MBA Entrance Exams 2022: CAT, CMAT, MAT, SNAP

Master of Business Administration ( MBA) is one of the most popular post-graduation course in India and abroad as well.
MBA Entrance Exams 2022: CAT, CMAT, MAT, SNAP

MBA Entrance Exams - What Is An MBA?

Master of Business Administration ( MBA) is one of the most popular post-graduation course in India and abroad as well. Students who have finished their bachelors in BBA or any other subject tend to like to complete this MBA course so that they can apply for jobs in the corporate sector. MBA is one such popular course among the students from any background – including Science, Commerce, and Humanities can pursue it.

MBA Entrance Exams in India Consists of CAT, XAT, SNAP, NMAT, CMAT, IIFT, MAT, MAH CET, IBSAT and so on. IIM administered CAT is the most popular MBA entrance exam in India as over 1,200 MBA colleges select candidates for admission on the basis of marks obtained in the CAT exam. Following CAT, the second most popular MBA entrance exam is CMAT conducted by the ( National Testing Agency) NTA. CMAT score is accepted by 1,000 MBA colleges across whole India. Third most popular MBA entrance exam is XAT which is conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur. XAT score is accepted by over 800 MBA colleges in   whole India. 

The MBA entrance exams are conducted in three levels – 

National level: Most popular at National Level are CAT, CMAT and MAT

State level: Most popular at State Level are MAH-CET, TSICET, KMAT and TANCET 

University/College level: Some entrance examination include XAT, SNAP, IIFT Exam and IRMASAT

CMAT, MAT are open; TISSNET Registration Closed Now; MAH CET, TANCET soon to open.

Registration and application process for CMAT 2022 offers admission opportunity in 1000+ AICTE approved MBA colleges and MAT Feb 2022, offers admission opportunity in 400 + MBA colleges, is open while the registration and application window for MAH CET, TANCET, TS ICET are about to open soon. TISSNET 2022 registration which was extended by a few days is now closed. Other top MBA entrance exams for MBA admission 2022 like CAT 2021, IIFT 2022, SNAP 2021, XAT 2022 are already over and their results have been released. NMAT which was closed in November had reopened additional exam window from Jan 11 to 15, 2022. The MBA Admission 2022 opportunity in hundreds of good B-schools like Great Lakes, BIMTECH, IMT Nagpur is open for next few days.

The details of top MBA entrance exams open for admission 2022 are given below. The registration and application dates for many of these exams are open while the notification for some of them is yet to be released by the exam conducting body.

MBA Entrance Exams - Application and Exam Dates

The table below lists the application deadline and the exam date of MBA Entrance  exams in India for which applications are in process.

MBA Entrance ExamLast Date to Apply ( Tentative + Over )Exam Date ( Tentative + Over )
CAT 2021 ( Closed )15-Sep-202128-Nov-2021
SNAP 2021 ( Closed )30-Nov-202119-Dec-2021
08-Jan-2022
16-Jan-2022
NMAT 2021 ( Closed )9 – Jan 202211 to 15 - Jan 2022
MAT 202128-Feb-2022 (PBT)
23-Feb-2022 (IBT)
24-Feb-2022 (IBT)
02-Mar-2022 (IBT)
09-Mar-2022 (IBT)
10-Mar-2022 (IBT)
06-Mar-2022 (PBT)
26-Feb-2022 (IBT)
27-Feb-2022 (IBT)
05-Mar-2022 (IBT)
12-Mar-2022 (IBT)
13-Mar-2022 (IBT)
CMAT 2022March 17, 2022April 17, 2022
IIFT 2022 ( Closed )25-Oct-202105-Dec-2021
XAT 2022 ( Closed )10-Dec-202102-Jan-2022
ATMA 202206-Feb-202213-Feb-2022
OJEE 2022To be announcedTo be announced
IBSAT 2021 ( Closed )16-Dec-202125-Dec-2021
26-Dec-2021
TISSNET 2022 ( Closed )10 – Feb 202226 – Feb 2022
TANCET 2022To be announcedTo be announced
TSICET 2022To be announcedTo be announced
KMAT 202107-Nov-202128-Nov-2021
MAH-CET 2021OverOver
MICAT 202220-Nov-2021 (MICAT-I)
16-Jan-2022 (MICAT-II)
04-Dec-2021 (MICAT-I)
29-Jan-2021 (MICAT-II)
NBSAT 202108-Dec-202112-Dec-2021
KIITEE MBA 202210-Jan-202215-Jan-2022 to 17-Jan-2022
APICET 2021OverOver
Karnataka PGCET 202116-Sep-202122-Oct-2021
23-Oct-2021

MBA Entrance Exams - CAT ( Overview )

Common Admission Test or CAT, the most popular entrance examination in India, is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM.  CAT is the largest MBA Entrance Exam for Admission to 20 IIMs, FMS Delhi, IIT DoMs, SPJIMR, MDI and 500+ MBA Colleges in India. More than 2 lakh students appear for the exam every year. CAT exam contains three sections: Verbal Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning.

CAT was conducted on November 28, 2021 by IIM Ahmedabad.

MBA Entrance Exams - CMAT ( Overview )

The second-largest MBA entrance examination in the country, the Common Management Admission Test or CMAT is taken by roughly 1.5 lakh + candidates. Conducted by the National Testing Agency ( NTA ), CMAT is a popular option among MBA aspirants after CAT. The CMAT exam is held in January every year. CMAT exam is expected on April17, 2022.

