India has over more than 50 MBA Entrance Exams, ranging from national, regional as well as institute levels. An MBA aspirant typically attempts at least three of these exams to increase their probability of securing admission to a college of their choice.We hereby enlist the 5 most popular Entrance Exams for MBA aspirants across India.
- Common Admission Test(CAT)
CAT is the most popular Entrance Exam in India. This National Level Exam is conducted by the Indian Institute of Management since 1950, in rotation by 6 of its 20 institutes. More than 2 lakh students attempt the examination every year for admission to the 20 IIMs and hundreds of other B-Schools across the country. It is the most coveted exam of all.
Since 2009, CAT is a computer-MCQ based exam of 3 hours, comprising of 100 questions. There are three main sections in the exam: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC); Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Aptitude (QA). Each right answer fetches three marks; however there is also a negative marking scheme wherein a wrong answer will lead to deduction of one mark. The exam is conducted in a single session.
Registration process for CAT 2018 is expected begin in the first week of August 2018 through the last week of September. The exam will tentatively be conducted in the last week of November.
- Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)
CMAT is the second choice of all MBA aspirants. It is a national level entrance examination conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) every year. Since its inception in 2012, it has gained speedy popularity, with about 1.5 lakh candidates appearing for the exam every year. CMAT score is accepted by all AICTE-Approved Institutions which are currently more than 1500, offering MBA/PGDM programs.
CMAT is also computer-based exam of 3 hours, comprising of 100 questions and assesses the candidate’s aptitude in four main sections: Quantitative technique, Logical reasoning, Language comprehension, General Awareness. Like CAT, each right answer fetches three marks; whereas a wrong answer will lead to the deduction of one mark. The exam is conducted in a single session. CMAT 2018 was conducted on 20th January 2018.
- Xavier Aptitude Test ( XAT )
XAT is conducted by Xavier’s School of Management every year, typically in the first week of January. XAT Scores are accepted by about 800 management institutes for admission to their various programs. It is taken by around 1.2 lakh aspirants every year.
Starting this year, 2018, XAT has made the transition from pen-paper based to online mode of examination. The 210 minute test consists of two parts. The 1st part(170 minutes) comprises of three sections: Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning; Decision Making; and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation having 74 MCQs.The second part(35 minutes) consists of General Awareness (25 MCQs)and Essay Writing. The marking scheme is slightly different from other exams. 1 mark is awarded for each correct answer. Part 1 has negative marking as follows:
- Every wrong answer deducts 0.25 marks.
- 05 marks deducted for more than 8 unanswered questions.
- No negative marking for Part 2.
XAT 2018 was conducted on January 7. It is a single session examination.
- Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP)
SNAP is conducted by Symbiosis International University. SNAP scores are used as an admission criteria by the 15 institutes under Symbiosis International University among other B Schools. It is estimated to be taken by around thirty thousand aspirants annually.
SNAP is an online exam of two hours comprising of four sections: General English, Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency; Current Affairs; Analytical & Logical Reasoning. It has a total of 150 questions each carrying one mark. Each wrong answer leads to a negative marking of 25% of the mark. SNAP is generally held in December
- NarseeMonjee Aptitude Test(NMAT) by GMAC
NMAT is conducted every year by NarseeMonjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) Mumbai. Around 23 B Schools accept NMAT scores, including NMIMS. Over 60,000 candidates appear for this exam every year.
NMAT is also a computer based exam which is spanned across a 75 day window. Candidates can choose their preferred day and time of test, generally between October to December. Perhaps this is the only examination that allows you 3 attempts and the best result can then be used for admission. It is a two hour exam consisting of 120 questions having a total of 360 marks. It has three main sections: Language skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. There is no negative marking.