The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer based test held inIndia. The test scores a candidate on the basis of Quantitative Ability (QA),Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI)and Logical Reasoning (LR). The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this exam and use the test forselecting students for their business administration programs. The test isconducted every year by one of the IIMs based on a policy of rotation.


List of colleges accepting CAT score

20 Indian Institutes of Management

1. IIM Ahmedabad

2. IIM Amritsar

3. IIM Bangalore

4. IIM Bodh Gaya

5. IIM Calcutta

6. IIM Indore

7. IIM Jammu

8. IIM Kashipur

9. IIM Kozhikode

10. IIM Lucknow

11. IIM Nagpur

12. IIM Raipur

13. IIM Ranchi

14. IIM Rohtak

15. IIM Sambalpur

16. IIM Shillong

17. IIM Sirmaur

18. IIM Tiruchirappalli

19. IIM Udaipur

20. IIM Visakhapatnam

Other good colleges via CAT

Faculty of Management Studies,Delhi (FMS)

Jamnalal Bajaj Institute ofManagement Studies, Mumbai (JBIMS)

S. P. JainInstitute of Management and Research, Mumbai (SPJIMR)

Management Development Institute,Gurgaon (MDI)

NationalInstitute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai (NITIE)

International ManagementInstitute, New Delhi (IMI)

Shailesh J MehtaSchool of Management (IIT Mumbai)

Department ofManagement studies (IIT Delhi)

Vinod GuptaSchool of Management (IIT Kharagpur)

Goa Institute of management


NIT Trichy

IRMA, Anand

K J SomaiyaInstitute of Management Studies and Research (SIMSR)

Welingkar School,Mumbai

IMT Ghaziabad

TAPMI, Manipal

Fore, Delhi

Great lakesinstitute of management, Chennai

Some 'good to Know' pointers:

CAT 2018 was conducted by IIM Calcutta

CAT 2017 was conducted by IIM Indore

CAT 2016 was conducted by IIM Bangalore

CAT 2015 was conducted by IIM Ahmedabad

CAT 13 and CAT 14 were conducted IIM Indore

CAT 12 was conducted IIM Kozhikode

Cat 11 was conducted IIM Calcutta

CAT 10 was conducted IIM Lucknow

CAT 09 was conducted IIM Ahmedabad

No. of CAT Takers (Past trends)

Year -Approximate number of candidates appearing

2018- 2,09,405

2017- 232, 000

2016- 195, 000

2015 -179,601

2014 -167,830

2013 -175,451

2012 -195,000

2011 -195,000

2010 -185,000

2009 -230,000

2008 -276,000


The candidate must fulfil the below mentioned criteria's:

1. Hold a Bachelor's Degree, with at least 50% marks orequivalent CGPA (45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste(SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD)/Differently Able(DA) category)

2. The degree should be awarded by any of the Universitiesincorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or othereducational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to bedeemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess anequivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government ofIndia.

3. Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor'sdegree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degreerequirements and are awaiting results can also apply. If selected, such candidates will be allowed to join the program provisionally, only if she/hesubmits a certificate latest by June 30, 2018 from the Principal/Registrar ofher/his College/Institute (issued on or before June 30, 2018) stating that the candidate has completed all the requirements for obtaining the bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.

4. IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of theselection process, the details of which are provided at the website

CAT 2018 was divided into three sections:

• Quantitative Aptitude (QA) having 34 questions

• Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) with 32 questions

• Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC) with 34 questions

The total duration for the exam was 180 minutes and had 100 questions. Candidates were not allowed to switch between sections, unlike previous year. For the first time in the history of CAT, applicants were allowed to use an on-screen calculator for calculations. Also, some Type in the Answer (TITA) type questions were introduced, wherein candidates had to type the answers to those questions in a box provided.

Release of advertisement – July 2019

Online registration – August to September 2019

Download Admit Card – From October 2019

Test date – 24th November  2019 (Sunday)

Result announcement – January 2020 (1st week)


XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) is conducted by XLRI – Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur. XLRI conducts XAT on behalf of the XAMI. For more than 60 years XLRI is conducting XAT at all India level to select the most appropriate students for management education. The XAT score is being used by more than 100 institutes for the admission. After applying for XAT, candidates can also apply to other member colleges, which use XAT scores for their respective admissions. (official website)


Recognized Bachelor's degree of minimum three years duration or equivalent in any discipline. Those completing their final examination by June 10, 2019 may also apply. All Indian candidates must appear for XAT 2019. However NRI and foreign candidates may apply through GMAT score (except Dubai and Kathmandu wherein candidates have an option of appearing for XAT 2019)

