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Management Entrance Tests


An entrance examination is an examination that many educational institutions use to select students for admission. These exams may be administered at any level of education, from primary to higher education, although they are more common at higher levels.

Admission to MBA and PGDM courses is done through an entrance exam, group discussion and interview process. There are nation-wide entrance exams conducted by IIM’s, All India Management Association as well as Association of Management Schools in India. In addition to these national exams, there are state level exams too conducted by universities and colleges for admission.

Candidates with a degree in any discipline and final year students awaiting results can take the test. Most of these tests are objective type covering areas of problem solving, verbal ability, reading comprehension, logical reasoning and data interpretation. The number of questions and patterns vary every year. Those who clear the cutoffs in the tests will be later called for group discussions and personal interviews. Some institutes conduct group tasks too. There are many coaching centers spread all over India, who guides and trains students on these MBA entrance exams.

List of Management Entrance Tests


This is the test of English as a Foreign Language. The TOEFL is an important test to be taken by students to take admission in reputed colleges of the USA


SAT is way to get admission in colleges in America. SAT is conducted by the College Board, which is a nonprofit organization and committed to the principles of excellence and equity


International English Language Testing System is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL) through more than 800 test centers and locations in over 130 countries. IELTS is the world’s proven test.


The GRE is a standardized Examination conducted by the Educational Testing Services (ETS), United States of America. It tests such abilities of the candidates as may be deemed as essential to have by almost any and every University abroad.


Graduate Management Aptitude Test is the standardized test required for doing MBA or PhD in Business Management or any other graduate management programmes from a business school in US, Europe and Canada.


CAT Common Admission Test

IIMs conduct the CAT. Other than the IIMS, some other B-schools that take CAT scores are NIRMA, MICA, the NITs, IMT Ghaziabad, SP Jain Mumbai, etc.

XAT Xavier Admission Test

Xavier Business Schools conduct XAT. XLRI, Jamshedpur, XIM Bhubaneshwar, XIME Bangalore, Loyola Chennai, GIM Goa, etc accept XAT scores.

Joint Management Entrance Test JMET

The IITs conduct JMET. Other than the IITs, IISc also accepts JMET scores for management course intake.

Symbiosis National Aptitude Test SNAP

The Symbiosis Institutes conduct SNAP. The major b-schools that take SNAP scores are SCMHRD, SIBM, SIIB, SITM, etc.

AIMS Test for Management Admissions ATMA

The Association of Indian Management Schools conducts the ATMA. Bangalore School of Business, Delhi Business School, IBA Noida, IILM Gurgaon, ISM Kolkata, IIMS Pune, Alliance Business School Bangalore, etc.

Common Entrance Test CET

The test is for those who are looking for admissions to colleges like KJ Somaiya, Wellingkar, Sydenham, etc. in Maharashtra.

Management Aptitude Test MAT

All India Management Aptitude Testing Service, Delhi conducts the MAT. This exam is usually conducted four times a year. The AIMA centers for Management Education across the country accept MAT scores.

There are certain business schools that conduct their own entrance exam. NMIMS conducts the NMAT. Other top business schools that do so are FMS, IIFT, TISS, etc.


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