Top MBA Exams Exam

Nov. 28, 2017
Top MBA Exams

Top MBA Exams – With the announcement of various campaigns like Startup India and Make in India, there is a steady rise in the induction of MBA graduates in the market. With this increase in the demand of MBA graduates, there is a tremendous rise in MBA admissions. In India, various institutions, organisations, councils etc. conducts various entrance exams for admission into the MBA programmes of different Institutions across the country. This article will showcase details on some of the highly reputed and coveted MBA Entrance Exams in India.

These and a number of other mind boggling questions are what this article will solve for the millions of MBA aspirants and exam takers out there. So let us begin the HUNT.

“First things First” – What are the Top MBA Exams In India?

The question is debatable and daunting. But like every other thing, is NOT impossible. Every year a number of Entrance Exams are held in the nation for the admissions in PG Degree and Diploma Courses in the Masters of Business Administration. A few of them are very notable and open the avenues of a high profile job and a successful career for the qualifying candidates.

Top MBA Exams – National Level

The list is as follow:

  • CAT – The KING..!!!

  • XAT

  • CMAT
  • AIMA – MAT

  • ATMA – AIMS Test for Management Admission


  • MICA

  • IRMA

  • IIFT

  • NMAT

  • SNAP



All of the above mentioned are the ones which are held on the national level and are considered top MBA exams in the nation. The candidates can find the overview in the following section.


  • The exam is held for admissions in all the IIMs which are considered as the best B-Schools in the country. Every year it is held once. The scores are accepted for admission to some 3335 seats in IIMs and 165 other MBA colleges across the nation including IITs.

  • This exam is one of the toughest exams as the percentile required for admissions in IIMs and other level best colleges remains in between 98 to 99.9.

ATMA – AIMS for Management Courses

  • This exam has been introduced lately by the HRD Ministry. The main aim was to conduct a single most exam for admission in maximum MBA courses and other courses such as MCA.

  • Scores are accepted by 140 colleges of repute.

  • 180 questions are to be answered in 180 minutes.

  • Negative Marking: 1/3 marks.


  • It is conducted 4 times in a year in the months of February, September, May, and December.

  • Organizing body is All India Management Association.

  • One of those MBA exams the scores of which are accepted in various colleges and for various PG Management Courses.

  • The exam can be taken in offline as well as the online mode.

  • The results are released in Percentiles.

  • 200 questions are to be answered in 150 minutes.

  • Negative Marking: ¼ marks.


  • The exam is conducted for admissions in the XLRI.

  • Other colleges accepting the exam scores are:

S P Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai
Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai
Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai
Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar

  • The exam will have questions from Verbal Ability, Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, General Knowledge, Essay Writing.

  • Duration is 3.30 hours.

  • Negative Marking: ¼ marks.


  • Conducted by the Federation of Universities the exam is also known as the ICFAI Business School Entrance Exam.

  • The test will be of 2 hours duration in which the candidates have to answer 120 to 125 questions.

  • The exam scores are released as percentiles.


  • The test is conducted for admissions in the MBA programs of Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmadabad.

  • Earlier the test was being held once but in 2015, MICA released a notification announcing that the test will be held twice in a year. If the candidates will not be able to pass the exam in the first attempt, they can take the second exam.

  • The candidates need to take CAT, XAT or GMAT mandatorily before applying for MICAT.

  • 94 questions are to be answered in 125 minutes.

  • Questions will be on:

Analytical and verbal ability
Written communication skills
Logical reasoning
Divergent thinking
Creative potential
General awareness about contemporary social and industry related issues


  • The exam is conducted for admissions in PRM and FPRM programs in the Institute of Rural Management Anand.

  • The admissions will be done on the basis of CAT/XAT/ GMAT scores as the institute does not conduct the full fledged MBA exam of its own.

  • An Issues of Social Concern is conducted by the institute which will comprise of 40 questions. Negative Marking is there.


  • The test is conducted for admissions in Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.

  • IIFT conducts a written exam in the month of November.

  • 120 questions are to be answered in 2 hours.

  • Negative Marking: 1/3 Marks.

  • The next steps involve the essay writing and GD & PI rounds.


  • The test is conducted for allotting admissions into the PG programs. The Universities which accept the NMAT scores are NMIMS University, Ansal University, Mody University, NIIT University, SRM University, VIT University, Alliance University, ICFAI University, Munjal University, Thapar University, Woxsen School of Business and Shoolini University.

  • No. of questions:

Language skills: 32 questions
Quantitative aptitude: 48 questions
Logical reasoning: 40 questions

  • Negative Marking: NO.

  • The exam will be of 2 hour duration which will be followed by GD, PI and presentation rounds.


  • The test will be conducted for admissions in the colleges under the Symbiosis International University.

  • 180 Questions will be asked in General English, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, and Logical & Analytical Reasoning which are to be answered in 2 hours.

  • The exam qualified candidates need to appear for GD and if shortlisted, for the PI round.

  • Negative Marking: ¼ marks.

So that completes the list of the most coveted MBA exams in India which are conducted on National Level. Now let us have a look at the Top MBA Exams at State Level.

Top MBA Exams - State Level

Exam Name Conducting Body Exam Date


DTE Maharashtra March


Anna University  June


Andhra University May


Kakatiya University May

Karnataka PGCET

KEA July


 Cochin University of Science and Technology June (GD & PI) 


Abdul Kalam Technical University April


 KPPGCA May & June

Punjab MET

Punjab University  March


 Odisha State Government  May


Uttarakhand Technical University June


Himachal Pradesh University Business School June

So, the list is compiled. Make your choice and the path lies before you.

Colleges accepting Admission

AIMS Institutes
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Vels University School of Management
Vels University School of Management
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Alliance School of Business
Alliance School of Business
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SGT Faculty of Commerce and Management
SGT Faculty of Commerce and Management
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GIBS Business School
GIBS Business School
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