What are MBA Entrance exams for admission in Top B-schools in India

This article gives all the details about the entrance exams required for admissions of MBA degree in the top B-Schools in India. This article provides answer to the question – Which entrance exams are required for MBA admissions in top B-schools in India. Some details about the MBA entrance exams like CAT, XAT, SNAP, NMAT, IBSAT and others

MBA is the most sought after Master's degree in India and abroad. But as the number of colleges and institutes offering MBA degree are so vast in number, there is no single MBA entrance exam all over India. CAT(Common Admissions Test) comes closest with admissions in some of the top MBA B-schools like IIMs and many other MBA offering colleges. But entrance to some other reputed B-schools like IIFT, XLRI, SIBM etc are through their own exams. Find the details of all the important MBA entrance exams in this article.

Details of Common Admission Test (CAT)

CAT has become the premier entrance exam for MBA admissions in India. And rightly so, as the top 6 B-Schools in India are the IIM (Indian Institute of Management) which consider CAT scores for admission. For the top 10 B-schools click on this link: Top 10 B-schools in India Apart from the IIMs, the decision to drop the JMET(Joint Management Entrance Test) was taken in 2011. JMET was required for MBA admissions in the IIT like the IIT Delhi, IIT Kharagpur and so on. The MBA seats at the most respected Indian Institute of Science, IISc Bangalore re also decided based upon the CAT performance. Also, the Delhi Management School has dropped its own entrance test and have decided to accept CAT scores for admission.

Some of the international B-Schools are also considering CAT as one of the admission criteria for various management degree programs. With national and international recognition, CAT has become of the most respected and competitive examination in the world. CAT is a completely computer based test which tests the aptitude, verbal and quantitative skills of the test takers. These are the required skills for successful completion of MBA. For most IIMs and top B-schools in India, CAT scores and an industry experience of 2-3 years is mandatory. After the exams, scores are published and the candidate has to apply to the IIMs and other B-schools paying the mandatory admission fees. Once a student gets a call from the B-schools, final selection is completed on campus. The CAT examination is held generally in the month of November. There is a period of 20 days during which the student needs to pre-book a date and sit for the examination. The results are declared by February, the following year. MBA classes generally begin by August.

The list of top B-Schools which consider CAT scores for admission are as below:
  1. Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad – IIM-A
  2. Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore – IIM-B
  3. Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata – IIM-K
  4. Indian Institute of Management, Indore – IIM-I
  5. Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow – IIM-L
  6. Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode – IIM-K
  7. Indian Institute of Management, Shillong – IIM-S
  8. Indian Institute of Management, Rohtak– IIM-R
  9. Indian Institute of Management, Ranchi – IIM-Ra
  10. Indian Institute of Management, Raipur – IIM-Rp
  11. Indian Institute of Management, Tiruchirapalli – IIM-T
  12. Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur – IIM-U
  13. Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi
  14. Indian Institute of Management, Kashipur – IIM-Kp
  15. DMS, IIT Delhi
  16. Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
  17. National Institute of Technology, Calicut
  18. Indian Institute of Forest Management
  19. 120 other B-Schools in India

Details of Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)

XLRI Xavier Labour Relations Institute, Jamshedpur is ranked 10th in the top 10 B-schools in India. This institute has been conducting its own entrance test for MBA admissions. The XAT scores are also accepted by various Xavier institutes for management as mentioned below. Also, the Loyola Institutes in Mumbai and Chennai accept XAT for MBA admissions. XAT ccan be taken at various test centres in India like Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore and Chennai.

Similar to CAT, XAT is also based on testing the aptitude of the test taker along with verbal and quantitative skills. One additional examination element is the presence of an essay which assesses the reasoning and thought building skills of the test taker, in addition to his writing skills. In that respect XAT becomes a touch difficult compared to CAT. XAT exam is held all over India and like CAT, the date needs to be pre-booked. The XAT examination is held somewhere around November and results are declared in January the next year.

