Top MBA Entrance Exams 2018

One name which comes to our mind when we think the MBA entrance exam is CAT. Isn’t it? But there other management entrance exam as well which are equally important and are conducted on a much larger scale than CAT exam. There are several National and State level entrance exams that you must take to broaden your chance of MBA admission. CAT, XAT, and CMAT rule the list among all other entrance exams because the best colleges of the country such as IIMs, MDI, FMS, IMT, XLRI, SP Jain, etc accept these scores. In this article, you will find the list fo the MBA entrance exam which is held in India. You can choose the entrance exam and may attempt to appear for it this year.

Exam Dates For Top MBA Entrance Exams in India

Name of the MBA exam Application form date Exam date
CAT 08 Aug 2018 25 Nov 2019
CMAT 22 Oct 2018 27 Jan 2019
XAT 3rd week of Aug 2018 06 Jan 2019
SNAP 4th week of August 2018 16 Dec 2018
NMAT by GMAC 03 Jul 2018 04 Oct-17 Dec 2018
MAT 30 Jun 2018 02 Sep 2018 – Pen-paper based
15 Sep 2018 – Online
IIFT 06 Aug 2018 02 Dec 2018
ATMA Mid-week Jan 2019 Last week of Feb 2019
IBSAT 01 Jul 2018 22-23 Dec 2018
MICAT Last week of Sep 2018 3rd week of Dec 2018
MAH-CET 3rd week of January 2019 1st week of March 2019

Top MBA Entrance Exams In India You Should Not Miss

Check the list of the MBA Entrance exams which you should not miss:

1. Common Admission Test (CAT)

This is one of the biggest and most popular entrance examinations in India. CAT is conducted by Indian Institute of Management (IIM) every year on a rotational basis. The scores for CAT exam is used by more than 20 IIMs and over 200 B-schools. More than 02 lakh candidates appear for the CAT exam every year.

The registration for CAT 2018 has been started. Click Here to register now. 

Common Admission Test was first started in the year 1950 in pen-paper mode. However, in the year 2009, it was then announced that it will now be a computer-based test. The registration for CAT exam begins in the month of August and the notification for the entrance exam is generally available by the end of July.

The CAT exam consists of 03 sections – Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. The exam pattern for CAT is as follows:

Sections in CAT exam Total Number of Questions Number of Non-MCQ’s Marks
Quantitative Ability 34 7 102
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 34 10 102
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 32 08 96
Total 72 28 300

CAT Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognized university.
  • Should have obtained minimum 50% marks (45% in case of SC/ST/PWD) in the Graduation.
  • There is no age limit to appear for CAT exam

2. Common Management Aptitude Test (CMAT)

CMAT is the second largest entrance examination of the country. Approximately, 1.5 lakh candidates appear for the entrance exam. Until last year, CMAT exam was held by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), however, from this year onwards, National Testing Agency (NTA) will be conducting it.

CMAT exam first took place in 2012 and over time, it has become one of the most popular exams of the country. The score of this national level entrance exam is accepted by more than 500 MBA institutes approved by AICTE.

CMAT 2019 Schedule is Announced – Click Here to check it

The Common Aptitude Test is held in the month of January every year.

The total duration of the entrance test is 180 minutes and it is a computer-based test. CMAT tests the candidate’s aptitude in four main sections, Quantitative Ability, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness. The exam pattern for CMAT is as follows:

Section Number of Questions Marks
Logical Reasoning 25 100
General Awareness 25 100
Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation 25 100
Language Comprehension 25 100
Total 100 400

CMAT Eligibility Criteria

  • The aspirant should be a Graduate in any discipline
  • Final year Graduate students are also eligible
  • There is no age limit to apply for CMAT

3. Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)

This is another top management entrance which is held by Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) Jamshedpur. XAT is an online management aptitude test which is taken by approximately one lakh
candidates every year.

XAT Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidate must possess a Bachelor’s degree of minimum three years duration or equivalent in any discipline from a recognized university
  • Final year students awaiting their results can also apply

The entrance test for XAT is generally held on the first Sunday of the year (January). The score of the entrance test are accepted by more than 100 management institutes. In the year 2018, XAT moved from pen and paper mode to online mode.

There are 04 sections which one need to prepare in XAT, Quantitative Ability, English Language & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, GK & Essay Writing. The exam pattern for XAT is as follows:

Part Section Total Questions Time Duration
Part A English Language and Logical Reasoning 72 170 min
Decision Making
Quantitative Ability
Part B General Knowledge 25 35 min

4. Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP)

SNAP is also a national level entrance test conducted by Symbiosis International University. The scores are primarily used for admission to 15 institutes under Symbiosis International University. However, there are many other private MBA colleges which use SNAP scores for admission.

