MBA Admissions: 7 Alternate Ways to Study MBA in India

MBA Admission in 2021

Masters in Business Management (MBA) is one of the most prestigious and reputed courses to opt for. Combined Admission Test (CAT) is a national level entrance exam that allows admission to some of the best MBA colleges in India. CAT is a challenging exam and even the competition is very high, which makes it more difficult.

However, there are many alternatives to the CAT exam to secure admission in MBA programmes in India. SAJEE by SAITMis one of them. The students that are willing to build their career in the management field can opt for any of the ways described here to get admission into the MBA course.

7 Alternate Ways to Study MBA in India

Here are the top 7 alternatives to the CAT Examination to secure an MBA seat in India.

1.    SAJEE by SAITM

St. Andrews Institute of Technology and Management (SAITM) is one of the highly reputed institutes for engineering and management courses in Delhi (NCR). The institute is affiliated with MDU and is approved by AICTE. The SAITM has recently introduced a national level entrance examination known as SAJEE (St. Andrews Joint Entrance Examination).

SAJEE is conducted by the institute for counselling students for admission into its B.Tech, BBA, BCA, and MBA Courses. The candidates need to be at least graduate in any discipline with at least 50% aggregate marks. The final admission of the candidates will be done on the basis of a personal interview and their performance.

ParticularsDetails
Exam NameSAJEE 2021
Conducting BodySt. Andrews Institute of Technology and Management (SAITM)
Level of ExamNational
Mode of ApplicationOnline and Offline
Mode of ExamOnline
Application FeeRs. 500/-
Exam Duration60 minutes
Official Websitesaitm.ac.in

2.    MAT Exam 2021

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is another national level entrance exam for the admission of candidates into MBA courses to many of the colleges and universities all over India. It is conducted by the All India Management Association (AIMA). Over 600 business schools all over India accept the MAT score during admission into MBA Course.

The MAT Exam is conducted four times a year and is conducted online as well as offline. The applicants can choose their mode of examination during the registration process.

ParticularsDetails
Exam NameManagement Aptitude Test (MAT)
Exam Conducting BodyAll India Management Association (AIMA)
Exam FrequencyFour times a year
Mode of ExamOnline as well as Offline
Number of Colleges Accepting MAT600+
Language of ExamEnglish
Official Websitemat.aima.in

3.    NMAT Exam 2021

NMAT or NMIMS Management Aptitude Test is an entrance exam conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) for the admission of the candidates into the MBA Courses. The exam allows admission to some of the top MBA Colleges in India including Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS).

Earlier, the NMAT Exam was conducted by the NMIMS University itself. However, the GMAC took over the NMAT Exam. The GMAC has also made many changes in the exam pattern and syllabus since then. The exam is conducted once a year and is held in 46 cities across the city.

ParticularsDetails
Exam NameNMIMS Management Aptitude Test (NMAT)
Exam Conducting BodyGraduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)
Mode of ExamOnline Exam
Exam FeesRs. 2,000/-
Official Websitenmat.org

4.    XAT 2021

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is a common admission test conducted by the Xavier School of Management Jamshedpur. The exam allows admission to some of the top MBA colleges including XLRI Jamshedpur, SPJIMR Mumbai, XIM Bhubaneswar etc. The exam is conducted once a year and the usual cutoff marks go above 95 to 97 percentile every year.

More than 160 colleges all over the country accept the XAT exam for admission to MBA courses. The highlights of the XAM Exam are provided below.

ParticularsDetails
Name of ExamXavier Aptitude Test (XAT)
Exam Conducting BodyXavier School of Management (XLRI) Jamshedpur
No. of Colleges Accepting XAT160+
Application FeesRs. 1750/-
Cutoff Marks95 to 97 percentile
Mode of ExamCBT Online
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Official Websitexatonline.in

5.    GMAT 2021

GMAT is one of the popular entrance exams for admission to business schools abroad. It allows candidates to pursue their dream of pursuing an MBA from some of the famous business schools around the world. Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is conducted by the GMAC.

Clearing the GMAT Exam with a decent score will open a broad range of opportunities for the students with over 7000 courses at more than 2300 business schools around the world. It is conducted globally and is conducted in around 51 exam centres in India.

ParticularsDetails
Name of ExamGraduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT)
Exam Conducting BodyGraduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)
No. of Colleges Accepting GMAT2300+ World-wide
Exam FrequencyMultiple Times a Year
Mode of ExamOnline
Application Fees$250
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Official Websitegmac.com

6.    CMAT 2021

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for the admission of students into many of the popular business schools in India. The selection of the candidates for admission in MBA Courses is done on a merit basis. There are a total of 1,28,922 vacancies under the CMAT Examination. More Details about the exam are tabulated below.

ParticularsDetails
Name of ExamCommon Management Admission Test (CMAT)
Exam Conducting BodyNational Testing Agency (NTA)
Frequency of ExamOnce a Year
Application FeesRs. 2000/-
Mode of ExamOnline
Medium of ExamEnglish
Official Websitecmat.nta.nic.in

7.    OJEE 2021

Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) is conducted by the OJEE Committee under the Odisha Govt for the admission of students into various courses including MBA / BPharm / MCA etc.

However, this exam is limited to the Odisha state only and is conducted in online mode. The exam is conducted once a year by the board. The highlights of the exam are provided in the table below.

ParticularsDetails
Name of ExamOdisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE)
Exam Conducting BodyOJEE Committee under the Odisha Govt
Frequency of ExamOnce a Year
Application FeesRs.1000/-
Mode of ExamOnline
Medium of ExamEnglish
Official Websiteodishajee.com

The candidates dreaming of getting an MBA degree can opt for any of these examinations provided here and secure their career in the management field. CAT is extremely tough and highly competitive. However, exams like SAJEE have lesser competition as compared to CAT and cracking the exam will help students to study MBA at an affordable cost.

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