Planning for an MBA?
You see, having a Master’s degree in Business Administration becomes vital if you’re planning to step into the corporate world. But rather than just pursuing it, it is advisable to choose the right college, as it really makes a difference.
In the present time, there are many good institutions in India which almost guarantee a promising career after MBA. Moreover, these institutes also prep you up, in case you prefer entrepreneurship. So, if you’re thinking of doing your research over the best colleges for MBA, this list of entrance exams for top colleges might be a good way to begin with:
CAT (Common Admission Test)
CAT is the most preferred entrance exam in India, for MBA. It is conducted by either of the 13 IIMs (Indian Institute of Management) and its scores are widely accepted by most of the other colleges in India. The difficulty level of exam is considered high.
Eligibility criteria: Bachelor’s Degree with minimum 50% marks from recognized university/institution. Final year students can also appear.
Applications availability: August – September, annually.
Examination pattern: Question paper consists of a total of 100 questions – Quantitative Aptitude (34), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (32), Verbal Ability (34).
XAT (Xavier’s Aptitude Test)
XAT is also the entrance for one of the most reputed colleges of India. The scores of XAT are considered by more than 100 institutions. It is being conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur for more than 60 years. The difficulty level of the exam is considered high.
Eligibility criteria: Bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years from a recognized university/institution. Preference is given to candidates with 5 years of supervisory/managerial experience. Final year students can also appear.
Applications availability: September, annually.
Examination pattern: Paper 1 (Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability, and Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning)- 78 questions, Paper 2 (General Knowledge, Essay Writing) – 25 questions.
IIFT (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade)
IIFT is a very reputed institute, mainly known for its International Business Management and Strategy courses. IIFT conducts a separate exam for its 2 years MBA programme, at both of its Delhi and Kolkata campuses.
Eligibility criteria: Bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years from a recognized university/institution. Final year students can also appear.
Applications availability: July – September, annually
Examination pattern: The question paper consists of 4 sections; English Comprehension, General Knowledge & Awareness, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Analysis.
GMAT (Graduation Management Admission Test)
GMAT scores are recognized worldwide. GMAT exam can be given to pursue management courses abroad. It is a computer adaptive test which means the difficulty level of adapts itself to match the candidate’s level. For executive MBA, it conducts Executive Assessment Exam.
Eligibility criteria: Graduation degree from a recognized institution/university.
Applications availability: You can give the GMAT on-demand entrance test , through a test center of your choice.
Examination pattern: GMAT entrance test consists of Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal ability.
NMAT (Narsee Monjee Management Aptitude Test)
With the reputation of one of the premier management entrance test in India, NMAT is conducted by GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council). The top college through NMAT is NMIMS, Mumbai. However, many other good institutes such as XIMB Bhubaneshwar, Amity Noida and Mumbai also accept NMAT scores.
Eligibility criteria: Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with at least 50% marks, through a recognized university. Students in their final year can also appear the exam. A work experience of at least 2 years is preferred for admission. Final year students can also appear.
Applications availability: July, annually.
Examination pattern: A total of 120 questions from Quantitative skills(48), Language skills(32) and Logical Reasoning (40) are asked in the question paper.
SNAP (Symbiosis National Aptitude Test)
Conducted by Symbiosis International University, SNAP is the entrance test for MBA admissions to Symbiosis campuses. 14 colleges accept SNAP scores for admission into MBA. The great exposure at Symbiosis institutions makes them a feasible choice for management studies.
Eligibility criteria: Graduates in any discipline with at least 50% marks from a recognized university or institute (45% for SC/ST candidates). Final year students can also appear.
Applications availability: August – November, annually.
Examination pattern: A total of 150 questions will be asked in SNAP 2016, from Quantitative aptitude, English, Reasoning and General Knowledge.
CMAT (Common Management Admission Test)
CMAT is an all India entrance test for management institutions. It is conducted by AICTE (All India Council of Technical Education) and has a fair list of good colleges. The level of examination is moderate and here, speed is a decisive factor.
Eligibility criteria: Graduation in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year students can also appear for the exam.
Applications availability: October – December, annually.
Examination pattern: 25 questions from each, Quantitative aptitude, Logical reasoning, Language comprehension and General knowledge are asked.
MAH-CET (Maharashtra Common Entrance Test)
MAH-CET is an computer based entrance test for Management colleges in Maharashtra state of India. It is conducted by Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra. The top college that accepts the scores of MAH-CET is JBIMS which is one of the best MBA institutes of India.
Eligibility criteria: Bachelors’ degree in any discipline from a recognized university with a minimum of 50% marks (45% in case of reserved candidates). Final year students can also appear.
Applications availability: February, annually.
Examination pattern: A total of 200 questions from Quantitative aptitude, Logical reasoning and Language comprehension are asked in the exam.
ATMA (Aims Test for Management Admissions)
ATMA is a National level entrance exam for admission in various management institutes across India. It is considered easier than many management admission tests. Hence, the cut-off for top colleges is high.
Eligibility criteria: Graduation in any discipline from a recognized institute, with minimum 50% marks. Final year students can also apply.
Applications availability: August, annually.
Examination pattern: Questions from Quantitative skills, Analytical reasoning skills and Verbal Skills are asked. However, each section is divided into two sub-sections, each containing 30 questions; a total of 180 questions.
So, these were some of the most important MBA entrance exams in India, which can help you climb the ladder of success in the corporate world. Target these exams and start with your preparation from this very moment. Because we know that:
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