabus 2018 on which questions are expected to be formed in the 2 sections of reasoning skills:

  • Seating Arrangement
  • Analogy
  • Series
  • Coding-decoding of words, letters, statements
  • Data sufficiency in statement to answer questions
  • Statement – True/false
  • Direction sense
  • Letter and number arrangement
  • Assumptions and conclusion
  • Statement – conclusion
  • Odd-one out
  • Symbol decoding
  • Decision making with data driven problems
  • Verbal logic

ATMA 2018 Exam Syllabus for Quantitative Skills
The 2 sections on Quantitative skills in ATMA exam syllabus can be divided into two broad parts - Core Quant Questions and Data Interpretation questions.


Key topics in ATMA August exam syllabus on which questions are asked in Quantitative skills section are:

  • Time, speed, distance
  • Time & Work – different type of workers – Men, women, children
  • Mensuration
  • Percentage
  • Profit/Loss
  • Ratio, Average
  • Interest- Simple and compound
  • Number system, even & odd numbers
  • Age calculation
  • Geometry – circle, Rectangle, square
  • Pie charts, Bar diagrams, graph, table

ATMA 2018 Syllabus for Verbal skills
Verbal Skills in ATMA exam syllabus has two sections. Both the sections on Verbal skills have similar type of questions based on Reading Comprehension (RC) passages, Grammar usage in sentence correction, Jumbled Paragraphs, Fill in the Blanks, Vocabulary Usage among others.


Key topics on which questions are asked in Verbal Skills section in ATMA are:


Reading comprehension (RC) passages: Questions are of following types

  • Main idea of the RC passage
  • Summary of RC Passage
  • Questions relating to information in the RC passage
  • Questions on Inference drawn from the RC passage
  • Statement – agreement
  • Meaning of words as used in the RC passage

Grammar based questions

  • Correction of underlined parts of the sentence
  • Sentence completion with correct verb or other parts of speech

Vocabulary based questions

  • Picking out the synonyms and antonyms
  • Fill in the blanks with words/set of words
  • One Word substitution

Jumbled Paragraph

  • Jumbled sentences are given and are to be placed in coherent order to make a meaningful paragraph

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