Top MBA Entrance Exams 2024 in India: Dates, Registration, Top Colleges

Shivangi Ahirwar

Updated On: April 03, 2024 01:07 pm IST

Seeking MBA admissions in India? Here's everything you need to know about top MBA entrance exams 2024 in India, including important dates, exam pattern, syllabus, MBA colleges accepting their scores, and more!
MBA Entrance Exams 2024

The top MBA Entrance Exams 2024 in India are conducted throughout the year at national, state, or institute levels. Admission into top MBA colleges in the country is based on the candidate's score in MBA exams organized by different bodies. There are 8 main national-level MBA entrance exams in India including CAT, CMAT, MAT, GMAT, NMAT, XAT, SNAP, and ATMA. Many state-level exams are also conducted for MBA admissions, such as MAH MBA CET, KMAT, AP ICET, TS ICET, etc. In addition, many institutes also conduct their entrance exams like IBSAT, MICAT, KIITEE Management, etc.

Candidates seeking admission to top IIMs must qualify for the CAT exam, while those aiming for admission to Tier-2 private MBA colleges may appear for CMAT or MAT. Candidates having work experience of 2 to 3 years after graduation or recent graduates with a minimum aggregate of 50% are eligible to enrol for these MBA exams by the common qualifying requirements in India. If you're aspiring to pursue an MBA course and are currently preparing for an entrance exam, the following details about important information about MBA entrance exams in 2024 will prove to be quite helpful!

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Top MBA Entrance Exam 2024: Latest Updates

  • The AP ICET Application form will be available till April 27, 2024.

  • The TS ICET Application form will be available till April 30, 2024.

  • CMAT 2024 application form was released on March 29, 2024. The CMAT application form will be available till April 18, 2024.

  • The MAT application process for the May session is currently underway.

  • MAH MBA CET 2024 application deadline is February 6, 2024.
  • CMAT 2024 application form to be released soon.

  • KMAT Kerala registration last date is February 9, 2024.

  • CUET PG MBA registration ends on February 7, 2024.

  • The MAT application process 2024 for the February session is underway.

  • ATMA 2024 registration last date is February 11, 2024.

  • TANCET 2024 registration is ongoing.

MBA Entrance Exams 2024: Application & Exam Dates

It is important to know all dates and events related to the MBA entrance exam 2024 an aspirant is targeting for MBA admissions. Check out the table below for a detailed schedule of the list of MBA exams 2024:

Entrance Exam

Application Open

Application Close

Exam Date


CAT 2024

August 2024

September 2024

November 24, 2024

Last Week of December 2024

KMAT Karnataka 2024

June 2024

October 2024

 November 2024

November 2024

NMAT by GMAC 2024

August 2024

October 2024

October 2024

Within 48 Hours of the Exam

CMAT 2024

March 29, 2024

April 18, 2024

May 2024

May 2024

XAT 2024

July 15, 2023

December 10, 2023

January 7, 2024

January 31, 2024

SNAP 2024

August 2024

November 2024

December 2024

January 2025

ATMA 2024 (May Session)

April 2024

May 2024

May 11, 2024

May 2024

MICAT 2024

  • MICAT I: September 14, 2023

  • MICAT II: November 23, 2023

  • MICAT I: November 20, 2023

  • MICAT II: January 17, 2024

  • MICAT I: December 2, 2023

  • MICAT II: January 27, 2024

  • MICAT I: December 21, 2023

  • MICAT II: February 15, 2024

IBSAT 2024

July 1, 2024

December 2024

December 2024

December 2024


September 1, 2023

January 15, 2024

January 17, 2024

January 19-21, 2024


January 11, 2024

February 12, 2024

March 9, 10, 11 2024

Last week of April 2024

AP ICET 2024

March 6, 2024

April 27, 2024

May 6 & 7, 2024

June 20, 2024

TS ICET 2024

March 7, 2024

April 30, 2024

June 5 & 6, 2024

June 28, 2024


January 25, 2024

March 22, 2024

May 6 & 10, 2024

June 2024


Last Week of December 2023

Third Week of January 2024

  • Online: Written Ability Test and Online Personal Interview for Indian Nationals: 2nd Week of February to 1st Week of March 2024

  • Offline On campus: On-Campus Personal Interviews and WAT at IRMA for Indian Nationals: 2nd Week of February to 1st Week of March 2024

  • Announcement of final results for Indian Nationals: 4th week of March 2024

  • Announcement of final results for NRIs: 4th week of March 2024


January 10, 2024

February 15, 2024

March 9, 2024

March 28, 2024

MAT 2024 (May Session)

March 29, 2023

  • PBT: May 28, 2024

  • CBT: May 19, 2024

  • IBT-1: May 16, 2024

  • IBT-2: May 21, 2024

  • IBT-3: May 28, 2024

  • PBT: June 2, 2024

  • CBT: May 26, 2024

  • IBT-1: May 19, 2024

  • IBT-2: May 24, 2024

  • IBT-3: May 31, 2024


MBA Entrance Exams 2024: Application Fees

Here is a breakdown of the application fees for MBA entrance exams, which vary based on candidates' category: general or reserved.

