Upcoming MBA Exam Calendar 2021 – Application Dates, Eligibility, Popular MBA Exams

Last Modified on : 13 Jan 2022    Author : Meenakshi

MBA entrance exams for admission to 2021 batch to the 20 IIMs and more than 100 top Management Institutions will begin in the month of October 2020. The registration and exam dates for all of the top MBA entrance exams will be updated soon at their official sites. Till then, aspirants are advised to visit ExamsPlanner for more latest updates and a complete schedule of upcoming MBA Exam Calendar 2021.

MBA admissions in India are usually held based on the candidate’s performance in these top-notch entrance exams. Various national or state/regional level MBA entrance tests for admission to top MBA colleges in India are conducted every year. Out of all the popular ones, few national MBA entrance exams that are popular including CAT, XAT, NMAT, SNAP, MAT, ATMA, CMAT, the state level and institute specific MBA entrance exams like that of IIFT, TISS NET and IBSAT will also be held for MBA admission in December and January.

Herein, we bring up with the upcoming MBA Exam Calendar 2021, which will help students to start their preparations for the exams and enable them to score best in the exams.

What Is An MBA?

Master of Business Administration or MBA is one of the most well-liked post-graduate programmes in India and abroad. Students who completed their bachelors in BBA or any other subject tend to like to complete this two-year programme for a plethora of job opportunities in the corporate world. MBA is one such popular course amidst the students from any background - including Science, Commerce and Humanities - can pursue it.

Eligibility Criteria for MBA in India

One can pursue MBA in various modes, such as Regular, Online and Distance-Education. Interested candidates can also find programmes customised based on their professional experience such as Executive MBA. Talking about the eligibility criteria for MBA one should need to fulfil these aspects:

  1. The basic eligibility criterion for MBA (full-time) is Graduation in any discipline or equivalent from a recognized university.
  2. Most of the institutes follow the minimum score criteria in Graduation which is 50 per cent on average or equivalent. For Reserved category students, the minimum score in 45 per cent in aggregate.
  3. Final-year Graduation candidates are also eligible to apply for MBA provided they present the proof of completion of Graduation degree within the duration specified by the institute.

Admission Criteria for MBA Courses 2021 –

Admissions to all Business schools typically take place through a prestigious admission test. This test can be one of the following types:

  • National Level Entrance Test – These exams have been conducted by an apex testing body or a top national B-school on behalf of the other participating colleges. Few of the national level MBA entrance exams are CAT, MAT, CMAT or ATMA.
  • State Level Entrance Test is conducted by a state-level testing body or a top state B-school on behalf of the other participating colleges in the respective state. These exams majorly include MAH-CET, OJEE, KMAT, TANCET or APICET.
  • The third type of tests conducted by a Business school for entrance to its MBA programme. In some cases, these scores can be accepted as qualifying criteria by other Business schools as well. eg: IIFT, XAT, NMAT, SNAP, IBSAT.
  • Test conducted by a university for entrance to MBA programmes being offered by colleges that are affiliated to it. eg: KIITEE, HPU MAT.

Upcoming MBA Exam Calendar 2021 – Top MBA Entrance Exams (CAT, MAT, XAT, and Others)

Though there are several management entrance examinations conducted in India, out of all CAT is the first exam that comes into our minds whenever we discuss the MBA entrance exam. The score of the Common Admission Test is accepted by almost all the business and management schools in India, but there are several other examinations for the MBA aspirants to fulfil their management dreams.

Here is the list of the national, institute, and state-level management entrance exams which will help the MBA aspirants to make a proper plan of action. Please find below the MBA Exam Calendar 2021-22.

National MBA Entrance Exams

Name of the National MBA Exams for 2021-23 batch

Date of Exam

Top MBA colleges accepting Exam Score

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2021  

29th November 2021  


Last date to apply: 18th September 2021

IIMs, FMS Delhi, SPJIMR, MDI, IITs, IMI, IMT, etc. 

NMAT by GMAC 2020

04th December 2020 to 30th January 2021


Last date to apply: 30th November 2020

NMIMS, SPJIMR-PGMPW, TAPMI-Mu Sigma, XUB, VIT Vellore, ISB-APPBA, SD Bacconi Asia Centre 

Xavier Aptitude Test - XAT 2021

03rd January 2021


Last date to apply: 10th December 2020


CMAT 2021

22nd to 27th February 2021


Last date to apply: 24th January 2021

GIM Goa, K J Somaiya, IFMR, Welingkar, Jaipuria, N L Dalmia 

SNAP 2020

20th December 2020

06th and 09th January 2021


Last date to apply: 13th December 2020

SIBM Pune, SCMHRD, SIOM & 12 Other Symbiosis colleges 

GMAT 2021

Available Round the year


Last date to apply: Not announced yet


MAT 2021 

MAT Feb: 29th January –16th February 2021.

