ATMA 2018 Exam & Scoring Pattern

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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 2018 exam pattern is online computer based.

 

After the ATMA May exam, there will be two more ATMA exams 2018 pattern of which may again change. Although the ATMA May exam pattern, as announced by AIMS is computer based, the next two ATMA exams 2018 pattern in July and August, may change to paper based or one of the ATMA exams pattern 2018 may be computer based while other ATMA pattern may remain paper based.

 

ATMA Exam 2018 pattern for all the three exams 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 in 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 May 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 May Exam Pattern 2018: Sectional composition
The key components in ATMA May exam pattern are:

Section
Section name
Number of questions
Time allotted in minutes
1
Analytical Reasoning Skills -1
30
30
2
Verbal Skills-1 
30
30
3
Quantitative Skills-1
30
30
4
Verbal Skills -2
30
30
5
Analytical Reasoning Skills -2
30
30
6
Quantitative Skills-2
30
30
 
Total
180
180

 

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 May exam 2018 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 May 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 May 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.

 

ATMA V/s CAT
ATMA exam pattern and IIMs CAT exam have many similarities which give the opportunity to the candidates to synchronise their sectional and overall exam preparation. A quick analysis between ATMA May 2018 exam pattern and CAT will bring home the facts:

 

Component
ATMA
IIMs CAT
Total Questions
180
100
Overall Time Limit to Attempt the Exam
 3 hours
 3 hours
Question Format
All MCQs
72-75 questions are MCQs, rest Non-MCQs
Answer Options for MCQs
 4
4
Marks Awarded for Each Correct Answer
 1
3
Negative Marking
0.25 mark
MCQs with 1/3 negative marking; No negative marking for Non-MCQs
Exam Difficulty Level
Easy to Moderate
Difficult
Number of Sections
6
3
Section-1: Name and Number of Questions
Analytical Reasoning Skills-1: 30
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension: 34
Section-2: Name and Number of questions
Verbal Skills-1: 30
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning -32
Section-3: Name and Number of Questions
 Quantitative Skills-1: 30
Quantitative Ability-34
Section-4: Name and Number of Questions
Verbal Skills-2: 30
 
Not Applicable
Section-5: Name and Number of Questions
Analytical Reasoning Skills-2: 30
Not Applicable
Section-6: Name and Number of Questions
Quantitative Skills-2: 30
Not Applicable
Facility to Choose Order of Sections
No should follow pre defined sectional order  
No, should follow pre defined sectional order
Individual Sectional time limit
Yes, each section with 30 minutes time limit
Yes, each section with 1 hour time limit
Top MBA colleges accepting exam score
PUMBA, Dy Patil, IFIM, Welingkar, Christ University, NDIM, DSIMS, IPE, IESMCRC, FIIB among 100 MBA colleges
20 IIMs, FMS, MDI, NITIE, SPJIMR, IMI, IMT, IITs, TAPMI, XIMB and hundreds of others

 

ATMA Vs XAT
ATMA Exam Pattern and XLRI - XAT exam have many similarities. It helps the ATMA and XAT test takers to prepare for them with less extra efforts:

Component
ATMA
XLRI - XAT
Total Questions
180
98
Overall Time Limit to Attempt the Exam
3 hours
3½ hours
Question Format
All MCQs
97 MCQs + 1 Subjective Essay Writing Test
Answer Options for each MCQ
    4
  5
Marks Awarded for Each Correct Answer
    1
  1
Negative Marking
0.25 mark
72 MCQs with 1/4 negative marking; No negative marking for 25 MCQs on GK and Essay writing test
Exam Difficulty Level
Easy to Moderate
High
Number of Sections
   6
  3 (Main sections)
  2 (GK & Essay score not counted)
Section-1: Name and Number of Questions
Analytical Reasoning Skills-1: 30
English Language & Logical Reasoning- 24
Section-2: Name and Number of Questions
Verbal Skills-1: 30
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation- 27
Section-3: Name and Number of Questions
Quantitative Skills-1: 30
Decision Making-21
 Section-4: Name and Number of Questions
Verbal Skills-2: 30
 
General Awareness-25
Essay Writing (Subjective)
 Section-5: Name and Number of Questions
Analytical Reasoning Skills-2: 30
Not applicable
Section-6: Name and Number of Questions
Quantitative Skills-2: 30
Not applicable
Facility to Choose Order of Sections & Questions
No, should follow pre defined order
Yes, Any question from any section within overall time limit
Individual Sectional Time Limit
Yes, 30 Minutes for each Section
No
Top MBA Colleges Accepting Exam Score
PUMBA, Dy Patil, IFIM, Welingkar, Christ University, NDIM, DSIMS, IPE, IESMCRC, FIIB among 100 MBA colleges
XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, TAPMI, XIMB, Great Lakes, LIBA, BIMTECH, XIME among 150 B-schools

 

ATMA V/s NMAT by GMAC
ATMA Exam Pattern and NMAT by GMAC exam have many similar sections and question pattern. The candidates preparing for both the exams may coordinate their sectional and overall exam preparation. A comparative analysis detailing the key features of ATMA and NMAT by GMAC is shared below:

Component
ATMA
NMAT by GMAC
Total Questions
180
120
Overall Time Limit to Attempt the Exam
3 hours
 2 hours
Question Format
All MCQs
All MCQs
Answer Options for each MCQ
    4
5
Marks Awarded for Each Correct Answer
    1
1
Negative Marking
0.25 mark
No Negative Marking
Exam Difficulty Level
Easy to Moderate
Moderate
Number of Sections
   6
3
Section-1: Name and Number of Questions
Analytical Reasoning Skills-1: 30
Language Skills-32
Section-2: Name and Number of Questions
Verbal Skills-1: 30
Logical Reasoning-40 
Section-3: Name and Number of Questions
Quantitative Skills-1: 30
Quantitative Skills-48
 Section-4: Name and Number of Questions
Verbal Skills-2: 30
Not Applicable
 Section-5: Name and Number of Questions
Analytical Reasoning Skills-2: 30
Not Applicable
Section-6: Name and Number of Questions
Quantitative Skills-2: 30
Not Applicable
Facility to Choose Order of Sections & Questions
No, should follow pre defined order
Yes, but once chosen has to follow
Individual Sectional Time Limit
Yes, 30 Minutes for each Section
Yes, varying time limit of 22 minutes to 60 minutes
Top MBA Colleges Accepting Exam Score
PUMBA, Dy Patil, IFIM, Welingkar, Christ University, NDIM, DSIMS, IPE, IESMCRC, FIIB among 100 MBA colleges
NMIMS, VIT, XIMB, IBS-ICFAI,
MISB Bocconi, Alliance University