MBA Entrance Exams - MAT ( Overview )

Management Aptitude Test also called MAT Exam is one of the most popular National level MBA entrance exams after CAT in India . MAT exam is held four times in a year iduring he months of February, May, September and December generally. The exam leads to admission opportunity in more than 400 MBA/PGDM Colleges which are accepting MAT exam Scores. February MAT exam is scheduled in Paper based, computer based and proctored internet based test from February 26 to March 13, 2022. Held for 150 minutes, MAT exam has 200 questions. The aspirant is tested on the following subjects:

  • Indian and Global Environment
  • Language Comprehension
  • Data Analysis and Sufficiency
  • Mathematical Skills
  • Intelligence and Critical Reasoning



MBA Entrance Exams - SNAP ( Overview )

SNAP is the compulsory MBA Entrance Exam for Admission to 16 Symbiosis Institutes in India. Symbiosis International University (SIU) Pune conducts Symbiosis National Aptitude Test, popularly known as SNAP every year as computer based test. There are more than 2,500 MBA seats in Symbiosis colleges. SNAP 2021 was held as computer based test on  – December 19, 2021; January 8 and January 16, 2022.

Entrance Exams Accepted by Various MBA Colleges

MBA colleges accepting different MBA Entrance Exams scores are given below.

MBA Entrance ExamsTop Institutes Accepting Exam Score
CAT20 IIMs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IITs, IMI, IMT, TAPMI, K J Somaiya + 500 Others
TISSNETTata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and all its campuses
IRMASATIRMA Anand
MICATMICA Ahmedabad
KIITEE ManagementKIIT School of Management; KIIT School of Rural Management
CMATK J Somaiya, Great Lakes, BIMTECH, GIM, VIT and all the Institutes and Universities offering AICTE approved MBA/PGDM programmes
IBSATIBS Hyderabad & all the other 8 campuses of ICFAI B-Schools
MAT300 MBA/PGDM colleges across India
XATXLRI, IMT, XIMB, XIME, GIM, Great Lakes, TAPMI, FORE, LIBA + 140 Others
SNAPSIBM Pune, SCMHRD, + 13 Other top Symbiosis Institutes
NMAT by GMACNMIMS Mumbai + 20 other MBA colleges & Universities
IIFT3 Campuses of IIFT at Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinada

FEEs of MBA Entrance Exams Application Form

The table below contains the FEEs of MBA entrance exam application form for each MBA Entrance Exam.

MBA Entrance Exam NamesMBA Entrance Exam Fee (General category)MBA Entrance Exam Fee (Reserved category)
CAT 2022₹ 2000/-₹ 1000/-
NMAT by GMAC 2022₹ 2000/-₹ 2000/-
KIITEE Management 2022₹ 1250/-₹ 1250/-
IIFT 2022₹ 2000/-₹ 1000/-
MAT 2022₹ 1650/-₹ 1650/-
SNAP 2022₹ 1750/-₹ 1750/-
CMAT 2022₹ 1600/-₹ 800/-
XAT 2022₹ 1700/-₹ 1700/-
IBSAT 2022₹ 1800/-₹ 1800/-
TISSNET 2022₹ 1030/-₹ 500/-
MICAT 2022₹ 1985/-₹ 1985/-

NOTE – if you appear in all the above MBA entrance exams, the cost of MBA entrance tests is around Rs.18,000( rough ) in total. To avoid such a high MBA entrance exam fee, you may choose the preferred MBA entrance exams the scores of which are accepted by more MBA colleges like CAT.

What are the career options and estimated packages after MBA courses?

In the chart given down below, we have given an estimated amount of salary that an MBA job offers.

Finance Manager9.6 Lakhs
Marketing Manager10 Lakhs
Sales Manager10 Lakhs
Human Resources Manager4 Lakhs
Operations Manager7 Lakhs
Product Manager15 Lakhs
Data Analytics Manager14 Lakhs
Digital Marketing Manager4.5 Lakhs
Advertising Sales Manager8.5 Lakhs
NGO Manager5 Lakhs
Project Manager13 Lakhs
Telecom Manager7 Lakhs
Transport & Logistics Manager6 Lakhs
Infrastructure Manager11 Lakhs
International Business Manager9 Lakhs
Risk Manager10 Lakhs
Energy & Environment Manager6 Lakhs
Import & Export Manager6 Lakhs
IT & Systems Manager7 Lakhs
Healthcare & Hospital Manager4 Lakhs
Materials Manager6 Lakhs
Retail Manager5 Lakhs
Supply Chain Manager8 Lakhs
Public Policy Manager7 Lakhs

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which exam is best for MBA entrance?

Ans. Top 5 MBA Entrance Exams in India CAT: Common Admission Test. Common Admission Test (CAT) is the most popular and sought after MBA Entrance exam in India. ... XAT – Xavier Aptitude Test. ... GMAT – Graduate Management Aptitude Test. ... MAT – Management Aptitude Test. ... CMAT – Common Management Admission Test.

2. Is MBA possible after 12th?

Ans. The eligibility criteria for MBA After 12th is as follows: You need to have minimum of 60% in your 10th and 12th standards. There should not be a gap of more than 3 years after your 12th. Pass the entrance examinatio

3. Is CAT compulsory for MBA?

Ans. Do I have to appear for CAT for MBA admission? No, you can apply for admission on the basis of XAT, MAT, CMAT and other management exams. Besides this, there are many colleges that conduct their own entrance exams.
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