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CAT vs CMAT, NMAT, XAT, SNAP, IIFT & Other MBA Entrance Exams

Sakunth Kumar
Sakunth KumarPublished On: February 26, 2021 | CMAT

MBA exam season has begun and it is time for the candidates to keep a track on the latest events of all the upcoming popular entrance exams. The detailed comparison between CAT, CMAT, NMAT, XAT, IIFT, SNAP, ATMA and MAT can be checked here.

MBA Entrance Exams

Aspirants looking forward to MBA admissions 2021 may have started preparing for the numerous entrance exams that began in October 2020. The notifications of many entrance exam such as CAT, MAT, IIFT etc.will be released on their respective websites. It is advisable for candidates to have complete awareness on the schedule of upcoming MBA entrance exams in India so that they do not miss out any of the important dates. Almost all the top MBA exams have a similar syllabus and exam structure, however, it may vary a bit from exam to exam.

Candidates should also understand that if they appear for multiple entrance exams, then the chances of getting admission in top management schools of the country will be more. Preparing for multiple entrance exams will also enhance the knowledge of the candidates and will enable them to perform well in upcoming entrance exams.

Also Read: GMAT vs CAT Differences: Which is Better?

It is often challenging to choose the best entrance exam for getting admission in MBA course. CAT is one of the popular management exams conducted by IIMs. CAT score is also considered by 3,000 non-IIM B-Schools across the country.

In this article, a detailed comparison has been made between the CAT and other MBA entrance exams such as CMAT, NMAT, XAT, IIFT, SNAP, ATMA and MAT. The comparison will help the candidates to choose the best exam depending on their time and preparation.

Comparison between CAT, CMAT, NMAT, XAT, IIFT, SNAP, ATMA and MAT:

The detailed comparison between CAT and other popular MBA entrance exams such as CMAT, NMAT, XAT, IIFT, SNAP, ATMA and MAT can be checked below.

Exam Name

CAT

CMAT

NMAT

XAT

IIFT

SNAP

ATMA

MAT

Conducting Body

IIMs

National Testing Agency (NTA)

GMAC

XLRI Jamshedpur

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade

Symbiosis International Deemed University

Association of Indian Management Schools

All India Management Association

Exam Mode

Computer-Based Test

Computer-Based Test

Computer-Based Test

Computer-Based Test

Expected to be Conducted in Online Mode from 2019

Online Test

Online & Offline Test

Computer-Based and Paper-Based test

Frequency of Exam

Once a Year

Twice a Year

Candidates can re-take the exam within the stipulated exam dates

Once a Year

Once a Year

Once a Year

Five Times a Year

Four Times a Year

Duration

2 Hours

(120 Minutes)

3 Hours

(180 Minutes)

2 Hours (120 Minutes)

180 Minutes (3 Hours)

120 Minutes (2 Hours)

60 Minutes (1 Hour)

3 Hours (180 Minutes)

2 ½ Hours (150 Minutes)

Number of Sections

03

04 + 01(Optional)

03

04

06

04

06

05

Sectional Time Limit

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) – 60 Minutes
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning – 60 Minutes
  • Quantitative Ability – 60 Minutes

No Time Limit

  • Language Skills (22 Minutes)
  • Quantitative Skills (60 Minutes)
  • Logical Reasoning (38 Minutes)
  • Verbal and Logical Ability
  • Decision-Making
  • Quantitative Ability and Data interpretation
  • General Knowledge

No Time Limit

No Time Limit

30 Minutes for Each Section

  • Language Comprehension – 30 Minutes
  • Mathematical Skills – 40 Minutes
  • Data Analysis & Sufficiency – 35 Minutes
  • Intelligence & Critical Reasoning – 30 Minutes
  • Indian & Global Environment – 15 Minutes

Types of Question Format

72-75 questions are MCQs, rest Non-MCQs.

Objective Type MCQs

Objective Type MCQs

Objective Type MCQs

Objective Type MCQs

Objective Type MCQs

Objective Type MCQs

Objective Type MCQs

Option to Choose Order of Sections

Candidates are not allowed to switch between sections

Candidate can answer questions in any section

Test taker can choose the order of sections in NMAT. Once the order of the sections is selected, the NMAT test taker should follow this order.

-

Candidate can answer questions in any section

Candidate can answer questions in any section

Candidates need to Answer Each Section Accordingly

Candidate can answer questions in any section

Total Marks

300

400

120

100

100

60

180

200

Marking for Correct Answer

03

04

01

01

Changes from Section to Section: -

  • Data Interpretation – 0.75 marks
  • Logical Reasoning – 1 Mark
  • General Awareness – 0.5 Mark
  • Verbal Ability – 1 Mark
  • Reading Comprehension – 1 Mark
  • Quantitative Aptitude – 1 Mark

01

01

01

Marking for Incorrect Answer

-1

-1

No Negative Marking

-0.25 (MCQs in XAT GK section are free from Negative Marking)

