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How to prepare for ATMA exam

ATMA is one of the many entrance exams for management studies. Many MBA and PGDM b-schools accept ATMA scores to get admission in their colleges. ATMA exam is a single window exam instead of multiple exams. ATMA exam is conducted by AIMS (Association of Indian Management Schools) which also happens to has a membership of more than 700 PGDM’s. For MBA, PGDM, PGDBA, there are many colleges accepting ATMA score. More than 200 Institutions accept ATMA scores.

Most of the MBA entrance tests are conducted once a year but AIMS is conducting ATMA entrance exam 5 times a year. It gives candidates the flexibility to choose their best time for the exam and to plan accordingly. Digital exam format makes it easier for AIMS to do so, it’s tough to do alike in traditional paper-pencil format.

ATMA Exam Pattern

S.No Section No. of questions Duration (mins)
01 Analytical Reasoning Skills 30 30
02 Verbal Skills 30 30
03 Quantitative Skills 30 30
04 Analytical Reasoning Skills 30 30
05 Verbal Skills 30 30
06 Quantitative Skills 30 30
Total 180 3 hours

Marks awarded for the correct answer: 1
Marks deducted for the wrong answer: ⅓
Every question has 4 options to choose.

As you can see the exam is divided into two parts. Each part has Analytical, Verbal and Quantitative skills in common.

how to prepare for ATMA

ATMA Exam Papers

Taking a look at previous ATMA question Papers is very crucial. Previous papers give the candidate an idea of how the exam is going to be and make him clear about the exam pattern. It is also useful to know the difficulty level of the exam. Practicing previous question papers and solving them gives candidate confidence, which is very important to crack competitive exams.

ATMA Mock Test

Like for every competitive exam, mock tests are important for ATMA. Taking the Mock tests not only give you an idea of exam pattern but also it improves the speed and accuracy of the candidate. Candidates can find many mock tests on the internet, some are free and some are paid. If you practiced all previous ATMA exam papers and looking for new challenges then ATMA mock tests are surely helpful.

Section wise preparation for ATMA exam:

1. Analytical Reasoning
2. Verbal and
3. Quantitative

I. Analytical Reasoning skills

The main aim of ATMA is to test the candidate’s aptitude skills, that’s why the syllabus is focused on Analytical Reasoning skills. Aptitude does not improve overnight, a person will need time to think analytically. Solving puzzles is a good start but it’s not the only thing to do.

Important Topics:
1. Odd man out
2. Blood Relations
3. Number Series
4. Data Sufficiency
5. Syllogism
6. Coding and Decoding

II. Verbal Skills

Increase your grammar and vocabulary knowledge will help you excel in Verbal skills. It’s better to read a variety of topics, so you can come across many new words as possible. If you’re reading novels don’t stick to one author or genre, Instead, try multiple genres and authors.

Important Topics:
1. Synonyms and Antonyms
2. Analogies
3. Vocabulary
4. Grammar
5. Comprehension

III. Quantitative skills

For quantitative skills start with the basics. studying high school level mathematics will help you learn basics apart from previous ATMA exam papers and ATMA mock tests. Here speed and accuracy are very important.

Important Topics:
1. Percentages
2. Number System
3. Ratio & Proportions
4. Inequality
5. Number series
6. Speed and Distance
7. Simplifications

ATMA Exam Strategy:

Best exam strategy is to focus on accuracy rather than a number of questions attempted. To do so you have to plan the time you’re spending for preparation. So if you’re working somewhere and decided to write ATMA then don’t try to prepare it for a college exam. Take a break from your work and spend some quality time with preparation for a period of minimum 3 months. Preparation time is the most important part of ATMA exam strategy.

ATMA Cut Off:

ATMA cut-off is usually between 70 to 150. I am saying that based on the 2017 ATMA cut off. Usually, the cut off marks will be the same.

ATMA Important Dates:

Exam Date: 27th May 2018

Last date for registration: 21st May 2018
Exams will be conducted in July and August also apart from January, February and May.

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