Options beyond CAT 2021 for B-school aspirants
The provisional fix for the IIM – Common Aptitude Test (CAT) 2021 entry has been published on iimcat.ac.in. Candidates can estimate their percentile using the answer key. But for those who have not applied to CAT 2021 or who have not performed well, here are some other options beyond the IIM entrance exam that aspiring MBA can apply:
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Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)
Led by XLRI Jamshedpur, XIMB Bhubaneswar and several other institutes, the application process is ongoing and will remain open until December 10. The registration fee is Rs 1800 and the exam is scheduled for January 2, 2022.
ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test (IBSAT)
Conducted by ICFAI, those who pass this exam will be eligible for admission to IBS Ahmedabad, IBS Bengaluru, IBS Gurgaon, IBS Dehradun, IBS Jaipur, IBS Kolkata, IBS Mumbai and IBS Pune. The deadline for submitting the application form is December 16 on the official website at ibsindia.org. The exam will take place on December 25 and 26. The IBSAT registration fee is also Rs 1800.
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MICA Admission Test (MICAT)
This MBA entrance test is held twice a year and is conducted by MICA Ahmedabad. The application process for the second session is open and will continue until January 16. The exam will take place on January 29. The registration fee for the computer-based test (CBT) is Rs 2100.
Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT)
The exam is organized by KIIT for admission to its MBA program. The application process will continue until January 10 on the official website of the KIIT School of Management – ksom.ac.in. The exam will run from January 15 to 17.
Rural Management Institute (IRMASAT)
The application process for IRMASAT is also open and will continue until December 30 on the official website at irma.ac.in. The exam will take place as part of a computer-based test on February 18 and 19. IRMA also takes into account CAT and XAT scores for admissions to its MBA program.
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Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
The GMAT is held several times a year and the score is not only accepted by IIMs, other B schools in India but also overseas. Over 200 programs and 140 business schools accept GMAT scores. You can request it after class 12.
Joint Integrated Program in Management Testing (JIPMAT)
This is a dual degree program – bachelor’s and master’s degree – offered by IIM Jammu, IIM Bodh Gaya, IIM Rohtak and IIM Indore for applicants who have completed class 12. The National Testing Agency (NTA) organizes the review for the five-year integrated program. programs offered by the aforementioned institutes.
In addition to the two-year full-time courses, IIMs offer several online courses, certificates and short-term diplomas for students as well as working professionals. Classes can be taken at Coursera, edX, etc. and are available year round. Some of the best courses include Accounting and Finance by IIM Bangalore, Management Science by IIM Calcutta, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for Business by IIM Jammu, etc.
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