Major Competitive Exams for Management Students in India

If your desire to pursue your post-graduation in India or Abroad, you have to face competitive exams. It is your score in these competitive exams that has the power to place you in a highly reputed college where you will be building a strong foundation for your prosperous career.

The question is that how many competitive exams you are aware of?

If you want to do your MBA in any one of the leading institutions across the nation, there are various MBA entrance tests waiting for you. In fact, by the time you read this article, you might be missing an important competitive exam, which would have decided your future. These exams are held throughout the year and as a management student, it is imperative for you to be in the know about these competitive exams.

That is where this article is going to be extremely useful. To prevent you from the exhausting hours of googling we have compiled a detailed list of some of the most important competitive exams every management student must be aware of.

Major Competitive Exams For Management Students in India

Management Aptitude Test  – MAT

When is it conducted4 times a year- Feb, May, Sept, Dec
Who Conducts itAll India Management Association – AIMA
Purpose of ExamAdmissions in Popular Management schools in MBA/PGDM Program
Mode of ConductPaper based as well as computer based
EligibilityGraduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year students can also apply.
Type of ExamMultiple Choice Questions – MCQ
Exam PatternTotal 200 questions, 40 from each section.

There are 5 sections:

•       English

•       Mathematics

•       Data Analysis

•       Logical Reasoning

•       General Knowledge

Time Duration2 hours 30 minute
Scoring+ 1 mark for each correct answer

– ¼ mark for each incorrect answer

Websitehttps://www.aima.in/
Cost of ApplicationRs. 1400
How to ApplyCandidates can apply online through its official website and follow the instructions that are available in the site to complete the registration.

https://apps.aima.in/MATSept17

 

 

 

Common Aptitude Test – CAT

When is it conductedOnce in a year | November 26, 2017
Who Conducts itIndian Institutes of Management (IIM)
Purpose of ExamAdmissions in Best Management schools in MBA/PGDM Program including IIM`s
Mode of ConductPaper based as well as computer based
EligibilityGraduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year students can also apply.
Type of ExamMultiple Choice Questions – MCQ
Exam PatternTotal 100 questions –

There are 5 sections:

•       Quantitative Ability (QA) – 34

•       Verbal Ability (VA) – 10

•       Reading Comprehension (RC) – 24

•       Data Interpretation (DI) -16

•       Logical Reasoning (LR) – 16

Time Duration3 hours
Scoring+ 3 mark for each correct answer

– 1 mark for each incorrect answer

Websitehttps://iimcat.ac.in
Cost of ApplicationRs. 1800 for General and NC-OBC candidates and Rs. 900 for SC, ST and PWD candidates
How to ApplyCandidates are allowed to register online.

 

AIMS Test for Management Admissions – ATMA

When is it conducted4 times a year – December, February, May and August.
Who Conducts itThe members of Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS)
Purpose of ExamAdmission in in post graduate management programmes.
Mode of ConductPaper based as well as computer based
EligibilityGraduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year students can also apply.
Type of ExamMultiple Choice Questions – MCQ
Exam PatternTotal 180 questions. 

•       Quantitative skills – 2 sections – 30 each

•       Verbal Ability – 2 sections – 30 each

•       Logical Reasoning – 2 sections – 30 each

Time Duration3 hours
Scoring + 1 mark for each correct answer

– ¼ mark for each incorrect answer

Websitehttp://www.atmaaims.com/
Cost of ApplicationRs.1100/-
How to ApplyThe exam can be applied online on its official website.

ATMA online registration.

 

IBSAT Competitive Exams

When is it conductedOnce in a year | December 21 – 24 , 2017
Who Conducts itICFAI (Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India)
Purpose of ExamStudents who score the required cut off marks will get placed for the PG program in the Colleges under the control of this institution.
Mode of ConductPaper based as well as computer based
EligibilityGraduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year students can also apply.
Type of ExamMultiple Choice Questions – MCQ
Exam PatternTotal 140 questions.

There are 4 sections:

• Verbal Ability – 50

• Reading Comprehension – 30

• Quantitative Techniques – 30

• Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation – 30

Time Duration2 hours
Scoring1 mark for each correct answer

No Negative Marking

Websitehttp://www.ibsindia.org
Cost of Application1800/-
How to ApplyCandidates can apply online on the official site.

