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AIMS Test for Management Admissions(ATMA)
Both Online and Pen & Paper | National Level Exam
Application Fee - General / SC / ST / OBC - Rs.1100
Important Dates
Registration Date
Dec 19, 2016
Admit Card Date
Feb 08, 2017
Test Date
Feb 12, 2017
Result Date
Feb 20, 2017

How to Prepare for ATMA 2017

It is very important that you make a timetable and stick to it and you will have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it.

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.

It is very important to 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.

Candidates need to attempt each question in less than 80 seconds. Selection of questions is crucial here.

Aspirants should focus on core topics and theory. The chief strategy should be to attempt familiar questions and leave non-familiar/non-comfortable questions. Candidates should be able to decide this within 10 seconds.

Speed will be also very critical. Apart from learning to select a question, candidates should also to reject a question in less than 10 seconds.

Expect some calculation-heavy problems. These questions are meant to be left alone. Give it a try only if are not very close.

So focus on a basic quant syllabus. For Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, revise the Class 5-10 NCERT school books. Since fast calculations can save time, practice with tables, squares, cubes and decimal-fraction conversions.

Analytical reasoning is comparatively more important than Quant and Data Interpretation in management entrance examination as many an exam has reasoning questions with double weight age. Questions in AR range from Numerical reasoning, Decision Making to Verbal Skills. Analytical Reasoning can be practiced using puzzle books and other books on reasoning. You can also profit from working with books such as R S Aggarwal’s book on Reasoning available easily.

Language skills section usually consists of grammar, reading comprehension. So focus on basic grammar rules that you learned during your school days. Candidates need to focus on an overall strategy while preparing for verbal sections because most competitive exams have a similar syllabus.

However, it would be advisable for a student to work on his/her speed mathematics as some of the questions under Data Interpretation tend to be calculation intensive.

ATMA 2017 Important Instructions

  • The question booklet, as well as the answers sheet, will be supplied by ATMA. You should bring with you two HB pencils, one eraser, one pencil sharpener and one ballpoint pen.
  • You should also bring with you the specimen answer sheet given in the bulletin. This will help you filling in the information on the actual answer sheet in the examination hall.
  • Please bring the Admit Card and identity card (undetached) with photographs pasted in the space provided when you come to appear for the ATMA. You have to put your signature on the line for Applicant’s Signature only in the presence of the invigilator in the examination hall.
  • Please ensure that the photographs on both the Admit Card and Identity Card are verified and signed by invigilator in the examination hall.
  • Admit card for ATMA should be surrendered to the Invigilator and Identity Card should be retained by You.
  • You have to download your Admit Card from the website using the login credentials.

Other Important Instructions:

  • Admit Card is valid when the photograph of the candidate is passed on it and produced with a Photo ID proof.
  • Possession of Mobile Phones even in SWITCH OFF mode will be treated as MALPRACTICE and invites strict punishment. Do not bring Mobile Phones to the Test Centres as there is no arrangement for safe keeping.
  • You are not allowed to carry calculators, statistical tables, laptop computer or gadgets that could be of unfair assistance.
  • You have to report at least 30 minutes before the commencement of the examination.
  • In all Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), each question will have only one correct or most appropriate answer. The answer must be indicated by selecting the check box provided at the left side of the options.
  • Ensure that your test invigilator signs in the space provided in your admit card.
  • Use of unfair means, disobedience of instructions, arguing or threatening the examination officials, cheating, etc. will be treated as MALPRACTICE. This may lead to cancellation of your exams, besides any other liabilities under the law.


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.