Top 20 MBA entrance exams for MBA Admission

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After graduation students will think, what to do ahead? Where can we make our career? Sometimes currently working also facing problems in a promotion or work knowledge. So the answer to both questions is doing an MBA (Master in Business Administration), no matter if it will be part-time or full-time. MBA is one of the most popular post-graduate programs (2-year program).

Many people or students don’t have a proper idea about MBA study & its entrance exam that needs to take admission. Don’t worry guys, you’re at the right place to get all the ideas about the MBA entrance exam. The main thing is how many exams are there and which? , When forms are released for it? When will the exam be conducted? where to apply? etc. Here you will get all the answers for your answers.

There are many entrance exams are there like CAT, MAT, GMAT, XAT, CMAT, ATMA, NMAT, MAH-CET, SNAP, IIFT, IBSAT, TSICET, KMAT, TANCET, HPUMAT, TISS-NET, IRMA, OJEE-MBA, APICET, etc. 1st seven exams are more popular all over India. So guys let’s see about each one in detail.

1] CAT (Common Admission Test):-

CAT is considered as the mother of the MBA entrance exam which is conducted by 1 of the 20 IIMs on a rolling basis.

The score of CAT is not just accepted by IIMs, but also by other top 10 non-IIMs such as FMS(Delhi), MDI(Gurgaon), IMI (Delhi), IITs (pan India), etc.

2] XAT (Xavier’s Admission Test): – 

Conducted by XLRI, XAT is one of the oldest management exams.

More than 70 odd B-schools accept the XAT’s score.

3] MAT (Management Aptitude Test): –

Conducted by AIMA, this is a more popular entrance exam which candidates can take 4 times in a year.

The score of MAT is accepted by several B-schools & associated universities.

4] SNAP (Symbiosis National Aptitude Test): –

This aptitude test is conducted for admissions to all post-graduate management programs offered by symbiosis.

Registration will be from Aug to Nov.

Symbiosis international university is one well-recognized B-school in India.

5] IBSAT (ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test): –

Conducted by ICFAI to get admission in IBS Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Dehradun, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune.

6] GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test): –

It is required for admission to a graduate business program globally.

Conducted by GMAC.

Around 1600 B-schools accept the GMAT score.

7] NMAT (Narsee Monjee Management Aptitude Test): –

NMAT is for securing admission for NMIMS.

Conducted by GMAC.

It is Mumbai based university, which offers many management courses with different specializations.

8] CMAT (Common Management Admission test): –

Conducted by a National testing agency for admission to postgraduate management programs, many schools accept the score of CMAT.

The 1st exam was conducted in 2012.

Score accepted by more than 1000 MBA institutes across the country.

9] IIFT (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade): –

Conducted by NTA to take admission in Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Score is valid only for IIFT.

It’s one of the top B-schools in India.

It offers MBA in International Business Program as far as management aspirants in India are concerned.

10] MAH-CET (Maharashtra Common Entrance Test): –

It is the main entrance exam for a 2-year full-time post-graduate degree course in MBA/MMS & PGDM/PGDBM in government.

 Exam conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education Maharashtra.

11] ATMA (AIMS Test for Management Admission): –

Conducted 4 times in a year.

ATMA score accepted by over 500 MBA institutes.

Conducted by AIMA.

12] TSICET (Telangana State Integrated Common Entrance Test): –

TSICET score is only validated only in the state of Telangana.

1st time held in May 2015.

13] IRMA (Institute of Rural Management Anand): –

Necessary to take admission to post-management diploma in rural management.

IRMA uses CAT/XAT score to shortlist candidates and then call them for the IRMA written test.

14] TISS-NET (Tata Institute of Social Sciences National Entrance Test): –

Conducted by Tata institute of social science to get admission for all master’s programs in

TISS-Mumbai, Tuljapur, Hyderabad, Guwahati, IMHST Chennai, MHAT Calicut & G-CET Ranchi.

Also named as TISS-Mat.

15]KMAT (Karnataka Management Aptitude Test): –

KMAT helps to take admission in Karnataka states MBA colleges & B-schools.

Conducted by Karnataka Private Post Graduate Colleges Association, score is accepted by more than 169 colleges across the state. 

16]TAN-CET (TamilnadCommon Entrance Test): –

It’s a written exam that gives you admission to MBA courses in the state of Tamilnadu.

 Conducted by Anna university, Chennai.

17]HPU-MAT (Himachal Pradesh University Management Admission Test): –

HPU-MAT conducted for admission in Himachal Pradesh University Business School.

Score of this exam required for the second round of admission selection process.

18] OJEE-MBA (Odisha Joint Entrance Exam): –

 Exam conducted by the government of Orissa, the score is used to take admission in many MBA courses in Orissa.

 Also this test gives admission in many private & government medical, engineering & management institutes in Orissa.

19] API-CET (Andhra Pradesh- Integrated Common Entrance Test): –

 Exam conducted by Sri Venkateswara university, Tirupati, for admission into various MBA colleges & B-schools in AP.

 APSCHE described the exam pattern.