The list of top B-Schools which consider XAT scores for admission are as below:
  1. XLRI - Xavier Labour Relations Institute Jamshedpur
  2. SP Jain Mumbai
  3. XIM Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar
  4. LIBA Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai
  5. XIME Bangalore
  6. Several other B-Schools in India

Details of Symbiosis National Aptitude Test(SNAP)

SNAP is the short form of Symbiosis National Aptitude Test. SNAP is an all India examination like CAT and XAT which also assesses the aptitude, verbal and quantitative skills of the test takers. But unlike the CAT and XAT, SNAP is held all over India on a single date. This date is generally the third Sunday in the month of December. The SNAP results are declared by March the next year. The various sections of the SNAP include General English, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability, Current Affairs and Business Scenario. There is negative marking in the SNAP examination.

SNAP scores are accepted by all the Symbiosis Institutes which include the SIBM Pune, which is ranked 12th in the top 20 B-schools in India. Also, the Symbiosis Centre for Management & Human Resource Development (SCMHRD) which is ranked 13th in the top 20 B-schools in India takes SNAP scores for admission. Similarly, the very famous Symbiosis Institutes like the SIT, SISCR, SIHCS, etc require SNAP scores for admission. Hence SNAP has become one of the must take examinations for all the MBA aspirants in India. SNAP is conducted in as many as 30 cities all over India including Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Chandigarh.

The list of top B-Schools which consider SNAP scores for admission are as below:
  1. Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM) Pune
  2. Symbiosis Centre for Management & Human Resource Development (SCMHRD)
  3. Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM) Bengaluru
  4. Symbiosis Institute of Technology (SIT)
  5. Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies & Research (SICSR)
  6. Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management (SITM)
  7. Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences (SIHS)
  8. 10 other Symbiosys B-Schools

Details of IBS Aptitude Test (IBSAT)

Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI) University is one of the most reputed University for Management Studies in India. The IBS business schools associated with the ICFAI University are ranked very high in the rankings of the top B-schools in India. IBS Hyderabad is ranked 19th whereas IBS Mumbai is ranked 20th in the top 25 B-schools in India. The ICFAI University also contains IBS Ahmedabad, IBS Pune and other reputed B-schools. The admission to all these B-schools for various management programs is finalised on the basis of the IBSAT scores. IBSAT is an all India IBS entrance examination for MBA. Although not as reputed as the CAT or XAT or SNAP, IBSAT is one of the most respected entrance exams in India. IBSAT is also held in December and the results are declared by March.

The list of top B-Schools which consider IBSAT scores for admission are as below:
  1. IBS, Hyderabad
  2. IBS Mumbai
  3. IBS Ahmedabad
  4. IBS Bangalore
  5. IBS Pune
  6. IBS Gurgaon
  7. IBS Kolkata

Details of National Management Aptitude Test (NMAT)

NMAT (National Management Aptitude Test) is the entrance exam required for the admissions to numerous management degree programs in Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai. NMIMS is ranked 11th in the top 20 B-schools list in India. Hence the NMAT is taken by huge number of MBA aspirants across India. But the NMAT scores are useful only to apply to the NMIMS College. Nevertheless, NMAT was taken by more than 50,000 MBA aspirants in India for just a mere 300 seats in NMIMS making it the most competitive exam in India. NMAT is held in December at more than 20 test centres all over India. The results are out in February or March depending on the number of applicants. After initial round of NMAT scores, the next round includes group discussions, presentations and personal interview. After all the rounds, the final selection is done based on the cumulative score of the students.

Entrance Exams for MBA in India: Conclusion

As seen above, there are a large number of entrance examinations for MBA in India. Apart from CAT, many top B-schools have their own entrance tests making it mandatory for the MBA aspirants to take all these tests. This article is an effort to consolidate some of the most important entrance exams for MBA in India. You might also like to read the following articles on MBA in India.
Fees, Salaries and Job prospects for MBA from top B-schools in India
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Guest Author: Pavan M. Surjuse25 Feb 2015

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