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B-School Exams

Once a student has decided to pursue MBA the first thing he/she looks at is the methodology of being selected into one of the leading B-Schools of the country. Step 1 of this process is to crack an entrance examination and get a call for an interaction with a representative panel of the school. Step 2 of the process is a Group Discussion/Personal Interview/ Group exercise/ Extempore/ Written Assessment Test or a combination of the above.

From amongst these exams IIFT, NMAT, SNAP and TISSNET results are accepted only by the schools conducting these exams. The rest of the exams are accepted by all schools that have a tie up with the conducting authorities.

Common Aptitude Test or CAT, as commonly called, is a joined entrance exam conducted by IIMs for admission into their management courses. As per their policy of rotation every year, the exam is conducted by some different IIM. The CAT scores are accepted by IIMs and other B-School PAN-India, such as FMS-Delhi, SP Jain, JBIMS, IITs, and NITIE etc. The CAT is a 3 hour, online test. CAT ’16 was held in December and the paper comprised of three sections: • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC): 34 questions; 60 minutes • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DII-LR): 32 questions; 60 minutes • Quantitative ability (QA): 34 questions; 60 minutes
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There are numerous entrance exams conducted by B-Schools for admission into their management courses. a). CAT is conducted by the IIMs and is accepted by the B-Schools pan-India. b). XAT is conducted by XLRI for admission into its several management institutes all over India and other b-schools aswell. c). IIFT conducts its own admission test-IIFT for admission into its management course d). NMAT is conducted for admission into NMIMS and associated branches. e). SNAP is conducted for admission into 15 Symbiosis institutes. f). MH-CET is the MBA entrance test for institutes in Maharashtra g). TISS-NET is conducted for admission into Tata Institute of Social Studies for its mangement courses. CMAT, MAT are some of the other MBA entrance exams conducted for admission into various B-Schools pan-India.
PGDM stands for Post Graduate Diploma in Management and is awarded by the autonomous bodies like AICTE (not affiliated with a University) that conduct management courses. MBA degree or Masters of Business Administration degree is granted only by a University. Main points of difference: -PGDM is more Industry oriented than MBA. -MBA gets universal recognition, while PGDM diploma has to be backed by AICTE for recognition and may not hold a strong recognition in the global landscape. -Top B-Schools in India offer PGDM such as IIMs, XLRI, NITIE, MDI etc. One can opt for either as both are recognized in India. Placement opportunities in India are very high for both as long as they are backed by a good institute name.
Pioneer Services delivers the entire counseling and guidance at your doorstep, into the device of your choice, and also brings the senior most B-School people to interact and guide you. This will be your personalized platform where based on you academic profile and Extracurricular achievements we help in selecting colleges out of bouquet of colleges. In the era of privatization where college application fee is touching Rs.2000/- to 2500/- we not only provide subsidized forms but also provide an opportunity to interact with our alumni studying in colleges of your choice and guide college based on your budget and profile. Various parameters that need to be kept in mind while selecting an institute for MBA or PGDM program are: a). ROI b). Faculty c). Location d). Industry interface e). Past placement records f). Accreditation of the institutes. We provide first hand information on all these parameters to make your choice easier.

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