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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.
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Top MBA Entrance Exams

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.

List of Top MBA Entrance Exams

Entrance Exam

Application start date

Application End date

Exam

Results

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

Third week of January

Common Management Aptitude Test (CMAT)

November 1, 2019

November 30, 2019

January 28, 2020

February 7, 2020

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)

August 23, 2019

November 30, 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)

First week of March

Last week of April

Fourth week of May

Second week of June

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)

First week of April

Third week of May

Fourth week of May

Second week of June

UPES Management Entrance Test (UPES MET)

Third week of January

First week of February

Second week of February

Third week of April

TISS National Entrance Test (TISSNET)

October 18, 2019

November 25, 2019

January 4, 2020

February 4, 2019

IRMA Entrance Exam

September 30, 2019

January 10, 2020

February 10-29, 2020

First week of March

Odisha Joint Entrance Exam MBA (OJEE MBA)

Last week of January

Fourth week of March

Second week of May

Fourth week of May

Karnataka Post Graduate Common Entrance Test (PGCET)

Third week of May

Second week of June

Second week of July

Third week of August

Andhra Pradesh Integrated Common Entrance Test (APICET)

Third week of March

Second week of April


First week of May

Second week of May

National Level MBA Entrance Exams

1. Common Admission Test (CAT)

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.

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Marking Scheme for CAT 2019

  • Correct answer carries three marks.

  • Negative marking includes -1 for every wrong answer

CAT Exam Pattern 2019

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

Section

Number of questions

Marks

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

34

102

Quantitative Ability (QA)

34

102

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR).


32

96

Total

100

300

2. Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)

Exam date - December 15, 2019

Exam level - National level

Conducting body - Indian Institute of Foreign Trade

Exam type - Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

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.

Marking Scheme for IIFT 2020

  • 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 2020

IIFT exam pattern is divided into six sections that are:

  • Logical Reasoning

  • Data Interpretation

  • Verbal Ability

  • General Knowledge

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Quantitative Aptitude

3. Management Aptitude Test (MAT)

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

Eligibility Criteria of MAT 2019

  • 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.

MAT Marking Scheme 2019

  • For each correct answer +1 mark is given

  • For each wrong answer, candidates will lose 0.25 mark

MAT 2019 Exam Pattern

According to MAT exam pattern, there are five sections. Refer to the table below for marking scheme of each section.

Exam Pattern of MAT

Section

Number of question

Marks

Language Comprehension

40

40

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

40

40

Mathematical Skills

40

40

Indian and Global Environment

40

40

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

40

40

Total

200

200

4. Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP)

Exam date - December 15, 2019

Exam level - National

Conducting body - Symbiosis International (Deemed University)

Exam type - Multiple choice questions and special questions/ non- MCQs

Mode of the exam - Online

SNAP 2019 Eligibility Criteria

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.

Marking Scheme of SNAP 2019

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.

SNAP Exam Pattern 2019

The different sections from which the questions will be asked are included in the exam pattern of SNAP.

SNAP 2019 Exam Pattern

Section

Number of MCQs

Number of special questions

Total questions

Marks

Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

30

5

35

40

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

30

5

35

40

General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability

30

5

35

40

Current Affairs

20

5

25

30

Total

110

20

130

150

5. NMAT by GMAC

Exam date - October 04, 2019- December 17, 2019

Exam level - National

Conducting body - The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)

Exam type - Objective type

Mode of the exam - Online

Eligibility Criteria of NMAT By GMAC 2019

  • 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.

NMAT by GMAC Marking Scheme 2019

For every correct answer, candidate will get one mark

There is no negative marking.

NMAT by GMAC 2019 Exam pattern

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.

Marking Scheme

Section

Number of questions

Marks

Quantitative Skills

48

48

Logical Reasoning

40

40

Language Skills

32

32

Total

120

120

6. Common Management Aptitude Test (CMAT)

Exam date - January 28, 2020

Exam level - National

Conducting body - National Testing Agency (NTA)

Exam type - Objective

Mode of the exam - Computer based mode

Eligibility of CMAT 2020

Students applying must be a citizen of India

Students must possess a graduation degree in any discipline from a recognized university.

CMAT Marking Scheme 2020

Candidates will score four marks for every correct answer

For every wrong answer, 1 mark will be deducted.

CMAT 2020 Exam Pattern

CMAT exam consists of total 100 questions divided into four sections.

