ATMA Exam Pattern 2021: Marking Scheme, Negative Marking, Total Marks

Exam Date

May 30, 2021

Apr 23, 2021 | Computer , Management


The Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) is responsible for prescribing the exam pattern for ATMA. This year, ATMA will be held as an Internet-Based Test (IBT), through Artificial Intelligence and Human Proctoring. The question paper will further be divided into six sections, where each section will carry 30 questions. The candidates will have 3 hours to solve the entire question paper. Find all the details related to the ATMA exam pattern on this page.

ATMA Exam Pattern 2021 Highlights

Just covering the whole syllabus is not enough to score well in the exam. Familiarizing oneself with the ATMA MBA exam pattern is extremely important. The candidates should know how much time they have to solve the entire question paper, the mode of the exam, sectional division of questions, marking scheme, and various other details to help them plan effectively for the exam. Some important highlights related to the ATMA 2021 exam are tabulated below:

ATMA 2021 Highlights
Date of ATMA 2021 May 30, 2021 (Tentative)
Mode of exam Internet-Based Test
Medium of question paper English
Sections in the question paper Six
Total number of questions 180
Total marks 180
ATMA exam duration 180 minutes
Type of questions Multiple-choice questions

Candidates will have to answer 180 questions in 180 minutes. The question paper is divided into 6 sections, and each section carries equal number of questions, i.e., 30. The candidates must note that negative marking is applicable in ATMA 2021, hence it is advised that they only answer a question if they are sure of the answer.

  • Books, notepapers, calculators, slide-rules, mobile phones, and other electronic devices are not permissible.
  • The candidates will get 30 minutes to solve each section. Hence, they must not take more than 1 minute to answer a question.

Sectional Division in ATMA 2021

It has been mentioned that the question paper will be divided into 6 sections. Each candidate will be required to answer 30 questions based on each of the following domains.

ATMA 2021 Structure of Question Paper
Section No. of Question Time Allocated
Analytical Reasoning Skills(Paper-I) 30 30 min.
Verbal Skills(Paper-I) 30 30 min.
Quantitative Skills(Paper-I) 30 30 min.
Analytical Skills(Paper-II) 30 30 min.
Verbal Skills(Paper-II) 30 30 min.
Quantitative Skills(Paper-II) 30 30 min.
Total 180 180 min

Note: In case you find a mistake in the framing of the question or the answer choices given, you need not waste your time on them. You will be given credit for such questions.

ATMA 2021 Marking Scheme

The question paper will have a total of 180 multiple-choice questions. Each question will have four options. One out of the four options provided will be the correct answer to the question. The candidates must note that negative marking is applicable in ATMA 2021. The marking scheme for ATMA 2021 is given below:

ATMA marking scheme 2021
Correct Response 1 mark will be awarded
Incorrect Response 0.25 mark will be deducted from the total score
No Response No addition or deduction will be applicable
Maximum Marks 180 marks

ATMA Online Exam Guidelines 2021

Since ATMA will be an internet-based test in the year 2021, the candidates are expected to abide by some instructions given by the conducting authorities.

  • The candidates must show a hardcopy of their ATMA Hall Ticket 2021, and a government-issued photo ID proof to be allowed to take the test.
  • The exam is generally held between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM. The candidates must set up their desks by 1:00 PM, to complete the frisking formalities sans hassle.
  • Do NOT press the F5 key, as it will end your exam.
  • For rough work, the candidates must keep 1 or 2 blank sheets of paper in handy. They will, however, be required to show their paraphernalia to the proctor before using them.
  • Candidates cannot jump between the sections.


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