Top 25 entrance tests for MBA admissionsAIMA-MAT (MANAGEMENT APTITUDE TEST) Management Aptitude Test or MAT as it ispopularly known is conducted 4 times a year (in February, May, September & December) by theCentre for Management Services (CMS) division of All India Management Association (AIMA). Itis as a credible, comprehensive and single window test for admissions to different postgraduatemanagement programmes. The application form for MAT is available for Rs. 1050.Eligibility: Graduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year degree coursestudents can also apply.Test Pattern & Selection: MAT has two formats: Offline test or Computer based test both of2 ½ hours. Candidates can opt for either one of these based on their convenience. There arefive papers in MAT: Paper 1: Language Comprehension, Paper 2: Mathematical Skills, Paper 3:Data Analysis, Paper 4: Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, Paper 5: Indian & Global EnvironmentSection, each comprising of 40 questions for a total of 200 Questions.The MAT score tells you the relative position of the candidate with respect to the othercandidates (percentile), there is no final percentile in MAT, instead a final composite score isgiven. Candidates can use this score to apply to various management institutes which acceptMAT scores.Website: www.aima-ind.orgATMA - AIMS TEST FOR MANAGEMENT ADMISSIONSATMA has been approved by the Ministry of HRD of the Government of India for admissionon All India basis to the MBA/PGDM and other postgraduate programmes like MCA. Around140 MBA institutes accept ATMA scores for admission to various management programs. Theapplication form for ATMA is available for Rs. 950Eligibility: Candidate must have completed their graduation from a recognized and authorizeduniversity.Test Pattern & Selection: ATMA 2011 test contains 170 Questions spread over six sectionscomprising Analytical, Verbal and Logical Reasoning. Each section is timed separately. Totaltime of the test is 3 hours. A candidate has to undergo the selection process of the institute toqualify for the admission to the PG programmes of the institute after declaration of the result ofATMA.
Website: www.atma-aims.orgCAT (COMMON ADMISSION TEST)Common Admission Test (CAT) is the most popular MBA entrance test and is held annually foradmission to postgraduate management courses in all the Indian Institute of Management (IIMs)and various other management institutes. IIMs offer around 2700 seats in various managementprogrammes & other than the IIMs, 165-odd institutes admit students based on CAT scores.Every year more than two lakh students appear for CAT. The application form and informationbulletin is available for Rs. 1400.Eligibility: A candidate should have atleast 50% or equivalent CGPA in Graduation.Test Pattern & Selection: Since 2009 CAT is a computer based test of 2 ½ hours. CAT hasmultiple choice questions from the following sections: Data Interpretation and logical Reasoning,Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability and Comprehension. Candidates are expected to performwell in all the three sections as there are separate cut-offs for individual sections as well. Eachcorrect answer will be awarded 1 or 2 marks & for each wrong answer, 1/3rd mark will bededucted.CAT website will list the names of the candidates shortlisted for interviews by IIMs for PGP.Each IIM will send interview letters to the candidates it has shortlisted. The criteria forshortlisting vary from IIM to IIM. Other management colleges have different cutoffs for variouscourses. Candidates can apply to the colleges individually with the CAT score and then convertthe call by going through a rigorous round of group discussion and personal interview.Website: www.catiim.inIBSAT (IBS APTITUDE TEST)IBSAT is an aptitude test conducted by the Federation of Universities (FedUni), for studentsseeking admission into the management programmes. The application form is available for Rs.1200 and the test is held all across India in about 100 centres in various cities.Eligibility: Graduates (any discipline) in English medium with 50% and above aggregate marks.Test Pattern & Selection: IBSAT is for 2 hours duration and is aimed to test the applicants’ability in quantitative techniques, data interpretation, data adequacy, vocabulary, analyticalreasoning and reading comprehension. The results of the IBSAT are hosted online onwww.ibsat.org. The details of the score (in terms of percentiles) obtained in the test is intimatedto all applicants.Website: www.ibsat.org
ICET (INTEGRATED COMMON ENTRANCE TEST)The Integrated Common Entrance Test (ICET) is the common entrance examination foradmissions to Master of Computer Application (MCA) and Master of Business Administration(MBA) by Universities in Andhra Pradesh. ICET is conducted by any one University in AndhraPradesh. ICET 2010 was conducted by Andhra University, Visakhapatnam. The applicationform is available for Rs. 250.Eligibility: Bachelor’s Degree Examination of not less than 3 years duration in any discipline withMathematics at 10+2 level.Test Pattern & Selection: The test is of 2 ½ hours duration and consists of 200 questions of1 mark each in the following topics: Analytical, Mathematical & Communication Ability. Thequalifying percentage of marks in the Entrance Test is 25% (i.e. 50 marks out of total 200marks)Website: www.icet2010.netFMS (FACULTY OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES)FMS is one of the premier management institutions in India which conducts its own EntranceTest. The application form is available for Rs. 750.Eligibility: 3-year Bachelor’s programme with an aggregate of minimum 50%.Test Pattern & Selection: There is no prescribed syllabus or format for this multiple-choicetest which has 200 questions to be attempted in 120 minutes. So the most important factorin FMS entrance is speed & accuracy. The tests usually comprise the ollowing basic areas:Quantitative, Verbal, Analytical & Logical Reasoning. Students will receive both total percentilerank and sectional percentile rank scores in FMS. To be shortlisted students should have atleast50th percentile rank score in each section of the test in FMS results.Website: www.fms.eduIIFT (INDIAN INSTITUTE OF FOREIGN TRADE)The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) was set up in 1963 by the Government of India asan autonomous organisation to help professionalize the country’s foreign trade management.Today it is one of India’s most prestigious business schools. Last year approximately 63,000candidates applied for just 180 seats. The cost of the application form is Rs. 1500.Eligibility: Recognized Bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years duration in any discipline.
