Don’t Risk It – Prepare For More Than Just CAT

There are a number of MBA entrance exams that MBA aspirants can choose to appear for. With CAT approaching, everyone is preparing at full speed for this exam. Today, most, if not all, business schools consider your CAT scores during admissions.

However, the lower your percentile, the faster the doors of top business schools close for you. And this year, as per our sources, the paper of CAT Exam is going to be a tough one. Hence, it’s important that you apply for more than one test so that even if you don’t secure a high percentile in the CAT test, you can apply to top business schools with another entrance test.

Let’s take a look at the other MBA entrance tests you can appear for:


The Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) test allows you to apply at the 15 institutes under the prestigious Symbiosis International (Deemed University). They offer a total of 23 programmes that you can choose from. The SNAP test consists of four sections:

· General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability
· Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
· Current Affairs
· Analytical & Logical Reasoning

The test consists 130 questions for a total of 150 marks. All sections are divided into two parts – normal and special questions. Normal questions carry 1 mark and special questions carry 2 marks. Normal questions are MCQ style whereas for the special questions you’ll need to type in the answer with the help of a virtual keyboard.

The test is more about your time management skills therefore it’s not as difficult as some of the other exams out there.


Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). This exam’s difficulty level is lower as compared to other tests. CMAT is divided into four sections:

· Language Comprehension
· Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
· Logical reasoning
· General Awareness

The test consists of 100 questions for 1 mark each. You will be given 3 hours to successfully complete the exam. Due to its low difficulty level, many top-tier business schools do no accept CMAT scores during their admission process.


AIMS Test for Management Admissions (ATMA) is a national level MBA entrance exam. There are a total of 6 sections:

· Analytical Reasoning Skills -1
· Verbal Skills-1
· Quantitative Skills-1
· Verbal Skills -2
· Analytical Reasoning Skills -2
· Quantitative Skills-2

The test will consist of 180 questions and you’ll have 3 hours to complete the test. A total of 100 MBA colleges in Delhi/NCR, Jaipur, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune and other prominent cities who will accept ATMA exam score.

Getting an MBA can do wonders for your career. However, ensure that CAT isn’t the only exam you prepare for. If you score a low percentile, you will have to settle for low tier MBA colleges or sit out for another year. Both of these scenarios will prove detrimental when it comes to your career.

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