Overview of CAT
The biggest and most popular entrance examination of India, Common Admission Test or CAT is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM). CAT scores are used for admission by 20 IIMs and various other management institutes across the country. 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. Registration for CAT begins in August-September and the exam is held in November-December.
CAT exam primarily consists of four segments: Verbal, Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. These segments are accordingly grouped into sections. CAT has three sections:
Overview of CMAT
The second largest management entrance examination of the country, 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 MBA aspirants after CAT. The first CMAT exam took place in 2012. However, it has fast become one of the most popular exams of the country. The exam is accepted by more than 500 MBA 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:
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.
Traditionally, XAT is held on the first Sunday of the year (January). XAT scores are accepted by XLRI, Jamshedpur and more than 100 management institutes.
XAT exam tests the candidate on four fronts:
Overview of SNAP
Conducted by Symbiosis International University, Symbiosis National Aptitude Test or SNAP is also a national-level management entrance examination. SNAP scores are primarily used for admission to 15 institutes under Symbiosis International University. However, many other MBA colleges use SNAP scores for admission. SNAP Exam is held in December and SNAP registrations take place till November.
SNAP Test is a computer-based exam and held for two hours. It tests a candidates on:
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
General Awareness: General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Business Scenario
Analytical & Logical Reasoning
Overview of NMAT by GMAC
NMIMS Management Aptitude Test (NMAT) is also one of the important MBA entrance exams. It has recently been acquired by GMAC 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 120 MCQs in 120 minutes.
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 by GMAC exam has three main sections:
Overview of MAT
Management Aptitude Test or MAT is also one of the most popular MBA entrance exams. More than 600 institutes accept MAT exam scores for admission to management programmes. 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 both online (computer-based) and offline (written) mode. Held for 150 minutes, MAT question paper has 200 questions. The aspirant is tested onthe following five areas:
Overview of IIFT Exam
IIFT entrance test is an institute specific entrance test. The exam is held for admission to the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT). IIFT Exam score is valid for admission to IIFT only. It is held in pen and paper mode. IIFT exam is conducted in November for two hours and consists of 200 multiple choice questions. It tests a candidate’s aptitude in the following areas:
Overview of ATMA
AIMS Test for Management Admissions or ATMA is also a national-level management entrance test. It is conducted in online as well as offline mode and held four times a year-February, May, July and August. ATMA scores are used for admission in by several management programmes in over 600 MBA institutes. Held for three hours, ATMA question paper consists of the following sections:
Overview of KMAT
Karnataka Management Aptitude Test or KMAT is also a state-level entrance examination for admission to post graduate level programmes offered by MBA 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.
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:
Overview of PGCET
Karnataka PGCET 2019 is organized by Karnataka Examination Authority. It is a state level entrance examination conducted for admission to 1st-year full time/part time MBA/MCA/M.Arch/M.Tech/ME and 2nd year (lateral entry) of MCA program. GATE qualifiers are exempted from the exam but are required to fill in the admission form. Nearly 20000 candidates appeared for the exam to grab a seat in any one of the 178 participating colleges.
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