National MBA Entrance Examinations to apply for an MBA in India

Are you planning to get an MBA in India in 2021?

By Aisyah Liliana 

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Are you considering enrolling in an Indian graduate school or getting an MBA in India in 2021?

One of the most common MBA entrance examinations is the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) examination.

The CAT or Common Admission Test is also commonly taken by Indian candidates as the first step towards applying for MBA programmes.

Now that CAT 2020 results have been announced, it will be a good time for MBA prospects to identify the other MBA entrance exams which are still open for admission to land yourself an opportunity to enrol in top business schools.

Besides the GMAT and CAT, prospective MBA candidates can qualify for programme admission by achieving good scores in these examinations:

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)

The XAT or Xavier Aptitude Test is for admission to Xavier School of Management XLRI and other top business schools if you are planning to get an MBA in India.

The XAT entrance examination is taken by students who are planning to enrol in IMT, XIMB, TAPMI, and more than 160 MBA Colleges in India.

Every year more than 1,00,000 candidates from all disciplines including engineering, commerce, humanities, science, law apply and appear in the XAT exam to get into the various MBA programmes offered by these top business schools.

The XAT examination consists of 100 multiple choice questions on decision making, verbal and logical ability, quantitative ability and data interpretation, and general knowledge.


Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)

CMAT is a national level entrance examination for admission to management programmes in India.

Students who achieve a good CMAT 2021 examination score will be accepted for MBA admission in more than 1000 All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) approved MBA colleges.

The CMAT is a three-hour Computer Based Online Test that is conducted to evaluate the candidate’s ability across various segments like quantitative techniques, logical reasoning, language comprehension, and general awareness.

Management Aptitude Test (MAT)

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) 2020 is conducted by the All India Management Association (AIMA) four times a year for MBA admission to more than 300 colleges in India.

The examination is divided into five sections: language comprehension, mathematical skills, data analysis and sufficiency, intelligence and critical reasoning, and Indian and global environment.



The NMAT by GMAC is a national-level MBA entrance test that will allow prospective candidates to apply for an MBA in India.

Students who succeed in this entrance examination can gain admission into NMIMS University, a top-ranked university in India for bachelor’s as well as Master’s programmes.

This admissions examination will also open doors to more than 30 leading business schools and universities including ISB-APPBA, SPJIMR-PGMPW, TAPMI-Mu Sigma, XUB, and VIT Vellor.

The NMAT by GMAC will focus on three areas, language skills, quantitative skills, and logical reasoning.

AIMS Test for Management Admissions (ATMA)

The Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) which conducts ATMA tests for MBA admissions has a membership of 740 top postgraduate management schools.

Students who secure a score in the range of 70 to 95 percentile in this examination will be accepted by MBA colleges in the country.


Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP)

The SNAP entrance examination is taken by candidates aspiring to join an MBA programme offered by any Institute of Symbiosis International.

Students keen on enrolling MBA programmes in Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM, Pune), Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies & Research (SICSR), Symbiosis Centre for Management & Human Resource Development (SCMHRD), Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS), and other similar programmes will be required to take the SNAP admissions test.

Every year around one hundred students from all disciplines including engineering, commerce, humanities, and even law take the SNAP Test to get into the 2,500 MBA seats in Symbiosis colleges.

The examination covers topics on general English, quantitative, data interpretation and data sufficiency, as well as analytical and logical reasoning.