ATMA Exam Pattern

Updated on
September 9, 2022

ATMA 2023 February Exam in the last week of February 2023 will be a computer based test and will be conducted at test centres across India.


ATMA is one of the six national level MBA entrance exams, leading to admission in 200 MBA colleges. ATMA Exam pattern is similar to other leading national level MBA entrance exams like CAT, XAT, MAT, NMAT by GMAC, CMAT among others. ATMA 2023 February exam pattern is similar as that of earlier ATMA exams.


ATMA 2023 Test Pattern: Key Components

  • The ATMA February 2023 exam pattern, as announced by AIMS is computer based online test.
  • ATMA exam pattern consists of 180 questions with a time limit of 3 hours to solve the test paper.
  • In the revised ATMA 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 2023 exam.

ATMA Exam Pattern 2023: Sectional composition
The key components in ATMA exam 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

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 It may be noted that entire ATMA exam pattern 2023 is divided into 6 sections but effectively there are three sections, if we club their part 1 and part 2.


ATMA February 2023 Exam Pattern: Salient Features

  1. Exam is held in Afternoon: ATMA is one of the very few national exams which are held in the afternoon sessions. ATMA exam will be held from 2PM to 5PM
  2. All questions are MCQs: All the questions in ATMA exam pattern are of Multiple Choice type (MCQs) with 4 answer options
  3. 180 questions: ATMA 2023 exam, as revealed in the notification also consists of 180 questions divided in 6 sections and is to be attempted in 3 hours
  4. 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. 
  5. Individually Timed Sections in ATMA Exam: 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.
  6. Uniform Marking Scheme: For each correct or best answer, you will get a score of +1 mark in ATMA 2023 exam. For any question not answered, a zero score will be given
  7. 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.
  8. 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

ATMA Computer Based Exam: 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, how to mark/unmark/review the answers or change your answers to maximize your score. It can be achieved by taking as many sample mock tests on ATMA exam.

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