Top 20 MBA Entrance Exams in India Direct Admission

Top 20 MBA Entrance Exams in India Direct Admission

Top 20 MBA Entrance Exams in India Direct Admission. Top MBA entrance exams of India include CAT, XAT, SNAP, NMAT, CMAT, IIFT, MAT, MAH CET, IBSAT, etc.

IIM administered CAT is the most popular MBA entrance exam in India as over 1,200 MBA colleges select candidates for admission on the basis of marks obtained in this exam.

Following CAT, the second most popular MBA entrance exam is CMAT conducted by the NTA. CMAT score is accepted by 1,000 MBA colleges across India.

The third most popular MBA entrance exam is XAT which is conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur. XAT score is accepted by over 800 MBA colleges in India.

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Top 20 MBA Entrance Exams in India Direct Admission

There are more than 50 entrance tests for admission to top M.B.A colleges in India. The M.B.A entrance exams are conducted at three different levels.

  • National level: Most popular among them are CAT, CMAT, and MAT
  • State-level: Most popular among them are MAH-CET, TSICET, KMAT and TANCET
  • University/College level: Some prominent entrance tests include XAT, SNAP, IIFT Exam and IRMASAT

Top 20 MBA Entrance Exams in India Direct Admission

COVID 19 Effect on Top MBA Entrance Exams:

Due to the COVID 19 outbreak in the country and nationwide lockdown in March, a lot of M.B.A entrance exams scheduled to be held in May-June were deferred to July. In order to avoid delay in the commencement of the academic year, national level entrance tests, were conducted in the Internet-Based Test (IBT) mode. State-level entrance exams such as APICET, TSICET, OJEE, and Karnataka PGCET were delayed by four to five months and were conducted in October-November. Given the current situation of the pandemic, the registration process and entrance exam dates are expected to be further delayed.

Top 20 MBA Entrance Exams in India Direct Admission

Top 20 MBA Entrance Exams 2020-2021: Application and Exam Dates

MBA Exam Last Date to Apply Exam Date
CAT 2020 16-Sep-2020


SNAP 2020 28-Nov-2020





MAT 2020 11-Dec-2020 (IBT)

29-Nov-2020 (PBT)

01-Dec-2020 (PBT)

23-Dec-2020 (CBT)

21-Nov-2020 to 15-Dec-2020 (IBT)

06-Dec-2020 (PBT)

28-Dec-2020 (CBT)

CMAT 2021 To Be Announced To Be Announced
IIFT 2021 20-Dec-2020 24-Jan-2021
XAT 2021 30-Nov-2020


ATMA 2020 04-Aug-2020 07-Aug-2020
IBSAT 2020 16-Dec-2020 26-Dec-2020


TSICET 2020 26-Sep-2020 13-07-2020



KMAT 2020 06-Dec-2020 13-Dec-2020
MAH-CET 2021 To be announced To be announced
NMAT By GMAC 2020 20-Nov-2020

Late registration ends: 30-Nov-2020

Registration ends for NMAT exam re-take: 17-Jan-2021

06-Oct-2020 to 09-Dec-2020

04-Nov-2020 to 30-Jan-2021

MICAT 2020 25-Nov-2020 05-Dec-2020
IRMASAT 2021 31-Dec-2020 To be announced
KIITEE M.B.A 2020 Over Over
OJEE M.B.A 2020 31-Jul-2020 12-Oct-2020 to 19-Oct-2020
APICET 2020 05-Sep-2020 10-Sep-2020 to 11-Sep-2020
TISSNET 2021 To be announced To be announced
TANCET 2020 Over Over
Karnataka PGCET 2020 21-Aug-2020 14-Oct-2020

Top 20 MBA Entrance Exams in India Direct Admission

Overview of CAT

Common Admission Test or CAT, the most popular entrance examination of India, is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM). CAT score is used by 20 IIMs and over 1000 other management institutes across the country for admission. More than two lakh students appear for the exam each year.

