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MBA Syllabus for entrance exams 2017 is same as that of last year. There are no major changes in syllabus and exam patterns of all the major management entrance exams. MBA is a prominent programme all over India, we all know that. There is an enormous number of institutes offering this programme and inviting the admission based on different entrance exams mostly of them are CAT, XAT, MAT etc. These are the entrance exams accepted by mostly all the Institute whereas there are many institutes out there which conduct their own exams for the admission into MBA programme, however, MBA Entrance Exam Syllabus for the entrances is quite similar for all. Here in this article, the elucidation of the entrance exams conducted for the admission in India is given.

MBA Syllabus 2017 for Entrance Exam

Well, as already mentioned above that there are many entrance exams conducted for the admission in the MBA programme to the different colleges and institutes but among all those, there are some accepted by mostly all the colleges for the admission listed below. The candidates are suggested to go through the same

  • CAT- CAT is conducted for admission to various Post Graduation Management programs in IIMs and various other Indian universities and colleges.
  • MAT - MAT Exam is conducted by AIMA for admission in MBA Colleges in India. It is one of the MBA Entrance Exam which is conducted four times in a year.
  • XAT - XAT also known as the Xavier Aptitude Test is an online exam for the screening of the best candidates of India for MBA Admissions across the reputed B-Schools of India

MBA Syllabus for CAT 2017 

CAT Entrance Exam is conducted for the admission into the management courses. The syllabus for the same is given in the table below:



Verbal Ability

  • Vocabulary Based (Synonyms Antonyms)
  • English Usage or Grammar
  • Sentence Correction
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Cloze Passage
  • Analogies or Reverse Analogies
  • Jumbled Paragraph
  • Meaning-Usage Match
  • Summary Questions.
  • Verbal Reasoning.
  • Facts/ Judgements / Inferences.


Reading Comprehension

  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Verbal Reasoning

Data Interpretation

  • Tables
  • Column Graphs
  • Bar Graphs
  • Line Charts
  • Pie Chart
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Caselets

Logical Reasoning

  • Number and Letter Series
  • Calendars
  • Clocks
  • Cubes
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Binary Logic
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Logical Sequence
  • Logical Matching
  • Logical Connectives
  • Syllogism
  • Blood Relations 

Quantitative Ability

  • Number Systems
  • LCM and HCF
  • Percentages
  • Profit, Loss, and Discount
  • Interest (Simple and Compound)
  • Speed, Time and Distance
  • Surds and Indices
  • Inequalities
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Probability
  • Functions
  • Set Theory
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Time and Work
  • Averages
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Linear Equations
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Logarithm
  • Progressions (Sequences & Series)
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Geometry
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Mensuration


 CAT Syllabus 2017

MBA Syllabus for MAT Entrance Exam 

MAT is one of the entrance exams conducted for the admission into the management courses. The syllabus of the MAT Entrance Exam is given in the table below:

Language Comprehension Syllabus


Different usage of the 
same word

Jumbled paragraphs

Sentence Correction


Fill In the Blanks

Odd man out

Sentence correction

Contextual usage

Foreign language words 
used in English

One word substitution


Current Affairs


Sentence completion

Verbal Reasoning

Mathematical Skills Syllabus



Pipes and Cisterns

Allegation & Mixtures

In-equations Quadratic and linear equations


Arithmetic mean

Installment Payments

Profit & Loss

Arithmetic progression


Ratios and Proportion



Set Theory



Simple Interest & Compound Interest


Number Base System


Geometric mean

Number system


Geometric Progression

Partnership (Accounts)

Venn diagram

Geometry (Lines, angles,
Triangles, Spheres, Rectangles, Cube, Cone etc.)



Harmonic mean

Permutations Combinations

Work and time

Data Analysis and Sufficiency Syllabus

Column graphs

Bar Graphs

Line charts

Pie Chart

Graphs representing 

Venn diagram

Intelligence and Critical Reasoning Syllabus


Assertion and reasons

Identifying valid inferences


Linear arrangements

Cause and Effect

Matrix arrangements (Puzzles, Syllogisms, Functions)

Coding and decoding


Critical reasoning

Statements and assumptions

Definitely true definitely false kind of statement

Statements and conclusions


Family tree - identifying relationship among group of people

Symbol Based problems

Identifying arguments

Visual reasoning

Identifying probably true probably false


Indian and Global Environment Syllabus




Punch line of companies

Books and authors




Important quotations

Social issues


International organizations


Famous award and prizes

Major corporate events

Top officials of big companies



World Records


 MAT Syllabus 2017

MBA Syllabus for XAT 2018

MBA Syllabus for the XAT Entrance Exams is conducted for the admission into management programmes. The subject wise topics are given in the table below:



Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

  • Algebra Functions
  • Allegations and Mixtures
  • Arithmetic
  • Averages and Partnerships
  • Clocks
  • Critical Path
  • Direction Sense & Time
  • Geometry
  • Graphs
  • Heights & Distance
  • Inequalities
  • Linear and Quadratics Equations
  • Logarithms
  • Mensuration – 2D and 3D
  • Numbers
  • Percentage
  • Probability
  • Profit and Loss
  • Ratio
  • Speed & Distance
  • Statistics
  • Surds and Indices
  • Table, Combination
  • Tables and Case lets
  • Time and Work
  • Time, Speed and Distance
  • Trigonometry
  • Variation

Decision Making

  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Arithmetic
  • Logical reasoning
  • Sets
  • Situational

Verbal and Logical Reasoning

  • Arguments
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Fill in the blanks (vocab and grammar based)
  • Grammar questions
  • Para Completion and inference
  • Para jumbles.
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Verbal Logic
  • Vocabulary

General Knowledge

  • Awards and winners
  • Business
  • Current affairs
  • Economy
  • Famous Personalities
  • Geography
  • Government and Politics
  • History
  • Important happenings around the World
  • Science
  • Static GK


 XAT Syllabus and Previous Year Question Paper

MBA Syllabus for NMAT 2017




Language Skills

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Language usage and their rules
  • Synonyms
  • Anonyms
  • Syntax, and correct grammar
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Para Jumble
  • Idioms
  • Vocabulary

Quantitative Skills, Data Interpretation & DS

  • Algebra (Linear/Quadratic Equation)
  • Trigonometry
  • Line graph
  • Arithmetic
  • Bar graph
  • Tables
  • Pie chart
  • 2D and 3 D Geometry, and Statistic
  • Modern Math
  • Number Systems
  • Percentage
  • Ratio/Proportion
  • Profit and Loss
  • Average
  • Time-Speed-Distance
  • Work/Time
  • Mixture & Solution/Allegations
  • Simple/Compound interest
  • Mensuration
  • Probability
  • Permutations and Combinations
  • Coordinate Geometry

Logical Reasoning

  • Coding & Decoding
  • Series
  • Strong Arguments and Weak Arguments
  • Multi-dimensional arrangements
  • Puzzles
  • Arrangement
  • Family tree
  • Numeric grid
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Calendars
  • Syllogisms
  • Statement Conclusions
  • Course of Action
  • Blood Relations



MBA Syllabus 2017 for Other Managment Entrance Exams

Other than the mentioned entrance exams for MBA Admissions, there are many more exam options candidates have. Some of the colleges and institutes conduct their own entrance exams for the admission to the management programmes. The list of those MBA Entrance Exams are given below:

SNAP Entrance Exam

SNAP 2017 is the Symbiosis National Aptitude Test conducted by Symbiosis International University (SIU). SNAP 2017 is an aptitude test conducted for the candidates who want to take MBA admission in various Institutes of SIU. The candidates seeking to join MBA programs in different Institutes of SIU have to appear in Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test.

SNAP Exam Pattern and Syllabus

IIFT Exam for MBA Admission

IIFT is an entrance exam for the admission into two-year MBA (International Business) in the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) New Delhi and Kolkata Campus for the academic year 2018-20. IIFT MBA (IB) is a Six Trimesters programme along with Social Awareness Programme, Student Exchange programme and Summer Internship. 

IIFT Exam Pattern and Syllabus

IBSAT 2017

IBSAT 2017 or ICFAI Business School  Aptitude Test is an entrance exam for getting admission into the MBA/PGPM programmes offered by the ICFAI Business Schools. IBSAT 2017 is an all India level entrance exam and is conducted by IFCAI foundation of Higher Education, Hyderabad.

 IBSAT Exam Pattern

CMAT Entrance Exam

CMAT is a National Level Management Admission Test which is administrated by the AICTE for the graduate students for admissions to the MBA colleges under CMAT. Previously it was conducted two times in a year but as per the latest announcements of the MHRD. The application process for CMAT will start from the second week of October 2017.

CMAT Exam Pattern

CMAT Syllabus

MICAT Entrance Exam

MICAT is an entrance exam conducted for the admission into the PGDM - C in Mudra Institute of Communication (MICA), Ahmedabad. The candidates must note that the PGDM-C offered by MICA is equivalent to an MBA. PGDM-C is a 2-year full-time course which is approved by AICTE and the Association of Indian University.

MICAT Exam Pattern and Syllabus

GMAT Entrance Exam

GMAT 2017-18 or Graduate Management Aptitude Test is a Computer Adaptive exam that is used to take admission into Management Program such as MBA, MBA in Finance, Accountancy related courses. GMAT 2017-18 scores obtained by the candidates are applicable for the more than 2100 Universities and Institution all over the world.

GMAT Exam Pattern

GMAT Syllabus

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