Top MBA Entrance Exams 2022-23: IIFT, XAT, SNAP Registrations are Open; CAT Registration Closed; Check Important Dates, Fees, Top Colleges
- CAT 2022 Exam on Nov 27, 2022: Registration Last Date Closed on Sept 21
- XAT 2023 Exam on Jan 8, 2023: Registration is Closed Now.
- NMAT 2022 Exam from Oct 10 to Dec 19: Registration Closed on Oct 12.
- IIFT Entrance 2023: Registration is Open from Sept 30, 2022
- SNAP 2022 Exam on Dec 10th, 18th & 23rd.
- IBSAT 2022 Exam on Dec 2022 4th Week; Registration Opened on July 1st.
- MBA Application Process for IIMs Closed.
- MBA Admission 2023 in IIFT, XLRI, MDI, XIMB, IMI, IMT, MICA, NMIMS, and 15 Symbiosis Institutes is Open.
Top MBA entrance exams are the gateway to highly ranked MBA colleges in India like IIMs, IIFT, FMS, SPJIMR, MDI, XLRI, IITs, NMIMS, TISS among other top management institutes. There are national level MBA entrance exams like CAT, XAT, NMAT; State level MBA entrance exams like MAH MBA CET, Karnataka PGCET, Tamilnadu TANCET, Telangana TSICET; Institute level MBA entrance exams like IIFT, TISSNET, MICAT, IBSAT for admission to respective institute. Check below the top 5 MBA entrance exams leading to MBA Admission 2023 in Top MBA colleges
Top 5 MBA Entrance Exams
The top 5 MBA Entrance Exams which offer admission in top MBA colleges are
1. CAT 2022: It is the largest and most important MBA entrance exam leading to admission in IIMs & other top B-schools, with more than 2.56 lakh applicants registering for it
2. XAT 2023: It leads to admission in XLRI and other top 140+ B-schools, with about 1 lakh applicants registering for the exam
3. NMAT 2022: The NMAT by GMAC leads to admission in NMIMS & 50+ other top B-schools with more than 80 thousand candidates registering for the exam
4. IIFT 2023: It is an institute level MBA entrance test leading to MBA (IB) 2023-25 batch admission at IIFT Delhi & IIFT Kolkata. More than 60000 candidates apply for the exam every year
5. SNAP 2022: It leads to admission in SIBM Pune & 15 other Symbiosis institutes, with around 80 thousand applicants
MBA Entrance Exam: Eligibility to Apply
Common eligibility criteria to appear in any MBA entrance exam in India, is that the candidates with work experience of 2-3 years after graduation or Fresh graduates with minimum 50% marks are eligible to apply for these MBA entrance exams. XAT eligibility is the exception as it does not prescribe any minimum percentage of marks in graduation. The application process for prominent and most important MBA entrance exams 2022-23 for admission 2023 is open. While CAT 2022 registration & Application process is closed, the application process for IIFT 2023, XAT 2023, NMAT 2022, SNAP 2022 is open. TISSNET 2023 is opening soon.
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) will open its registration process for TISSNET 2023 in the month of October/November 2022. The registration & application process for IBSAT 2022, is already open and Dec MAT 2022 is also opening soon. The first step to get admission in top MBA college is to register and apply for the respective MBA entrance exam.
Schedule of MBA Entrance Exams 2022-23 for Admission 2023
The details of top MBA entrance exams which are open or opening soon for admission 2023 are given below.
Registration Start Date
Last Date to Apply
August 3, 2022
|September 21, 2022 (Closed)||November 27, 2022|
August 1, 2022 Apply Now
October 12, 2022
|October 10 to December 19, 2022|
August 10, 2022 Apply Now
November 30, 2022
January 8, 2023
|September 30, 2022||November 14, 2022||December 18, 2022|
November 17, 2022
January 10, 2023
January 21, 2023
August 04, 2022
November 24, 2022
December 10-18-23, 2022
July 1, 2022 Apply Now
December 3rd week, 2022
December 2022, 4th week
November 15, 2022
January 15, 2023
February 26, 2023
If you are looking for updated information on MBA Entrance Exams for MBA admission 2023, you are on the right page. This article by MBAUniverse.com Experts will guide you about all the important MBA Exams, Last Dates, Registration process etc.
