For all MBA as­pi­rants, CAT is not the only gate­way to a top B- school in the coun­try. Find out what other op­por­tu­nites you can pur­sue.

India Today - - EXPERT SPEAK - Prakash Ra­jput, As­sis­tant Course Di­rec­tor, CAT, Tri­umphant In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment Ed­u­ca­tion

The Com­mon Ad­mis­sion Test, com­monly known as CAT, is un­doubt­edly the most sought af­ter MBA en­trance exam in In­dia. It of­fers ad­mis­sion to more than 160 man­age­ment in­sti­tutes across the coun­try, in­clud­ing the 13 cov­eted In­dian In­stitue of Man­age­ments ( IIM). How­ever, there are sev­eral other ex­ams be­sides CAT that a busi­ness school as­pi­rant can and should write for a good num­ber of rea­sons.

First of all, many top B- schools across In­dia re­quire you to write their own ex­ams. For ex­am­ple, XLRI, Jamshed­pur uses XAT, Sym­bio­sis Univer­sity, Pune uses SNAP, and Narsee Mon­jee In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment Stud­ies, Mum­bai uses

NMAT. A lot of other B- schools would be us­ing the per­for­mance of the can­di­dates in one of th­ese ex­ams as cri­te­ria for se­lec­tion as well.

Se­condly, giv­ing busi­ness en­trance ex­ams other than CAT will help you to di­ver­sify your risks. If a B- school as­pi­rant does not have any other op­tions, the pres­sure to crack the CAT will be twice as much. And if he can­not make it through this test he’ll be left with no other al­ter­na­tives.

There are mi­nor dif­fer­ences in the pat­terns of th­ese ex­ams in­clud­ing the ar­eas tested and the dif­fi­culty level. It helps to iden­tify the exam that best suits your strength ar­eas and fo­cus on them. For ex­am­ple, if a stu­dent is good with gen­eral aware­ness then ex­ams like SNAP and Tata In­sti­tute of So­cial Sci­ence ( TISS) en­trance test are a good op­tion for them to take. For a can­di­date who does not have a strong back­ground in math,

TISS would again be an exam worth tak­ing and vice versa.

Narsee Mon­jee In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment Stud­ies ( NMIMS) in Mum­bai, Hy­der­abad and Ban­ga­lore of­fer gen­eral MBA, cap­i­tal mar­kets and bank­ing cour­ses. It’s test is con­ducted in an online for­mat and stu­dents can make a max­i­mum of three at­tempts. The best of three is taken as the fi­nal score while short­list­ing for group dis­cus­sion and per­sonal in­ter­view.

Com­mon Man­age­ment Ad­mis­sions Test ( CMAT) is a one- stop test for ad­mis­sion into all

AICTE ap­proved B- schools in In­dia. The exam is usu­ally con­ducted twice a year but an ad­di­tional CMAT is be­ing held this year. CMAT gives you a shot at some B- schools like Sy­den­ham In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment Stud­ies and In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment Tech­nol­ogy.

Tata In­sti­tute of So­cial Sciences Na­tional En­trance Test ( TISSNET) is the en­trance exam set by TISS, Mum­bai. TISS of­fers spe­cial­i­sa­tion in a range of ar­eas from hu­man re­source man­age­ment and labour re­la­tions to so­cial en­trepreneur­ship. The exam is usu­ally con­ducted in the month of Jan­uary.

The Sym­bio­sis Na­tional Ap­ti­tude Test or

SNAP is an ap­ti­tude test con­ducted by Sym­bio­sis In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity. It’s the first en­try re­quire­ment for all 12 B- schools un­der the univer­sity. The list of in­sti­tutes in­cludes Sym­bio­sis In­sti­tute of Busi­ness Man­age­ment and Sym­bio­sis In­sti­tute of Busi­ness Man­age­ment among oth­ers.

Xavier Ap­ti­tude Test ( XAT) which is con­ducted by XLRI, Jamshed­pur on be­half of Xavier As­so­ci­a­tion of Man­age­ment In­sti­tutes, is the sec­ond most pop­u­lar man­age­ment en­trance ex­am­i­na­tion af­ter CAT. XLRI is also one of the top- 5 B- schools in the coun­try. XAT scores are used by more than 100 in­sti­tutes across In­dia.

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