Top MBA Entrance Exams in India

MBA is a very in-demand course and has a lot of growth in this field. MBA courses can come in a wide variety of formats. There are many types of MBA such as Full-time MBA, Executive MBA, Part-time MBA, Correspondence Course, Distance MBA Courses and a lot more. Long distance MBA programs can be extended up to 3 years as in such courses a student studies as well as do job therefore, distance MBA is generally extended.

In order to get a seat in the top MBA colleges of our country like IIMs appearing for exams like CAT is mandatory. Students can also take MBA Entrance Exams like NMAT, GMAT, XAT, MAT, CMAT, ATMA to get into some of the top b-Schools of India. The colleges that give admission on the basis of marks scored in these entrance exams can give a boost to your career.

To make it easier for you, here we have listed down some of the most popular MBA entrance exams of our country like CAT, CMAT, NMAT etc. so that you don’t miss out on any exam.


Common Admission Test is the most popular MBA entrance exam in India. Every year lakhs of students prepare for this exam but only a handful of them manages to make their way to the top IIMs of the country. CAT scores are used by the 20 IIMs of our country and various other management colleges.

It is an online exam in which consists of 100 questions from 4 different sections including the Verbal ability, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, and Quantitative Reasoning. Its registration starts in August-September and the exam is held in November-December.
Colleges accepting CAT scores:

All IIMs of the country accepts CAT scores apart from them, here is the list of other colleges accepting CAT score:

  • FMS – Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, North Campus
  • SPM – School Of Petroleum Management PDPU
  • TBS – Taxila Business School, Jaipur
  • IIT Delhi – Department of Management Studies


Common Management Admission Test popularly known as CMAT has a huge craze among the MBA aspirants. In fact, it is the second largest MBA exam for which almost 1+ lakhs students appear every year. This exam is held in January and its score is accepted in about 500 MBA colleges of our country.
In this exam, there are a total of 100 questions and each question carries 4 marks. It has four different sections which check the following abilities of a candidate:

  • Quantitative ability
  • Logical reasoning
  • Language comprehension
  • General Awareness


NMAT stands for Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) Management Admission Test which is conducted by GMAT. NMAT scores are accepted in 22 management institutes in our Country. Its pattern is similar to the CAT exam. The NMAT exam is moderate to difficult level but the good news is that there is no negative marking in the exam. Also, if you don’t score well in your first NMAT exam then you have the chance to retake the NMAT exam and improve your chances of scoring well. NMAT is a big gateway to some of the top MBA colleges of our country.
Some of the colleges accepting NMAT scores are:

  • Narsee Monji Institute of Management (NMIMS) Mumbai;
  • Xavier University Bhubaneswar (XUB) and many other B-schools accepts NMAT scores.


Xavier Aptitude Test is another popular entrance exam after NMAT. It is a computer based aptitude test which tests a candidate on his Quantitative Ability, English/Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, and GK/Essay. It is used to get admission to the Xavier School of Management and many other management colleges.

This exam is conducted in 2 phase where the first phase includes quantitative, logical, decision-making ability and data interpretation whereas the second phase consists of GK and essay writing. There are a total of 100 questions in the exam and each question consists of 1 mark. However, there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks.


Symbiosis National Aptitude Test has gained a lot of popularity in recent years among the MBA aspirants. This exam is conducted by Symbiosis International University. This is a national level entrance exam for MBA. Its scores are used to take admission in 15 different colleges under Symbiosis University. Registration for this exam takes place in the month of November and the exam is conducted in December. It is also an online computer based test which includes questions from the field of General Knowledge, Business Scenario, General English, Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Analytical and Logical Reasoning.

Here is the list of colleges accepting SNAP score:

  • Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune
  • Acharya Bangalore B-School, Bangalore
  • Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management, Nashik

Students need to be very careful while choosing the best entrance exam because this will be the deciding factor of your future. Hopefully, the above discussion would have cleared your doubts regarding the exam. So, choose the best for yourself.


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