CAT started in 1950 and graduated to being an online-entrance test in 2009. The CAT question paper consists of 100 questions (MCQs) to be solved in 180 minutes. CAT 2020 pattern has been revised due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the CAT exam will be conducted in three sessions instead of two and the duration of the exam will be only 120 minutes. Registration for CAT is online and the exam will be held on November 29. CAT exam consists of three sections: Verbal Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning. These segments are grouped into three sections:

  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)

Top 20 MBA Entrance Exams in India Direct Admission

Overview of CMAT

The second-largest management entrance examination of the country, the Common Management Admission Test or CMAT is taken by roughly 1.5 lakh candidates. Conducted by the National Testing Agency, CMAT is a popular option among M.B.A aspirants after CAT. The first CMAT exam took place in 2012. The exam score is accepted by more than 1000 M.B.A institutes across the country. The CMAT exam is held in January every year.

CMAT is a computer-based exam (held for 180 minutes) and tests the candidate’s aptitude in four main sections:

  • Quantitative Technique
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Language Comprehension
  • General Awareness

Top 20 MBA Entrance Exams in India Direct Admission

Overview of XAT

Another top management entrance, Xavier Aptitude Test or XAT is a computer-based management aptitude test. Conducted by Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) Jamshedpur, XAT is taken by approximately one lakh candidates, annually. XAT is held on the first Sunday of the year (January). XAT scores are accepted by XLRI Jamshedpur and more than 1000 management institutes. XAT exam tests the candidate on four fronts:

  • Quantitative Ability
  • English Language & Logical Reasoning
  • Decision Making
  • General Knowledge

Top 20 MBA Entrance Exams in India Direct Admission

Overview of SNAP

Conducted by Symbiosis International University, Symbiosis National Aptitude Test or SNAP is also a national-level management entrance examination. SNAP score is primarily used for admission to 15 institutes under Symbiosis International University. However, many other M.B.A colleges use SNAP scores for admission. SNAP registrations take place from August to November and the exam is held in December.

SNAP Test is a computer-based exam and the duration is two hours. It tests candidates on:

  • General English
  • Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
  • Analytical & Logical Reasoning

Top 20 MBA Entrance Exams in India Direct Admission

Overview of NMAT by GMAC

NMIMS Management Aptitude Test (NMAT) is also one of the popular M.B.A entrance exams. It was acquired by GMAC in 2015 and rebranded as NMAT by GMAC. NMAT by GMAC is a computer-based exam, held over a 75-day testing window, between October and December. Candidates need to attempt 108 MCQs in 120 minutes. This year, NMAC has provided the facility of taking the test from home in remotely proctored mode, to students. This provision has been made in wake of the COVID-19 situation in the country.

NMAT by GMAC has various candidate-friendly options. For instance, candidates can appear for the exam a total of three times and the best of three scores will be used for admission. The NMAT exam has three main sections:

  • Language Skills
  • Quantitative Skills
  • Logical Reasoning

Top 20 MBA Entrance Exams in India Direct Admission

Overview of MAT

Management Aptitude Test or MAT is also a very popular M.B.A entrance exam. More than 600 institutes accept MAT exam scores for admission to management programs. Conducted by the All India Management Association (AIMA), MAT is held four times a year – February, May, September, and December. The exam is held in Computer Based Test (CBT), Paper Based Test (PBT) mode, and Internet-Based Test (IBT) mode. Held for 150 minutes, the MAT question paper has 200 questions. The aspirant is tested on the following five areas:

  • Indian and Global Environment
  • Language Comprehension
  • Data Analysis and Sufficiency
  • Mathematical Skills
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

Overview of IIFT Exam

IIFT exam is an institute specific entrance test. The exam is conducted by the NTA for admission to the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT). IIFT exam score is valid for admission to IIFT only. It is held in online mode in over 200 cities. IIFT exam is conducted in December. The duration of the exam is two hours and the question paper consists of 200 multiple-choice questions. It tests a candidate’s aptitude in the following areas:

