MBA Entrance Examination for students online
Master of Business Administration is normally considered to be the basic and ideal post- graduate qualification for taking up a good and rewarding career in management. A candidate with a good MBA degree finds no problem in getting a good job and freshers are usually inducted as Management Trainees for one to two years, before getting absorbed in regular scales. After a few years of experience, MBAs may choose the job of their own liking on very attractive terms.
The most prestigious degrees: Awarded by four Institutes of
Management (IIMs) located at Ahmedabad, Calcutta, Bangalore and Lucknow.
Some universities of repute conduct MBA programmes,v.i.z. Delhi University,
Bombay University, Madras University, Calcutta University, Punjab University,
Aligarh Muslim University, Banaras Hindu University, Allahabad University,
Baroda University, Mysore University, Cochin University, Patna University,
Ranchi University, Magadh University, Jodhpur University, Jammu University,
Bhopal University etc.
There are several other universities and institutes like Indian Institute
of Foreign Trade, Tata Institue of Social Sciences, Indian Institute
of Rural Management and Institute of Management which also conduct MBA
A. CAT: For admission to MBA programme, IIMs hold a Common
Admission Test (CAT) every year, generally in the month of December.
The test is conducted on all- India basis at several centres, covering
almost the entire country. A notification regarding CAT usually appears
in the month of September in several national newspapers as well as
in the "Employment News". The dates of commencement of academic
session are different for all the four Institutes.
Exam profile : CAT is of 2- hour duration. It is objective type
(multiple choice) and includes questions on English language, analytical
ability, reading comprehension, data interpretation and reasoning ability.
In addition to the written test, the candidates may also be tested
in the following:
The thrust of the CAT is to choose the candidates with high intelligence
quotient, leadership qualities, clear understanding and good expression.
The number of seats vary from 100 to 180 and the IIMs have reservation
for SC/ST candidates @ 15 per cent and 7.5 per cent respectively.
B. Entrance test by Universities: The selection of candidates
for MBA programme is made through entrance test by the universities,
depending upon the number of seats and quantum of competition.
Exam profile: The entrance test is for two to three hour duration.
Some of the universities have more than one papers. The paper usually
is objective type (multiple choice) in nature and covers areas like
reasoning, reading comprehension, quantitative aptitude, data interpretation,
general awareness, business communication skills etc. The exact layout
of the question paper varies in different universities.
Part- time/Correspondence Course
Entrance exam: The candidates seeking admission in this programme
offered by IGNOU must have completed 25 years of age and must have at
least three years' experience in the supervisory capacity. There is,
however, no upper age limit. The admission is made entirely on the basis
of marks obtained in the entrance test which is for two- hour duration
and has about 100 objective type questions on comprehension, reasoning,
English language, general awareness, data interpretation, quantitative
(a) Quantitative Aptitude: A candidate is expected to have
aptitude for basic and elementary accounting as well as the knack of
solving the simple arithmetic problems. This is one of the areas in
the admission test which, if properly prepared and practised, is likely
to put the candidate ahead of others, as one can hope to score even
100% marks in this part. There may be several types of questions that
may form part of quantitative aptitude test. The first category could
be simple arithmetic problems including profit and loss, percentages,
ratio, averages, partnership, etc. Such problems involve simple calculations
and with a little practice and basic aptitude, can be solved correctly.
The second category of questions could involve multiplication or divisions
in 5 to 6 figures or decimals.
Logical Reasoning: Questions on logical reasoning may be of
several types and in several forms. These could include a statement
on which the candidates are asked to draw correct interference out of
the given choices. There could be questions on series of words and figures,
arrangement of alphabets, brain teasers or even such questions as only
call for drawing logical inferences. Just like quantitative aptitude
test, this portion of admission test also needs special and detailed
preparations and practice. Most of the questions under this category
test the common sense and sense of proportion and reasoning among the
(c) Comprehension Test: Is aimed at gauging the understanding
of English language by the candidates. Usually, a paragraph is given
which the candidates are required to go through carefully and then answer
the question by choosing the correct answer.
d) General Awareness: l knowledge of the candidates. Basic
facts about all aspects of general knowledge like Science, Geography,
History, Economics, Polity, etc are essentially required to be known
Group Discussion and Interview
An interview, on the other hand, is held to evaluate other traits of personality of the candidates like knowledge, suitability, judgement, sense of proportion, manners, expression, intelligence, etc. It also looks for the variety of interests and accomplishments of the candidates in extra- curricular activities including sports. Final selection of the candidates is made after taking into account their performance in all the tests.