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  • CAT 2012 over, MBA aspirants gear up for the next major entrance exams

    With the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2012 concluding earlier this month, students from all over the country now prepare themselves for the other entrance exams and hope to make it through to the top B-Schools in the country.

    Earlier this month on 6th November, the IIM's and Prometric, which has the responsibility of conducting the CAT announced the successful conclusion of the prestigious exam.

    This year, saw a 4 percent increase in the number of candidates taking the exam which amounted to a total of 2,14,068 candidates as compared to last year's number of 205,000 candidates. The CAT 2012 commenced on October 11 last month, and was conducted throughout the country in 61 centers in 36 cities.

    Commenting on the successful completion of the Exam, Debashis Chatterjee, director, IIM Kozhikode said, "With CAT 2012 testing coming to a conclusion, we are looking forward to the caliber of candidates that will come through our doors, and turning them into future leaders."

    MD of Prometric India, Soumitra Roy said, " The operational protocols we put in place ensured that contingency plans were executed expeditiously and with minimal disruption to candidates."

    While all the tension and hype surrounding CAT 2012 seems to be over, students still face some tough entrance exams as not all the B-schools consider CAT score as their admission criterion

    One such instiute is the Narsi Monji Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, which conducts it's own entrance exam, NMAT for admission into the institutes' management courses. The NMAT too commenced on October 11 and will continue till December 19. One advantage for the students taking the NMAT is that, the aspirants get three chances to clear the exam.

    Next in the list is the entrance exam for the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) which is scheduled this month, on November 25. The aspirants would try and secure the admission into IIFT's Delhi and Kolkata campuses through this exam.

    One of the most popular private B-schools in the country, Symbiosis Institute of Business Management will conduct it's SNAP test on December 16 for admission into their post-graduate business programmes.

    The only other admission test that is considered to be as tough as the CAT is the Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT), conducted by the Xavier Labour Research Institute, will is scheduled to take place on January 6, 2013.

    The other major entrance test is the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) which is conducted online by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and it commences from February 21, 2013 till 25th February, 2013.

    So, if you're not too hopeful about your CAT exam, don't be disappointed. You still have these major exams left that will help you in your dream of getting into some of the top B-schools in India.