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Top 20 MBA Entrance Exams in India for 2019-2020

There are more than 50 MBA entrance exams in India. These exams are conducted at 3 different levels.

MBA entrance exams held at national level, most popular of which are the CAT, CMAT, MAT

MBA entrance exams held at regional level, most popular of which are MAH-CET, TSICET, KMAT, TANCET

MBA entrance exams held at college level, most popular of which are XAT, SNAP, IIFT Exam, IRMASAT.

This article will give you an overview of top 20 entrance exams in India taken by the maximum number of MBA aspirants. You will get the following information for each exam

1.Application date

2.Exam date

3. List of colleges that accept each exam

It is important to have this information to decide which exams you can take and which colleges you want to apply to. The table below lists the application date and the exam date of top 20 MBA exams in India. After the table you can see the colleges accepting each exam, and other important links related to each exam.

List of Top 20 MBA Entrance Exams in India and Their Dates


Last Date To Apply

Exam Date


To be announced

Nov 24, 2019 (Tentative)


To be announced

To be announced


Aug 25 and Sept 8, 2019

Sept 1 and Sept 14, 2019


To be announced

To be announced


To be announced

Nov 24, 2019 (Tentative)


To be announced

To be announced


June 18, 2019

June 23, 2019


To be announced

To be announced


May 9, 2019

23 and 24 May, 2019


To be announced

To be announced


To be announced

To be announced


Oct 3, 2019

Oct 4 to Dec 17, 2019


To be announced

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To be announced

To be announced


To be announced

To be announced


Apr 5, 2019

May 18, 2019


To be announced

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To be announced

To be announced


May 31, 2019

June 22 and 23, 2019


May 10, 2019

May 25, 2019

Overview of CAT
The biggest and most popular entrance examination of India, Common Admission Test or CAT is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM). CAT scores are used for admission by 20 IIMs and various other management institutes across the country. More than two lakh students appear for the exam each year.

CAT started in 1950 and graduated to being an online-entrance test in 2009. The CAT question paper consists of 100 questions (MCQs) to be solved in 180 minutes. Registration for CAT begins in August-September and the exam is held in November-December.

CAT exam primarily consists of four segments: Verbal, Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. These segments are accordingly grouped into sections. CAT has three sections:

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)
Colleges Accepting CAT score

CAT Syllabus

CAT Exam Pattern

CAT Cut Offs

CAT Admit Card

CAT Result

CAT Question Paper

Overview of CMAT
The second largest management entrance examination of the country, Common Management Admission Test or CMAT is taken by roughly 1.5 lakh candidates. Conducted by the National Testing Agency, CMAT is a popular option among MBA aspirants after CAT. The first CMAT exam took place in 2012. However, it has fast become one of the most popular exams of the country. The exam is accepted by more than 500 MBA institutes across the country. The CMAT exam is held in January every year.

CMAT is a computer-based exam (held for 180 minutes) and tests the candidate’s aptitude in four main sections:

Quantitative technique
Logical reasoning
Language comprehension
General Awareness
Colleges Accepting CMAT score

CMAT Syllabus

CMAT Exam Pattern

CMAT Cut Offs

CMAT Admit Card

CMAT Result

CMAT Question Paper

Overview of XAT
Another top management entrance, Xavier Aptitude Test or XAT is a computer based management aptitude test. Conducted by Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) Jamshedpur, XAT is taken by approximately one lakh candidates annually.

Traditionally, XAT is held on the first Sunday of the year (January). XAT scores are accepted by XLRI, Jamshedpur and more than 100 management institutes.

XAT exam tests the candidate on four fronts:

Quantitative Ability
English Language & Logical Reasoning
Decision Making
GK & Essay
Colleges Accepting XAT score

XAT Syllabus

XAT Exam Patten

XAT Question Paper

XAT Admit Card

XAT Result

XAT Cut Offs

Overview of SNAP
Conducted by Symbiosis International University, Symbiosis National Aptitude Test or SNAP is also a national-level management entrance examination. SNAP scores are primarily used for admission to 15 institutes under Symbiosis International University. However, many other MBA colleges use SNAP scores for admission. SNAP Exam is held in December and SNAP registrations take place till November.

