In current times, an MBA is one of the most sought-after courses because of the numerous opportunities it opens up. If you are seeking admission to a top B-school, this article is meant for you! Learn all about the top MBA entrance exams that will serve as your gateway into the world of management.
Whenever you think of an MBA, the thought of the top IIMs is bound to pop up in your mind. However, due to an ever-increasing rise in competition, not everyone can gain access to the best B-schools in India.
In this article, we are going to tell you the A-Z of MBA entrance exams in India, their dates, registration procedure and fee structure.
MBA Entrance Exams Dates 2021
Before you venture into the world of management studies, you have to go through numerous steps. The most important of all these steps is the entrance exam. Below is a list of dates of the upcoming MBA entrance exams for 2021.
Top MBA Entrance Exam 2021: Important Dates
|MBA Exam||End of Registration Process||Exam Date|
|CMAT 2022||Second week of December 2021||Second/ third week of January 2022|
|IBSAT 2022||December 16, 2021||December 25- 26, 2021|
|XAT 2022||November 30, 2021||January 2, 2022|
|TISSNET MBA 2022||Last week of December 2021||First week of January 2022|
|SNAP 2021||November 27, 2021||December 19, 2021
January 8, 2022
January 16, 2022
|NMAT 2021||November 17, 2021||October 14 - December 27, 2021|
Major MBA Entrance Exams in India
Below, you can find a list of MBA entrance exams at three levels:
Every year, lakhs of candidates appear for these exams owing to their popularity. While these exams can be taken by anyone who seeks admission into B-schools in India, there are different eligibility criteria for different entrance exams. You can read about them in detail below.
|Level||MBA Entrance Exam|
NMAT by GMAC
|State Level||TS ICET
NIPER JEE MBA
CAT, also known as the Common Admission Test is a computer-based common aptitude examination for a 2-year MBA program from 20 IIM colleges and other reputable B-schools in India. The CAT is conducted every year in a rotational pattern.
You can read more about CAT here.
MAT, also known as the Management Aptitude Test is a national-level entrance exam conducted by the All India Management Association (AIMA). This exam is conducted four times a year, in the months of February, May/June, September, and December. The MAT scores are accepted and considered by 600+ management colleges across India.
You can read more about the MAT exam here.
MAT Question Papers
Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is a pan-India management aptitude test conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur on behalf of the Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI). Considered the second most sought-after MBA entrance test after the all-India Common Admission Test (CAT), the XAT exam score is accepted by more than 160 institutes for admission to various MBA/PGDM courses.
CMAT exam, also known as Common Management Admission Test, is an aptitude test for admission into MBA and PGDM programs in 1000+ B-schools across India. This entrance exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The CMAT exam of 2022 will be conducted in an online mode and the duration of the exam is three hours.
The IIFT exam is an elite-level management entrance test for admission into the flagship MBA (IB) course offered by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT). IIFT conducts the program in all three campuses located in Kolkata, Delhi, and Kakinada.
You can read more about the IIFT exam here.
Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) test is a national level exam conducted annually by Symbiosis International (Deemed) University [SIU]. It is a post-graduate level examination for admission to the various MBA and M.Sc. programs offered by the Institutes of Symbiosis International.
You can read more about the SNAP exam here.
NMAT by GMAC, simply known as NMAT, is a national level entrance test conducted for MBA admissions at NMIMS (Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies) University and other reputed B-Schools in India as well as overseas.
You can read more about the NMAT exam here.
IBSAT, short for IBS Aptitude Test, is a national level entrance exam conducted by the ICFAI (Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India) Foundation for Higher Education (deemed to be a university).
You can read more about the IBSAT exam here.
List of MBA Colleges Accepting Entrance Exam Scores
Below you can find a list of top institutes accepting the exam scores of the following MBA entrance exams:
|MBA Entrance Exams||Top Institutes Accepting Exam Score|
|CAT||20+ IIMs, FMS, IMI, IMT, MDI, SPJIMR, IITs, TAPMI + 500 Others|
|ATMA||More than 200 MBA/PGDM colleges in India|
|SNAP||SIBM Pune, SCMHRD, + 13 Other top Symbiosis Institutes|
|NMAT by GMAC||NMIMS Mumbai + 20 other MBA colleges & Universities|
|CMAT||K J Somaiya, BIMTECH, GIM, VIT, Great Lakes, and all the Institutes and Universities offering AICTE approved MBA/PGDM programmes|
|MAT||300 MBA/PGDM colleges across India|
|IIFT||3 Campuses of IIFT at Delhi, Kolkata, and Kakinada|
|TISSNET||Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and all its campuses|
|IBSAT||IBS Hyderabad & all the other 8 campuses of ICFAI B-Schools|
|KIITEE Management||KIIT School of Management; KIIT School of Rural Management|
|XAT||XLRI, XIME, GIM, Great Lakes, IMT, XIMB, TAPMI, FORE, LIBA + 140 Others|
B-schools in India offering an MBA
As you may have realised by now, there is no dearth of management institutes in India offering an MBA. Although the IIMs happen to be the best B-schools in India, here is a list of some of the other top business schools in India offering an MBA:
|SAGE University, Indore||JECRC University, Jaipur|
|NIU, Greater Noida||NSU, Jamshedpur|
|PISM, Bangalore||CIEM, Kolkata|
|Rathinam College, Coimbatore||GD Goenka University, Gurgaon|
|CT University, Ludhiana||ADTU, Guwahati|
|IBMR, Hubli||Sandip University, Nashik|
Cost of MBA Entrance Exams -Application Fee
|Entrance Exams||Exam Fee for General Category||Exam Fee for Reserved Category|
|NMAT by GMAC||Rs.2300/-||Rs.2300/-|
|MAH CET||Rs.1000/-||Rs. 800/-|
FAQs About MBA Entrance Exams
How do I apply for MBA 2022?
Which entrance exam is best for MBA in India?
CAT- Common Admission Test. This is the most popular and sought-after MBA Entrance exam in India. Every year numerous candidates appear for this exam.
XAT- Xavier Aptitude Test.
GMAT- Graduate Management Aptitude Test.
MAT- Management Aptitude Test.
CMAT- Common Management Admission Test.