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How to Prepare for ATMA 2022 Verbal Skills Section?

Rini Maria
Rini MariaUpdated On: May 27, 2022 12:45 pm IST

ATMA 2022 is around the corner. Here are a few pro tips to follow in order to prepare for the upcoming ATMA 2022 Verbal Skills section.

Preparation Tips for ATMA 2022 Verbal SKills

Aims Test for Management Admissions (ATMA) exam is conducted every year for MBA admission. Candidates aspiring to study MBA should early begin with the ATMA 2022 preparation.

Candidates must check out the ATMA 2022 exam pattern before starting the preparation. ATMA 2022 exam will be divided into six sections, Analytical Reasoning, Quantitative Skills, and Verbal Skills with each section having Part I and Part II. In comparison to the Analytical Reasoning and Quantitative Skills, the Verbal Skills section is difficult. It is designed to test the candidates' command of standard written English, their skills in analyzing arguments, and their ability to read critically. The verbal skills section tests a candidate’s knowledge regarding correct usage of grammar, vocabulary, and comprehension. Candidates can improve their skills in solving questions from this section by reading newspapers and books. It does not have any formulae or theorems. The only way to crack this section is with sheer dedication and practice. Scroll down to learn in detail about the section and some pro tips on how to score in this section.

Highlights of ATMA 2022 Verbal Skills Section

The Verbal Skills Section is mainly to evaluate the candidates’ command of the English language. This section tests the grammar, language comprehension, and vocabulary of the candidate. Traditionally, this section is regarded as moderately difficult. However, candidates who are good at English or comprehension may find it easier than others. Here are some key points for the Verbal Skills Sections that candidates must be aware of:

  • The verbal skills section will comprise two parts: Verbal Skills Part I and Verbal Skills Part II.
  • There are 30 questions in each section and a total of 60 questions in the Verbal Skills Section.
  • All questions will carry equal marks, i.e., one mark for correct answers.
  • There will be negative marking, i.e., 0.25 marks will be deducted with each wrong answer.
  • All the questions in this section will be Multiple Choice Questions Based.
  • Candidates must aim to score 22-25 correct answers in each section to be a good attempt.

Before starting with the ATMA preparation, aspirants should be aware of all the important information related to the exam:

Number of candidates appearing20,000 candidates
Total Number of Questions in the Verbal Skills Section60
Difficulty-levelModerate to Difficult
Marking Scheme

1 mark for correct answers

0.25 marks will be deducted with each wrong answer

Time Duration of Preparation4-5 months
Eligibility CriteriaCandidates who have completed their graduation as well as Candidates in their final year

Also Read:ATMA 2022 Last Minute Preparation Tips

Syllabus for ATMA 2022 Verbal Skills Section

Sections: Verbal Skills – I & II
Number of Questions: 30+30
Sectional Time Limit: 30 minutes+30 minutes = 1 hour

The Verbal Skills section judges a candidate on the usage of English through various comprehension and exercises. Here is the syllabus for the ATMA 2022 Verbal Skills Section. Candidates must refer to this syllabus strictly to complete the entire section. This also includes all the important topics from this section:


Reading Comprehension


Sentence Completion

Word Meaning

Idioms and Phrases

Part of the sentence with an error
Incorrect word/phrase

Para Jumbles




Sentence not contributing to Main Idea

Antonym-Synonym pairs

Sentence startersCorrect Statement

ATMA 2022 Verbal Skills Section Important Topics and Difficulty-level

Tabulated below are the important topics of the Verbal Skills section along with the number of questions and difficulty level:


Number of questions

Difficulty level

Jumbled Paragraph



Sentence starters



Antonym-Synonym pairs



RC ( 5 passages)



Fill in the blanks






Sentence not contributing to Main Idea


Correct Statement



Part of the sentence with an error 



Incorrect word/phrase



Skills Required to Ace the ATMA 2022 Verbal Skills Section

To perform significantly well in the ATMA 2022 Verbal Skills Section, aspirants are required to possess the following skills:

  • Speed Reading without losing attention and focus.
  • Quick analysis and arriving at the correct answer without:

            (i) Going back to the passage and reading it again

           (ii) Getting confused between twisted options

  • Reading texts, articles, and journals from different sources
  • Reading a high volume of content within a limited time and not getting tired because of that.
  • Quicker logical thinking for Para Summary/ Completion/ Para Jumbles/ Odd One Out

Preparation Tips for ATMA 2022 Verbal Skills Section

Speed Reading with Focus and Attention: Read essential newspapers like The Hindu, Indian Express, and The Economic Times, and magazines such as Outlook, The Economist, India Today, etc. Reading is the key factor in the preparation phase. Candidates must make it a habit to read informative books, newspapers, blogs, magazines, articles, and other reading material. There is no limit to the preparation of this section.

Extensive Reading: Candidates must make it a habit to read as many books as possible. Ideally, grammar books of high school level are recommended. Candidates must prepare with the help of the Best Books for the ATMA 2022 Verbal Skills Section Set. Aspirants must read editorials in newspapers, magazines, and journals. This will help the candidates to gain deeper insight into the areas of Politics, Economics, Philosophy, Sports, and the Environment. Book/ novel reading should also be included in the preparation process.

Improve Vocabulary Skills: Vocabulary building is easiest when individuals encounter words in context. Candidates must develop a reading habit, use the dictionary and thesaurus, play word games, use flashcards, and practice using new words in conversation. The candidates must watch the lectures by Word Power Made Easy and Barrons 333 Guide.