SNAP Test is a computer-based exam and held for two hours. It tests a candidates on:

General English
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
General Awareness: General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Business Scenario
Analytical & Logical Reasoning
Colleges Accepting SNAP score

SNAP Syllabus

SNAP Exam Pattern

SNAP Cut Offs

SNAP Admit Card

SNAP Result

SNAP Question Paper

Overview of NMAT by GMAC
NMIMS Management Aptitude Test (NMAT) is also one of the important MBA entrance exams. It has recently been acquired by GMAC and rebranded as NMAT by GMAC. NMAT by GMAC is a computer-based exam, held over a 75-day testing window, between October and December. Candidates need to attempt 120 MCQs in 120 minutes.

NMAT by GMAC has various candidate-friendly options. For instance, candidates can appear for the exam a total of three times and the best of three scores will be used for admission.

The NMAT by GMAC exam has three main sections:

Language Skills
Quantitative Skills
Logical Reasoning
Colleges Accepting NMAT by GMAC score

NMAT by GMAC Syllabus

NMAT by GMAC Exam Pattern

NMAT by GMAC Application Form

NMAT by GMAC Admit Card

NMAT by GMAC Result

NMAT by GMAC Question Paper

Overview of MAT
Management Aptitude Test or MAT is also one of the most popular MBA entrance exams. More than 600 institutes accept MAT exam scores for admission to management programmes. Conducted by the All India Management Association (AIMA), MAT is held four times a year – February, May, September and December.  The exam is held in both online (computer-based) and offline (written) mode. Held for 150 minutes, MAT question paper has 200 questions. The aspirant is tested onthe following five areas:

Indian and Global Environment
Language Comprehension
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
Mathematical Skills
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
College Accepting MAT score

MAT Syllabus

MAT Exam Pattern

MAT Cut Offs

MAT Admit Card

MAT Result

MAT Question Paper

Overview of IIFT Exam
IIFT entrance test is an institute specific entrance test. The exam is held for admission to the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT). IIFT Exam score is valid for admission to IIFT only. It is held in pen and paper mode. IIFT exam is conducted in November for two hours and consists of 200 multiple choice questions. It tests a candidate’s aptitude in the following areas:

English Comprehension
General Knowledge & Awareness
Logical Reasoning
Quantitative Analysis 
Colleges Accepting IIFT Exam Score

IIFT Syllabus

IIFT Exam Pattern

IIFT Cut Offs

IIFT Admit Card

IIFT Result

IIFT Question Paper

Overview of ATMA
AIMS Test for Management Admissions or ATMA is also a national-level management entrance test. It is conducted in online as well as offline mode and held four times a year-February, May, July and August. ATMA scores are used for admission in by several management programmes in over 600 MBA institutes. Held for three hours, ATMA question paper consists of the following sections:

Analytical Reasoning Skills Part 1
Analytical Reasoning Skills Part 2
Quantitative Skills Part 1
Quantitative Skills Part 2
Verbal Skills Part 1
Verbal Skills Part 2
Colleges Accepting ATMA score

ATMA Syllabus

ATMA Exam Pattern

ATMA Application Form

ATMA Admit Card

ATMA Result

ATMA Question Paper

Overview of IBSAT
ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test or IBSAT is an institute level entrance test. The exam is conducted by ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education. IBSAT exam scores are used for admission to MBA and PhD programmes at nine ICFAI Business School (IBS) campuses – Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Dehradun, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.

IBSAT exam is held over a period of 15 days wherein the candidate can book a slot as per convenience. The computer-based test (CBT) assess the applicant’s ability in the following:

Verbal Ability
Reading Comprehension
Quantitative Aptitude
Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation
Colleges Accepting IBSAT score

IBSAT Syllabus

IBSAT Exam Pattern

IBSAT Application Form

IBSAT Admit Card

IBSAT Result

IBSAT Question Paper

Overview of MICAT
MICAT is the online entrance test for MICA’s flagship two-year Post Graduate Diploma in Management – Communications (PGDM-C). To be eligible for MICAT, candidates first need to apply with CAT, XAT and GMAT. Selected applicants will be called for MICAT entrance test which is held in December.

