Overview on MBA Entrance Exams
The MBA (Master of Business Administration) is a postgraduate degree given to students who have mastered the study of business. The MBA is currently the most popular professional degree program in the world. Graduates of all types- commerce, science, arts, engineers etc. aspire to do MBA. There are different types of Entrance Exams conducted by colleges all around the world for getting admission in top B schools.
Some of the top few exams are as follows –
CAT is the most popular MBA entrance test and is held annually in Oct-Nov for admission to management courses in all the Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) and various other management institutes. IIMs make up approximately 2700 seats in various management programmes. The CAT is also valid for admissions to other B-Schools also.
Test Pattern & Selection: CAT is a computer based test of 2 ½ hours. It consists of multiple choice questions from the following sections: Data Interpretation and logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability and Comprehension. Each correct answer will be awarded 1 or 2 marks & for each wrong answer, 1/3rd mark will be deducted.
Each IIM will send interview letters to the candidates it has shortlisted. The criteria for short-listing vary according to each university. Candidates can apply to the colleges individually with the CAT score and will then be put through a round of group discussion and personal interview.
The Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is conducted 4 times a year (February, May, September & December) by the All India Management Association (AIMA). It is a comprehensive test for admissions to different postgraduate management programs in the second tier MBA schools. It is easier than the CAT and pattern of paper is less prone to change. The application form for MAT is available for Rs. 1050.
Test Pattern & Selection: MAT has two formats: Offline test or Computer based test both of 2 ½ hours. Candidates can opt for either one of these based on their convenience. The exam tests Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, Indian & Global Environment Section, each comprising of 40 questions for a total of 200 Questions.
The MAT score indicates the relative position of the candidate with respect to the other candidates (percentile). A final composite score is given. Candidates can use this score to apply to various management institutes which accept MAT scores depending on the various cut-offs specified.
Common Management Admission Test is a national level test for admission in all management programs approved by AICTE. The exam is held twice a year in the months of February and September. The question paper comprises four sections – Quantitative technique, Logical reasoning, Language comprehension and General Awareness
Apart from these three top levels Examination there are many other important Exams conducted to take admission into business schools –
XLRI conducts its own entrance exam- the XAT. There are more than 70 Institutes which accept XAT scores for selecting students. XAT is conducted in 33 cities. The information bulletion and application form is available for Rs. 900.
Test Pattern & Selection: XAT has three sections – Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning , Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation and Analytical Reasoning and Decision Making Ability, with a time limit of 120 mins. In addition to this, there is essay that must be written in 20 minutes towards the end of the exam.
A merit list is put up and a candidate may apply for a maximum of three programmes. Those who apply for multiple programmes may be called for multiple interviews and/or group discussions. Cut-offs vary accordingly.
Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET) is the exam for admission to the 2 year full-time PG degree programs in Management offered by the IITs. The application form is available for Rs. 750.
Eligibility: Candidates with Bachelor’s degree in any discipline of Engineering/Technology or a Master’s degree with first class or equivalent from a recognized Institute/University with at least 60% aggregate.
Test Pattern & Selection: A 3 hour test consisting of 120 questions (objective/multiple choice type) in the following sections: Verbal Communication, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation.
After the merit list is drawn up, each institute puts forth its specifications and further rounds of selection are carried out for admission to each IIT, varying with branch.
Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test is a written test for admission to all the Institutes of Symbiosis International University. The application form is available for Rs. 1550. Candidates will need to apply to the individual one or more Symbiosis colleges separately.
Test Pattern & Selection: 2 hour long objective type test, with each question having 4 responses. Each wrong answer attracts 1/4th negative marks. The four sections are: General English, Quantative Aptitude, General Awareness, and Logical & Analytical Reasoning. Candidates will be short listed for Group Discussions and thereafter for interviews.
ATMA is the approved by the Ministry of HRD as a testing standard for admission to the MBA/PGDM and other postgraduate programmes. Around 140 MBA institutes accept ATMA scores for admission to various management programs. The application form for ATMA is available for Rs. 950
Test Pattern & Selection: ATMA 2011 test contains 170 Questions split between six sections comprising Analytical, Verbal and Logical Reasoning. Each section is timed separately, with a total time of 3 hours. Additional selection process must be undertaken before admission is confirmed.
IBSAT is a test conducted by the Federation of Universities (FedUni), for students seeking admission into their MBA programmes. The application form is available for Rs. 1200 and the test is held in about 100 centres in various cities.
Test Pattern & Selection: A 2 hours test aimed at testing the applicants’ ability in quantitative techniques, data interpretation, data adequacy, vocabulary, analytical reasoning and reading comprehension.
The results of the IBSAT are hosted online in terms of percentile.
NMAT is conducted by Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai for admission to courses in MBA. The application form is available for Rs. 1650.
Test Pattern & Selection: The NMAT is a computer based test consisting of multiple-choice questions, with a time limit of 2 hrs. The sections being tested are Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency, and Logical Reasoning.
The final merit list is prepared on the basis of the NMAT Score, Written Test marks (as applicable), Group Discussion, Personal Interview, Presentation (as applicable) and work experience.
The application form is available for Rs. 750.
Test Pattern & Selection: A multiple-choice test of 200 questions to be attempted in 120 minutes. There is no prescribed syllabus. The most important factor in FMS entrance is speed & accuracy. The test usually comprises the usual sections found in all management exams.
Students will receive both total percentile rank and sectional percentile rank scores in FMS, and a merit list will be prepared. Website: www.fms.edu
The Integrated Common Entrance Test (ICET) is the entrance examination for admissions to MCA and MBA programs in Universities in Andhra Pradesh. It is conducted by a different college each time. The application form is available for Rs. 250.
Test Pattern & Selection: The test is of 2 ½ hours duration and consists of 200 questions. Candidates are tested on each of the following topics: Analytical, Mathematical & Communication Ability.
The qualifying percentage of marks in the Entrance Test is 25
The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) is an autonomous organisation that was set up to help professionalize the country’s foreign trade management. It is one of India’s most prestigious business schools. The cost of the application form is Rs. 1500.
Eligibility: Recognized Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.
Test Pattern & Selection: The entrance examination is of objective type, lasting 2 hours. Questions will be asked from the following sections: English Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Analysis, General Knowledge & Awareness.
The candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of their scores in the entrance examination and then called for Group Discussion, Interview and Essay Writing for final selection.
Other noteworthy examinations for admission to B-schools are seen below:
- Rajasthan Management Aptitude Test (RMAT)
- Himachal Pradesh Combined Management Aptitude Test (HP-CMAT)
- Central University Common Entrance Test (CUCET)
- Tamil Naidu Common Entrance Test (TANCET)
- Uttar Pradesh Technical University State Entrance Exam (SEE-UPTU)
- Gujarat Common Entrance Test (GCET )
- Madhya Pradesh Entrance Test (MP MET)
- Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT)
- Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)