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Masters of Business Administration (MBA) is a post graduate program that, regardless of the specialization, will provide you with conceptual, theoretical and practical training in various aspects of business like economics, operations marketing, basic accounting, corporate finance etc. However, if the student has a bent towards one specific area of management, a specialized MBA can be pursued in that specific facet.
Most MBA programs in India are accredited by AICTE or UGC however many MBA programs also have prestigious international accreditations. For example, the prestigious IIM Calcutta's programs are accredited by AACSB and AMBA making it the only Indian B-school with both these global accreditations.

The two-year MBA is the most common and most sought after MBA program of most of the Indian B-schools (some exceptions being ISB Hyderabad and Great Lakes, Chennai which are renowned for their one-year programs). While some B-schools offer a Post Graduate Diploma (PGDM) some offer a Masters Degree (MBA). MBA is offered by colleges that are affiliated to a university. All the colleges not affiliated to any university offer a PGDM which is a diploma. However, it doesn't make any difference whether it's a diploma or a MBA degree as the recruiters go by the reputation of the B-school and the caliber of the student.

IIMs and XLRI, despite offering a diploma, are two of the most prestigious B-schools of India.


CAT Exam
Duration of Exam 180 Minutes
No. of Sections 3
CAT 2016 Convener IIM Bangalore
Exam Sections Quantitative ability (QA),

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR),

Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)

Marking Scheme


Exam Pattern:

Section No. of Questions No. of Non-MCQs Time Allotted
Verbal and Reading Comprehension 34 10 1 hour
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 32 8 1 hour
Quantitative Aptitude 34 7 1 hour
Total 100 25 3 hour


  1. b) MAT Exam:

MAT Exam Scheme

Section No. Section No of Questions Time Suggested(Minutes)
1. Language Comprehension 40 30
2. Mathematical Skills 40 40
3. Data Analysis and Sufficiency 40 35
4. Intelligence and Critical Reasoning 40 30
5. Indian and Global Environment 40 15
Total 200 150


  1. c) CMAT EXAM:

CMAT Exam Pattern 2017

Sections Number of questions Total marks Time
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation 25 100 180 minutes
Logical Reasoning 25 100
Language Comprehension 25 100
General Awareness 25 100
Total 100 400
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