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Top MBA Entrance Exams

By Vaishnavi Tyagi

MBA Entrance Exam in India - For admission to MBA ( MBA full form is Master in Business Administration), candidates have to appear for the MBA entrance examination which is divided into three levels – National level, State level, and College level. The minimum eligibility for MBA is that a candidate must have passed graduation with a minimum of 50% marks from a recognized university. Check out this overview of the MBA Entrance Exams in India where we will cover the details like exam pattern, marking scheme, syllabus of MBA entrance exams, exam fee and schedule of MBA entrance exams.
Candidates need to apply for an MBA Entrance Exam when the registration for the entrance examination starts followed by downloading the admit card and appearing for the entrance examination on the aforesaid entrance exam date. After getting the result, candidates can further apply for counseling procedures according to the score obtained by them.

Check this Overview of Management Entrance Examination.

A student can either take admission in MBA after Graduation or after class 12. They can opt for MBA at any of the following levels -

 

MBA after graduation

  1. National level - Some of the National level MBA Exams in India are - CAT, MAT, ATMA, CMAT.

Check out the MBA Entrance Exams 2020 dates, here.

  1. State level- On State level, MAHCET, KMAT, ATMA, PGCET, TANCET, OJEE MBA, APICET, TSICET are some of the MBA Entrance Exams.
  2. College / institute level - IIFT, IRMA SAT, IBSAT, SNAP, MICAT, XAT are some of the MBA entrance examinations conducted by the respective college/institutes.
  3. International level - Candidates can also appear for the GMAT for which they can select the exam date according to their comfort zone. The exam fees for GMAT is around INR 17000. After getting a good score, candidates can apply to International Business School in the US, UK, and other countries.

 

MBA after Class 12

After class 12- Students who have passed class 12 can also opt for the 5 year Integrated MBA Course. Check out the list of colleges for the 5 year integrated course in MBA, here.

To know top MBA colleges in India, keep reading the article below.


Also see, IIMs Common Admission Test CAT - Most popular Entrance exam in India- CAT 2020 Exam Pattern

 

Overview of Top Management Entrance Exams in India

With more than 15 entrance examinations for MBA, the following is the overview of a few of the important entrance examinations conducted at the national, state and college level, respectively.      

1. CAT

Common Admission Test or CAT is a national level entrance examination conducted for admission in the MBA program. This year, CAT will be conducted by IIM Kozhikode. CAT score is accepted in the top 20 IIMs and 100 other Business Schools. The marking scheme in CAT for every correct answer is 3 marks and for a wrong answer is -1 mark.

CAT Exam Pattern

Section

No. of Questions

Marks

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

34

102

Quantitative Ability

34

102

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

32

96

Total

100

300

 

2. MAT

Management Aptitude Test or MAT is a national level entrance examination in both Computer-Based and Pen-Paper Based mode. For every correct answer, the candidate will get 1 mark and for every wrong answer, 0.25 will be deducted.

MAT Exam Pattern

Section

No. of Questions

Marks

Language Comprehension

40

40

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

40

40

Mathematical Skills

40

40

Quantitative Ability

40

40

Indian and Global Environment

40

40

Data Analysis and Sufficiency

40

40

Total

200

200

 

3. IIFT

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade or IIFT is a national level entrance examination which is conducted in offline mode. For negative marking, 1/3 marks of total marks of every question will be deducted.

IIFT Exam Pattern
IIFT entrance exam is conducted in six sections-
1. Logical Reasoning
2. Data Interpretation
3. Verbal Ability
4. General Knowledge
5. Reading Comprehension
6. Quantitative Aptitude

 

4. SNAP

Symbiosis National Aptitude Test or SNAP is a national level entrance examination conducted by Symbiosis Business School, Pune. The questions are both MCQ and non-MCQ based format. The exam is conducted in online mode.  For every correct answer, 1 mark will be awarded and 25% marks will be deducted of the allocated marks for each question, in case of negative marking.

SNAP Exam Pattern

Section

No. of MCQs

No. of Special Questions

Total No. of Questions

Marks

Quantitative, Data Interpretation and 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

NMAT is conducted by The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) on the National level. The exam is in online mode. There is no negative marking for wrong answers and one mark is awarded for every correct answer.

NMAT Exam Pattern

Section

No. of Questions

Marks

Quantitative Skills

48

48

Language Skills

32

32

Logical Reasoning

40

40

Total

120

120

 

6. XAT

Xavier Aptitude Test or XAT is a national level entrance examination conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur. For every correct answer, 1 mark will be awarded. For every wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted and if there are more than 8 unattempted questions, 0.05 mark will be deducted.

