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Posted on Monday, November 24, 2008

Post CAT there are many management entrance exams that you can take to ensure your seat in a reputed B School, informs Jayanti Ghose

What next?CAT 2008 is over but the season for management entrance tests has just begun. Among the other such tests coming up in 2008 are the Written test for MBA (International Business) by Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) Delhi/ Kolkata, Management Aptitude Test (MAT), JMET for IIT Schools of Management, TISS National Written test for MA HR/Hospital/Health Administration, KITEE Management-2009 of KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, IBSAT by ICFAI University, SNAP by Symbiosis International University and NMAT by NMIMS University. The year 2009 begins with XAT by XLRI, Admission test by Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi, ATMA, and winds up more or less with MAH-MBA-CET by Directorate of Technical Education Maharashtra State for MBA/MMS admissions for 2009-2010 session. Since MAT is held four times a year, there would be a MAT in February and May as well which could be used for admissions in 2009-2010 by some business schools. 
Typical test format

The management entrance tests are multiple choice objective type written tests in English. Most of them will cover English usage and reading comprehension, Reasoning, Quantitative Analysis and Data Interpretation. In most cases, there is negative marking for wrong answers, ranging between 25 per cent (one-fourth) of the total marks deducted for a wrong answer to one-third. The information brochure (also available online in most cases) usually provides an outline of the test.
Inviting applications
SNAP scheduled on December 21, 2008 would be an objective type test of two hours duration carrying a total of 180 marks. Each question has four responses. The test has four sections. The General English section (40 marks) comprises questions on Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning and Verbal Ability; Quantitative, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency section carried 40 marks as does the General Awareness section with questions on General Knowledge, Current Affairs and Business Scenario, while the Analytical & Logical Reasoning section carries 60 marks.        
Deadline: November 25, 2008
XAT 2009 on January 4, 2009 would be used by more than sixty management institutes for short listing applicants for their MBA programmes. XAT consists of a two-hour multiple choice type test followed by an essay test of 20 minutes duration.
How to apply: Visit or for details of the application procedure.
Deadline: November 30, 2008 [issue of XAT Bulletin and XLRI Prospectus)
FMS Admission Test
FMS Admission Test on January 11, 2009 would have objective type multiple choice questions to assess English usage and reading comprehension, quantitative aptitude, logical and analytical reasoning skills.   
How to apply: Online registration at Application forms can be obtained on cash payment of Rs 1000 ( Rs 250 for SC/ST/OBC/CW/PH) for both programmes or Rs 500 (Rs 125 for SC/ST/OBC/CW/PH) for one programme from State Bank of India branches at Mumbai (Colaba- Cuffe Parade, Dadar, Peddar Road, Powai IIT)
Deadline: December 1, 2008 [sale/ submission]
ATMA on February 8, 2009 is the AIMS Test for Management Admissions for admission to postgraduate management programmes ( ) at 80 odd business schools. The test would be of three hours duration and contains 170 questions spread over Six Sections, timed individually. Although the sequence of the sections may differ, the format is: Section I on Analytical reasoning Skills ( 30 questions)in 30 minutes, Section II on Verbal skills ( 25 questions) of 30 minutes, Section III on Quantitative skills (30 questions) of 30 minutes; Section IV Verbal skills (25 questions) covered in 30 minutes, Section V Analytical reasoning (30 questions) of 30 minutes and Section VI Quantitative skills(30 questions) to be answered in 30 minutes.  
How to apply? Collect ONLINE application kits from ATMA Office, House No 8-3-677/57 A, Plot No 57, Sri Krishnadevarayanagar, Street No 6, Yellareddiguda, Hyderabad - 500 073, different IMS Learning Centres, Career Forum, Cerebral Heights, & PT-Education Centres and AIMS member institutes across the country listed on website by paying Rs 850 in cash.
Deadline: January 17, 2009
MAH-MBA/MMS-CET 2009 is scheduled for February 15, 2009. The CET usually comprises multiple choice objective type questions (200) in the areas of Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude and Logical / Abstract Reasoning to be answered in 150 minutes.
How to apply? Visit for details
MAT is usually conducted four times each year, in February, May, September and December, by All India Management Association. It is an objective type test with multiple-choice answers. 200 questions are to be answered in 150 minutes. There are five sections comprising Language comprehension (40 questions -30 minutes), Mathematical Skills (40 questions-40 minutes), Data Analysis & Sufficiency (40 questions-35 minutes), Intelligence & Critical Reasoning (40 questions-30 minutes) and Indian and Global Environment (40 questions-15 minutes)
How to apply? Expected to be notified in December 2008
Joint Management Entrance Test 2009 (JMET 2009) is the first step in the process of admission to the two-year full-time postgraduate degree programmes in management offered by IITs for the academic year commencing July/ August 2009.
Currently IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras, and IIT Roorkee offer programmes in management.
Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET) will be held on December 14, 2008. The test will beof three hours duration comprising 120 questions (objective / multiple choice type) on Verbal Communication, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. More details on
NMAT or the NMIMS management aptitude test for admission to MBA programmes in NMIMS, Mumbaiis to be held on December 28, 2008. It is an objective type two hour test with questions to test Language skills, Quantitative skills, Data Analysis and Intelligence & Logical Reasoning
Post these exams, while you wait for the coveted score cards of the test you took, focus your energies on preparing for Group Discussions and the Personal Interview.


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