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

Sakunth Kumar
Sakunth KumarUpdated On: November 08, 2022 04:57 pm IST | 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 2023 may have started preparing for the numerous entrance exams being conducted in 2022. The notifications of several entrance exam such as CAT, MAT, IIFT etc have been 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.

CAT Mock Test 2022 Link (Official)

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.

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) – 40 Minutes
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning – 40 Minutes
  • Quantitative Ability – 40 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

228

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

Most 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 

November 27, 2022

Last week of February 2023

October 10 to December 19, 2022      January 8, 2023       December 11, 2022December 10, 18 and 23, 2022February 23, 2023
May 28, 2023
July 23, 2023
November 20 to December 17, 2022

CAT Vs XAT 

Here is the comparison between CAT and XAT exam.

  • The CAT is the MBA entrance exam for 20 IIMs, FMS, IITs' MBA, MDI, SPJIMR, as well as more than 3000 MBA colleges.
  • The MBA admission exam for institutions like XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, and XIMB, is called XAT and is administered by XLRI Jamshedpur.
  • The varying subjects and sections are one of the main distinctions between the syllabus of the CAT and XAT exams. Decision Making and General Knowledge portions are absent from the CAT exam, although they are present in separate sections on the XAT exam.
  • The difficulty level of the XAT Vs. CAT is another significant distinction. Compared to the CAT exam, the XAT is regarded as slightly more challenging.
  • If one wants to be considered for admission to XLRI, one should take the XAT exam, but if one wishes to pursue an MBA at an IIM, one should take the CAT exam.

Component

IIMs’ CAT

XLRI - XAT

Date of Exam

November 27, 2022

January 8, 2023

When to Apply

1st week of August to last week of September

3rd week of August to 2nd week of December

Exam Conducting Body

Indian Institutes of Management (IIM)

Xavier School of Management (XLRI) Jamshedpur

Mode of the Exam

Computer Based Test

Computer Based Test

Total Number of Questions

66 (Since 2021, Earlier 100)

101 (Since 2022, earlier 100)

Overall Time Limit 

2 hours (Since 2020, Earlier 3 hours)

3 hours & 10 Minutes (Since 2022, earlier 3 hours)

Type of Questions

48-50 questions are MCQs, rest Non-MCQs

100 MCQs + 1 subjective on Essay Writing

Number of Answer Options for MCQs

4

  5

Marks Awarded for each Correct Answer

3

  •   1 for MCQs
  •   3 for Essay Writing

Negative Marking

  • 1/3 negative marking for MCQs
  • No negative marking for Non-MCQs
  • 1/4 negative marking for 75 MCQs
  • No negative marking for 25 MCQs. These MCQs are on GK and Essay writing test

Difficulty Level

Moderately Difficult

More difficult than CAT

Total Number of Sections

3

  3 (Main sections)

  2 (GK & Essay Test scores are not taken into consideration for percentile calculation)

Option to Select Order of Sections

No, candidates have to adhere to the pre-defined sectional order.

Yes, candidates can attempt any question from any section within the overall time limit.

Sectional Time Limit

40 Minute time limit for each section

No Restriction

Top MBA Colleges Accepting Exam Score

20 IIMs, XIMB, TAPMI, IMI, IMT, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IITs, etc.

XLRI, SPJIMR, TAPMI, IMT, XIMB, etc.

CAT Vs IIFT 

Provided below is the difference between the IIM CAT and IIFT.

  • CAT is the required entrance exam for admission to IIMs, and the IIFT entrance exam is the required entrance exam for admission to MBA (IB) at all three Indian Institute of Foreign Trade campuses.
  • CAT and IIFT are now both computer-based tests.
  • While the IIFT exam pattern changes annually, the CAT exam pattern is permanent.
  • While the IIFT's marking scheme ranges between 0.5 and 1 marks for each correct answer, the CAT has a consistent marking scheme for each correct answer with +3 marks.
  • While the IIFT entrance test is institute-based and provides admission to the IIFT Delhi, Kolkata, and Kakinada campuses, the CAT offers admission opportunities in 20 IIMs, SPJIMR, MDI, IITs, FMS, IMI, NITIE, and JBIMS among other institutions.

Component

IIMs’ CAT

IIFT

Exam Date

November 27, 2022

December  4, 2022

When to Apply

1st week of August to last week of September

1st week of September to 3rd week of October

Exam Conducting Body

Indian Institutes of Management (IIM)

National Testing Agency (NTA) on behalf of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)

Mode of the Exam

Computer Based Test

Paper-Pen Based Test

Total Number Questions

66 (Since 2021, Earlier 100)

110 (Expected)

Usually it varies between 110 to 114.

