All the top B-schools in India have an almost similar procedure for admission in MBA. The only difference is in their acceptability of the MBA entrance exam scores.
For admission into MBA, the applicants have to follow a six-step admission procedure which is as follows:
Step 1: Choose B-school and apply.
The admission process usually begins every year in the month of July/August. Institutes such as IIFT, IIMs, XLRI, NMIMS, and SIBM open their admission process in the months of July/August. On the other hand, some colleges like FMS, MDI, IMI, and IMT begin their process in the months of September/October.
The applicants must apply with the relevant college before the last date.
Step 2: Register for MBA entrance Exam.
After carefully choosing a B-school, the applicants have to make yet another choice. They have to choose and register for the relevant entrance exams like CAT/XAT/IIFT/SNAP within the time period as specified in the respective application form.
The applicants should note that these entrance exams are conducted at three different levels: national level (CAT, CMAT); regional level (TSICET, KMAT); and college level (XAT, SNAP, IIFT)
Some colleges like FMS, MDI, and IITs will accept only CAT scores. XLRI accepts only the
Here is a list of the entrance exams taken by the
- COMMON ADMISSION TEST (CAT)
- Biggest and most popular
- Conducted by IIMs
- Used for admission by 20 IIMs and various other institutions
- Registration begins in AUGUST/SEPTEMBER
- Exams are held in NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
- COMMON MANAGEMENT ADMISSION TEST (CMAT)
- Second largest exam after CAT
- Accepted by more than 500 management institutions
- Held in January every year
- XAVIER APTITUDE TEST (XAT)
- Conducted by XLRI
- Accepted by XLRI and more than 100 other institutions
- Traditionally held on first Sunday of every year i.e. first Sunday of every JANUARY
- SYMBIOSIS NATIONAL APTITUDE TEST (SNAP)
- Conducted by Symbiosis International University
- For admission in 15 institutions under SIU
- Many other colleges also accept this ranking
- Registration takes place in NOVEMBER
- The Exam is held in DECEMBER
- NMIMS MANAGEMENT APTITUDE TEST (NMAT)
- Held over a 75-day testing window between OCTOBER and DECEMBER
- MANAGEMENT APTITUDE TEST
- Used by more than 600 institutes
- Conducted by All India Management Association
- Held 4 times a year— FEBRUARY, MAY, SEPTEMBER, DECEMBER
- INDIAN INSTITUTE OF FOREIGN TRADE (IIFT)
- Conducted by IIFT
- Institute specific test
- Held in NOVEMBER
The applicants need to gather certain documents including their mark sheets of class X, XII, and graduation, category certificate, if any, for completing their registration process. The registration fee is different for different exams but it usually falls in the range between Rs. 1200-2000.
Step 3: Download admit card
Admit cards are made available on the official sites of the respective entrance exams. The applicants need to download their admit card, take out its print and affix their photograph.
Step 4: Appear in the exam
Next step is to finally take the entrance exam. The applicants are supposed to carry the exam admit card along with a photo ID.
Step 5: Download scorecard and check shortlist
After the declaration of result, various B-schools shortlist the suitable candidates based on a number of factors such as their exam scores, academics, work experience, diversity, and any other relevant parameters as per the respective institution’s admission policy.
The applicants are to download the scorecard and check the shortlist for their names in order to prepare for the next round.
Step 6: Final round
In the final round, the shortlisted candidates have to appear for Group Discussions (GD), Written Ability Test (WAT) followed by Personal Interview(PI).
FMS conducts GD and Extempore before interview while MDI conducts GD-PI.
Final merit list is generated on the basis of the performance of the shortlisted candidates in the final round, their entrance scores, academic profile, work experience and diversity. Once selected, the candidate is required to deposit fees to confirm admission.
That sums up the admission process to MBA.
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