List of MBA Entrance Exams 2020-21 in India - Schedule, Important Dates

Sakunth Kumar
Sakunth KumarPublished On: January 12, 2021

The schedule of popular MBA entrance exams will help you keep track of all the important dates. MBA entrance examinations are conducted between September and February every year.

MBA Entrance Exams Schedule

PGDM and MBA are the two programmes which are considered the most promising management degrees offered by various B-Schools across the country. The admission to top MBA colleges in India is based on the candidate's score in an MBA entrance exam that is conducted by different bodies. The MBA entrance examinations are conducted at an institutional level such as MICAT, IIFT, etc. or at a national or regional level such as CMAT, XAT, CAT, etc.

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 take place in the months of November, December, and January. So, if you are aspiring to appear for these exams this year, the below-detailed schedule of MBA entrance examinations will be very helpful for you! You can also estimate your score in the MBA entrance exams by using tools such as the CAT 2020 Percentile Predictor, XAT 2021 Percentile Predictor, etc.

Also Read: Scope of Pursuing an MBA after Engineering

List of MBA Entrance Examinations 2020–21

CollegeDekho brings you the list of MBA entrance examinations that will be conducted during 2020-21.

Name of the Exam

Conducting Body

Exam Date

Application Begin Date

Application End Date

Result Date

CAT 2020

Indian Institute of Management

November 29, 2020

August 5, 2020

September 23, 2020

January second week 2021

KMAT 2021

Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA)

October 2021

June 2021

September 2021

November 2021


Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)

November 4, 2020 - January 30, 2021

September 14, 2020

November 20, 2020

3rd Week of February 2021

IIFT 2021 Entrance Exam

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade

January 24, 2021

November 6, 2020

December 20, 2020


Management Aptitude Test (MAT 2021)

All India Management Association (AIMA)

February 20, 2021

January 4, 2021

February 14, 2021


CMAT 2021**

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)

February 22/ 27 2021

December 23, 2020

January 23, 2021


Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2021

Xavier School of Management

January 3, 2021

September 12, 2020

November 30, 2020

By January 31, 2020

Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) 2021

Symbiosis International University (SIU)

December 20, 2020
January 6, 2021
January 9, 2021

September 24, 2020

November 30, 2020

January 22, 2021

ATMA 2021

Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMA)

February 14, 2021

December 21, 2020

February 8, 2021

February 19, 2021

MICAT I 2021

Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad

December 5, 2021

October 6, 2020

November 25, 2020

December 21, 2020


Mudra Institute of Communications, AhmedabadJanuary 30, 2021November 26, 2020January 20, 2021February 14, 2021

IBSAT 2020

ICFAI Business School

December 26 & 27, 2020

July 1, 2020

December 16, 2020

1st week of January 2021



January 16 - 18, 2021


January 10, 2021

January 23, 2021


Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra

2nd week of March 2021

3rd week of January 2021

3rd week of February 2021

3rd week of March 2021

AP ICET 2020

State Council for Higher Education, Andhra Pradesh

September 10 and 11, 2020

March 3, 2020

June 15, 2020

September 25, 2020

TS ICET 2020

State Council for Higher Education, Telangana

September 30 and October 1, 2020

March 9, 2020

June 10, 2020

November 2, 2020


Odisha Joint Entrance Examination Board

October 12-19, 2020

February 6, 2020

July 31, 2020

November 6, 2020


Institute of Rural Management (IRMA)

January - February 2021

October 19, 2020

January 20, 2021

March 2021


Tata Institute of Social Sciences

February 20, 2021

December 02, 2020

January 15, 2021



Anna University (Tamil Nadu)

March 20, 2021

January 19, 2021

February 12, 2021

April 16, 2021

Also Read: CAT Important Dates: Registration, Admit Card, Entrance exam

*MAT is conducted four times in a year - in the months of September, December, February and May. CMAT is conducted twice a year - January and May.

Top 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 upon the exam results decreases as you move towards the latter.

Also Read:MBA Courses offered by IITs

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

Top 5 National MBA Entrance Exams


Top Participating Colleges

Common Admission Test (CAT)

All IIMs, MDI Gurgaon, IIFM Bhopal, TAPMI Manipal, IMI Delhi etc.


NMIMS, Amity University, ICFAI Business School and others.

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 Delhi, NISM Mumbai etc.

Top 5 State Level MBA Entrance Exams


Top Participating Colleges

Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET)

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

Karnataka PGCET

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

Maharashtra CET (MHT-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.

Also Read:Best MBA Colleges in South India

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 in India you wish to join, you can check the MBA entrance exams it accepts for admission. 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. You can also fill our common application form or call on our toll-free number for free student counselling.

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