Top 5 Entrance Exams to get into MBA

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Thinking of doing MBA after Graduation? Master’s of Business Administration or MBA is a master’s degree you can pursue after completing your graduation.

To get admission to a College or University for a post-graduate management program such as MBA/PGDM you have to give an entrance exam and based on your results in the entrance exam you can get admission to a business school to complete your Master’s education.

In India, the common MBA entrance exams include CAT, XAT, CMAT, GMAT, SNAP, NMAT, CMAT, IIFT, MAT, MAH CET, IBSAT, etc. After giving an entrance exam there will be a personal interview round conducted by the college itself based on which your final selection will be done.

The details of top MBA entrance exams are given below:

1. CAT 2021


Common Admission Test(CAT) is a computer-based national level MBA entrance exam. It is conducted by the IIMs once a year on a rotational basis.

To appear for CAT exam the candidate must acquire a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50 percent aggregate (45 percent aggregate for SC, ST and PwD) or students who are in the final year of the bachelor’s degree or awaiting results can also apply.

The question paper has 76 questions, each question is of 3 marks making a total of 228 marks. The paper consists of 3 sections VARC, DILR and QA. CAT is the toughest MBA entrance exam, and it requires 6-12 months of preparation prior to the exam.

There is no official syllabus for CAT exams provided by IIMs hence students must go through the previous year’s questions to score a good percentile.

2. MAT 2021

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is the only MBA entrance exam that provides the options to appear Paper Based Test, Computer-based Test and Internet Based Test modes.

MAT is conducted by the All India Management Association four times a year – February, May, September and December. MAT is a national level MBA entrance exam that provides admissions to over 800 business schools in India.

To be eligible for MAT examination the student must acquire a Bachelor’s degree in any stream from a recognized university. Final year graduation students are also eligible to apply. Candidates having CA, CS or ICWA are also eligible to apply for MAT exam.

The question paper includes 200 questions in total to be answered in 150 minutes. The MAT question paper is divided into five sections – Language Comprehension, Data Analysis & Sufficiency and Mathematical Skills, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Indian & Global Environment.

3. CMAT 2021

Common Management Admissions Test (CMAT) is another national level MBA/PGDM entrance exam. CMAT 2021 will be conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA). CMAT is three hours computer based exam.

This Test facilitates AICTE affiliated participating Institutions to select suitable graduate candidates for admission to the Management Courses.

This question paper has 4 sections that evaluate the candidates ability across various segments like Quantitative Techniques, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness.

The CMAT aspirant must have completed graduation in any discipline from a recognized university. Students who are in the final year of the bachelor’s degree or awaiting results can also apply. A new optional section Innovation and entrepreneurship has been added to the CMAT question paper carrying 25 questions with 30 minutes of extra time.

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4. XAT 2022


Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is conducted by Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur to provide admissions to candidates in MBA/PGDM programs. XAT is a computer based online examination consisting of 100 questions to be answered in 180 minutes. The XAT score is accepted by about 800 more B-schools of India for admission.

The question paper is divided into four sections Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge. The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree of a minimum of three years duration or equivalent in any discipline from a recognized university.

Students in their final year of their Bachelor’s degree or awaiting their results are also eligible to apply. XAT syllabus is similar to other MBA entrance exams the only difference is decision-making which includes topic like Seating Arrangement, Logical Sequencing, Assumptions, Premises, Conclusions, etc.

5. GMAT 2021

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is the most widely accepted exam for MBA admission worldwide. Like other MBA entrance exams, GMAT is also a computer based adaptive exam conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council.GMAT is 3 hours and 30 minutes test with a maximum score of 800 points.

The GMAT Exam consists of four sections– Analytical Writing, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning. There are no eligibility criteria for appearing for the GMAT exam. However, there can be different eligibility criteria set by the university/college.

It is preferred candidates who wish to enrol for an MBA programme should hold a graduate degree in any discipline from a recognized university. You can get admission into a management course, such as MBA and Masters in Finance in top business schools across the world.

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