MBA admission 2024: Top MBA entrances other than CAT; Registration, exam dates, pattern

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Team Careers360 | December 8, 2023 | 02:32 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Common Admission Test (CAT) is undoubtedly the most renowned entrance test for management programmes taken by lakhs of candidates every year. But acing the CAT is not easy so MBA aspirants apply for multiple MBA entrance exams to increase their chances of admission. Some of the top MBA entrance exams other than CAT are MAT, SNAP, IBSAT, XAT, ATMA, and CMAT.

CAT 2023 result is expected to be announced by the second week of January 2024, so instead of waiting till then, increase your chances of getting admission to one of the best MBA colleges in India by appearing for other MBA entrance exams.

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MBA entrance exam schedule

Check out the exam dates for upcoming MBA entrance exams.

MBA entrance exams

Exam date

SNAP 2023

December 10, 17, and 24, 2023

IBSAT 2023

December 23, and 24, 2023

XAT 2024

January 7, 2024

ATMA 2024

  • February 18, 2024

  • May 11, 2024

  • June 23, 2024

  • July 21, 2024

CMAT 2024

March 2024

MAT 2023

  • PBT: December 9, 2023

  • CBT: December 16, 2023

  • IBT: December 9 and 17, 2023

Top MBA entrance exams other than CAT

Here is a list of some of the top MBA entrance exams to be conducted after CAT 2023.

ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test (IBSAT 2023)

IBSAT is a national-level entrance exam conducted by the ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (deemed to be University) for admission to MBA/ PGPM programmes. IBSAT is a computer-based mode through remote proctored test of 2 hours duration and will have objective-type questions from areas like Verbal Ability, Data Interpretation and Data sufficiency, Quantitative Techniques, and Reasoning Ability.

Check out | IBSAT 2023 application window opens; apply by December 16

Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP 2023)

Symbiosis International (Deemed) University conducts the SNAP exam for admission to MBA programs offered by its 16 constituent institutions. The exam is conducted three times and two shifts, and candidates get three attempts. The best score in three attempts is considered for MBA admission. The SNAP is a one-hour exam consisting of 60 questions from DILR, VARC, and Quant.

Check | SNAP 2023 registration at; important dates, fee

AIMS Test for Management Admissions (ATMA 2024)

ATMA is a national level management entrance exam conducted by AIMS (Association of Indian Management School). ATMA is a single window exam conducted for admission to various postgraduate programs like MBA/ PGDM/ MMS, etc. This exam is scheduled several times a year. Around 700+ B-schools accept ATMA scores for admission.

Check | ATMA MBA 2024 registration begins at; exam on February 18

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT 2024)

XLRI Jamshedpur conducts the XAT exam for admission to its MBA courses and around 800 colleges across India. Candidates who have appeared for the CAT 2023 must not miss this XAT exam as the difficulty levels of both are the same. Students can apply for XAT 2024 by visiting the official website - till December 10, 2023.

Also Read | XAT 2024 registration opens at

Management Aptitude Test (MAT)

MAT is a national-level entrance exam conducted by AIMA (All India Management Association). MAT is conducted four times a year with 20,000+ candidates for each session. MAT is the gateway to 600+ B-schools and management colleges across India.

Also Read | AIMA MAT December 2023 registration begins at

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT 2024)

CMAT is a national-level management entrance exam conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission to MBA/ PGDM programs in the country. Around 70,000+ candidates participate in it every year. The total score for the CMAT is 400. CMAT is conducted in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode and the duration of the test is 3 hours.

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