ATMA 2018 - Syllabus, Eligibility, Application form, 2018 Notification

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ATMA or the AIMS (Association of Indian Management Schools) Test for Management Admissions is a single-window test for admissions to different post-graduate management programs. ATMA has been approved by the MHRD for admissions on an all India basis to the MBA / PGDM and other post graduate programs like MCA subject to the regulations of the college.

Structure of the Exam

The Examination is available as a paper based test as well as a computer based test – albeit on different dates - and tests skills in Analytical reasoning, Quantitative and verbal skills. The test basically has six sections (2 sections on each area), and a total of 180 questions to be answered in 180 minutes. The sections are as follows:

            Section                                              No. Of Questions

  1. Analytical Reasoning skills                               30
  2. Verbal Skills                                                   30
  3. Quantitative Skills                                           30
  4. Verbal Skills                                                   30
  5. Analytical reasoning skills                                30
  6. Quantitative Skills                                           30

The exam has negative marking, with 1/3rd deducted for the wrong answer, and 1 mark scored for the right.

Eligibility Criteria

The minimum qualification for the ATMA exam is graduation in any stream, from a recognized college. There isn’t any restriction with regards to the stream of graduation or the minimum marks required to be eligible. Students who are appearing for their final year examinations are also eligible for the examination.

How to Apply

The candidate may apply for the examination through the following procedure.

  1. He/She has to pay the application fee of Rs. 1100, first either online through Debit Card/Credit card/Net banking or pay by Demand Draft (DD) or pay at one of the fee collection centers.
  2. The list of Fee collection centers is available at:
  3. The candidate will receive a PID (Personal ID code) and password, on successful payment.
  4. The candidate will then have to register on the website for the examination, with the required payment details.
  5. After successful registration for the test, you will have to take print outs of the registration form.
  6. For any inquiry the candidate may mail to ATMA secretariat ([email protected]) in Hyderabad, stating their PIDs and passwords.

Admission Procedure

The ATMA is offered for five times a year, and it has about 140 participating MBA colleges. The admission through the ATMA is fairly straightforward in the sense that, the admission is done on the basis of merit list. The candidate has to opt to report the scores to the required colleges, during the registration. The exam scores are sent to those colleges, and the college thus decides on the candidates’ admission using ATMA scores as one of the criterion for the candidates’ application.

Syllabus for the Exam

The test primarily consists of 6 sections – three areas of two sections each – namely Quantitative ability, Verbal skills, and logical (Analytical) reasoning. The syllabus for the test is as follows:

  1. Analytical Reasoning skills: This section is designed to test the logical thinking capabilities of a person, and therefore no specialized knowledge of any particular portion is necessary for this section. Here, you will have to analyze the situation the question presents and then select the answer. Each set of questions or a group is based on a passage and/or a set of conditions.
  2. Quantitative Skills: The ATMA will test a candidate’s ability to reason quantitatively, interpret graphic data, and understand quantitative problems. The type of questions in this section include, Problem solving and Data sufficiency. The important topics to be studied for this section are: Number System, allegation, Set theory, Percentages, Profit and loss, Interest. Ration and Proportion, Permutation and combinations, Probability, Progression, Coordinate geometry, et cetera.
  3. Verbal Skills: The verbal skills section tests the student’s ability to comprehend and understand written English, and to evaluate and reason through arguments. Further no specialized knowledge in any of the reading passages is assumed. The types of multiple-choice questions in this section include: Reading Comprehension (Passages), Sentence Correction, Word Meanings – antonyms, synonyms and analogies – etc., and Sentence completions.

Important Dates for the Exam

The ATMA is offered around 5 times year, in both paper and online modes (exclusive to each other with respect to dates). The important dates for March 2015 exam are as follows:

  1. Date of Commencement of Registration: 20/12/2014
  2. Start of Distribution of ATMA Bulletins: 10/01/2015
  3. Close of Distribution of ATMA Bulletins: 18/02/2015 (01:00PM)
  4. Date of closure of Registration: 20/02/2015 (05:00PM)
  5. Last date for reprint of filled-in application form: 23/02/2015
  6. Downloading of Admit Cards: 23/02/2015
  7. Paper Based test: 01/03/2015 (between 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm)
  8. Results: Around 16/03/2015

Exam Centers

The ATMA exam is to be held is 14 test centers through out India. The test centers are as follows:

  1. Ahmedabad (Gandhi Nagar)
  2. Bangalore
  3. Bhubaneswar
  4. Delhi
  5. Hyderabad/Secunderabad
  6. Indore
  7. Jaipur
  8. Kolhapur
  9. Kolkata
  10. Lucknow
  11. Mumbai
  12. Nagpur
  13. Nasik
  14. Navi Mumbai
  15. Pune
  16. Raipur

Contact Details

For any Clarification or Enquiries, you may contact at:


Executive Secretary

Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS)

101, Rekha Deluxe Enclave Sangeetha Nagar,

Punjagutta Hyderabad 500 082

Tel: (O) 040 -2337 0034/24

Email: [email protected]

Colleges accepting the ATMA scores

The Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) is one of the largest networks with around 600 participating institutions. The list of colleges, accepting the ATMA scores for the March exam is available at the following site:


The results for the exam will be available online after the exam, and will be notified accordingly on ATMA’s website: It must be noted that, no hard copy of the score card will be sent to the students, and the students must therefore print a copy of the score card.

Score Validity

The ATMA scores are valid for a period of one year. The scores obtained in the ATMA examination are directly sent to the opted institutions by the AIMS, after the examination.


The ATMA follows no reservation, and has no concession in fees for the SC/ST or other category students. The ATMA only sends the scores to the participating institutions, which have the discretionary power in seat reservation.

Counseling Procedure

The ATMA test is only one of the criteria for admission into MBA/PGDM institutions. The test scores are sent to the five opted institutions by the AIMA after the result, and the colleges on receiving the test results along with the application of the student, follows a holistic admission process. The admission process, usually includes group discussion and personal interview, after the initial shortlisting of the candidates, which is done on the basis of the standardized tests.

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