  • English Comprehension
  • General Knowledge & Awareness
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Analysis

Top 20 MBA Entrance Exams in India Direct Admission

Overview of ATMA

AIMS Test for Management Admissions or ATMA is also a national-level management entrance test. It is conducted online and held four times a year–February, May, July and August. ATMA score is used for admission by several management programs in over 500 M.B.A institutes. Held for three hours, the ATMA question paper consists of the following sections:

  • Analytical Reasoning Skills Part 1
  • Analytical Reasoning Skills Part 2
  • Quantitative Skills Part 1
  • Quantitative Skills Part 2
  • Verbal Skills Part 1
  • Verbal Skills Part 2

Top 20 MBA Entrance Exams in India Direct Admission

Overview of IBSAT

ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test or IBSAT is an institute-level entrance test. The exam is conducted by the ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education. IBSAT exam score is used for admission to MBA and Ph.D. programs at nine ICFAI Business School (IBS) campuses – Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Dehradun, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune.

IBSAT exam is a computer-based test (CBT) and it assesses the candidate’s ability in the following:

  • Verbal Ability
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation

Top 20 MBA Entrance Exams in India Direct Admission

Overview of MICAT

MICAT is the online entrance test for MICA’s flagship two-year Post-Graduate Diploma in Management – Communications (PGDM-C). To be eligible for MICAT, candidates first need to apply with CAT, XAT and GMAT. Selected applicants will be called for the MICAT entrance test which is held in December.

  • Conducted for over 125 minutes, MICAT has two sections:
  • Section 1 assesses the candidates’ Analytical Skills, Logical Skills, Verbal Skills, Divergent Thinking, Written Communication Skills, and General Awareness.
  • Section 2 consists of a Psychometric Test

Top 20 MBA Entrance Exams in India Direct Admission

Overview of MAH-CET

Maharashtra Common Entrance Test or MAH-CET is a state-level M.B.A entrance exam. The exam is conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra, for admission to various management courses such as MBA, MMS, PGDBM and PGDM in various institutes in the state of Maharashtra.

  • MAH CET MBA is held in the month of March. Candidates need to attempt 200 questions in 150 minutes.
  • The MAH-CET question paper has three sections:
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Logical / Abstract Reasoning

Top 20 MBA Entrance Exams in India Direct Admission

Overview of KMAT

Karnataka Management Aptitude Test or KMAT is also a state-level M.B.A entrance examination for admission to post-graduate level programs offered by M.B.A colleges and B-schools in the state of Karnataka. KMAT exam is held thrice in the months of May, July, and September. KMAT registration schedule is announced in April. This year, the KMAT exam is being held in IBT mode due to the prevailing COVID-19 condition in the country. The candidates can choose a slot on the exam day to take the test from home.

Conducted by Karnataka Private Post Graduate Colleges Association (KPPGCA), KMAT scores are used for admission by more than 169 colleges across the state.

  • Candidates need to attempt 120 questions in 120 minutes. KMAT consists of the following sections:
  • Language Comprehension
  • Mathematical Skills
  • Basic Aptitude

Top 20 MBA Entrance Exams in India Direct Admission

Overview of TISSNET

Tata Institute of Social Sciences National Entrance Test or TISSNET is an institute-level exam conducted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences for all Masters programs offered in TISS-Mumbai, Tuljapur, Hyderabad, Guwahati, IMHST Chennai, MHAT Calicut and G-SET Ranchi. Also Read: Colleges Accepting TISSNET Score

A computer-based exam, TISSNET is held for 100 minutes (1 hour & 40 minutes). Questions asked in the exam are related to:

  • Social Sensitivity
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Analytical Ability
  • Knowledge on Contemporary issues

Top 20 MBA Entrance Exams in India Direct Admission

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Top 20 MBA Entrance Exams in India Direct Admission

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