MBA Entrance Exam Criteria and Guidelines for Reserved Category Students

MBA Entrance Exam Criteria and Guidelines for Reserved Category Students

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Get all the information related to reservation criteria and guidelines for applying for top MBA entrance exams under Reserved categories.

Eligibility Criteria for MBA Course

Eligibility Criteria for MBA Course

The admission process and criteria for various MBA entrance exams are different from one another. Some MBA exams have different eligibility criteria, application fees, number of seats reserved for each categories such as General category, SC, ST, etc. Some exams, on the other hand, don’t follow the quota system. For example, the CAT, CMAT and IIFT exam fee for Reserved category students is 50 pepercentess than that of the fees for General category students; but the exam fee of XAT and SNAP exam is same for all students.

Similarly, in CAT and MAH CET, seats are reserved for candidates belonging to different categories as per the Reservation guidelines of the Government of India. On the other hand, in private MBA exams like SNAP and MICAT, there is no reservation of seats.

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Shiksha has compiled important information regarding MBA entrance exam registration under reserved category. In this article, you will get all information related to reservation criteria and guidelines viz top MBA exams including CAT, XAT, CMAT, SNAP, MAH CET, MICAT, MAT.

MBA Reservation

Some of the common reserved categories in MBA exams are:
• Schedule Caste (SC)
• Schedule Tribe (ST)
• Physical Disabled (PD)/ Person with Disability (PwD)
• Other Backward Classes – Non- Creamy layer (NC-OBC)

A few MBA entrance exams have reservations for categories like Jammu & Kashmir Migrants, state-specific reservation, wards of defence personnel, etc. There are two key points that every aspirants applying under the reserved category must check before applying for any MBA exam:

1. The applicant must have a valid certificate attested by the concerned authority, otherwise the candidates will be considered as General category candidates.
2. The candidates must also verify before filling up the application form is that it is important to check the eligibility criteria of the respective exam and individual institutes under the exam.

Reservation Criteria for MBA Admissions 

Take a look at the detailed category requirements meant for different MBA exams:

Exam Name

Categories

Seats Reserved in Institutes

Certificates Required

CAT

1. Person with disability (PwD)/ Differently Abled (DA) are divided in three categories:

a) Low vision blindness

b) Hearing impairment

c) Loco-motor disability/cerebral palsy

2. Other Backward Classes: Non- Creamy layer (NC-OBC)

3. Schedule Caste (SC)

4. Schedule Tribe (ST)

SC: 15%

ST: 7.5%

NC: OBC- 27%

EWS: 10%

PwD/DA: 5%

1. NC-OBC Certificates

2. SC/ST certificates

3. Certificate for Persons with Disabilities

XAT

No reservation

NA

NA

CMAT

1. Schedule Caste (SC)

2. Schedule Tribe (ST)

3. Physical Disabled (PD)

-

1. Caste Certificate   

2.Physical Disabled Scribe Form

SNAP

1. Scheduled Caste (SC)

2. Scheduled Tribes (ST)

3. Differently Abled Category (DAC)

 

SC: 15%

ST: 7.5%

DAC: 3%

Kashmiri Migrants: 2 seats per programme

International Candidates: 1 %

 -

NMAT by GMAC

No reservation

-

 -

IIFT Exam

1. Schedule Caste (SC)

2. Schedule Tribe (ST)

3. Physical Handicapped (PH)

4. OBC (non-creamy layer)

SC: 15%

ST: 7.5%

NC/OBC: 27%

EWS: 10%

PwD/DA: 5%

Requisite certificate of the caste along with the application form

MAT

No reservation

-

 -

ATMA

No reservation

-

 -

IBSAT

No reservation

-

 -

MICAT

No reservation

-

 -

MAH-CET

1. Maharashtra candidates

2. All India candidates (for MS and OMS candidates)

3. Jammu & Kashmir Migrant candidates

4. Foreign Nationals/Persons of Indian Origin/Children of Indian workers in the Gulf countries candidates

5. Ward of NRI candidates

6. Institute Level Seats

7. Minority candidates*

 

Maharashtra Seats: 85%

All India Seats (for MS and OMS candidates): 15%

Jammu & Kashmir Migrant Seats: 1 seat over and above the sanctioned intake capacity in each management institute

Foreign Nationals/Persons of Indian Origin/Children of Indian workers in the Gulf countries Seats: 15%

Ward of NRI Seats: 5%

Institute Level Seats: 20%

Reservation for EWS Candidate: 10%

Reservations for Orphan Candidates: 1%

*Reservation for Backward Class Category Candidates (belonging to Maharashtra State): 66%

 1. Candidates belonging to SC, VJ/DT (NT(A)), NT(B), NT(C), NT(D), OBC and SBC categories should produce “Caste Validity Certificate” issued by Scrutiny Committee of Social Welfare Department

 2. The Candidate belonging to ST category should submit “Tribe Validity Certificate” issued by Scrutiny Committee of Tribal Department

 3. Candidates belonging to VJ/DT (NT(A)), NT(B), NT(C), NT(D), OBC and SBC categories should produce “Non Creamy layer Certificate” issued by Sub Divisional Officer / Deputy Collector of the district in addition to the caste certificate

IRMASAT

Schedule Caste (SC)

Schedule Tribe (ST)

Differently Abled Person (DAP)

Below Poverty Line (BPL)

 

IRMA follows the statutory reservation policy of Government of India.

