Competitive Exams for Management Students in India

Generally, a graduate is recognized by the institution he graduated from. So when you venture in to further studies, the institution you choose will be one of the major factors for your career ahead. But the real deal is that you cannot choose a leading institution of your dreams. Instead, the institution must choose you.

If your desire to pursue your post-graduation in India or Abroad, you have to face competitive exams or if you are passionate about landing a government job, you still got competitive exams to face. It is your score in any one of these competitive exams that has the power to place you in a highly reputed college where you will be building a strong foundation for your prosperous career.

The question is that how many competitive exams you are aware of?

For example, if you want to do your MBA in any one of the leading institutions across the nation, there are around 50 MBA entrance tests waiting for you. In fact, by the time you are reading this, you might be missing important competitive exams which would have decided your future. These competitive exams are held throughout the year and as a management student, it is imperative for you to be in the know about these competitive exams.

That is where we are going to be extremely useful to you. To prevent you from the exhausting hours of googling we have compiled a detailed list of some of the important competitive exams every management student must be aware of.

Major Competitive Exams For Management Students in India

Management Aptitude Test  – MAT

When is it conducted 4 times a year- Feb, May, Sept, Dec
Who Conducts it All India Management Association – AIMA
Purpose of Exam Admissions in Popular Management schools in MBA/PGDM Program
Mode of Conduct Paper based as well as computer based
Eligibility Graduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year students can also apply.
Type of Exam Multiple Choice Questions – MCQ
Exam Pattern Total 200 questions, 40 from each section.

There are 5 sections:

•       English

•       Mathematics

•       Data Analysis

•       Logical Reasoning

•       General Knowledge

Time Duration 2 hours 30 minute
Scoring + 1 mark for each correct answer

– ¼ mark for each incorrect answer

Website https://www.aima.in/
Cost of Application Rs. 1400
How to Apply Candidates can apply online through its official website and follow the instructions that are available in the site to complete the registration.

https://apps.aima.in/MATSept17

 

 

 

Common Aptitude Test – CAT

When is it conducted Once in a year | November 26, 2017
Who Conducts it Indian Institutes of Management (IIM)
Purpose of Exam Admissions in Best Management schools in MBA/PGDM Program including IIM`s
Mode of Conduct Paper based as well as computer based
Eligibility Graduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year students can also apply.
Type of Exam Multiple Choice Questions – MCQ
Exam Pattern Total 100 questions –

There are 5 sections:

•       Quantitative Ability (QA) – 34

•       Verbal Ability (VA) – 10

•       Reading Comprehension (RC) – 24

•       Data Interpretation (DI) -16

•       Logical Reasoning (LR) – 16

Time Duration 3 hours
Scoring + 3 mark for each correct answer

– 1 mark for each incorrect answer

Website https://iimcat.ac.in
Cost of Application Rs. 1800 for General and NC-OBC candidates and Rs. 900 for SC, ST and PWD candidates
How to Apply Candidates are allowed to register online.

 

AIMS Test for Management Admissions – ATMA

When is it conducted 4 times a year – December, February, May and August.
Who Conducts it The members of Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS)
Purpose of Exam Admission in in post graduate management programmes.
Mode of Conduct Paper based as well as computer based
Eligibility Graduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year students can also apply.
Type of Exam Multiple Choice Questions – MCQ
Exam Pattern Total 180 questions. 

•       Quantitative skills – 2 sections – 30 each

•       Verbal Ability – 2 sections – 30 each

•       Logical Reasoning – 2 sections – 30 each

Time Duration 3 hours
Scoring  + 1 mark for each correct answer

– ¼ mark for each incorrect answer

Website http://www.atmaaims.com/
Cost of Application Rs.1100/-
How to Apply The exam can be applied online on its official website.

ATMA online registration.

 

IBSAT Competitive Exams

When is it conducted Once in a year | December 21 – 24 , 2017
Who Conducts it ICFAI (Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India)
Purpose of Exam Students who score the required cut off marks will get placed for the PG program in the Colleges under the control of this institution.
Mode of Conduct Paper based as well as computer based
Eligibility Graduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year students can also apply.
Type of Exam Multiple Choice Questions – MCQ
Exam Pattern Total 140 questions.

There are 4 sections:

• Verbal Ability – 50

• Reading Comprehension – 30

• Quantitative Techniques – 30

• Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation – 30

Time Duration 2 hours
Scoring 1 mark for each correct answer

No Negative Marking

Website http://www.ibsindia.org
Cost of Application 1800/-
How to Apply Candidates can apply online on the official site.

