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Disclaimer

  • The given content is to the best of our knowledge. Students are suggested to cross-check. 
  • The list is in alphabetical order.
  • This is true generally. However, the test structure was slightly different for the academic year 2020 owing to the pandemic. Now, we will need to wait and watch how things will shape up in the subsequent academic years.

ATMA

Description
The AIMS Test for Management Admissions (ATMA) is conducted by Associations of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) for admission to various MBA/PGDM and other Post Graduate Programmes.

Test Format
Computer-based test

Test Date
ATMA is conducted 5 times in a year, i.e., in December, February, May, June and July.

Test Pattern
Multiple-choice type objective test. In total there are 180 questions. The test comprises 6 sections which are detailed below.

  • Analytical Reasoning Skills-I
  • Analytical Reasoning Skills-II
  • Verbal Skills-I
  • Verbal Skills-II
  • Quantitative Skills- I 
  • Quantitative Skills-II

Test Duration
The candidates are alloted 30 minutes for each section. The total duration of the test is 180 minutes, i.e., 3 hours.

Marking Scheme
Not disclosed, however, there is a negative marking for incorrect questions.

Click here for more information on ATMA.

 

CAT

Description
The Common Admission Test (CAT) is conducted by the IIMs every year for short listing candidates for their flagship postgraduate programmes. The scores from this test are accepted by many other business schools.

Test Format
Computer-based test.

Test Pattern
CAT has the following 3 sections.

  • Section I : Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  • Section II : Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  • Section III : Quantitative Ability

Section I comprises 34 questions, Section II comprises 32 questions and Section III comprises 34 questions. The questions are a mix of multiple-choice type objective questions and questions whose answers have to be typed on the screen through the numerical keyboard that is provided. A basic on-screen calculator is provided for computation.

Test Duration
The candidates to be allotted 40 minutes for each section (due toCOVID-19). The next section appears only after the stipulated time of 40 minutes has transpired for any given section. Candidates cannot switch sections at any time during the test.

The total duration of the test is 120 minutes, i.e., 2 hours

Marking Scheme
Correct Answer (MCQ/ Non-MCQ) : +3 marks
Incorrect Answer (MCQ) : -1 mark
No negative marking for attempting the  Non-MCQ questions incorrectly or for not attempting one or more of the questions.

Click here for more information on CAT.

 

CMAT

Description 
The Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is the national level test conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for admission to various management programmes.

Test Format
Computer-based test

Test Pattern
Multiple-choice type objective test. The test consists of the following 4 sections. Each section comprises 25 questions.

  • Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Language Comprehension
  • General Awareness

Test Duration
The total duration of the test is 180 minutes, i.e., 3 hours

Marking Scheme
Correct Answer : +4 marks
Incorrect Answer : -1 mark
No negative marking for unattempted questions.

Click here for more information on CMAT.

 

GMAT

Description
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is conducted by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) and the scores are used by institutes worldwide as part of their admission process.

Test Format
Partly computer-based and partly computer-adaptive test

Test Pattern
Multiple-choice type objective test. At the test centre, just before the examination begins, the candidates can select the order in which they want to complete the sections. Two sections of the test are computer-adaptive as explained below. 

Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections of the test are computer-adaptive. At the start of each of these sections, the student is presented with a question of medium difficulty. As one answers each question, the computer scores the answer and uses it - as well as the responses to any preceding questions - to determine which question to present next. Correct responses typically prompt questions of increased difficulty. Incorrect responses generally result in questions of lesser difficulty. Neither can one skip any question nor can one return to or change response(s) to previous question(s).

The test consists of 4 sections which are detailed below.

  • Analytical Written Assessment : 30 minutes
  • Integrated Reasoning : 30 minutes
  • Quantitative Reasoning : 62 minutes
  • Verbal Reasoning : 65 minutes

Test Duration
The total duration of the test is 187 minutes, i.e., 3 hours and 7 minutes. Further, one can take two (optional) scheduled breaks of 8-minute each. However, if one does not take the break, extra time is not added to the remaining section(s).

Marking Scheme
Score is determined by the number of attempts, the veracity of the attempts, the level of difficulty and other statistical characteristics of each question.

Click here for more information on GMAT.

 

IBSAT

Description
IBSAT is an aptitude test conducted by the ICFAI University Group, for students seeking admission into various ICFAI Business Schools.

Test Format
Computer-based test

Test Pattern
Multiple-choice questions. The test is divided into the 4 following sections.

  • Verbal Ability
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation

Test Duration
The total duration of the test is 120 minutes, i.e., 2 hours.

Marking Scheme
Not Disclosed

Click here for more information on IBSAT.

 

IIFT

Description
The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade conducts its own examination for admission to both its campuses at Delhi and Calcutta.

Test Format
Computer-based test

Test Pattern
Multiple-choice type objective test. The examination has the following 4 sections.

  • General Awareness
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation
  • Quantitative Ability

 Candidates can switch between sections and choose the order of attempting the sections.

Test Duration
Total test duration is 120 minutes, i.e., 2 hours

Marking Scheme :

Correct Answer : +3 marks

Incorrect Answer : -1 mark

No negative marking for unattempted questions.

Click here for more information on IIFT.

