LOOKING BEYOND CAT
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.
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.