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MBA Entrance Exams 2016 / 2017

MBA aspirants are gearing up for the MBA Entrance Exams 2016 / 2017. The MBA Entrance Exams notifications have been announced for the admission session 2016-2017. The largest MBA entrance exam, Common Admission Test 2017 (CAT 2017) will be notified by IIM Bangalore. With a large number of colleges that accept its scores, the CAT MBA exam has more than 2 lakh candidates each year.

If you are also an MBA aspirant, you need to know about the exams  you must appear for. Here is a brief of all the entrance tests that you must know about.

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2016

The CAT exam is held by IIMs for admission to MBA / PGPM and other management courses. Non IIM institutions and B Schools across the country accept the CAT scores for MBA admissions. This year the CAT exam will probably be held in November. There are two sessions each day the exam is held usually. CAT registration for CAT 2016 begins in August and ends in September. All the MBA aspirants must register within the deadline.

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2017

The XLRI Xavier School of Management offers PGDM (BM), PGDM (GM), PGDM (BM) ,part-time (JSR), Executive PGP (Dubai) , PGDM (Global MBA). The notification for XAT 2017 is yet to be announced. It is expected that XAT 2017 will be held in the first week of January 2017. In a few days, XAT 2017 details such as application form and registration, exam dates will be published.

XAT Test Pattern in the past years.

Year Sections Number of Questions
  1. Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability. Analytical Reasoning & Decision Making.
  2. Verbal & Logical Ability
  3. Essay Writing
40+30+31 = 101
  • Verbal Reasoning & Logical Reasoning.
  • Analytical Reasoning & Decision Making.
  • Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability.
  • Logical Analysis of an argument.
34+24+43 = 101
  • Quantitative Ability.
  • English Language Ability & Logical Reasoning.
  • Decision Making
  • Essay Writing
28+32+25 = 85
  • Verbal & Logical Ability. Decision Making. Quantitative Ability & Decision Making. General Awareness.
  • Essay Writing.
30+25+36+30 = 121
  • Verbal and logical ability
  • Decision making
  • Quantitative ability and data interpretation
  • General knowledge
  • Essay
26+23+29+ = 78 (for Verbal, DM, QA); 25+1 (for GK and essay)

ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test (IBSAT) 2016-2017

The IBSAT 2015 is held in December. Online registrations are done by eligible candidates. The last date to apply for IBSAT exam is usually in end of December.

IBSAT Campus IBSAT past year Cut offs
IBS Hyderabad 68+
IBS Bangalore 65+
IBS Mumbai 65+
IBS Gurgaon 62+

 IBSAT Test Pattern

Section No Section Number of Questions
01 Verbal ability 50
02 Reading comprehension 25
03 Quantitative aptitude 25
04 Data sufficiency and data interpretation 25
Total 125

Common Management Aptitude Test (CMAT) 2017

The AICTE CMAT is held by the All India Council for Technical Education. The CMAT 2017 is looked forward to be held in January 2017. Online registrations start in November. The last date to apply for AICTE CMAT 2017 could be in December.

CMAT Test Pattern

Sections Number of Questions Total Marks
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation 25 100
Logical Reasoning 25 100
Language Comprehension 25 100
General Awareness 25 100


The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade conducts its MBA entrance test in November. Usually its date is very near CAT exam date. Registrations start in August or September.

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