1. Common Admission Test (CAT)
The biggest and most popular entrance examination of India, CAT is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM). CAT scores are used for admission by 20 IIMs and various other management institutes across the country. More than two lakh students appear for the exam each year.
The exam started in 1950 and graduated to being an online-entrance test in 2009. Candidates need to attempt 100 questions in 180 minutes. Registration for CAT begins in August-September and the exam is held in November-December.
CAT exam primarily consists of four segments: Verbal, Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. These segments are accordingly grouped into sections. CAT has three sections:
2. Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)
The second largest management entrance examination of the country, CMAT is taken by roughly 1.5 lakh candidates. Conducted by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), CMAT is a relatively new addition to the list of MBA exams. The first CMAT exam took place in 2012. However, it has fast become one of the most popular exams of the country. The exam is accepted by more than 500 MBA institutes across the country.
The CMAT exam is held in January every year.
CMAT is a computer-based exam (held for 180 minutes) and tests the candidate's aptitude in four main sections:
3. Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)
Another top management entrance, XAT is a computer based management aptitude test. Conducted by Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) Jamshedpur , XAT is taken by approximately one lakh candidates annually.
Traditionally, XAT is held on the first Sunday of the year (January). XAT scores are accepted by more than 100 management institutes.
XAT tests the candidate on four fronts:
However, essay section is used only after candidates have been shortlisted for XLRI courses. Test duration is 170 minutes.
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4. Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP)
Conducted by Symbiosis International University, SNAP is also a national-level management entrance examination. SNAP scores are primarily used for admission to 15 institutes under Symbiosis International University . However, many other MBA colleges use SNAP scores for admission.
SNAP is held in December and the registrations go on till November.
SNAP test is a computer-based exam and held for two hours. It tests a candidates:
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5. NMAT by GMAC
NMIMS Management Aptitude Test (NMAT) is also one of the important MBA entrance exams. It has recently been acquired by GMAC and was rebranded as NMAT by GMAC. Scores for this exam will be used for admission to Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) , Alliance University , SRM University , BML Munjal University , VIT University , ICFAI Business School (IBS) and Ansal University .
NMAT has various candidate-friendly options. For instance, candidates can appear for the exam a total of three times and the best of three scores will be used for admission.
The exam has three main sections:
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6. Management Aptitude Test (MAT)
MAT is also one of the most popular MBA entrance exam. More than 600 institutes accept MAT scores for admission to management programmes. Conducted by exam is conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA), MAT is held four times a year – February, May, September and December. The exam is held in both online (computer-based) and offline (written) mode.
Held for 150 minutes, the test has 200 questions. The aspirant is tested in the following five areas:
7. Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) Exam
IIFT entrance test is an institute specific entrance test. The exam is held for admission to the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) . It is held in pen and paper mode.
IIFT test is conducted in November for two hours and consists of 200 multiple choice questions. It tests a candidate's aptitude in the following areas:
8. AIMS Test for Management Admissions (ATMA)
ATMA is also a national-level management entrance test. It is conducted in online as well as offline mode and held four times a year-February, May, July and August.
ATMA scores are used for admission in by several management programmes. Held for three hours, ATMA tests a candidate on the following areas:
9. ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test (IBSAT)
IBSAT is an institute level entrance test. The exam is conducted by ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education. IBSAT test scores are used for admission to MBA and PhD programs at nine ICFAI Business School (IBS) campuses – Hyderabad , Ahmedabad , Bangalore , Dehradun , Gurgaon , Jaipur , Kolkata , Mumbai and Pune .
IBSAT is held over a period of 15 days wherein the candidate can book a slot as per convenience.
The computer-based test (CBT) tests the applicant's ability in the following: