Top MBA Exams for 2019: MBA programs have become a hot pie in the market and aspiring managers are all willing to do what it takes to enter the competitive corporate world.
But is an MBA worth all the financial investment and toil?
We believe it is.
An MBA degree offers a wealth of advantages especially when it is received from a top business school in India or abroad. You will immediately receive a lucrative salary package and a great corporate set up to work in post completion of your degree, land a management position, develop a strong professional network and become your own boss years down the line. These are just few advantages of pursuing an MBA degree.
During an MBA program, you will receive both theoretical and practical training to enable graduates gain a solid understanding of general business management functions. The MBA degree can be focused on different specialisations like Finance, Sales and Marketing, Human Resources, General Management among others. An MBA is not the only thing to do in life, yet if you are someone who looks to have a glorious management career, you must go for an MBA degree. However, since there are no free lunches in life, same is for MBA as well and you need to write certain exams of different difficulty levels to secure admission into the MBA programs. The better your score in these exams, the better college you will be admitted to.
The marathon for MBA entrance exams 2019 will soon be since all the major exams will take place one after the other. Important dates, exam dates, date of registrations will soon be announced, so you must be careful to not miss them. The CAT exam is generally considered to be the cornerstone of management entrance exams, there are other equally important and advantageous exams also which you can opt for so as to avail multiple admission opportunities
Given below are top 10 MBA exams to aim for in 2019:
1. CAT 2019: The Mother of all MBA exams
Common Admission Test (CAT) is considered to be the most crucial of all the management entrance exams held in the country. This one is a national-level entrance exam which sees over two lakh registrations every year and is the gateway to prestigious business schools including the IIMs. The CAT exam is conducted by the IIMs on a rotational basis every year. CAT 2019 will have IIM Kozhikode as its conducting body and its exam date and other registration details will be released soon. If you are a CAT 2019 aspirant, you can prepare for the same through self study or by enroling in an Online CAT Coaching.
The exam is held in an online mode in over 147 centres across India and tests the candidates on various sections namely Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude.
2. IIFT 2019: Gateway to the domain of foreign trade
The IIFT is a national-level management entrance exam conducted annually by Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi, for admission to its MBA (IB) program. Notably, IIFT 2020 exam will be conducted in the first week of December 2019, in offline or paper-pencil mode in around 18 exam centres across India. Through IIFT 2019, you will be eligible to bag one of the 600 seats at its Delhi and Kolkata campus.
The application process for IIFT 2020 will commence from the first week of August 2019. Registrations will take place in an online mode and the last date to tentatively fill the application is the second week of September. The Admit Card will be released in the second week of November 2019 and candidates who qualify the written exam will be subsequently be called for the final selection process – Writing Test, GD, and PI.
3. XAT 2020: Join the Xavier’s League
XAT or Xavier Aptitude Test is a national-level management entrance exam conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur for admission to MBA/PGDM programmes. Besides XLRI and 10 other XAMI members, over 700 B-schools accept XAT scores for admission to their post-graduate management programmes.
Notably, the XAT exam is one of the key management entrance exams that was significantly revamped last year in terms of marking scheme and the test duration. XAT is similar to the CAT exam and is, in fact, considered to be a notch-higher in terms of level of difficulty. It has the same sections as the CAT exam in addition to the General Awareness and Decision-making.
4. SNAP 2019: Glorious gateway to Symbiosis
SNAP (Symbiosis National Aptitude Test) is one of the prime management entrance examinations for securing an admission to the 15 B-schools under the umbrella of Symbiosis International University. The SNAP exam is a single-session, two hour test which will be conducted in an online mode only. The key areas of the SNAP exam is on Analytical and Logical Reasoning sections, which you can prepare individually or in an offline or Online SNAP Coaching.
The SNAP Exam Pattern underwent changes and will now have 110 MCQs and 20 Non-MCQs with 25% negative marking. Candidates can join MBA/MSc (CA)/MSc (SS) programmes offered by the Symbiosis institutes post taking the SNAP 2019 exam.
5. NMAT by GMAC 2019
The NMAT 2019 is an important national-level MBA entrance exam leading to MBA admissions 2020 in premier MBA colleges like NMIMS Mumbai, SPJIMR Mumbai (PGMPW), ISB (Certificate programme), VIT Vellore, XIM Bhubaneswar and several other MBA colleges in India. The full form of NMAT exam is NMIMS Management Aptitude Test and NMAT is the abbreviated form for Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) Management Aptitude Test.
You can prepare for this exam through self study, via traditional coaching or NMAT Online Coaching. Alternatively, you can enrol only into an NMAT Online Mock Series since Mocks are the backbone of all management entrance exams.
