Top National Level MBA Entrance Exams in India for MBA
Top National Level MBA Entrance Exams in India for MBA

Top National Level MBA Entrance Exams in India for MBA

Top MBA exams in India include CAT, XAT, SNAP, NMAT, CMAT, IIFT, MAT, MAH CET, IBSAT, etc. IIM administered CAT is the most popular MBA entrance exam in India as over 1,200 MBA colleges select candidates for admission based on marks obtained in this exam. Following CAT, the second most popular MBA entrance exam is CMAT conducted by the NTA. 1,000 MBA colleges accept CMAT scores across India. The third most popular MBA entrance exam is XAT, conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur. XAT score is accepted by over 8 00 MBA colleges in India. Apart from these exams, there are more than 50 entrance tests for admission to top MBA colleges in India. The MBA entrance exams are conducted at three different levels.

National Level MBA Exams

National level: Most popular among them are CAT, CMAT and MAT

State-level: Most popular among them are MAH-CET, TSICET, KMAT and TANCET

University/College level: Some prominent entrance tests include XAT, SNAP, IIFT Exam and IRMASAT

Overview of CAT 

Common Admission Test or CAT, the most popular entrance examination of India, is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM). CAT score is used by 20 IIMs and over 1000 other management institutes for the admission. More than two lakh students appear for the exam each year. CAT started in 1950 and graduated to being an online-entrance test in 2009. The CAT question paper consists of 100 questions (MCQs) to be solved in 180 minutes. Last year, the CAT exam was conducted in three sessions instead of two due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the exam duration was 120 minutes. Registration for CAT is online, and the exam is held at over 400 exam centers. CAT exam consists of three sections: Verbal Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning. These segments are grouped into three sections:

  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)

Overview of CMAT

The second-largest management entrance examination of the country, the Common Management Admission Test or CMAT, is taken by roughly 1.5 lakh candidates. Conducted by the National Testing Agency, CMAT is a popular option among MBA aspirants after CAT. The first CMAT exam took place in 2012. The exam score is accepted by more than 1,000 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:

  • Quantitative Technique
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Language Comprehension
  • General Awareness

Overview of XAT

Another top management entrance, Xavier Aptitude Test or XAT, is a computer-based management aptitude test. Xavier Labor Relations Institute (XLRI) Jamshedpur, XAT is taken by approximately one lakh candidates annually. XAT is held on the first Sunday of the year (January). XAT scores are accepted by XLRI Jamshedpur and more than 800 management institutes. XAT exam tests the candidate on four fronts:

  • Quantitative Ability
  • English Language & Logical Reasoning
  • Decision Making
  • General Knowledge

Overview of SNAP

Symbiosis International University’s Symbiosis National Aptitude Test or SNAP is also a national-level management entrance examination. SNAP score is primarily used for admission to 16 institutes under Symbiosis International University. However, many other MBA colleges use SNAP scores for admission. SNAP registrations take place from August to November, and the exam is held in December. SNAP Test is a computer-based exam, and the duration is two hours. It tests candidates on:

  • General English
  • Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
  • Analytical & Logical Reasoning

Overview of NMAT by GMAC

NMIMS Management Aptitude Test (NMAT) is also one of the popular MBA entrance exams. It was acquired by GMAC in 2015 and rebranded as NMAT by GMAC. NMAT by GMAC is a computer-based exam held over a 75-day testing window between October and December. Candidates need to attempt 108 MCQs in 120 minutes. This year, NMAC has provided the facility of taking the test from home in remotely proctored mode to students. This provision has been made in the wake of the COVID-19 situation in the country. NMAT by GMAC has various candidate-friendly options. For instance, candidates can appear for the exam three times, and the best of three scores will be used for admission. The NMAT exam has three main sections:

  • Language Skills
  • Quantitative Skills
  • Logical Reasoning

Overview of MAT

Management Aptitude Test or MAT is also a very popular MBA entrance exam. More than 600 institutes accept MAT exam scores for admission to management programmers. The All India Management Association (AIMA) conducts MAT is held four times a year – February, May, September and December. The exam is held in Computer Based Test (CBT), Paper Based Test (PBT) mode and Internet-Based Test (IBT) mode. Held for 150 minutes, the MAT exam has 200 questions. The aspirant is tested on the following subjects:

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

Overview of IIFT Exam

IIFT exam is an institute-specific entrance test. The NTA conducts the exam for admission to the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT). IIFT exam score is valid for admission to IIFT only. It is held online mode in over 200 cities. IIFT exam is conducted in December. The exam duration is two hours, and the question paper consists of 110 multiple-choice questions. It tests a candidate’s aptitude in the following areas:

  • English Comprehension
  • General Knowledge & Awareness
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Analysis

Overview of ATMA

AIMS Test for Management Admissions or ATMA is also a national-level management entrance test. It is conducted online in internet-based test mode and held four times a year–February, May, July and August. ATMA score is used for admission by several management programmers in over 500 MBA institutes. Held for three hours, the ATMA question paper consists of the following sections:

