No matter what you have done in your graduation or from which educational background you belong to, MBA is a degree everybody craves for. People are getting more and more creative about their business ideas. People these days, join MNCs for a year or so and builds up their own startup. But in all this, the most important ingredient is an MBA. So, now the question arises that how do we get into MBA?
There are numerous colleges in India that offer MBA program and the way to that MBA program goes through the Entrance Examination. There are many options available for you as there is no single Entrance Exam for MBA in India, which is a plus point for the one who is interested in taking admission to the said course. If you fail to get through one entrance, you can always try for another MBA Entrance Test. So, let’s now discuss some main Entrance Examinations through which you can get into MBA program in India:
- CAT: Common Admission Test, the most popular MBA Entrance Exam among Indian students. CAT is held usually in the month of November, every year. Students aim at IIMs and other top B-Schools through CAT. Every year more than 3 lakh students appear for CAT examination, that is a computer based test. One has to complete this MCQ type online test within the duration of 3 hours only. Online Application process for CAT Examination generally begins from August of every year
- MAT: MAT stands for Management Aptitude Test. MAT is conducted 4 times a year, in the months of February, May, September and December, by the Centre for Management Services (CMS) division of All India Management Association (AIMA). MAT is 2 hours and 30 minutes exam that is conducted in both offline as well as in online modes. You can apply for MAT by filling up the online application form and paying the application fees of INR 1200
- XAT: Xavier’s Aptitude Test is tentatively held in the month of January every year for the admission in Post-Graduate degree program in Management. XAT is conducted in pen and paper mode only that durates for 3 hours and 30 minutes. The XAT score is used by more than 100 institutes around the country for the admission in MBA
- IIFT: Indian Institute Of Foreign Trade is India’s one of the most prestigious business schools. Each year around 60,000 candidates fill the application forms for mere 200 seats. One can appear in the IIFT Entrance Examination, which lasts for 2 hours and in is conducted in MCQ form, by filling up the online application form and paying the fees of INR 1550. The one who gets shortlisted is called for Group Discussion, Interview and Essay Writing for final selection
- IBSAT: IBS Aptitude Test conducted by ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad. Any graduate with 50% and above as aggregate marks in English medium can apply for this exam. The test is computer-based with multiple type questions to be answered in the total duration of 2 hours. ISBAT focuses on checking your ability in quantitative techniques, data interpretation, data adequacy, vocabulary, analytical reasoning and reading comprehension. Scores of MAT from 2014 onwards, NMAT by GMACTM and CAT are also accepted in place of IBSAT. If you have GMAT, NMAT or CAT with you then you can also get exempted from IBSAT Exam
- NMAT: Narsee Monjee Management Aptitude Test is conducted by GMAC. NMAT used to be conducted in pen and paper mode but, it became online from 2009. To appear in NMAT, you must have 50% of marks in aggregate in your bachelor’s. You are given only 120 minutes to attempt all the questions and confirm your admission. NMAT exam in conducted in the months from October to December, every year. And the results of NMAT Exam is declared in the month of January
- SNAP: Symbiosis National Aptitude Test is a written test taken in order to offer admission in Symbiosis postgraduate institutes. The application process for SNAP starts in the month of August (tentatively), every year. It is conducted only once a year. SNAP written test of 120 minutes in usually conducted in the month of December and you can check the result of the same, in January. In SNAP, 150 MCQs are asked that carries 150 marks where each wrong answer attracts 25% negative marks
- CMAT: CMAT stands for Common Management Admission Test and is a national level entrance test for MBA. Conducted by All India Council for Technical Education, it is a computer-based test of 3 hours. Till 2015, CMAT was held twice in a year but than AICTE decided to hold the exam only once a year and that is on the third Sunday of January month. The result of CMAT is also declared in the same month of January
So, these are some of the most important MBA Entrance test that are held in India and every student who is desirous of getting into MBA must face these entrance tests.