MBA Entrance Exam

General Category Fees

Reserved Category Fees


INR 2800

INR 2800


INR 2300

1INR 150


INR 2000

INR 1000


INR 1985

INR 1985


INR 1950

INR 1950


INR 1900

INR 1900


INR 1800

INR 800


INR 1750

INR 1750

KIITEE Management

INR 1250

INR 1250


INR 1000

INR 800

Colleges Accepting Scores of Top MBA Entrance Exams

Check out the top 5 MBA exams that have the highest acceptance rate in India, given below:

MBA Entrance Exam

Top Participating Colleges


21 IIMs, MDI Gurgaon, IIFM Bhopal, TAPMI ManipalIMI Delhi, etc.


NMIMS Mumbai, Amity University, ICFAI Business School, etc.


XBS, XIME, XIMR, Mumbai, Loyola IBA, GIM Goa, K J Somaiya, BIMTECH Noida, etc.


ISBS Pune, DBS Dehradun, GLIM Chennai, JIM Noida, IISWBM, Kolkata, etc.


ISB, GLIM Gurgaon, XLRI Jamshedpur, FMS DelhiNISM Mumbai, etc.




Amity University Noida, Amrita School of Business, LPU-, New Delhi Institute of Management, Jaipuria Noida, Christ University, Birla Institute of Management, etc


Anna University, PSGIM, CoimbatoreTSM Madurai, Sona SOM Salem, SRM University Chennai, etc.

Karnataka PGCET

PES University, PIMS Bangalore, SJES BangaloreKJC Bangalore, etc.


JBIMS Mumbai, K J Somaiya, BIMM Pune, ITM Business School, etc.


KSOM, Astha School of Management, GITA Bhubaneswar, IPSAR Cuttack, etc.


Andhra University, IFMR Chennai, Rayalaseema University, GITAM Insitute of Management, etc.


Dr B R Ambedkar Institute of Management & Technology, Malla Reddy Engineering College, Kakatiya Institute of Technology and Science, Vivekvardhini College School of Business Management, Guru Nanak Institute of Technology, St Xaviers PG College, etc


School of Business, UPES Dehradun


HPU Business School, Himachal Pradesh University

Overview of CAT

CAT (Common Admission Test) is the most popular entrance exam for MBA Admissions in India conducted by IIMs once every year in November. More than 2 lakh students appear for this exam every year. The purpose of CAT is to screen candidates for admission into the flagship PGP in Management courses offered by the 21 IIMs in India. Apart from IIMs, more than 1,000 MBA colleges accept CAT scores. Check out the links below to know complete information about the CAT exam.

CAT Application Form

CAT Eligibility Criteria

CAT Exam Pattern

CAT Preparation Tips

CAT Syllabus

CAT Previous Year Papers

CAT Selection Process

CAT Participating Colleges

Overview of XAT

XAT or the Xavier Aptitude Test is a national-level entrance examination conducted for candidates who wish to pursue management courses from Xavier Labour Relation Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur, and other institutes that consider XAT scores for admission to their PG management programs. XLRI has been conducting the XAT exam for 70+ years on behalf of the Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI). The XAT exam is conducted as a computer-based examination that is typically held on the first Sunday of January every year. More than 75000 candidates appear for this exam each year. Know more about XAT by clicking on the links given below.

XAT Application Form

XAT Eligibility Criteria

XAT Exam Pattern

XAT Preparation Tips

XAT Syllabus

XAT Previous Year Papers

XAT Selection Process

XAT Participating Colleges

Overview of CMAT

CMAT is a popular MBA entrance exam conducted for admission to AICTE-approved MBA colleges in India. It is considered the second-most popular MBA entrance exam in India conducted by the National Testing Agency every year. Approximately 70,000 candidates appear for the exam every year. CMAT is a computer-based exam that tests the candidate’s aptitude in four main sections, namely- Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, General Awareness, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Go through the links below for more details about the CMAT exam.