SNAP entrance exam is usually held in the month of December and the registration for the entrance exam go on till November. SNAP test is a computer-based exam.  The total duration of the test os 02 hours and it tests a candidate’s:

  • General English
  • Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
  • General Awareness: General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Business Scenario
  • Analytical & Logical Reasoning

SNAP Exam Pattern

Section Number of questions
General English (Reading comprehension, Verbal reasoning, Verbal ability) 40
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency 40
Current affairs 30
Analytical & Logical reasoning 40
Total 150

5. NMAT by GMAC

The NMIMS Management Aptitude Test (NMAT) is also one of the important MBA entrance exams. It
has recently been acquired by GMAC and rebranded as NMAT by GMAC. The scores for this exam are
accepted for admission by Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Alliance
University, SRM University, BML Munjal University, etc.

NMAT 2018 Registration Started – Click Here to apply now

It is a computer-based test which held more than once a year. This national level entrance exam is held over a 75-day testing window, between October and December. Candidates need to attempt 120 MCQs in 120 minutes.

NMAT by GMAC Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from any recognized university.
  • Should have obtained at least 50% score in aggregate in the degree examination.
  • Candidates with work experience of two or more years after graduation will be preferred for
    admission to all full-time programmes.

One advantage of NMAT is that candidates can appear for the exam a total of three times and the best of three scores will be used for admission. There are three sections in the entrance test:

  • Language Skills
  • Quantitative Skills
  • Logical Reasoning
Section Number of Questions Time Limit Range of Score
Language Skills 32 22 Minutes 0-96
Quantitative Skills 48 60 Minutes 0-144
Logical Reasoning 40 38 Minutes 0-120
Total 120 120 Minutes 360

6. Management Aptitude Test (MAT)

It is also one of the most popular MBA entrance exams and more than 600 B-schools accepts MAT
scores. This national level entrance exam is held by All India Management Association (AIMA).

MAT exam is held four times a year- February, May, September and December. The exam is held in both online (computer-based) and offline (written) mode. The total duration of the exam is 150 minutes and the aspirant is tested in the following five areas:

  • Indian and Global Environment
  • Language Comprehension
  • Data Analysis and Sufficiency
  • Mathematical Skills
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

MAT Sep 2018 Registration Started – Click Here to apply now

7. Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) Exam

IIFT entrance exam is a national level entrance exam which is held for admission to the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), Delhi. It is held in pen and paper mode, however, the Director of the Institute has suggested that from this year onwards, it shall be held in computer-based.

Registration for IIFT 2019 Started- Click Here to apply now!

The entrance test is conducted in the month of the November and the duration of the test is 02 hours. There is 04 section in this entrance exam:

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  • General Knowledge & Awareness
  • Data Interpretation/Analytical/Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Ability

8. AIMS Test for Management Admissions (ATMA)

AIMS Test for Management Admissions or ATMA is a national-level management entrance test. It is conducted by Association of Indian Management Schools. The entrance exam is held for admissions on All India Basis to the MBA/ PGDM Programs.

ATMA Aug Result Announced – Click Here to apply now

ATMA is a computer-based test which consists of 180 MCQ type questions. The total duration of the test is 03 hours. There are 6 sections in the entrance test and there is a negative marking fr an incorrect response.

Section Total Number of Questions Time Duration
Analytical Reasoning Skills 30 30 min
Verbal Skills 30 30 min
Quantitative Skills 30 30 min
Verbal Skills 30 30 min
Analytical Reasoning Skills 30 30 min
Quantitative Skills 30 30 min

9. ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test (IBSAT)

IBSAT is a national level entrance test which is conducted by ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education. IBSAT test scores are used for admission to MBA and PGDM programs at nine ICFAI Business School (IBS) campuses – Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Gurgaon, Pune, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, and Dehradun.

IBSAT 2018 Registration Started – Click Here to apply now

The computer-based test (CBT) tests the applicant’s ability in the following:

  • Verbal Ability
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation

10. MICAT

It is an online entrance test which is conducted by Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad. This entrance test is held twice a year for admission in Post Graduate Diploma in Management – Communications (PGDM-C).

The MICAT exam will be divided into 6 parts.

Sections No. of Questions (Expected)
Descriptive Test 4
Psychometric Test 35
Analytical and Verbal Ability 25
Logical Reasoning 25 – 27
General Awareness 25
Divergent Thinking 30

11. Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MAH-CET)

It is a state level entrance test which is held by the Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra. The MBA CET is held for admission to various management courses such as MMS, PGDBM and PGDM in various institutes in the state of Maharashtra.

The entrance test is held in the month of March and the total duration of the test is 150 minutes. It is an online computer based test which consists of 200 MCQ type questions.

Topics Number of question Maximum Marks
Logical Reasoning 75 75
Abstract Reasoning 25 25
Verbal Ability / Reading Comprehension 50 50
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
Total Marks 200 200

These are only the top 10 entrance exams, we will add more MBA entrance exams such as APICET, TS ICET soon. If you have any questions, let us know in the comment section below. 

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