Most Popular MBA Entrance Exams
Broadly speaking, there are 10 popular MBA entrance exams in India for MBA admission. They are CAT, XAT, IIFT, NMAT, SNAP, TISSNET, CMAT, MAT, IBSAT and GMAT. The State Level Exams like MAH CET, TANCET, PGCET, KMAT which will help you get into MBA colleges in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu are also popular MBA entrance exams. Apart from IIFT, TISSNET, IBSAT, other institute/university specific exams are KIITEE Management, MICAT and UPES MET.
Top MBA Entrance Exams 2022 for Admission 2023
Here are key details of Top MBA Exams for admission 2023 in top MBA colleges in India. We have categorized them in three types:
National level MBA Exams,
Institute level MBA test, and
State level MBA exams
Let’s understand more about these top MBA entrance exams:
1. National MBA Entrance Exams
MBA Exam dates and schedule with top MBA colleges accepting exam and MBA Entrance Exam Calendar is shared below. Their Notifications for entrance exams for admission 2023 are getting released soon.
MBA Entrance Exam & MBA/PGDM Admissions | Apply Now
|XAT 2023 Registration Open||IBSAT 2022 Registration Open|
|IMT Ghaziabad PGDM Admissions 2023||MDI Gurgaon PGDM Admission 2023|
|MICA PGDM-C/PGDM Admissions Open 2023||SPJIMR Mumbai PGDM Admission 2023|
|GIM Goa PGDM Admissions 2023 Open||Great Lakes PGPM & PGDM Admission 2023|
|LBSIM Delhi PGDM Admission 2023||IMI New Delhi PGDM Admission 2023|
|BIMTECH PGDM Admissions Open 2023||SDA Bocconi Asia Center IMB Admission 2023|
|SOIL Gurgaon PGPM & PGDM Admission 2023||XIM University MBA Admission 2023|
|SIBM Bengaluru MBA Admission 2023||SDMIMD Mysuru PGDM Admissions Open 2023|
|XLRI Double Masters Programme Admission 2023||Jaipuria Institute of Management PGDM Admission|
|JIMS Rohini PGDM Admission Open 2023||SIOM Nashik MBA in Agri Operations Management|
2. Institute Level MBA Entrance Exam
The institute level MBA entrance exams are conducted by the specific management institutes who may or may not accept scores of other entrance exams. Most of these exams will be conducted in 2022 and some in 2023. Notifications for the top institute level MBA Entrance exams – IIFT, TISSNET, MICAT are released in September/October.
Name of the Institute level MBA Entrance Exam
Top MBA Institute Accepting Exam score
IIFT MBA (IB) 2023 Entrance Exam Apply Now
|December 18, 2022||Indian Institute of Foreign Trade-Delhi, Kolkata, Kakinada|
January 21, 2023
Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) all campuses
IBSAT 2022 Apply Now
|December 21 2022||9 ICFAI B-Schools|
MICAT 2022 & 2023
December 10, 2022 & January 28, 2023
|KIITEE Management 2023||January 15 to 17, 2023||KIIT School of Management (KSOM) Bhubaneswar|
Will Not be Conducted
State MBA Entrance Exams
The state level MBA entrance exams are conducted by the specific state CET cell like CET Cell of DTE Maharashtra; Karnataka KEA as well as private MBA entrance exam conducting bodies like KMAT Karnataka. The MBA colleges accepting these entrance exam scores include University B-schools and private PGDM colleges. The MBA Entrance exams for admission 2022 notification for some of these state level exams have been released while for others it will be released soon.