Held over 125 minutes, MICAT has two sections:

Section 1 assesses the candidates’ analytical skills, logical skills, verbal skills, divergent thinking, written communication skills and general awareness.
Section 2 consists of a Psychometric Test.
Colleges Accepting MICAT score

MICAT Syllabus

MICAT Exam Pattern

MICAT Application Form

MICAT Admit Card

MICAT Result

MICAT Question Paper

Overview of MAH-CET
Maharashtra Common Entrance Test or MAH-CET is a state-level management entrance exam. The exam is conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra, for admission to various management courses such as MMS, PGDBM and PGDM in various institutes in the state of Maharashtra.

MAH CET is generally held in the month of March. Candidates need to attempt 200 questions in 150 minutes. MAH-CET question paper has three sections:

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Quantitative Aptitude
Logical / Abstract Reasoning
Colleges Accepting MAH-CET score

MAH-CET Syllabus

MAH-CET Exam Pattern

MAH-CET Application Form

MAH-CET Admit Card

MAH-CET Result

MAH-CET Question Paper

Overview of IRMASAT
IRMA Social Awareness Test or IRMASAT is an institute-level entrance examination. It is conducted for admission to Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management (PRM) and Fellow Programme in Rural Management (FPRM) at Institute of Rural Management, Anand. IRMA exam is held in the month of January.

IRMA uses CAT/XAT scores for shortlisting candidates in the first round. Shortlisted candidates are then called for IRMA written test or IRMASAT on the subject of “Issues of Social Concern”.

Colleges Accepting IRMASAT score

IRMASAT Syllabus

IRMASAT Exam Pattern


IRMASAT Admit Card


IRMASAT Question Paper

Overview of KIITEE MBA Test
KIITEE is a national-level computer-based test for multiple courses, one of them being MBA. The KIITEE exam is conducted by KIIT University in January every year. The KIITEE MBA exam scores are primarily used for admission for two programmes:

MBA at KIIT School of Management (offered at KIIT University)

MBA (Rural Management) (KIIT School of Rural Management)

Candidates need to answer 150 questions in 150 minutes. There are four sections in KIITEE MBA:

Quantitative Aptitude
Analytical Reasoning
General Knowledge
Issue of Social concern
Colleges Accepting KIITEE MBA score


KIITEE MBA Exam Pattern

KIITEE MBA Application Form



KIITEE MBA Question Paper

Overview of OJEE MBA
Odisha Joint Entrance Exam or OJEE is a state-level MBA entrance test conducted by the Government of Orissa. The test scores are used for admission to various MBA courses in Odisha. The exam is conducted in the month of April-May. OJEE is a written test where candidates need to attempt 120 questions in 120 minutes. OJEE MBA has five sections to be attempted in two hours:

Verbal reasoning
Analytical reasoning
General Knowledge
Computer and Business fundamentals
Colleges Accepting OJEE MBA score

OJEE MBA Syllabus

OJEE MBA Exam Pattern

OJEE MBA Application Form

OJEE MBA Admit Card


OJEE MBA Question Paper

Overview of KMAT
Karnataka Management Aptitude Test or KMAT is also a state-level entrance examination for admission to post graduate level programmes offered by MBA colleges and B-schools in the state of Karnataka. KMAT exam is held thrice in the months of May, July and September. KMAT registration schedule is announced in April.

Conducted by Karnataka Private Post Graduate Colleges Association (KPPGCA), KMAT scores are used for admission by more than 169 colleges across the state.

Candidates need to attempt 120 questions in 120 minutes. KMAT consists of the following sections:

Language Comprehension
Mathematical Skills
Basic Aptitude
Colleges Accepting KMAT score

KMAT Syllabus

KMAT Exam Pattern

KMAT Application Form

KMAT Admit Card

KMAT Result

KMAT Question Paper

Overview of APICET
Andhra Pradesh – Integrated Common Entrance Test or APICET is a state-level MBA entrance examination conducted for admission to various B-schools and MBA colleges in the state of Andhra Pradesh. APICET is generally held in the month of May. In 2019, the exam will be conducted by Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, on behalf of Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE).

APICET is a paper-based entrance test. Candidates need to attempt 200 questions in 150 minutes.

APICET consist of three sections:

Mathematical Ability
Analytical Ability

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