 1. Self-attested latest proof of “Below Poverty Line (BPL)” status issued by the appropriate authority

* Percentage of Reservation
  • Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Castes Converts to Buddhism (SC ): 13%
  • Scheduled Tribes (ST): 7%
  • Vimukta Jati & Denotified Tribes (VJ/DT) i.e. NT (A): 3%
  • Nomadic Tribes: 1 (NT-B): 2.5%
  • Nomadic Tribes: 2 (NT-C): 3.5%
  • Nomadic Tribes: 3 (NT-D): 2%
  • Other Backward Classes (OBC): 19%
  • Socially and Economically Backward Classes: 66%

Top MBA Entrance Exams: Eligibility Criteria for Reserved category students and application fee

Listed below in the table is information on eligibility criteria and application fees of top MBA entrance exams for SC/ST/PwD candidates.

Q:   What are the benefits of appearing in CMAT?

A:

There are several benefits of appearing in the CMAT exam. It is easier than other exams and accepted by many B-schools. Check below some of the key benefits of CMAT.

  • CMAT is conducted at the end of MBA entrance exam season, so MBA aspirants don't have to study much as the previous experience of exams like CAT, XAT, SNAP comes in use.
  • CMAT score is accepted by about 1,300 MBA colleges in India which includes top colleges in Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities. 
  • CMAT exam is a moderate difficulty level exam so it is easier to score high in CMAT than CAT, XAT, IIFT, GMAT.
  • CMAT cut offs for admission to top colleges are not exceptionally high, so you can get a good MBA college with a decent CMAT score.
  • There's no 50 per cent aggregate criteria for CMAT application. Candidates with passing marks in graduation can also appear for the exam. 
  • CMAT application fee for women and reserved category candidates is only INR 1,000 which is quite less as compared to CAT, XAT, IIFT, SNAP fees.

Q:   When can I apply for CMAT 2024?

A:

The next CMAT exam will be held in April or May 2024. The NTA will start registration process for the same most likely in February 2024. Those interested in appearing for the exam will be required to register for it at CMAT-NTA website and fill the online application form. The score of CMAT will be valid for one year only, so if you appear for CMAT 2024, you must take admission in the same academic year.

Apart from 1300 B-schools, the CMAT score is also valid for admission through MAH CET CAP. The Maharashtra State CET Cell conducts MBA/MMS admissions for 300 colleges in the state. It is followed by a common counselling process called CAP. CMAT test takers can also participate in MAH MBA CET CAP and secure a seat in MBA/MMS course offered by over 300 colleges in Maharashtra.

Q:   How can I apply through ATMA in MBA colleges?

A:
ATMA scores are accepted by over 700 management colleges in India. Candidates who appear for the ATMA exam can get admission to various top MBA, MCA PGDM and MS colleges in India. Each participating institute releases an ATMA cut-off after the exam is conducted. Those candidates who meet the ATMA cutoff will be called for further selection process which includes GD What and PI. The selection process is a four-step process which is explained below: 1. ATMA exam: Applicants need to appear for the ATMA exam on the scheduled date. The exam is conducted in the Computer-Based Test (CBT) mode at various exam centres across the country. 2. Group Discussion: Group Discussion or GD is conducted for the students who clear the ATMA exam and meet the ATMA cutoff. They will be called by various participating institutes after the ATMA results are announced. They will have to talk on a particular topic and they will be judged on various grounds. 3. Written Ability Test (What): Candidates will be required to take a What (Written Ability Test) and write a short essay on any topic allotted by the panel of judges. 4. Personal Interview PI Students will then have to appear for an interview before the expert panel after they clear all the previous selection rounds. They will be assessed on general awareness, extracurricular activities, academics, etc.

