MBA Entrance Exams You Should Take Apart from CAT

Do you remember the first time you heard of an MBA? You probably came across the mention of CAT around the same time. For a lot of people, the initial period of discovering what an MBA entails and how to pursue it is limited to CAT. By now, we’re sure you know better. Let us take you through some MBA entrances you absolutely cannot miss, excluding CAT.

1. XAT
For over 60 years, XAT the admission test for XLRI Jamshedpur has been conducted all over India . Over 140 Management Institutes use XAT scores to select students. About 90,000 candidates appear for this test every year.

Eligibility Criteria: You require a Bachelor’s Degree (10+2+3) in any discipline from a recognised University. Final year candidates are also eligible.

Exam Pattern:  XAT is an online computer based test with a duration of three hours.
It has 4 sections: Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, and General Knowledge
Selection Procedure:

XLRI and other institutes accepting XAT scores will release a shortlist of candidates based on their scores after which these candidates will be called for Group Discussion/Essay Writing and Personal Interview rounds.

2. CMAT
AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) conducts the CMAT entrance exam for admission to MBA/PGDM programmes to over 1000 B-schools that are AICTE approved.
This is a computer based test and is conducted in a single day window over three hours.

Eligibility Criteria: To apply you need a graduate degree from a recognised Institute with a minimum of 50% marks. Final year Bachelor’s Degree students may also apply.

Exam Pattern: CMAT is a computer based test with 100 multiple choice questions from four sections. Each section has 25 questions. There is no negative marking scheme for unattempted questions.

Selection Procedure: After CMAT results are declared , each participating institute releases a shortlist of candidates based on their specific cutoffs. Shortlisted candidates are called for Group Discussion (GD) or Essay Writing and Personal Interview rounds.

3. SNAP
Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test is a mandatory admission test for Post-Graduate Management Institutes of Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU).
This MBA entrance exam that is conducted all over India and grants you admission to any of the 15 management colleges affiliated with SIU.

Eligibility Criteria: For admission to Symbiosis, a candidate is required to be a graduate from any statutory University with a minimum of 50% marks (45% for SC/ST) at a graduation level.
Candidates appearing for final year examinations can also apply, only condition being they must have a minimum of 50% marks (45% for SC/ST) in the qualifying examination.

Cut Offs: There aren’t any sectional cut-offs for this test. Every institute that accepts SNAP scores does however have specific admission criteria Visit snaptest.org for more details on these.

Exam Pattern:
The SNAP Test spans over two hours and is of an objective format with four responses to choose from for each question. You can choose an appropriate response from these, but do so with caution as each wrong answer attracts 25 per cent negative marks.
Like other MBA entrance exams, SNAP is divided into a total of four sections. These sections are given the following weightage :
· General English – 40 Marks
· Analytical and Logical Reasoning – 40 Marks
· Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency – 40 Marks
· General Awareness – 30 Marks

Selection Procedure: Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of their performance in SNAP by the participating institutes on the basis of their cutoffs. Shortlisted candidates will have to appear for Group Exercise, Writing Ability Test and Personal Interview rounds. The final merit list is prepared by Symbiosis International University on the basis of performance in SNAP, GE, WAT and PI rounds.

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