Comprehension of complex ideas: Always reading is not enough. Candidates must also understand the meaning of what they are reading. And the best way to do that is to first read the passage, then divide it into sections: Facts-Assumptions-Conclusions. While reading any complex passage, candidates must try to break down the passage into simple words for better self-understanding.

Practice: English Grammar can only be improved with practice. With practice, it will help improve the skill, accuracy, and speed. It will clear all fundamentals and concepts of grammar and comprehension. Finally, candidates must try to resolve as many possible mock tests and sample papers. After completion of the syllabus, candidates must make time each day to practice grammar and comprehension. This will contribute majorly to avoiding panic during the exam. Candidates will be prepared to tackle any questions on exam day.

Six Months Preparation Tips for ATMA 2022 Verbal Section

ATMA tests the candidates' verbal, quantitative and analytical reasoning skills. It consists of 180 questions and the duration of the exam is three hours. The test has a total of six sections and thirty minutes are allotted for each. There is a negative marking and 0.25 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.

Make A Study Schedule
The aspirants can prepare for the exam in an organised way only if they have an effective study schedule or routine. To crack the ATMA exam in six months, one must never deviate from the schedule. Sticking to the study routine would assist the candidates to attain their desired scores. The best preparation strategy would be to divide the time based on the topics and weightage. The candidates must make a month-wise plan. In this study plan, the first three months must be dedicated to knowing the exam pattern, marking scheme, identifying the strengths and weaknesses, and covering every topic of the ATMA 2022 Verbal Section syllabus. Taking short notes during preparations will enable the candidates to revise well before the ATMA 2022 exam. In the next month, the candidate must work on the main points and work on strengthening his/her weak areas. The last two months must be completely dedicated to revision and practising ATMA mock tests so that they can answer more and more questions with speed and accuracy.  An effective study routine also teaches students the importance of time management and how to use time effectively. 

Referring to the right study material

The most important key to performing efficiently in the ATMA 2022 exam is to refer to the right study material that covers the entire ATMA syllabus. Collecting a bulk of study material only confuses the students and hampers the preparation. Effective preparation can only be done if students refer to the right study material. A plethora of study material is available both online and offline for ATMA preparation. Online study groups, and sample papers also provide effective study material. Candidates may also seek guidance from mentors.

Subject-wise preparation

The difficulty level of the Verbal Ability section is moderate. This section will be divided into two parts, Verbal Ability/English Usage, and Reading Comprehension. This section will also consist of 60 questions in total which the candidates must aim to solve within the allotted period of 60 minutes. To ace this section, the candidates must polish their vocabulary and Grammar skills with the help of magazines, and newspapers along with basic Class 8 and Class 9 Grammar books to strengthen their fundamentals. It has a reading and comprehension section which tests the vocabulary skills of the students. Candidates must focus on the usage of English and should try improving their vocabulary. They must focus on the grammar part along with Para jumbles, phrases, idioms, word meaning, etc. It is important for the candidates to brush up on their grammar and vocabulary skills, read magazines and newspapers, focus on editorials, etc.

Take Online Mock Tests
Taking mock tests is the most crucial way for an aspirant to evaluate his/her preparation, where they stand, and where to improve. The organiser of ATMA, AIMS, has rolled out AIMS ATMA Mock Test Portal. One can avail of ATMA 2022 mock tests on the official website of AIMS. Candidates must make proper utilisation of it. 

Practise In A Constructive Manner
The verbal section comprises Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Sentence Completion, Word Meaning, Idioms and Phrases, etc. which require a lot of practice. Candidates must figure out the important topics in the subjects and start practising them. This will even help the candidates learn the formulae required for the quantitative aptitude section.

How to Attempt ATMA Verbal Ability Mock Tests?

  • In order to ace the Verbal Ability section, candidates must write hundreds of topic-wise tests, sectional mocks, and full-length tests. 
  • Aspirants must analyse each and every wrong attempt by seeing how their reasoning was different from that of the examiner.
  • Candidates should not read the options before reading the question, otherwise, they will get totally confused and will end up choosing the wrong answer. 

How to Attempt Various Sections under Verbal Ability?

Para Summary: Candidates must try to summarise in their own words whatever material they are reading on the newspaper/internet. Candidates should also try to find out important keywords from the paragraph without which there would be no summary. Aspirants must avoid repetition and extreme answers. 

Para Jumbles and Odd One Out: Candidates must try to find out the introductory sentence which has been further explained in the passage, and then keep asking themselves which sentence should be next logically so that it will form a coherent paragraph. 

 Best Books for ATMA 2022 Verbal Skills Section

Candidates can refer to various books and study materials for the verbal skills section. Hence, here are some of the best books to refer to during preparations for ATMA 2022:

Name of the Book


High School English Grammar and Composition Key

Wren and Martin

30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary

Wilfred Funk and Norman Lewis

Verbal Ability & Comprehension for MBA Exams

Disha Publications

Word Power Made Easy

Norman Lewis

Mastering for Verbal Ability for CAT

Arihant Publications

The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

Nishit K. Sinha

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT

Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay

Apart from the books, candidates must also refer to the ATMA 2022 Mock Tests, Previous Year’s Question Paper, and video materials. The only key to cracking the Verbal Skills Section is consistent practice. Therefore, candidates must start with the preparations ahead of time.

Also Read:

How to Prepare for ATMA 2022 Quantitative SkillsATMA 2022 Preparation Tips for Analytical Reasoning

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