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 2.30 lakh applicants registering for it

 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 has started. While CAT 2022, XAT 2023, NMAT 2022, SNAP 2022 have opened the registration process, IIFT 2023, TISSNET 2023 is opening soon.

Going by the past trends, the application process for IIFT MBA entrance exam is expected to open in September first week. 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, MAT Sep 2022 is already open. 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.

MBA ExamRegistration Start DateLast Date to ApplyExam Date
CAT 2022August 3, 2022September 14, 2022November 27, 2022
NMAT 2022August 1, 2022 October 10, 2022October 10 to December 19, 2022
XAT 2023August 10, 2022 November 30, 2022January 8, 2023
IIFT 2023September 2, 2022October 15, 2022December 4, 2022
TISSNET 2023November 17, 2022January 10, 2023January 21, 2023
SNAP 2022August 04, 2022November 24, 2022December 10-18-23, 2022
IBSAT 2022July 1, 2022 December 3rd week, 2022December 2022, 4th week
CMAT 2023November 15, 2022January 15, 2023February 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 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:

Let’s understand more about these top MBA entrance exams:

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.

Name of the National MBA ExamMBA Entrance Exam DateTop MBA colleges accepting Exam
Common Admission Test (CAT) 2022November 27, 2022  IIMs, FMS Delhi, SPJIMR, MDI, IITs, IMI, IMT 
Xavier Aptitude Test – XAT 2023 January 8, 2023XLRI, XIMB, IMI, IMT, TAPMI, Great Lakes
NMAT by GMAC 2022 October 10 to December 19, 2022NMIMS, K J Somaiya, XUB, VIT Vellore, SD Bacconi Asia Centre 
SNAP 2022December 18, 2022SIBM Pune, SCMHRD, SIOM & 12 Other Symbiosis colleges 
CMAT 2023February 26, 2023GIM Goa, BIMTECH, K J Somaiya, IFMR, Welingkar, Jaipuria, N L Dalmia 
MAT 2022 (September)PBT- September 4, 2022 IBT- Aug 28 to Sept 17, 2022 CBT- September 18, 2022JAGSoM, IPE Hyderabad,  Jaipuria, BIMTECH (Specialized PGDM), JIMS, NDIM 
ATMA 2022 (July)July 24, 2022 (Over)Welingkar, CIMR, SOIL, IMS
GMAT 2022Available Round the yearSPJIMR, IMI, IMT, XIMB, TAPMI, FORE, LBSIM, GIM Goa  

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 ExamExam DatesTop MBA Institute Accepting Exam score
IIFT MBA (IB) 2023 Entrance ExamDecember 4, 2022Indian Institute of Foreign Trade-Delhi, Kolkata, Kakinada
TISSNET 2023January 21, 2023Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) all campuses
IBSAT 2022 December 2022, Last week9 ICFAI B-Schools
MICAT 2022 & 2023December 10, 2022 & January 28, 2023MICA Ahmedabad
KIITEE Management 2023January 2023, 3rd week KIIT School of Management (KSOM) Bhubaneswar
IRMASAT 2023Will Not be ConductedIRMA Anand

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 ExamDates of MBA Entrance ExamTop MBA College Accepting Exam Score
MAH CET 2022August 23, 24 & 25, 2022JBIMS, SIMSREE, PUMBA, N L Dalmiya, SIES, CIMR 
Karnataka PGCET 2022 Not yet announcedIBA, AIMS, Alliance, ABBS, Kristu Jayanti 
TANCET 2023 for admission 20232nd week of May 2022Anna 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 2022July 27 & 28, 2022Kakatiya University (KU); Osmania University (OU); Telangana University (TU); Satavahana University (SU) 
KMAT 2022To be AnnouncedIBA, AIMS, Alliance, ABBS, Kristu Jayanti 

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 ExamsMBA Entrance Exam Fee (General category)MBA Entrance Exam Fee  
(Reserved category)
NMAT by GMACRs.2800/-Rs.2800/-
CMATRs.2000/-Rs. 1000/-
MAH CETRs.1000/-Rs. 800/-
TISSNETRs.1030/-Rs. 500/-
MICATRs.2100/-Rs. 2100/-
KIITEE ManagementRs.1250/-Rs.1250/-

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

The national level MBA entrance exams for admission 2023 are open or opening shortly while most of the state level MBA entrance exams for admission 2022 are 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: Expected on December 4, 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

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 on August 23, 24 & 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. 

KMAT 2022

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 was conducted by Anna university for MBA/MCA admission 2022 in the State of Tamil Nadu on May 14, 2022. Good score in TANCET 2022 offers admission 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. 


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 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. To understand how to prepare for each MBA entrance exam, read on the link below the suggested preparation plan for each MBA entrance exam

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