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AIMS Test for Management Admissions (ATMA)

AIMS Test for Management Admissions (ATMA)

ATMA Exam Date (Proctored Home Online Test)
July 24, 2022 
Name of the Examination
AIMS Test for Management Admissions
Common Name
Conducting Body
Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS)
Frequency of the Examination
Once a Year
Exam Level
National-Level Examination

What is ATMA?

ATMA stands for AIMS Test for Management Admissions and is conducted by the Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS). It is a national-level entrance examination that is conducted once a year. 

It's one of the most popular B-School examinations that will allow aspirants to seek admissions into the following courses: 

  1. Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  2. Postgraduate Diploma in Management (PGDM)
  3. Master of Management Studies (MMS)
  4. Master of Computer Applications (MCA)

The entrance exam is mostly considered as a B-School entrance examination. ATMA scores are accepted by some of the best B-Schools in the country. Over 200 colleges grant admissions based on the scores of ATMA. 

Many of the top colleges in Bangalore accept ATMA Exam scores. These colleges offer the courses mentioned above through a dynamic course-curriculum that allows students to explore the best opportunities. 

Candidates can seek admissions in Bangalore with their ATMA scores and study in some of the finest colleges. 

Aspirants have to complete their undergraduate degree in their respective streams to get eligible for this exam. 

ATMA Exam Details:

Mode of Registration
Mode of Exam
AI and LIVE Home-based Online Proctored Mode
Medium of Exam
Total Marks
180 Minutes
Type of Questions
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

ATMA Exam Dates:

Start Date
Beginning of ATMA Registration
June 1, 2022 
Last Date to pay the ATMA Application Fee

July 16, 2022

Last Date for ATMA Registration

July 17, 2022  

ATMA Admit Card

July 21, 2022  


July 24, 2022 

ATMA Results

July 29, 2022

ATMA Registration:

Candidates can register for ATMA by following the below-mentioned steps: 

Step 1: Visit the official website of ATMA.
Step 2: Click on the link "Register for ATMA" candidates will be redirected to the fee payment page.
Step 3: Candidates need to submit their Personal Details, Email ID, and Phone Number. 
Step 4: Candidates will have to pay the fees for the ATMA Registration process through the online mode. 
Step 5: On successful payment of the fees, candidates will be sent a Personal Identification Number or PIN to registered Mobile Number and Email ID. This PIN shall be used as a Login ID for the candidate. 

ATMA Registration Fees:

The fees for the ATMA registration process is Rs. 1298, which is inclusive of all taxes. However, there are some concessions for students belonging to certain categories. 

Below is a table for the concession on ATMA Fees:

Category of Students
Fee Concession
Women Students
Candidates belonging to North Eastern States of India (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura)

How to fill-up the ATMA Application Form? 

Step 1: Candidates will be directed to the form filling process after the successful payment of the ATMA Fees.  
Step 2: Candidates have to submit their PIN, Mobile Number, and Email ID, along with other details mentioned in the next step.   
Step 3: Fill- up the form with the following details:

  1. Personal Information
  2. Details of the Government ID (the same is to be carried on the day of examination)
  3. Contact Details
  4. Educational Qualifications
  5. Work-experience Details (If any)
  6. Choice of Institutes
  7. Choice of ATMA Exam Centres

Step 4: Upload the scanned copy of the photograph and the signature in the required format and size mentioned. Also, upload the necessary documents in the required format. 
Step 5: Once the above steps have been completed, the candidates will be sent their Password that will be used in the login process further. 
Step 6: Candidates have to take a printout of the Application form and store it for future processes. 

