With the continuous growth in the business economy, the demand for management graduates has increased manifold. For any MBA aspirant wishing to get into the IIMs or top notch B-schools, CAT is an unavoidable word. Furthermore, the significance of CAT is increasing in direct proportion to the number of people appearing for it. Furthermore, the number of people clearing it with a significant score is even lower.

In 2013, the results showed that out of the 1.74 lakh candidates who appeared for CAT, around 95,000 scored a perfect zero and many got a negative score too.


Therefore, you must see that there are many other exams that can qualify you for a good college to get an MBA degree. For those who are not too sure to crack the CAT exam or just want to be safe right now, should look at the other entrance exams which provide similar opportunities to get admission in other B-schools which are collectively called as OMET (Other Management Entrance Tests).


Here is a list of Ten Entrance Exams for MBA apart from CAT (in no particular order of ranking)



Entrance Exam Colleges Accepting Scores Expected Cut Off Application date/Cost of Application Form Campus Location

(CAT, XAT) + ISC Test

Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) 80 percentile October – January

INR 1600

2. IIFT Test Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)

55 percentile


INR 1550

Kolkata, New Delhi
3. Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP)SNAP/SET Test Symbiosis Group of Institutes

Depends on the individual institute but some Cut Offs are:

SIBM: 98 percentile

SCMHRD: 96 percentile

SIIB: 94 percentiles


INR 1500

Pune, Bengaluru, Noida, Hyderabad
4. Management Aptitude Test (MAT) Various medium to low-ranked colleges.

Depends on individual institute

No specific period for applying. The exam is conducted 4 times in a year in February, May, September and December

INR 1200

All over India
5. IBSAT (ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test) ICFAI Business School

Depends on the college. Cut off for some colleges are as follows

IBS Mumbai 65+

IBS Gurgaon


IBS Bangalore


IBS Hyderabad


INR 1500










6. NMAT (NMIMS Management Aptitude Test) NMIMS. Some other colleges have also started accepting NMAT such as IBS, GITAM, Amity

208 marks out of 360

July to October

INR 1700




7. XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) Mainly Xavier group of Institutes like XLRI, XIMB, XIME, XISS. Other institutes like SP Jain, GIM, TAPMI, IMT, LIBA, BIMTECH, etc. also accept XAT scores

Depends on individual institutes. Example:

XLRI90 percentile

XIMB90 percentile

GIM80 percentile

September to December

INR 1000

All over India
8. TISS – NET (Tata Institute of Social Sciences National Entrance test) Tata Institute of Social Sciences 76 marks out of 100 September to November

INR 1000

9. ATMA (AIMS Test for Management Studies) Various medium to low ranked colleges such as WeSchool, SIMSREE, Christ University, AIMS, etc.

Depends on individual institutes

Exam is conducted throughout the year and the details can be availed from AIMS website.

INR 1100

All over India
10. CMAT (Common Management Admission Test) Various medium to low ranked colleges such as JBIMS, GIM, XIME, etc. Depends on individual institutes July to September

INR 1400

All over India


What are some basic hacks for preparing for the Other Management Entrance Exams?

  • A similar amount of time and dedication that one would give for CAT.
  • Talking to a Student of that particular college.
  • Setting a goal and dedicating a fixed number of hours to prepare would be a good start.
  • One can find out the areas of weakness where they lag behind and work more on it.
  • A consistent effort to increase reading speed, solving previous years question papers and observing what kind of marking pattern is done is important.
  • Taking mock tests to see how much more you need to put in and where do you stand after repeated trials will give you a very clear idea about how it would be in reality on the D-day.

How to Choose between so many of Entrance Exams that lead you to B-Schools?

If the person is looking for a specialisation in foreign trade, then they must prepare for IIFT. If they are looking for rural management, they can opt for IRMA. Also, a person can appear for the exam whose score is widely accepted. XAT and MAT scores are widely accepted and hence, more popular as compared to TISS, IBSAT which are college specific. Many students also look at the city where they might have to go to. There are safety aspects, and also language and cultural aspects to consider in that case.



In Conclusion, it depends on the individual’s potential to crack the exam. The field of their interest also matters. There are some colleges that are known for their specialisations. In that case, you must think wisely and choose which MBA college will serve the purpose. CollegeBol.com helps you connect with students of these colleges through its Student to Student Counselling and also provides you with the List of Best MBA Colleges in India. You are never alone, we are there for you!

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