List of Top 10 MBA Entrance Examinations

MBA (Master of Business Administration) Entrance Examinations are an entry ticket to get admission in the top B-schools. If you are planning to pursue an MBA degree, get the list of Top MBA Entrance Exams in India.

Generally, the following are the most trending entrance examinations to get admission in an MBA/PGDM colleges. Let’s dive into them one by one.

1. CAT - Common Admission Test

  • Conducting Institute: IIMs
  • CAT Eligibility: 50% in Graduation for General and 45% for Reserved. Final year students can also apply.
  • CAT Exam Pattern: CAT is an online exam. It has 3 sections with 3 hours of time resulting in 60 minutes for each section.
  • This is the Most common MBA entrance exam in INDIA preferred by top b-schools and IIMs.
  • CAT Exam Syllabus: 
    • Quantitative Ability
    • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
    • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
  • CAT Exam Date: Tentatively in the month of November(last week) or December(first week). Please refer to the official website.
  • CAT Exam Fee: 1800/- for General, 900/- for Reserved
  • CAT official website:

      2. XAT – Xaviers Admission Test

      • Conducting Institute: Xavier School Of Management
      • XAT Eligibility: candidates with any bachelor's degree can apply. Final year students can also apply.
      • XAT Exam Pattern: Now XAT is also an online exam. The exam duration is three and a half hours. The exam is divided into two parts. The duration of part 1 is two hours and twenty minutes.
      • After CAT, XAT MBA entrance exam is the most preferred exam by the Institutions.
      • XAT Exam Syllabus:
        • Part I:
          • Quantitative Ability
          • English Language & Logical Reasoning
          • Decision Making
        • Part II:
          • GK
          • Essay Writing
      • XAT Exam Date: January. (Please check the official website).
      • XAT Exam Fee: 1700/-
      • XAT official website:

      3. MAT - Management Aptitude Test

      • Conducting Institute: All India Management Association (AIMA)
      • MAT Eligibility: Any Graduate can apply
      • MAT Exam Pattern: It is conducted both offline and online. The exam duration is 2 and a half hours. It has 5 sections with 40 questions each with a total of 200 questions. Each section has 30 minutes' time. ¼ mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.
      • MAT Exam Syllabus:
        • Language Comprehension
        • Mathematical Skills
        • Data Analysis
        • Intelligence & Critical Reasoning
        • Indian & Global Environment
      • MAT Exam Dates: Feb, May, Sep, Dec. For exam dates please refer to the official website.
      • MAT Exam Fee: 1550
      • MAT official website:

      4. GMAT - Graduate Management Aptitude Test

      • Conducting Institute: GMAC
      • GMAT Eligibility: A degree from a reputed university is needed. There is no age limit for this exam.
      • GMAT Exam Pattern: There are 4 sections in this exam. Two sections have 30 minutes' time and for the other 2 sections, it is 75 minutes. The total duration is 3 hours and 30 minutes. This exam pattern is different from other exams. It is a computer adaptive test. The first candidate has to answer a question if he answers it correctly then the difficulty level of the next question will be increased or it will be decreased. Higher difficulty questions have higher marks.
      • GMAT Exam Syllabus:
        • Analytical Writing Assessment
        • Integrated Reasoning
        • Quantitative Aptitude
        • Verbal Reasoning
      • GMAT Exam Date:
      • GMAT Exam Fee: 15000 to 16000/-
      • GMAT official website:

      5. CMAT - Common Management Admission Test

      • Conducting Institute: AICTE
      • CMAT Eligibility: Candidates with any bachelor's degree with 50% can apply. Final year students can also apply. For reserved candidates, 45% is required.
      • CMAT Exam Pattern: Exam duration is 3 hours. It has 100 Multiple choice questions divided into 4 sections, resulting in 25 questions in each section. For every right answer, 4 marks will be awarded and 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer. No negative marks for unanswered.
      • CMAT Exam Syllabus:
        • Logical Reasoning
        • Language Comprehension
        • Quantitative Techniques
        • Data Interpretation
        • General Awareness
      • CMAT Exam Date: January
      • CMAT Exam Fee: 1400/- for General. 700/- for Female and Reserved.
      • CMAT official website:

      6. SNAP - Symbiosis National Aptitude Test

      • Conducting Institute: Symbiosis International University
      • SNAP Eligibility: Graduation with 50%, Also final year students can apply.
      • SNAP Exam Pattern: The duration of the exam is 2 hours. The exam is divided into 4 sections leaving 30 minutes for each section. The exam is an objective type with 4 options for every question. 1 mark will be awarded for every right answer and 25% or 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.
      • SNAP Exam Syllabus:
        • General English
        • Quantitative Aptitude
        • General Awareness
        • Logical & Analytical Reasoning
      • SNAP Exam Date: Please refer to the official website.
      • SNAP Exam Fee: 1750/-
      • SNAP official website:

      7. NMAT - NMIMS Management Aptitude Test

      • Conducting Institute: Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)
      • NMAT Eligibility: Minimum 3 years bachelor degree with 50%
      • NMAT Exam Pattern: NMAT is an online-based Exam with a duration of 2 hours. And there is no negative marking for wrong attempts.
      • NMAT Exam Syllabus:
        • Language Skills
        • Quantitative Skills
        • Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
        • Logical Reasoning
      • NMAT Exam Date: Please refer to the official website.
      • NMAT Exam Fee: 2000.
      • NMAT official website:

      8. IIFT - Indian Institute of Foreign Trade

      • Conducting Institute: Indian Institute of Foreign Trade
      • IIFT Eligibility: Any Bachelor Degree holder can apply
      • IIFT Exam Pattern: The exam duration is 2 hours. It has 4 sections, which means 30 minutes for each section. Total Number of questions varies from 100-140. Questions from Quantitative Ability (20 questions), Data Interpretation (20 questions), and Reading Comprehension (16 questions) will be awarded 1 mark for each question and 0.75 marks for Analytical & Logical Reasoning (22 questions), Verbal Ability (20 questions). And 0.50 marks for General Awareness (25 questions). ⅓ mark will be deducted for the wrong answer.
      • IIFT Exam Date: Please refer to the official website.
      • IIFT Exam Fee: 1550/- for General and OBC, 775/- for SC/ST/PH
      • IIFT official website:


      • Conducting Institute: AIMS
      • ATMA Eligibility: Graduation degree holders are eligible
      • ATMA Exam Pattern: Exam duration is 3 hours. It has 6 sections. Each section has its own timings. 1 mark will be given for every correct answer and 0.25 marks will be taken for every wrong answer.
      • ATMA Exam Syllabus:
        • Analytical Reasoning Skills
        • Quantitative Skills
        • Verbal Skills
      • ATMA Exam Date: Feb, May, June & July. For exam dates please refer to the official website.
      • ATMA Exam Fee: 1298.
      • ATMA official website:

      10. IBSAT – ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test

      • Conducting Institute: IBS
      • IBSAT Eligibility: Graduation degree holders with at least 50% are eligible
      • IBSAT Exam Pattern: Exam duration is 2 hours. It has 4 sections. Each section has its own timings. 1 mark will be given for every correct answer and 0.25 marks will be taken for every wrong answer.
      • IBSAT Exam Syllabus:
        • Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation
        • Quantitative Techniques
        • Reading Comprehension
        • Verbal Ability
      • IBSAT Exam Date: December. For exam dates please refer to the official website.
      • IBSAT Exam Fee: 1800.
      • IBSAT official website:


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