XAT 2016 and other Business Exams of India

XAT 2016 and other business exams of India.

XAT Entrance Exam 2016, or Xavier Aptitude Test  was conducted on January 3rd, 2016

It’s an entrance examination to get enrolled in the Xavier School of Management. It’s the oldest business school of India, and thus it has it’s very strict entrance exam and filtering test for meritorious students.

It holds examinations basically on two papers. The first paper consists of 75 marks in total, and 170 marks are alloted to the students to clear the paper.

While the second paper consists of 25 questions, and a time duration of 35 minutes. This paper mainly consists of General knowledge and Essay writing, and thus is comparatively the easier paper to attempt.

XAT Entrance examination 2016 is one of the most prestigious exams in the country, specially because it makes the candidates eligible for colleges as great as the Xavier B school.

Well, XAT isn’t the only Biz exam in the country, so if we’re talking about Business exams, it’s only fair to include the others.


Management Aptitude Test or MAT, is conducted around February, May, September and December , that is 4 times in the year. It is conducted by the Centre for Management Services (CMS) division of All India Management Association (AIMA).

It enrolls the students for various post-graduate courses.

Eligibility: If you’re a graduate, from a recognized university of the country. You’re most welcome to apply for it.

Pattern : Two tests are held, Offline, and online. Both the examinations have a time duration of 2.5 hours.

There is no obligation for you to choose any specific mode, you can choose any single one according to your convenience.

The papers :

  • Paper 1: Language Comprehension
  • Paper 2: Mathematical Skills
  • Paper 3: Data Analysis
  • Paper 4: Intelligence & Critical Reasoning,
  • Paper 5: Indian & Global Environment Section

There are total 40 questions in each section. That translates to 200 questions in total. Well, the students are awarded 1 positive mark for every correct answer, while for every wrong answer, 0.25 mark is deducted.

The MAT score compares your score, to other appearing candidates, this score by you can be used to apply to other colleges in the country, which accept MAT score to take in candidates.



CAT is the abbreviation for Common Admission test. However common the name might sound, this is no common exam. It’s the most popular business exam of India. Students compete to get selected to Indian Institute’s of Management throughout the country.

6 new IIM’s have been recently added to the list of CAT, which totals the list to a 19 no. of colleges who are currently accepting CAT scores to select students for the courses.

Over two lakh students are recorded to appear for the CAT every year, specially because the entrance test costs only 1600 INR, but if selected the future opportunities are in millions.

2015 saw a lot of changes for CAT throughout the country. Now the exam consists of 3 sections, and students aren’t allowed to change sections. Also, now students are allowed to use a basic calculator for the calculations in the exams.

Can I apply?:

You most definitely can if you scored 50% of marks in your graduate degree course. While the students from SC / ST or OBC need only 45% marks for the same.

You can apply even if you are a final year graduate student, but you have to be able to submit your final year marksheet to the CAT examining authority on the required time.
Test Pattern & Selection: CAT has been an online test forever. It consists of three sections and you get 1 hour of time to complete each section. Although after the recent changes, you aren’t allowed to switch sections.

CAT features questions from :

  1. Quantitative Ability
  2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
  3. and Verbal & Reading Comprehension.

Wrap up:-

XAT, AIMA or CAT aren’t the only exams in the country. Infact India has a much bigger list of business exams going on, but these three are definitely the most popular and prestigious exams of the country,

Clearing any one of these means a lot for business aspirants. If you are one of them, you shouldn’t miss applying them this year, or if it’s too late already, prepare hard and crack them the next year.

XAT Entrance Exams were conducted in January as already said, and if you’re curious about the results, you can access them over at -http://xatonline.net.in/loginscardgk.aspx


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