 

MAT

Description
Management Aptitude Test is conducted by the All India Management Association (AIMA) for short listing candidates for various post graduate programmes.

Test Format
Candidates can choose to take the test in the following modes :

  • Paper-based test (PBT), or
  • Computer-based test (CBT), or
  • Both PBT and CBT

Test Pattern
MAT is conducted in February, May, September and December, i.e., 4 times in a year. It is a multiple-choice type objective test. The test consists of 5 sections which are as follows. Each section comprises 40 questions.

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

Test Duration
The total duration of the test is 150 minutes, i.e., 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Marking Scheme
Not disclosed

Click here for more information on MAT.

 

MICAT

Description
The Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA) conducts MICAT for admission to its PGDM course. The test will be held twice, i.e. MICAT I and MICAT II. A composite score of CAT/XAT/GMAT and MICAT is considered for shortlisting for the subsequent stage.

Test Format
Computer-based test

Test Pattern
MICAT Test will be divided into 3 sections which are as follows.

  • Section A : Psychometric Test - 30 minutes for 150 questions.
  • Section B (divided into 4 sub-sections) : Aptitude Test - Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, General Awareness, Divergent and Convergent Thinking - 105 minutes for 105 questions.
  • Section C : Descriptive Test - 30 minutes for 4 questions.

Total Duration
The total duration of the test is 165 minutes, i.e., 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Marking Scheme
Not disclosed for sections A and C.

For section B the marking scheme is as follows.
Correct answer : +1 mark
Incorrect answer : -0.25 mark.

Click here for more information on MICAT.

 

NMAT

Description
NMIMS Management Aptitude Test (NMAT) is the MBA-entrance examination for admissions to the MBA and PGDM courses offered by all the Narsee Monjee Institutes. It is also accepted by few other colleges in India.

Test Format
Computer-adaptive test

NMAT to be conducted across a tentative window of 90 days (Starting of November, 2020 to January, 2021).

Candidates are allowed to take the test multiple times (up to a maximum of 3 attempts, including "no show") in the given testing window. In case candidates attempt multiple times then their best score is considered for shortlisting for the subsequent stage.

Test Pattern
Multiple-choice type objective test. At the test centre, just before the examination begins, the candidates will be required to select the order in which they want to attend the sections within the stipulated time. Each section comprises 36 questions. The candidates need to demonstrate competence in the following sections.

  • Language Skills : 28 minutes 
  • Quantitative Skills : 52 minutes
  • Logical Reasoning : 40 minutes

Test Duration
Each of the 3 sections has individual section timings (as detailed above). The candidates cannot switch between sections at any time during the test. In case a candidate completes a section (answering and reviewing) before the section time gets over, the balance time of that section does not get added to the next section(s). At the start of each of these sections, the student is presented with a question of medium difficulty. As one answers each question, the computer scores the answer and uses it - as well as the responses to any preceding questions - to determine which question to present next. Correct responses typically prompt questions of increased difficulty. Incorrect responses generally result in questions of lesser difficulty. Neither can one skip any question nor can one return to or change response(s) to previous question(s).

The total duration of the test is 120 minutes, i.e., 2 hours.

Marking Scheme
Score is determined by the number of attempts, the veracity of the attempts, the level of difficulty and other statistical characteristics of each question. 
For each section the score ranges between 12 and 120.

Click here for more information on NMAT.

 

SNAP

Description
Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test is a common online test for the admission into postgraduate programmes at the Symbiosis institutes.

Test Format
Computer-based test.

Test Pattern

SNAP has the following 3 sections.

  • General English : Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability - 15 questions
  • Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency - 20 questions
  • Analytical and Logical Reasoning - 25 questions

Test Duration
The total duration of the test is 60 minutes, i.e., 1 hour.

Marking Scheme
Correct Answer : 1 mark 
Incorrect Answer : -0.25 mark
No negative marking for unattempted questions.

Click here for more information on SNAP.

 

TISSNET

Description
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) conducts a National Entrance Test (NET) examination known as TISSNET. The examination is conducted for all Masters programmes offered in TISS campuses.

Test Format
Computer-based test.

Test Pattern
Multiple-choice type objective test. TISSNET contains 100 questions spread over three major areas of assessment as given below.

  • General Awareness : 40% weightage
  • Mathematics and Logical Reasoning : 30% weightage
  • English Proficiency : 30% weightage

Test Duration
The total duration of the test is 100 minutes, i.e., 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Marking Pattern
No negative marking for incorrect or unattempted questions.

Click here for more information on TISSNET.

 

XAT

Description
Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is a National level examination conducted by XLRI to select the most appropriate students for management education. The scores from this test are accepted by more than 150 institutes for their admission.

Test Format
Computer-based test.

Test Pattern
The examination will test the candidates on the following domains.

  • Verbal and Logical Ability
  • Decision Making
  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
  • General Knowledge

Test Duration
The total duration of the test is 3 hours, i.e., 180 minutes. Candidates are provided 165 minutes for the first three sections and 15 minutes for the General Knowledge section.

Correct Answer : +1 mark (for all the sections)
Incorrect answer : -0.25 mark (except GK section, where there is no negative marking)
Also, if more than 8 questions remain unattempted, from the first three sections, there is a negative marking scheme of 0.10 mark for each such question.

Click here for more information on XAT.