State Level MBA Entrance Exam
Dates of MBA Entrance Exam
Top MBA College Accepting Exam Score
MAH CET 2022
August 23, 24 & 25, 2022
JBIMS, SIMSREE, PUMBA, N L Dalmiya, SIES, CIMR
Karnataka PGCET 2022
Not yet announced
IBA, AIMS, Alliance, ABBS, Kristu Jayanti
TANCET 2023 for admission 2023
2nd week of May 2023
Anna University, Tamilnadu, Madras University, SRM University, SSN School of Management Chennai, Hallmark Business School Trichy, St Josephs School of Management, Trichy, PSGIM Coimbatore
TS ICET 2023
Kakatiya University (KU); Osmania University (OU); Telangana University (TU); Satavahana University (SU)
To be Announced
IBA, AIMS, Alliance, ABBS, Kristu Jayanti
Above State Level MBA entrance exams conducted in 2022 will offer MBA admission for 2022-24 batch
Last date to apply for MBA Entrance Exams for admission 2023
Following are the last dates for each MBA entrance exam 2022/2023 leading to MBA admission 2023
Name of the National MBA Exam
MBA Entrance Exam Dates
MBA Entrance Exam Last Date to Apply
Common Admission Test (CAT) 2022
|November 27, 2022||September 21, 2022|
Xavier Aptitude Test – XAT 2023
|January 8, 2023||November 30, 2022 Apply Now|
NMAT by GMAC 2022
|October 10 to December 19, 2022||October 12, 2022 Apply Now|
December 18, 2022
November 30, 2022
February 26, 2023
January 15, 2023
MAT 2022 (December)
PBT- Dec 11, 2022
IBT- Nov 24 to Dec 17, 2022
CBT-Nov 20 & Dec, 2022
PBT: Dec 5, 2022
IBT: Nov 21 to Dec 14, 2022
CBT: Nov 15 & Dec 13, 2022
|Next Exam Dates to be Announced||To be Announced|
Available Round the year
Available all the time
|KIITEE Management 2023||January 15 to 17, 2023||January 10, 2023|
MBA Colleges Accepting various MBA Entrance Exams 2022-23 for Admission 2023
Following are the top MBA colleges accepting different MBA Entrance Exams 2022 and 2023 scores for MBA admission 2023.
MBA Entrance Exams 2022-23
Top Institutes Accepting Exam Score
20 IIMs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IITs, IMI, IMT, TAPMI + 500 Others
XLRI, IMT, XIMB, XIME, GIM, Great Lakes, TAPMI, FORE, LIBA + 140 Others
SIBM Pune, SCMHRD, + 13 Other top Symbiosis Institutes
NMAT by GMAC
NMIMS Mumbai + 20 other MBA colleges & Universities
3 Campuses of IIFT at Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinada
K J Somaiya, Great Lakes, BIMTECH, GIM, VIT and all the Institutes and Universities offering AICTE approved MBA/PGDM programmes
IBS Hyderabad & all the other 8 campuses of ICFAI B-Schools
|400 MBA/PGDM colleges across India|
More than 200 MBA/PGDM colleges in India
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and all its campuses
|IRMA Anand (Will not be conducted)|
KIIT School of Management; KIIT School of Rural Management
Cost of MBA Entrance Exams Registration & Application Form
MBA Entrance Exams Registration involves a cost of Rs.1000 to Rs.2500 for each test. The MBA entrance exam fee for the upcoming MBA entrance tests 2022-23 has gone up for some exams while for many other MBA entrance exams, the MBA entrance exam cost has been kept at last year level. The table below shares the cost of MBA entrance exam application form for each exam:
MBA Entrance Exams
MBA Entrance Exam Fee (General category)
MBA Entrance Exam Fee
NMAT by GMAC
It may be noted that if you appear in all the above MBA entrance exams, the cost of MBA entrance exam registration is around Rs.18,000/-. To avoid such a high MBA entrance exam registration fee, you may choose the preferred MBA entrance exams the scores of which are accepted by more MBA colleges. For example, CAT, XAT, CMAT, NMAT, MAT are the larger national level MBA entrance exams and cover more than 1000 MBA colleges accepting their exam score. This way you could reduce the burden of the MBA entrance exam cost.
Let us know about some of the prominent MBA entrance Exams for MBA admission:
Exams Open/to Open for Admission 2023
Except CAT 2022 application process, which has closed on September 21, all other national level MBA entrance exams and Institute level MBA entrance exams for admission 2023 are open while many state level MBA entrance exams for admission 2023 are yet to open.
CAT 2022: On November 27, 2022
Common Admission Test, popularly known as CAT, will be conducted on November 27, 2022 by IIM Bangalore. CAT is the largest MBA Entrance Exam for Admission to 20 IIMs, FMS Delhi, IIT DoMs, SPJIMR, MDI and 500+ MBA Colleges in India.
