MBA Entrance Exams

Last Modified on : 18 May 2024

Master of Business Administration or MBA is the most sought-after post-graduate degree in business administration. Pursuing MBA structures a strong theoretical foundation of business concepts, develops essential business skills (leadership, management, communication, motivation and negotiation skills), widens gate of worldwide opportunities for career growth, offers practical opportunities (through internships, individual/group projects and assignments), and makes a student competent  enough to commence his/her independent business after completing their graduation.

However, with more than thousand reputed management institutes/colleges in India offering specialization in varied MBA programs in fields, such as Finance, Marketing, Operation Management, Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource, etc. it becomes a bit difficult to shortlist the best MBA course to pursue your career in.

And, in order to get admission in your favourite B-school, the first step is to clear one of the entrance exams as per your selection of course and institute. Following are the entrance exams that candidates need to clear as per their individual course and institute choice.

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CAT (Common Admission Test) Entrance Exam

CAT Exam

Conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM), CAT is the most popular and toughest MBA entrance exam. Though CAT score is primarily used to admit students for 20 IIMs, many other B-Schools also accept CAT score for the admission to their respective centres. Each year, more than 2 Lakh students appear for the CAT entrance exam.

CAT mainly consists of 4 parts, which include Verbal, Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. All these parts are clubbed into three sections – Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC), Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR).


  • Examination Type: Computer Based Test (CBT).
  • Duration: 180 Minutes (3 Hours)
  • No. Of Questions: 100 Objective Type Questions

To get more details about the CAT exam, click here.

MAT (Management Aptitude Test) Entrance Exam

Management Aptitude Test or MAT is a national level MBA entrance exam conducted by AIMA (All India Management Association) to offer admission to different management programmes. MAT is held 4 times in a year (usually in February, May, September, and December) and is conducted in both online (computer-based test) and offline (written test) mode.

Candidates appearing for the exam are mainly tested for these 5 areas –

  • Mathematical Skills
  • Language Comprehension
  • Indian and Global Environment
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
  • Data Analysis and Sufficiency


  • Examination Type: Computer Based Test (Online) and Written Test (Offline).
  • Duration: 150 Minutes (2 Hours and 30 Minutes)
  • No. Of Questions: 200 Objective Type Questions

Get complete details about the MAT exam here.

XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) Entrance Exam

XAT is another top MBA entrance exam conducted by Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) Jamshedpur. Every year, around one Lakh students, appear for the XAT. Traditionally, each year, XAT is conducted on the first Sunday of January. More than 100 Management colleges accept the admission of the students on the basis of their XAT score.

XAT is based mainly on four sections which include – Quantitative Ability, Decision Making, English Language and Logical Reasoning, and GK and Essay. However, GK and Essay test are conducted only after students get shortlisted for XLRI courses.


  • Examination Type: Offline Test (Pen and Paper Based)
  • Duration: 205 Minutes (170 Minutes for Part-1 and 35 Minutes for Part-2)
  • No. Of Questions: 21 from Decision Making, 24 from Verbal and Logical Ability, 27 from Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, 25 from GK and 1 from Essay.

For complete XAT exam details, click here.

GMAT (Graduate Management Aptitude Test) Entrance Exam

The Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) is conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) for the admission into undergraduate management programmes offered by several foreign institutes and universities. Though registration for the GMAT is allowed throughout the year, candidates can appear for the test only up to 5 times in a single year.

GMAT mainly consists of 4 sections which include

  • Verbal
  • Quantitative
  • Integrated Reasoning
  • Analytical Writing Assessment.


  • Examination Type: Online
  • Duration: 210 Minutes (3 Hours and 30 Minutes)
  • No. Of Questions: 91

Know more about the GMAT exam here.

ATMA (AIMS Test for Management Admissions) Entrance Exam

Conducted by Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS), ATMA is another national level MBA entrance exam held to offer admission to the aspirants for different Management Programmes such as MBA, PGDBA, PGDM, MCA, MCM, etc. ATMA is conducted 4 times in a year. Through this test, the admission authority tries to analyze the following skills in a candidate:

  • Verbal reasoning ability
  • Comprehension expertise
  • Numerical reasoning aptitude


  • Examination Type: Online
  • Duration: 180 Minutes (3 Hours)
  • No. Of Questions: 180

Read more and find complete details about the ATMA exam.

NMAT (Narsee Monjee Management Aptitude Test) Entrance Exam

The Narzee Monjee Management Aptitude Test (NMAT) is organized by the Graduate Management Aptitude Council. It’s a national level entrance exam which offers admission in MBA or several other graduate management degree courses provided under different institutes/colleges like Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Study (NMIMS) and numerous other institutions.

NMAT is basically based on Quantitative skills, Language skills, and Logical Reasoning.


  • Examination Type: Computer Based Test (CBT Mode)
  • Duration: 120 Minutes (2 Hours)
  • No. Of Questions: 120 (Multiple Choice)

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MAH-CET (Maharashtra Common Entrance Test) Entrance Exam

MAH-CET is also known as MAH-MBA and MMS-CET. It is conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra for admitting students to different management courses, such as MBA/MMS, BE/B Tech, B.HMCT, MCA, M.Arch and M.HMCT in different institutes in the state of Maharashtra.

Admission to the courses like MBA/PGDM/PGDMB/MMS is organized by the Competent Authority of the State of Maharashtra as a centralised process, which comes under CAP (Centralised Admission Process). The MAH-CET exam is conducted in multiple sessions and the Competent Authority calculates scores for every session using the standardised equi percentile method.

The exam consists of Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude, and Abstract Reasoning.


  • Examination Type: Computer Based Test (CBT Mode)
  • Duration: 150 Minutes (2 Hours and 30 Minutes)
  • No. Of Questions: 200 (Multiple Choice)

To get complete information about the MAH-CET exam, click here.

SNAP (Symbiosis National Aptitude) Entrance Exam

Another national level management entrance exam, SNAP is organized by Symbiosis International University (SIU) for the admission of students into 15 institutes that fall under SIU. SNAP scores are also considered valid for admission to other MBA or equivalent courses. Since 2017, the authorities have started conducting SNAP through online mode, moving away from the traditional pen and paper-based exam.

The exam mainly consists of Analytical and Logical Reasoning, Current affairs, General English, and Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency.


  • Examination Type: Online
  • Duration: 120 Minutes (2 Hours)
  • No. Of Questions: 150

Click here to get the complete information of SNAP.

B-MAT (Bharati Vidyapeeth Management Aptitude Test) Entrance Exam

Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune organizes the management aptitude test – B-MAT for admission to its Post-Graduate Programmes such as MBA, MBA HRM, MBA IB, MBA ITM, MBA BioTech, MBA Business Analytics, etc.

B-MAT is mainly based on subjects such Mathematics, Computer Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, Management Skills, Current Affairs, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, and Abstract and Logical Reasoning.


  • Examination Type: Pen and Paper based
  • Duration: 150 Minutes (2 Hours and 30 Minutes)
  • No. Of Questions: 200 Objective Type Questions

Get complete information about the B-MAT exam here.

CMAT (Common Management Admission Test) Entrance Exam

Common Management Admission (CMAT) is another national-level MBA entrance examination conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to screen the ability of candidates in various segments such as General Awareness, Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, and Language Comprehension.

CMAT score is considered valid at all AICTE approved Institutes/Department/Universities/Colleges, etc. The exam focuses to evaluate General Awareness, Language Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative and Data Interpretation.


  • Examination Type: Online
  • Duration: 180 Minutes (3 Hours)
  • No. Of Questions: 200

Click here to get complete information about CMAT exam.