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Published : Wednesday, 27 April, 2016 11:30 AM

Have you asked yourself why you want to do MBA?

Is it a decision based on logic or it is a peer pressure? Ask yourself and put a question yourself that why you want to do MBA?

If you want to do MBA for gaining employment and dream that too with a fat salary then please get cautioned as industry is not willing to take you easily because teams are getting shorter.

Institutes are not placement agency and this aspect need to be understood in a depth. You need to understand that what institutes do to you. Please keep it top of mind that institutes transform you to become professional and with that skill you gain employability.

If your answer is yes and you are having a crystal clarity that you want to do MBA for becoming professional which will lead you to be fit for any industry then you need to appear in multiple MBA entrance examinations for the academic year 2017 – 19.

Brief summary of exams which will be conducted in the end of 2016 and early 2017 is being given below for understanding and creating an exam tempo.

CAT 2016

Common Admission Test (CAT) is a competitive entrance exam conducted for admission to Postgraduate Business Administration Programme  and other programs in various IIT, IIM, NITs and other private MBA institutes.

Admission to the two year MBA programmes in IIMs are on merit, based on a rigorous selection process comprising of Group Discussions, Written Ability Test, Personal Interview and scores in the Common Admission Test which is commonly known as CAT. 

CAT Exam will be conducted in End of November (Tentative Date – 27th November 2016)

For Complete Details - https://www.mbarendezvous.com/cat/

Exam Pattern

CAT Exam Format
Quantitative ability (QA) 34
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)  32
Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC) 34
Total No. of Questions 100

Marking Scheme

Correct answer : +3
Incorrect answer : -1
No penalty for unanswered question
No negative marking for non MCQs

Exam Fees

The fee is Rs.1600 for General and NC-OBC Candidates. However, if you belong to the SC/ST/PWD (DA) category the applicable fee is Rs.800

MAT 2016

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a standardised test being administered since 1988 to facilitate Business Schools (B-Schools) to screen candidates for admission to MBA and allied programmes. Any B-School - national or international - can consider MAT Score as an admission input based on the Score Cards issued to the candidates.

MAT is conducted by AIMA 4 times in a year i.e. in the month of MAY, September, December and February on the 1st Sunday of the Month. 

MAT Exam is on 1st May 2016

For Complete Details - https://www.mbarendezvous.com/mat/

Exam Pattern

Section No. Section No. of Questions Time Suggested(Minutes)
Language Comprehension
Mathematical Skills
Data Analysis and Sufficiency
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
Indian and Global Environment

Marking Scheme

Correct attempt: 1 mark
Incorrect attempt: There will be negative marking for wrong answers.

Exam Fees 

Rs. 1200

IIFT 2016

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) will conduct its written examination in November 2016 for admission to its MBA-IB (MBA in International Business) programme 2017-19 at IIFT Delhi & Kolkata. The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) was set up in 1963 by the Government of India as an autonomous organisation to help professionalise the country's foreign trade management and increase exports by developing human resources, analysing and disseminating data and conducting research.

IIFT Exam will be conducted in November

For Complete Details - https://www.mbarendezvous.com/iift/

Exam Pattern​

Exam Pattern
English Comprehension
General Knowledge & Awareness
Logical Reasoning
Quantitative Analysis

Marking Scheme

Negative Marking - 1/3rd of marks allotted

Marks per question - Varied (0.5 for G.K, 0.75 for Vocab, 0.75   for RC and 1 for LR, DI and Quant)

Exam Fees

Category Amount for Demand Draft
General / OBC (Non Creamy Layer)  1550
SC/ST/PH  775
Foreign National/ NRI/ Children of NRI  4500

CMAT 2017

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a national level entrance examination conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) every year as per the directions of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). The CMAT is a three hour computer based online test which is conducted in a single session to evaluate the candidate’s ability across various segments like Quantitative Technique, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness. This test facilitates Institutions to select suitable graduate candidates for admission in all Management programs. The CMAT score is accepted by all AICTE-Approved Institutions/University Departments/Constituent Colleges/Affiliated Colleges.

CAT Exam will be conducted in January 2017 (Tentative Date – 15th January 2017)

For Complete Details - https://www.mbarendezvous.com/cmat/

Exam Pattern

S. No. Type of Questions No. of questions Maximum Marks
1 Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation 25 100
2 Logical reasoning 25 100
3 Language comprehension 25 100 
4 General Awareness 25 100
Total   100 400

Marking Scheme

  • 4 marks per correct answer.
  • Incorrect answers will carry a penalty of 1 mark.

Exam Fees

The fee is Rs.1400 + Bank charges as applicable for General / OBC candidates. If you belong to the SC/ST/PD (Physically disabled) category then you need to pay a discounted fee of Rs.700 + Bank charges as applicable

XAT 2017

XAT or Xavier Aptitude Test is the entrance exam organized by Xavier Labour Relation Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur. However, it is conducted by the Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI) for admission in XLRI and many other top tier management institutes of India. XLRI application has been embedded with XAT application. Candidates applying to XLRI do not have to fill up two separate forms. It is considered to be one of the toughest MBA entrance exams in India that calls for complete dedication and awareness.

XAT Exam will be in January 2017 (Tentative Exam Date 1st January 2017)

For Complete Details - https://www.mbarendezvous.com/xat/

Exam Pattern

Parts Section Name No. Of Questions Total Time Negative Marking
Part A Verbal and Logical Ability 78 170 Mins 0.25 for any wrong answer, 0.05 for more than 13 unattempted questions
Decision Making
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
Part B General Knowledge. 25 35 Mins No Negative Marking
Essay 1 Essay

Marking Scheme

In XAT-2017 students have a choice of not attempting 13 questions. Beyond this, any unattempted question will carry the negative mark of 0.05. There would also be negative marking of 0.25 marks for any wrong answer. There will be no Negative Marking in Part B i.e GK and Essay.

Exam Fees

Candidates only interested in XAT but not in XLRI need to pay a fee of Rs. 1500/-(Rupees Fifteen Hundred only). Candidates interested in XLRI programme(s) needs to pay an additional fee of Rs.250/- each.

SNAP 2016

Since 2007, candidates aspiring to join MBA programs offered by institutes of Symbiosis International University have to take the common, mandatory Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test. A candidate has to register for SNAP Test & then register with the institutes offering his/ her choice of program by paying separate institution registration fees. If shortlisted, he/she would then attend the GE-PIWAT process conducted by each of these institutes.

SNAP Exam will be in December 2016

For Complete Details - https://www.mbarendezvous.com/snap/

Exam Pattern

Section Marks
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning and Ability 40
General Awareness: General Knowledge,  Current Affairs and  Business Scenario 40
Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency 40
Analytical and Logical Reasoning 60
Total 180  

Marking Scheme

  • Marks per question: Sections- GE, QA-DI-DS and GA- 1 mark; AR-LR- 2 marks
  • Negative Marking: 1/4th (25%)

Exam Fees

The registration fee for SNAP 2016 test is Rs 1,500. However, candidates will have to apply for their desired institutes separately.  

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