How to get into B schools: a roadmap for MBA entrance exams


At least 50% of the grades required in postgraduate courses to be eligible for the MBA entrance exams

Besides CAT, MAT, GMAT, CMAT and XAT, other institutes like TISS organize their own MBA entrance exams.

Do you want to reach the top of the corporate ladder? A degree in management studies can help you achieve your dream, enabling you to develop a strong awareness of skills in business, economics, and people management. By graduating in management, you will have gained extensive training on how to become a more effective manager in a wide range of industries.

What is management studies

Management studies deal with the theory and practice of management, covering areas such as consulting, entrepreneurship, human resources, general management, operations and information systems, and strategic planning. As a management student, you will study how to forecast, plan, organize, command, coordinate and control organizational processes.

What skills can you acquire

You will learn key management skills such as leadership and teamwork, which are essential for understanding organizational culture and good business practices. Your specialization in management studies will help you get your ideas across more clearly to others, boosting your self-confidence in decision-making and project management.

How to study management

The most common way to enter management is through the Master of Business Administration (MBA) course, which is a two-year management degree program. You have to pass tests at the national level to be admitted to the best B schools in the country.

Best MBA Specializations in India:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • International trade
  • Big Data Analytics / Data Science / Business Analytics
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Banking and financial services
  • Rural management
  • Health care management
  • Pharmaceutical management
  • Agribusiness management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainability management

MBA Entrance Examinations:

You can be admitted to a Grande École B after passing the MBA entrance exam. Although CAT is the most popular MBA entrance exam in India, you can also go for other exams like this to increase your chances of getting into a good university.

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has approved six nationalized management entrance tests:

  • CAT
  • GMAT
  • ATMA
  • NMAT
  • XAT
  • CMAT

Eligibility: You need 50% BA / BSc / BCom / BTech / BE grades to sit for the national level MBA entrance tests. You can also come from a BBA / BMS / BCom training with the required cut points.

CAT (Common Admission Test)

CAT is India’s most popular MBA entrance exam. This annual exam is held to select students for admission to flagship business management programs in 20 IIMs. Over 100 B schools accept CAT scores for admission to their MBA and PGDM programs. The application process begins in August and the exam takes place in November.

Some of the best B schools that accept CAT scores

  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM), all locations
  • Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneshwar
  • BITS School of Management, Bombay
  • Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi (University of Delhi)
  • SP Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai
  • Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad
  • International Institute of Management (IMI), New Delhi
  • Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon
  • KJ Somaiya Institute of Management, Mumbai
  • SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai

MAT (Management Aptitude Test)

The MAT is organized by the All India Management Association four times per academic year. It works both on the computer and on paper. You can take the exam in both modes during the same session. Almost 300+ B schools accept the MAT exam score when selecting students for admission to MBA programs.

Some of the best B schools that accept MAT scores

• Vijay Patil School of Management (VPSM), DY Patil University, Mumbai

• Amrita Business School, Coimbatore

• Jagdish Sheth School of Management (JAGSoM), Bangalore

• SIES Management Studies College, Mumbai

• International School of Business and Media (ISB & M), Pune

GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)

The Graduate Management Admission Council organizes the GMAT throughout the year. You can write the test as many times as you want. GATE scores are accepted by over 1,000 B schools for admission to their MBA and PGDM programs.

Some of the best B schools that accept GMAT scores

• Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad

Programs: PGP, YLP

• IIM Calcutta, Calcutta

Program: PGPEX

• IIM Ahmedabad, Ahmedabad

Program: PGPX

• IIM Bangalore, Bangalore

Program: EPGP

• Xavier School of Management (XLRI), Jamshedpur

Program: BPF

CMAT (Common Admission Management Test)

The CMAT is a computerized test conducted by the National Testing Agency for the management programs of participating institutes affiliated with AICTE. CMAT scores are accepted by over 1,000 B schools for admission to their MBA and PGDM programs.

Some of the best B schools that accept CMAT score

  • Jagdish Sheth School of Management (JAGSoM), Bangalore
  • Great Lakes Management Institute, Chennai
  • Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Nagpur
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Institute for Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai
  • SIES Management Studies College, Navi Mumbai

XAT (Xavier aptitude test)

The Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI), on behalf of the Xavier Labor Relations Institute (XLRI) Jamshedpur, is organizing this review. Besides XAMI, nearly 150 B schools use XAT scores to select students for their MBA / PGDM programs.

Through this test, students are selected and shortlisted for admission to postgraduate degree programs in management of XLRI, XIM, XISS, LIBA and other B schools.

Some of the best B schools that accept the XAT score

  • XLRI Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
  • Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIM), Odisha
  • Alliance School of Business, Bangalore
  • Amity Business School, Noida
  • Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad

Apart from these, other higher education institutes like the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) organize their own entrance exam for admission to the institute’s MBA courses.

Some positions with a degree in management studies

• Business analyst: They analyze and understand the needs of a field of activity or a company and thus offer profitable solutions. They also perform planning, monitoring, management and communication, as well as needs analysis.

• Administrative director: These professionals ensure the good administration of a company. They supervise the staff and are responsible for putting in place effective administrative systems.

• Human Resources Director: They develop a strategy for effective people management in the organization. Recruitment, training, career development, compensation and benefits, industrial relations, employee relations, employment law, compliance and claims are some of the areas in which they specialize.

• Director of Operations: They are responsible for overseeing the organizational activities of businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Operations managers supervise, hire and train employees. They also manage quality assurance programs and improve processes.

• Project Manager: These professionals are responsible for the planning, monitoring, execution and control of the project, while leading the team in the planning and execution of the project.

• Chartered management accountant: They prepare periodic financial statements, negotiate project and loan agreements, analyze a company’s financial performance, and interpret and communicate financial data to other stakeholders.

• Risk manager: These people identify, monitor and assess the potential risks that can affect a business. After identifying a risk, they formulate strategies to eliminate the risk or reduce its impact.

• Financial manager: They create short and long term financial goals, devising data-driven strategies to achieve them. They collaborate with other managers to make critical financial decisions such as budgeting, resource allocation, and investment plans.

• Public relations manager: These people strive to create and maintain a positive public image for their client or employer. They plan, create and manage campaigns and content for this purpose.

• Marketing Manager : They conduct market research and study consumer behavior to formulate a successful marketing strategy. It is their job to build brand awareness to gain new customers and retain old ones, which drives revenue growth.

• Investment banker: These people help their clients, including large corporations and governments, to raise capital and seek growth opportunities through securities and other types of financial products, corporate restructurings and mergers and acquisitions.

Last updated on November 21, 2021

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