Top MBA Entrance Exams for admission in top B-Schools of India

MBA Entrance exams are an entry ticket to get admission in the top B-schools of India. If you are planning to pursue MBA degree in the academic year 2020-22, get the list of Top MBA Entrance Exams in India. Click here to know more about CAT, MAT, XAT, IIFT, NMAT, SNAP and other MBA entrance exams in detail.

Feb 10, 2020 15:33 IST
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Top MBA entrance exams
Top MBA entrance exams

MBA entrance exam is a golden ticket to seek entry into the domain of management. And every candidate who dreams to get admission in the top B-school of India has to undergo the test of his/her knowledge and aptitude. Provided that there are several B-schools in every state of India, each one of them is known for its own USP. However, the question that bothers every MBA aspirant is about the important MBA entrance exams for which they should appear.

Therefore, candidates are advised to take a look at the list of top MBA entrance exams for group of institutes, in some cases, individual institutes that accept the score of MBA entrance test set by them as a benchmark to test the candidates. For an instance, if you wish to get admission in IIMs, you need to appear for the CAT Exam, however, if you are inclined to get admission in XLRI (Jamshedpur) institute, you only need to prepare and appear for the XAT MBA entrance test.

Here is a list of top 8 MBA entrance exams that you must appear for in 2020:

CAT 2020 – Common Entrance Test

CAT MBA Entrance exam is often considered as the mother of MBA entrance exams. It is conducted by one of the 20 IIMs on rolling basis. This year IIM-Kozhikode has been entrusted the responsibility of conducting the exam. CAT Exam is generally conducted in the month of November every year with each year more than 2.4 lakhs students appearing for one of the toughest MBA entrance exam of India. The score of CAT exam is not just accepted by IIMs, but also by other top non-IIMs such as FMS (Delhi), MDI (Gurgaon), IMI (Delhi), IITs (pan India)  among other popular institutes.

Eligibility: Candidates possessing graduate degree with minimum 50 percent or equivalent CGPA score can appear for CAT.

Exam Pattern: CAT Exam comprises of 3 sections, namely Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability. A total of 100 questions are asked in the exam. For each correct answer +3 marks are awarded, for each incorrect answer -1 is deducted. No mark is deducted for un-attempted questions.

XAT 2021 – Xaviers Admission Test

Conducted by XLRI, XAT is one of the oldest management entrance tests in India. XLRI annually conducts XAT exam in the month of January across several cities in India. More than 70 odd B-schools accept XAT scores as its primary admission criteria followed by GD/PI rounds for selection to the institute.

Eligibility: Any person with Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognized university is eligible to appear for XAT.

Exam Pattern: XAT examination consists of an MCQ format covering four main sections i.e. ''Verbal and Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, Decision Making, and General Awareness'. A total of 100 questions are asked in the exam. On basis of the merit scored in the XAT entrance test candidates are called in for personal interview or group discussions.

MAT 2020 – Management Aptitude Test

Conducted by AIMA (All India Management Association); MAT is a popular MBA entrance examination, which can be taken up by candidates four times in a year in the month of February, May, September and December. MAT scores are widely accepted by several business schools and associate universities across India for selection procedure, making it one of the most popular management entrance exams in the country.

Eligibility: Any person with Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognized university is eligible to appear for MAT.

Exam Pattern: One of the key reasons for the popularity of MAT is its exam pattern. It gives candidates the choice of either appearing for an offline test or an online one depending upon the feasibility. MAT tests b-school aspirants in five main subjects i.e. Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning and Indian & Global Environment Section.

SNAP 2020 – Symbiosis National Aptitude Test

Symbiosis International University is one of the well-recognized private B-schools in India. Over the years, it has carved a niche for itself by offering unique and rare MBA specializations to aspirants. SNAP is the national level aptitude test conducted for admission to all Post Graduate Management Programs offered by Symbiosis.

Eligibility: Any graduate with minimum 50 percent or equivalent CGPA score can appear for SNAP exam.

Exam Pattern: SNAP is an objective styled MCQ test conducted in December every year. The syllabus consists mostly from four major topics namely, General English, Quantative Aptitude, General Awareness, Logical & Analytical Reasoning. Written exam also attracts 25 percent negative marking for every wrong answer. The SNAP Exam this year is expected to have 125 questions, and the time duration to complete the exam is generally 2 hours.