Apply Online

XAT Member Institutes

S.No. Institute Name Website
1 Loyola Institute of Business Administration
2 Mount Carmel Institute of Management
3 St. Francis Institute of Management and Research (SFIMR)
4 St. Joseph's College of Business Administration
5 St.Aloysius Institute of Management and Information Technology
6 Xavier Institute of Management
7 Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship
8 Xavier Institute of Management & Research
9 Xavier Institute of Management, Jabalpur
10 Xavier Labour and Relations Institute
11 Xavier Institute of Social Service

Other colleges accepting XAT Score:

SP Jain Institute of Management and Research,Mumbai


TAPMI, Manipal

Great Lakes Institute of Management,Chennai

K J Somaiya , Mumbai

Welingkar, Mumbai

XAT is a paper based test

The test would be split into two:

•Aptitude Test


The Aptitude section would consist of :

•Verbal and Logical Ability

•Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

•Decision Making.

No. Of Papers Section Questions Time Duration
Paper 1 Decision Making 21  

170 min.

Verbal and Logical Ability 24
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 27
Paper 2 General Knowledge 25 35 min.

Application Date Starts
(Cost of Form: INR 1600, INR 300 per XLRI Course)

 August 2019

Application Date Ends (without late fee)
(Cost of Form: INR 1600, INR 300 per XLRI Course)

November 2019

Last Date of Application (with late fee)
(Cost of Form: INR 2000, INR 500 per XLRI Course)

December 2019

Downloading of Admit Cards

December 2019

Date of Exam

5th Sunday January 2020

Test Timings

10.00 am to 01.30 pm

Nothing yet!

What is GMAT?

• The GMAT(Graduate Management Admission Test) is an online exam which you can write at any time during the year.

•It is one of the most standardized tests that is required by majority of good business schools to measure your academic ability. It tests you on your reasoning skills and not your memory skills or computational ability. Engineers, non - engineers or even people having 10 years of experience can write the GMAT exam.

•Most of the top business schools use GMAT score as one of the selection criteria for admission of students to several graduate management programs. This exam measures verbal, reasoning, mathematical and analytical skills.The GMAT syllabus and pattern remains the same throughout the year.

Official website:


Eligibility criteria is very flexible in age & educational aspect for aspirants. Test scores are considered valid for five years by most universities, though, recent scores as 2 years old are given more prominence.

Exam delivery

1.GMAT is conducted 6 days a week, 52 weeks per year and can be given upto 5 times a year.

2.Unhappy with your first attempt? Don't worry, you can rewrite the exam after 16 days again.

3.Your GMAT Score will be valid for 5 years.

GMAT Score Reporting

An unofficial score report with Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning and Total scores is made available immediately after exam. Students receive an email with a URL to access score report within 20 days of exam. This email contains a link with instructions to access Official Score Report online.

The student has the provision to report his scores to a maximum of five universities of his choice & the costs are met while paying the GMAT test fee itself. Though, he has to sincerely do the homework of zeroing in the final five prior to his exams which will ultimately receive his result copies. While reporting to additional university will mean extra charges which is US $28.

On test day, you have three and a half hours to complete the four sections of the GMAT exam – Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, and Verbal.
GMAT Test Section # of Questions Question Types Timing
Analytical Writing Assessment 1 Topic Analysis of Argument 30 Minutes
Integrated Reasoning 12 Questions Multi-Source Reasoning Graphics Interpretation Two-Part Analysis Table Analysis 30 Minutes
Quantitative 37 Questions Data Sufficiency (18 questions) Problem Solving (19 questions) 75 Minutes
Verbal 41 Questions Question Types 75 Minutes
Total Exam Time     3hrs, 30 minutes



The NMAT by GMAC™is accepted by NMIMS University, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad official 


Other colleges via NMAT

•Alliance University, Bangalore

•Amity University, Delhi NCR

•Ansal University, Delhi NCR

•ICFAI University, IBS Business School, Hyderabad and other locations

•Mody University, Rajasthan

•BML Munjal University, Delhi

•Shoolini University, Chandigarh

•SRM University, Chennai

•Thapar University, Chandigarh

•VIT University, Vellore

•Woxsen School of Business, Hyderabad

•Chitkara University, Patiala

•University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES) , Dehradun

•Hyderabad Business School, GITAM University, Hyderabad

•Institute of Management, JK University, Jaipur

•Shiv Nadar university, Greater Noida

•GITAM School of International Business, Visakhapatnam

Test Fees



Test Registration (Early)

