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ATMA 2020 Exam Analysis

ATMA or AIMS Test for Management Admissions is a national level MBA entrance exam conducted by AIMS i.e.  Association of Indian Management School. ATMA exam is scheduled to be held 4-5 times in a year and is accepted by several top B-schools of India.

ATMA entrance exam is a 3-hour Computer Based Test and consists of 3 sections, namely, Quantitative Skills, Analytical Reasoning Skills, and Verbal Skills. Each of these sections is further divided into 2 sub sections, making it a total of 6 sections. For every correct answer candidate scores +1 and for every wrong answer 0.25 is deducted.

In this article, we have analyzed ATMA 2020 paper in detail. This will help MBA aspirants to gain deeper insights about ATMA exam pattern. This analysis provides an estimate the overall and sectional level of difficulty, ATMA Syllabus, topic wise distribution of questions, expected score for percentiles and do ability of questions. The below mentioned table shows an overview of ATMA 2020 paper: –

ATMA 2020 Overview- 

SectionsScore Expected for
90+ Percentile
Difficulty Level
Verbal Ability- I18-20Moderate
Verbal Ability- II18-20Moderate
Analytical Reasoning- I21-23Moderate
Analytical reasoning- II20-22Moderate to difficult
Quantitative Ability- I15-18Moderate to difficult
Quantitative Ability- II16-18Difficult

ATMA 2020 Exam Pattern Analysis:

The section wise questions pattern and difficulty in ATMA 2020 is as follows:

Verbal Ability I and II:

This section in ATMA 2020 comprised of 5 RC passages with 6 questions each that were easy to moderate. Jumbled paragraphs and fill in the blanks also formed an important part of the section with 5 questions each and an easy to moderate level. The overall section was moderate as the level of the antonyms and sentence correction was tough.

of Questions
Reading Comprehension3027Easy to Moderate
Errors in sentence formation52Difficult
Fill in the blanks with correct
vocabulary word
One-word substitution43Moderate
Jumbled Paragraphs42Moderate
Phrases and Idioms substitution
by words
63Moderate to difficult

Analytical section I and II:

Analytical Section of ATMA 2020 was overall moderately difficult. Section I comprised of questions from critical reasoning, arrangements, statement inference, statement conclusions and data sufficiency while section II was made up majorly of coding-decoding and strengthen and weaken arguments. An attempt of 43-44 questions with an accuracy of 90% was considered to be a good attempt.

of Questions
Coding Decoding54Moderate
Seating Arrangement -Circular54Moderate
Data Sufficiency54Moderate
Course of Action53Moderate
Strong and Weak Arguments54Moderate
Cause and Effect53Moderate
Statement & Conclusions64Moderate

Quantitative Ability I and II:

The level of difficulty of quants section in ATMA 2020 was moderate to difficult. Candidates considered this section as time consuming and lengthy. With a 90% accuracy, if a candidate attempted 43-45 questions, it could be termed as a good attempt. Data Interpretation portion formed a major part of the section with 17 questions in total and a moderate difficulty level. Other major topics were modern math, numbers and algebra.

TopicsNumber of
Time & Work, Pipes and Cisterns22Moderate
Percentages, Profit, Loss, Partnership53Moderate
Simple Equations, Ratio, Proportion
and Variation
Time & Distance, Boats and Streams43Moderate
Geometry & Mensuration21Moderate to difficult
Simple Interest, Compound Interest21Moderate to difficult
Averages, Mixtures and Alligations21Moderate
Numbers, Indices & Surds2Moderate
Charts + Cases (Data Interpretation)1411Moderate to difficult
Permutation and Combinations,
1210Moderate to difficult
Quantitative Comparison53Moderate
Number Series53Moderate


As per the above analysis, the overall difficulty of questions in ATMA 2020 was moderate to difficult. In verbal section, the questions were mainly direct and easy. A score of 32-36 can be considered a good score in this section. While, quants seemed to be lengthy and had a few difficult questions, a score of 37-39 is a decent score. In analytical reasoning, a score of 30-32 is considered a good score. Overall, a score of 110-120 could help a student get admission in college of his or her choice.

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