Documents Required for ATMA Registration:

  1. Class 10th Marksheet or Equivalent
  2. Class 12th Marksheet or Equivalent
  3. Graduation Marksheet
  4. Provisional Graduation Marksheet
  5. Work Experience Details (If Required)
  6. Caste Certificate (If Required)

The above documents need to be in PDF format. Other than the documents mentioned above, candidates need to procure the following documents as well:

  1. Scanned copy of a recent Passport-size Photograph (Maximum Size: 20KB to 50KB and Format: JPEG or PNG)
  2. Scanned copy of Candidate's Signature (Maximum Size: 20KB to 50KB and Format: JPEG or PNG)


Since ATMA 2 will be conducted in a home-based proctored mode, there won't be any physical exam centres across the country. Candidates can answer the exam from the comforts of their home. 

ATMA Syllabus and Books:

  1. Verbal Skills:


  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Cloze Test
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Sentence Analogy


  • Prepositions
  • Correction of Errors


  • Reading Comprehension 
  • Parajumbles

Books for Verbal Skills:

Name of Books
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Arun Sharma
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Nishit K. Sinha
Word Power Made Easy
Norman Lewis
High School English Grammar & Composition
Wren & Martin

  1. Analytical Reasoning:

Verbal Reasoning:

  • Decision Making Skills
  • Determination of Course of Action
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Statement and Inference
  • Statement and Argument
  • Statement and Assumption

Critical Reasoning:

  • Arrangements: Linear and Circular
  • Classification of Data
  • Syllogisms
  • Family Relation Questions
  • Coding and Series Questions
  • Direction-based Questions
  • Alphabet-based Series Questions
  • Input and Output Questions
  • Matrix-Based Questions
  • Questions Based on Symbols
  • Other Kinds of Reasoning Questions

Books for Analytical Reasoning:

Name of Books
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning 
Arun Sharma
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation
Nishit K. Sinha

  1. Quantitative Aptitude:


  • Profit & Loss
  • Percentages
  • Ratio and Proportions 
  • Simple & Compound Interest
  • Time & Work
  • HCF and LCM
  • Number System
  • Averages


  • Linear, Simultaneous, and Quadratic Equations
  • Maxima and Minima
  • Linear Inequalities
  • Logarithms
  • Absolute Value of Algebraic Equations
  • Arithmetic, Geometric, and Harmonic Progressions
  • Functions and Relations

Modern Math

  • Permutation & Combination
  • Probability
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Set Theory and Venn Diagrams

Geometry and Mensuration

  • Lines and Angles
  • Triangles
  • Quadrilaterals: Square, Rectangles, Rhombus, Parallelogram, Trapezium, and Kite. 
  • Polygons
  • Circles
  • 3 Dimensional Figures: Cubes, Cuboids, Cylinder, Sphere, Cone, and Pyramid
  • Pythagoras Theorem
  • Base Angle Theorem
  • Longest Side Theorem

Data Interpretation

  • Tables
  • Bar Graphs
  • Pie Chart
  • Line Graphs
  • Histogram

Books for Quantitative Aptitude:

Name of Books
Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations 
Arun Sharma
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation
Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude
R.S. Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude Series
Nishit K. Sinha

ATMA Exam Pattern:

Test Duration
180 Minutes
Total Number of Questions
Total Number of Sections
Division of Sections 

Section A: Analytical Reasoning- I

Section B: Analytical Reasoning- II

Section C: Verbal Skills- I

Section D: Verbal Skills- II

Section E: Quantitative Aptitude- I

Section F: Quantitative Aptitude- II 

Questions in Each Section

Section A: 30

Section B: 30

Section C: 30

Section D: 30

Section E: 30

Section F: 30

Time Allotted in Each Section

Section A: 30 Minutes

Section B: 30 Minutes

Section C: 30 Minutes

Section D: 30 Minutes

Section E: 30 Minutes

Section F: 30 Minutes

Level of Questions
Questions will be Between Easy and Moderate Level.
Marking Scheme
+1 for Each Correct Question
Negative Marking 
-0.25 for Each Incorrect Response

ATMA Preparation Tips:

Candidates can follow the below-mentioned preparation tips for ATMA: 

  1. Have a proper idea of the ATMA Syllabus.
  2. Gather the right resources for the exam. 
  3. Select the Right Mentor who shall guide you through the process accordingly. 
  4. Follow a strict preparation schedule for the exam. 
  5. Revise the topics meticulously to find out new tricks for solving the questions.
  6. Answer ample amounts of Mock Tests to get a proper hang of the exam patterns and the questions structure. 
  7. Maintain proper health to keep up with the exam preparation process.

