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MBA Entrance Exams in India 2023 - Exam Dates, Registration, Admission, Syllabus, Pattern

Shivangi Ahirwar
Shivangi AhirwarUpdated On: January 11, 2023 10:56 am 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 2023 will be very helpful for you!

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List of Top MBA Entrance Exams in India 2023

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

Name of the Exam

Conducting Body

Application Open

Application Close

Exam Date


Common Admission Test (CAT)

Indian Institutes of Management

August 2023

September 2023 

November 26, 2023 (Tentative)

December 2023

Karnataka Management Aptitude Test (KMAT)

Karnataka Private Post Graduate Colleges Association (KPPGCA)

Second week of April 2023

Third week of April 2023

May 2023



Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)


IIFT Entrance Exam

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade

October 1, 2022

November 24, 2022

December 18, 2022

First week of February 2023

Common Management Admission Test (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

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)

Xavier School of Management

August 10, 2022

November 30, 2022 (Till 12 midnight)

January 8, 2023

January 31, 2023

Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP)

Symbiosis International University (SIU)

August 4, 2022 

November 24, 2022

December 10 18, 23, 2022

January 10, 2023 

AIMS Test for Management Admissions (ATMA)

Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS)

December 24, 2022 (February Session)

February 18, 2023 (February Session)

February 25, 2023
May 28, 2023
July 23, 2023

February 20, 2023 (February Session)

MICA Admission Test (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: Released

MICAT II: February 17, 2023

ICFAI Business Studies Aptitude Test (IBSAT)

ICFAI Business School

July 2023

Second Week of December 2023

Third Week of December 2023

Last Week of December 2023

Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology Management Entrance Examination (KIITEE)

Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT)

December 2022

January 10, 2023

January 15-January 17, 2023

January 23, 2023


Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra

March 2023 

May 2023

August 2023

September 2023


State Council for Higher Education, Andhra Pradesh

Second week of May 2023

Second week of June 2023

  July 2023

August 2023


State Council for Higher Education, Telangana

First week of April 2023

Last week of July 2023

Last week of July 2023

Third week of August 2023


Odisha Joint Entrance Examination Board

Second week of May 2023


June 2023

July 2023

IRMA Social Awareness Test (IRMASAT)

Institute of Rural Management (IRMA)

Last week of September 2022

December 31, 2022

Online: Written Ability Test and Online Personal Interview for Indian Nationals: February 13 to March 5, 2023

Offline On campus: On-Campus Personal Interviews and WAT at IRMA for Indian Nationals: February 13 to March 5, 2023

Announcement of final results for Indian Nationals: 4th week of March 2023

Announcement of final results for NRIs: 4th week of March 2023

TISS National Entrance Test (TISSNET)

Tata Institute of Social Sciences

December 14, 2022

January 15, 2023

January 28 to February 28, 2023

Fourth week of March 2023


Anna University (Tamil Nadu)

January 2023

First week of February 2023

February 26, 2023 (for MBA and MCA courses)

February 25, 2023 ( for M.Tech/M.Arch/M.Plan/ME courses)

April 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.

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Application Form for MBA Entrance Exams 2023

The following links can be checked for details about how to fill out the application form for MBA entrance exams in India 2023.

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Exam Pattern for MBA Entrance Exams 2023

The following links can be checked for details about the exam pattern of various MBA entrance exams in India 2023.

Syllabus for MBA Entrance Exams 2023

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 2023.

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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.


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


Conducting Institute

IIFT MBA Entrance Exam

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade


KIIT School of Management Bhubaneswar


MICA Ahmedabad


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


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 2023 Percentile Predictor, etc.

You can fill out our Common Application Form or call on our toll-free number for free student counselling. For any queries, call us on our toll-free number- 1800-572-9877 or send us an email at

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

No, all MBA entrance exams in India 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.

Is studying abroad a better option than IIMs?

IIMs are at first glance and introspection a better option in comparison to studying abroad. If you can manage to get admission at any of the IIM then you must reassess your choices as the opportunity is quite rare. You can apply for both abroad business schools and IIMs and on basis of the final offer make the decision. If you manage to gain an offer from IIM Bengaluru, IIM Ahemdabad, or IIM Calcutta, then you are advised to forego even Harvard Business School’s offer letter, especially if it comes without a scholarship.

Are MBA entrance exams in India more difficult than UPSC?

It is a general notion that UPSC is the most difficult exam to crack in India. However, if a candidate can crack UPSC then they have varying offices and positions available for choice of application. It is simply the highest positions of IAS, IFS, and IPS officers that pose the greatest challenge. In contrast, MBA entrance exams require students to have an attitude specifically for management courses and they need to do the same in a single attempt, which is then followed by differential selection processes. Hence, in terms of overall competition MBA entrance exams are more difficult.

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

Making a good decision about which entrance exam in India is best to apply for MBA courses is based on strategic planning. You need to first explore and finalise 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 conducted in India for different MBA specialisations. All the MBA courses, irrespective of specialisation, need to be applied for with aptitude exam scores. There are different entrance exams available in India but they differ on basis of conducting authority and the institute(s) they are primarily designed for. The exam structure and scoring system are based on the primary institutes for whom they are designed.

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?

Your future goals and the institutes where you wish to apply to denominate the choice between CAT and GMAT. Hence, it cannot simply be said that either CAT or GMAT is better than the other. Both GMAT and CAT are accepted across Indian institutes offering MBA courses, however, if you wish to apply abroad CAT will be of little to no help, and if you wish to apply to IIMs then GMAT shall be no help. You need to decide between the two entrance exams based on the institutes you plan to apply to.

Is XAT more difficult than CAT?

No, XAT is not more difficult than CAT. CAT is the most difficult entrance exam for management courses in India. The IIMs are government-established management institutes. CAT is primarily designed to cater to the aptitude assessment requirements of these management institutes, three of which are among the top 100 business schools around the world. While XLRI institutes are also highly regarded and are a close second to IIMs, XAT is still an easier exam 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 from the candidates to have a 97 or above percentile for successful admission.

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