Exam Pattern of CMAT

Section

Number of questions

Marks

Language comprehension

25

100

Quantitative techniques and data interpretation

25

100

Logical reasoning

25

100

General awareness

25

100

Total

100

400

7. Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)

Exam date - January 5, 2019

Exam level - National

Conducting body - XLRI, Jamshedpur

Exam type - Multiple Choice Questions

Mode of the exam - Online

Eligibility Criteria of XAT 2020

  • 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

XAT 2020 Marking Scheme

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 Pattern 2020

XAT exam will be divided into four sections with each section having different number of questions.

Exam Pattern of XAT

Section

Total number of questions

Marks

Time (in minutes)

Decision Making (DM)

28

75

170

Verbal and Logical Ability (VA and LR)

25

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

22

General Knowledge (GK)

25

25

40


State Level MBA Entrance Exams

Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET)

Exam date - Second week of June

Exam level - State

Conducting body - Anna University

Exam type - Multiple Choice Questions

Mode of the exam - Offline

Eligibility of TANCET 2020

Students must possess any of the following degree prescribed by Anna University:

  • B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch./B.Pharm

  • 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.

TANCET Marking Scheme 2020

For every correct answer student will be given +1

For every wrong answer student will lose -⅓ of total mark of every question.

TANCET 2020 Exam Pattern

There will be five sections from which the questions will be asked.

Exam Pattern of TANCET

Section

Number of questions

Total marks

Analysis of Business Situations

20

20

Reading Comprehension

20

20

Quantitative Ability

20

20

Data Sufficiency

20

20

English Grammar and Usage

20

20

Total

100

100

Telangana State Integrated Common Entrance Test (TSICET)

Exam date - Fourth week of May

Exam level - State

Conducting body - The Kakatiya University on behalf of Telangana State Council for Higher Education (TSCHE).

Exam type - Multiple Choice Questions

Mode of the exam - Online

Eligibility of TS ICET 2020

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.

TS ICET 2020 Marking Scheme

For every correct answer, 1 mark will be given

There is no negative marking

TSICET Exam pattern 2020

TSICET will consist of 200 questions which will be divided into three sections-

Section

Number of questions

Total marks

Mathematical Ability

75

75

Communication Ability

50

50

Analytical Ability

75

75

Total

200

200

Karnataka Management Aptitude Test (KMAT)

Exam date - August 4, 2019

Exam level - State

Conducting body - Karnataka Private Post Graduate Colleges Association (KPPGCA)

Exam type - Multiple Choice Questions

Mode of the exam - Offline

KMAT Eligibility Criteria 2019

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%

KMAT 2019 Marking Scheme

For every correct answer 1 mark will be given

There is no negative marking

Exam Pattern of KMAT 2019

KMAT will be conducted in offline mode. Know all about the exam pattern of KMAT.

Exam Pattern of KMAT

Section

Number of questions

Total marks

Quantitative Ability

40

40

Logical Reasoning

40

40

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

40

40

Total

120

120

Himachal Pradesh University Management Aptitude Test (HPU MAT)

Exam date - Fourth week of May

Exam level - State

Conducting body - Business School of Himachal Pradesh University

Exam type - Multiple Choice of Questions

Mode of the exam - Offline

HPU MAT MBA 2020 Eligibility Criteria

  • 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

Marking Scheme of HPU MAT 2020

  • Every correct answer, candidates will get one mark

  • There is no negative marking

HPU MAT Exam Pattern 2020

HPU MAT paper is divided into four sections. Refer to the table that is given below for the details.

Exam Pattern of HPU MAT

Section

Number of questions

Total marks

Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation

50

50

English Comprehension & Language

50

50

Business Awareness/Environment

50

50

Arithmetic/Numerical Ability

50

50

Total

200

200

UPES Management Entrance Test (UPES MET)

Group Discussion/ Personal Interview- November 8, 2019 (Non-exam pathway)

Conducting body - University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES)

Exam type - Multiple Choice Questions

Mode of the exam - Online

Eligibility Criteria for UPES MBA 2020

  • Students must obtain 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 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.

UPES Exam Pattern 2020

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

Section

Number of questions

Total marks

Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

35

35

General Awareness -

35

35

Analytical & Logical Reasoning


35

35

General English

35

35

Total

140

140

TISS National Entrance Test (TISSNET)

Exam date - January 4, 2020

Exam level - State

Conducting body - Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Exam type - Objective

Mode of the exam - Online/ Computer based

Eligibility of TISSNET 2020

  • 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

TISSNET 2020 Marking Scheme

  • Candidates will be given one mark for every correct answer

  • There is no negative marking

TISSNET MBA Exam Pattern 2020

Questions in TISSNET MBA will be asked from maths, english, general awareness

Exam Pattern of TISSNET MBA

Sections

Total number of questions

Total marks

English Proficiency

30

30

Maths and Logical Reasoning

30

30

General Awareness

40

40

Total

100

100

Odisha Joint Entrance Exam MBA (OJEE MBA)

