Comparison between CAT and Other MBA Entrance Exams

 

In this article, we will compare various important MBA entrance examinations like CAT, XAT, IIFT, CMAT and so on. As an MBA aspirant, you should know what is tested in each of these main MBA entrance examinations so that you can prepare accordingly and give your best shot at cracking each of these examinations.

Differences between CAT and XAT

Important differences between India’s top two MBA entrance examinations i.e. CAT and XAT are as follows:

 
CAT
XAT
Overall Time Limit
 3 hours
3½ hours
Type of Questions
72-75 questions are MCQs, rest Non-MCQs
99 MCQs +  1 Subjective Essay Writing Test
Answer Options for MCQs
4
  5
Marks Awarded for each Correct Answer
3
  1 for MCQs
  3 for Essay Writing
Negative Marking
MCQs with 1/3 negative marking; No negative marking for Non-MCQs
74 MCQs with 1/4 negative marking; No negative marking for 25 MCQs on GK and Essay writing test
CAT Vs XAT Difficulty
 
Moderately Difficult
Difficulty level is higher
Difference Between CAT And XAT Syllabus: Total Sections
3
  3 (Main sections)
  2 (GK & Essay Test score not counted for percentile calculation)
Difference Between CAT And XAT Syllabus: Section-1
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension- 34 questions
English Language & Logical Reasoning- 24 questions
Difference Between CAT And XAT Syllabus: Section-2
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning -32 questions
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation- 27 questions
Difference Between CAT And XAT Syllabus: Section-3
Quantitative Ability-34 questions
Decision Making-21 questions
Difference Between CAT And XAT Syllabus: Section-4
Not Applicable, only 3 Sections
General Awareness-25 questions
Essay Writing (Subjective)- 1 question
Facility to Choose Order of Sections
No, need to follow pre-defined sectional order
Yes, Any question from any section within overall time limit
Individual Sectional Time Limit
Each section with 1 hour time limit
No Restriction
Top MBA Colleges Accepting Exam Score
20 IIMs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IMI, IMT, IITs, TAPMI, XIMB and hundreds of other B-schools
XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, TAPMI, XIMB and 145 other MBA colleges

 

Differences between CAT and IIFT

Important differences between CAT and IIFT are as follows:

 
CAT
IIFT
Testing Mode
Computer Based Test
Paper-Pen Based Test
Total Questions
100 (Since 2014, Earlier 60)
114 (varies between 114 to 128)
Overall Time Limit to Attempt the Exam
 3 hours
2 hours
Type of Questions
72-75 questions are MCQs, rest Non-MCQs
All 114 questions are MCQs
Answer Options for MCQs
4
  4
Total Maximum marks
300
100
Marks Awarded for each Correct Answer
3
 0.5 to 1 mark credit for each correct answer  
Negative Marking
MCQs with 1/3 negative marking; No negative marking for Non-MCQs
1/3rd Negative marking for each wrong answer
CAT Vs IIFT Difficulty
 
Moderately Difficult
Difficulty level is higher
Difference Between CAT And IIFT Syllabus: Total Sections
3
  6 (Increased from 4 earlier)
 
Difference Between CAT And IIFT Syllabus: Section-1
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension- 34 questions
Verbal Ability -20 Questions
Difference Between CAT And IIFT Syllabus: Section-2
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning -32 questions
Reading Comprehension – 16 questions
Difference Between CAT And IIFT Syllabus: Section-3
Quantitative Ability-34 questions
Logical Reasoning – 20 questions
Difference Between CAT And IIFT Syllabus: Section-4
Not Applicable, only 3 Sections
Data Interpretation – 20 questions
Difference Between CAT And IIFT Syllabus: Section- 5
Not Applicable
Quantitative Analysis – 20 questions
Difference Between CAT And IIFT Syllabus: Section- 6
Not Applicable
General Awareness (GK) – 18 questions
Facility to Choose Order of Sections
No, has to follow pre defined sectional order
Yes, Any question from any section within overall time limit
Individual Sectional Time Limit
Each section with 1 hour time limit
No Restriction
Top MBA Colleges Accepting Exam Score
20 IIMs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IMI, IMT, IITs, TAPMI, XIMB and hundreds of other B-schools.
IIFT Delhi, IIFT Kolkata, IIFT Kakinada

 

Differences between CAT and SNAP

Important differences between CAT and SNAP are as follows:

 
SNAP
CAT
Total Questions
150
100
Overall Time Limit to Attempt the Exam
 2 hours
 3 hours
Type of Questions
All MCQs
72-75 questions are MCQs, rest Non-MCQs
Answer Options for MCQs
 4
4
Marks Awarded for each Correct Answer
 1
3
Negative Marking
0.25 mark
MCQs with 1/3 negative marking; No negative marking for Non-MCQs
Exam Difficulty Level
Moderate
Difficult
Number of Sections
4
3
Section-1: Name and Number of Questions
General English, RC,VR,VA-40
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension- 34
Section-2: Name and Number of Questions
Analytical & Logical Reasoning-40
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning -32
Section-3: Name and Number of Questions
Quant, DI, Data Sufficiency-40
Quantitative Ability-34
Section-4: Name and Number of Questions
Current Affairs-30
 
Not Applicable, only 3 Sections
Facility to Choose Order of Sections
Yes, any question from any section within overall time limit
No, has to follow pre defined sectional order
Individual Sectional Time Limit
No
Each section with 1 hour time limit
Top MBA Colleges Accepting Exam Score
SIBM Pune, SCMHRD Pune, SIIB Pune, SIBM Bangalore & all other Symbiosis institutes. 
20 IIMs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IMI, IMT, IITs, TAPMI, XIMB and hundreds of other B-schools. 

 

Differences between CAT and CMAT

Important differences between CAT and CMAT are as follows:

 
CAT
CMAT
Exam Conducted by
Indian Institutes of Management (IIM)
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)
Testing Mode
Computer Based Test
Computer Based Test
Total Questions
100 (Since 2014, Earlier 60)
100  
Overall Time Limit to Attempt the Exam
 3 hours
3 hours
Type of Questions
72-75 questions are MCQs, rest Non-MCQs
100 MCQs
Answer Options for MCQs
4
  4
Marks Awarded for each Correct Answer
3
  4
Negative Marking
MCQs with 1/3 negative marking; No negative marking for Non-MCQs
1/4 negative marking
CAT Vs CMAT Difficulty
 
Moderately Difficult
Easy to Moderate
Difference Between CAT And CMAT Syllabus: Total Sections
3
  4
Difference Between CAT And CMAT Syllabus: Section-1
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension- 34 questions
Language Comprehension – 25 questions
Difference Between CAT And CMAT Syllabus: Section-2
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning -32 questions
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation- 25 questions
Difference Between CAT And CMAT Syllabus: Section-3
Quantitative Ability-34 questions
Logical reasoning -25 questions
Difference Between CAT And CMAT Syllabus: Section-4
Not Applicable, only 3 Sections
General Awareness-25 questions
Facility to Choose Order of Sections
No, has to follow pre defined sectional order
Yes, Any question from any section within overall time limit
Individual Sectional Time Limit
Each section with 1 hour time limit
No Restriction
Top MBA Colleges Accepting Exam Score
20 IIMs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IMI, IMT, IITs, TAPMI, XIMB and hundreds of other B-schools. 
JBIMS, K J Somaiya, N L Dalmiya, IFMR, PUMBA, BIMTECH, Great Lakes, GIM Goa and hundreds of other MBA colleges 

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IIM-S, New IIMs, IIFT, MDI, NMIMS, IIT D, IIT M, NITIE

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