By Harshita Mehrotra

Top MBA Entrance Exams | Check Dates, Registration, Syllabus, Pattern

4th April, 2020

MBA exams during COVID19 outbreak have been greatly impacted, either by being postponed or cancelled. MBA entrance exams are a big hurdle that all MBA aspirants need to surpass.  However, the recent events around the corona pandemic has led to changes in schedules of most of the exams. All of you MBA aspirants out there must have heard of CAT, one of the most popular entrance exam sought by management students, however, the CAT admission process for the year 2020 is over. But do not be discouraged, we have compiled a list based on the latest updates of MBA exams during COVID19 for the year 2020 that you can still prepare and appear.Furthermore,  these MBA entrance exams are conducted at various levels and the mode could vary between online and offline.

So do not feel tied down to a particular exam as there is ample choice of the entrance exams for MBA courses you can still appear for in the year 2020 despite the coronavirus lockdown. 

MBA entrance exams are conducted to shortlist the candidates that are then eligible for admission into the 5000 B schools of our country. More than 50 MBA entrance exams are conducted every year, all having different testing bodies and participating institutes.In other words, out of these 50, we have compiled a list of the most popular MBA exams during covid19 with their important dates, sections and preparation tips. So without further adieu, let us begin. 

Generally, in India MBA entrance exams in India are conducted at three levels:  

National: CAT, MAT, CMAT


University/College: IIFT, SNAP, XAT, IGNOU OPENMAT

Apart from the entrance exams stated above, there are many more exams like ATMA, NMAT IIFT etc. Some exams have already been conducted for the session 2020 but there are many that are still left to be conducted. It is advised for you to focus on the details of MBA exams during COVID19 that you can still appear for the academic session beginning in 2020. Read on to know the MBA entrance exams you can take in the near future, their important dates etc. With this information, you can plan ahead and even start the preparation process for both the exam and the admission in the college of your choice. 

MBA Entrance Exams to Take in 2021

CAT 2020

CAT – Common Entrance Test

Level: National

Occurring: Conducted only once  a year

Conducting body: IIM

Mode: Online only

Application Form: 15th September 2021

Date of Examination: 28th November 2021

CAT scores are used for admission by 20 IIMs and over 1000 other management institutes across the country. More than three lakh students appear for the exam each year. The CAT MBA entrance exam for 2020 question paper consists of 100 questions (MCQs) to be solved in 180 minutes. The CAT exam primarily consists of four segments: Verbal, Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. These subject areas are grouped into 3 sections. These three sections are:

  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)

Even though the CAT exam may seem to be far away, enabling you to think you have ample time to prepare. However, our advice would be to start preparing as soon as possible as this is a highly competitive and fairly difficult exam to crack. Here are some preparation tips for CAT that you can immediately start on:-

  1. Make a month-wise preparation strategy and time table. 
  2. Join online study groups found on various social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Quora etc. 
  3. Download and timely solve online study material available on various online MBA forums to download for free.
  4. Download various preparation mobile applications to prepare and solve questions on the go.  

Also read: Common Aptitude Test 2020 (CAT)

MAT 2020

Important: May exam rescheduled to be held in June

MAT – Management Aptitude Test

Level: National

Occurring: Conducted 4 times a year – February, May, September and December

Conducting body: All India Management Association (AIMA)

Mode: Both Online and Offline

Application Form :

28-Nov-2021 (PBT)

14-Nov-2021 (CBT)

12-Dec-2021 (CBT)

24-Nov-2021 (IBT)

01-Dec-2021 (IBT)

02-Dec-2021 (IBT)

08-Dec-2021 (IBT)

09-Dec-2021 (IBT)

15-Dec-2021 (IBT)

Date of Examination:

05-Dec-2021 (PBT)

21-Nov-2021 (CBT)

19-Dec-2021 (CBT)

27-Nov-2021 (IBT)

04-Dec-2021 (IBT)

05-Dec-2021 (IBT)

11-Dec-2021 (IBT)

12-Dec-2021 (IBT)

18-Dec-2021 (IBT)

More than 600 institutes accept MAT MBA entrance exam for admission to management programmes. The exam is held in both online (computer-based) and offline (paper-based) modes. Held for 150 minutes, MAT question paper has 200 questions. The aspirant is tested on the following five areas:

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

With the MAT 2020 (May June) exam being just around the corner, the following preparation tips might help you ace the exam in the little time left.

