Management Entrance Examinations in India - Overview, Syllabus, Dates, Application Process, Frequently Answered Questions, MBA Programme - CAT, MAT, XAT, JMET, ICET, MHCET, GMAT, UPSEE, SNAP, IGNOU OPENMAT
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For admission to the Post-Graduate Programmes in Management (MBA)


    The critical factor in getting admission in a MBA course at a reputed business school is doing exceptionally well in the national level management entrance tests like Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management, XAT conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur, MAT conducted by AIMA, SNAP Test by Symbiosis, Pune NMAT by AIMA for NMIMS, Mumbai and relevant state level, common entrance test for business schools in various states. Some ate MHCET in Maharashtra , ICET in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala MBA CET, GCET in Gujarat , UPSEE for UP etc.

    Major MBA Entrance Exams in India

    Common Admission Test (CAT)

    The CAT consists of questions that evaluate a candidate’s quantitative, verbal, logical and data interpretive abilities. The test booklet contains several sections. Each section contains several items/questions. Directions are given for each group of questions in each section of the test. Read them carefully, skipping the directions may lead to mission the main idea and losing credit for some questions in that section. Applicants are free to work on the sections in any order and to demonstrate competence in all the sections of the test. Wrong answers carry negative marks.

CAT is scheduled for November 18, 2007 . Duration of the test is two and a half hours. Copy of CAT 2005 with the answer key is available for download on the website to get a basic idea of the type and variety of questions, level of difficulty and different kinds of directions one may expect.

IIFT Admission Test

The admission test is a multiple choice objective type written test (in English). Duration of the test is two hours. It will cover English Comprehension, General Knowledge & Awareness, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Analysis. There will be negative marking for wrong answers.

Written Test on Sunday, November 25, 2007 between 10 am . and 12 noon


FMS Admission Test

The Delhi University FMS admission test has questions to assess Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability and Language Comprehension, Analytical Ability and awareness and comprehension of the micro and macro – environment of the business and economy.



XAT usually has three sections assessing Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation & Logical Ability to be completed in two hours. This is followed by and essay of 20 minutes duration.


The All India Management Association (AIIMA), is the apex body or development of management in India . Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a National Entrance Test for admission to MBA and equivalent programmes which is usually conducted 4 times in a year in February, May, September and December every year.


MAT is an objective type test with multiple – choice answers with 200 questions to be completed in 150 minutes or two and a half hours.

The test usually divided into five section, each with 40 questions, designed to measure a person’s (i) English Language comprehension in 30 minutes

(ii) Mathematical Skills in 40 minutes

(iii) Data analysis and Sufficiency skills in 35 minutes

(iv) Intelligence and Critical Reasoning skills in 30 minutes and

(v) Awareness of the Indian and global environment in 15 minutes. The time allowance varies for each section.


IGNOU OPENMAT - is conducted by IGNOU twice an year for admissions to MBA Programs through Distance Learning.


State level management entrance tests more or less follow the same pattern of questions although the level of difficulty may vary, and some might have both verbal and non – verbal reasoning questions. In some cases, there may not be negative marking for wrong answers.


Syllabus for MBA Entrance Exams (Overview)

There is not specific syllabus or format for most of the management entrance tests, but tackling them requires strong quantitative, verbal, logical reasoning and data interpretation skills. Some of them also have general knowledge and current awareness questions.


English Languages: This has passages with questions based on their contents to test your comprehension, use of words, phrases etc. Also tested would be knowledge of the rules of grammar vocabulary, sentence completion, synonyms, antonyms, analogies, etc.


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Quantitative ability: This section has questions that assess how fast and accurate one can be while working with numbers, understanding quantitative problems involving use knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, set theory, etc of the secondary school syllabus as also some topics usually covered in plus tow including permutation and combination, progression, probability, etc.

Data Interpretation: This section helps to measure one’s ability to interpret data given in the form of tables, common graphs and charts.


Logical ability: Questions in this section measure how quickly and accurately one can think, analyse and reason from figures, facts and situations given.


Success Mantra for MBA Entrance : Accuracy with speed is the theme of maximizing chances of making the cut off for group discussion and interview.


MBA Entrance Test Announcements

Expect notifications announcing the dates of the examinations, eligibility criteria, etc from July onwards. Click here to view the details of various examination are usually held between November and February the following year.