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MBA Entrance Exams in India 2022-23 - Exam Dates, Registration, Admission, Syllabus, Pattern

Shivangi Ahirwar
Shivangi AhirwarUpdated On: December 08, 2022 07:56 pm IST
Seeking MBA admissions in India. Here's everything you need to know about top MBA entrance exams in India, including important dates, exam pattern, syllabus, MBA colleges accepting their scores, and more!
MBA Entrance Exams in India

MBA Entrance Exams in India -Master of Business Administration (MBA) is one of the most promising management degrees offered by various B-Schools across the country. Admission into top MBA colleges in India is based on the candidate's score in an MBA entrance exam that is conducted by different bodies. There are 8 main national-level MBA entrance exams in India. These are 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. by Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana respectively.

Usually, the MBA entrance exam season begins in September or October every year and continues until March of the following year. Popular national-level management exams like CAT, CMAT, XAT, SNAP, MAT etc take place in November, December, and January. If you are aspiring to appear for these exams, the following details and schedule of MBA entrance exams 2022-2023 will be very helpful for you!

List of Top MBA Entrance Exams in India 2022-23

Here are some important details about the top MBA entrance exams in India that you can appear in for the session 2022-23.

CAT (Common Admission Test)

CAT or Common Admission Test is one of the most popular national-level MBA entrance exams in India. It is conducted by the Indian Institute of Management once a year, on a rotational basis, in a computer-based mode for two hours. CAT scores can get you admission into MBA courses offered by 20 IIMs and over 1200 B-Schools in India. One can also get admission into Executive MBA, PhD, and FPM programmes through CAT scores.

CAT question paper has MCQs & non-MCQs from three sections: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Ability (QA). With over 2 lakh applicants taking the CAT every year, it is deemed to be one of the toughest MBA entrance exams in India.

CAT 2022 was conducted on November 27, 2022, in three slots across 150 test cities in India. Students who appeared for the exam download the CAT 2022 Question Paper for Slot 1, Slot 2, and Slot 3, as well as the CAT exam analysis 2022, and CAT 2022 answer key, and know about the CAT cutoff 2022 for IIMs from the links below. You can also get access to the memory-based questions in a PDF format given below.

CAT Question Paper 2022CAT Exam Analysis 2022
CAT Answer Key 2022 (Released)CAT Cutoff 2022 for IIMs


Also Read: Importance of CAT in MBA Admissions

CMAT (Common Management Admission Test)

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is another popular MBA entrance exam in India conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission into MBA/PGDM courses. CMAT score is accepted by some of the top B-schools in India including JBIMS Mumbai, SIMSREE Mumbai, Great Lakes Institute of Management, and more.

The CMAT question paper is of 400 marks and comprises 100 questions from Language Comprehension, General Awareness, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, and Logical Reasoning. It is a Computer Based Test (CBT) conducted for three hours.

Also Read: List of Top MBA Colleges Accepting 90+ CMAT Percentile

XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test)

XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) is a national-level MBA entrance examination that screens candidates for admission into MBA/PGDM programmes. XAT scores are accepted by XLRI Jamshedpur, its conducting body, and 10 other XAMI member colleges and over 1,000 B-schools in India. The XAT question paper comprises four core sections: Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, and General Knowledge. The question paper has 100 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) which candidates have to attempt in 190 minutes.

NMAT by GMAC (NMIMS Management Aptitude Test)

NMAT by GMAC is conducted by GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council) for admissions into NMIMS Mumbai and other top MBA colleges in India as well as abroad. NMAT is one such MBA entrance exam in India that has a test window of 70-75 days once a year. Candidates can choose the exam date and venue at their convenience. NMAT by GMACY question paper consists of 108 questions from three sections, namely, Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, and Logical Reasoning.

Also Read: Colleges Accepting NMAT Score and MBA Specialisations Offered

SNAP (Symbiosis National Aptitude Test)

SNAP Test is conducted by Symbiosis International (Deemed) University. Candidates with a valid SNAP score can take admission into MBA/PGDM programmes offered by SIU and its 15 constituent institutes. SNAP is a speed-based test that is held in computer-based mode and candidates get two attempts. The best of the two scores are considered for SIU admission. The question paper of SNAP comprises 60 questions from Quantitative-Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency, General English, and Analytical & Logical Reasoning.

Schedule of MBA Entrance Exams 2022-23 In India

Check out the table below for a detailed schedule of MBA entrance examinations 2022-2023.

