Top MBA Entrance Examinations in India

MBA aspirants in India face lot of confusion on how to prepare for multitude of MBA entrance examinations conducted by various institutes. Though the exam pattern is more or less similar for almost all the exams, it puts lot of extra burden on candidates in terms of additional time and effort to be put in completing the application and selection process. This is in complete contrast to the process followed by top B-schools across the globe which accept GMAT scores.


MBA entrance examinations in India can broadly be classified into 3 categories namely:
Common Entrance exams like
  • Common Aptitude Test (CAT)
  • Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)
  • Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP)
  • Common Management Admission Test (CMAT),
  • Management Aptitude Test (MAT) and
  • AIMS Test for Management Admissions (ATMA)
State specific exams like
  • ICET (for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana)
  • Mah-CET (for Maharashtra)
  • PGCET (for Karnataka), TANCET (for Tamil Nadu)
Institute specific exams like
  • NMAT (for admission to Narsee Monjee and other institutes)
  • IIFT
  • TISSNET (for TISS Mumbai),
  • MICAT (for MICA Ahmedabad) and
  • IBSAT (for ICFAI Business School)

Above entrance examinations are only a handful and students may have to probe further on the admission process adopted by each B-School. To help you in this endeavour, I have prepared complete list of top 40 Indian B-schools (in Alphabetical order) and their respective entrance exams as under:



It is apparent that out of top 40 B-Schools in India, 30 B-Schools accept CAT scores while 9 B-Schools accept XAT scores. Many of the IIMs also accept GMAT score provided the candidates meet certain eligibility criteria. So, for MBA aspirants, it is easy to concentrate on few exams based on their areas of interest and B-Schools which they are targeting. The budgetary allocation exercise has to be taken by MBA aspirants due to multitude of applications at various B-Schools and separate fees for the same.


  1. Santosh, I have gone thru the material. Very crisp and valuable. This will definitely mentor the MBA aspirants

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