To pursue an MBA, one has to write an Entrance Exam. Especially to get a seat in IIMs and some top b-Schools which can give high boosting points to your career, MBA Entrance Exams like CAT, GMAT, XAT, MAT, CMAT, ATMA, NMAT are mandatory. Below are the most trending entrance exams to get admission in an MBA/PGDM colleges. Let’s dive into them one by one.

CAT Entrance Exam(Common Admission Test): 

The most popular entrance examination of India is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM). The exam is held in two slots and the question paper comprises 100 MCQs from Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Ability (QA). Common Admission Test or CAT exam is a common aptitude test which is a gateway to 20 IIMs and over 1200 B-schools in India. CAT is conducted by the IIM in the month of November in online mode in over 156 cities.

Conducting Institute: IIMs

CAT Eligibility: 50% in Graduation for General and 45% for Reserved. Final year students can also apply.

Exam Mode: Computer-based.

XAT Entrance Exam (Xavier Aptitude Test)

Second most preferred exam after CAT. XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) is a national-level management entrance examination conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur for admission to MBA/PGDM programs. Apart from XLRI and 10 other XAMI members, over 700 B-schools accept XAT scores for admission to their post-graduate management programs. The XAT exam is conducted in online mode at various test centers in 46 cities across India. the question paper consists of 100 questions MCQs from Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, and General Knowledge.

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Conducting Institute: Xavier School Of Management

Eligibility: Candidates with any bachelor’s degree can apply. Final year students can also apply.

Exam Mode: Computer-based.

GMAT Entrance Exam (Graduate Management Aptitude Test)

The GMAT exam is a computer-adaptive test that assesses the candidates’ analytical writing, quantitative, verbal and reading skills in standard written English… This test is taken to get admission into a graduate management program, such as MBA and Masters in Finance related courses in top business schools across the world.

Conducting Institute: GMAC

Eligibility: A degree from a reputed university is needed. There is no age limit for this exam.

Exam Mode: Computer-based
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CMAT Entrance Exam (Common Management Admission Test)

CMAT or the Common Management Admission Test is an aptitude test conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission to MBA/PGDM courses in over 1000 B-schools across India. The exam is conducted in online mode and the duration of the exam is three hours and the CMAT question paper consists of 100 questions from Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, and General Awareness.

Conducting Institute: AICTE

Eligibility: Candidates with any bachelor’s degree with 50% can apply. Final year students can also apply. For reserved candidates, 45% is required.

Exam Mode: Computer-based

MAT Entrance Exam (Management Aptitude Test)

Management Aptitude Test popularly known as MAT Exam is one of the most popular national level MBA entrance exams in India after CAT. More than 600 MBA/PGDM Colleges are accepting MAT exam Scores for Admission 2020. In its notification, AIMA has clarified that there are 600+ Participating B-Schools who use MAT score. This includes the 330+ MBA colleges in Maharashtra who offer PGDM and MBA/MMS programs.

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Conducting Institute: All India Management Association (AIMA)

Eligibility: Any Graduate can apply

Exam Mode: Offline and Computer-based


ATMA is a credible, comprehensive, and single-window test for admissions to Post-Graduate Management Programs like MBA, PGDM, MCA, MMS, and other management postgraduate courses. It is an online objective type nationally accepted entrance test. This test is recognized by AICTE and Ministry of HRD, Government of India, and is conducted across all the states in India…

Conducting Institute: AIMS

Eligibility: Graduation degree holders are eligible

Exam Mode: Offline and Computer-based

NMAT Entrance Exam (NMIMS Management Aptitude Test)

NMAT by GMAC or NMAT is a national-level MBA entrance test directed for admission to NMIMS University and other reputed B-Schools in India. NMAT test is an applicant cordial test. It is planned to remember the comfort of the test takers. Candidates are permitted to pick their favored date during the testing window just as self-plan the test, arrangement date, time, and scene dependent on the accessibility of seats at each test community.

Conducting Institute: Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)

Eligibility: Minimum 3 years bachelor degree with 50%

Exam Mode: Computer-based

SNAP Entrance Exam (Symbiosis National Aptitude Test)

SNAP is a postgraduate entrance examination conducted by the Symbiosis International (Deemed University) for admissions into the 28 MBA program offered at its 16 institutes. Three Main things that they cover are :

General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

Conducting Institute: November 2020

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Eligibility: Graduation with 50%, Also final year students can apply.

Exam Mode: Computer-based

IIFT Entrance Exam ( Indian Institute of Foreign Trade)

IIFT is a national-level administration selection test led once in a year by the National Testing Agency (NTA), for admission to the MBA (IB) program offered by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. IIFT 2021 is probably going to be directed in the main seven day stretch of December 2020, in on the web or PC based mode across different test habitats in India.

Conducting Institute: Indian Institute of Foreign Trade

Eligibility: Any Bachelor Degree holder can apply

Exam Mode: Computer-based

IRMA Entrance Exam (Institute of Rural Management Anand)

IRMASAT is conducted by the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA). IRMASAT scores are considered for admission to Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management (PGDRM) and Fellow Programme in Rural Management (FPRM). The IRMASAT 2020 application process starts on September 30 in online mode.

Conducting Institute: Institute of Rural Management Anand

Eligibility: Minimum 50% in graduation is required. Candidates must have written CAT or XAT. IRMA shortlists candidates based on those scores.

Exam Mode: Computer-based

Know in detail about these exams in the upcoming articles.

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