Changes from Section to Section: -

  • Data Interpretation – 0.33 Marks
  • Logical Reasoning – 0.25 Mark
  • General Awareness – 0.17 Mark
  • Verbal Ability – 0.33 Mark
  • Reading Comprehension – 0.33Mark
  • Quantitative Aptitude – 0.33 Mark

Each wrong answer attract 25% negative marks

No Negative Marking

¼ of the total marks or 0.25 mark

Difficulty Level

Moderate to Difficult

Moderate to Difficult

Moderate to Difficult

Moderate to Difficulty

Moderate to Difficult

Easy to Difficult

Easy to Difficult

Moderate to Difficult

Syllabus Difference

  • Grammar
  • Para Correction
  • Sentence Correction
  • Word Usage
  • Analogies
  • Idioms
  • Para Jumble
  • Pie Chart
  • Graph Tables
  • Data Arrangement
  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Calculus
  • Trigonometry
  • Mensuration
  • Geometry
  • Mensuration
  • Number Systems
  • Fraction and Decimals
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Matrix Arrangements
  • Coding and De-coding
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • General Awareness
  • English Grammar
  • Algebra (Linear/Quadratic Equation)
  • Trigonometry
  • Mensuration
  • Probability
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Coding & Decoding
  • Series
  • Syllogisms
  • Statement Conclusions
  • Synonyms
  • Anonyms
  • Idioms
  • Vocabulary

  • Vocabulary
  • Analogy
  • Para Jumbles
  • Para completion
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Statements & Assumptions
  • Decision-making problems
  • Geometry
  • Algebra
  • Mensuration
  • General Awareness/ Knowledge
  • Bar Graph
  • Line Graph
  • Pie Chart
  • Table Caselets
  • Comparisons
  • Deductions
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Series & Analysis
  • Input & Output
  • Directions
  • Seating
  • Selections
  • Grammar
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Number
  • Geometry
  • Mensuration
  • Logarithms
  • ERPV
  • PPL
  • Probability
  • Permutation & Combination
  • Data Arrangement
  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Calculus
  • Trigonometry
  • Mensuration
  • Probability
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Coding & Decoding
  • Series
  • Syllogisms
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Course of Action
  • Statement-Inference
  • Strong/Weak Arguments
  • Statement Conclusions
  • Grammar
  • Jumbled sentences
  • Vocabulary
  • RC Passages
  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Modern Math
  • Coding-decoding
  • Strengthen/Weaken arguments Statement-Conclusion
  • Arrangements
  • Syllogisms
  • Data sufficiency

  • Data Arrangement
  • Blood Relations
  • Series and Sequences and Critical Reasoning
  • Direction Sense
  • Input/Output analysis
  • Coding
  • Decoding
  • Mathematics
  • Arithmetic
  • Geometry
  • General Knowledge

Top 05 or 10 Colleges Accepting Exam Score

Exam Date 2020/2021

28th November 2021(Tentative)

Last week of March 2021/ First week of April 2021

First week of January 2022

First week of January 2022

First week of January 2022

First week of January 2022

Second week of February 2022

20th February 2021

Also Read: MBA in India vs MBA Abroad: Which is More Valuable?

CAT Vs XAT 

Here is the comparison between CAT and XAT exam.

CAT vs XAT

CAT Vs NMAT 

Provided below is the difference between the IIM CAT and NMAT

NMAT vs CAT

CAT Vs SNAP 

Check the comparison between CAT and SNAP provided below

SNAP vs CMAT

MAT vs CAT

Here is the difference between CAT and MAT

MAT vs CAT

Other Popular MBA Colleges in India

Check the table below for some other popular colleges in India known for their MBA courses.

CollegeLocationCourse Fee
(in Rs. lakhs)
Amity University ManesarGurgaon8.64
Lovely Professional University (LPU)Jalandhar5.80
Vishwa Vishwani Institute of Systems and Management (VVISM)Hyderabad--
International Institute of Business Studies (IIBS)Bangalore7.46
NIMS UniversityJaipur2.06
Jagannath Institute of Management Studies (JIMS)New Delhi5.34
ICFAI Business School (IBS)Hyderabad10.50
GITAM Deemed UniversityVisakhapatnam8.50
BML Munjal UniversityGurgaon10.50
D Y Patil University School of ManagementMumbai8.40

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FAQs

What is the difference between CAT and IIFT?

CAT is conducted for admission to the IIMs and other top B-Schools of India while IIFT is conducted for admission to IIFT. The exam pattern and eligibility criteria of both the exams are different. Candidates can check the difference between CAT and IIFT from here.

What is the syllabus of IIFT?

The syllabus of IIFT contains some important topics such as Line Graph, Synonyms, Reading Comprehension, Mensuration, Permutation & Combination

Who is the conducting body of CMAT and SNAP?

CMAT is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) and SNAP is conducted by Symbiosis International Deemed University

What is the duration of CAT and XAT?

The duration of CAT is 2 hours while the duration of XAT is 3 hours

How can I check the exam pattern of CAT, XAT and other management entrance exams?

You can check the exam pattern of CAT, XAT and other management entrance exams from their official website. The exam pattern as well as other details of all management entrance exams are also provided here.

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