AIMS Test for Management Admissions (ATMA) is one of the national level MBA entrance tests recognised by the AICTE/MHRD GOI for the admissions to MBA/PGDM courses. The first ATMA was conducted in 2000. Over 200 management institutes accept ATMA scores for their MBA admissions. It takes place 4 times in a year – Dec, Feb, May, July.


The candidate must be a graduate in any discipline. Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree and are awaiting results can also apply.

Format :

A total of 180 questions are asked in ATMA and all these are based on MCQ format. There are 6 sections in the paper, comprising of 30 questions each.

Section Questions will be asked from No. of Questions Allotted Time
1 Analytical Reasoning Skills 30 30 Mins
2 Verbal Skills 25 30 Mins
3 Quantitative Skills 30 30 Mins
4 Verbal Skills 25 30 Mins
5 Analytical Reasoning Skills 30 30 Mins
6 Quantitative Skills 30 30 Mins
Total 170 180 Mins

Scoring Pattern : +1 for correct answer & -1/3rd for wrong answers.

ATMA Dec 2015 Analysis :

Verbal Ability : The RC passages were simple and the questions following them were also easy to answer. The Fill in the blanks had simple options. Idiom questions were asked in both the sections with a difference in question type. The vocab questions were simple.

Quantitative Ability : The questions given on Quantitative Skills in ATMA this year is on the lines of previous ATMA papers. Most of the questions were straight forward with simple concepts and direct application. Approx 12-15 questions were on Data Interpretation.

Logical Reasoning : Though this section has questions on predictable patterns, this is the toughest section in the exam, relatively. The students needed good exposure and practice to crack the questions in these sections. Questions on deductions were tough this year which were based on possibility model.