MBA Eligibility Criteria, Admission Procedure and Exams
MBA Eligibility Criteria
For pursuing an MBA degree course, applicants must have a minimum three-year Bachelor’s degree in any discipline or equivalent qualification with minimum 50 percent aggregate marks. Some colleges/universities allow admissions to even those applicants who are appearing for the final year degree exam.
Those who intend to enrol themselves in MBA (Executive) degree course must have a minimum three years of work experience as of the cut-off date, aside from minimum qualifications required for regular MBA degree course.
Applicants belonging to reserved categories can apply for such a course with a Bachelor’s degree with minimum 45 percent aggregate marks.
Based on their preferences and curricular peculiarities, universities and colleges across India follow different admission processes. While a sizeable chunk considers pass percentage in graduation as the only criterion, rest of them give due weightage to Common Entrance Test scores as well.
MBA Exams in India
Common Entrance Tests – For those desirous of pursuing an MBA course, several Common Entrance Tests await their response, each of which has its select exam pattern. Despite that, almost all entrance tests have some sections in common, such as Analytical / Logical / Critical Reasoning, Language Comprehension / Verbal Skills, Quantitative / Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis / Interpretation and General Awareness.
Here are some colleges that accept scores of particular Common Entrance Tests:
Common Admission Test (CAT): Several IIM’s and 100 plus institutes nationwide think through MBA aspirants’ score that they manage to obtain in Common Admission Test (CAT); the prominent ones include IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Lucknow, IIM Kozhikode, FMS Delhi, IISc Bangalore, SP Jain Mumbai and the IITs.
Common Management Aptitude Test (CMAT): AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) conducts CMAT, a comparatively newer addition to the list of MBA entrance exams, twice a year. Top public and private B-Schools that accept CMAT scores include ISM Dhanbad, SIMSREE Mumbai, NIT Durgapur, GLIM Chennai, GIM Goa, Jaipuria Institute of Management Lucknow and so on.
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT): MBA aspirants can secure seats in more than 100 MBA institutes across India with their GMAT scores. GMAT accepting schools in India include IIM Ahmedabad, ISB Hyderabad & Mohali, IIM Bangalore, XLRI Jamshedpur, Dept. Of Management BITS Pilani, IIFT Delhi & Kolkata and several top B-Schools as well.
Management Aptitude Test (MAT): Conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA), MAT attracts the fancies of several MBA aspirants who can rest assured about getting admission in MBA schools, such as Alliance Bangalore, Amity Noida, IBMR Bangalore, EMPI New Delhi, NILM Delhi, SCMS Cochin, IRM Jaipur, and so on.
AIMS Test for Management Admissions (ATMA): Conducted by Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS), ATMA is a national entrance exam conducted four times a year. Top B-schools accepting ATMA score include SCMS Cochin, IMS Ghaziabad, MSM Meerut, International School of Business & Media, Pune, and Institute of Business Management and Research (IBMR IPS)
College Specific Exam Tests: Apart from ATMA, MAT, CAT, CMAT and GMAT, a range of other tests form the basis of admission process into some groups of MBA colleges and specific colleges.
Xavier Admission Test (XAT): Conducted by XLRI for admission into several MBA colleges countrywide, such as XLRI Jamshedpur, XIM Bhubaneswar, GIM, and so on, the national aptitude test i.e. Xavier Admission Test (XAT) helps several aspiring MBA students realise their dream of being MBA postgraduates.
Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP): Symbiosis conducts this management entrance exam every year for admission into MBA programs run by its affiliated institutes.
ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test (IBSAT): Acknowledged by ICFAI University and IBS Business School, the national level postgraduate MBA entrance examination score plays a vital role in helping students secure their seats in affiliated MBA institutes in India.
Group Discussion & Personal Interview
After qualifying various Common Entrance Tests, MBA applicants find Group Discussion (GD) as their next challenge that they need to face to prove some essential personality traits. At a GD, observers usually check traits, such as communication skills, awareness, group behaviour, flexibility, reasoning ability, initiative, confidence, leadership, creativity, and assertiveness.
Be it personal or a group interview, MBA aspirants need to bring their positive traits to the fore. While personal interview aims to explore the level of self-awareness, personal goals, and academic objectives of the applicant, the Group Interview focuses more on the analytical abilities of the candidate in question.