MBA Entrance Exams

MBA become the most attractive professional course these days. Students from each and every stream are running towards it and not only the students experienced professionals are also approaching it. One can go through MBA from renowned B Schools, private universities and distance learning programs. There are various entrance exams for getting admissions in the MBA programs. You can have a look on the common entrance exams in India.

CAT (Common Admission Test)

Conducting Institute: IIMS


Eligibility: 50% in Graduation for General and 45% for Reserved. Final year students can also apply.

Exam Pattern: CAT is an online exam. It has 3 sections with 3 hours of time resulting in 60 minutes for each section.

Exam Syllabus: Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability & Reading comprehension and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Exam Date: Tentatively in the month of November (last week) or December (first week).


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CAT is the most widespread MBA entrance exam in country preferred by top b-schools and IIMS.

GMAT(Graduate Management Aptitude Test)

Conducting Institute: GMAC

Eligibility: A degree from a reputed university.

Exam Pattern: There are 4 sections in this exam. Two sections have 30 minutes time and for the other 2 sections, it is 75 minutes. Total duration is 3 hours and 30 minutes. Exam pattern is completely different from other exams, it is a computer adaptive test in which candidate has to answer a question if he answers it correctly then the difficulty level of the next question will be increased or it will be decreased. Higher difficulty questions have higher marks.

Exam Syllabus: Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and Verbal Reasoning

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MAT(Management Aptitude Test)

Conducting Institute: All India Management Association (AIMA)

Eligibility: Any Graduate can apply

Exam Pattern: Both offline and online exam. Exam duration is 2 and half hours. It has 5 sections with 40 questions each with a total of 200 questions. Each section has 30 minutes time. Exam has negative marking of ¼ mark for every wrong answer.

Exam Syllabus: Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning and Indian & Global Environment

Exam Dates: Tentatively Feb, May, Sep, Dec-2020.

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XAT( Xavier Aptitude Test)

Conducting Institute: Xavier School of Management

Eligibility: Any Graduate can apply. Final year students can also apply.

Exam Pattern: XAT is also an online exam. Exam duration is three and half hours. The exam is conducted into two parts. Duration of part 1 is two hours and twenty minutes and part 2 is one hour and ten minutes.

XAT Exam Syllabus:
Part I:
1. Quantitative Ability
2. English Language & Logical Reasoning
3. Decision Making
Part II:
1. GK
2. Essay Writing

Exam Date: January 2020 tentatively

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After CAT, XAT score is the most preferred exam by the Institutions.

CMAT( Common Management Admission Test)

Conducting Institute: AICTE

Eligibility: Any graduate with 50% can apply. Final year students can also apply. Reserved candidates need 45% to apply.

Exam Pattern: Exam duration is 3 hours. Exam has 100 Multiple choice questions divided into 4 sections with 25 questions in each section. For every right answer, 4 marks will be granted and 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer. No negative marks for unanswered question.

Exam Syllabus: Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, Quantitative Techniques, Data Interpretation and General Awareness
Exam Date: January 2020

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NMAT( NMIMS Management Aptitude Test)

Conducting Institute: Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)

Eligibility: Minimum Bachelor degree with 50%

NMAT Exam Pattern: It is an online exam of 2 hours duration with no negative marking.

NMAT Exam Syllabus: Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency and Logical Reasoning

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SNAP(Symbiosis National Aptitude Test)

Eligibility: Graduate with 50% marks. Final year students can also apply.

Exam Pattern: Duration of the exam is 2 hours. The exam is divided into 4 sections multiple choice questions. 1 mark will be awarded for every right answer and 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.

Exam Syllabus: General English, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness and Logical & Analytical Reasoning

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IIFT(Indian Institute of Foreign Trade)

Conducting Institute: Indian Institute of Foreign Trade

Eligibility: Any Bachelor Degree holder can apply

Exam Pattern: The exam duration is 2 hours with 4 sections. Total Number of questions varies from 100-140. Questions from Quantitative Ability (20 questions), Data Interpretation (20 questions), and Reading comprehension (16 questions) will be awarded 1 mark for each question and 0.75 marks for Analytical & Logical Reasoning (22 questions), Verbal Ability (20 questions) and 0.50 marks for General Awareness (25 questions). ⅓ mark will be deducted for the wrong answer.

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TISSNET(Tata Institute of Social Sciences)

Conducting Institute: Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Eligibility: Any graduate from a recognized university can apply.

Exam Pattern: Duration of the exam is 1 hour 40 minutes. The exam will have 4 sections.

Exam Syllabus: Social Sensitivity, Maths, Logical Reasoning and English Proficiency

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Conducting Institute: AIMS

Eligibility: Any graduate

Exam Pattern: Exam duration is 3 hours. It has 6 sections. 1 mark will be awarded for every correct answer and 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.

Exam Syllabus: Analytical Reasoning Skills, Quantitative Skills and Verbal Skills

Exam Date: Tentative dates are Feb, May, June & July 2020

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Here is a list of few  upcoming management exams in 2020

MBA/PGDM Admission Schedule for 2020
Application Last Dates
IMT Ghaziabad January 30,2020
Welingkar Mumbai & Bangalore February 14, 2020
IFMR GSB, Kreala University February 4, 2020
IFIM Bangalore January 31, 2020
Amrita Coimbatore January 31, 2020
UPES MBA Admissions 2020 Open
Management Aptitude Test (MAT) January 30, 2020
Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET) January 31, 2020
Kerala Management Admission Test (KMAT Kerala) February 01,2020
Alliance Management Aptitude Test (ALLIANCE-AMAT) February 06,2020
Shiv Nadar University Management Aptitude Test (SMAT) February 15,2020
Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MAHACET) February 15,2020

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