- 1 Top 10+ MBA Entrance Exams In India (Exams Pattern, Important Dates & Top Colleges)
- 1.1 List of Top MBA Entrance Exams In India
- 1.1.1 CAT (Common Admission Test)
- 1.1.2 GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
- 1.1.3 XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test)
- 1.1.4 IIFT (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade)
- 1.1.5 SNAP (Symbiosis National Aptitude Test)
- 1.1.6 CMAT (Common Management Admission Test)
- 1.1.7 MAH-CET (Maharashtra Common Entrance Test)
- 1.1.8 NMAT (Narsee Monjee Management Aptitude Test) by GMAC
- 1.1.9 TISSNET (Tata Institute of Social Sciences National Entrance Test)
- 1.1.10 SRCC-GBO (Global Business Operations)
- 1.1.11 MAT (Management Aptitude Test)
- 1.1 List of Top MBA Entrance Exams In India
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.
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 2023 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|
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.
XAT 2023 Exam Pattern
|Verbal and Logical Ability||26|
|Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation||28|
|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.
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|
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.
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|
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
|Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretations||20||80|
|Innovation & Entrepreneurship||20||80|
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.
MAH-CET Exam Pattern
|Section name||questions||Maximum Marks|
|Verbal Ability/ Reading Comprehension||50||50|
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.
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|
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. )
TISSNET Exam Pattern
|Mathematics and logical reasoning||30||30|
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,
|English Comprehension & Language Ability||40||4 Marks for Correct ANswer|
|Quantitative Ability||40||-1 for Incorrect ANswer|
|Logical Ability||40||4 Options per qstn|
|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|
|Intelligence and Critical Reasoning||40|
|Data Analysis and Sufficiency||40|
|Indian and Global Environment||40|
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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