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Top MBA Entrance Exams You Must Take - In today’s competitive world acquiring an MBA degree has become a priority among people. It is pertinent for candidates to be aware about the top MBA entrance exams which the candidates can take. Most of the time when the candidate aspires to pursue a management degree, he or she aims to do so from the IIMs. However, there are other good MBA institutes also from where they can get the management degree. Hence, candidates must be aware about the top MBA entrance exams. For admissions in B-school, one needs to appear for the entrance exams that are conducted by top B-schools. CAT and XAT being the most popular B-school entrance exams, there are more Top MBA entrance exams through which students can get admissions in reputed B-school. Read this article to know in detail about the other exams, their exam pattern, eligibility criteria and so forth.Latest: IIM Kozhikode releases CAT admit card 2019 on October 23. CAT 2019 will held on November 24.
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MBA entrance exams have two categories that are national level and state level. The list below provides the Top MBA entrance exams at both national and state levels.
Application start date
Application End date
Common Admission Test (CAT)
August 7, 2019
September 25, 2019
November 24, 2019
Second week of January
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)
September 9, 2019
November 3, 2019
December 1, 2020
December 11, 2019
Management Aptitude Test (MAT)
Second week of December
Third week of January
First and second week of February
Last week of February
First week of March
Third week of April
First and second week of May
Last week of May
Third week of June
Second week of September
Third week of September
Last week of September
October 4, 2019
December 1, 2019 (Paper-based Test)December 6, 2019 (Computer-based Test)
December 8, 2019 (paper-based test)
December 14, 2019 (computer-based test)
Last week of December
Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP)
August 16, 2019
November 23, 2019
December 15, 2019
January 10, 2020
NMAT by GMAC
July 2, 2019
October 3, 2019
October 04, 2019- December 17, 2019
Common Management Aptitude Test (CMAT)
November 1, 2019
November 30, 2019
January 28, 2020
February 7, 2020
Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)
August 23, 2019
January 5, 2020
January 31, 2020
Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET)
First week of April
Fourth week of April
Second week of June
Second week of April
Telangana State Integrated Common Entrance Test (TSICET)
Last week of April
Fourth week of May
Karnataka Management Aptitude Test (KMAT)
fourth week of May
Fourth week of July
First week of August
Second week of August
Himachal Pradesh University Management Aptitude Test (HPUMAT)
Third week of May
UPES Management Entrance Test (UPES MET)
First week of February
Second week of February
TISS National Entrance Test (TISSNET)
October 18, 2019
November 25, 2019
January 4, 2020
February 4, 2019
IRMA Entrance Exam
September 30, 2019
February 10-29, 2020
Odisha Joint Entrance Exam MBA (OJEE MBA)
Last week of January
Fourth week of March
Second week of May
Karnataka Post Graduate Common Entrance Test (PGCET)
Second week of July
Third week of August
Andhra Pradesh Integrated Common Entrance Test (APICET)
Third week of March
First week of May
Common Admission Test or CAT will be conducted by Indian Institutes of Management, Kozhikode. CAT score is approved in more than 100 B-schools and 20 IIMs.
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Exam date -November 24, 2019
Exam level - National level
Conducting body - Indian Institutes of Management Kozhikode
Exam type - Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
Mode of exam - Online/Computer-based
CAT 2019 Eligibility - Students must have graduation degree and must have the requisite percentage. Furthermore, students who are in the final year of graduation can also apply.
Correct answer carries three marks.
Negative marking includes -1 for every wrong answer
CAT exam consists of 100 questions which are divided into three sections that are verbal ability & reading comprehension (VARC), quantitative ability (QA), and data interpretation & logical reasoning (DILR).
CAT 2019 Exam Pattern
Number of questions
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Quantitative Ability (QA)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR).
Exam date - December 15, 2019
Conducting body - Indian Institute of Foreign Trade
Mode of the exam - Offline
IIFT Eligibility 2020 - Students belonging to general and OBC category must obtain a minimum of 50% marks in qualifying examination. On the other hand, a minimum of 45% marks must be obtained by students belonging to SC/ST category in the qualifying exam so that they can apply for CAT 2019. A student in the final year of graduation can also apply.
Marks for correct answer varies from section to section.
