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MBA Entrance Exams

A great method to advance your education, gain life experience, and increase your job prospects is to decide to study abroad. However, if it were that simple, everyone would do it. Prospective international students must demonstrate their ability to keep up with the workload before leaving for a foreign country. You'll need to demonstrate that you have a strong command of the language (in this example, English) and that you are intelligent enough to succeed in your course.

All prospective overseas students are required to take one language exam, as well as one standardised admission exam in some situations. This page will discuss the primary entrance tests for studying abroad, the courses they are required for, and the nations where they are accepted.

Importance of MBA Entrance Exams

Prior to enrolling in an M.B.A. programme, you must have a basic understanding of what business is. Any commercial activity that involves the creation or manufacture of goods, the trade or exchange of goods, the provision of services like financial or legal advice or the exchange of information all come under this category. An M.B.A. degree stands out from other degrees because it helps students develop several qualities that are often overlooked. It improves communication skills, leadership abilities, and decision-making, instils discipline, and, most importantly, gives you a fresh perspective on the world.

Even though the M.B.A. degree is highly sought after, admission to the universities that offer the programme is competitive. Every day, there are more and more people competing. You must study for many tests including the CAT, XAT, IIFT, NMAT, SNAP, MH-CET, and MAT in order to get into the university of your choosing, depending on where you choose to pursue this degree. The most important benefit of preparing for these MBA admission examinations is that it greatly improves your vocabulary, teaches you how to manage your time, and broaden your perspective on the academic field you are going to enter. This article will provide you with information all about MBA entrance exams

Top MBA Colleges one can get into 

  • Harvard Graduate School of Business
  • INSEAD, France
  • HEC, Paris, France
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business, US
  • London Business School, UK
  • The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, US
  • MIT Sloan School of Management, US
  • Columbia Business School, US
  • Said Business School, University of Oxford, UK
  • IE Business School, Spain

List of Entrance Exams for MBA in Abroad

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is a standard test for people who don't speak English as their first language and want to go to college or university in an English-speaking country. The TOEFL is a test for people who don't speak English as their first language. It has four parts: reading, listening, speaking, and writing. The four parts of the TOEFL are meant to test the applicants' overall English language skills and how well they can communicate in English.

Fees- $190

Test Duration- 3 Hours

Countries where they are accepted- USA, Canada and the Republic of Ireland

The International English Language Testing System is what IELTS stands for. Up to four times a month, IELTS is given in more than 140 countries. IELTS was made by some of the best language testing experts in the world, and it is backed by a big plan for research, test development, and test validation. IELTS is made to test different levels of English language skills. IELTS doesn't have a pass-or-fail system. Results are given as band scores from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest) (the highest). 

 Fees- $184

Test Duration- 2 Hours & 45 Minutes

Countries where they are accepted- UK, Australia, Republic of Ireland & New Zealand. 

The test has 20 questions that test speaking and writing skills (77–93 minutes), reading skills (32–41 minutes), and listening skills (11–15 minutes) (45 – 57 minutes). On a fine-grained scale, a candidate's PTE score can be anywhere from 10 to 90. This PTE score is made up of the candidate's overall score, as well as scores for their communicative skills and their enabling skills. Here are some of the most important things a candidate needs to know about the PTE result. PTE tests the English skills of people who want to study abroad, move to another country or get a job in a foreign country. The test was run by Pearson Inc.

This article goes over the important parts of PTE Academic that candidates need to know if they want to test their English skills. 

Fees- $163.07

Test Duration- 3 Hours

Countries where they are accepted-  UK, Republic of Ireland, Australia & New Zealand, and some colleges in the USA

The IRCC says that the CELPIP-LS test is the right test for people who want to become Canadian citizens. There are two different kinds of CELPIP tests. Make sure you know what version of the test you have to take. CELPIP LS Test and CELPIP General Test. The formal is for people who live in Canada permanently, while the latter is for people from outside of Canada.

This test measures how well a person can speak and understand English. It is used for citizenship applications and professional certification.

 Fees- $195

Test Duration- 1 hour 

Countries where they are accepted- Canada

One of our Cambridge English Qualifications is C1 Advanced, formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE). Employers and colleges will be more interested in you if you have a thorough, high-level qualification that demonstrates your language proficiency. Around the world, more than 9,000 businesses, government agencies, and educational institutions acknowledge C1 Advanced as evidence of advanced proficiency in learning English.

Fees- $100

Test Duration- 4 hours

Countries where they are accepted- UK, Australia, Canada, Republic of Ireland & New Zealand.

The Graduate Management Admission Test, aka the GMAT, is a multiple-choice, computer-based and computer-adaptive standardized exam that is used globally for admission to graduate management/business programs (such as MBA programs). The average total score is between 560 and 570. The average Verbal and Quantitative scores are normally in the upper 20s and low 40s, respectively. Both the mean IR score and the mean essay score often fall between 4 and 5. 