XAT Exam Pattern

Section

No. of Questions

Marks

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

22

75

Decision Making

28

Verbal & Logical Ability

25

General Knowledge

25

25

Total

100

120

 

7. CMAT
Common Management Aptitude Test or CMAT is a national level entrance exam conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The mode of the exam is Online. For every correct answer, 4 marks will be awarded and for every negative answer, 1 mark will be deducted.

Also see - tips for CMAT preparation, here

CMAT Exam Pattern

Section

No. of Questions

Marks

Language Comprehension

25

100

Logical Reasoning

25

100

General Awareness

25

100

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation

25

100

Total

100

400

 

Also see - CMAT 2020 - Exam dates, eligibility, application process

 

8. TANCET

Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET) is conducted by Anna University on the state-level. The mode of the exam is offline.

Eligibility for TANCET is  B.E./B.Tech/B.Arch/B.Pharm or 10+3 Diploma and 3 years pattern or 10+2+3/4 years pattern or 10+3 years Diploma + AMIE. For negative marking, 1/3 marks of total marks of every question will be deducted. For every correct answer, 1 mark will be awarded.

Section

No. of Questions

Marks

Reading Comprehension

20

20

Data Sufficiency

20

20

Analysis of Business Situation

20

20

Quantitative Ability

20

20

English Grammar and Usage

20

20

Total

100

100

 

9. KMAT

Karnataka Management Aptitude Test is a state-level entrance examination conducted by Karnataka Private Post Graduate Colleges Association (KPPGCA) in offline mode. The format of examination is MCQs based. However, there is no negative marking for the wrong answer and for every correct answer, the candidate will be awarded 1 mark.

KMAT Exam Pattern

Section

No. of Questions

Marks

Quantitative Ability

40

40

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

40

40

Logical Reasoning

40

40

Total

120

120

 

10. TSICET

Telangana State Integrated Common Entrance Test or TSICET is a state-level entrance examination conducted by Kakatiya University on behalf of Telangana State Council for Higher Education. The exam is conducted in online mode in MCQs based format. There is no negative marking for the wrong answer and for every correct answer, the candidate will be awarded 1 mark.

TSICET Exam Pattern

Section

No. of Questions

Marks

Mathematical Ability

75

75

Communication Ability

50

50

Analytical Ability

75

75

Total

200

200

 

Also see - top 10 Management colleges in Delhi

 

11. HPU MAT

Himachal Pradesh University Management Aptitude Test or HPU MAT is a state-level entrance examination conducted by the Business School of Himachal Pradesh University. The exam is conducted in offline mode in MCQs based format. There is no negative marking for the wrong answer and for every correct answer, the candidate will be awarded 1 mark.

HPU MAT Exam Pattern

Section

No. of Questions

Marks

Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation

50

50

English Comprehension & Language

50

50

Business Awareness

50

50

Numerical Ability

50

50

Total

200

200

 

12. UPES MET

UPES Management Entrance Test or UPES MET is conducted by the University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES) in online mode. For every correct answer, the candidate will be awarded 1 mark and there is no negative marking.

UPES MET Exam Pattern

Section

No. of Questions

Marks

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

35

35

General Awareness

35

35

Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

35

35

General English

35

35

Total

140

140

 

Also see IGNOU OPENMAT 2020 Dates, Application, Eligibility - here

 

13. TISSNET

TISS National Entrance Test or TISSNET is conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Computer-based mode. For every correct answer, the candidate will be awarded 1 mark and there is no negative marking.

TISSNET Exam Pattern

Section

No. of Questions

Marks

English Proficiency

30

30

General Awareness

40

40

Mathematics & Logical Reasoning

30

30

Total

100

100

 

14. OJEE MBA

Odisha Joint Entrance Examination MBA is a state-level entrance examination is conducted by Odisha Joint Entrance Examination Board in offline mode.

OJEE MBA Exam Pattern

Section

No. of Questions

Computer-Based and Business Fundamental

10

Comprehension

20

General Knowledge

10

Analytical Reasoning

40

Verbal Reasoning

40

Total

100

 

15. PGCET

Karnataka Post Graduate Common Entrance Test is a state-level entrance examination conducted by the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA). It is an offline mode exam conducted in MCQs based format.

PGCET Exam Pattern

Section

No. of Questions

Marks

English Language Proficiency

25

25

Reasoning & General Intelligence

25

25

General Knowledge

25

25

Quantitative Analysis

25

25

Total

100

25

 

16. MAH CET

Maharashtra Common Entrance Test or MAH CET is conducted by DTE and is a state-level entrance examination. The mode of exam is online and format is MCQs. For every correct answer, the candidate will be awarded 1 mark and there is no negative marking.