CMAT Application Form

CMAT Eligibility Criteria

CMAT Exam Pattern

CMAT Preparation Tips

CMAT Syllabus

CMAT Previous Year Papers

CMAT Selection Process

CMAT Participating Colleges

Overview of NMAT by GMAC

NMAT by GMAC is a popular management entrance examination organized and conducted by the GMAC. The main aim of the NMAT by GMAC is to provide aspiring candidates with the scope of admissions to the courses offered by leading MBA colleges in India, such as VIT Vellore, SPJIMR Mumbai, XIM Bhubaneswar, and many more. NMAT by GMAC is conducted once a year, over a test window of 70-100 days. Candidates get to choose a suitable date, time, and venue to appear in the computer-based test. NMAT by GMAC 2023 score is also accepted by top B-Schools across 11 countries. Check out the links below to know more about the NMAT by GMAC exam.

NMAT by GMAC Application Form

NMAT by GMAC Eligibility Criteria

NMAT by GMAC Exam Pattern

NMAT by GMAC Preparation Tips

NMAT by GMAC Syllabus

NMAT by GMAC Previous Year Papers

NMAT by GMAC Selection Process

NMAT by GMAC Participating Colleges

Overview of SNAP

Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) is a national-level entrance test conducted by Symbiosis International (Deemed University) for admission to the 26 MBA programs offered at its 16 constituent institutes. The question paper comprises 60 MCQs from General English, Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency, and Analytical & Logical Reasoning. Candidates can appear for the SNAP exam three times and the best of the three attempts is considered their final score. Click on the links below to learn more about the SNAP test.

SNAP Application Form

SNAP Eligibility Criteria

SNAP Exam Pattern

SNAP Preparation Tips

SNAP Syllabus

SNAP Previous Year Papers

SNAP Selection Process

SNAP Participating Colleges

Overview of MAT

MAT (Management Aptitude Test) is a standardized national-level MBA entrance exam conducted by the All India Management Association (AIMA) once a year. More than 800 MBA colleges in India accept MAT scores to offer admission into MBA, PGDM, and allied management programmes. It is the only MBA entrance exam in India that offers candidates the option to appear in Paper Based Test (PBT), Computer Based Test (CBT), and Internet Based Test (IBT) modes. MAT is conducted 4 times a year in February, May, September, and December. The MAT question paper has 200 MCQs from five subjects - Language Comprehension, Data Analysis & Sufficiency and Mathematical Skills, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, and Indian & Global Environment. Know more about the MAT exam by clicking on the links below.

MAT Application Form

MAT Eligibility Criteria

MAT Exam Pattern

MAT Preparation Tips

MAT Syllabus

MAT Previous Year Papers

MAT Selection Process

MAT Participating Colleges

Overview of MAH MBA CET

MAH MBA CET is a state-level entrance exam conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education in Maharashtra for admission to management courses like MBA, MMS, PGDBM, and PGDM in several institutes across the state. MAH MBA CET comprises four sections namely, Logical Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, and Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension. The question paper contains 200 multiple-choice questions that students have to attempt in 150 minutes (2.5 hours). For every correct answer, candidates will be awarded 1 mark, and the best part is that there is no negative marking in the exam. Click on the links below for complete details about the MAH MBA CET.

MAH MBA CET Application Form

MAH MBA CET Eligibility Criteria

MAH MBA CET Exam Pattern

MAH MBA CET Preparation Tips

MAH MBA CET Syllabus

MAH MBA CET Previous Year Papers

MAH MBA CET Selection Process

MAH MBA CET Participating Colleges

Overview of AP ICET

AP ICET is a state-level entrance examination conducted for admission to various B-schools and MBA colleges in Andhra Pradesh. The exam is generally held in May and is conducted by Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, on behalf of Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE). Its purpose is to provide admission opportunities to aspiring MBA students in Andhra Pradesh. Find more information about the AP ICET exam in the links below.

AP ICET Application Form

AP ICET Eligibility Criteria

AP ICET Exam Pattern

AP ICET Preparation Tips

AP ICET Syllabus

AP ICET Previous Year Papers

AP ICET Selection Process

AP ICET Participating Colleges

Overview of TS ICET

Telangana State Integrated Common Entrance Test, commonly known as TS ICET, is a state-level MBA and MCA entrance exam. The exam is conducted annually by Kakatiya University, Warangal on behalf of the Telangana State Council for Higher Education. The TS ICET 2024 exam comprises 200 MCQs from three sections that have to be solved in 2 hours and 30 minutes. TS ICET 2024 is conducted for the candidates who wish to enrol in MBA course and MCA course courses in TS ICET 2024 participating colleges. Check out the links below for more details about the TS ICET exam.

