Top MBA Entrance exams other than CAT include: CMAT, XAT, SNAP, IIFT, NMAT, MICAT, IBSAT, MHCET, MAT, etc. Of all these exams, CAT is the most popular with around 1200 MBA colleges accepting its score for their admission process. CMAT is the second most popular exam with around 1000 MBA colleges accepting its score and XAT is the third most popular with around 700 MBA colleges accepting its score.
Aspirants should be aware of the numerous options they have other than CAT, as there are various top colleges that have their own exams. Go through this article to know more.
MBA exams at different levels:
National: CAT, CMAT, MAT
State: MAHCET, TSICET, APICET, KMAT and TANCET
University: IIFT, XAT, SNAP, MICAT, etc
MBA entrance exams for 2023 intake:
|Entrance Exam||Exam Date|
|CAT 2022||27 Nov, 2022|
|NMAT 2022||10 Oct–19 Dec 2022; 11 to 15 Jan 2023|
|XAT 2023||8 Jan, 2023|
|IIFT 2022||8 Dec, 2022|
|MICAT 2022-23||MICAT-I: 3 Dec, 2022; MICAT-II: 28 Jan, 2023|
|TISSNET 2023||Between 28 Jan to 28 Feb 2023|
|SNAP 2022||10, 18, 23 Dec 2022|
|IBSAT 2022||24, 25 Dec 2022|
|CMAT 2023||26 Mar 2023|
Top MBA Entrance Exams you should definitely appear for, other than CAT:
Xavier’s Aptitude Test (XAT) is a computer-based test conducted by Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur. Around one lakh aspirants register for this exam and around 700 MBA colleges accept its score for their admission process. It is usually conducted in the month of January and is generally the last exam of Management entrance exam season.
Following are the top colleges to target using your XAT scores:
IMI, New Delhi
Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) is a national level management entrance exam primarily for 16 institutes under the Symbiosis International University. All the candidates have an option of 3 attempts and the best of the three (score) is considered for the final admission cycle.
Following are the top colleges to target using your SNAP scores:
Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune (SIBM, Pune)
Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development, Pune (SCMHRD, Pune)
Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Bangalore (SIBM, Bangalore)
Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is taken by around 1.5 lakh candidates and is conducted by National Testing Agency. Around 1000 management institutes accept CMAT’s score for their admission cycle. This exam is generally conducted late somewhere in between the months of January to March.
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NMAT by GMAC
NMIMS Management Aptitude Test (NMAT) is one of the popular exams, which is a computer based adaptive exam. This exam can be given at home or at any designated exam centre. The time slot for this exam can be booked as per your convenience, in a 75 day long testing window.
Top colleges you can target with NMAT:
SVKM’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, (All campuses)
Indian School of Business (ISB) (Advanced Management Programme in Business Analytics (AMPBA)
SDA Bocconi Asia Center (formerly MISB Bocconi)
SPJIMR (For PGMPW)
IIFT exam is an institute specific exam for securing an admission to the prestigious Indian International Foreign Trade (IIFT) Delhi and Kolkata campus. This exam is conducted in the month of December by the National Testing Agency (NTA). It is a computer based exam and is 2 hours long with 110 questions. This exam consists of 4 sections: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability, and General Awareness.