 

IIFT Competitive exams

When is it conducted Once in a year | December 3, 2017
Who Conducts it Indian Institute of Foreign Trade
Purpose of Exam To get admission in MBA (International Business) program at their New Delhi and Kolkata campus.
Mode of Conduct Paper based as well as computer based
Eligibility Graduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year students can also apply.
Type of Exam Multiple Choice Questions – MCQ
Exam Pattern Total 123 questions.

There are 4 sections:

•       Reading comprehension – 16

•       Verbal Ability – 20

•       Quantitative and Data analysis – 20

•       Logical Reasoning – 42

•       General Knowledge – 25

Time Duration 2 hours
Scoring •       Reading comprehension – +0.75

•       Verbal Ability – +1

•       Quantitative and Data analysis – +0.75 or 1

•       Logical Reasoning – +1

•       General Knowledge – +0.5

Website http://www.iift.edu
Cost of Application General/OBC candidates‎: ‎Rs 1550

SC/ST/PH candidates‎: ‎Rs 775

How to Apply Apply online : https://iiftadmissions.net.in

 

NMAT – National Management Aptitude Test

When is it conducted Once in a year. The entire exam is divided into five sections of 15 days each for the total period of 75 days.
Who Conducts it Graduate Management Admission Council – GMAC
Purpose of Exam Pursuing a management degree at the leading  universities in India
Mode of Conduct Paper based as well as computer based
Eligibility Graduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year students can also apply.
Type of Exam Multiple Choice Questions – MCQ
Exam Pattern Total 120 questions.

There are 3 sections:

• Language Skills – 32

• Quantitative Skills – 48

•  Logical Reasoning – 40

Time Duration 2 hours
Scoring 1 mark for each correct answer

No Negative marking

Website www.nmat.org.in/
Cost of Application
Test Registration (Early) Rs 1800 + applicable taxes
Test Registration (Late) Rs 2000 + applicable taxes
Retake Rs 1800 + applicable taxes
Reschedule Rs 1000 + applicable taxes
Additional Score Reports (beyond first seven) Rs 200 per Score Report + applicable taxes
How to Apply Enter the link for registration.

 

SBI Bank PO

When is it conducted Once in a year – Sep and Nov
Who Conducts it Indian Institute of Banking Personnel Selection
Purpose of Exam To work as Probationary Officer in Various public sector Banks
Mode of Conduct Paper based as well as computer based
Eligibility Graduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year students can also apply.
Type of Exam Multiple Choice Questions – MCQ + Group discussion + Interview
Exam Pattern Preliminary Examination

Total 100 questions.

English Language – 30

Quantitative Aptitude – 35

Reasoning Ability – 35

Main Exam

Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks.

Know more

Time Duration 3 hour
Scoring Group Discussion – 20 marks

Interview – 30 Marks

Exams – 250 marks

Website http://www.ibps.in/
Cost of Application
SC/ST/PWD Rs.100/- (Intimation Charges only)
General and Others Rs. 600/- (App. Fee including intimation charges)
How to Apply Detailed procedure to apply online for the bank Po examination. Enter here

 

Staff Selection Commission – SSC

When is it conducted Once in a year
Who Conducts it Staff Selection Commission of India
Purpose of Exam To gain a posting in different Ministries and departments of the Government of India
Mode of Conduct Paper based as well as computer based
Eligibility Graduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year students can also apply.
Type of Exam Multiple Choice Questions – MCQ + Descriptive
Exam Pattern Tier I

Total 100 questions, 25 from each section.

There are 4 sections:

•       English Language

•       Mathematics & Data Analysis

•       Logical Reasoning

•       General Awareness

Tier II

There are four exams:

Quantitative Ability – 100 questions

English Language – 200 questions 

Statistics – 100 questions

General Studies – 100 questions

All students do not have to attempt all four exams. Know More

Tier III

Descriptive Exam –  Know More

Time Duration SSC Tier 1 – 60 Minutes

SSC Tier 2 – Four sections of 2 hours each

SSC Tier 3 – 60 Minutes

Scoring Tier I –

+1 CA,-0.50 WA

Tier II – 

Quantitative Ability – +1 CA,-0.50 WA

English Language – +1 CA,-0.50 WA

Statistics – +1 CA,-0.25 WA

General Studies – +1 CA,-0.50 WA

Tier III

Descriptive Exam – 100 Marks

Website http://ssc.nic.in/
Cost of Application 100/-
How to Apply – Go to the official website for SSC (ssc.nic.in).

