Top 10+ MBA Entrance Exams In India – Pattern & Important Dates

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Top 10 MBA Entrance Exams In India

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Top 10+ MBA Entrance Exams In India (Exams Pattern, Important Dates & Top Colleges)

Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a highly demanded post-graduate degree in business management. There are various programmes in MBA to develop essential business skills (like management skills, leadership, communication skills, negotiation skills etc.) It provides a range of opportunities for career growth. Numerous colleges/institutes in India offer MBA programs in various fields such as Finance, Marketing, Human Resources, Operations, Entrepreneurship, etc. In this article, we’ll look at the top MBA entrance exams in India with their exam patterns, important dates, and the top colleges that accept each exam.

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List of Top MBA Entrance Exams In India

To get admission to the B-school of your choice, the first step is to clear one of the entrance exams required by that particular institute. Following is a list of some top MBA entrance exams that candidates must consider applying for.

CAT (Common Admission Test)

CAT is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM), the most popular MBA entrance exam. However, the CAT score is primarily used to admit students for the 20 IIMs, including old, new and baby IIMs. Also, many other top B-Schools accept CAT scores for admission to their institutes. Every year more than two lakhs of students appear for the CAT exam. By this, one can understand how demanded, and competitive the CAT exam is.

Now let us have a look at the exam pattern of the CAT exam in detail. CAT mainly consists of 3 sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern

SECTION DURATION Number of questions (Expected)
Verbal Ability 40 minutes 24
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 40 minutes 20
Quantitative Ability 40 minutes 22
Total 120 minutes 66

CAT 2022 Exam Important Dates

  • Test date: November 27, 2022
  • Result declaration: Second week of January 2023 (Tentative)
  • The exam duration is 2 hours

Top MBA Colleges Accepting CAT

There are plenty of institutes that accept CAT scores for admission to various MBA programmes. The top MBA colleges include all the top 20 IIMs(Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, etc.) and MBA institutes such as FMS Delhi, SPJIMR, MDI, IMI, IMT and 1000+ Other institutes.

GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) for admission into management programmes offered by several foreign and national institutes and universities. Registration for the GMAT is allowed throughout the year, and candidates can appear for the test up to 5 times in a single year.

This is also one of the most demanded MBA entrance exams, which will accept for admission to international MBA institutes. Let us have a look at the exam pattern of the GMAT in detail.

GMAT 2022 Exam Patten

Section name No. of Questions
Verbal Reasoning 36 questions  (65 mins)
Quantitative Reasoning 31 questions (62 mins)
Integrated Reasoning 12 questions (30 mins)
Analytical Writing Assessment 1 Question: Essay (30 mins)
  • The exam duration is 3 hours and 7 minutes.

Top MBA Colleges Accepting GMAT in India

ISB Hyderabad, SPJIMR, IMT, TAPMI, FORE School of Management, LBSIM Delhi, GIM Goa, etc. These are some of the top MBA colleges that accept GMAT scores in India. Even at the IIMs, the GMAT scores are accepted for a one-year MBA Program.

XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test)

XAT is one of the top MBA entrance exams, and it is conducted by the XLRI Jamshedpur. XAT exam is going to be conducted on 8th January 2023. The XAT exam is also one of the most popular entrance exams in India. The difficulty level of the XAT is similar to the CAT exam. The XAT score is also accepted in many MBA institutes for their admission process. Now let us have a look at the XAT 2023 exam pattern in detail.

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XAT 2023 Exam Pattern

Section Questions
Verbal and Logical Ability 26
Decision Making 21
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation 28
Total 75
General Knowledge 25
Essay Writing Test 1

XAT 2023 Exam Important Dates

  • Test date: January 8th, 2022
  • The exam duration is 3 hours and 10 Minutes

Top MBA Colleges Accepting XAT

XAT score is also accepting many top MBA institutes such as XLRI Jamshedpur, XIMB, IMT, XIME, TAPMI, GIM, Great Lakes, FORE, etc.

