MBA (Masters of Business Administration)

Masters of Business Administration (MBA) is an internationally accepted post graduate level degree program that imparts a strong theoretical foundation in business concepts like corporate finance, marketing, human resource, economics. It provides practical opportunities (via internships, group assignments and individual projects) to test what students learn in the class. It also builds hard-skills in the areas of management and leadership which polishes a range of soft-skills like communication, motivation and negotiation and also opens up global opportunities for career growth.

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CAT (Common Admission Test)

  • Common Admission Test (CAT) ,the Guru of all MBA entrance examinations, is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) to enroll students for Post-graduate and Fellow Programs in management courses of several management institutes all over India including the IIMs.
  • The CAT score is used separately by each institute along with other parameters i.e. academic performance, work experience, group discussion, written assessment and interview performance etc. to select candidates. The weightage assigned to CAT score may differ for each institute. Candidates are advised to read the weightage, process and breakup for each institute on its respective website.


  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons With Disability (PWD) categories], awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of the Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. However, it may be noted that such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal / Registrar of their University/Institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.
  • IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process, the details of which are provided at the website Applicants should note that the mere fulfilment of minimum eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for short listing by IIMs. Candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a phone number throughout the selection process.

Test Duration & Pattern

CAT is a computer based test, conducted in multiple cities. A candidate can select his / her test date and slot as per choice and availability.
CAT Examination consist of 100 marks and duration 3 hours.The Test has 100 questions spread over 3 sections i.e Quantitative Ability(34 questions), Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension(34 questions) , Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning(32 questions).

CAT Syllabus & Exam Format

In order to get admission in any of the IIMs, you will have to attempt the CAT (Common Admission Test). This exam in conducted every year in India by one of the IIMs on a rotation basis. Along with admission in IIMs, it is also a qualifying exam for MBA studies in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and a few other institutions as well. There will be a lot of students preparing for this exam and it is not going to be really easy for all the IIM aspirants to qualify for this exam with best score. In order to stand out of the crowd and get admission, you need to understand the exam pattern and syllabus first. The CAT syllabus has three sections namely quantitative aptitude, verbal reasoning and data interpretation & logical reasoning. There is no specific portion in each part that can be expected in the exam. You will have to make sure that you are mastering all three parts of the CAT exam. At first you should know the basic after that you can move to second level and then to the last level i.e advance level. After all the levels are completed you should know the shortcut keys and easy tricks to solve the questions as early as possible. You should solve more and more papers so that you can get the result where you are standing and how much you need to work hard.

How to Apply

  • Register online at the CAT website with a registration amount.
  • Note: Payment of registration fee can be done through online modes only including credit card, debit card or through net banking.
  • You must show original mark sheets and submit photocopies to prove your eligibility at the time of interview. Further, if you are selected for a programme, original degree certificate and mark sheets along with your photocopies must be submitted for verification at the time of joining the programme.

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MAT (Management Aptitude Test)

The Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a National Entrance Test conducted by All India Management Aptitude Testing Service (AIMATS), for admission to MBA and equivalent programmes of the various participating institutes. AIMA-MAT is usually conducted 4 times a year: generally on the first Sunday of February, May, September and December. The list of institutes that use the AIMA-MAT results varies from test to test. More than 600 B-Schools accept MAT exam scores.


  • The candidate must be a graduate in any discipline.
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree and are awaiting results can also apply.
  • There’s no age limit for MAT exam.

Test Duration & Pattern

MAT exam is held for almost two-and-a-half hours. The test covers two hundred (200) questions in 150 minutes. The aspirant is tested in the following five areas: Indian and Global Environment, Language Comprehension, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning. There are 40 questions in each section. Each question carries one mark, whereas, one/fourth mark is deducted for every wrong answer

Here are a few tips for MAT exam preparation:

  • Practice reading ‘Reading Comprehension’ passages for at least two to three months, about four to five per day.
  • Go through all the rules of grammar and make an effort to understand the contextual usage of words and phrases in English.
  • For Quant, practice about 20-25 questions every day. Lay particular emphasis on Arithmetic and Algebra-based questions – these are quite common in MAT exam pattern.
  • Make an effort to improve on GK, by reading a newspaper every day and a good weekly or monthly magazine. That should help you get a good score in MAT.

