Top MBA entrance tests in India 2018: How to get admission in MBA?

There are various popular MBA entrance tests in India for which the aspirants need to appear in order to pursue MBA from reputed colleges. There are different tests designed by different universities as a screening test for their MBA programs. Some of the most popular MBA entrance tests are explained below in brief.

1) CAT- Common Admission Test

It is the national level test at the management level which is conducted by the IIM’s. The CAT scores are used for admission in 20IIM’s across the country. This year, it was conducted by IIM Lucknow on 26th November 2017.

Eligibility criteria for CAT

The aspirants must possess a Bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks or any other equivalent CGPA. It is 45% for the SC/PWD/ST candidates.


The percentage secured in the Bachelor’s degree is calculated on the basis of the processes which are followed in various universities and institutions. Every university has a different process. And in case, there is an absence of the conversion scheme then the CGPA of the candidate will be divided by the maximum CGPA and the result will be multiplied by 100

The candidates who are in their last year of graduation can also apply for the examination.

2) CMAT- Common management admission test

CMAT is an online management test which has to be given on a computer. It is conducted by the All India Council of technical education (AICTE). The duration of the examination is three hours. The test is conducted to check the ability of the candidate in various segments like quantitative aptitude, reasoning, general awareness and English. The CMAT score is accepted by all the AICTE approved institutions, colleges, and universities.

Eligibility criteria for CMAT

The aspirant can be a graduate in any discipline. The final year students can also appear for the same. There is no bar on the age limit of a candidate. The candidate must be a citizen of our country.

The fee for the examination is 1400INR for the general and the OBC candidates however for the SC/PD/ST, the fee is 700INR. The bank charges will also be deducted while making the online payment.

Exam pattern for CMAT 2018

The exam pattern of CMAT 2018 is as follows.

The total duration of the examination is 180 minutes. It is divided into four section- Quantitative aptitude, Logical reasoning, Language comprehension and English language. There is negative marking as well. One mark is deducted for each wrong answer. There are no breaks provided during the examination. It is held every year in the month of January.

3) Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)

This is one of the other top management entrance tests which is computer driven. It is conducted by the Xavier Labor Relations Institute (XLRI) Jamshedpur. More than 100 management institutes accept the XAT scores.

Pattern of the examination for XAT 2018

There are four parts of the examination namely-

  • Quantitative Ability
  • English Language & Logical Reasoning
  • Decision Making
  • GK & Essay

The essay section is for the ones who have been shortlisted for the XLRI courses. The duration of the examination is 170 minutes.

XAT 2018 Eligibility

The aspirants who have completed their bachelor’s degree or any other equivalent course of a degree from a recognized university in any discipline can appear in the examination.

The Final year students can also apply for the same. The NRI and the foreign candidates can apply via GMAT scores.

The fee for the examination is 1650INR and 300INR per XLRI course. There are three modes of payment namely, online gateway, demand draft, and cash payment.

4)  Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP)

The examination is conducted by the Symbiosis International University and the scores are used for the admission in 15 universities affiliated to it under the Symbiosis International University. There are various other MBA colleges which prefer the SNAP scores for admission purposes. The exam is held in December and the registration process takes place until November.  

Pattern of the examination for SNAP 2018

The examination is a computer-based exam and the duration is two hours. There are four sections in the test namely – Analytical & Logical Reasoning, General English, General Awareness and Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency. The test is conducted online. It is 120 minutes. It is an objective type examination. The appropriate answer has to be chosen out of the four options. The negative marking also exists in the exam. The question paper is of 150 marks in total. There are 40 questions from the English section which might contain reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, and ability, 40 questions from the quantitative aptitude, data sufficiency, and data interpretation, 30 questions from general awareness and 40 questions from analytical reasoning and logical ability.

SNAP 2017 Eligibility

The graduates in any discipline with 50% marks in their bachelor’s degree can apply for the exam. In case of SC/ST candidates, 45% is required. The final year students can also apply. There is no age limit.

5) MAT – Management Aptitude test

The examination is conducted by some of the universities to find out the best and capable student for their university. It is known as the Management aptitude test. It is usually conducted four times in a year. The most probable months are January, May, September, and December. There are different eligibility percentages for different universities. The candidate will have to visit the official website of the universities to check the percentage required for a particular course.

Eligibility criteria for MAT 2018

If we talk about the eligibility criteria, anyone can apply for the MAT exam. There is no age bar for this exam. The fresh graduates and the students who are still in the last year of graduation can apply for the same.

Pattern of the examination for MAT 2018

There appear various multiple type questions in the exam. There are total 5 sections which are 200 marks in total. The duration of the exam is 2 hours and thirty minutes. The duration is 150 minutes in total as there is no sectional cut off limit in this exam. The sections are English, intelligence and critical reasoning, mathematics skills, Indian and global environment and data analysis. The scaled score is given out of 800 marks. There are 40 questions in each section. For better preparation read latest research article from social science journal- Call for papers.