While the Common Admission Test (CAT) remains the main entrance test for admission into top B-schools in India, there are a few other exams (full list shown below) that one needs to be keep on the radar when planning for applications/exam-preparation.
The Common Aptitude Test (CAT) is the entrance exam conducted for admission into the 19 IIMs across the country, besides a host of B-schools across the country. One of the most popular and competitive examinations, almost 2 lakh candidates take the common admission test every year.Some B-Schools that accept CAT scores:
CAT 2016 will be conducted in two sessions (with different Test forms) and a process of normalization will be done in order to adjust for score differences by location & test forms. After further normalization across sections, the scaled scores are converted into percentiles that are used for short-listing of candidates.Exam Details: Computer Based Test (CBT)
|Test Area with Number of Questions|
|Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension||34|
|Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning||32|
The XAT has been conducted by XLRI for the past 60 years, and is used for admission into almost 100 management institutes across the country. It follows CAT in terms of popularity amongst management aspirants. Unlike most exams, the XAT has a multi-dimensional test framework and this needs to be kept in mind at the preparation stage.Some B-Schools that accept XAT scores:
The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade conducts a common entrance test for admission to their flagship MBA in International Business in the New Delhi and Kolkata campuses.Exam Format: Pen and Paper
NMAT by GMAC™ is increasingly become one of the most important avenues towards pursuing a management course in India.Some B-Schools that accept NMAT scores
NMAT is a computer-based test and gives each candidate a randomly generated test from a pool of questions, delivered
one-at-a-time. The number of questions, difficulty levels, and the time limit for each of the sections is predetermined
and, under normal administration conditions, are the same regardless of when and where the test is administered.
Candidates have a choice of selecting the order/sequence of the test sections. There are no negative marks for
incorrect answers. The test is conducted over a 75-day window, and candidates can select a testing date and venue
of their choice.
A distinct advantage with the NMAT is the fact that a candidate is allowed to take the exam upto 3 times (with a minimum of 15 days between the exam dates). In case of multiple attempts, the best score is considered for short-listing purposes.
|Section||Number of Qs||Time|
|Language Skills||32 Questions||22 mins|
|Quantitative Skills||48 Questions||60 mins|
|Logical Reasoning||40 Questions||38 mins|
|Total||120 Questions||120 mins|
The Symbiosis National Aptitude Test is a common test for admission into all the post graduate programs/institutes under the Symbiosis International University. While there is a common application for the SNAP, candidates need to apply individually to each of the institutes as well.Exam Format: Online
|Sections||Number of Qs||Total Marks|
|General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability||40||40|
|Quantitative Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency||40||40|
|Analytical & Logical Reasoning||40||40|
Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra conducts its Common Entrance test for admission into MBA/MMS & PGDBM/PGDM courses in various institutes in Maharashtra.
Some B-Schools that accept MHCET scores:
|Verbal Ability/Reading Comprehension||50|
This exam is conducted by Mudra Institute of Communications for admission into the PGDM (C) program offered by them. MICAT is conducted twice in the year – once in December-January -and again in February-March.
MICAT is a multidimensional computer based examination, which will assess candidates in the following six areas:
This exam is conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences for admission into the full time degree courses offered in their Mumbai, Tuljapur, Hyderabad, Guwahati & Chennai campuses.
|Maths & Logical Reasoning||30|
Till the time the candidate submit results of the final year degree examination, admission to any of the Master's Degree Programmes of the Institute will be provisional. The results of the final examination have to be submitted before September 30, 2016. Those who fail to do so the provisional admission stands cancelled.
GMAT is a global examination conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®) , a global non-profit
council of business schools. Recognized by leading B-schools, the GMAT score is your gateway to a host of B-Schools
in the US, Europe, Canada and Australia among many other countries as well.
In India, the acceptance of GMAT scores for admission is on the rise. Currently over 100 B-schools accept the GMAT for admission to over 200 programs.
Some of the major colleges that accept GMAT scores are:
|GMAT Test Section||Number of Questions||Question Types||Timing|
|Analytical Writing Assessment||1 Topic||Analysis of Argument||30 minutes|
|Integrated Reasoning||12 Questions||Multi-Source Reasoning Graphics Interpretation Two-Part Analysis Table Analysis||30 minutes|
|Quantitative||31 Questions||Data Sufficiency Problem Solving||62 minutes|
|Verbal||36 Questions||Reading Comprehension Critical Reasoning Sentence Correction||65 minutes|
|Total Exam Time||3 hours and 7 minutes|
The GMAT exam is available all around the world throughout the year, hence there is great amount of flexibility in terms of preparation and choosing the day of the exam. However, do bear in mind that typically students from India applying to B-school in India and abroad tend to report their scores to the universities between the months of August & December. Hence, it is a good idea to plan ahead based on your application deadlines.