MBA Entrance Exams - Syllabus, Eligibility, Application form, 2017 Notification

The Master of Business Administration in India is a competitive course, and for every student wishing to pursue and terminate his education with this professional degree; he should be well versed with the right entrance examinations. This article in fact does give you general information about MBA entrance examinations, familiarizing you about MBA in India in general.

General Exam Eligibility

The Management exams usually require that the student be a graduate from a recognized university in any discipline. Oftentimes, some exams also require that the student have a minimum aggregate score of 50%. Furthermore, expecting graduate final year students are also allowed to write the exam. In particular cases, as follows: AICTE CMAT requires that the student have 5 years of work experience, to attempt the examination for Executive MBA.

General Structure of the Exams

The MBA entrance exams are designed to test the students’ ability to make tough decisions, aptitude and general awareness. Most examinations are objective type tests and provide the students with four options to choose from. However, a few examinations such as the XAT also have an essay component, which tests the student’s writing ability. The structure of the exam is usually as follows:

  • Verbal Ability Component
  • Quantitative Aptitude component
  • Data Analysis
  • Critical reasoning component
  • General Awareness and Knowledge Indian/Global

Almost all of the exams in the country have variations including the five components, and different tests focus on different components. Some exams, conduct the exam in the paper-based mode, while some have computer-based tests. However, many allow students to choose between either of the two modes.

After the shortlisting of students based on the exams, the students are further called for personal interviews, and Group discussions in the further rounds of admissions in the respective colleges.

Popular MBA Entrance Exams

Following is a list of some of the important MBA entrance exams in India:

Admission Procedure for these Exams

Before applying for the examination, the student must make sure that he is eligible for the examination. The enrolling procedure for the exams usually involves an online procedure, with students registering at the respective official websites to get themselves an account. The students are then required to fill in the online application form, upload the necessary enclosures, upload the signature, etc. On completion of the application form, the student needs to pay for the registration of the exam. The examination fee usually ranges between INR 1000/- to INR 3000/- that can be paid through various modes including Credit card/Debit Card, Bank Challans, Bank Demand Drafts, Cash at their physical centers, etc.

Furthermore, many examinations also allow the students to choose their preferred test centers based on their priority and the students are assigned a test center based on the availability and chosen preference. These exams are commonly held only once a year, while some examinations such as the AIMA-MAT, CMAT are held multiple times a year (4 times, 2 times respectively).

Duration of the test

Generally these MBA entrance examinations are held for 150 minutes to 210 minutes of duration.

Syllabus for the Entrance examination

It is known that there isn’t no set syllabus for the entrance examination, and the exams howsoever objective they are, do have a certain randomization and vagueness in the papers set. The student may refer to the following syllabus for a general preparation for all the MBA entrance exams, as most of them have similar patterns and overlapping syllabus:

  • Quantitative Ability:
Number Systems LCM and HCF
Percentage Profit and Loss
Interest (Simple and Compound) Speed, Time and Distance
Time and Work Average
Ratio and Proportion Linear Equations
Quadratic Equations Complex Numbers
Logarithm Progressions
Binomial Theorem Surds and Indices
Inequalities Permutation and Combination
Probability Functions
Set Theory Mixtures and Alligations
Geometry Co-ordinate Geometry
Trigonometry Mensuration

  • Data Analysis and Interpretation
Tables Column graphs
Bar Graphs Line charts
Pie Chart Venn Diagrams

  • Verbal Ability
Reading Comprehension Meaning-Usage Match
Jumbled Paragraph Summary Questions
Sentence Completion Contextual Vocabulary (homonyms)
Paragraph Completion Facts / Inferences / Judgements
Sentence Correction Critical Reasoning

  • General Knowledge and Awareness

For the general knowledge and awareness of the exam, the student must be well versed with the current affairs and a fair basic amount of history, science, geography, etc.

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