Top MBA Entrance Tests

Considering doing your MBA? You’re going to need to know about all the different exams to qualify for the program. Yes, there is more than1 exam, in fact there are several. Haven’t you already noticed that India is about diversity and numbers. Well, that applies to the MBA entrance exam as well.


As you may well know, there are hundreds of institutions in the country, many of which have been recently established. Between 2009 and 2014, approximately 1500 new B-schools opened shop around the country to meet the growing demand from students as well as professionals wanting to do their MBA. Today there are a total of about 4500 b-schools in the country. The good news not all of them require a unique MBA test, a lot of them accept common entrance exams. However, there are still a good number of institutions, including some industry giants that do have their own admission criteria and entrance test. Some of these, include the IIM’s, Symbiosis International university, Indian Institute of foreign trade (IIFT), All India Management Association and many more.

For most universities the MBA entrance test period starts in August and continues until February end. Some of the big exams such as the CAT, MAT, XAT, SNAP, IIFT and CMAT are held in between this period. Although registration for these exams starts a few months earlier. This time of the year is ideal for learning about registrations and planning to give the entrance exams that are usually scheduled for late in the year.

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We have gathered all the important information regarding these MBA entrance exams, including registration timelines, exam dates, formats and the b-schools that accept them. Use the following list to keep track of the exams in the coming year.

Top MBA Admission Tests

  1. CAT: One of the most Infamous entrance tests in the country, the CAT is your ticket into the prestigious IIM’s that promise placement for over 90% of their students. However, be warned this test is one of the most competitive tests in the country with lakhs of candidates fighting for only 1500 seats. A Total of 19 IIM’s and 100 different b-schools accept the CAT (common admissions test) for admission into their respective programs.

Tentative Registration: Between 1st week of August and the end of September

Tentative Exam dates: Late November, beginning December

Format: CAT has multiple choice questions for: Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Verbal & Reading Comprehension. The total duration of the test is 3 hours and the test itself is computer based, All candidates that have been shortlisted will receive interview letter from the respective IIM’s they applied to. Also read about how to get admission in engineering college.

  1. SNAP: The SNAP is the common admissions test for selection into all post grad colleges under the Symbiosis umbrella. Apart from the Symbiosis group of colleges, the SNAP isn’t accepted by too many other MBA colleges.

Tentative Registration: Late August up to Late November

Tentative Exam dates: Late December

Format: The four main test areas include: General English, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness, Logical & Analytical Reasoning. The test is a multiple choice questionnaire that lasts 2 hours where each wrong answers draws negative marking.


  1. MAT: This test is perhaps the most popular in the country as it guarantees admission into a large number of B-schools; close to 600 to be exact. It is also the only test of its kind to be administered 4 times in a year. The test is administered by the Centre for Management Services (CMS) division of All India Management Association (AIMA).

Tentative Exam dates: February, May, September and December

Format: The MAT has both an online and an offline format. The test scores 5 key areas that include, Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, and Indian & Global Environment. The duration of the test is 2 and ½ hours.


  1. IIFT: The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) is an old institution that was set up by the government with the sole purpose of aiding the country’s foreign trade management. Like, the MAT, the IIFT exam is equally competitive with thousand of candidates competing for just 220 seats. Today it is one of India’s most prestigious business schools.

Tentative Registration: Mid July to beginning September

Tentative Exam dates: Late November

Format: There are 4 sections which include English Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Analysis and General Knowledge & Awareness and the test lasts 2 hours.


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