Exam Name

Eligibility

Application Fees

CAT

Minimum aggregate required in graduation for SC/ST/PwD candidates is 45%

For General category, it is 50%

Application fee for SC/ST /PwD candidates is INR 1,100

Application fee for General & NC-OBC candidates is INR 2,200

XAT

Minimum 50% aggregate in graduation for all candidates

Application fee for all students is INR 2000

CMAT

Minimum 45%aggregate in graduation for Reserved category

50% for aggregate General category candidates

Application fee for reserved category students is INR 1000

Application fee General Category students is INR 2000

SNAP

Minimum 45% aggregate in graduation for Reserved category

50% for General category

Application fee for all students is INR 1,950

NMAT by GMAC

Minimum 50% aggregate in graduation for all

Application fee for all students is INR 2,300

IIFT Exam

Minimum 50% aggregate in graduation for all

Application fees for SC/ST/PwD candidate is INR 1,250

Application fees for General candidates is INR 2,500

MAT

No minimum marks required to apply

Application fee for all students is INR 1,850 for all candidates

ATMA

Minimum 50% aggregate in graduation for all

Application fee for all students is INR 1600 for all candidates

25% concession for women candidates and 50% concession for candidates belonging to the seven north eastern states

IBSAT

Minimum 50% aggregate in graduation for all

Application fee for all students is INR 1,800

MICAT

Minimum 50% aggregate in graduation for all

Application fee for all students is INR 2,100 for all candidates

MAH-CET

Minimum 45% aggregate in graduation for candidates of backward class categories and PwD belonging to Maharashtra State only)

50 per cent marks for General category

Application fee for General Category Maharashtra State, Outside Maharashtra State and J&K Migrant candidates is INR 1,000

Application fee for Reserved Category & Physically Handicapped Candidates belonging to Maharashtra State is INR 800

IRMASAT

Minimum 45% aggregate in graduation for SC/ST/DAP and 50% for General category

Application fee for Reserved Category students is INR 1,000

 Application fee for General category students is INR 2,000

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Q:   Can I appear for MAT from home?

A:
Yes, candidates can appear for MAT exam from home. For that, they need to opt for the Internet Based Test or IBT mode option in the MAT application form. In IBT mode, candidates can appear for the test from home or any location by using a laptop or desktop with a functional webcam and internet connection. Given below are some guidelines for MAT IBT: The candidates must have a stable internet connection with proper speed throughout the exam duration A proxy for this is if they can login into their email accounts without difficulty. Upload Speed: Minimum speed should be 512 kbps Browser to use are: Chrome version 63 and above and Firefox version 52 and above Operating system to use are: WindowsOS (Version7 and above) Dot NETframework: MSB requires dot net framework. The minimum supported version is 4.5.1. NETframework Memory: 65MB permanent free space on the default hard drive.

Q:   Can I appear for CMAT at any test centre?

A:

No, you cannot appear for the CMAT exam at any test centre. You can appear for the test at the centre mentioned in your CMAT admit card. Entry at every CMAT test centre is given to candidates only after thorough scrutiny of the hall ticket and ID proof. If you attempt to gain entry in any other test centre, you will be disqualified. Thus, candidates must make sure that they check the location of their allotted test centre beforehand and reach there on exam day on time.  If they reach the test centre after the gates have been closed they will not be allowed entry under any circumstances. CMAT test centre gates close 15 minutes before the commencement of exam.

Q:   What is the CAT eligibility criteria?

A:
CAT (Common Admission Test) is a national-level management entrance examination conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (Iims) for admission to their postgraduate management programs. The eligibility criteria for CAT are as follows: Educational Qualification: Candidates must have a Bachelor's degree in any discipline from a recognised university or institute. The minimum percentage required varies from institute to institute. Age Limit: There is no age limit for appearing in the CAT exam. Citizenship: Candidates must be citizens of India. NRIs and foreign nationals can also apply for the exam. Reservation Criteria: The reservation criteria for CAT are as per the regulations of the Government of India. Work Experience: Work experience is not mandatory to apply for CAT. However, some institutes may consider work experience as a selection criterion. It is important to note that meeting the eligibility criteria alone does not guarantee admission to the Iims or other participating institutes. Candidates must also meet the selection criteria set by the institutes, which may include factors such as academic performance, work experience, and performance in the CAT exam.

Q:   Can I appear for ATMA exam more than once?

A:

Yes, candidates can appear more than once for the ATMA exam. ATMA is held three to five times a year and the scores of the last exam attempted would be considered for admissions to the colleges accepting ATMA scores. This year, the exam will be conducted on February 18, 2024, May 25, 2024, June 23, 2024 and July 21, 2024. The exam will only be conducted in the computer-based test mode for all the sessions. The difficulty level of the ATMA exam is usually easy to moderate and the candidates can easily prepare for this exam. Candidates who wish to appear for the ATMA exam need to apply on the official website of ATMA AIMS and fill out the ATMA application form after the application window opens. ATMA is held in over 100 test cities in the country which include Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities too.

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Christy raju

3 years ago

There is any reservation for oec students to apply kmat exam

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Shivani BEHL

4 years ago

Is there any reservation for EWS students

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Aparna Jeemon

4 years ago

Is there any scholarship for oec /sebc

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Sneha Nirmale

6 years ago

Can I get a list of colleges with SC cutoff

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aboli jumde

6 years ago

Is there any scholarship for sc category

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