CAT VS Other Domestic Exams For MBA

cat vs other mba exams

CAT VS Other Domestic Exams For MBA

CAT vs other MBA Entrance Exams:

CAT (Common Aptitude Test) exam is considered as the mother of all other competitive exams. It changes its pattern once in every three years only. The scores of this exam are accepted not only by the top tier B-schools of the country but also by more than 100+ colleges decent B-schools. However, students appearing for CAT can easily prepare for the rest of the MBA exams. That will increase their chances of entering some of the top B-schools in India. Read on to find more about CAT vs other MBA exams.

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   What is the CAT exam all about?

MBA is considered a very famous career option among students. Also, when it comes to pursuing masters. CAT(Common Admission Test) is the exam you need to crack if you wish to get into one of the top B-schools of the country like IIMs, SP Jain, FMS, MDI, JBIMS.

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The CAT exam consists of 3 sections- Quantitative Ability (34 questions), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (34 questions), and Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation (32 questions). It is a 100 marks online with 3 marks for one correct answer and (-1) marks for a wrong answer. The difficulty level is moderate to difficult.

 What is the difference between CAT VS other MBA exams?

Let us look at the comparison

     CAT V/S NMAT 

      NMAT is widely given for NMIMS Mumbai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad campuses. Whereas, CAT is accepted by many prestigious colleges all over India. NMAT gives you three attempts for the same exam which has both an advantage and a disadvantage. As the NMAT exam is scheduled in a 75-day test window, you can write the NMAT exam in 3   attempts to bring up your scores if you are not satisfied with your previous attempts’ scores. Your best score among the 3 attempts is taken into consideration. The exam application fee is INR 2000 + applicable taxes per attempt.   You need to pay the exam application fees for each individual attempt you wish to appear for, while CAT offers only one attempt eliminating the drawback of the high examination fees.

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If your score meets the cut-off range or above it, you get calls for Case discussion and Personal Interview from the schools that you have applied to. You need to ace the Case Discussion and Personal Interview in order to get into     NMIMS. The tuition fee of the NMIMS Mumbai campus is around 19L for two years.

The average placements are recorded to be 17-18LPA as of 2020.

If you crack Common Aptitude Test and get into colleges like JBIMS (2.4L+ for 2 years) and FMS (54K+ for 2       years) To conclude, the only plus point of NMAT is the people appearing are less, we have 3 attempts – hence more chances to score.

 NMAT exam pattern and difficulty level

The NMAT is of 120 minutes. It consists of Quantitative Ability(48 questions to be attempted in 60 minutes). Verbal Ability (32 questions to be attempted in 22 minutes). And Logical Reasoning (40 questions to be attempted in 38 minutes). Clearly, this exam highly judges you on your solving speed. You get approximately 45 seconds per question. Meanwhile, the difficulty level of this exam is considered to be easy to moderate. Once started, you cannot navigate from one section to another.

 Also read: NMAT difficulty level


CET (Common Entrance Test) is a domestic exam that is of 150 minutes. It consists of Quantitative Ability (50 questions), Verbal Ability(50 questions), Logical Reasoning (75 questions including puzzles), and Abstract Reasoning (25 questions). It is a 200 marks paper. CET too is a highly speed-based game as you get only 45 seconds per question.


CET is highly unpredictable when it comes to the difficulty level. The paper is set by different examination conducting bodies almost every year. On the other hand, CAT has a difficulty level set. It gives you enough time – 100 questions (180 minutes). Hence, CET is many times considered as a speed test, accuracy here only matters if speed is up to the mark. CET covers colleges only in Maharashtra with only a few good ones like- JBIMS, KJ Somaiya, and Sydhenem. The only plus point of CET is that it has no negative marking (+1 for each correct answer) while CAT has +3 marks for every correct answer while -1 for each wrong answer.

CET Exam Details


XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) is a national-level management entrance examination conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur for admission to MBA/PGDM programs. Apart from XLRI and 10 other XAMI members, over 700 B-schools accept XAT scores for admission to their post-graduate management programs. The XAT exam is conducted in online mode at various test centers in 46 cities across India.XAT has another section altogether which consists of Decision Making. Essay and GK section marks are only considered if all the primary sections have the minimum cutoff satisfied. CAT has no negative marking for unattempted questions; while after 13 unattempted questions of XAT- 0.02% of marks are deducted for every unattempted question henceforth.


XAT exam


SNAP (Symbiosis National Aptitude Test) is an exam that covers premier B-schools. And some of them are SIBM Banglore, SIBM Pune, SIBM Hyderabad, SIBM Nagpur, SCMHRD, SIIB, and SIOM. It also covers other B-Schools like SCIT, SSBF, SICSR, SIMSand SIMC. It gives you access to a good number of B-schools. Moreover, the SNAP exam consists of 3 sections – Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability, and Logical Reasoning. And it has 105 questions to be attempted in 150 minutes. It has 1 mark per 1 correct answer and (-0.25) negative marking per the wrong answer.

Symbiosis International University (SIU) has changed the SNAP Exam Pattern yet again. Also, the total questions have gone to 110 from 130. With changes in the number of questions, the marking scheme of the exam has also changed. Most importantly, the major change in the SNAP exam pattern is that there will be no general knowledge or current affairs section from this year.


SNAP exam

To conclude,

CAT counts to be the best entrance exam across various domestic exams. And with the help of this exam, you can apply to various B-Schools all over India. Moreover, It will also help you get an overall psychometric evaluation of your caliber. This exam will be helpful to get that extra edge over other exams. Because the pattern of CAT is prepared by the highest IQ leaders and it will give you the benefit of increasing your IQ level. Also along with the ranking in India, you get the best measure of your credibility nationwide. I hope you liked this article on CAT vs other MBA exams.

Lastly, All the best!

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