MBA Entrance Exams

MBA Entrance Exams

MBA seems to be the most sought after degree today. But little do we know that this vast field of Management does not consist of only an MBA degree. It includes equivalent full-time course options like MMS, PGDBA, PGPMS, PGDBM, etc. For pursuing all these courses one has to prepare for various MBA Entrance Exams.

Management Entrance Exams is a first step to be eligible for admission into B-Schools for MBA, PGDM, PGDBA, and so on. With the huge number of Management Institutions in India there are several number Entrance Examinations are conducted by different bodies. We can differentiate these tests as National level, State level, and Deemed Universities / Autonomous level.

The entrance exams primarily consist of Verbal ability, Reading Comprehension, Problem Solving and Data interpretation.

Management exams necessarily check a candidate on Time Management, Decision making abilities, handling pressure; much has been written about handling these critical factors, we will focus on Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension part of these critical exams.

Your choice of the entrance exams from the aforementioned list would entirely depend on the institute you plan to apply to; specific institutes consider scores of specific entrance exams. These exams are generally held in the months of May and June except for CAT conducted by the IIMs which is held in the month of November.

Following are some of the prominent Entrance Exams in India:

Name of the Entrance Test

Entrance Exam Month

Form Availability URL
From To
Common Admission Test (CAT), IIM November July September
Common Management Aptitude Test (CMAT)






MAH-MBA-CET February January February
All India Management Association (AIMA), MAT

Mat is usually conducted 4 times in a year in

February, May, September & December.
Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) January September November
NMAT – NMIMS January October November
Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) December September October