MBA Entrance Tests for Business School Admission 2016

MBA Entrance Tests

Admissions to all Business schools are conducted through entrance tests. Here is a glance at the top entrance tests that an MBA aspirant must appear for admissions into the best B schools in India.

CAT (Common Admission Test) is a national level examination conducted by the IIMs (Indian Institute of Management) the premier business schools of the country based on the policy of rotation. A computer based test is conducted in quantitative ability, verbal ability, data interpretation and logical reasoning. The CAT score is followed by the IIMs, IITs, NITs, Faculty of Management Study and various other management institutes in the country. The duration of the exam is 180 minutes and carries negative marking. With the CAT syllabus not predefined, it tops the list of the toughest entrance exams in India.

The XAT exam is probably the most competitive exam after CAT. The XAT exam is conducted for admission into management programmes in Xavier Institute of Management and Goa Institute of Management. The XAT exam is conducted every year by XLRI and thousands of candidates appear in the exam to pursue Management courses from some of the reputed B-schools in the country. The exam taken by approximately 90,000 candidates is pencil based and is both objective as well as subjective in nature. The test is split into two: Aptitude Test and Essay and GK.

IIFT is the primary provider of training and research-based consultancy in the areas of international business, for the corporate sector, Government and the student community, at large. The IIFT conducts its own exam which is known to be one of the most highly competitive exams in the country. The exam is of a 2hour duration and is conducted for admission to IIFT New Delhi and Kolkata for their flagship programs. IIFT is ranked among the top 10 B-schools in India in terms of Infrastructure, facilities, placements and faculty ratio. Negative marking is applicable.

Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) is a common written test for admission to all Post-Graduate courses of the Symbiosis International (Deemed) University. Graduates in any discipline from any Statutory University with minimum 50% marks (45% for SC/ST candidates) qualify for all MBA Programmes. The SNAP exam comprises of four sections – General English (Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, and Verbal Ability), Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency, (General Awareness: General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Business Scenario) and Analytical & Logical Reasoning . The paper contains 150 questions and the maximum marks are 180 and is distributed as 40+40+40+60 pattern. The duration of the test is 2 hours and all questions will be of multiple type questions. Negative marks are applicable.

The NMAT is a national level entrance examination conducted by the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies for admission to all the MBA courses of NMIMS Mumbai and the PGDM courses of NMIMS Hyderabad and NMIMS Bengaluru. The NMAT examination has three sections- Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. The paper consists of a total of 120 multiple choice questions and wrong answers are punishable by negative marking. The NMAT is a computer based test conducted over a period of 10 weeksand applications start by the month of July and end by October first week.


The MAT is conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA) 4 times in a year i.e. in the month of MAY, September, December and February on the 1st Sunday of the Month. The exam can be taken as a Paper Based Test or a Computer Based Test as per their convenience. The MAT is the most popular competitive exams among MBA aspirants as it gives students access to a large number of good B ( AICTE Approved) schools in India. The paper consists of 200 questions and is of 150 minutes and no negative markings.