The most important exam for MBA aspirants in INDIA remains CAT. The CAT score is accepted by most top colleges. But there are some colleges which have separate exams like XAT, SNAP, NMAT, MICAT etc

All of the mentioned exams are aptitude exams and have multiple choice questions based on verbal ability, reading comprehension, quantitative ability, data interpretation skills, data sufficiency and analytical and critical reasoning. Some exams also have a section on General Knowledge.

The good thing as an aspirant is that the core preparation for almost all the exams is similar with level of difficulty varying with the given exam. Since CAT has the most comprehensive syllabus, a student prepared for CAT can easily manage the other exams.

Test Notification Date Exam Date No of Questions Duration Negative Marking Sections Colleges Accepting Test Score
CAT Aug Last Sunday of Nov 66 (CAT 2021) 120 mins (Sectional Time Limit 40 mins) Yes 1) Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension             2) Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation             3) Quantitative Aptitude All IIMs, IITs, MDI Gurgaon, FMS Delhi University, SP Jain Mumbai, NITIE Mumbai, Great Lakes, IMT, IMI Delhi and more than 100 other colleges
IIFT Jul First Sunday of Dec 110 120 mins Yes 1) Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension                                             2) Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation                                                      3) Quantitative Aptitude                                                     4) General Knowledge IIFT Delhi and Kolkata
SNAP Aug Dec and Jan 60 60 mins Yes 1) General English                                                                 2) Analytical and Logical Reasoning                               3) Quantitative Aptitude                                                   SIBM Pune, SIBM Bengaluru, SIBM Hyderabad, SIIB, SCMHRD, SIMS, SITM, SIOM
NMAT by GMAC Jun Oct  – Dec  108 120 mins (Language 28 mins; Quant 52 min; Logical Reasoning 40 mins No 1) Language Skills                                                                  2) Logical Reasoning                                                             3) Quantitative Skills NMIMS Mumbai, NMIMS Bengaluru, XIMB, ITM Navi Mumbai, VIT etc
XAT Aug First Sunday of Jan 75+25 165 mins + 15 mins Yes 1) Quantitative Ability                                                          2) English and Logical Reasoning                                      3) Decision Making                                                                4) General Knowledge                                                     XLRI, XIMB, XIM, XIME, XISS, SP Jain Mumbai, XBS, Xaviers University, BIMTech Noida, FORE, Great Lakes, IMT etc
CMAT Oct Jan 100 180 mins Yes 1) Quantitative Techniques                                               2) Language Comprehension                                            3) Logical Reasoning                                                             4) General Awareness Great Lakes Chennai, IFMR, KJ Somaiya, Wellingkar Institute of Management, XIME, BIMTech, Goa Institute of Management etc 
MAH CET Jan Mar 200 150 mins No 1) Logical Reasoning                                                             2) Abstract Reasoning                                                          3)Quantitative Aptitude                                                     4) Reading Comprehension / Verbal Ability JBIMS, Welingkar, SIMSREE etc
TISSNET Oct Jan 100 100 mins No 1) General Awareness                                                         2) English Proficiency                                                            3) Maths and Logical reasoning Tata Institute of Social Sciences
IRMASAT Oct Feb 40 80 mins Yes Issues of Social Concern + CAT/XAT Score Institute of Rural Management Anand
MAT   Feb May Sep and Dec 200 150 mins Yes 1) Language Comprehension                                            2) Data Analyis                                                                        3) Mathematical Skills                                                          4) Indian and Global Environment                                          5) Intelligence and Critical Reasoning Balaji Institutes, FLAME School, DY Patil Business School, ITM University, Jaipuria Institute, Asia Pacific, BIMTech, Chitkara, Alliance, SRM, VIPS etc
IBSAT Jul Dec 140 120 mins Yes 1) Verbal Ability                                                                     2) Reading Comprehension                                               3) Quantitative Aptitude                                                    4) Data Interpretation ICFAI Hyderabad, Pune, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Dehradun
MICAT Sep Dec and Feb Part 1 – 35                         Part 2 – 105                        Part 3 – 4 Part 1 – 25 min                         Part 2 – 105 min                        Part 3 – 35 min Part 2 Only 1) Part 1 – Psychometric                                                      2) Part 2 – Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability, General Awareness, Divergent and Convergent Thinking                                                                                     3) Part 3 – Descreptive Test MICA Ahmedabad



When dreams are big, you need to put in extra work to succeed, and nothing succeeds like success. The Common Admission Test (CAT) is designed to test for aptitude and potential of students by IIMs. It is accepted in 20 IIMs and many other prominent colleges including- 

Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) Delhi

Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon

SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai

All IITs for their respective Management Schools

National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai

And scores of other non- IIM institutes….