  1. Start by creating a topic wise list of the AIMA MAT  syllabus and the topics you are comfortable in and the topics you are not.
  2. Start with the topics you are not confident about.
  3. Giving mocks timely and analyzing them regularly is key to a good score.
  4. Time your mock tests as it will help you understand the time you take on each question.
  5. Revise the concepts and formulas regularly.

Also Read: Management Aptitude Test (MAT) 2020

CMAT 2020 

CMAT 2022 yet to be announced.

CMAT – Common Management Aptitude Test

Level: National

Occurring: Conducted only once  a year

Conducting body: National Testing Agency (NTA)

Mode: Online only

Application Form: 24th December – 1st November 2019

Date of Examination: 28th January 2020

The exam is accepted by more than 500 MBA institutes across the country. The CMAT exam is held in January every year.

CMAT is a computer-based exam (held for 180 minutes) and tests the candidate’s aptitude in four main sections:

  • Quantitative technique
  • Logical reasoning
  • Language comprehension
  • General Awareness

Here is a list of some useful insights for the last few days to the D-Day:

  1. Concentrate on Accuracy and Time-management
  2. Rely on your set defined strategy
  3. Brush up topics from self-made notes
  4. Revise shortcut methods for complex calculations
  5. Attempt Practice Papers and other Mock Tests

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ATMA 2020

ATMA 2021- over.

ATMA: AIMS Test for Management Admissions 

Level: National

Occurring: Conducted 4 times a year – February, May, July and August. 

Conducting body:  (AIMA)

Mode: Online only

Application Form: 13th February – 18th May 2020

Date of Examination: 24th May 2020

Over 600 MBA institutes use ATMA scores for admission in several management programmes. It is an exam for three hours where the question paper consists of 180 questions in the following sections:

  • Analytical Reasoning Skills Part 1
  • Analytical Reasoning Skills Part 2
  • Quantitative Skills Part 1
  • Quantitative Skills Part 2
  • Verbal Skills Part 1
  • Verbal Skills Part 2

To crack the exam with a high score, a few yet effective ATMA 2020 preparation tips for May month have been listed below:

  1. Prepare a weekly time table and strictly follow it.
  2. Give ATMA mock tests to identify your weak and strong areas.
  3. Jot down your weak areas and spend more time on improving them.
  4. Keep making handy notes of certain formulas and tricks.
  5. Try making oral calculations and solving the questions by putting a timer. Cracking ATMA is all about speed. Answering more number of questions correctly and quickly.
  6. Also, go back to your class 9th, 10th and 11th school books. A lot many times the questions asked in ATMA belong to the concepts of these classes.

Also read: ATMA 2020 – Everything you Need to Know

XAT 2020

XAT: Xavier Aptitude Test (Done)

Level: National

Occurring: Conducted only once a year

Conducting body:  XLRI(Xavier Labour Relations Institute), Jamshedpur

Mode: Online only

Application Form: 30th November 2021

Date of Examination: 2nd January 2022

XAT scores are accepted by XLRI, Jamshedpur and more than 100 management institutes. XAT exam tests the candidate in four areas:

  • Quantitative Ability
  • English Language & Logical Reasoning
  • Decision Making
  • GK & Essay

Here is a list of some useful insights for the last few days to the D-Day:

  1. Quant Section: Revise your basic concepts and shortcuts to quickly solve the questions of a particular type.
  2. Decision making: The questions can be related to ethical dilemmas, issues involving sales and other financial conditions, the revenue of a company, scenarios of various management issues and of general management.
  3. G.K: Concentrate on recent events and read the newspaper regularly
  4. Verbal ability: Read regularly and do speaking & writing practice to increase your vocabulary

Also read: XAT 2020 -Xavier Aptitude Test

SNAP 2020

SNAP: Symbiosis National Aptitude Test

Level: National

Occurring: Conducted only once a year

Conducting body:  Symbiosis International University (SIU)

Mode: Online only

Application Form: 27th November 2021

Date of Examination:




SNAP scores are primarily used for admission in the 15 institutes that are under Symbiosis International University. However, many other MBA colleges use SNAP scores for admission.SNAP Test is a computer-based exam and held for two hours. It tests the candidates on:

  • General English
  • Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
  • General Awareness: General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Business Scenario
  • Analytical & Logical Reasoning

As we prepare for any competitive test and once you do the revision properly, success will follow. The basic things we can to in the remaining last few days are:

  1. Do not be disturbed or overwhelmed by the past experiences of mock tests you have been through
  2. You should keep your eyes and ears open and collect data about previous year tests, competition, important dates, etc. in other words, be well informed about the latest updates
  3. Know your Strengths & Weaknesses: Understand what you are good at, which section, which particular area, etc. and where improvement is required?
  4. Once you have developed your strengths and they are identified, you need to build upon those strengths and ensure that they are concrete.
  5. Ensure that you turn your Weaknesses into your Strengths through Hard work & Application. However, you can ignore certain areas you are not sure of or makes you confuse.