Important dates for NMAT 2019 Exam Dates and Registration Process are scheduled from the months of July to December 2019. Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is the conducting body for the NMAT exam and usually does not extend the deadline to apply for the exam, however, one can retake the NMAT exam in case they were not able to score well in the first attempt. One can also reschedule the exam if they are not able to appear for the exam due to any exigency. You can reschedule the exam date during the complete testing period of October 4 to December 17, 2019 upto 72 hours prior to the NMAT exam date.
6. MAT 2019: The exam which takes place round the year
The MAT (Management Aptitude Test) is conducted four times a year by the All India Management Association (AIMS) for admission to around 600 B-schools across India. The MAT exam is a national-level entrance exam conducted in the months of February, May, September and December.
There are two modes of the MAT exam – Paper-based Test (PBT) and Computer-based Test (CBT). Candidates can choose to write the exam in either or both the modes and has multiple-choice questions. Nearly 20,000 candidates appear for every session in MAT exam.
7. CMAT 2020
The Common Management Aptitude Test (CMAT) exam is a national-level management entrance exam which enables students to secure admission to all management programmes approved by the AICTE. Notably, this exam is conducted by the NTA (National Testing Agency) and is considered to be the second most important management entrance exam after the CAT exam.
The CMAT 2020 exam is a three-hour computer-based test having 100 questions from four main sections namely Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness. These core sections are structured in the same way as CAT and would cover all major topics in the CMAT syllabus.
The General Awareness section in the CMAT exam is quite unique and includes questions both from generic GK and current affairs. Unlike other MBA exam where GK/GA is not taken into consideration for percentile calculation, this section, in contrast, is extremely important for CMAT aspirant as it carries equal marks as core subjects.
The marking system for the CMAT exam is quite simple with 4 marks allotted to each question out of the total 100 questions. There is negative marking of one mark for every wrong answer.
8. MICAT 2019
The MICAT Exam is an entrance test conducted by MICA for admission to its flagship 2 years full-time Post-Graduate Diploma in Management-Communications (PGDM-C) programme.
MICA (Mudra Institute of Communications), also famously known as the School of Ideas charts among one of the most renowned institutes in India imparting education in Strategic Marketing and Communication. MICA, Ahmedabad offers Post-graduate programs, fellowship programs and certificate programs in the fields of Marketing Research, Digital Communication Management, Brand Management, Media Management and Advertising Management, and Communication and Social Change.
The MICAT exam is held in two modes in the months of December and February. To secure admission in MICA, one can also take the CAT/XAT/GMAT test. Notably, MICAT commands 50% weightage in shortlisting at MICA, while 50% weight goes to CAT/XAT/GMAT score. It is advisable to enrol in an Online MICAT Course to streamline preparation and for additional guidance.
Sections in the MICAT exam include Psychometric Test as Section A, Section B which has 4 sub-sections) – Verbal ability, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, General awareness; Divergent and Convergent Thinking and Section C as Descriptive Test. Time-management is considered to be the biggest challenge in the MICAT exam.
9. TISSNET 2020 exam
The TISSNET exam is conducted to offer admission to various management programmes at different campuses of Tata Institute of Social Sciences. TISSNET 2020 will be an online computer-based test comprising MCQ type questions. Notably, the exam pattern has remained consistent for years now.
There are 100 questions in MCQ format in the TISSNET exam. The exam is of 100 marks and the time duration is 100 minutes as well. Candidates obtain 1 mark for every correct answer and there is no negative marking in TISSNET for wrong answers as well. General Awareness, English Proficiency, Maths and Logical Reasoning are section in the TISSNET exam.
ATMA is a popular management entrance exam for MBA admissions in India. Several MBA and PGDM B-schools accept ATMA 2019 scores to admit the candidates. The ATMA exam is a single-window exam conducted by AIMS (Association of Indian Management Schools). Over 200 Institutes accept ATMA 2019 scores. Notably, most MBA entrance tests are conducted once a year but AIMS conducts ATMA entrance exam five times a year. It also gives candidates the flexibility to choose their best time for the exam and to plan accordingly.
Top MBA Exams for 2019: Conclusion
A management career is not the only way to have a corporate career, however, it increases your chances exponentially to climb that corporate ladder. It increases your global employability, offers better job opportunities, makes you rise fast in corporate hierarchy, gets your lucrative salaries and helps you build a consolidated corporate network. Therefore, an MBA degree surely opens a lot of doors for you and there is no harm to find out what it can offer you. So, do give these top MBA exams for 2019 a shot and see what you have in store for you. Good Luck!