Test Pattern & Selection: The entrance examination is of 2 hours having objective questionsfrom the following sections: 1. English Comprehension, 2. Logical Reasoning, 3. QuantitativeAnalysis, 4. General Knowledge & Awareness. The candidates will be shortlisted on the basisof their scores in the entrance examination. The shortlisted candidates will be called for GroupDiscussion, Interview and Essay Writing for final selection.Website: www.iift.eduJOINT MANAGEMENT ENTRANCE TEST [JMET]Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET) is the first step in the process of admission to the2 year full-time PG degree programmes in Management offered by the IITs. Currently IITBombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras, and IIT Roorkee offer programmes inManagement. The application form is available for Rs. 750.Eligibility: Candidates with Bachelor’s degree in any discipline of Engineering/Technology ora Master’s degree with first class or equivalent in any discipline from a recognized Institute/University with at least 60% marksTest Pattern & Selection: The test is of 3 hours duration and consists of 120 questions(objective/multiple choice type) in the following sections: Verbal Communication, LogicalReasoning, Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation. The results of JMET provide a basis to eachparticipating institute to shortlist potential candidates for conducting its own selection processeslike, Group Discussion/Interview etc for the final admission.Website: www.web.iitd.ac.in/~gate/jmetMAH - MBA/MMS CET (MAHARASHTRA MBA COMMON ENTRANCE TEST) Maharashtra– MBA/ MMS - Common Entrance Test (MAH MBA/MMS CET) is conducted by DTE,Maharashtra for admission to postgraduation management degree MBA/MMS and PGDBM/PGDM courses in Government, University Managed and Unaided institutes of Maharashtra. Theapplication form is available for Rs. 1150.Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree of minimum three years duration with minimum of 50% marks.Test Pattern & Selection: The Entrance exam will be of 150 minutes duration consisting of 200objective type questions. Questions will be from the following topics: Verbal Ability and ReadingComprehension, Quantitative Aptitude and Logical/Abstract Reasoning. There is no negativemarking in the examination. The cut-off mark in MAH-MBA/MMS-CET 2011 is 30 marks out of200. In case of All India CET the cut-off in the percentile in these CET is equivalent to percentilecorresponding to 30 marks in MAH-MBA/MMS-CET 2011. Successful candidates are shortlistedfor group discussion and personal interview.Website: www.dte.org.in/mba
NMAT (NARSEE MONJEE MAT)NMIMS was established in 1981 by Narsee Monjee Educational Trust. It was awarded ‘deemedto be university’ status by the UGC in 2003. NMAT is conducted by Narsee Monjee Instituteof Management Studies, Mumbai for admission to various specialised courses in MBA. Theapplication form is available for Rs. 1650.Eligibility: Bachelor’s Degree (10+2+3) in any discipline from a recognized University with aminimum 50% marks.Test Pattern & Selection: The NMAT is a computer based test of 2 hours duration consistingof multiple-choice questions where the candidate needs to select one of the correct answers.The sections in the NMAT-2011 are Language Skills; Quantitative Skills, Data Interpretation &Data Sufficiency; and Logical Reasoning. The final merit list will be prepared on the basis ofthe NMAT Score, Written Test marks (as applicable), Group Discussion, Personal Interview,Presentation (as applicable) and work experience. The selection will be based on merit.Website: www.nmims.eduSNAP (SYMBIOSIS NATIONAL APTITUDE TEST)Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test is a common written test for the admission to all thePost-Graduate Institutes of Symbiosis International University. Written test is mandatory foradmission into any Postgraduate programme offered by the constituent institute of SymbiosisInternational University. The application form is available for Rs. 1550. Candidates will need toapply to the individual one or more Symbiosis colleges separately.Eligibility: To apply for SNAP a candidate should be a gradudate with atleast 50% marks ingraduation.Test Pattern & Selection: SNAP Test is of 2 hours duration and is an objective test with eachquestion having 4 responses. Candidate should choose an appropriate response. Each wronganswer attracts 25% negative marks. The four sections are: General English, QuantativeAptitude, General Awareness, Logical & Analytical Reasoning. Candidates from the first stagewill be shortlisted on the basis of SNAP score for Group Discussions and thereafter they willappear if shortlisted for Personal Interviews.Website: www.snaptest.orgXAT (XLRI)For more than 60 years XLRI has been conducting admission test on all India level to selectthe most appropriate students for management education. There are more than 70 plusManagement Institutes which use XAT scores for selecting students. There are 33 cities in
which XAT exam is conducted. The information bulletion and application form is available forRs. 900. Other prominent institutes which accept XAT are : S P Jain Institute of Managementand Research, Mumbai, Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research,Mumbai, Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar and Loyola Institute of BusinessAdministration, ChennaiEligibility: Bachelor’s Degree (10+2+3)in any discipline from a recognized UniversityTest Pattern & Selection: XAT has three sections – Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning(VA)’, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA)’ and Analytical Reasoning and DecisionMaking Ability (AR)’. The time given to attempt these three sections is 120 minutes. In addition,one is evaluated on an essay which one is supposed to write in the next 20 minutes afterfinishing these three sections. A common merit list is declared and a candidate may apply fora maximum of three programmes. Those who apply for multiple programmes may be called formultiple interviews and/or group discussions. And selection criterion and cut offs vary acrossdifferent programmes.Website: www.xlri.net.in