Also read: SNAP 2020 

MAH CET  2020

MAH CET 2021-over.

MAH CET: Maharashtra Common Entrance Test

Level: State

Occurring: Conducted only once a year

Conducting body:  State Common Entrance Test Cell, Maharashtra

Mode: Online only

Application Form: 10th January – 23rd February 2020

Date of Examination: 14th & 15th March 2020

MAH CET qualifying candidates are eligible for admission to various management courses such as MMS, PGDBM and PGDM in various institutes in the state of Maharashtra.

Important: The MAH CET 2020 result was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is now expected after May 3rd. 

Candidates need to attempt 200 questions in 150 minutes. MAH-CET question paper has three sections:

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Logical / Abstract Reasoning

For the students who are all set to take MAT 2020 exam, here are a few things they need to keep in mind:

  1. Get an overview of MAT syllabus
  2. It’s time for revision, not  cramming
  3. Time management – start with the section you are most confident about.
  4. Speed & accuracy – if you get stuck on a question, leave it & move on
  5. Don’t do a lot of guesswork

Also read: MAH CET 2020 – All details here


IGNOU OPENMAT – Indira Gandhi National Open University OPEN Management Aptitude Test 

Level: National

Occurring: Conducted twice each year

Conducting body:  National Testing Agency (NTA)

Mode: Online only

Application Form: 28th February – 3rd May (Ongoing)

To apply to the IGNOU OPENMAT 2020 Exam click here

Date of Examination: To be announced 

For all latest updates read: IGNOU OPENMAT 2020 

NTA conducts OPENMAT exam twice a year i.e. in July and January. OPENMAT scores of one session are valid for one year. In addition, candidates can opt for admission in any of the cycles as per the score validity. One appears for this particular entrance exam for admissions to MBA/PGDM courses offered at the School of Management Studies, IGNOU.

The division of the total 200 questions are in the following manner across all the sections:

  • General Awareness
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Reasoning
  • English or Verbal Ability

As IGNOU OPENMAT covers different subjects such as Logical Reasoning, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness, it is necessary to frame a strategy based on topic wise segregation for effective preparation.

  1. Understand the exam pattern and syllabus: Must know about the IGNOU OPENMAT 2020 Exam Pattern, syllabus, and other details to know about it more and for ease preparation.
  2. Create a time table and follow it: It is very important to adhere to the time table until the IGNOU OPENMAT 2020 Exam. Make sure to give equal preparation time to all sections.
  3. Take a look at previous papers: Prepare previous year sample papers.
  4. Get your basics right to have a clear understanding of concepts: It is advised to clear your basic concepts first before preparing for new topics when it comes to the IGNOU MBA entrance exam.
  5. Do Mock tests: Solve as many mock tests as possible in a timed fashion. This will help you check you’re how accurate and fast you are answering in the mock tests.


TSICET – Telangana State Integrated Common Entrance Test 

Level: State

Occurring: Conducted once each year

Conducting body:  Telangana State Council for Higher Education

Mode: Online only

Application Form: 6th March – 30th April 2020

Date of Examination: 20th May & 21st May 2020

This computer-based exam for MBA & MCA aspirants is held across 16 regional exam centres in Telangana state. This exam awards + 1 for each correct answer with no negative marking. The candidate needs to answer the objective type 200 questions in 2 hours 30 minutes pertaining to the following sections:

  1. Analytical ability
  2. Mathematical ability
  3. Communication ability

The points mentioned below will ensure you are right on the track and the preparation is qualitative in nature, which is the essential part of last-minute preparation of any exam, be it TSICET 2020 or say CAT exam.

  1. Revise the topics you are confident in thoroughly.
  2. Concentrate on the topics and formulas that are shortcuts that will help you ace the exam
  3. Focus on Graphs & Diagrams
  4. Do not start a new topic during the last days of preparation


APICET – Andhra Pradesh – Integrated Common Entrance Test 

Level: State

Occurring: Conducted once each year

Conducting body:  Andhra Pradesh State Council for Higher Education

Mode: Written-test or Offline mode only

Application Form: 27th February – 17th April 2020

Date of Examination: 27th April 2020 (To be Announced)

APICET is a paper-based entrance test. Candidates need to attempt 200 questions in 150 minutes. 