Name of the Exam

Conducting Body

Application Open

Application Close

Exam Date

Result

CAT

Indian Institute of Management

August 3, 2022

September 21, 2022 

November 27, 2022

Second week of January 2023

KMAT

Karnataka Private Post Graduate Colleges Association (KPPGCA)

June 6, 2022

November 26, 2022

December 4, 2022

TBA

NMAT by GMAC 

Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)

August 1, 2022

October 12, 2022

October 10 to December 19, 2022

Within 48 hours of the exam

IIFT Entrance Exam

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade

October 1, 2022

November 24, 2022

December 18, 2022

First week of February 2023

CMAT

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)

First week of February 2023

Third week of March 2023

Second week of April 2023

Fourth week of April 2023

XAT

Xavier School of Management

August 10, 2022

November 30, 2022 (Till 12 midnight)

January 8, 2023

January 31, 2023

SNAP

Symbiosis International University (SIU)

August 4, 2022 

November 24, 2022

December 10 18, 23, 2022

January 10, 2023 

ATMA

Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS)

Fourth week of December 2022

First week of February 2023

Third week of February 2023

First week of March 2023

MICAT

Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad

MICAT I: October 2022

MICAT II: November 22, 2022

MICAT I: November 19, 2022
MICAT II: January 16, 2023

MICAT I: December 3, 2022

MICAT II: January 28, 2023

MICAT I: December 21, 2022

MICAT II: February 17, 2023

IBSAT

ICFAI Business School

July 4, 2022

December 16, 2022

December 24 & 25, 2022

First week of January 2023

KIITEE

Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT)

TBA

TBA

TBA

TBA

MAH MBA CET

Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra

March 17, 2022 

May 11, 2022

August 23, 24 & 25, 2022

September 11, 2022

AP ICET

State Council for Higher Education, Andhra Pradesh

May 12, 2022

June 10, 2022

  July 25, 2022

August 8, 2022

TS ICET

State Council for Higher Education, Telangana

April 6, 2022

July 23, 2022

July 27 & 28, 2022

August 27, 2022

OJEE MBA

Odisha Joint Entrance Examination Board

  March 14, 2022

May 14, 2022

July 6, 2022

July 27, 2022

IRMASAT

Institute of Rural Management (IRMA)

Last week of September 2022

Second week of January 2023

Online: Written Ability Test and Online Personal Interview for Indian Nationals: February 15 to 28, 2023

Offline On campus: On-Campus Personal Interviews and WAT at IRMA for Indian Nationals:

February 15 to 28, 2023

Announcement of final results for Indian Nationals: 3rd week of March 2023

Announcement of final results for NRIs: 1st week of April 2023

TISSNET

Tata Institute of Social Sciences

November 17, 2022

January 11, 2023

January 21, 2023

February 26, 2023

TANCET MBA

Anna University (Tamil Nadu)

March 30, 2023

April 18, 2023

May 14, 2023 (for MBA and MCA courses)

May 15, 2023 ( for M.Tech/M.Arch/M.Plan/ME courses)

Second week of June 2023


*MAT is conducted four times a year - in September, December, February, and May.

**ATMA is usually conducted 4 times every year. However, in 2017 and 2018, it was conducted five times.

Also Read: Reservation in MBA Entrance Exams: Criteria and Guidelines

Application Form for MBA Entrance Exams 2022-23

The following links can be checked for details about how to fill out the application form for MBA entrance exams in India 2022-23.

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

Exam Pattern for MBA Entrance Exams 2022-23

The following links can be checked for details about the exam pattern of various MBA entrance exams in India 2022-23.

Syllabus for MBA Entrance Exams 2022-23

The first step in the preparation for MBA entrance exams is knowing their syllabus. Click on the links given below to know the syllabus of various MBA entrance exams in India 2022-23.

Also Read: Tips to Prepare for MBA Entrance Exams

Top Colleges Accepting Scores of MBA Entrance Exams in India

All MBA entrance exams are not the same. Some help you get admission into colleges at the national level, some at the state level, and some are conducted for MBA admissions by select institutes. Depending on the level of difficulty and competition you are willing to face, you can go for any of the three options. However, the number of colleges that you can take admission into based on the exam results decreases as you move towards the latter.

Read on to find out more about the national-level MBA exams, state or regional-level MBA exams, and institute-level MBA exams that are accepted for MBA admissions in India.

Colleges Accepting Scores of Top 5 National MBA Entrance Exams

Name of the Exam

Top Participating Colleges

Common Admission Test (CAT)

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

NMAT by GMAC

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

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)

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

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)

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

Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT)

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

MBA Colleges Accepting Scores of Top 5 State-Level Entrance Exams

Name of the Exam

Top Participating Colleges

Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET)

Anna University, PSGIMTSM Madurai, Sona SOM Salem, SRM University Chennai, etc.

Karnataka PGCET

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

Maharashtra CET (MHT MBA CET)

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

Orissa Joint Entrance Exam (OJEE)

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

Andhra Pradesh ICET (AP ICET)

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

Top 5 Institute-Level MBA Entrance Exams

Exam

Conducting Institute

IIFT MBA Entrance Exam

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade

KIITEE

KIIT School of Management Bhubaneswar

MICAT

MICA Ahmedabad

SNAP

Symbiosis Institutes including SIBM, SIMS, SCIT, etc. Full list and cut-off.

TISSNET

Tata Institute of Social Sciences


Once you have decided which MBA college you wish to join, you can check the MBA entrance 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.

After the results of these MBA entrance exams are out, you can estimate your score by using tools such as the CAT 2022 Percentile Predictor, XAT 2022 Percentile Predictor, etc.

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