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What is CAT?
Common Admission Test is an entrance exam conducted by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) for its various management programmes. It is usually considered one of the most competitive exams in the world, with a supposed success rate of about one in two hundred. This exam is crucial for aspiring students wanting to pursue their degrees in the reputed IIMs. As of 2011, there are a total of 13 established and operational IIMs. Many other prominent MBA colleges also consider the CAT scores for admission. Log on to

How to apply?
The student needs to buy a CAT voucher for `1,400 in his or her name.

Who can apply?
Anyone with a graduation degree from a recognised university can apply for the test.

It is held annually on the third Sunday of November.


What is XAT?
Xavier Admission Test (XAT) is an all-India entrance exam for students wanting to pursue their management programme at the Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur. Log on to

The XAT is held in January every
year. The results are expected around the end of the month, posted on the

Who can apply?
Anyone with a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university is eligible. Students with less than 50 per cent at the graduation level can also apply.

How to apply?
There is an online form that can be filled out on the website. The student needs to provide the XAT Bulletin number, date, AXIS Bank branch name and personal details. After the online submission, a print-out of XAT Payment Advice and Photo Form (XAT PP Form) is required.

Where does the exam take place?
There are 33 centres at which this exam will be conducted. Usually, in large cities and in metros, there are multiple test centres.


What is ATMA?
AIMS Test for Management Admission (ATMA) is an entrance test to get into various post graduation management programmes in different institutes in India. Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS), a national network of management schools organizes this test. Log on to

How to apply?
Applicants must collect an online application bulletin from one of the following: the ATMA office at Panaji, Goa; AIMS office, Hyderabad; AIMS member institutes; Axis Bank branches; IMS Learning Centres; Career Forum; Career Launcher; and Cerebral Heights.

Generally the test in conducted in the month of February. This year the test was conducted on February 20.

Who can apply?
Applicants must have a graduation degree from a recognised university. Students who are in their final year of graduation can also apply.

FMS Admission Test

What is the FMS test?
The FMS Admission Test is an MBA entrance exam conducted by the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi. There are two entrance tests depending upon the programme the student wishes to apply for the entrance test for MBA (full-time) and PhD and entrance test for MBA (part-time) and MBA (part-time in Health Care Administration). Log on to for more information.

The FMS entrance test for MBA (full-time) and PhD is held in December every year and the test for admission to MBA (part-time) and MBA (part-time in Health Care Administration) is held in Jan 2011.

Who can apply?
For the full-time programme, applicants must have at least completed a graduation course with 50 per cent in arts, commerce, or social sciences; 55 per cent in sciences, and 60 per cent in maths/ stats, medicine, engineering, or a postgraduate degree with at least 60 per cent.

How to apply?
Since applications are received only through an online registration process, students must visit the website and apply online.


What is NMAT?
NMAT is the MBA entrance exam for students wanting admissions to Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai. Log on to

Who can apply?
Anyone with a bachelor’s degree with minimum 50 per cent from a known university is eligible for the test.

How to apply?
You can apply online for the exam.

The entrance exam is usually held in December each year.


What is MAH-CET?
Maharashtra MBA Common Entrance Test (MAH-CET) is conducted by the Government of Maharashtra for admissions for a regular postgraduation in MBA across institutions in Maharashtra. Log on to

Who can apply?
Anyone with a graduation degree with at least 45 per cent can apply. Final year students can also apply.

Usually the exam takes place in February. Applications for the exam start by the end of January.

How to apply?
There are application kits available in designated post offices across Maharashtra. After buying the kits students can apply online.


What is JMET?
Joint Management Entrance Test is a qualifying exam for aspirants seeking admission to management programmes at IISc Bangalore and the various Indian Institutes of Technology – IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, IIT Mumbai, IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur and IIT Roorkee. Log on to

Who can apply?
The general eligibility to appear for the test is a qualifying graduation degree with minimum marks.

How to apply?
Students need to apply online on to any of the IIT or IISc websites.

The exam is conducted annually in December.


What is SNAP?
Symbiosis National Aptitude Test is an entrance exam for admission in Symbiosis postgraduate institutes which are affiliated SIEC Deemed University or approved by AICTE. Log on to

It is generally held annually in the month of December.

How to apply?
Students must register online. There are different modes of payment for which ‘Payment Advice’ formats are created and from which a payment mode is to be chosen.

Who can apply?
One should be a graduate with at least 50 per cent from a recognised university.

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