MAT May: 25th May–10th July 2021

MAT Sep: 27th August –20th September 2021

MAT December: 8th -24th December 2021


Last date to apply:

MAT Feb: 12th February 2021

MAT May: 02nd July 2021

MAT Sep: 16th September  2021

MAT Dec: 11th December 2021

SDMIMD, NDIM Jaipuria, BIMTECH (Specialized PGDM), JIMS, 

ATMA 2021 (February)

14th February 2021


Last date to apply: 08th February 2021

Welingkar, CIMR, SOIL, IMS 

TAPMI 2021

22nd January 2021

T A Pai Management Institute


Institute Level MBA Entrance Exam

Name of the MBA Entrance Exams for 2021-23 batch

Date of Exam

Top MBA Institute Conducting its Admission Test

IIFT MBA (IB) 2021 Entrance Exam

24th January 2021

Last date to apply: 30th December 2020

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade-Delhi, Kolkata, Kakinada

NMAT 2021

30th January 2021

Last date to apply:17th January 2021

GIM Goa, K J Somaiya, IFMR, Welingkar,

IBSAT 2020

26th and 27th December 2020

Last date to apply: 16th December 2020

9 ICFAI B-Schools


20th February 2021

Last date to apply – 15th January 2021

Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) all campuses

KIITEE Management 2021

18th to 20th January 2021 

KIIT School of Management (KSOM) Bhubaneswar


First week of February 2021


MICAT 2020 & 2021

05th December 2020 & 23rd January 2021

MICA Ahmedabad

BMAT 2021

Not announced yet

Bharatiya Vidyapeeth University, Pune


State Level MBA Entrance Exams

Name of State Level MBA Entrance Exams

Date of Exam

Top MBA College Accepting Exam Score

MAH CET 2021

Second week of March 2021



23rd February 2021

Anna University, Tamilnadu, Madras University, SRM University, SSN School of Management Chennai, Hallmark Business School Trichy, St Josephs School of Management, Trichy, PSGIM Coimbatore

Karnataka PGCET 2020 (For MBA Admission 2020)

14th July 2021

IBA, AIMS, Alliance, ABBS, Kristu Jayanti 


23rd May 2021

GITA Bhubaneswar, SUIIT Sambalpur

KMAT 2021

23rd August 2021

IBA, AIMS, Alliance, ABBS, Kristu Jayanti 

TS ICET 2021

12th May 2021

Kakatiya University (KU); Osmania University (OU); Telangana University (TU);

Satavahana University (SU) 

GCET 2021 (Gujarat Common Entrance Test)

22nd April 2021

Anna University, Tamilnadu, Madras University, SRM University, SSN School of Management Chennai, Hallmark Business School Trichy, St Joseph’s School of Management, Trichy, PSGIM Coimbatore, etc.

RMAT 2021 (Rajasthan Technical Management Test)

23rd June 2021

IBA, AIMS, Alliance, ABBS, Kristu Jayanti 

What is the cost of MBA Entrance Exams Application Form?

The examination fee for MBA entrance exam for the upcoming MBA entrance tests has gone up for some entrance test, while for many other MBA entrance exams, the MBA entrance exam cost has been kept at last year level. Find below the table to check the cost of MBA entrance exam application form for each exam:

MBA Entrance Exams

MBA Entrance Exam Fee (General category)

MBA Entrance Exam Fee (Reserved category)

CAT 2020

₹ 2000/-

₹ 1000/-

NMAT by GMAC 2020

₹ 2000/-

₹ 2000/-

KIITEE Management 2021

₹ 1250/-

₹ 1250/-

IIFT 2020

₹ 2000/-

₹ 1000/-

MAT 2020 Dec

₹ 1650/-

₹ 1650/-

SNAP 2020

₹ 1750/-

₹ 1750/-

CMAT 2021

₹ 1600/-

₹ 800/-

XAT 2021

₹ 1700/-

₹ 1700/-

IBSAT 2020

₹ 1800/-

₹ 1800/-


₹ 1030/-

₹ 500/-

MICAT 2021

₹ 1985/-

₹ 1985/-

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Candidates must note that the cost of MBA entrance tests is quite high to pay. In order to avoid such a high MBA entrance exam fee, it is recommended to choose the preferred MBA entrance exams the scores of which are accepted by more MBA colleges. For example, CAT, XAT, CMAT, NMAT, MAT are the larger national level MBA entrance exams and cover more than 1000 MBA colleges in India accepting their exam score. This way you could reduce the burden of the MBA entrance exam cost.

