Registration for CAT 2017 and IIFT 2017 is to close in a few days, it is better to apply now without waiting for last date to avoid technical issues in form submission
If you are seeking admission to MBA 2018 and wish to pursue it from one of the top B-schools in India, September 2017 is very crucial for you. Out of the 5 top MBA entrance exams, the important ones leading to IIMs, FMS, MDI, IMI, IIFT are closing their application process in a few days from now.
Top MBA exams and last date to Apply
Following 5 National level MBA entrance exams have already released their notifications and their application process is open. Below is shared the key exams, top B-schools accepting their exam scores, their application fee and the links to their registration process. You have to draw your plan which exams you should appear, how to prepare for each of them as every exam is different in one or other way and get shortlisted to succeed in your mission MBA 2018.
It should be noted that Registration for CAT 2017 and IIFT 2017 is to close in a few days, it is better to apply now without waiting for last date to avoid technical issues in form submission.
The key fact is that you need to apply online for all the exams. It is therefore, advisable that you should apply much before the last date to avoid any technical snag in the registration process.
Like their peers, all MBA aspirants eye the top B-schools for admission. However to finally convert the call in top rated B schools like IIMs, XLRI, SPJIMR, JBIMS, FMS, MDI, IMT, apart from a good volume of needed preparation, you need excellent academics and a good percentile score in each section of MBA entrance exam to cross the cut offs.
IIFT 2017: Last date to apply – Sep 15
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) will close the registration and application process for admission to its MBA (IB) 2018-20 entrance examination on September 15. Accordingly only 2 days are left for IIFT 2017 registration.
Indian Institute of Foreign trade (IIFT) is another very important milestone which most of the management aspirants would like to achieve.Getting into MBA (IB) 2018-20 batch at Indian Institute of Foreign Trade is probably more important than getting into any other B-school. There are around 60000 aspirants who appear in IIFT entrance exam for 360 MBA seats.
IIFT has two campuses located in Delhi and Kolkata and will shortly launch its 3rd campus at Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh). The IIFT MBA entrance test is scheduled on December 3 in paper based mode. The test will be conducted in a single day across the country.
IIFT entrance test composition
Entrance test to IIFT for MBA 2018-20 programme remains a paper pen based multiple choice question type examination. It consists of 4 sections, although one section might be clubbed to another and can be sub divided in part 1 and part 2. Number of questions can be from 115 to 130 in all to be solved in 2 hours. So the time management is another crucial factor as you have approximately one minute per question to answer.
Another feature about IIFT entrance exam is that there is varying number of questions in different years with varying marking system in the range of 0.5 to 1. The aspirants can expect to get through if they score 45 to 50 percent marks in the entrance exam. One fourth negative marking is also very important factor to keep you on your guard and avoid any wrong or doubtful attempt.
Sectional composition of exam is as follows:
Section-1 – English comprehension & RC passages; Section-2- Quantitative Ability; Section-3- Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation ; Section-4-General Awareness
CAT 2017 Registration: Last date – September 20
The most sought after MBA/PGDM entrance examination Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017 for admission to top rated B schools like IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow and other 16 IIMs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IMI, IMT, BIMTECH, TAPMI will be held on November 26 in two sessions.
The last date for CAT 2017 registration is September 20, 2017. The registration will remain open till 5 PM only as stated by IIM Lucknow, the CAT 2017 convening IIM. The admissions on the basis of CAT 2017 scores will be allowed in 2018. CAT 2017 is expected to be taken by more than 2 lakh aspirants.
Almost all the top B schools except NMIMS Mumbai, Symbiosis and XLRI would accept CAT 2017 scores across the country.
Components of CAT 2017 Exam
CAT 2017 is a computer based test. No exam has gone with so many changes and surprises as the CAT has gone in past 3 years. The test which was conducted in a 16 to 21 days test window with 2 sessions every day till 2013, switched over to 2 days test window in 2014 and to 1 day test window in 2015. Since 2014, CAT has increased the number of questions from 60 to 1000 and has also increased the number of sections from 2 to 3.
CAT 2017 is proposed to have total time duration of 3 hours with sectional time constraint of 60 minutes for each section. Candidates are not allowed to move between one section to other.
NMAT by GMAC: Last date to apply- Oct 3
NMAT is now NMAT by GMAC after it has been acquired by Graduate Management Council. It is the MBA entrance test for NMIMS (School Of Business Management) Mumbai and other cities. Around 60000 aspirants take this exam every year. Apart from NMIMS, VIT Vellore, XIMB and many other universities and institutes will also accept NMAT by GMAC scores for admission to MBA/PGDM 2018-209 programme.
NMAT by GMAC is an online test which can be scheduled during a test window of October to December. Registration for this exam is to close on October 3, without late fee and on October 14, 2017 with late fee.
Composition of NMAT by GMAC
NMAT by GMAC is an objective type multiple choice online computer based exam to be attempted in 2 hours. The test is divided in 3 sections namely Language skills, Quantitative skills and Logical Reasoning. All the sections taken together comprise 120 questions. Number of questions are maximum in Quantitative section followed by Logical reasoning and Language skills. NMAT 2017 exam is without negative marking.
SNAP 2017: Last date to apply – November 24
SNAP is the mandatory MBA entrance examination for admission to 15 Symbiosis B-schools affiliated to Symbiosis International University (SIU) who will accept SNAP 2017 scores for their respective 2 years full time flagship MBA batch 2018-20.
This is the first time that SNAP will be held as online exam. Till last year SNAP was a paper pen based test. However there are no changes proposed in the SNAP 2017 exam pattern and exam syllabus.
SNAP 2017 Registration is to close on November 24 and the SNAP exam date is December 17. SNAP 2017 exam cities have been increased to 102 from earlier 32.
Composition of SNAP 2017
SNAP 2017 will be online computer based test comprising Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). SNAP 2017 exam duration is 2 hours. The test comprises 150 questions divided in 4 sections of Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension; General Knowledge and Current Affairs; Quantitative Ability and data interpretation; Analytical and Logical Ability. Maximum marks are 150 and there is a provision of 25% negative marking for wrong answers.
Although candidates are allowed to attempt any section in any order, sectional cut off is also there. One has to score at least a minimum cut off score in each of the four sections.
XAT 2018 Registration last date: November 30
Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2018 to be held on January 17 in online mode, is a national level aptitude test conducted in India by XLRI, Jamshedpur. XAT 2018 is another prestigious entrance examination which is conducted for admission to XLRI and other associated B schools. Around 90000 candidates register and apply for XAT to get admission in more than 150 B-schools accepting XAT scores.
XAT 2018 will be the first online computer based test in the 60 years history of XAT exam. So far XAT was conducted as paper based test. XAT 2018 will be conducted in a single day and single session.
XAT 2018 Registration will close on November 30 without late fee and on December 15, with late fee.
XAT 2018 Exam Pattern
XAT 2018 will no longer be a conventional paper pencil mode exam and it will be a computer based online exam.
XAT 2018 exam will have 5 sections of Verbal and logical Ability; Decision making; Quantitative Ability; General awareness and Essay writing. Except essay writing all the other questions are of objective type. The GK and Essay writing scores are not taken into account while awarding the percentile scores and preparing the merit list.
Other 3 sections will have 72 questions to be solved in 170 minutes. Entire test comprising about 97 MCQs and essay writing has to be attempted in 210 minutes.