Exam NameLevelExam MonthWebsiteEligibilityPattern
GMATGlobalAll year-by appoints only     in       any                 discipline80 Questions in 2 Hr 45 Min.4 Sections     (verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning,    integrated reasoning,and analytical writing                   assessment),                   AWA is an optional section.
CATNationalNovwww.catiim.in50% in graduation        Total 100 question in 180 min with 3 sections                  (verbal ability, quantitative aptitude,                  data interpretation & logical reasoning). +3 for correct answer & -1 for incorrect & no deduction                   for unattempted questions. in graduationTotal 40 questions in 80 min with one section only. +1 for correct answer & -0.25 for incorrect answer.
MATNationalSep, Dec, Feb & Maywww.aima-ind.orgGraduation in any discipline    Total 200 questions in 180 min. 5 Sections                   (Indian & Global environment, language                   comprehension,data analysis & sufficiency,                   mathematical skills, intelligence &                  critical reasoning).                  2 exam mode                  (paper-based mode & computer-based mode).
SNAPUniversity/ NationalDecwww.snaptest.org50% in graduation( regular degree)                  60 questions in 60 min.3 sections (general English,                  quantitative-data interpretation & data sufficiency,                   analytical & logical reasoning).                    -0.25 for incorrect answer.
IBSATInstituteDecwww.ibsat.org50% in graduation                  140 MCQs in 120 min. 4 sections (quantitative                    aptitude,verbal ability,data adequacy &                    interpretation, reading comprehension).                    +1 for a right answer, no negative marking.
NMATNationalBetweenOct and Decwww.nmims.edu50% in graduation                  120 questions in 120 min. 3 sections (language                    skills, logical reasoning, quantitative skills).          3 attempts, the best score will be considered.                   Merit list prepared based on written exam score &                   then shortlisted for GD/PI round. No –ve marking.
XATUniversity1st Sunday of in graduation                  100 questions in 180 min. 4 sections (decision                    making, verbal & logical ability,general knowledge,                    quantitative ability & data interpretation).                    +1 for the correct answer,-0.25 for the wrong                    answer,-0.10 marks for more than 8 un-attempt.
TISS-NET    `National1st week of Janwww.tiss.eduGraduation in any discipline                  100 questions in 100 min. 3 sections (English                    proficiency, mathematics & logical reasoning,                   general awareness). No –ve marking. +1 for                   the correct answer, no marks deducted                    for un-attempt.
ATMANationalFeb, May, July & Augwww.atma-aims.org50% in graduation                  180 questions in 180 min. 6 sections                   (Analytical reasoning skills-1, verbal skills-1,                   quantitative skills-1, Analytical reasoning skills-2,                    verbal skills-2, quantitative skills-2).                    +1 for right answer,-0.25 for wrong answer.
CMATNationalJanwww.aicte-cmat.in50% in graduation                  100 MCQs in 180 min. 1 question is for 4 marks.                    4 sections (quantitative techniques & data                   interpretation, logical reasoning, language                    comprehension, general awareness).+4 for correct answer, -1 for incorrect.
MAH-CETStateMarchwww.mahacet.orgGraduation in any disciplinewith 50%                  200 questions in 150 min. 4 sections (logical                    reasoning, abstract reasoning, Quantitative                   aptitude, verbal ability & reading comprehension).                   +1 for right answer, no –ve marking.
IIFTNational4th week of Janwww.iift.eduGraduation in any discipline with 50%                  110 questions in 120 min. 4 sections (verbal ability                   & reading comprehension, quantitative aptitude,                   logical reasoning & data interpretation,General                   knowledge). +3 for right answer in 1st 3 section,                   1.5 for GK section. –ve marking is there. in any discipline                  200 questions,150 min.3 sections (analytical                    ability, mathematical ability, communication ability).+1 for correct answer, no –ve marking.
KMATStateFeb, May,        Sep                    & DecKmatkerala.inGraduation in any discipline with 50%                  120 questions in 120 min. 3 sections (verbal                   & reading comprehension, quantitative aptitude,                   logical reasoning). +1 for the correct answer, no                    –ve marking.
TAN-CETStateMarannauniv.eduGraduation in any discipline with 50%                  115 questions in 120 min. 5 sections (business                   situation, reading comprehension, quantitative                    ability, data sufficiency & English usage).                     +1 for right answer, -1/3 will deduct for                     wrong answer.
HPU-MATState4th week of in graduation                  200 MCQs in 120 min, 4 sections (English                    comprehension, reasoning, business environment,                    arithmetic comprehension & data interpretation). +1 for correct answer, no –ve marking.
OJEE-MBAStateJuneojee.nic.inGraduation in any discipline with 50%                  120 questions in 120 min. 4 sections (verbal                    reasoning & comprehension, analytical &                    logical reasoning, general knowledge & business                    fundamentals,quantitative techniques).                    -1 for incorrect answer. in any discipline                    200 MCQs in 150 min. 3 sections (analytical                    ability , mathematical ability, communication                     ability). +1 for correct answer, no –ve marking.


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