Exam date - Second week of May

Exam level - State

Conducting body - Odisha Joint Entrance Examination Board

Exam type - Multiple Choice Questions

Mode of the exam - offline

OJEE MBA Eligibility Criteria 2020

  • 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 2020 Exam Pattern

OJEE MBA question paper will be divided into five sections and candidates can go through the table that is given below

Section

Number of questions

Computer and Business fundamentals

10

Comprehension

20

General Knowledge

10

Analytical Reasoning

40

Verbal Reasoning

40

Total

120

Karnataka Post Graduate Common Entrance Test (PGCET)

Exam date - Fourth weekof July

Exam level - State

Conducting body - Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA)

Exam type - Objective Type

Mode of the exam - Offline

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.

Karnataka PGCET Marking Scheme

  • One mark would be given for each correct answer

  • No negative marking

Karnataka PGCET Exam Pattern

As per the exam pattern of Karnataka PGCET, there are four sections from which questions will be asked.

Exam Pattern of Karnataka PGCET

Section

Number of questions

Marks

Proficiency in English Language

25

25

Test of Reasoning and General Intelligence

25

25

Test of General knowledge

25

25

Quantitative Analysis

25

25

Total

100

100

Andhra Pradesh Integrated Common Entrance Test (APICET)

Exam date - First week of May

Exam level - State

Conducting body - Shri Venkateshwara University on behalf of Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education

Exam type - Multiple Choice Questions

Mode of the exam - Online

AP ICET 2020 Eligibility Criteria

  • 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

Marking Scheme of AP ICET 2020

There is no negative marking and for each correct answer 1 mark will be given.

APICET Exam Pattern 2020

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

Section

Number of questions

Analytical Ability

75

Mathematical Ability

75

Communication Ability

50

Total

200

Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MAH CET)

Exam date - Second week of March

Exam level - State

Conducting body - DTE

Exam type - Multiple Choice Questions

Mode of the exam - Online

MAH CET 2020 Eligibility Criteria

  • 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

Marking Scheme of MAH CET 2020

  • For each correct answer 1 mark will be given

  • There is no negative marking

MAH CET Exam Pattern 2020

MAH CET will be divided into four sections with a total of 200 marks.

Exam Pattern of MAH CET

Section

Number of questions

Marks

Verbal Ability/Reading Comprehension

50

50

Quantitative Aptitude

50

50

Logical Reasoning

75

75

Abstract Reasoning

25

25

Total

200

200

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - Top MBA Entrance Exams in India

Question: Name some Management entrance which every MBA aspirant give?

Answer:

For every MBA aspirant, Common Admission Test (CAT) is a must. Other management entrance examination which the candidate should give are MAT, CMAT, SNAP. 

Question: Name some of the entrance examination which are conducted at state level by various state Universities in India?

Answer:

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.

Question: Is giving CAT sufficient for any MBA aspirant?

Answer:

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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I got 93 percentile in cat and 78.7/82/80 in class 10/12/grad can I get a call for spjimr and which colleges can I get?

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Hi harshit

Your CAT score is good. And your past academic result is decent too. You can fill the form for spjimr and baby iims with 93%ile. If you have work experince of minimum 2 years you can go for profile based admission. In profile based admission your past academic records, graduation score are given high prefrence for cut-offs.

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CAT is conducted by the IIMs in rotational method. In a way the conventional way to get into an IIM is through CAT because CAT is the brainchild of the IIMs. Having said that, IIMs accept GMAT score but only for 1 year MBA program and that is for Working Executives and the prpgramme is called Post Graduate Program for Executives. Apart from that no other score ks considered for admission to IIMs.
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where is books of CAT is available

Mayank Chowdhary 12th Nov, 2019

Use word power made easy by Norman Lewis, Abhijit Guha Quantitative Aptitude and Arun Sharma book. Go for high school English grammar and composition by Wren and Martin. For verbal reasoning, go with Pearson by Nishit Sinha. Use Quantum CAT by Sarvesh VERMA too. If possible try to have TIME or CAREER LAUNCHER books too, they will help you a lot. And where these books are available toh they are there in the market, you can search them in the stationary book shops near you. And if not available, then they are available on amazon too from where you can order. Thank-you.

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NIT Trichy, ranked 30th in MBA, is one of the finest educational institutions of India. This department offers 4th best ROI in the country. In order to get admission in NIT Trichy, you need to have atleast 90 percentile in CAT if you're from general category.

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how much score required to get 95 percentile in all thre sections in both easy and tough paper

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