MBA Entrance Exams

With more than 4000 b-schools, India is one of the best destinations for management education. While IIM-A, IIM-B, and IIM-C are often ranked serially from one to three in popular ranking publications, there are few other popular private management institutes, which are no less than these.

Among the private universities which have the par of the IIM’s in terms of quality management education are Indian School of Business (ISB), IIFT, SIBM, TAPMI, JBIMS, FMS, MICA and Woxen School of Business. While most students who get accepted to such institutes are bound to carry the burden of education loan, Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) in Delhi, is the best choice when to comes to ROI.

Indian Institute of Management Ahmadabad – famously known as IIM-A, is perhaps the toughest business management institute to get into. One needs to score a minimum percentile of not less than 99.8%ile.

What does it take for one to get into these institutions? Well, some accept management education aspirants through Common Admission Test (CAT), and some through their own management aptitude tests. Personal Interview, Group Discussion, Extempore and Aptitude Test are the four rounds of extensive tests one needs to go through after one clears the CAT or any entrance exam and gets a call from the institution.

Here is the list of top mba entrance exams in India.

Common Admission Test (CAT)

CAT is a popular entrance exam the scores of which are used by several management institutions including private ones for admissions. Conducted by the group of IIMs, the entrance exam pattern has three parts to it: Quantitative Aptitude, Reading Comprehension and Verbal, and Data Interpretation  and Logical Reasoning. The entrance exam is usually conducted in the month of Nov/Dec. It is a computer-based exam, held in various cities in India.


The candidate needs to have completed any bachelors degree with a percentage of not less than 50% (5% relaxation is given for SC/ST and PWD candidates). The students who are currently in final year of graduation are also eligible to apply.

 Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)

CMAT or Common Management Admission Test is conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for admissions to over 800 plus business schools across the country. The entrance exam is held in a single day with the duration of it being 3 hours. This computer-based exam usually is conducted in the month of October.


Applicants must have completed graduation (10+2+3/4) from a recognized university, scoring no less than 50% marks and 5% relaxation is given to the reserved categories such as SC, ST and PWD. Those who are in final year of graduation are also eligible to apply for the entrance test providing they submit the proof of the completion of their degree at the time of admissions.

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)

XAT is conducted for admissions to Xavier Institutions all over the country. XLRI, XIM, BIM Trichy and SIBM Pune and SIBM Bangalore, among others, pick the creamy lot by conducting the XAT entrance exam in major cities in India. XLRI is the most sought-after b-school followed by XIM and SIBM under XAT. The exam has three sections namely Verbal and Logical Reasoning, Decision Making and Essay and General Awareness.


The candidate needs to have completed any bachelors degree with a percentage of not less than 50% (5% relaxation is given for SC/ST and PWD candidates). The students who are currently in final year of graduation are also eligible to apply.

Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP)

Another popular entrance exam in India, SNAP is taken by more than 60,000 candidates all across the country. The test entails four sections – General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability, Current Affairs, Analytical & Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation, Quantitative & Data Sufficiency.

Institutions admitting candidates through SNAP:

SIOM (Nashik) SIBM (Bengaluru) SIBM (Hyderabad)



The candidate must have completed a bachelors degree with at least 50% marks. 45% for SC/ST candidates. Those who are in final year of their graduation are also eligible to apply.


Narsee Monjee Admissions Test – NMAT as is popularly known, is conducted by GMAC and, is used to predict the aptitude and other skills by many leading institutions for admissions in India. The institutes accepting the candidates through NMAT prepare a merit list based on Personal Interview, Group Discussion  and Written Test marks and work experience. The exam is of the duration of 2 hours with choice- based questions wherein four multiple choices to each question are given.


Bachelors degree (10+2+3/+4) in any discipline with no less than 50% marks from any recognized university.

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Management Aptitude Test (MAT)

Unlike other entrance exams in India, MAT is conducted in two formats – offline or online – and the choice is left to the applicant depending up on their convenience. The exam pattern looks somewhat like this: the paper has five sections with each section having 40 questions (40X5=200) and each right answer carries a mark and each wrong one deducts 1/4 from total.

The qualification in this entrance exam is followed by Personal Interview and Group Discussion by the participating institutions.


Any Graduate from a recognized University is eligible to apply. Final year students are also eligible to appear for the entrance test.

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)

One of the top-ranked leading management educational institutions, IIFT is an autonomous institution, having been set up in the year 1963 by the government of India. The objective of establishing such a professional institution was to produce industrial managers and management professionals. It has two branches, one in Delhi and other in Kolkata.


Bachelors Degree in any disciple from a recognized university is eligible to apply.

ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test (IBSAT)

ICFAI University conducts its own entrance test for admission to its two years MBA/PGDM business school program split into 9 branches in Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Dehradun, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. The successful qualification in the entrance test is followed by Personal Interview and Group Discussion at the Hyderabad campus.


The candidate should have completed bachelors degree (10+2+3) with at least 50% marks with English as a medium of instruction.

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AIMS Test for Management Admissions (ATMA)

Approved by the ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) Government of India, ATMA is conducted pan India for admission to various management post graduate programs (MBA/PGDM) and Master of Computer Applications (MCA). The application cost of the entrance exam is Rs. 1000/-. More than a 100 good institutions accept ATMA scores as selection criteria.

The 180-questions entrance exam, divided into six sections should be completed in a time limit of 3 hours. Final merit list is prepared basis the scores in ATMA followed by Personal Interview and Group Discussion


Any bachelors degree from a recognized university with no less than 50% marks.

Narsee Monjee Management Aptitude Test (NMAT)

With a legacy of more than 30 years, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management has created a brand of its own in the field of management education. Often ranked among the top 10 b-schools in India, NMIMS admits candidates through its privately organized entrance test NMAT.


  1. MBA and MBA (HRM)

The candidate must have completed 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 with no less than an aggregate of 50% from a recognized university.

  1. MBA (Pharma)

Graduation in Pharmacy, Life Sciences, MBBS, BDS, BAMS or any discipline of science at least 50% marks.

TAPMI (T A Pai Management Institute Admission Test)

TAPMI is a popular private management institution based out of Manipal, Karnataka. At par with most top b-schools in India, the institution is recognized by several bodies in India and Abroad including AACSB-International Accredited.

The management institute now accepts candidates through CAT scores which is followed by personal Interview and Group Discussion. In addition to this, Work Experience will be a plus point and increases the chance of selection to a great extent.


Any graduate from a recognized university is eligible to appear for CAT.

MICAT (Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmadabad Admission Test)

MICA – The School of Ideas – which is based in Ahmadabad, conducts its own entrance test the duration of which is 2 hours and 45 minutes. The exam paper consists of nearly 145 questions, including objective and subjective ones. Wrong answers attract negative marking, however, there is no negative marking for Descriptive and Psychometric Test which has to be attended compulsorily failing which the candidate straightforwardly faces disqualification.

Shortlisted candidates are called for Personal Interview and Group Discussion at the MICA campus.


The applicant must be a graduate and must have appeared for at least for one MBA entrance exam- CAT, GMAT or XAT- to appear for MICAT.  Those in the final year of their graduation are also eligible to apply.


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