APICET consist of three sections:

  • Mathematical Ability
  • Analytical Ability
  • Communication

For the students who are all set to take APICET 2020 exam, here are a few things they need to keep in mind:

  1. It is advised to solve two-three sample papers beforehand to clear the air of doubts, instead of diving into the books at the last minute, Solving the sample papers will not only help in clearing the doubts but will also be a good practise prior to the exam.

  2. Before leaving for the exam centre, candidates should make sure that they are carrying all the necessary things with them, such as AP ICET 2020 hall ticket, ID proof, amongst other things. In other words, the officials will not entertain the candidates who have forgotten to carry the admit card or ID proof.

  3. Go through the exam pattern of AP ICET MBA entrance exam for 2020 to ensure that no section or topic is left. candidates should also not be nervous before appearing for the exam and have to boost their confidence

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TSICET – Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test 

TSICET 2021-over.

Level: State

Occurring: Conducted once each year

Conducting body:  Anna University, Chennai, on behalf of the Government of Tamil Nadu

Mode: Written-test or Offline mode only

Application Form: 7th January – 13th February 2020

Date of Examination: 29th February & 1st March 2020

TANCET exam is held in May, is for two hours (100 questions) with 1/3 marks lost for every incorrect response. In other words, this exam assesses the candidates’ ability in the following sections:

  • Analysis of Business Situations
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Quantitative Ability
  • Data Sufficiency
  • English Usage

However, it is advisable as a part of TANCET 2020 preparation tips that candidates should not do any guess-work in the exam as negative marking is applicable. In addition, study the syllabus thoroughly and start revising each section with a positive mindset. Following are some more last-minute preparation tips

  1. Take your time and choose the correct/ most appropriate answer.
  2. Shading two boxes for one question will result in negative marking.
  3. Make sure to shade the box properly as through a computer evaluation scans and transfers the information
  4. TANCET Answer Sheets shaded in pencil or with any other ball pen other than black pen will not be evaluated
  5. Make sure to keep your OMR sheet clean as even a small spot on the sheet may result in an incorrect evaluation of TANCET Paper.

UPSEE 2020

UPSEE – Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Exam

Level: State

Occurring: Conducted once each year

Conducting body:  Central Admission Board (CAB)

Mode: Written-test or Offline mode only

Application Form: 27th January – 9th  14th April 2020 (Extended)

Date of Examination: 10th May 2020 To Be Announced

The UPSEE 2020 is an offline type of exam with no negative marking.  The eligible candidates appearing for this exam will be able to apply to various undergraduate and postgraduate courses across the state of Uttar Pradesh. With questions from relevant subjects of graduation this exam stretches for 3 hours or in other words, the exam is 180 minutes long.

Last-minute preparation tips for the UPSEE 2020 exam are

  1. Firstly, find out all the details about the officially prescribed syllabus and exam pattern.
  2. Prepare a time table and divide time equally for all the subjects.
  3. Consider the best study material and reference books for your preparations.
  4. Solve previous years question papers and sample papers to know the exam pattern.
  5. Make short notes on difficult topics and revise them regularly.

IIFT 2020

IIFT- Indian Institute of Foreign Trade

Level: National 

Occurring: Conducted once each year

Conducting body:   Indian Institute of Foreign Trade

Mode: Written-test or Offline mode only

Application Form: 15th October 2021

Date of Examination: 5th December 2021

For admissions into MBA IB, the IIFT conducts this particular exam. The exam is of two hours and consists of 200 multiple-choice questions. It tests a candidate’s aptitude in the following areas:

  • English Comprehension
  • General Knowledge & Awareness
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Analysis 

IIFT exam is not very different from other entrance tests such as CAT or XAT or CMAT. It is all about adjusting your strategy and approaching the paper keeping in mind speed and accuracy

  1. It is highly important to attempt a decent number of questions accurately from each section so that one can score above the required cut-off. To be on the safe side, try to answer an equal number of questions in each during the first round of attempting questions.
  2. IIFT exam has no sectional time-limit. A candidate needs a pre-decided exam strategy to attempt the entire IIFT question paper.
  3. While attempting the paper, remember the negative marking pattern. Do not make random guesses.
  4. It is important to take some time in reading the questions and figure out the difficulty level of the exam. Accordingly, one should make a suitable number of attempts.
  5. Practice an ample number of mocks and time yourself according to the duration of the exam.

In conclusion, a majority of management colleges in India accept the scores of the MBA entrance exam given in this article. You should do a well-rounded research about the other aspects that make a B school successful. Sunstone Eduversity, India’s only pay after placement MBA programs also accept most of the above scores.

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