MBA Entrance Exams 2022: Calendar, Dates, Admissions, Top Colleges Accepting Exam

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Updated on Jul 1, 2022 12:02 IST

Check out the list of all the MBA entrance exams in India 2022-23, their application and exam dates, fees and eligibility. Also, get the list of MBA colleges accepting these entrance exam scores here.

MBA exam calendar

MBA entrance exams are common aptitude tests that assess students’ logical, analytical and critical reasoning abilities along with the command over English language and knowledge of current affairs. These exams help MBA institutes in judging the most suitable candidates for their MBA/PGDM programmes. There are about 3,700 management institutes in India. Most of these institutes select candidates on the basis of entrance exam scores.

Most of the top MBA entrance exams such as CAT, XAT, SNAP and CMAT take place in December and January. Exams conducted by private MBA institutes including, TISSNET, IRMASAT, IBSAT and KIITEE MBA are held in December and January. The state-level MBA entrance exams such as MAH-CET, TANCET, TSICET, APICET and Karnataka PGCET are conducted from March to August.  

Like in 2020, the schedules of many MBA entrance exams changed in 2021 too and dates were revised due to Coronavirus pandemic and consequent partial lock-down. Many state-level MBA exams such as OJEE, MAH CET, Karnataka PGCET, etc. were conducted in September. In 2022 however, the exams are expected to be held as per schedule.

Also read: Changes in CAT, MAT, NMAT, SNAP and other top MBA entrance exams due to COVID-19

MBA Entrance Exam Calendar 2022-23

Most of the national-level MBA entrance exams are being held between December and January. MBA aspirants can apply for MBA entrance exams for 2022 admission now as the registration process are ongoing. Registration process for MBA entrance exams to be held in second quarter of 2022 have begun for all top exams. Given below is the MBA entrance exam calendar for 2022-23 session:

Entrance Exam for MBA

Last Date to Apply

Exam Date

CAT 2022

03-Aug-2022 (tentative)


IIFT 2023

To be announced

To be announced

XAT 2023

To be announced

To be announced

SNAP 2023

To be announced

To be announced

MAT 2022

29-Aug-2022 (PBT)

12-Sep-2022 (IBT)

24-Aug-2022 (IBT)

24-Aug-2022 (IBT)

06-Sep-2022 (IBT)

07-Sep-2022 (IBT)

13-Sep-2022 (IBT)

04-Sep-2022 (PBT)

18-Sep-2022 (CBT)

28-Aug-2022 (IBT)

03-Sep-2022 (IBT)

10-Sep-2022 (IBT)

11-Sep-2022 (IBT)

17-Sep-2022 (IBT)

CMAT 2022



ATMA 2022 



OJEE 2022


04-Jul to 08-Jul-2022

IBSAT 2022

To be announced

To be announced












KMAT 2022


To be announced

MAH-CET 2022






To be announced

To be announced

MICAT 2022









Karnataka PGCET 2022

To be announced

To be announced

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MBA Entrance Exams: Eligibility Criteria

  • The basic eligibility criteria of all MBA entrance exams is completing graduation with minimum 50 per cent aggregate (45 per cent for Reserved category candidates). However, some exams do not have minimum marks requirement in graduation. Only the passing marks in graduation make candidates eligible for such MBA exams.
  • Students in the final year of graduation are also eligible to appear in all the MBA entrance exams

Eligibility criteria of the MBA entrance exams may vary. Thus, the candidates must check the eligibility criteria of each exam before applying.

Also Read: MBA Entrance Exam Criteria and Guidelines for Reserved Category Students 

MBA Entrance Exams & Colleges Accepting Score

The top MBA entrance exams scores are accepted by a large number of MBA institutes across India. CAT exam score is valid for admission to the IIMs and other top B-schools, including SPJIMR-Mumbai, MDI-Gurgaon, FMS-Delhi, IMT-Ghaziabad, etc and aboyt 1,200 other colleges. XAT score is accepted by XLRI, Jamshedpur and over 600 other B-schools. On the other hand, state -level MBA entrance exam scores are mostly valid for admission to state-level MBA colleges.

The scores of entrance exams conducted by private management institutes (except XAT) are mostly valid for admission to only that particular institute or group of institutes. Check out the table below for lists of colleges accepting various MBA entrance exam scores:

MBA Entrance Exams

Score Accepting Colleges


Colleges Accepting CAT


Colleges Accepting MAT


Colleges Accepting XAT


Colleges Accepting CMAT


Colleges Accepting SNAP


Colleges Accepting IIFT Exam


Colleges Accepting NMAT by GMAC


Colleges Accepting IBSAT


Colleges Accepting MAH-CET


Colleges Accepting ATMA


Colleges Accepting MICAT


Colleges Accepting TSICET


Colleges Accepting APICET


Colleges Accepting TANCET


Colleges Accepting TISSNET


Colleges Accepting OJEE


Colleges Accepting IRMASAT


Colleges Accepting KMAT

KMAT Kerala

Colleges Accepting KMAT Kerala

Karnataka PGCET

Colleges Accepting Karnataka PGCET


Colleges Accepting KIIT MBA

MBA Entrance Exams 2022-2023: Application Fees

CAT registration is over but application process of other MBA entrance exams such as SNAP, XAT, CMAT, IIFT are underway. NMAT, IBSAT and MAT application forms are also available now. Take a look at category-wise application fees of all the top MBA entrance exams.