Including all relevant exams, colleges that an MBA aspirant can look to target are

Sl. No. Institute City Expected Cutoff Exam Expected APPLICATION FORM LINK
1 FMS Delhi 99%ile CAT http://fms.edu/
2 IIT B (SJMSOM) Mumbai 98.5%ile CAT  
3 XLRI Jamshedpur 98%ile XAT https://www.xlri.ac.in/
4 Jamnalal Bajaj Mumbai 98%ile MH- CET https://jbims.edu/
5 NITIE Mumbai 95%ile CAT https://www.nitie.edu/
6 MDI GURGAON 94-96%ile CAT https://www.mdi.ac.in/
MURSHIDABAD https://www.mdim.ac.in/apply-online
7 SP Jain Mumbai Profile Based XAT, CAT https://spjimr-pgdm.nopaperforms.com/
8 IIFT Delhi 95-98%ile IIFT https://iift.nta.nic.in/webinfo/public/home.aspx
9 IMT GHAZIABAD 90-92%ile CAT/ XAT/GMAT https://www.imt.edu/admissions/pgdm/
10 IMI DELHI 90%ile CAT/GMAT https://admission.imi.edu/
11 IRMA Anand 85-90%ile XAT, CAT + IRMASAT https://www.irma.ac.in/programmes/pgdmx-r-executive-post-graduate-diploma-in-management-rural/admissions/apply-online
12 TISS Mumbai   TISSNET https://testreg.tiss.edu/login/
13 IIT D Delhi 97%ile CAT  
14 IIT Madras Chennai 95%ile CAT  
15 IIT Roorkee Roorkee 94%ile CAT  
16 IIT KGP Kharagpur 90%ile CAT  
17 SIMSREE Mumbai 99%ile MAH-CET http://simsree.org/Simsree/
18 NMIMS Mumbai 94%ile NMAT https://nmat.nmims.edu/?utm_source=nmimsadmbanner
19 SIBM Pune 97%ile SNAP  https://snap2020.ishinfosys.com/SNAP20/Register/Index.aspx#_ga=2.216504534.1318991810.1601279414-1579981172.1601279414
SCMHRD Pune 95%ile
20 MICA Ahmedabad 80%ile CAT/XAT +  MICAT  https://www.mica.ac.in/
21 IIT K Kanpur 90%ile CAT  
22 GIM Goa 85%ile CAT/XAT/CMAT/GMAT https://forms.gim.ac.in/
23 DU DFS Delhi 90%ile CAT  
24 SRCC GBO Delhi   GBO Entrance Exam  
25 KJ Somaiya Mumbai 82-85%ile CAT/XAT/CMAT/GMAT https://simsr.somaiya.edu/en/admissions/mba
26 TAPMI Manipal 85%ile XAT, CAT  
27 Welingkar Mumbai 82-86%ile XAT, CAT https://www.welingkar.org/
28 XIMB Bhubaneshwar 90%ile XAT/CAT/GMAT https://ximb.edu.in/admission/mba-business-management/
29 IIFM Bhopal 80-82%ile XAT, CAT http://iifm.ac.in/admission/
30 BITS Pilani 75%ile CAT/XAT/GMAT https://www.bits-pilani.ac.in/pilani/management/MBAadmission
31 LBSIM Delhi 80%ile CAT/GMAT https://forms.lbsim.ac.in/
32 IBS Hyderabad 70%ile IBSAT/XAT/NMAT/CAT/GMAT https://admissions.ibsindia.org/ibsat2020/registration/index.asp?src=WEBSITE&rm_src=WEBSITE
33 FORE DELHI 85-87%ile XAT, CAT https://www.fsm.ac.in/admissions-in-pgdm
34 Nirma Ahmedabad 80%ile CAT https://management.nirmauni.ac.in/admission-aid/postgraduate/mba-and-mba-hrm/
35 Great Lakes Chennai 85%ile CAT/XAT/GMAT/CMAT https://application.greatlakes.edu.in/