 

IIFT Competitive exams

When is it conductedOnce in a year | December 3, 2017
Who Conducts itIndian Institute of Foreign Trade
Purpose of ExamTo get admission in MBA (International Business) program at their New Delhi and Kolkata campus.
Mode of ConductPaper based as well as computer based
EligibilityGraduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year students can also apply.
Type of ExamMultiple Choice Questions – MCQ
Exam PatternTotal 123 questions.

There are 4 sections:

•       Reading comprehension – 16

•       Verbal Ability – 20

•       Quantitative and Data analysis – 20

•       Logical Reasoning – 42

•       General Knowledge – 25

Time Duration2 hours
Scoring•       Reading comprehension – +0.75

•       Verbal Ability – +1

•       Quantitative and Data analysis – +0.75 or 1

•       Logical Reasoning – +1

•       General Knowledge – +0.5

Websitehttp://www.iift.edu
Cost of ApplicationGeneral/OBC candidates‎: ‎Rs 1550

SC/ST/PH candidates‎: ‎Rs 775

How to ApplyApply online : https://iiftadmissions.net.in

 

NMAT – National Management Aptitude Test

When is it conductedOnce in a year. The entire exam is divided into five sections of 15 days each for the total period of 75 days.
Who Conducts itGraduate Management Admission Council – GMAC
Purpose of ExamPursuing a management degree at the leading  universities in India
Mode of ConductPaper based as well as computer based
EligibilityGraduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year students can also apply.
Type of ExamMultiple Choice Questions – MCQ
Exam PatternTotal 120 questions.

There are 3 sections:

• Language Skills – 32

• Quantitative Skills – 48

•  Logical Reasoning – 40

Time Duration2 hours
Scoring1 mark for each correct answer

No Negative marking

Websitewww.nmat.org.in/
Cost of Application
Test Registration (Early)Rs 1800 + applicable taxes
Test Registration (Late)Rs 2000 + applicable taxes
RetakeRs 1800 + applicable taxes
RescheduleRs 1000 + applicable taxes
Additional Score Reports (beyond first seven)Rs 200 per Score Report + applicable taxes
How to ApplyEnter the link for registration.

 

SBI Bank PO

When is it conductedOnce in a year – Sep and Nov
Who Conducts itIndian Institute of Banking Personnel Selection
Purpose of ExamTo work as Probationary Officer in Various public sector Banks
Mode of ConductPaper based as well as computer based
EligibilityGraduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year students can also apply.
Type of ExamMultiple Choice Questions – MCQ + Group discussion + Interview
Exam PatternPreliminary Examination

Total 100 questions.

English Language – 30

Quantitative Aptitude – 35

Reasoning Ability – 35

Main Exam

Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks.

Know more

Time Duration3 hour
ScoringGroup Discussion – 20 marks

Interview – 30 Marks

Exams – 250 marks

Websitehttp://www.ibps.in/
Cost of Application
SC/ST/PWDRs.100/- (Intimation Charges only)
General and OthersRs. 600/- (App. Fee including intimation charges)
How to ApplyDetailed procedure to apply online for the bank Po examination. Enter here

 

Staff Selection Commission – SSC

When is it conductedOnce in a year
Who Conducts itStaff Selection Commission of India
Purpose of ExamTo gain a posting in different Ministries and departments of the Government of India
Mode of ConductPaper based as well as computer based
EligibilityGraduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year students can also apply.
Type of ExamMultiple Choice Questions – MCQ + Descriptive
Exam PatternTier I

Total 100 questions, 25 from each section.

There are 4 sections:

•       English Language

•       Mathematics & Data Analysis

•       Logical Reasoning

•       General Awareness

Tier II

There are four exams:

Quantitative Ability – 100 questions

English Language – 200 questions 

Statistics – 100 questions

General Studies – 100 questions

All students do not have to attempt all four exams. Know More

Tier III

Descriptive Exam –  Know More

Time DurationSSC Tier 1 – 60 Minutes

SSC Tier 2 – Four sections of 2 hours each

SSC Tier 3 – 60 Minutes

ScoringTier I –

+1 CA,-0.50 WA

Tier II – 

Quantitative Ability – +1 CA,-0.50 WA

English Language – +1 CA,-0.50 WA

Statistics – +1 CA,-0.25 WA

General Studies – +1 CA,-0.50 WA

Tier III

Descriptive Exam – 100 Marks

Websitehttp://ssc.nic.in/
Cost of Application100/-
How to Apply– Go to the official website for SSC (ssc.nic.in).