INR 1700 applicable taxes

Test Registration (Late)

INR 2000 applicable taxes


INR 1700 applicable taxes


INR 1000 applicable taxes

Additional Score Reports (beyond first seven)

INR 200 applicable taxes

The NMAT by exam is computer-delivered and gives each candidate a randomly generated test from a pool of questions, delivered one-at-a-time. The number of questions, difficulty levels, and the time limit for each of the sections is predetermined and, under normal administration conditions, are the same regardless of when and where the test is administered. Candidates have a choice of selecting the order/sequence of the test sections. The NMAT by exam has three sections – Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. The three sections of the NMAT are individually timed. Test takers must answer questions and review answers of each section within the allotted time. Test takers must review their answers before moving to another section of the exam, as once the candidate closes out of a section, all answers are final.

The time and marks split is as follows:

Language Skills: 32 questions (22 minutes)

Quantitative Skills: 48 questions (60 minutes)

Logical Reasoning: 40 questions (38 minutes)

Total: 120 questions (120 minutes)

NMAT has both sectional and overall cutoffs

The overall cut off has been revolving in the bracket of 207-210 for the past few years

Around 55000 people took NMAT last year





July 2018       

October 2019


28th July 2018

3rd October 2019

Late Registration

4th October 2018

16th October 2019

Registration - Retake

October 2018

December 2019


July, 2018

December 2018

Exam Delivery

4th October 2018

17th December 2019

Re-take Scheduling

5th October 2017

17th December 2019

Final Announcement of Results


11th January 2020


MAH MBA/MMS CET is a state level management aptitude test conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra state for post graduate degree courses in Management namely MBA/MMS and PGDBM/PGDM. This test scores a person on the bases of quantitative ability, data interpretation, verbal ability and logical reasoning.

Official website:


Section name

Number of questions

Total marks

Logical Reasoning



Abstract Reasoning



Quantitative Aptitude



Verbal Ability/Reading Comprehension



Total marks for the test




       Duration ofthe exam: 2 hr 30 min

       Mode ofexam: Online

       There is nonegative marking.

For more details, visit


Release of advertisement – January 2020

Online registration – January to February 2020

Test date – 7th/8th March 2020 (tentative)

Result announcement – March 2020 (tentative)

Top institutes

Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai

Sydenham Institute of Management Studies Research & Entrepreneurship Education, Mumbai

KJ Somaiya Institute of Management studies, Mumbai

WE School (Welingkar Institute of Management), Mumbai

The Department of Management Sciences (PUMBA), Pune University

SIES College of Management of Studies, Mumbai

NL Dalmia Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai

MET Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai

Chetana'sRamprasadKhandelwal Institute Of Management And Research, Mumbai

Not yet!

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a national level entrance examination conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) every year as per the directions of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. The CMAT is a three hour computer based online test which is conducted in a single session to evaluate the candidate's ability across various segments like Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness. This test facilitates Institutions to select suitable graduate candidates for admission in all Management programs.

Participating Institutes:

Eligibility Criteria for CMAT 2020 Exam

•Applicant must be a citizen of India.

•Graduates in any discipline can apply for CMAT exam.

•Final year students of Graduate Courses (10 2 3/4) whose result will be declared before commencement of admission for academic year 2019-2020 can also apply for CMAT online exam. Official website


No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation



Logical Reasoning



Language Comprehension



General Awareness







  For each wrong answer, 1 mark shall bededucted.

  Duration of exam: 3 hours

  Mode of exam: Online

For more details, visit

Registration Start date November 2019

Registration End date December 2019

Admit Card download date January 2020

CMAT Exam Date 27th January 2020

CMAT Result declaration February 2020

Print out of Score Cards February 2020

Not yet!

MICA is considered to be the premier institute in Strategic Marketing and Communication.

MICA's flagship Post Graduate Diploma in Management - Communications (PGDM-C) grooms business leaders with a focus on creative thinking, consumer-centricity, communication and community outreach. The PGDM-C, equivalent to an MBA, has evolved into one of the premier programmes in the country, endorsed by 100 per cent campus placements with the best corporate houses in India and in recent times, abroad as well.

Official website:

Eligibility criterion:

Admission to the PGDM-C programme requires a Bachelor's degree (in keeping with the 10 2 3 system) or an equivalent qualification in any discipline recognised by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). Candidates appearing for final examinations towards a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) are also eligible to apply.

Candidates who demonstrate aptitude for expressing, assessing, or conceiving ideas that move people to action and achieve business results tend to stand a better chance of being shortlisted.