Exam Format

MAT is a paper-based as well as computer-based test. A candidate can take any one of the two testing formats. While the paper-based test is conducted only one day, the computer-based test is conducted in the week following it over a window of approximately a week.

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Top Colleges under MAT

Some of the prominent B-schools which accept MAT scores are:

Galgotias Business School (Greater Noida)

Jaipuria Institute of management

NIILM Centre for Management Studies (New Delhi)

MITCON Institute of Management (Pune)

Alliance Business Academy (Bangalore)

Christ University (Bangalore)

Kohinoor Business School (Khandala)

Som-Lalit Institute of Management Studies (Ahmedabad)

Bharatidasan University (Tiruchirapalli)

ITM (Navi Mumbai)

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Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP)

  • Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP)is a common test for the admission to all the Post-Graduate Institutes of Symbiosis International (Deemed) University (SIU).
  • While there is only one application for the SNAP test, you need to apply separately to each institute within Symbiosis International University, as per the details given on the respective website of each institute.


  • Graduates in any discipline with at least 50% marks from recognised university or institute (45% for SC/ST candidates) for all the Master of Business Administration programmes.
  • Final year students are also eligible for SNAP test.
  • There is no age limit for SNAP test.

Exam Pattern

SNAP is an Online Exam duration is 2 Hours with Four Section-

  • General English (Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability – 40 Marks)
  • Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency(40 Marks)
  • Current Affairs (of last 2 years) (30 Marks)
  • Analytical & Logical Reasoning (40 Marks).
    Negative Marking: 1/4th of the marks allotted for every question

Top Colleges under SNAP

Symbiosis Institute of Business Management [SIBM] Pune

Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research [SICSR] Pune

Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication [SIMC] Pune

Symbiosis Institute of International Business [SIIB] Pune

Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development [SCMHRD] Pune

Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management [SITM] Pune

Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology [SCIT] Pune

Symbiosis Institute of Geoinformatics [SIG] Pune

Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management [SIOM] Nashik

Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences [SIHS] Pune

Symbiosis Institute of Business Management [SIBM] Bangalore

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Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)is a national-level management aptitude test. The Xavier Aptitude Test is an all-India test conducted by Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI) as an entrance exam for admission to the post graduate programs in management courses of more than 800 management institutes.


  • A candidate must be a graduate from a recognized university or a deemed university.
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree and awaiting results can also apply.Note: There’s no specific age limit for XAT exam.

Test Duration & Pattern

Total 4 Sections

Duration : 170 mins

  • Decision Making (21 Questions)
  • Verbal and Logical Ability (24 Questions)
  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (27 Questions)

Duration : 35 mins

  • Essay & General Awareness

Negative Marking: 1/4th of the marks allotted for every question

Number of options: 5

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a national level admission test for admission in all management programs approved by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE)

  • AICTE has now decided to conduct CMAT in Foreign Countries for facilitating eligible NRIs/PIOs and foreign nationals to appear in CMAT for seeking admission in institutions in India
  • CMAT score is accepted by all AICTE-Approved Institutions/University Departments/Constituent Colleges/Affiliated Colleges.


  • Applicant must be a citizen of India.
  • Graduates in any discipline can apply for CMAT exam
  • There’s no age limit for CMAT

Test Duration & Pattern

Duration of exam : 180 minutes , Number of Section – 4 , Total Marks -400

  • Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation (Number of Question- 25, Total Marks-100)
  • Logical Reasoning(Number of Question- 25, Total Marks-100)
  • Language Comprehension(Number of Question- 25, Total Marks-100)
  • General Awareness(Number of Question- 25, Total Marks-100)

4 marks allotted for every correct answer

1 mark deducted for each incorrect answer

Exam Format

CMAT is a computer-based test (CBT). A candidate reads the questions on a computer terminal and chooses an answer by clicking on the correct option.

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