Popular MBA Entrance Exams in India

Dushyant Vanaik updated on : 07 Dec 2016
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Check out our list of the most popular MBA entrance exams in India and enhance your chances of getting admission in the country's top B-Schools.

Popular MBA Entrance Exams in India

With the MBA admission season picking up, management aspirants across the country are gearing up to get entry into the B-School of their dreams.

Students sit for multiple MBA entrance exams, which are conducted at the university, state and national level, to get a seat at a premier management institute. Some of the most popular MBA exams are CAT, MAT, GMAT, IIFT, XAT, SNAP, IBSAT, etc. MBA entrance exams are conducted to check the aptitude and problem-solving skills of a student. It covers key areas like Logical Reasoning, English Comprehension, Data Interpretation, General Knowledge and Essay Writing.

In order to sit for these exams, a candidate should hold an undergraduate degree from a recognised university. To apply for the exam, all a candidate has to do is register on the official website of the exam.

Once the entrance exams are conducted, shortlisted candidates are assessed in Group Discussion, Personal Interview, Written Ability Test (WAT)  rounds.

Since the initial step to a reputed management institute is an entrance exam, we've assembled the 10 most prominent MBA exams that each management applicant must have in their list.

Name of Exam

Conducting Body

Mode of Test

Availability of Forms

Application Deadline

Conduction of Examination

Announcement of Result

Common Admission Test
(CAT)

Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs)

Online (Computer Based Test)

August 8, 2016

September 27, 2016

December 4, 2016

January 2017

Management Aptitude Test
(MAT)
Conducted 4 times a year- Feb, May, Sept & Dec

All India Management Association (AIMA)

Paper Based or Computer Based Test

Third week of September

Last week of November

Paper Based:

December 11, 2016

Computer Based: December 17, 2016, onwards

Last week of December 2016/ First week of January 2017

Graduate Management Admission Test
(GMAT)

Graduate Management Admission Committee (GMAC)

Online (Computer Based Test)

All round the year

All round the year

You can take the exam once in 31 days

Immediate access to result with detailed report

Common Management Admission Test
(CMAT)

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)

Online (Computer Based Test)

October 10, 2016

December 10, 2016

January 28, 2017 (Reserve Day: January 29, 2017)

To be announced

IFCAI Business School Aptitude Test
(IBSAT)

IFCAI Foundation for Higher Education

Online (Computer Based Test)

July 1, 2016

December 9, 2016

December 16 to December 27, 2016

January 6, 2017

Xavier Aptitude Test
(XAT)

Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI)

Paper Based Test

August 17, 2016

November 30, 2016

January 8, 2017

Last week of January 2017

Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP)

Symbiosis International University

Paper Based Test

August 22, 2016

November 22, 2016

December 18, 2016

January 9, 2017

Narsee Monjee Management Aptitude Test (NMAT)

Graduate Management Admission Committee (GMAC)

Online (Computer Based Test)

July 4, 2016

October 3, 2016

October 7 to December 20, 2016

January 17, 2017

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)

Paper Based Test

July 15, 2016

September 5, 2016

November 27, 2016

To be announced

Maharashtra Common Entrance Test
(MAH-CET)

Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) Maharashtra

Online (Computer Based Test)

February 2017

February 2017

Second week of March 2017

Last week of March 2017

Note: Dates included may be subject to change.    
# For latest updates on exams, visit www.htcampus.com

Apart from these top MBA entrance exams, there are multiple MBA entrance exams taken by students across the country. Various universities conduct their own aptitude tests for admissions like UPES Management Entrance Test (UPES-MET), West Bengal University of Technology Joint Entrance Management Aptitude Test (WBUT-JEMAT), Punjab University Management Entrance Test (PMET), SRM Common Admission Test (SRMCAT), etc.

An important aspect of the MBA exams is that the scores in these exams are accepted at multiple B-Schools across the country. For example, the CAT score is accepted by more than 100 management schools in India. The XAT score is also accepted at many colleges apart from XLRI and XIMB.
Various institutes consider parameters other than the exam scores for admissions. Academic performance, group discussions, and personal interviews – all play an important role in selecting the candidates.

Even though it is not a walk in the park to get an MBA degree; the value it adds to your career is worth all the diligent work and muscle you put in your expedition from taking entrance exams to finally getting a seat at your preferred business institution.

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