Exam pattern:

The selection process involves three steps. The process is described below:

Step I: CAT 2015, XAT 2016 and GMAT (2012 onwards).

Each candidate has to take at least one of the three exams: CAT 2015, XAT 2016 and GMAT (2012 onwards).

Step II: MICA Admission Test (MICAT). (computer based from 2016)

All the candidates are assessed on MICAT which consists of 6 sections: Psychometric, Verbal ability, Quantitative ability, General awareness , Divergent-Convergent Reasoning and Descriptive Test.

a.Psychometric test is a qualifier.

b.Those who qualify on the Psychometric test shall be assessed for MICAT sections on Verbal ability, Quantitative ability, General awareness and Divergent-Convergent Reasoning.

c.Those who qualify on the basis of relative performance subject to a minimum cut-off in each of the sections namely: Verbal ability, Quantitative ability, General awareness and Divergent-Convergent Reasoning shall be evaluated on Descriptive Test.

d.Those who qualify in psychometric and on the basis of relative performance in b) and c) subject to a minimum cut-off in each of the sections namely: Verbal ability, Quantitative ability, General awareness, Divergent-Convergent Reasoning and Descriptive Test shall be shortlisted for GE and PI. Note: All the candidates shortlisted after MICAT shall appear for both GE & PI

Step III: GE and PI

a.For all those who meet a minimum cut off on GE & PI evaluation and are unanimously recommended by the panel , a composite score shall be created based on the following weightages:

MICAT: 50%

GE: 20%

PI: 30%

b.After GE-PI at the end of Phase I, confirmed Offers will be made to the candidates who fulfill the following conditions:

i.Unanimous recommendation by the 3 member panel of PI.

ii.At least 4 or more on a 5 point scale in GE

iii.At least 4 or more on a 5 point scale in PI

iv.Are amongst top 10 percent of the candidates on MICAT (all sections excluding psychometric) scores out of all the candidates who appear in MICAT

Amongst top 10 percent of the candidates on CAT/XAT/GMAT percentile/ scores out of all the candidates who appear in MICAT.

c.Out of the candidates shortlisted for GE-PI on the basis of MICAT - I, all those who do not get a confirmed offer shall become part of the pool of those who appear in MICAT – II.

d.Final merit list (combining candidates appearing for GE – PI in both Phase I and Phase II) shall be prepared after considering

i.The relative performance in CAT*/XAT*/GMAT score (as applicable)* and

ii.Composite score obtained in point no. 3a)

iii.*CAT = 1.26 (XAT) and XAT = CAT/1.26

MICAT happened twice last year, once in December 2015 and then in Feb 2016. These were the important dates of MICAT 2

MICAT – II Registration opens January 04, 2016
MICAT – II Registration closes February 04, 2016 at 11:59 pm
Issue of MICAT- II Call Letters February 09, 2016
MICAT – II February 14, 2016
GE & PI Second week of March 2016***
Declaration of Results March 2016***
Orientation Programme June 2016***
Session begins June / July 2016***

Nothing yet!

TISS NET is the entrance test conducted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences for admission to their 2 year MA programmes for their Mumbai, Hyderabad Tuljapur and Guwahati. While the Human Resources Management and Labour Relations programme is considered the flagship programme, the institute also offers an MA in various other fields too.

Official website:

Sections No. of Questions Total Marks
General Knowledge 40 40
Analytical Ability and Logical Reasoning 30 30
English Proficiency 30 30
Total 100 100
 There is no negative marking.
 Duration of the exam: 1 hr 40 min
 Mode of exam: Online

Application Begins on September/October 2019
Last Date for Online Registration First/ second week of December 2019
Last Date for receipt of application form by post Second week of December 2019
TISSNET Admit Cards will issue on Last week of December 2020
TISSNET 2020 Exam 12th January 2020
Availability of TISSNET Score Card Second week of February 2020

Not yet!

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) was established in 1963 as an autonomous body under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry to contribute in the skill building for the external trade sector of India. It has come a long way to successfully develop into a unique institution involved in imparting knowledge through research and training in international business and trade.

Two-year MBA (International Business) at New Delhi and Kolkata.

Intake - 220 (Delhi Campus), 140 (Kolkata Campus) 120 ( Kakinada A.P.)

Official Website:


•Recognized Bachelor's degree of minimum 3 years duration in any discipline. Candidate appearing in the final year examination of Graduation can also apply subject to submission of proof of requisite qualification by 7th October 2017.

•No age limit.