Overall Time Limit

2 hours (Since 2020, Earlier 3 hours)

2 hours

Type of Questions

48-50 questions are MCQs, rest Non-MCQs

All 110 to 114 questions are MCQs

Number of Answer Options for MCQs

4

  4

Total Maximum marks

198

300

Marks Awarded for each Correct Answer

+3

+ 0.5 to +1 mark  

Negative Marking

  • MCQs have a negative marking of 1/3rd marks.
  • No negative marking for Non-MCQs

1/3rd marks deducted for each wrong answer

Difficulty Level

Moderately Difficult

Higher difficulty level

Total Sections

3 Sections

4 sections

Option to Select Order of Sections

No, candidates have to adhere to the pre-defined sectional order

Yes, candidates can attempt any question from any section within the overall time limit.

Individual Sectional Time Limit

Each section has a 40-minute time limit

No sectional time limit

Top MBA Colleges Accepting Exam Score

20 IIMs, XIMB, TAPMI, IMI, IMT, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IITs, etc.

IIFT Kolkata, IIFT Delhi, IIFT Kakinada

CAT Vs SNAP 

Check the comparison between CAT and SNAP provided below

Component

IIMs CAT

SNAP

Date of Exam

November 27, 2022

December 18, 2022

Total Number of Questions

66

60

Overall Time Limit

2 hours

1 hour

Type of Questions

48-50 questions are MCQs. Others are Non-MCQs.

All questions are in MCQ format.

Number of Answer Options for MCQs

4

4

Marks Awarded for each Correct Answer

3

1

Negative Marking

  • 1/3 negative marking for MCQs
  • No negative marking for Non-MCQs

-0.25 mark

Difficulty Level

Difficult

Moderate

Total Number of Sections

3

4

Option to Select Order of Sections

No, candidates have to adhere to the pre-defined sectional order

Yes, candidates can attempt any question from any section within the overall time limit.

Individual Sectional Time Limit

Each section has a time limit of 40 minutes.

No individual sectional time limit

CAT vs CMAT

  • While IIMs administer CAT, National Testing Agency (NTA) administers CMAT on behalf of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
  • The CMAT score is not accepted by IIMs, FMS, MDI, IITs, SPJIMR, or any other top MBA colleges in India. They only accept CAT scores.
  • Compared to the CAT exam, the CMAT is a less difficult exam.
  • For incorrect answers, the CMAT has a negative marking of 25%, while the CAT has a negative marking of 33%.
  • No CMAT applicant is disqualified and all are eligible for shortlisting; however, IIMs only select applicants with the minimum qualifying sectional score.
ComponentIIMs CATAICTE-CMAT
Date of Exam November 27, 2022February 25-26, 2023  (Tentative)
When to Apply1st week of August to last week of September2nd week of October to 3rd week of December
Exam Conducting BodyIndian Institutes of Management (IIM)National Testing Agency (NTA)
Mode of the ExamComputer Based TestComputer Based Test
Total Number of Questions66100  
Overall Time Limit 2 hours3 hours
Type of Questions48-50 questions are MCQs. All other questions are Non-MCQs100 MCQs
Number of Answer Options for MCQs4  4
Marks Awarded for each Correct Answer+3 +4
Negative Marking
  • MCQs have a negative marking of -1/3 marks.
  • No negative marking for Non-MCQs
-1/4 negative marking
Difficulty Level
Moderately DifficultEasy to Moderate
Total Number of Sections3  5
Option to Select Order of SectionsNo, candidates have to adhere to the pre-defined sectional orderYes, candidates can attempt any question from any section within the overall time limit.
Sectional Time LimitEach section with 40 minute time limitNo Restriction


MAT vs CAT

Here is the difference between CAT and MAT.

Component

IIMs CAT

MAT

Date of Exam 

November 27, 2022

November 20 to December 17, 2022

Exam Conducting Body

Indian Institutes of Management (IIM)

All India Management Association (AIMA)

Mode of the Exam

Computer Based Test

CBT, PBT, IBT

Total Number of Questions

66

200 

Overall Time Limit

2 hours

2 hours and 30 minutes

Type of Questions

48-50 questions are MCQs. All other questions are Non-MCQs

200 MCQs (40 in each section)

Marks Awarded for each Correct Answer

+3

+1

Negative Marking

  • MCQs have a negative marking of -1/3 marks.
  • No negative marking for Non-MCQs

-0.25 negative marking for each wrong answer.

Difficulty Level

Moderately Difficult

Easy to Moderate

Total Number of Sections

3

  5

Sectional Time Limit

Each section with 40 minute time limit

No Restriction

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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