AIMS Test for Management Admissions (ATMA) (ATMA - 2016)

Both Online and Pen & Paper | National Level Exam

Q - Around what date the results of ATMA can be expected ?

A -

Around the first or second week of March.

How to Prepare

Preparation Strategy
Make a proper Time Table
It is very important that you make a time table and stick to it and you will have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it.
Concept clarity rather than rote learning
It is essential that you have a clear idea of the formulas and concepts rather than rote learning of things for the papers. While you might require it for memorizing formulas it is important that for other stuff you make sure you clear your basis and concepts before moving on.
Prepare Notes
It is very important make small notes or a comprehensive list of formulas on each covered topic and chapter which will come in handy at the time of revision. This will require you to be regular with your work but will surely make things easy at the time of revision.
Revision of Class XI and XII concepts
Make sure that you revise your concepts from the syllabus of these classes before starting anything new as most of the engineering exams will be for admission to undergraduate courses and so the syllabi from class XI and XII becomes the testing ground to check students.
Seek guidance
It is not possible for you to know everything in your syllabus, at least not at the time of preparation. Sooner or later you will run into a concept or so which will give you trouble and then it is best you seek guidance from an instructor or a teacher. It is necessary that you clear your doubts at regular intervals and don’t prolong things for long. Getting into a good coaching class is nothing to be ashamed off and if anything a regular coaching class will enable you to avoid roadblocks in your preparation.
Sample Papers
Even though there may be a complete change in the exam pattern or the expected questions altogether,it is important that you practice on the sample and previous years question papers available for the engineering exam you’d be attempting. You will know the existing pattern and have a fair idea of the type of questions to expect in the paper along with the time constraint.
Mock tests
The paper pattern, duration of the paper and the number of questions to be attempted in the given amount of time is not something you will be able to pick up on the day of the examination. A Mock Test tests a student’s abilities as it not only provides a similar feel of real exams but also helps in building speed and confident to face the exam. Furthermore, they can improve their performance to get an extra edge in actual exams.  
Time management
Time management can be learnt through thorough practice and regular test taking. So it is important that you practice it and practice it well.

Application Process

Step 1
Download Application Form
Step 2
Payment modes
Step 3
Filling up of Application form

ATMA 2016 Question Paper Format

online Both Online and Pen & Paper
Exam Type
marks 1.0 Mark
Correct Question Mark
marks 0.25 Mark
Negative Marking

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ATMA 2016

In response to this need, AIMS offers the AIMS Test for Management Admissions (ATMA), as a credible, comprehensive and single-window test for admissions to different postgraduate management programs. The administration and scoring are done professionally. ATMA scores supplied are highly dependable indicators of the candidate’s suitability for management education and career. The candidates will be provided with the percentile scores in verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, analyzing and synthesizing ability.

The members of Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) have for long felt the need for a high-quality test, the scores of which can be used in their admission process, as a reliable predictor of academic performance in post-graduate management programs.

ATMA 2016 Conducting Body

The Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) was formed in 1988 as a network of management schools in the country at the National Conference of the Heads of Management Education Institutions on “National Education Policy and its Implications for Management Education in the Country” held at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore in April 1988. AIMS has since then grown into a powerful body of B-schools in the country with a membership of over six hundred institutes. AIMS is one of the largest networks of management schools in the world.

ATMA Contact Details

Address Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) D No: 6-3-668/10/76, First Floor, Near Sri Kalyana Venkateshwara Temple Durga Nagar Colony, Punjagutta, Hyderabad - 500082 Email:
Phone no 040-23417875/76
Type National
Mode Both Online and Pen & Paper


1) What is ATMA ?

AIMS Test for Management Admissions, which is one of the six national level tests, along with CAT, CMAT, GMAT, MAT and XAT, recognized by AICTE and Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India. Launched in 2000, ATMA is a credible, comprehensive and single window test for admission to different post-graduate management programmes.

2) Around what date the results of ATMA can be expected ?

Around the first or second week of March.

3) How does a candidate make the registration fee payment?

The following three options are available for remitting the fee.

  • Online using Debit/Credit Card through official website.
  • Through Net / Bank transfer to AIMS Beneficiary: Association of Indian Management Schools.
  • Cash / DD in favour of "Association of Indian Management Schools" payable at Hyderabad through notified Fee Collection / Distribution Centers.

4) Will the results be available online ?

Yes, on ATMA website.

5) What is the Registration Start & End date ?

The registration form Start in the fisrt week of January & can be submitted during the month of February.

6) What does the score card contain?

The Score card of each individual candidate contains Name, Roll No, Address, Mobile No., Scores and percentiles for each subject the total score along with the percentile.

7) What is the amount of Registration fee and is it refundable if the test is not given by the candidate for any reason?

  • The registration fee is Rs.1100/- (Rupees One Thousand One Hundred only).
  • The fee once remitted will not be refunded under any circumstance.

8) What is the role of AIMS/ATMA in the selection process ?

AIMS will only send the ATMA scores to the five selected Institutes. Based on the individual institutes selection criteria, they consider ATMA Scores and the performance of the candidate in the selection criteria, for admission purpose.

9) Is there any concession in fee for SC/ST ?

No. There is no concession in fee for any category of students.

10) Is a hard copy of the score card sent to the candidate ?

No. Every candidate is expected to download his/her score card within a maximum of two months from the date of announcement on the website.

11) Is registration necessary after making payment ?

Yes. Without registration, one will not get the password allotted, nor can the roll no be generated.

12) Can a candidate get additional institutes reported of his/her scores ?

Yes. Scores can be sent to Institutes other than the ones already opted on payment of Rs.100/- per Institute payable through DD in favour of "Association of Indian Management Schools" payable at Hyderabad.

