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Top MBA exams in India

Top MBA exams in India include CAT, XAT, SNAP, NMAT, CMAT, IIFT, MAT

Top MBA exams in India include CAT, XAT, SNAP, NMAT, CMAT, IIFT, MAT, MAH CET, IBSAT, etc. MBA aspirants who are planning to pursue the course in the upcoming academic session must know all about these top MBA entrance exams 2022. 

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. 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. 

Apart from these exams, there are more than 50 entrance tests for admission to the top MBA colleges in India. The MBA 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, APICET, KMAT and TANCET 

University/College level: Some prominent entrance tests include XAT, SNAP, IIFT Exam and IRMASAT
Top MBA entrance exams such as CAT, XAT, IIFT, SNAP, TISSNET, IBSAT, CMAT, etc. for 2023 academic session will be conducted between November 2022 and February 2023. MBA aspirants can also choose from MAT, ATMA, MAH-CET, GMAT, OJEE, KMAT, APICET, TSICET and other state level entrance exams. Application process for CAT, XAT, MAT and SNAP are currently underway. Read below to know which MBA exams you can take in the coming months, their registration process, eligibility, fees, syllabus, pattern and preparation strategy. This information will help you in deciding which MBA entrance exams you can take this year and which MBA colleges you can apply to. 

MBA Colleges in India: Admission Process & Selection Criteria :

The first name that comes to one’s mind viz a top MBA colleges in India is the Indian Institutes of Management or IIMs. The top ranked MBA institute has 20 campuses and the five top - IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow and IIM Kozhikode - are the most sought after. Every year over two lakh MBA aspirants appear in CAT - the common entrance test conducted by the IIM to pursue MBA/PGDM/PGP programmes. The admission procedure of the IIMs includes CAT exam and GD/PI.

Q: What is the MBA admission process in India?

A: In India MBA admission process typically includes, common entrance exam and Written Ability Test (WAT) or Essay Writing, Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI).

Q: Is taking an entrance exam mandatory for MBA admission?

A: The Tier 1 and Tier 2 MBA institutes select candidate for admission based on entrance exam score, thus to get a good college it is essential to appear in an entrance exam

Q: Which are the top MBA entrance exams for admission to top institutes?

A: Some of the top MBA entrance exams in India are CAT, XAT, CMAT, MAT, IIFT, NMAT, SNAP and ATMA. Candidates can opt for appearing in these exams to get a good MBA college.

Q: What is MBA Counselling?

A: State level higher education boards conduct common entrance tests (MAH CET, TSICET, APICET, TANCET, etc.) for MBA admission. Candidates who take these tests are allotted seat in a college affiliated to that education board or state university. The process of seat allotment is referred to as Counselling.

Q: How to select a good MBA college?

A: To select a good MBA college, keep the following in mind:
Rank, Accreditation and Specialization
Course Curriculum and Teaching methodology
Industry Interface
Placement Record
Type of Course: Degree/Diploma
Course Fee

Q: How much is the MBA fees?

A: MBA fees in India typically range from INR 5 lakh to 40 lakh. Fee amount of government institutes and universities is low as compared to private institutes. Also read: Institute wise MBA fees

Q: Is the admission process of Distance MBA different from Full-Time MBA?

A: Yes, Full-Time MBA admission process typically includes entrance exam and GD/WAT-PI while in Distance MBA admission in most of the institutes are based on academic profile.

Q: How are the institutes conducting GD/PI for admission during COVID-19?

A: GD/PI is being conducted via video call during COVID-19 as the academic institutions are shut. A few MBA institutes have cancelled the GD/PI round this year. FMS, Delhi selected candidates for admission based on their CAT score and academic profile only.

Q: Should I go for a private MBA college or government MBA institution?

A: The choice of MBA institute depends on your score, career plan and financial status. MBA fees in most of the private institutes is high between INR 7-20 lakh but at the same time, they tend to have better infrastructure than a government institute.

Q: Does every MBA institute conduct Group Discussion and Personal Interview?

A: Most of the private MBA institutes conduct Group Discussion and Personal Interview. However, there are some Tier-3 colleges which take student on the basis of their entrance exam score only. Many government colleges on the other hand, select students through counselling wherein seats are allotted seats based on candidates’ preference and exam score.

Q: What is the last date of MBA admission for 2022 batch?

A: There is no last date of MBA admission. However, the institutes are mandated to completed their admission process latest by July and begin classes latest by August. The session has been delayed in the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.