COVID-19 Affect on MBA Entrance Exams This Year

Amidst the COVID 19 outbreak in the country and nationwide lockdown, a lot of B-schools have delayed their application process. In the same scenario, various MBA entrance exams scheduled to be held in May-June were deferred to July till September 2020. To avoid any further delay in commencement of the academic year 2021, national level entrance tests, such as MAT and ATMA were conducted their MBA entrance exam via Internet Based Test (IBT) mode. Many state-level entrance exams including TSICET, APICET, OJEE and Karnataka PGCET, and many more have been deferred pending government decision. Given the current situation of the pandemic in the education industry, registration process and entrance exam dates of several MBA entrance exams are expected to be further delayed. 

MBA Exam Calendar 2021 - MBA Courses In India

Apart from the generic full-time MBA course, there are many MBA specializations, which candidates can pursue better career opportunities. It is recommended that every candidate must pick a branch or specialization in their MBA programme. There are several specific domains with the requisite skills for MBA including finance, operations, human resources, marketing, etc. Some of the most popular MBA specialization courses are listed below:

MBA Specializations




International Business


Disaster Management

Human Resources

Energy & Environment


Import & Export


IT & Systems

Business Assistance

Healthcare & Hospital

Digital Marketing

Business Economics


Agriculture & Food Business


Materials Management

NGO Management

Oil & Gas



Project Management

Rural Management

Sports Management

Supply Chain


Textile Management

Transport & Logistics


Public Policy





International Business

Career Opportunities for MBA Courses

A B-school MBA degree holder is anticipated to take up the managerial responsibility of the department they are hired for. By completing an MBA degree there are high chances that you will hire as a manager. A manager’s job profile broadly includes planning, strategizing, execution, leading the team, liaison with clients, coordinating with other departments, a delegation of work and responsibilities, reporting to higher authorities regarding projects undertaken.

Below you can find the details on MBA jobs and their respective annual income.

MBA Jobs

Average Salary (per annum)

Finance Manager

9.6 Lakhs

Marketing Manager

10 Lakhs

Sales Manager

10 Lakhs

Human Resources Manager

4 Lakhs

Operations Manager

7 Lakhs

Product Manager

15 Lakhs

Data Analytics Manager

14 Lakhs

Digital Marketing Manager

4.5 Lakhs

Advertising Sales Manager

8.5 Lakhs

NGO Manager

5 Lakhs

Project Manager

13 Lakhs

Telecom Manager

7 Lakhs

Transport & Logistics Manager

6 Lakhs

Infrastructure Manager

11 Lakhs

International Business Manager

9 Lakhs

Risk Manager

10 Lakhs

Energy & Environment Manager

6 Lakhs

Import & Export Manager

6 Lakhs

IT & Systems Manager

7 Lakhs

Healthcare & Hospital Manager

4 Lakhs

Materials Manager

6 Lakhs

Retail Manager

5 Lakhs

Supply Chain Manager

8 Lakhs

Public Policy Manager

7 Lakhs

Completed MBA? Top Companies To Go For -

The scope of MBA job profiles is huge in the current job market. MBA graduates are in high demand in every industry and in every domain. Most of the MBA institutes provide campus placement to their students on completion of the full-time MBA course for a smooth beginning of their career. Below is the list of some of the top companies that hire MBA graduates through campus placements.

  • BCG
  • Citibank
  • Deloitte
  • ITC
  • Avendus
  • Samsung
  • Mahindra
  • ITC
  • Reliance
  • Vodafone
  • ICICI Bank
  • EXL
  • HDFC
  • HSBC
  • PWC
  • Philips
  • Nestle
  • Aditya Birla Group
  • Cipla
  • RPG
  • Flipkart
  • Tata
  • Saint Gobain
  • TAS
  • Crisil
  • Wipro
  • Credit Suisse
  • Microsoft
  • Bajaj
  • Accenture
  • Infosys
  • Microland
  • GAR
  • Amazon
  • Pidilite
  • Asian Paints