Fees- $300 USD

Test Duration- 3 Hours 25 Minutes

Countries where they are accepted- USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, France.

The GRE test, which is comparable to the GMAT in some aspects, is an additional route to apply successfully to many MBA programmes, as well as Master in Law or Doctoral Degrees. In essence, GRE is a less specialised, more adaptable form of the GMAT. In the USA, the GRE is frequently required for postgraduate studies, but it is less so in other English-speaking nations.

 Fees- $228

Test Duration- 3 Hours

Countries where they are accepted- United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, Singapore, and Australia

List of MBA Entrance Exams in India

India's most prestigious national-level admission test, the Common Admission Test (CAT), allows applicants to enter prestigious business colleges. It is without a doubt the nation's largest MBA entrance exam. This Common Admission Test is administered by the IIMs (Indian Institute of Management) on a rotating basis. November 27, 2022, is when the CAT Exam is anticipated to take place. It is a computer-based exam that is given in 156 Indian cities. The syllabus of the exam is Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Fees- INR 1100 (Reserved categories), INR 2200 (Other categories)

Exam Duration- 120 Minutes

More than 160 colleges in India offer admission to MBA and PGDM programmes through the national-level Xavier Aptitude Test. The top business schools that accept the XAT exam are IMT Ghaziabad, XLRI Jamshedpur, and XIMB Bhubaneswar. The test will take place on January 8, 2023. Along with a few other adjustments, the essay writing element that was reintroduced in the XAT 2023 exam will debut this year. The XAT syllabus is Verbal & Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge. The exam is Online based.

Fees- Rs. 2000/-

Exam Duration- 3 hours and 30 minutes

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies is one of the reputable MBA programmes that accept students who have passed the NMIMS Management Aptitude Test (NMAT). NMAT is one of the most popular admission exams, drawing more than 50,000 applicants each year. NMAT will take place in October through December of 2023. Registration for the NMAT typically starts in August. The NMAT exam is now offered in two testing formats starting in 2020: computer-based tests in exam centres and online tests taken from home with a proctor.

The syllabus of NMAT is Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, and Logical Reasoning.

Fees- Rs. 2800

Exam Duration- 120 Minutes

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade is well known for its top-notch teaching and research initiatives. The organization's MBA programmes are meant to equip aspiring managers for careers in international trade and business. It is an institution-level MBA entrance exam for IIFT Delhi & IIFT Kolkata's MBA (IB) 2023–25 batch admission. Each year, more than 60000 applicants submit applications for the exam. Every year, the IIFT exam announcement is made public in August or September. Typically, the exam is set for December. September marks the start of registrations, which last through November. Like other entrance exams, the IIFT exam does not have a set syllabus for Quantitative Analysis, Reading Comprehension & Verbal Ability, Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation, and General Awareness.

Fees-  Rs. 2500 for general category candidates and Rs. 1250 for SC/ST candidates.

Exam Duration-  120 Minutes

One of the first institutions to provide social science courses was the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). TISSNET is a 100-question, objective test. TISSNET includes questions on general aptitude, mathematics, reasoning, verbal ability, and general awareness, just like other entrance tests. These courses are regarded as being on par with management programmes (MBA/PGDM) provided by reputable B-schools in India. In addition to the M.A. programmes, entrance to the institute's M.H.A., M.P.H., M.Sc., B.Ed.-M.Ed., and other programmes require TISSNET results.

At over 100 test centres located throughout different cities in India, TISSNET is administered using computers. The syllabus of TISSNET is General Awareness, Mathematics & Logical Reasoning, and English Proficiency.

Fees- INR 1030 (General Category) & INR 260 (Reserved Category)

Exam Duration- 100 Minutes

The government of Maharashtra administers the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test, or MAH CET, to applicants seeking admission to the postgraduate MBA and MMS programmes provided by both private and public colleges in Maharashtra. The MBA and MMS portions of MAH CET 2023 are planned to take place on March 18–19, 2023. Each accurate response earns a +1 toward the exam's 200 total marks. The eligibility of candidates for the MAH MBA CET exam is determined in part by factors such as age requirements, residency regulations, academic requirements, etc. The syllabus of MAH CET Logical Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, and Verbal Ability/ Reading Comprehension.

Fees-  Rs 1000 (for the general category) and Rs 800 (for the reserved category and PwD).

Exam Duration- 150 Minutes



MBA programmes give students a well-rounded education in business, as well as instruction in critical thinking and problem-solving techniques. These entrance exams for MBAs also give students opportunities for networking and professional growth, and they give them access to resources and support services. 

In conclusion, studying for the MBA entrance exams demands commitment, concentration, and effort. You may improve your chances of passing the entrance exam for MBA by being aware of its structure and subject matter, planning your study time wisely, concentrating on the essential material, routinely practising, and remaining focused and upbeat.






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