– Read through the SSC CGL notification and check your eligibility.

– Click on the link to “Apply”.

– Select “CGL” (the link to apply will soon be activated).

– Fill in the details in the fields provided.

– Submit the application and keep a copy for further reference.

 

 

Symbiosis National Aptitude Test – SNAP

When is it conductedOnce in a year – Dec
Who Conducts itSymbiosis International University – SIU
Purpose of ExamCandidates aspiring to join MBA / MSc (CA) / MSc (SS) programmes offered by institutes of Symbiosis International University
Mode of ConductPaper based as well as computer based
EligibilityGraduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year students can also apply.
Type of ExamMultiple Choice Questions – MCQ
Exam PatternTotal 150 questions.

There are 4 sections:

•       General English – 40

•       Mathematics & Data Analysis – 40

•       Logical Reasoning – 40

•       General Knowledge – 30

Time Duration2 hours  
Scoring1 mark for each correct answer

– ¼ mark for each incorrect answer

Websitehttps://www.snaptest.org/
Cost of ApplicationRs.1750/-
How to ApplySNAP registration process – Enter here

Register for SNAP here

 

Xavier Aptitude Test – XAT

When is it conductedOnce in a year – January
Who Conducts itXavier Association of Management Institutes
Purpose of ExamAdmissions in PG Management programs  at several management institutes all over India
Mode of ConductPaper based as well as computer based
EligibilityGraduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year students can also apply.
Type of ExamMultiple Choice Questions – MCQ + Descriptive
Exam PatternPaper 1

•       Decision Making – 21

•       Quantitative Ability & Data Analysis – 27

•       Verbal and Logical Ability – 24

Paper 2

•       Essay Writing – 1 essay

•       General Knowledge – 25

Time DurationPaper 1 – 170 min

Paper 2 – 35 min

ScoringPaper 1 – +1 CA, -0.25 WA

Paper 2 – No Negative Marking

Websitehttp://www.xatonline.in/
Cost of ApplicationAs per 2018:

Without Late Fee:
For XAT: Rs. 1,650/-
For XLRI: XAT fees: Rs.1,650 and Rs. 300/- per XLRI course.
With Late Fee:
For XAT: Rs. 2,000/-

For XLRI: XAT fees: Rs.2,000/- and Rs. 500/- per XLRI course

How to ApplyRegister online in its official site. Online and Offline applications available. Register here

 

Graduate Management Admission Test – GMAT

When is it conductedConducted throughout the year | A candidate can take up to 5 times a year
Who Conducts itGraduate Management Admission Council – GMAC
Purpose of ExamAdmissions to Graduate Schools in United States
Mode of ConductPaper based as well as computer based
EligibilityGraduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year students can also apply.
Type of ExamMultiple Choice Questions – MCQ + Descriptive
Exam PatternAnalytical Writing Assessment – 30 Minutes essay

Integrated Reasoning Section – 12 questions for 30 minutes

Quantitative Section – 37 questions for 75 Minutes

Verbal Section – 41 questions for 75 minutes

Time Duration3 hours 30 minute
Websitehttp://www.mba.com/india
Cost of Application250 US Dollar
How to ApplyRegister here for the GMAT exam.

 

Graduate Record Examination – GRE

When is it conductedThroughout the year – Paper based test: 3 times a year | Computer based test: 5 times a year
Who Conducts itETS (Educational Testing Services)
Purpose of ExamAdmissions in Popular Management schools in MBA/PGDM Program
Mode of ConductPaper based as well as computer based
EligibilityGraduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year students can also apply.
Type of ExamMultiple Choice Questions – MCQ + Descriptive
Exam PatternAnalytical Writing – 30 Minutes essay

Verbal Reasoning Section – 2 sections – 20 questions , 30 minutes per section

Quantitative Section – 2 sections – 20 questions , 30 minutes per section

Time Duration3 hours 45 minutes
ScoringKnow More at Careers 360
Websitehttps://www.ets.org/gre
Cost of Application195 US Dollars
How to ApplyDetailed registration procedures here

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