Top MBA Exams Other Than CAT in India

Exploring Top 5 OMET Exams – Your Gateway to Diverse Opportunities Beyond CAT

Top MBA Exams Other Than CAT in India

Embarking on the CAT (Common Admission Test) journey is a significant step towards your dream B-school, but did you know about other paths leading to success? Enter the world of OMETs (Other Management Entrance Tests), a diverse set of exams broadening your avenues. Conducted at different times throughout the year, these exams provide unique challenges, and each comes with its own set of opportunities.

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XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test)

XAT conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur in the month of January, is your gateway to Xavier-affiliated B-schools. It evaluates your overall aptitude, including Decision Making and General Knowledge. Top institutes accepting XAT scores include XLRI, SPJIMR, and IMT.

Exam Pattern Section 1 (75 questions)

Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

Decision Making

Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability

Section 2 

Mock Keyboard Testing

Section 3 

General Awareness ( 25 questions)

Essay Writing ( 2 questions, have to attempt 1)

Marking Scheme
  • +1 mark for Correct Answer
  • -0.25 negative marking for Incorrect Answer
  • After 8 unattempted answers, -0.10 mark for each unanswered question
  • No negative marking in GK section
Application Fees INR 2100


SNAP (Symbiosis National Aptitude Test):

SNAP, usually held in December, opens doors to Symbiosis Institutes.This exam focuses on speed, agility and accuracy. Fast-paced and logic-based, it’s your ticket to Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development, and more.

Exam Pattern 3 Sections ( Total 60 questions)

General English

Analytical and Logical Reasoning

Quantitative-Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency

Marking Scheme +1 mark for each correct answer, -0.25 for wrong and 0 for unattempted
Application Fees INR 2250 for one SNAP exam, INR 4500 for two and INR 6750 for all the three

NMAT (NMIMS Management Aptitude Test):

NMAT, conducted from October to December by GMAC, offers flexibility with multiple attempts. It allows you to choose your exam date and multiple attempts lets you showcase your best performance. NMIMS, SDA Bocconi Asia Center, and Xavier University, Bhubaneswar are among the top institutions accepting NMAT scores.

Exam Pattern 3 sections (108 questions)

Quantitative Skills

Language Skills

Logical Reasoning

Marking Scheme +1 for every correct answer, No negative marking
Application Fees INR 2800 plus applicable taxes

CUET PG (Central Universities Common Entrance Test – Post Graduate):

CUET PG is a rising star in the OMET galaxy, conducted by various central universities. Some notable institutes considering CUET PG scores for MBA program are TATA Institute of Social Sciences(TISS) which earlier conducted TISSNET and Banaras Hindu University(BHU).

Exam Pattern Part A: The Question Paper will have 75 question comprising of Language Comprehension/ Verbal Ability, Mathematical/Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.

Note: Candidate has to Attempt Verbal Ability/ Language Compreshension in one language only. i.e. Either English or Hindi. The Remaining Questions would be Bilingual.

Marking Scheme +4 for correct answer,-1 for every incorrect response and 0 for unattempted question
Application Fees INR 1200 (General), INR 1000 (OBC-NCL, EWS), INR 900 (SC,ST and Transgender), INR 800 (PwD), INR 6000 ( International centres)

CMAT (Common Management Admission Test):

CMAT, generally held in January, is a national-level exam leading to AICTE-approved institutions. Institutes like JBIMS Mumbai, KJ Somaiya Institute of Management, Goa Institute of Management and Great Lakes Institute of Management are top B-schools accepting CMAT scores.

Exam Pattern Total 100 questions, 20 of each section :

Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation

Logical Reasoning

Language Comprehension

General Awareness

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Marking Scheme +4 for correct answer,-1 for every incorrect response and 0 for unattempted question
Application Fees  INR 2000 for General Male Candidates and INR 1000 for female and reserved category candidates


CAT may be the starting point, but OMET exams present additional opportunities. Each exam, conducted at different times, introduces new challenges. Although the basic preparation for all the OMETs remain same as CAT, some require additional efforts with new sections like GK ,Decision Making and Grammar.

If by chance your CAT exam did not went well, these OMETs will come to your rescue. So, CAT aspirants, take the leap, face the diverse challenges, and give these top 5 OMETs to land yourself in one of the top management institute.


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