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CAT, MAT, XAT: Which Exam Should You Prepare For?

The most popular entrance exams when it comes to MBA are CAT, MAT, and XAT.

The Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) degree is the most sought out-degree currently not just in India but all over the world. Approximately 35,000 to 40,000 aspirants every year apply for an MBA. The competition is too high and to do an MBA from a reputed and prestigious institute one needs to score well in the entrance exam.

There are a lot of entrance exams when it comes to MBA. Every aspirant must know about all these exams and must be sure from the beginning of which exam/exams he/she is going to appear for. The most popular entrance exams when it comes to MBA are CAT, MAT, and XAT

Who should prepare for which exam?

It is observed that aspirants appear for more than one exam every year. The more exams you appear for, the higher the probability of getting into a good MBA institute. All the exams have almost the same syllabus and thus it isn’t that tough to prepare for more than one exam.

Here are some key characteristics of the CAT, XAT and MAT:

CAT

XAT

MAT

Conducted by

Indian Institute of Management

XLRI Jamshedpur

All India Management Association

Eligibility

  • Should have completed a Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum score of 50 per cent.
  • Candidates studying in the final year/semester can also apply.
  • The degree must have been awarded by a government recognized institute/university.
  • Candidates must have a bachelor's degree from a recognized university or board.
  • Candidates can apply for this exam if he/she is in the final year of graduation
  • There is no age limit.
  • Should have completed a Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum score of 50 per cent
  • Candidates studying in the final year/semester can also apply.
  • The degree should be awarded by a recognized university/institute.


Number of times exam conducted in a year

Once a year

Once a year

Four times a year

Exam mode

Computer-based

Computer-based

Computer-based

Duration of the exam

120 minutes

180 minutes

150 minutes

Number of sections

3 sections

4 sections

5 sections

Sectional time-limit

40 minutes for each section

No sectional time-limit

No sectional time-limit

Maximum marks

300

100

200

Marks gained per right answer

3 marks

1 mark

1 mark

Negative marking for every incorrect answer

- 1 mark (no negative marking for Non-MCQ questions)

- 0.25 mark

- 0.25 mark

Total number of questions

100

100

200

Exam to be conducted on

28th November 2021

2nd January 2022

Conducted in February, August, September and December

Syllabus

  1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  3. Quantitative Aptitude (Quants)
  1. Decision Making
  2. Verbal and Logical Ability
  3. Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability 
  4. General Knowledge
  1. Language Comprehension
  2. Data Analysis and Sufficiency 
  3. Mathematical skills
  4. Indian and Global environment,
  5. Intelligence, and critical reasoning

Top colleges accepting the scores

  1. IIM Ahmedabad
  2. IIM Bangalore
  3. IIM Calcutta
  4. IIM Indore
  5. IIM Lucknow
  6. And all the other IIMs


  1. XLRI School of Management, Jamshedpur
  2. K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai
  3. SP Jain Institute of Management and Research


  1. Great Lakes Institute of Management
  2. TA Pai Institute of Management
  3. Birla Institute of Management Technology






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