MBA Entrance Exams

Application Fees*

CAT Application Process

INR 2,200 (General category) INR 1,100 (Reserved category)

MAT Application Process

INR 1,650

XAT Application Process

INR 1,800

CMAT Application Process

INR 2,000 (General category), INR 1,000 (Reserved category)

SNAP Application Process

INR 1,750

IIFT Exam Application Process

INR 2,500 (General category), INR 1,000 (Reserved category)

NMAT by GMAC Application Process

INR 2,000

IBSAT Application Process

INR 1,800

MAH-CET Application Process

INR 1,000 (All India category), INR 800 (Maharashtra State category)

ATMA Application Process

INR 1,298 (25% concession for women candidates and 50% concession for students from seven NE states)

MICAT Application Process

INR 1,985

TSICET Application Process

INR 650 (General category), INR 450 (Reserved category)

APICET Application Process

INR 550

TANCET Application Process

INR 500 (General category), INR 250 (Reserved category)

TISSNET Application Process

INR 1,030 (General category), INR 260 (Reserved category)

OJEE Application Process

INR 1,000

IRMASAT Application Process

INR 1,500 (General category), INR 750 (Reserved category)

KMAT Application Process

INR 826

KMAT Kerala Application Process

INR 1,000 (General category), INR 750 (Reserved category)

Karnataka PGCET Application Process

INR 650 (General category), INR 500 (Reserved category)

KIITEE MBA Application Process

INR 1,250

*Subject to change

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Important FAQs Related to MBA Entrance Exams 2022-23

Q: What is the eligibility criteria to appear for an MBA entrance exam?

A: Those who wish to appear for MBA entrance exam must be graduate from recognised university with minimum 50 per cent aggregate. There is five per cent relaxation for the candidates belonging to reserved categories. Some exams do not have a minimum marks criteria. Candidates in the final year of their graduation can also apply.

Q: Which exam scores are accepted by Indian Institute of Management?

A: Indian Institute of Management or the IIMs accept only CAT scores. Foreign/NRI/OIC candidates can apply for MBA programmes of the IIMs through GMAT score. Domestic candidates can apply for Executive MBA programmes through GMAT.

Q: Is there a separate MBA entrance exam for every college?

A: Many top B-schools including IIMs, FMS, MDI, Gurgaon, SPJIMR, etc. accept CAT score for admissions. Some universities/institutes have their own entrance exams such as XLRI, Jamshedpur that accepts XAT scores for admission. There are many state level MBA entrance exams too such as KMAT Karnataka, OJEE, MAH CET, etc. which are conducted for admission to various B-schools in that particular state. 

Q: Is CAT compulsory to study MBA?

A: CAT is one of the most popular and most-sought after MBA entrance exams. CAT is accepted by all the IIMs and some top B-schools for admission to MBA. You can opt for other MBA entrance exams based on your preference of the B-school.

Q: When will be the CAT exam conducted? What is the application fee for the exam?

A: CAT 2022 will be conducted on November 27. The application process will start in the first week of August. The CAT application fee for the General and OBC candidates is INR 2,200 and for the SC, ST and PwD candidates the application fee is INR 1,100.

Q: What is the MBA selection process?

A: To pursue an MBA course, candidates have to appear for an MBA entrance exam. Once they clear the exam and meet the cutoff criteria, they will have to appear for further selection rounds, which include Group Discussion, Personal Interview and Written Ability Test.

Q: What is the MBA fees in India?

A: MBA fee in India varies from college to college. Depending on the infrastructure, curriculum, facilities, etc. different colleges have different fee structures. The MBA fee in government colleges is lesser than the private institutes. In India, MBA fee ranges from INR 15,000 to INR 35 lakh roughly.

Q: What is the average salary package offered after completing MBA?

A: The salary package varies from college to college. Top IIMs such as IIM Kozihkode, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, etc. offer packages as high as INR 38.50 lakh. The average salary package offered at IIFT Delhi in 2019 stood at INR 20.07 lakh. Hence, the salary package offered to you will depend on your performance in the throughout the semesters and performance in the placement interview.

Q: When will CMAT exam be conducted? Which are the top colleges accepting CMAT?

A: CMAT exam is conducted between January and March. The NTA conducts CMAT in 124 cities across India. Some of the top B-schools which accept CMAT are Christ University, Asia-Pacific Institute of Management, IMS Ghaziabad, WeSchool, Mumbai, JIMS, NSB Academy, KIIT School of Management, etc.

Q: What is the MBA entrance exam syllabus?

A: Generally, the MBA entrance exams have three sections, i.e. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude and Logical and Analytical Ability. Some exams have other sections such as General Awareness as well. 

Q: How can I score well in MBA entrance exam?

A: To score well in an MBA entrance exam, understand the syllabus and exam pattern of the entrance exam. Develop a reading habit as it goes a long way in the MBA entrance exam preparation. Identify the type of questions that can be asked in the entrance exam by practicing sample papers and mock tests. You can also join coaching centre and study groups to prepare well. 
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