ATMA Exam Pattern


Updated on
February 22, 2020

ATMA 2020 May Exam on May 24, 2020 and subsequent ATMA 2020 exam in July 2020 will consist of uniform exam pattern. ATMA is one of the six national level MBA entrance exams, leading to admission in 100 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 2020 May exam pattern is computer based online test.


ATMA 2020 Pattern: Key Components
The ATMA May 2020 exam pattern, as announced by AIMS is computer based. After the ATMA May 2020 exam, there will be one more ATMA exam in July 2020, pattern of which remains similar to May ATMA exam.


ATMA 2020 May exam will consist 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 2020 exam.


ATMA Exam Pattern: 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

It may be noted that entire ATMA exam pattern 2020 is divided into 6 sections but effectively there are three sections, if we club their part 1 and part 2.


ATMA Exam Pattern: Salient Features


Different Format of Exam Pattern: ATMA exam pattern for ATMA May exam to be held on May 24, 2020 has not changed. 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.


Exam is held in Afternoon: ATMA is one of the very few national exams which are held in the afternoon sessions. ATMA exam in May 2020 and all subsequent ATMA exams will also be held from 2PM to 5PM


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


180 questions: ATMA 2020 exam, as revealed in the notification also consists of 180 questions divided in 6 sections and is 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. 


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. Candidates cannot skip and go to other section during the time limit specified for the section.


Uniform Marking Scheme: For each correct or best answer, you will get a score of +1 mark in ATMA 2020 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 maximize your score. It can be achieved by taking as many sample online computer based mock tests on ATMA exam.

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