Apart from that, let's go through some of the topic specific exam preparation tips: 

Verbal Skills:

  • The 3 areas, i.e., Vocabulary, Grammar, and Comprehension, should be studied carefully. These are topics that candidates are studying since school, but need to be checked for such entrance examinations. 
  • Candidates should inculcate the idea of reading extensively as it will help them tackle the Reading Comprehension and other related sections in a better manner.
  • English is not a topic that should be studied using only the preparation material or books. Hence, candidates should get into the habit of reading Novels and Newspapers regularly as that would help them understand the usage of words and grammar rules in a better way.
  • Candidates should go through the rules of grammar properly and should note down new words every day. It is useful to maintain a thesaurus for improving vocabulary. 

Logical Reasoning: 

  • The logical reasoning section of ATMA is a dynamic section that can test students knowledge across multiple parameters. 
  • Candidates should practise a variety of questions from multiple sources to get an idea of the kind of questions that can be asked.
  • The 2 sections, i.e., Verbal Reasoning, and Critical Reasoning, require much practice from multiple resources. 
  • While answering this section, candidates have to read every bit of the questions carefully. Questions in this section shouldn't be answered based on assumptions. 
  • Words such as 'all,' 'some,' and 'none' tend to confuse a lot when going through any factual information in the questions. Hence, these should be read correctly before answering the questions.
  • Other than the above, candidates should also be careful of words such as 'other than,' 'only,' and 'unless.' 
  • Concepts of Syllogisms, Venn Diagrams, Sequence, Coding, and Decision Making make this section's crux. Hence, it should be adequately practised. 

Quantitative Aptitude: 

  • Quantitative Aptitude is the toughest of all sections and should be approached with proper planning and strategy.  
  • This section requires candidates to have their basics strong with regular practice. Questions will be challenging, but if the basics are strong, they can easily ace it. 
  • Formulas and concepts should be practised every day. It is recommended that candidates go through them every night before sleeping. 
  • Concepts of important topics such as Arithmetic and Geometry should be adequately practised. Concepts of Algebra are vast and involve many variables and assumptions; therefore, it should be adequately studied.
  • Data Interpretation is one of the easiest of all topics but needs a high level of concentration, as missing out on essential data can ruin these questions. 
  • Candidates should practise more shortcuts as that helps to tackle this section in a faster manner. Shortcuts can easily be discovered if candidates inculcate a rigorous habit of practising particular topics. 

ATMA Admit Card:

Candidates can download their ATMA Admit Card by following the below-mentioned steps: 

Step 1: Visit the official website of ATMA.
Step 2: Click on the link "Download ATMA Admit Card".
Step 3: Log-in with your PIN and Password.
Step 4: On logging-in, it will take you to the download link of the ATMA Admit Card. 
Step 5: Clicking the link and the ATMA Admit Card will be displayed on your screen.
Step 6: Check the details on the ATMA Admit Card properly. In case of any discrepancy, contact the concerned officials. 
Step 7: If all the details are correct, then you download the Admit Card.

ATMA Results:

Candidates can check their ATMA results by following the below-mentioned steps:

Step 1: Visit the official website of ATMA.
Step 2: Log-in with your credentials using your PIN and Password. 
Step 3: Click on ATMA Results.
Step 4: Candidate's ATMA Results will be displayed on the screen 
Step 5: Candidates have to download the scorecard and keep it for further processes. 

ATMA Cut-off:

All the colleges that accept ATMA scores have their own cut-offs. Candidates need to check the college's website to determine the cut off for that particular college. Colleges consider the students for further processes based on their specific cut-offs for ATMA. 