MAH CET Exam Pattern

Section

No. of Questions

Marks

Logical Reasoning

75

75

Quantitative Aptitude

50

50

Abstract Reasoning

25

25

Verbal Ability

50

50

Total

200

200

 

17. APICET

Andhra Pradesh Integrated Common Entrance Test or APICET is a state-level entrance examination conducted by Venkateshwara University on behalf of Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education. The mode of exam is in online mode and questions are in MCQs format.

APICET Exam Pattern

Section

No. of Questions

Mathematical Ability

75

Communication Ability

50

Analytical Ability

75

Total

200

 

18. ATMA

AIMS Test for Management Admission or ATMA is a national level entrance examination conducted by the Association of Indian Management School (AIMS). It is the online and offline mode of examination which is conducted in MCQs format.

ATMA Exam Pattern

Section

No. of Questions

Quantitative Skills I & II

30+30

Verbal Skills I & II

30+30

Analytical Reasoning Skills I & II

30+30

Total

180

 

Read further to know the Registration Date, Application End Date, Entrance Exam fees and entrance exam dates for all the major MBA entrance examinations in India.

Management Exam

Application Start Date

Application End Date

Entrance Exam Date

Entrance Fees

CAT

August 7, 2019

September 25, 2019

November 24, 2019

INR 1800

MAT

October 7, 2019

Pen-Paper Based: December 1, 2019
Computer Based: December 14, 2019

Pen-Paper Based: December 8, 2019
Computer Based: December 14, 2019

Pen-Paper Based: INR 1100
Computer Based: INR 1500

CMAT

November 1, 2019

November 30, 2019

January 24, 2020

INR 1400

XAT

August 23, 2019

November 30, 2019

January 5, 2020

INR 1650

ATMA

June, 2020

July, 2020

July, 2020

INR 1298

IIFT

September 9, 2019

October 26, 2019

December 1, 2019

INR 1550

IBSAT

July, 2019

December 12, 2019

December 21 & 22, 2019

INR 1800

SNAP

August 16, 2019

November 23, 2019

December 15, 2019

INR 2065

NMAT by GMAC

July 2, 2019

October 3, 2019

October 4, 2019 – December 17, 2019

INR 1800

TANCET

First week of April

Fourth week of April

June, 2020

INR 500

TSICET

First week of March

Fourth week of April

Fourth week of May

INR 650

MICAT

October 9, 2019

November 25, 2019

December 7, 2019

INR 1875

KMAT

Fourth week of May

Fourth week of July

First week of August

INR 826

HPUMAT

First week of April

Third week of May

Fourth week of May

INR 1000

TISSNET

October 18, 2019

November 25, 2019

January 4, 2019

INR 250

UPES MET

-

July, 2020

July, 2020

INR 1850

OJEE MBA

February, 2020

March, 2020

May, 2020

INR 1000

PGCET

May, 2020

June, 2020

July, 2020

INR 650

MAH – CET

January, 2020

February, 2020

March, 2020

INR 1000

APICET

February, 2020

March, 2020

May, 2020

INR 550

IRMA SAT

September 30, 2019

January 10, 2020

February, 2020

INR 1400

 

Top colleges for MBA in India

Out of thousands of MBA institutes in India, these are the top 20 colleges for MBA that offer the best education and placement opportunities to the students. The top 20 colleges for MBA in India are as follows-
1.       IIM Ahmedabad
2.       IIM Bangalore
3.       IIM  Calcutta
4.       FMS Delhi
5.       IIM Kozhikode
6.       XLRI Jamshedpur
7.       IIM Lucknow
8.       IIM Shillong
9.       IIFT Delhi
10.   SPJIMR Mumbai
11.   TISS Mumbai
12.   IIM Trichy
13.   IIM Udaipur
14.   NITIE Mumbai
15.   IIM Ranchi
16.   IIFT Kolkata
17.   MDI Gurgaon
18.   DOMS –IIT Delhi
19.   SIBM Pune
20.   ISB Hyderabad

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Syllabus for MBA Entrance Exams (Overview)

There is no 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 in the syllabus.

English Language: This section has passages with questions based on the content to test your comprehension, use of words, phrases, etc. Also. the knowledge of the rules of grammar, vocabulary, sentence completion, synonyms, antonyms, analogies, etc is tested.

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 class 12 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, 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.

Earning a degree in MBA is a dream of many young people. You can make it happen with determination, perseverance and smart work.

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