XAT 2023: On January 8, 2023 Popularly known as XAT, Xavier Aptitude Test is one of the important MBA Entrance Exams for Admission to XLRI, IMT, XIMB, TAPMI and 150+ MBA Colleges in India. Every year more than 1,00,000 candidates from all disciplines including Engineering, Commerce, Humanities, Science, Law apply and appear in XAT exam to get into of the various MBA programs offered by these top B-schools. XAT 2023 will be held on Sunday January 8, 2023. XAT is conducted annually by XLRI Jamshedpur and is therefore known as XLRI-XAT.
IIFT 2023: Exam on December 18, 2022
IIFT entrance test for admission to MBA (IB) is conducted by National Testing Agency as computer based test. Indian Institute of Foreign Trade Admission Test-2023 popularly known as IIFT Exam 2023, is the MBA Entrance Exam for Admission to all the three campuses of IIFT located at Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinada. Every year around 60,000 students from all disciplines including Engineering, Commerce, Humanities and even Law take IIFT admission test to get admission in MBA (IB) programme at one of three campuses of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.
NMAT 2022 from October 2022 onwards
NMAT is an important national level MBA entrance test leading to admission in top MBA colleges including NMIMS Mumbai, SPJIMR, ISB, VIT, XIMB among other 30 institutes and universities in India. GMAC is the exam conducting body for NMAT by GMAC. NMAT exam dates are from October 10 to December 19, 2022. NMAT is conducted in two modes-Online proctored test and Online exam at 76 exam centres in 73 cities.
SNAP 2022 in December 2022
SNAP is the mandatory MBA Entrance Exam for Admission to 16 Symbiosis Institutes in India. Symbiosis International University (SIU) Pune conducts Symbiosis National Aptitude Test, popularly known as SNAP every year as computer based test. There are more than 2,500 MBA seats in Symbiosis colleges. Over the years, SNAP has changed its question paper pattern from paper based to computer based. SNAP 2022 is likely to be held as computer based test on December 18, 2022.
CMAT 2023 in February
Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a government organized computer based national level MBA entrance examination for entry into 1000 AICTE approved management programmes (MBA/PGDM) all over India. CMAT is conducted by National Testing Agency as computer based test. CMAT score is accepted by all AICTE-Approved Institutions/University Departments/ Constituent Colleges/Affiliated Colleges like JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya Mumbai, Welingkar Mumbai, PUMBA Pune, Great Lakes Chennai, BIMTECH Greater Noida among others. CMAT exam is expected on February 26, 2023.
IBSAT 2022 in December 2022
IBSAT is an important online computer based MBA entrance test for MBA admission in 9 ICFAI Business Schools (IBS) located across India. IBSAT Entrance Exam 2022 is scheduled in the 4th week of December 2022. The exam is conducted by ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education.
IBSAT score is accepted for admission by ICFAI Business Schools (IBS) located at Hyderabad, Dehradun, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.
MAT 2022 in December 2022
Management Aptitude Test popularly known as MAT Exam is one of the most popular National level MBA entrance exams in India after CAT. MAT exam is held four times a year in the months of February, May, September and December. The exam leads to admission opportunity in more than 400 MBA/PGDM Colleges which are accepting MAT exam Scores. September MAT schedule for CBT, PBT and IBT is coming soon. Read here all about MAT – its Registration Process, How to Prepare, College Accepting MAT and a lot more.
ATMA 2022 Exam
AIMS Test for Management Admissions (ATMA) is one of the popular National level MBA entrance exams in India. ATMA exam score is accepted by 200+ MBA/PGDM colleges in India. ATMA is a credible, comprehensive and single-window test for admissions to Post-Graduate Management Programs like MBA, PGDM, MCA, MMS and other management post graduate courses. It is an online objective type nationally accepted entrance test.
TISSNET 2023 Expected on January 21, 2023
TISS-NET is a computer based National Entrance Test for admission to all the Masters (M.A.) programs offered by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai. M.A. programs of Tata Institute of Social Sciences are highly sought after Masters Degree courses for the candidates seeking career in management and other branches. TISS is likely to conduct TISSNET 2023 exam in January 2023 as a computer based test of 100 minute duration.