IIFT Cut-off (Past trends)

IIFT 2018: General: 48.50             OBC(NCL):43.50              SC/ST/PH:38.50

Sectional Cut-off:  VA-9.67, Quant-4.01, LR/DI-8, GK-1.99

IIFT 2017: General: 48.50             OBC(NCL):43.50              SC/ST/PH:38.50

Sectional Cut-off:  VA-9.67, Quant-4.01, LR/DI-8, GK-1.99

IIFT 2016: General: 48.50             OBC(NCL):43.50              SC/ST/PH:38.50

Sectional Cut-off:  VA-9.67, Quant-4.01, LR/DI-8, GK-1.99

IIFT 2015: General: 48.50             OBC(NCL):43.50              SC/ST/PH:38.50

Sectional Cut-off:  VA-8.75, Quant-4.34, LR/DI-8.68, GK-0.82

IIFT 2014: General-38.5,             OBC(NCL)-33.5                 SC/ST/PH-28.5,       

Sectional Cut-off: VA-6.50, Quant/DI-4.67, LR-4.34,GK-2.49


IIFT 2013: General-47.5,              OBC(NCL):42.5                 SC/ST/PH: 37.5

 SectionalCut-off: VA-5.75, Quant-6.34, LR/DI-9.75, GK-1.80


IIFT 2012: General-50,                   OBC(NCL):45                  SC/ST/PH: 40

Sectional Cut-off: VA-7, Quant-6, LR/DI-9.89, GK-1.67

APPLICATION FEE (At the IIFT counter/By Post/Online)

For General/OBC  Category

Rs 1850

 For ST/SC/PH Category

Rs 750

For Foreign Nationals/ NRIs/ Children

US$80/Rs 4500

Official Website:



No. of Que.

Marks per Ques.

Total Marks

Section -1

Quantitative Ability




Section -2

Analytical & Logical Reasoning




Section -3

Data Interpretation




Section -4

Reading Comprehension




Section -5

Verbal Ability




Section -6

General Awareness










  Duration of exam: 2 hours

  Mode of exam: Paper-based

 Negativemarking: 1/3rd of the marks deducted per wrong answer For moredetails, visit

ONLINE Last Day to fill-in the Online Application Form

September 2019



OFFLINE Last date for obtaining Application form & Prospectus Across the counter at IIFT  (By Cash)

September 2019

Nationals/ NRIs/ Last date for obtaining prospectus and receipt of applications for Foreign Children of NRIs

February 2020




Written Examination:

1st Decemebr 2019 (Sunday )

10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon

1.Application form & prospectus are available at

Official website:

Member Institutes:


Name of the Institute



Symbiosis Institute of Business Management

Innovation and Entrepreneurship)


Symbiosis Centre for Management and
Human Resources Development


MBA (Infrastructure Management)


Symbiosis Institute of International Business

MBA (International Business)
MBA (Agri Business)
MBA (Energy & Environment)


Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management

MBA (Telecom Management)


Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies



Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication, Pune (SIMC, Pune)

MBA (Communication Management)


Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management
(SIOM, Nashik)

MBA (Operations Management)


Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies & Research (SICSR)

MBA (Information Technology)
M.Sc (Computer Applications)


Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology

MBA (Information Technology Business


Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences

MBA (Hospital & Healthcare Management)


Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Bengaluru (SIBM, Bengaluru)



Symbiosis School of Media & Communication, Bengaluru (SSMC, Bengaluru)

MBA (Communication Management)


Symbiosis School of Banking and Finance
(SSBF) Pune

MBA (Banking and Finance)


Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Hyderabad (SIBM, Hyderabad)



Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences (SSSS) Pune

MBA (Sports Management)


Normal Questions

Special Questions

Total Questions

Total Marks

General English: RC, VR & VA





Quantitative, DI & DS





Analytical & Logical Reasoning





Current Affairs











 Please notethat the SNAP 2019 test will be Computer based test.

 SNAP Testduration is of 120minutes.

 Date:December 15, 2019; Time: 2-4pm

 SNAP Test isan objective test. Each question has 4 responses (Only for Normal Questions).Candidate should choose an appropriate response

 Normal Questions carry 1 mark for eachquestion and Special Questions carry 2 marks for each question.

 Each wronganswer attracts 25%negative marks for NormalQuestions and for Special Questions also.

Release of Advertisement – August 2019

Online Application – August 2019 –  November 2019

Test Date 15th  December 2019 ( Sunday)

Result Announcement – 2nd week January 2020

Symbiosis National Aptitude Test 2019