Top 10 reasons to do MBA this year; Know about CAT, MAT, SNAP, NMAT, and other entrances

MBA is one of the most sought-after degrees as it offers a wide range of career prospects. Here are the top 10 reasons why to get an MBA in covid times along with the details of the top MBA entrance tests in India.

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Team Careers360 | Oct 18, 2021 - 4:04 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The unexpected shutdown in the wake of Covid-19 disrupted every sector including education and business. Despite this, the number of students enrolling in the MBA programme has risen, the major reason being the cut down in course fee as compared to the normal times. Moreover, the online MBA programmes have paved the way to pursue MBA without risking any personal or professional commitment.

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There are a plethora of perks to doing an MBA. It's a step towards career growth and paving the way into the corporate world. To get admission to top MBA colleges in India, some of the renowned entrance exams are- CAT, XAT, SNAP, MAT, NMAT, etc. Though the scope and need to do an MBA has become questionable due to the COVID-19 situation in the country, the top MBA colleges in India are showing a surge in average and highest CTC this year. Hence the MBA placements are likely to spring up again soon.

Admission through top MBA entrance exams 2021-22

Here is the list of a few top national level exams which can help candidates get into the best MBA colleges.

CAT 2021

Common Admission Test (CAT) is one of the top national entrance tests to the management programmes conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) on a rotational basis. This annually held test is meant to provide admission to the IIMs and other premier institutes of India.

CAT 2021 Highlights

Official website

CAT admit card date

October 27, 2021

CAT exam date

November 28, 2021

CAT result declaration

Second week of January 2022

Top MBA colleges accepting CAT

IIMs and MDI, FMS, IMT Ghaziabad, etc.

XAT 2022

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is a national level entrance test conducted by Xavier School of Management every year. More than 160 B-schools accept the XAT score for admission to the management programmes.

XAT 2022 Highlights

Official website

Last date to register for XAT 2022

November 30, 2021

Availability of XAT 2022 admit card

December 20, 2021

XAT exam date 2022

January 2, 2021

Top MBA colleges accepting XAT

XLRI Jamshedpur, SPJIMR Mumbai, XIMB, etc

MAT 2021

All India Management Association (AIMA) conducts MAT entrance test for admission to around 600 B-schools across India. It is a national-level entrance test four times a year i.e in the months of February, May, September, and December.

MAT 2021 Highlights

Official website

Last date of registration (December session)

November 28, 2021

Availability of MAT admit card (December session)

November 29, 2021, at 4 PM

MAT exam date 2021 for PBT (December session)

December 5, 2021

Top MBA colleges accepting MAT

TA Pai Management Institute, Manipal, National Institute of Technology, Warangal, Amity Business School, Noida, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai etc

SNAP 2021

Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) is a national level entrance test conducted by Symbiosis International (Deemed) University to provide admission into MBA programs at its 16 campuses.

SNAP 2021 Highlights

Official website

Last date for SNAP registration

November 27, 2021

Availability of SNAP 2021 admit card

December 04, 2021

SNAP exam date

  • December 19, 2021

  • January 08, 2022

  • January 16, 2022

SNAP result date

February 01, 2022

Top MBA colleges accepting SNAP

Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies & Research, Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development, etc.

NMAT 2021

Narsee Monjee Aptitude Test (NMAT) is an international level entrance test conducted by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) to provide admission to MBA colleges in India and abroad. Candidates can attempt NMAT three times; one main attempt and two retakes.

NMAT 2021 Highlights

Official website

NMAT 2021 registration last date

November 17, 2021

NMAT 2021 exam date

October 14 to December 27, 2021

NMAT 2021 result date

Last week of March 2022

Top MBA colleges accepting NMAT

Xavier School of Human Resource Management - Bhubaneswar, SVKM's Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Alliance University, etc

Top 10 reasons to pursue MBA this year

  • Many popular B-schools have begun offering online MBA programmes along with distance MBA programmes. This version of MBA provides opportunity for the professional and other MBA aspirants who are unable to pursue MBA for varied reasons to rethink and join the programs.

  • Candidates get a global degree at a low cost as the hostel fee and other charges are eliminated this year due to the pandemic.

  • The MBA degree is a wonderful chance for students to meet and interact with a lot of people in and off the business world.

  • Candidates get exposure to the updated skillset.

  • MBA provides a plethora of career prospects as it offers different specializations catering to students’ varied tastes such as General Management, International Business, Accounting etc.

  • The MBA graduates are paid higher salaries both in the public and private sectors.

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