IIFT (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade)

The IIFT (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade) conducts the IIFT exam every year for entrance into the MBA International Business Program in IIFT Delhi, IIFT Kolkata, and IIFT Kakinada (new campus). These institutes admit candidates into its Global MBA/ MBA (International Business), the flagship programme of the institutes. Every year around 70,000 students appear for this IIFT examination. This exam tests the candidate’s aptitude skills, and the exam pattern is as shown below.

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IIFT 2023 Exam pattern

Section name questions Marks per Question Total marks Negative Marks
Quantitative Ability (QA) 25 3 75 -1
Logical Reasoning (LR) & Data Interpretation (DI) 30 3 90 -1
Verbal Ability (VA) 19 3 57 -1
Reading Comprehension (RC) 16 3 48 -1
General Knowledge & Awareness 20 1.5 30 -0.5
Total 110 300

IIFT 2023 Exam Important Dates

  • Test date: December 18th, 2022
  • The exam duration is 2 hours.

Top MBA Colleges Accepting IIFT

The IIFT score will only accept in the IIFT campuses as mentioned earlier IIFT(Delhi, Kolkatta & Kakinada).

SNAP (Symbiosis National Aptitude Test)

SNAP is a national-level management entrance exam conducted by Symbiosis International University. It is a postgraduate entrance examination conducted by Symbiosis International (Deemed University) for admissions into the 26 MBA programmes offered at its 15 institutes. This exam will be conducted on the 10th, 18th and 23rd of December 2022. The students can take this exam 3 times on the given dates. The admission of students into the institutes that fall under Symbiosis International University. 

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This exam is designed to test the candidate’s General English, Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency, and Analytical & Logical Reasoning.

SNAP 2022 Exam Pattern

Section name questions Marks per correct answer Total marks
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability 15 1 15
Quantitative Ability(QA), Data Interpretation (DI) & Data Sufficiency 20 1 20
Analytical & Logical Reasoning 25 1 25

Total

60 60

SNAP 2022 Exam Important Dates

  • Test date: 10th, 18th & 23rd December 2022
  • The exam duration is 1 hour.

Top MBA Colleges Accepting SNAP

SIBM Pune, SCMHRD, SIIB Pune, SIBM Bengaluru, and all 12 other Symbiosis colleges.

CMAT (Common Management Admission Test)

Common Management Admission (CMAT) is a popular national-level MBA entrance examination conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The CMAT tests the ability of candidates in areas such as Language Comprehension, Quantitative Techniques, Logical Reasoning, and General Awareness. Each year there are over 1.5 lakh students take the test.

CMAT 2023 Exam Pattern

Sections Questions Maximum Marks
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretations 20 80
Logical Reasoning 20 80
Language Comprehension 20 80
General Awareness 20 80
Innovation & Entrepreneurship 20 80
Total 100 400

CMAT 2023 Exam Important Dates

The CMAT 2023 notification is not yet released. Usually, this exam will conduct in the first week of April. So, it is expected to be the same this year.

  • The exam duration is 3 hours.

Top MBA Colleges Accepting CMAT

All the AICTE-approved Institutes/departments/Universities/Colleges. Some top colleges include JBIMS, SIMSREE, Great Lakes Institute of Management, K J Somaiya Mumbai, Welingkar Mumbai, PUMBA, GIM Goa, Jaipuria, N L Dalmia etc.

MAH-CET (Maharashtra Common Entrance Test)

MAH-CET, also known as MBA/MMS CET, is an MBA entrance exam conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra, for admission to various management courses such as MBA, MMS, and PGDM in various institutes across Maharashtra. The MAH-CET scores are accepted by more than 300+ MBA colleges in India.

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MAH-CET Exam Pattern

Section name questions Maximum Marks
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
Logical Reasoning 75 75
Abstract Reasoning 25 25
Verbal Ability/ Reading Comprehension 50 50
Total 200 200

MAH-CET Exam Important Dates

  • Test date: 23rd, 24th & 25th August 2022
  • The exam duration is 2 hours and 30 Minutes.