ATMA cutoffs depend on the following factors:

  1. Marking scheme of the exam
  2. The difficulty level of the exam
  3. Number of students appearing for the exam
  4. Seats offered by the participating institutes
  5. Previous year cut off 
  6. Reservation policy of institutes
  7. Lowest and average marks scored by the candidates in the exam

ATMA Colleges:

ATMA scores are accepted by many colleges all over India. These are some of the best colleges that provide the best courses by assisting students to reach out to a holistic facility and faculty. 

Below is a list of those ATMA colleges:

Prin. LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research
Mumbai and Bangalore
Christ University
Department of Management Sciences, University of Pune
SIES College
ITM Business School
GITAM School of International Business (GSIB)
Fortune Institute of International Business
New Delhi
Jaipuria Institute of Management
Indira Institute of Management
Balaji Institute of International Business
Siva Sivani Institute of Management 
ASM Group of Institutes
GIBS Business School
RV Institute of Management

Selection Process of ATMA Colleges:

Candidates who clear the examination cut-offs shall be called for further processes. 

They shall be invited for the process through a formal call letter that will be sent to their respective Email ID. 

The selection process of ATMA Colleges consists of:

Group Discussion or GD: 

Candidates will be divided into groups and shall be given a topic to discuss. For this process, candidates should be abreast with the latest developments in the country and world. 

In this process, they will be judged on the following skills:

  1. Team Skills
  2. Negotiation Skills
  3. Leadership
  4. Communication Skills 
  5. Personality 

Written Ability Test or WAT: In this process, candidates will be given a relevant topic to write. The preparation process for this process shall be the same as that of GD. 

In this process, candidates will be judged on the following basis:

  1. Language Ability
  2. Vocabulary
  3. Grammatical Skills

Personal Interview or PI: It forms the final selection process for all colleges. Candidates will face a panel of 2 to 4 persons. The panel shall consist of the professors of the college and notable alumni from the college. 

Candidates will be judged in the PI based on:

  1. Clarity of ideas
  2. General awareness
  3. A specific field of interest
  4. Communication skills
  5. Overall personality
  6. Confidence

All ATMA Colleges have their marking scheme for the above 3 processes. Also, some colleges choose to opt for either GD or WAT and do not make both a part of their selection process.

Candidates have to look into the different processes of the colleges specifically and prepare accordingly. 

Documents required for the selection process:

Candidates will be required to carry the following documents to the selection process:

  1. Call Letter for the Process
  2. Class 10 Marksheet
  3. Class 12 Marksheet 
  4. Graduation Marksheet
  5. Provisional Graduation Certificate
  6. ATMA Scorecard
  7. Two Recent Passport-size Photograph
  8. Caste Certificate (If Applicable)


- The eligibility criterion to appear for the exam is to get at least 50% in any undergraduate field.

- ATMA will be conducted in an AI and LIVE Home-based Online Proctored Mode.

- The time allotted for the ATMA is 180 minutes.

- AIMS awards 1 mark for each correct answer.

- Yes, there is a negative marking of 0.25 for every wrong answer.

- Candidates can get access to the application form for ATMA by visiting the official website of AIMS.

- ATMA results will be released on the official website of AIMS.

- Candidates can seek admission into MBA, PGDM, MMS, and MCA courses through ATMA.

- ATMA Scores are accepted by Christ University, Welingkar Institute, RV Institute of Management, and others.

- There is no limit on the number of attempts for ATMA.
Eligibility Criteria

Candidates should meet the following eligibility criteria for ATMA: 

  • Candidates should have passed their Graduation in any field or are in the Final Year of their Graduation. The minimum marks or equivalent CGPA required for the examination is 50%.
  • Work experience is not mandatory, but candidates with work-experience can apply for the exam as well. 
  • AIMS doesn't have a specific age limit for this examination.  
  • The candidate has to be an Indian Citizen.

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