Prominent National MBA Entrance Exams / Tests in India

India has over 1800 MBA Colleges. To get into a management institute, one has to go through a selection process which includes most OR all of the following :

1. Written Test
2. Group Discussion
3. Personal Interview
4. Essay Writing
5. Psychometric Test
6. Group Task
7. Management Games

The written exam tests the aptitude of the candidate in a number of areas. It usually consists of questions related to :

1. Quantitative Ability
(Questions in Mathematics mostly from 8-9-10 standard, covering Arithmetic, Geometry, Menstruation, Algebra, Trigonometry and Co-ordinate Geometry)

2. Verbal Section -
(Questions in the area cover Grammar, Sentence Correction, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension & Verbal Analogies)

3. Data Interpretation
(Analysis of Data. Usually data is in form of tables, charts, graphs. Students are required to study them and answer the related questions)

4. Logical Reasoning/Ability
(Questions to be solved using Common Logic)

5. General Awareness.
(Questions pertaining to current/past issues (national & global), economics, general knowledge etc.

There are a large number of Entrance exams for MBA/PGDM courses in the country. Some of these exams are used by multiple institutes as a part of their admission processes. There are some management institutes which conduct their own entrance exams. Some of the reputed among them are FMS, IIFT, IRMA, MICA, Narsee Monjee, FLAME. Some others like ISB, Hyderabad take GMAT Scores.

Preparation Strategy to Crack CAT & other Management Entrance Test:

There is no formula or shortcut to crack the CAT Test or any other MBA Entrance Test. One should take care of the following :

1. Clear your concepts of 8-9-10 standard maths (preferably NCRT)
2. Extensive Reading on current issues, business, economics etc
3. Regular puzzle solving
4. Solve as many questions in all areas of the CAT Test. Subscribe to study material from any national coaching center or download from internet. This practice will give you the required speed needed for CAT.
5. Daily write an essay (2-3 pages) on any one topic of your choice. Try refining them after 1 month.
6. Speak English 24x7 for fluency & confidence
7. Increase your vocabulary by over 2000 words (ie memorize & then use 20 new words daily).

List of Prominent MBA Entrance Exams / Tests in India

Students who seek admission in Business Schools of India must appear for a Management Entrance Exam. Most MBA Colleges accepts CAT scores but some BSchools have their own entrance test.
The most common entrance exams in India for MBA/PGP/PGDM are mentioned below:


CAT (Common Admission Test for IIMs & other BSchools in India)
CAT Exam is a computer based test Entrance Test for all the IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management)  and its scores are accepted by over 1000 B-Schools in India.

XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test)
Entrance test for pursuing your MBA/PGP/PGDM at the following institutes :
XLRI Jamshedpur, XIMB Bhubaneswar, GIM Goa, LIBA Chennai and other BSchools.

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is conducted by All India Management Association:
MAT Test is a standardised test being administered since 1988 whose scores are accepted by over
600 B-Schools across India.

CMAT (Common Management Admission Test) is an online computer-based test conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), India.
It is a national-level admission test for facilitating  institutions to select suitable students for admission in all management programmes approved by AICTE.
CMAT is a three-hour test and isconducted in a period of nine days in  two shifts at over 60 locations in all over India.

Symbiosis National Aptitude Test
The Symbiosis National Aptitude Test, commonly known as the SNAP Test is an annual management entrance test conducted by the Symbiosis International University, Pune for admission to MBA post-graduation programs in Pune, Nasik, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)
IIFT test is a written exam (paper based) conducted by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi.
IIFT entrance exam scores are accepted by IIFT Delhi and IIFT Kolkata. Those aspiring for a career in Foreign Trade should apply.

Entrance Exam for PGP (PRM) Programs in Rural Management from IRMA Anand
IRMA Test is a online test on "Issues of Social Concern". There are about 40 questions in the  admissions test and the duration of the test is of 1 hour 20 minutes.
Note: All Indian applicants will appear for the CAT Test and IRMA's test (online) on "Issues of Social Concern". The scores will be combined in the selection process.

IBSAT is a common entrance for all programs of ICFAI Business Schools (IBS) in India.
IBSAT is a computer based test and the duration is about 2 hours.
IBS campuses are located in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune

The NMAT™ exam is a test conducted by the organization that owns the GMAT® exam.
Its scores are accepted by leading MBA Institute like Narsee Monjee,  Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Alliance University, Bangalore, Amity University, Delhi, IBS Business School, Hyderabad, SRM University, Chennai, Woxsen School of Business  and many more.
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MH-CET (Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra State)
The MHT-CET or Common Entrance Test is an annual computer-based entrance exam conducted by
the Government of Maharashtra for its courses in MBA/MMS/PGDBM.
Its scores are accepted by the following prominent Institutes :
Jamnalal Bajaj, PUMBA, Sydenham, K.J. Somaiya, Welingkar and other institutes in Maharashtra.

FMS, University of Delhi
FMS entrance test was a exam to apply at Delhi University's Faculty of Management Studies (FMS).
But from year 2013-14, FMS now accepts CAT scores for admission to its MBA and doctoral programmes. Refer to CAT Entrance Test for details.

Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET)
Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET) was an admission exam used by some institutes in India as the first step in the admission to postgraduate programs in management. Institutes which used the exams included Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the IIT Schools of Management. In 2011 JMET was discontinued and replaced by Common Admission Test (CAT).
NOTE: Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET) stands discontinued. Admission to the Post Graduate Management Degree Programmes (MBA/M.Mgmt) in six IITs  (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Roorkee) and IISc (Bengaluru) will be based on CAT scores in place of JMET score

The Rajasthan Management Aptitute Test (RMAT)
The Rajasthan Management Aptitute Test (RMAT) 2015 is an entrance test conducted by the Rajasthan Technical University every year for admission into the 2 year MBA  programme. Its test scores are accepted by about 140 affiliated colleges of Rajasthan University.

Karnataka Management Aptitude Test (KMAT)
KMAT is an all India level management entrance for admissions in the state of Karnataka for courses in MBA & PGDM. Its scores are  accepted by over 150 member institutions located across Karnataka.

Government of Karnataka
Consortium for Conduct of PGCET-2014
Rani Channamma University, Belagavi

(AIMS Test for Management Admissions)

Entrance Test for PGP program at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, Bhopal
Management Entrance Test (MET)

Joint Entrance Examination-2016, Odisha (OJEE-2016)

U.P. Technical University, Lucknow
State Entrance Examination UPSEE

Punjab Technical University
Entrance Test for MBA/MCA: MET & PAMCAT

Central Universities' Common Entrance Test (CUCET)

Associate of Management of MBA/MMS Institutes, Maharastra | CET

KIIT University, Bhubaneswar
Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology
KIITEE (KIIT Entrance Examination)


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