NMAT 2020 - Narsee Monjee Management Aptitude Test

It is the MBA entrance exam for securing admission to NMIMS. NMIMS (Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies) is a Mumbai based deemed university, which offers various management courses in different specializations. Run by Narsee Monjee Educational Trust, NMIMS has acquired quite a cult status among aspirants looking for executive or part-time MBA programs.

Eligibility: Any graduate with minimum 50 percent or equivalent CGPA score can appear for NMAT MBA Entrance exam.

Exam Pattern: NMAT is a MCQ based test which is conducted over the period of two hours in 72-days window. Candidates can appear thrice for this exam during this window to improvise their test score. The best score will be considered for final admission. The test covers topics like Language Skills; Quantitative Skills, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency; and Logical Reasoning. A merit list is prepared on basis of the score of the written examination and candidates are shortlisted for the GD/PI round based upon that.

CMAT 2021 – Common Management Admission Test

CMAT is a national level entrance examination conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) for admissions to post graduate management programs offered by institutes accredited by the council. More than 100 -schools across India accept the score of CMAT MBA Entrance exam.

Eligibility: Any graduate with minimum 50 percent or equivalent CGPA score can appear for CMAT exam.

Exam Pattern: CMAT is an online test with 100 objective type questions, which are to be answered in total time duration of 180 minutes. CMAT exam paper includes 25 questions from four main sections i.e., Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness. With total 400 marks, each right answer earns candidate 4 marks, whereas 1 mark is deducted for every wrong answer.

IIFT 2020 – MBA Entrance Test

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade is one of the top B schools in India. IIFT offers MBA in International Business, which is one of the most sought after program as far as management aspirants in India is concerned. MBA-IB is aimed at developing capable cadre of business managers who can effectively handle multinational corporations in global setup. From 2019 onwards, NTA will be conducting the IIFT MBA entrance test on behalf of IIFT institute for the candidates seeking admission to the IIFT Delhi and Kolkata campuses.

Eligibility: Any person with Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognized university is eligible to appear for IIFT MBA Test.

Exam Pattern: An online entrance exam followed by GD/PI round. The test paper covers diverse topics like English Comprehension, General Knowledge & Awareness, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Analysis.

MAHCET 2020 – Maharashtra Common Entrance Test

As the name suggest, MAHCET is the main management entrance test for admission to the Two-year Full Time Post Graduate Degree Courses in MBA/MMS and PGDBM/PGDM in Government, University Managed, University Departments and Unaided Institutes in the state of Maharashtra.

Eligibility: Any graduate with minimum 50 percent or equivalent CGPA score can appear for MAHCET exam.

Exam Pattern: MAHCET exam is a computer-based objective test that carries multiple choice questions. The questions range from different subjects like Verbal ability, Reading comprehension, Quantitative analysis, Data interpretation, Data sufficiency, Analytical reasoning, Verbal reasoning and Non-verbal reasoning. Total number of questions in the test is 200, which are to be answered in 150 minutes.

Top Colleges accepting MBA Entrance Exam Score

With several MBA entrance exams that allow admission to top MBA institutes of India, an aspirant need not drop an year to chase one particular institute. Availability of top entrance exams enable the aspirants avoid chances of scoring a low percentile and dropping a year for the preparation of one particular MBA entrance test. You can apply for more than one or two MBA Entrance exams. The preparation for each one of them is on the similar lines with a few variations that can be managed while preparing for the entrance.

Top 20 IIMs accept CAT exam score to shortlist candidates for admission to the B-school. Apart from the IIMs, there are other top B-schools such as SPIJMR that accept the CMAT Exam score. XLRI and IIFT are two premier MBA institutes that have their individual MBA entrance exam namely XAT and IIFT respectively. MBA aspirants need to identify the Top B-schools where they wish to seek admission and accordingly they can apply for the Top MBA entrance exams of India.

You can find detailed information about top B-Schools accepting MBA Entrance exam score below: 

Top 10 Colleges that CAT score

Top 10 Colleges that XAT score

Top 10 Colleges that MAT score

Top 10 Colleges that CMAT score

Top 10 MBA Colleges in India that do not require CAT Score

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