After engineering, MBA is the most popular course in India. India is home to some of the top MBA colleges in the world. Until recently, when people used to talk about the MBA program in India, only IIMs used to come to our minds, but times have changed, and a lot of private and affiliated business schools have started, that are some of the best MBA Colleges in India. Lakhs of students appear for national-level, state-level, and institute-level entrance tests every year to secure an MBA admission in one of the top MBA colleges in India. The MBA program opens a gateway to many lucrative job options and earn a handsome amount of money. The institute you select must boost your career at the end of the course, be it through knowledge or career options for the time and money you have invested in their MBA program. 

Some of the famous national level entrance tests for MBA admissions into premium MBA colleges in India are:

  • Common Admission Test
  • Management Aptitude Test
  • Common Management Aptitude Test
  • Graduate Management Admission Test
  • Xavier Aptitude Test
  • NMIMS Management Aptitude Test

Common Admission Test

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a national-level test conducted by the Indian Institute of Management every year. This is a computer-based(online) exam for admission into the graduate management program. The IIMs started this exam to select students for their MBA and PGDM courses. Since 2011 IITs and IISc also started using CAT scores to select students for their management programs. The test is conducted every year by one of the IIMs based on a policy of rotation. The test consists of three sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Ability(QA). The duration of the exam is 3 hours. Candidates with a bachelor’s degree or in the final year of their bachelor’s degree are eligible for this exam.

Top colleges in India that are accepting CAT score for their management course admissions are:

1Indian Institute of Management AhmedabadAhmedabadGujarat82.75
2Indian Institute of Management BangaloreBangaloreKarnataka81.32
3Indian Institute of Management CalcuttaKolkataWest Bengal80.39
4Indian Institute of Management LucknowLucknowUttar Pradesh73.85
5Indian Institute of Technology KharagpurKharagpurWest Bengal70.43
6Indian Institute of Management KozhikodeKozhikodeKerala69.96
7Indian Institute of Management IndoreIndoreMadhya Pradesh69.04
8Indian Institute of Technology DelhiNew DelhiDelhi67.19

More than 2 lakh students appear for the CAT examination every year, which makes it almost impossible to get admission in one of the colleges mentioned above for most of the candidates. So, candidates choose other management entrance tests.

Xavier Aptitude Test

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is a national-level test conducted by Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur. This is a computer-based exam, usually conducted in January every year. This exam offers admission into more than 160 B-schools across India. The test consists of four sections: Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, and General Knowledge. The duration of the exam is 3 hours. More than seventy thousand students appear every year for this exam.

Top colleges in India that are accepting XAT score for their management course admissions are:

9Xavier Labour Relations InstituteJamshedpurJharkhand67.11
23Great Lakes Institute of ManagementChennaiTamil Nadu55.80
27T.A. Pai Management InstituteManipalKarnataka54.85
31Xavier Institute of ManagementBhubaneshwarOdisha52.55
37Institute of Management TechnologyGhaziabadUttar Pradesh48.27
43FORE Schooll of ManagementNew DelhiDelhi47.11
48Goa Institute of ManagementSanquelmGoa46.63
56K.J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and ResearchMumbaiMaharashtra45.50


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