List of Top 6 National level MBA Entrance Exam

Looking for the best MBA entrance exam in India, here you can check all the details of top management entrance exam in India. More than 50 number of MBA entrance exams are conducted in India and in addition to, every year lakh of students appear for these entrance exams.

The scores secured in these exams play important in taking admission in MBA course.

Some of the entrance exams are National level exams like CAT, MAT, CMAT, GMAT

Other entrance exams like TANCET, MAHCET, TSICET, KMAT, OJEE MBA, KITEE MBA are all regional level entrance exams.

XAT, SNAP, IBSAT, NMAT by GMAC, IIFT exam, IRMASAT are all university-level exams for getting admission in specific colleges.

Given below are the details of the MBA entrance exam conducted within India.

1.CAT (Common entrance test) Exam:

First and foremost, MBA entrance exam conducted in India and is of prime importance is the CAT Exam or in other words Common Admission Test exam. Conducted for getting admission into highly prestigious IIMs, therefore let us see some of the details of this exam mentioned below in the table.

CAT Conducting bodyIIMs (Indian Institute of Management)
CAT EligibilityGraduation in any discipline with 50% marks for general category and45% for reserved category candidates.
CAT Exam PatternThree sections – Quantitative ability, Verbal ability and Data interpretation & logical reasoning
Mode of CAT ExamOnline exam
CAT Exam Fee2000 INR

Now check out the important dates of CAT 2019 Exam;

CAT Notification date27th July 2019
CAT 2019 Registration date5th August 2019
Last date to apply20th September 2019
Admit card download start date24th October 2019
Admit card download last date24th November 2019
CAT Exam date24th November 2019
CAT result date7th Jan 2020

2.XAT (Xavier’s Aptitude Test) Exam:

Second MBA entrance exam that we are going to discuss is the XAT exam. Conducted for getting admission into Xavier University and its constituent like XLRI, XISS etc.

Let us see some of the details of this exam mentioned below in the table.

Now check out the important dates of XAT 2019 Exam;

XAT Conducting bodyXavier’s School of Management
XAT EligibilityGraduation in any discipline and final year student can also apply
XAT Exam Pattern2 sections – the First section contains Quantitative ability, English language & logical reasoning, decision making. The second section – General knowledge and essay writing
Mode of XAT ExamOnline exam
XAT Exam Fee INR 1800
XAT Notification date10th August 2019 (Tentative)
XAT 2019 Registration date20th August 2019
Last date to apply9th December 2019
Admit card download start date22nd December 2019
XAT Exam date5th January 2020 (Tentative)
XAT result date20th Jan 2020 (Tentative)

3. GMAT (Graduate management admission Test) Exam:

GMAC is the conducted body of GMAT which is responsible for executing process across countries for taking admission into more than 7000 management schools; it is however conducted in 116 countries.

Let us see some of the details of this exam mentioned below in the table.

GMAT Conducting bodyGMAC
GMAT EligibilityGraduation in any discipline. Age is not a constraint.
GMAT Exam PatternFour sections; Analytical Writing Assessment
Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Reasoning
Mode of GMAT ExamOnline exam
GMAT Exam Fee$ 250 (Approx. 15000 INR)

Registration is open all year for the GMAT exam, and above all, it is available both online and offline mode. Duration of the exam is 3hr 7 minutes. Average test score accepted by the institute is around 650-790.

4. CMAT (Common management admission test)

CMAT is conducted by AICTE across all countries. It is a national level exam and colleges approved by AICTE accept this score. 

All the details of this CMAT exam are mentioned below in the table.

CMAT Conducting bodyAICTE
CMAT Eligibility50% marks in graduation in any discipline for general category students and 45% marks for reserved category.
CMAT Exam PatternFour sections; Analytical Writing Assessment
Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Reasoning
Mode of CMAT ExamOnline exam
CMAT Exam FeeINR 1400

Now check out the important dates of CMAT 2019 Exam;

CMAT 2019 Registration start date1st November 2019 (Tentative)
CMAT 2019 Registration end date30th November 2019 (Tentative)
Admit card download start date1st January 2020 (Tentative)
Admit card download end date19th January 2020 (Tentative)
CMAT Exam date19th January 2020 (Tentative)
CMAT result date8th February 2020 (Tentative)

5. MAT (Management aptitude test)

MAT is conducted by All India management associations (AIMA). It is also a national level exam and colleges across India accept this score. 

All the details of this MAT exam are mentioned below in the table.

MAT Conducting bodyAll India Management Association (AIMA)
MAT EligibilityGraduation in any discipline.
MAT Exam PatternFive sections; Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, Indian & Global Environment
Mode of MAT ExamOnline and Offline exam
MAT Exam FeeINR 1550. Candidate applying for Online offline both has to pay INR 2650.

The MAT exam is conducted 4 times in a year, mainly Feb, May, Sept, and December.  The score of the MAT exam is valid for whole one year, however, you can give this exam in every 3 months and can improve the score if you want. This exam is conducted to get into almost 300 business schools. To get into top colleges one needs to get 90+ percentile in the exam.

For MAT exam September edition, the dates are as follows;

Registration start date – 19th June 2019

Registration end date – 8th September 2019

Exam date – 1st September 2019 and 14th September 2019

Result date – 28th September 2019

6. ATMA (AIMS Test for Management Admissions)

ATMA is conducted by All India management associations (AIMA). It is also a national level exam and therefore colleges across India accept this score. 

All the details of this MAT exam are mentioned below in the table.

ATMA Conducting bodyAIMS
ATMA EligibilityGraduation in any discipline.
ATMA Exam PatternFive sections; Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis, Intelligence & Critical Reasoning, Indian & Global Environment
Mode of ATMA ExamOnline and Offline exam
ATMA Exam FeeINR 1550. Candidate applying for Online offline both has to pay INR 2650.

ATMA exam is conducted four times in a year, mainly Feb, May, June and July.  

Check the ATMA exam important dates here;

Registration start date – 28th June 2019

Registration end date – 22nd July 2019

Exam date – 28th July 2019

Result date – 2nd August 2019

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