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Difference between CAT, MAT, XAT, FMS and IIFT
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Difference between CAT, MAT, XAT, FMS IIFT

 

MBA Entrance Exams are gateway for seeking admissions into various MBA colleges. There are various Entrance exams out there for MBA. Many major B-schools have their own MBA entrance exams while others accept scores of other National Level and State Level Entrance exams All of them have some unique points and some common points. Common Admission Test (CAT), Xaviers Admission Test (XAT), Management Aptitude Test (MAT), FMS and IIFT are some of the Major MBA Entrance Exams that open doorways to some of the top MBA institute in India. Here we have compared these MBA Entrance Exams on basis of parameters listed in the table; to help students understand the basic difference between CAT, MAT, XAT, FMS and IIFT Entrance Exams.

 

Sr. No.

 

CAT

MAT

XAT

FMS

IIFT

1.

Level of the Test

CAT affiliated B-Schools (like IIMs and some other top B-Schools) are ranked a tad higher.

MAT affiliated B-Schools are mostly 2nd tier group of schools.

XAT affiliated B-Schools are considered to be generally ranked higher compared to MAT.

FMS is one of the premier institutes of the country and hence the test is considered to be of the same level as CAT, XAT etc.

IIFT is one of the prestigious admission entrance test and is of the same level as CAT, XAT, FMS etc.

2.

Test Pattern

CAT has a total of 3 sections in the test and the total number of questions is 60-70.

MAT has a total of 5 sections in the test and the total number of questions is 200.

XAT has 3 sections in the test and the total number of questions may be more than 100.

FMS has 4 sections and the number of questions is likely to be 175.

IIFT has 4 sections and number of questions likely to be around 200.

3.

Test Duration

The test duration in CAT is 2 hours and 15 minutes plus an additional 15 minutes for tutorials.

The duration of MAT is 2 hours and 30 Minutes.

The test duration of XAT is 2 hours 30 minutes.

Test duration for FMS exam is 2 hours.

Test duration is 2 hours.

4.

Mode of Test

CAT is Computer based test.

In MAT, students have the option of attempting either a paper-pencil based test or computer based test.

XAT is a paper-pencil based test.

FMS is a paper-pencil based test.

IIFT is a written test.

5.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidate must hold a Bachelor Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA.

Candidate should be a graduate, those who are in their final year of graduation can also apply for MAT for provisional admission subject to completion of their graduation.

Candidates who are graduate and are in their final year of graduation can apply. Candidate with less than 50% marks in graduation are also eligible to apply.

Candidate who are graduate and are in their final year of graduation can apply. Candidates need Arts, Commerce or Social Science 50% Science - 50% Mathematics or Statistics - 60% Medicine, Engineering or Technology - 60% CGPA at least 6.00 in a scale of 10.00

The candidates applying for IIFT entrance exam should have a recognised Bachelor Degree of minimum three years duration in any discipline.

6.

Frequency of the Test

CAT is conducted in a year.

MAT is conducted 4 times in a year - February, May, September and December.

XAT is conducted once in a year, during the month of January.

FMS is conducted once in a year.

IIFT is conducted once in a year.

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