MBA Entrance Exams in India 2022 - Dates, Registration, Fees

  • By Sneha Dasgupta
  • 21 December 2021

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:

  • National
  • State
  • University

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
National Level CAT
State Level TS ICET
University Level B-MAT

CAT exam

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.

Also read:
CAT Sample Papers
CAT Exam Preparation Strategy

MAT Exam

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.

Also read:
MAT Question Papers

XAT Exam

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.

Also read:
XAT Exam Pattern
XAT Exam Preparation


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.

Also read:

CMAT Exam Syllabus

CMAT Exam Preparation

CMAT Admit Card

CMAT Result


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.

Also read:
IIFT Exam Pattern
IIFT Exam Preparation


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.

Also read:
SNAP Preparation


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
MICAT MICA Ahmedabad
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
CAT Rs.2200/- Rs.1100/-
MAT Rs.1650/- Rs.1650/-
CMAT Rs.2000/- Rs. 1000/-
SNAP Rs.1750/- Rs.1750/-
TISSNET Rs.1030/- Rs. 500/-
IIFT Rs.2500/- Rs.1000/-
NMAT by GMAC Rs.2300/- Rs.2300/-
IBSAT Rs.1800/- Rs.1800/-
XAT Rs.1750/- Rs.1750/-
MICAT Rs.1985/- Rs.1985/-
MAH CET Rs.1000/- Rs. 800/-
KIITEE Management Rs.1250/- Rs.1250/-

FAQs About MBA Entrance Exams

How do I apply for MBA 2022?

Before you enroll yourself into a B-school, you need to sit for any one of the many MBA entrance exams. Once you meet the cut-off criteria for a particular B-school by clearing these exams, you can apply for an MBA. Some of these entrance exams include:

Which entrance exam is best for MBA in India?

Some of the best entrance exams for an MBA in India are:
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.

Which is the easiest MBA entrance exam in India?

Based on the feedback by numerous MBA exam takers, CMAT has been viewed as the easiest MBA entrance exam in India.

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