MAH CET 2022: Exam Over on August 25
MAH CET 2022 is an important MBA entrance exam for admission to MBA colleges of Maharashtra. It’s scores are accepted by more than 330 MBA colleges including some of the best MBA colleges like JBIMS, SIMSREE, PUMBA, K J Somaiya, among others. The exam will be conducted by CET Cell Govt. of Maharashtra. Application process is closed.
PGCET 2022: Registration starts soon…
Karnataka PGCET is the popular MBA entrance exam for admission to MBA colleges in Karnataka. The Karnataka state and All India candidates can appear in PGCET. Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) conducts the MBA PGCET exam for MBA/MCA and other post graduate courses in Karnataka Government colleges as well as private institutes. Karnataka MBA entrance exam is a moderate difficulty level test.
APICET 2022: Registration Process commencing soon…
Andhra Pradesh Integrated Common Entrance Test (APICET) is conducted by the S.V. University on behalf of A.P. State Council of Higher Education. AP-ICET is the Integrated Common Entrance Test for MBA and MCA regular Courses offered by State Universities and Professional Colleges under the Jurisdiction of A.P State Council of Higher Education.
TSICET 2022: Exam Over on July 27 & 28, 2022
TS ICET-2022 (Telangana State Integrated Common Entrance Test – TSICET) is for M.B.A. and M.C.A. courses of all the Universities in Telangana State and their affiliated colleges. TS ICET exam is conducted by Kakatiya University, Warangal on behalf of Telangana State Council of Higher Education, Hyderabad.
Karnataka KMAT 2022 Exam is important MBA/MCA entrance test for the All India category as well as Karnataka State candidates. KPPGCA, the KMAT exam conducting body conducts KMAT exam for MBA/MCA admission in 180+ institutes located in Bangalore and rest of Karnataka. KMAT has remained a paper based test of moderate difficulty level.
TANCET is conducted by Anna university for MBA/MCA admission in the State of Tamil Nadu. TANCET 2023 is likely to be held in May 2023. Good score in TANCET 2023 will offer admission opportunity to MBA and MCA and other PG courses in the prominent colleges affiliated to Anna University, Tamil Nadu and other MBA colleges also. One of the key features of TANCET entrance exam is that it leads to admission in B-schools with low fee structure.
UPES MET 2023
UPESMET 2023 is the answer to your MBA needs leading to specialized management programs in core sectors. The exam is conducted by UPES School of Business Dehradun. MBA programs at UPES School of Business are specifically designed for core sectors with high growth. UPES University conducts its own entrance exam UPESMET for its MBA programs. UPES conducts four UPESMET exams beginning from the month of January every year for admission in same academic session.
MBA Entrance Exams Pattern
Top MBA entrance exams have more or less similar pattern with some changes in question pattern, type of questions, number of questions, sectional composition and scoring pattern. You can check MBA exams Pattern for top MBA exams as below:
- CAT MBA Entrance Exam Pattern
- XAT MBA Entrance Exam pattern
- IIFT MBA Entrance Exam Pattern
- NMAT MBA Entrance Exam Pattern
- TISSNET MA Entrance Exam Pattern
- SNAP MBA Entrance Exam Pattern
- CMAT MBA Entrance Exam Pattern
- IBSAT MBA Entrance Exam Pattern
MBA Entrance Exams Syllabus
The MBA Entrance Exams Syllabus for all the important exams has some common topics like Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude. Other sections and topics in MBA Entrance Exams Syllabus may vary like XAT has a key section on Decision Making; IIFT, CMAT award good weightage to their GK section while CAT and NMAT do not have GK section. Experts suggest that you should first scan the MBA Entrance Exams Syllabus and then start your MBA Entrance Exams Preparation to avoid the wastage of time. For example, if you wish to have similar MBA entrance exams preparation for top exams, you can opt for a combination of CAT, NMAT and XAT or a combination of IIFT, SNAP and CMAT and the like.
MBA Entrance Exams Preparation
Although MBA entrance exams preparation strategy is very much similar for the cAT, XAT, NMAT, CMAT and other exams, but since there are some differences in the sectional composition and syllabus of each MBA entrance exam, it requires a bit different preparation strategy.