Negative marking includes -1/3 marks of total marks for every question answered incorrectly
IIFT exam pattern is divided into six sections that are:
Exam date - December 8, 2019- paper based mode
December 14, 2019- computer based mode
Exam level - National
Conducting body - All India Management Association (AIMA)
Exam type - Multiple Choice Questions
Mode of the exam - both online and offline
Students must obtain a graduation degree from any recognized or statutory university in any stream.
Students who are in the final year of graduation can also apply.
There is no age limit to appear for the exam.
For each correct answer +1 mark is given
For each wrong answer, candidates will lose 0.25 mark
According to MAT exam pattern, there are five sections. Refer to the table below for marking scheme of each section.
Exam Pattern of MAT
Number of question
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
Indian and Global Environment
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
Conducting body - Symbiosis International (Deemed University)
Exam type - Multiple choice questions and special questions/ non- MCQs
Mode of the exam - Online
Students must hold a graduate degree from a statutory or recognized university with minimum of 50% and 45% marks for general/OBC category and SC/ST category respectively.
For each correct MCQ type question 1 marks would be awarded
For every correct special question, 2 marks will be given
Negative marking will be 25% of the allocated marks for each question.
The different sections from which the questions will be asked are included in the exam pattern of SNAP.
SNAP 2019 Exam Pattern
Number of MCQs
Number of special questions
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
Analytical & Logical Reasoning
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability
Exam date - October 04, 2019- December 17, 2019
Conducting body - The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)
Exam type - Objective type
Candidates must possess a qualifying degree with a minimum of 50% marks from recognized university.
Furthermore, students with a minimum of two years of experience will be preferred.
Students in the final year of the qualifying exam can also appear for the entrance exam.
For every correct answer, candidate will get one mark
There is no negative marking.
According to the exam pattern of NMAT, there will be a total of 120 objective questions. Students can check the table that is given below to know about the allotment of marks for each section.
Exam date - January 28, 2020
Conducting body - National Testing Agency (NTA)
Exam type - Objective
Mode of the exam - Computer based mode
Students applying must be a citizen of India
Students must possess a graduation degree in any discipline from a recognized university.
Candidates will score four marks for every correct answer
For every wrong answer, 1 mark will be deducted.
CMAT exam consists of total 100 questions divided into four sections.
Exam Pattern of CMAT
Quantitative techniques and data interpretation
Exam date - January 5, 2019
Conducting body - XLRI, Jamshedpur
Candidates must hold a graduation degree from any statutory or recognized university in any discipline.
Students appearing in the final year of the qualifying exam can also appear for the exam.
No age limit is prescribed by XLRI
For every correct answer 1 mark will be given.
For every wrong answer, 0.25 mark will be deducted.
If questions are unattended beyond 8 questions, 0.05 mark will be deducted for each unattempted question.
XAT exam will be divided into four sections with each section having different number of questions.
Exam Pattern of XAT
Total number of questions
Time (in minutes)
Decision Making (DM)
Verbal and Logical Ability (VA and LR)
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
General Knowledge (GK)
Exam date - Second week of June
Exam level - State
Conducting body - Anna University
Students must possess any of the following degree prescribed by Anna University:
10+3 years Diploma +3 years pattern or
10+2+3/4 years pattern
10+3 years diploma (awarded by the State Board of Technical Education) + AMIE.
For every correct answer student will be given +1
For every wrong answer student will lose -⅓ of total mark of every question.
There will be five sections from which the questions will be asked.
Exam Pattern of TANCET
Analysis of Business Situations
English Grammar and Usage
Exam date - Fourth week of May
Conducting body - The Kakatiya University on behalf of Telangana State Council for Higher Education (TSCHE).
Students must obtain a graduate degree from a recognized university with a minimum of 50% marks. Whereas, students belonging to reserved category must have a minimum of 45% marks.
For every correct answer, 1 mark will be given
There is no negative marking
TSICET will consist of 200 questions which will be divided into three sections-
Exam date - August 4, 2019
Conducting body - Karnataka Private Post Graduate Colleges Association (KPPGCA)
Candidates must possess a qualifying degree with a minimum of 50% marks in any stream. Students belonging to the reserved category have relaxation of 5%
For every correct answer 1 mark will be given
KMAT will be conducted in offline mode. Know all about the exam pattern of KMAT.