  • Analytical Reasoning Skills Part 1
  • Analytical Reasoning Skills Part 2
  • Quantitative Skills Part 1
  • Quantitative Skills Part 2
  • Verbal Skills Part 1
  • Verbal Skills Part 2

Overview of IBSAT

ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test or IBSAT is an institute-level entrance test. ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education conducts the exam. IBSAT exam score is used for admission to MBA and Ph.D. programmers at nine ICFAI Business School (IBS) campuses – Hyderabad, Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Dehradun, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. IBSAT exam is an Internet-Based Test (IBT), and it assesses the candidate’s ability in the following:

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

Overview of MICAT 

MICAT is the online entrance test for MICA’s flagship two-year Post-Graduate Diploma in Management – Communications (PGDM-C). To be eligible for MICAT, candidates first need to apply with CAT, XAT and GMAT. Selected applicants will be called for the MICAT entrance test held in December.

Overview of MAH-CET

Maharashtra Common Entrance Test or MAH-CET is a state-level MBA entrance exam. The Directorate of Technical Education conducts the exam, Maharashtra, for admission to various management courses such as MBA, MMS, PGDBM and PGDM in various institutes in Maharashtra.

MAH CET MBA is held in March. Candidates need to attempt 200 questions in 150 minutes. The MAH-CET question paper has three sections:

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Logical / Abstract Reasoning

Overview of IRMASAT

IRMA Social Awareness Test or IRMASAT is an institute-level entrance examination. It is conducted for admission to Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management (PGDRM) and Fellow Programmer in Rural Management (FPRM) at the Institute of Rural Management, Anand. IRMA exam is held in January. IRMA uses CAT/XAT scores to shortlist candidates in the first round. Shortlisted candidates are called for IRMA written test or IRMASAT on “Issues of Social Concern.”

Overview of KIITEE MBA Test

KIITEE is a national-level computer-based test for multiple courses, one of them being MBA. The KIITEE exam is conducted by KIIT University in January every year. The KIITEE MBA exam scores are primarily used for admission for two programs:

  • MBA at KIIT School of Management (offered at KIIT University)
  • MBA (Rural Management) (KIIT School of Rural Management)
  • Candidates need to answer 150 questions in 150 minutes.

There are four sections in KIITEE MBA:

Overview of OJEE MBA

Odisha Joint Entrance Exam or OJEE is a state-level MBA entrance test conducted by the Government of Orissa. The test scores are used for admission to various MBA courses in Odisha. The exam is conducted in April-May. OJEE is an online test in which candidates need to attempt 120 questions in 120 minutes. OJEE MBA has five sections:

  • Verbal reasoning
  • Analytical reasoning
  • General Knowledge
  • Comprehension
  • Computer and Business fundamentals

Overview of KMAT

Karnataka Management Aptitude Test or KMAT is also a state-level MBA entrance examination for admission to post-graduate level programs offered by MBA colleges and B-schools in Karnataka. KMAT exam is held thrice in May, July and September. KMAT 2021 is, however, delayed due to the COVID-19 second wave. This year, the KMAT exam will be held in IBT mode due to the prevailing COVID-19 condition in the country. The candidates can choose a slot on the exam day to take the test from home.

Conducted by Karnataka Private Post Graduate Colleges Association (KPPGCA), KMAT scores are used for admission by more than 169 colleges across the state. Candidates need to attempt 120 questions in 120 minutes. KMAT consists of the following sections:

  • Language Comprehension
  • Mathematical Skills
  • Basic Aptitude

Overview of APICET

Andhra Pradesh:

Integrated Common Entrance Test or APICET is a state-level MBA entrance examination conducted for admission to various B-schools and MBA colleges. APICET is generally held in May. The exam is conducted by Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, on behalf of the Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE). Also Read: Colleges accepting APICET score APICET is a paper-based entrance test. Candidates need to attempt 200 questions in 150 minutes.

APICET consist of three sections:

  • Mathematical Ability
  • Analytical Ability
  • Communication

Overview of TSICET

Telangana State Integrated Common Entrance Test or TSICET is a state-level written MBA entrance test. TSICET was held for the first time in May 2015. The test scores are used for admission to various MBA courses in Telangana. Also Read : Colleges accepting TSICET score.

The TSICET question paper has three sections:

  • Analytical Ability
  • Mathematical Ability
  • Communication Ability

Overview of TANCET

Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test or TANCET is a state-level written entrance examination conducted for admission to MBA courses in Tamil Nadu. TANCET is conducted by Anna University, Chennai, on behalf of the Government of Tamil Nadu. Also Read: Colleges accepting TANCET Score.

TANCET exam is held in May, is for two hours (100 questions) and tests the candidates’ ability in:

  • Analysis of Business Situations
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Quantitative Ability
  • Data Sufficiency
  • English Usage


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