ATMA 2018 Exam & Scoring Pattern

ATMA, one of the six national level MBA entrance exams, leading to admission in 100 MBA colleges will be held on August 5, 2018 across the country. Application process for ATMA August 2018 exam is open till July 30. 


ATMA Exam pattern is similar to other leading national level MBA entrance exams like CAT, XAT, MAT, NMAT by GMAC, CMAT among others. ATMA 2018 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 is online computer based.


After the ATMA June exam, there is one more ATMA exam 2018 pattern of which remains unchanged for August ATMA exam. The ATMA August 2018 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 2018 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 2018 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 August 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 2018 exam pattern.


ATMA August Exam Pattern 2018: Sectional composition
The key components in ATMA August exam pattern 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 2018 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 only one for the particular exam – 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 August exam 2018 on August 5, will also be held from 2PM to 5PM


All questions are MCQs: All the questions in ATMA exam pattern 2018 will be of Multiple Choice type (MCQs) with 4 answer options


180 questions: ATMA August 2018 exam pattern 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 sections. 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 2018 August exam pattern. For any question not answered, a zero score will be given


¼ Negative Marking: Each wrong answer in ATMA exam pattern 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 CBT, 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.