Exam Pattern of KMAT
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Conducting body - Business School of Himachal Pradesh University
Exam type - Multiple Choice of Questions
Students must score a minimum of 50% marks in both the secondary and senior secondary level.
Students must possess a graduate degree in any stream with a minimum of 50% marks
Students in the final year of qualifying exam can also apply
Every correct answer, candidates will get one mark
HPU MAT paper is divided into four sections. Refer to the table that is given below for the details.
Exam Pattern of HPU MAT
Number of questions
Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation
English Comprehension & Language
Group Discussion/ Personal Interview- November 8, 2019 (Non-exam pathway)
Conducting body - University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES)
Students must obtain a minimum of 50% marks in both the secondary and senior secondary level.
Students in the final year of qualifying exams can also apply for UPES admission
There is no age limit to appear for the exam
Students will be exempted from appearing in UPESMET if they have qualified in CAT/MAT/CMAT/XAT/ NMAT by GMAC/GMAT in the same or previous year
UPES MBA 2020 Marking - for every correct answer student will be awarded 1 mark.
No negative marking for the wrong answer.
The question paper of UPES will consist of four sections and candidates will have to answer a total of 140 questions.
Exam pattern of UPES
Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
General Awareness -
Exam date - January 4, 2020
Conducting body - Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Mode of the exam - Online/ Computer based
Candidates must have graduation degree from a statutory university.
Students who are in the final year of the qualifying exam must clear the previous semester examinations
Candidates will be given one mark for every correct answer
Questions in TISSNET MBA will be asked from maths, english, general awareness
Exam Pattern of TISSNET MBA
Maths and Logical Reasoning
Exam date - Second week of May
Conducting body - Odisha Joint Entrance Examination Board
Mode of the exam - offline
Students must have passed in Bachelors degree in Engineering/Technology/ Architecture/ Pharmacy with at least 50 %. whereas, 45 % in case of SC/ST category candidates)
There is no age limit to appear for OJEE MBA exam.
OJEE MBA question paper will be divided into five sections and candidates can go through the table that is given below
Computer and Business fundamentals
Exam date - Fourth weekof July
Conducting body - Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA)
Exam type - Objective Type
Eligibility of Karnataka PGCET - Student must obtain a minimum of 50% marks aggregate in graduation. Students belonging to reserved category must obtain a minimum of 45% marks.
One mark would be given for each correct answer
No negative marking
As per the exam pattern of Karnataka PGCET, there are four sections from which questions will be asked.
Exam Pattern of Karnataka PGCET
Proficiency in English Language
Test of Reasoning and General Intelligence
Test of General knowledge
Exam date - First week of May
Conducting body - Shri Venkateshwara University on behalf of Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education
Students must have had mathematics as a subject in 12th
Student must be an Indan
Student must be a graduate from a recognized university with a minimum of 50% marks’
Students belonging to reserved category must obtain a minimum of 45% marks in graduation
Students in the final year of the qualifying exam can also apply
There is no age bar to appear for exam
There is no negative marking and for each correct answer 1 mark will be given.
APICET exam consists of three sections. Check the table that is given below to know about the total number of questions that were asked in different sections.
Exam Pattern of APICET
Exam date - Second week of March
Conducting body - DTE
Student must be graduate from recognized/statutory university with a minimum of 50% marks.
Students appearing in the final year of graduation can also apply
There is no age limit
For each correct answer 1 mark will be given
MAH CET will be divided into four sections with a total of 200 marks.
Exam Pattern of MAH CET
Verbal Ability/Reading Comprehension
For every MBA aspirant, Common Admission Test (CAT) is a must. Other management entrance examination which the candidate should give are MAT, CMAT, SNAP.
Some of the entrance examination which are conducted by the state universities are Karnataka Management Aptitude Test (KMAT), Himachal Pradesh University Management Aptitude Test (HPUMAT), UPES Management Entrance Test (UPES MET), MICA Aptitude Test (MICAT). For details regarding other management entrance examination, you can read the given article.
Common Admission Test(CAT) score is accepted by most colleges in India. However there are top colleges in India which conduct their own examination or accepts other entrance examination score.
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