TS ICET Application Form

TS ICET Eligibility Criteria

TS ICET Exam Pattern

TS ICET Preparation Tips

TS ICET Syllabus

TS ICET Previous Year Papers

TS ICET Selection Process

TS ICET Participating Colleges

Once you have decided which MBA college you wish to join, you can check the MBA exams it accepts for admission in India. Most colleges accept scorecards of multiple examinations. If you are confused about which exam you should take, you may find it helpful to go through this detailed comparison of top MBA entrance exams in India.

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Are there direct admissions to MBA programs without entrance exams?

Yes, there are direct admissions to MBA programs without entrance exams in India However, some institutes, especially those offering executive MBA programs, may consider work experience, qualifications, and GD/PI performance in lieu of entrance exams. Some also offer admissions through management quota.

How many times are these national-level MBA exams conducted?

The number of times national-level MBA exams are conducted varies. CAT is conducted once a year, GMAT is available throughout the year, ATMA is held 4-5 times annually, MAT is conducted multiple times a year, CMAT is an annual exam, XAT is conducted once a year, NMAT has a 74-day test window, and SNAP, IBSAT are held once a year.

Are all MBA entrance exams in India 2023-24 designed in the same manner?

No, all MBA entrance exams in India 2023-24 are not designed in the same manner. The exam pattern, subjects, and scoring pattern differ for varying entrance exams. Yet they are all aimed at assessing the aptitude level of candidates for management courses, hence, you will find them quite similar to each other. The similarity makes it easier to prepare for multiple exams simultaneously.

Can I apply at IIMs with MBA entrance exams other than CAT?

No, you cannot apply at IIMs with MBA entrance exams other than CAT. CAT has been specifically designed for admissions to IIM-offered courses. Moreover, IIMs are the top institutes in India and have a proper reason to rely on their system of selection rather than others. That said, you may inquire at the applied IIM about the acceptability of GMAT scores, however, no other scores shall be acceptable.

What are the main national-level MBA entrance exams in India?

The main national-level MBA entrance exams in India include CAT, GMAT, ATMA, MAT, CMAT, XAT, NMAT, SNAP, and IBSAT.

How to decide which MBA entrance exam in India is best to apply for MBA courses?

Deciding which MBA entrance exam in India is best to apply for MBA courses requires strategic planning. It is best to explore and finalize the registration deadlines and exam dates of all the main examinations. You need to match them with your shortlisted institutes and explore their exam pattern and sections. The exams which match the most in pattern and subjects must be attempted to maximise the scope of application.

Are there different MBA entrance exams in India for different MBA specialisations?

No, there are no different MBA entrance exams in India for different MBA specializations. To apply for any MBA program, no matter the specialization, you have to use scores of accepted entranceexams. In India, there are various entrance exams, but they vary based on who organizes them and which institute(s) accept them. The way the exams are set up and how they're scored depends on the conducting body.

In case of the presence of an institutional entrance exam is it all right to apply with the CAT exam score?

In case the institute you are applying to has its institutional entrance exam then it is preferable to apply with the said exam rather than with CAT exam scores. While CAT is accepted by all the institutes in India offering MBA courses, it is better to apply with indigenous entrance exams if one exists. That said, even if you apply with CAT scores, your application will be reviewed by the institute in a manner equivalent to its separate entrance exam scores.

Which is better CAT or GMAT?

To understand which is better, CAT or GMAT depends on your goals and the institutes you want to enrol in. Choosing between CAT and GMAT depends on where you want to apply. While both are accepted by Indian MBA institutes, CAT won't help if you're applying abroad, and GMAT won't be useful for IIMs. Make your decision based on the specific institutes you plan to apply to.

Is XAT more difficult than CAT?

No, the XAT is not more difficult than CAT. CAT is the toughest entrance test for management courses in India. The IIMs, which are government-run management institutes, use CAT to assess the aptitude of candidates. Three of these IIMs are among the world's top 100 business schools. Although XLRI institutes are well-respected and rank closely behind IIMs, the XAT exam is considered easier than CAT.

Which is the best MBA entrance exam in India?

The best entrance exam in India is the Common Admissions Test or CAT. It is designed to assess the aptitude of students interested in pursuing higher studies in management courses with the Indian Institute of Management. All 20 IIMs require the students to provide CAT scores while applying for admission. While the cut-off percentile of different IIMs differs, it is primarily expected that the candidates have a 97 or above percentile for successful admission.

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