Exam Pattern of Various MBA Entrance Exams in India

“Proper preparation prevents poor performance” said a wise man. And the first step to success in any Exam, believe me is not starting the preparations for the Exam. The first step is knowing the pattern of the Exam that you are targetting. If you are an MBA aspirant, targetting various MBA entrance examination and determined to get admission to a B school, this blog is for you. In this blog, we will take you through the Exam Pattern of MBA Entrance Exams. Read the blog in its entirety to understand the Exam Pattern for MBA Entrance Exams so that you can kick-start your preparations.

Exam Pattern for MBA Entrance Exams

CAT (Common Admission Test) Exam Pattern

CAT 2019 will be conducted in online mode. Candidates will be given 180 minutes to answer the questions. There will be sectional time limit which means candidates will get 60 minutes each for each section.

Section Questions Time
Quantitative Aptitude (QA) 34 60 minutes
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 32 60 minutes
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) 34 60 minutes
Total 100 180
  • Score awarded for each correct answer: 3 marks
  • Negative marking (Applicable for  wrong answers in MCQs): -1 mark

CMAT (Common Management Admission Test)  Exam Pattern

Section No. of Questions Maximum Marks Time(minutes)
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation 25 100 180 minutes
Logical Reasoning 25 100
Language Comprehension 25 100
General Awareness 25 100
Total 100 400

CMAT Exam is an online Exam and the scoring pattern is as follows:

  • There is +1 score for a correct answer
  • These is a -1 negative marking for every wrong answer

XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) Exam Pattern

Section in XAT 2019 Exam Pattern Number of questions Overall Time Duration
Part-1 74 Total MCQs 165 Minutes
Verbal and Logical Ability 26
Decision Making 21
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation 27
Part-2 25 Total MCQs 15 Minutes
General Knowledge 25
Total questions (Part 1 + Part 2) 99

XAT 2019 test takers will also be imposed with the penalty of deduction of 0.10 mark per question if more than 8 questions are left unattempted in XAT 2019 question paper.

MAT (Management Aptitude Test) Exam Pattern

Section Name Number of Questions Time (Minutes)
Language Comprehension 40 150 minutes
Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40
Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40
Mathematical Skills 40
Indian and Global Environment 40
Total 200

Each correct answer is awarded +1 Mark. Each wrong answer is penalized with -0.25 negative mark.

SNAP (Symbiosis National Aptitude Test)

Section Normal Questions (MCQ Type) Special Questions (Non-MCQ Type) Total Questions Total Marks
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability 30 5 35 40
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency 30 5 35 40
Analytical & Logical Reasoning 30 5 35 40
Current Affairs 20 5 25 30
Total 110 20 130 150

Marking Pattern – +1 for each correct answer for MCQs and +2 for each correct answer for Non-MCQs.

Negative Marking – Each wrong answer attracts 25% negative marks.

Sectional Cut off – There is no individual sectional cutoff.

NMAT (NMIMS Management Aptitude Test)

Section Name Number of questions Allotted time in minutes
Language Skills 32 22
Quantitative Skills 48 60
Logical Reasoning 40 38
Total 120 120
  • This is an online Computer Based Test
  • Multiple Choice type (MCQs).
  • No Negative Marking

IIFT (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade) Exam

Section No. of Questions Marks per question Total Marks Negative Marks/question
Data Interpretation 20 1 20 0.33
Logical Reasoning 20 1 20 0.33
General Awareness 20 1 20 0.33
Verbal Ability 18 0.5 9 0.17
Reading Comprehension 16 1 16 0.33
Quantitative Aptitude 20 0.75 15 0.25
114 100

This was all in this blog of Exam Pattern for MBA Entrance Exams. We have covered the Exam Pattern of major national level MBA Entrance Exams in this blog. We hope you like this blog. Stay tuned to Oliveboard for more such informative content.


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