Top MBA Colleges Accepting MAH-CET

One of the top MBA institutes in India, JBIMS, also known as the CEO factory, will accept the MAH-CET scores for its MBA admissions. And also other top colleges such as SIMSREE, Welingkar, PUMBA, Dalmiya, SIES, etc.

NMAT (Narsee Monjee Management Aptitude Test) by GMAC

NMIMS Management Aptitude Test (NMAT) is also one of the popular MBA entrance exams. The NMAT is organized by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). The candidates can appear for the exam upto a total of three times, and the best of three scores will be considered for admission. The facility of taking the test from home in a remotely proctored mode has also been provided due to the Covid pandemic situation.

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NMAT Exam Pattern

Section questions Time limit Score range
Language skills 36 28 Mins 12-120
Quantitative skills 36 52 Mins 12-120
Logical Reasoning 36 40 Mins 12-120
Total 108 120 Mins 36-360

NMAT Exam Important Dates

  • Test date: 10th October to 19th December 2022
  • The exam duration is 2 hours.

Top MBA Colleges Accepting NMAT

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) Mumbai, SPJIMR-PGMPW Program, SDA Bacconi Asia Centre, etc.

TISSNET (Tata Institute of Social Sciences National Entrance Test)

Tata Institute of Social Sciences National Entrance Test (TISSNET) is a popular entrance exam conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, for all the Master’s programmes offered in TISS-Mumbai, and all its campuses across the country (Tuljapur, Hyderabad, Guwahati etc. )

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TISSNET Exam Pattern

Sections questions Total marks
General Awareness 30 30
Mathematics and logical reasoning 30 30
English proficiency 40 40
Total 100 100

TISSNET 2023 Exam Important Dates

The TISSNET 2023 notification is not yet released. Usually, this exam will conduct in the last week of February. So, it is expected to be the same this year.

  • The exam duration is 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Top MBA Colleges Accepting TISSNET

The TISSNET score will accept by the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) Mumbai and all its campuses.

SRCC-GBO (Global Business Operations)

SRCC Global Business Operations (GBO) Exam is a management entrance exam for the Post Graduate Management Program offered by the Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Delhi University. The exam gives an opportunity to the candidates to pursue PGDM in the Global Business Operations program at SRCC, Delhi University.

SRCC-GBO 2023 Exam Pattern

Section name questions Marks per correct answer,
Total marks
Time Limit
English Comprehension & Language Ability 40 4 Marks for Correct ANswer
Quantitative Ability 40 -1 for Incorrect ANswer
Logical Ability 40 4 Options per qstn
Data Interpretation 40  
Total 160 640 Marks Total 2 Hours

SRCC-GBO 2023 Exam Important Dates

The SRCC-GBO 2023 notification is not yet released. Usually, this exam will conduct in the first week of March. So, it is expected to be the same this year.

  • The exam duration is 4 hours.

MAT (Management Aptitude Test)

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) Exam is also a popular MBA entrance exam in India. It is a national-level MBA entrance exam conducted by the All India Management Association (AIMA) to offer admission to different management programmes across the country. The exam is held 4 times a year (February, May, September, and December).

MAT 2023 Exam Pattern

Section Name Number of Questions
Language Comprehension 40
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40
Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40
Mathematical Skills 40
Indian and Global Environment 40
Total 200

MAT 2023 Exam Date

  • CBT-1 MAT Exam Date 2022: November 20, 2022
  • CBT-2 MAT Exam Date 2022: December 17, 2022
  • PBT MAT Exam Date 2022: December 11, 2022  (10 AM to 12.30 PM)
  • MAT 2022 IBT Exam date 2022: November 22 to December 15, 2022

Top MBA Colleges Accepting MAT 2022

SDMIMD (Mysore), Jaipuria Institute of Mgmt., BIMTECH (Greater Noida), JIMS, NDIM (New Delhi Inst. of Mgmt), and 400+ MBA colleges across India.

Also, there are other MBA entrance exams, such as ATMA, IBSAT, MICAT, etc., which also some of the entrance exam that are accepted by some MBA institutes such as

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