– Read through the SSC CGL notification and check your eligibility.

– Click on the link to “Apply”.

– Select “CGL” (the link to apply will soon be activated).

– Fill in the details in the fields provided.

– Submit the application and keep a copy for further reference.

 

 

Symbiosis National Aptitude Test – SNAP

When is it conducted Once in a year – Dec
Who Conducts it Symbiosis International University – SIU
Purpose of Exam Candidates aspiring to join MBA / MSc (CA) / MSc (SS) programmes offered by institutes of Symbiosis International University
Mode of Conduct Paper based as well as computer based
Eligibility Graduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year students can also apply.
Type of Exam Multiple Choice Questions – MCQ
Exam Pattern Total 150 questions.

There are 4 sections:

•       General English – 40

•       Mathematics & Data Analysis – 40

•       Logical Reasoning – 40

•       General Knowledge – 30

Time Duration 2 hours  
Scoring 1 mark for each correct answer

– ¼ mark for each incorrect answer

Website https://www.snaptest.org/
Cost of Application Rs.1750/-
How to Apply SNAP registration process – Enter here

Register for SNAP here

 

Xavier Aptitude Test – XAT

When is it conducted Once in a year – January
Who Conducts it Xavier Association of Management Institutes
Purpose of Exam Admissions in PG Management programs  at several management institutes all over India
Mode of Conduct Paper based as well as computer based
Eligibility Graduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year students can also apply.
Type of Exam Multiple Choice Questions – MCQ + Descriptive
Exam Pattern Paper 1

•       Decision Making – 21

•       Quantitative Ability & Data Analysis – 27

•       Verbal and Logical Ability – 24

Paper 2

•       Essay Writing – 1 essay

•       General Knowledge – 25

Time Duration Paper 1 – 170 min

Paper 2 – 35 min

Scoring Paper 1 – +1 CA, -0.25 WA

Paper 2 – No Negative Marking

Website http://www.xatonline.in/
Cost of Application As per 2018:

Without Late Fee:
For XAT: Rs. 1,650/-
For XLRI: XAT fees: Rs.1,650 and Rs. 300/- per XLRI course.
With Late Fee:
For XAT: Rs. 2,000/-

For XLRI: XAT fees: Rs.2,000/- and Rs. 500/- per XLRI course

How to Apply Register online in its official site. Online and Offline applications available. Register here

 

Graduate Management Admission Test – GMAT

When is it conducted Conducted throughout the year | A candidate can take up to 5 times a year
Who Conducts it Graduate Management Admission Council – GMAC
Purpose of Exam Admissions to Graduate Schools in United States
Mode of Conduct Paper based as well as computer based
Eligibility Graduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year students can also apply.
Type of Exam Multiple Choice Questions – MCQ + Descriptive
Exam Pattern Analytical Writing Assessment – 30 Minutes essay

Integrated Reasoning Section – 12 questions for 30 minutes

Quantitative Section – 37 questions for 75 Minutes

Verbal Section – 41 questions for 75 minutes

Time Duration 3 hours 30 minute
Website http://www.mba.com/india
Cost of Application 250 US Dollar
How to Apply Register here for the GMAT exam.

 

Graduate Record Examination – GRE

When is it conducted Throughout the year – Paper based test: 3 times a year | Computer based test: 5 times a year
Who Conducts it ETS (Educational Testing Services)
Purpose of Exam Admissions in Popular Management schools in MBA/PGDM Program
Mode of Conduct Paper based as well as computer based
Eligibility Graduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year students can also apply.
Type of Exam Multiple Choice Questions – MCQ + Descriptive
Exam Pattern Analytical Writing – 30 Minutes essay

Verbal Reasoning Section – 2 sections – 20 questions , 30 minutes per section

Quantitative Section – 2 sections – 20 questions , 30 minutes per section

Time Duration 3 hours 45 minutes
Scoring Know More at Careers 360
Website https://www.ets.org/gre
Cost of Application 195 US Dollars
How to Apply Detailed registration procedures here

Your career is defined by the course you pursue. The opportunities are never scarce no matter whatever degree you hold. Still, considering the consistent increasing competition in the Indian education, students are recommended to either pursue post graduate courses to enhance their knowledge, skills or get a early job to gain experience. All the competitive exams mentioned above will help you to become competent candidates in the race.