13) What are the details required to be filled in at the time of payment ?

Full Name as entered in your 10th class certificate, correct Email ID, Mobile no. and Date of Birth.

14) Will requests for duplicate score cards be entertained after the period of two months from the date of announcement of results?

No. No request for duplicate score cards will be entertained afterwards. One should print-out the score card using his password within the stipulated time.

15) Is it necessary to provide cell no. and email ID at the time of payment and also registration ?

Yes. A candidate should provide his/her cell no. and valid email ID for all future communications.

Required details to be filled in at the time of registration:-
Personal Identification No (PID) (received after making the payment), Name of the Candidate, Address for communication, State / Union Territory you belong to, City, Pincode, Email ID, Confirm Email ID, Date of Birth, Gender, Landline no., Mobile No., Preferred Test City: Choice 1 & 2 (from the drop-down list), Qualification details, Post qualification experience, Choice code of Institutes for reporting ATMA Scores (from the Participating Institutes list on the website.)

16) Is any student support facility available at ATMA Head Quarters or ATMA Pune office ?

Most of the questions are already answered above and incase there is any further need, a candidate can send an email to which will be answered within a day. No telephone calls will be entertained.

17) Is a print-out of the registration of the application required ?

After completion of all the required data and selecting Click here to register for ATMA exam, a candidate is required to take a print-out for showing at the time of the test.

Admit Card
A candidate is required to download his/her admit card online. Candidates will not be allowed to appear for the test without the admit card, on which two copies of the recent passport size photos will have to be affixed.

18) Are the ATMA Scores comparable with those of other similar tests ?

Although all are national level tests and since the actual questions set by each national test differ from the other, marks are not exactly comparable.

19) What are the test centres?

ATMA is expected to be conducted in 6 cities:

  1. Bhubaneshwar
  2. Hyderabad
  3. Mumbai
  4. Nagpur
  5. Pune
  6. Raipur

20) How does ATMA's approach differ from other educational NGOs?

ATMA's approach to educational development is different from that of any other organisation. They address the needs of education service providers at an organisational level, so that they can improve their offerings. That is why professional volunteers are so important. Beyond skills in education, one needs expertise in marketing, HR, business and project management skills. ATMA pairs the skills and motivations of each volunteer to a specific project with measureable outcomes, allowing for the best possible volunteer experience and the most significant impact.

21) How many test centres can be chosen by a candidate ?

Two, in order of preference at the time of registration itself.

22) Can a candidate request for change of test centre opted at a later stage?

In the normal circumstances, the centre of first preference will be allotted or alternatively the second choice in case of non-availability of sufficient systems or cancellation of the first centre, for any reason. Only in exceptional cases, a request for change of centre can be considered if the request is made on or before last week of July.

23) Can a candidate use his own computer and give the test?

No. One has to necessarily go to the test venue allotted and give the test.

24) Is there any choice of Test Venue for the Candidate within a particular city ?

No. The allotment of Test Venues is done automatically by the system and no change is allowed.

25) What is the advantage of selecting participating Institutes while doing the registration ?

ATMA scores will be sent to the five institutes selected from the List of Participating Institutes available on the website. The candidates can quote the PID no., and apply to the selected institutes through the individual institute application form to be obtained directly from the respective institutes.

26) Should a candidate send any documents any where ?

No. No documents, including registration form need to be sent to any office.

27) Is any document to be preserved for future use by the candidate?

Yes. In addition to the registration print-out, the admit card portion meant for the candidate which is signed by the test supervisor, the email giving their PID no., and Password must be retained for future use.

28) What is the eligibility criterion ?

Any graduate or students of final year in graduation, without any age restriction can appear for the test.

29) What is the nature and structure of ATMA ?

The test contains 180 objective type questions spread over six sections to be answered over a period of three hours.

The following table shows the structure of ATMA:-



Question-Context related to

No. Of Questions

Allotted Time


Analytical Reasoning Skills


30 Min


Verbal Skills


30 Min


Quantitative Skills


30 Min


Verbal Skills


30 Min


Analytical Reasoning Skills


30 Min


Quantitative Skills


30 Min




180 Min

30) How many multiple answers for each question will be provided ?

Each objective type question will have four answers. The candidate will have to click the answer which s/he thinks correct.

31) How is a candidate awarded marks ?

Each correct answer receives one mark and there will be no marks for the question left unanswered. For each incorrect answer, a 0.25 mark will be deducted from the marks obtained.

32) What are the items allowed into the Test Venue? 

Except Ball point pen for signing in the Admit Card and in the attendance sheet, filled-in registration print-out, payment receipt and Photo Id. no other items will be allowed into the lab.

33) Can Cell phones or calculators be allowed into the Test Venue?

No. Cell phones, even in switched-off mode and calculators or any gadgets are not allowed into the test venue.

34) How does one do the rough calculations ?

Papers for rough work will be provided by the test venue, which should be submitted to the invigilator.

35) Will there be any break during the test time?

No candidate will be allowed to move out of the testing lab and there will be no break in this period of 3 hours.

36) Is change of computer allowed during the examination?

No. A candidate cannot change his computer unless it is found to be non-operational for any reason. If a change is required it will be only done by the test coordinator.

37) If there is discontinuity of the test on account of power failure or any reason, will the candidates be allowed additional time? 

Yes. On account of power failure or for any other reason, if there is a break in continuing the examination, the candidate(s) will be compensated by allowing additional time to the extent of the loss of time only.

38) Are the ATMA scores comparable with other national level management entrance exams like CAT, MAT, XAT, SNAP etc ?

Since, the actual questions set by each national level exam varies from the other, marks cannot be compared.