CAT Vs NMAT differences: Which one is better?

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CAT Vs NMAT differences: Which one is better?

CAT Vs NMAT

CAT and NMAT are two very tough competitive exams and one needs to work hard to get into these. Both are “Dream institutions” as getting into both IIM’s or NMIMS is certainly no joke. CAT is still considered, the king. So may be NMIMS is the prince with a hat. The blog compares both CAT and NMAT and sees what each one has to offer laying down some striking differences between the two.

CAT: (CAT Vs NMAT)

CAT: CAT is the toughest management exam and CAT scores are accepted by both IIM’s and top 100 B-Schools. CAT is far more challenging than NMAT

CAT is the toughest management exam and CAT scores are accepted by top B-Schools. CAT is far more challenging than NMAT. CAT is one of the toughest exams to get into any of the the reputed Indian Institute of Management spread across the country. Cracking CAT is hard and its even harder to get into IIM’s is meant for a few.

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The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a national-level management entrance examination conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) for admission to 20 IIMs and over 100 B-schools across India.

It is necessary to take CAT or the Common Aptitude Test if you have MBA dreams and want to get into IIM’s or any of the top 100 B-Schools. Getting into IIM’s takes both brains and brawns – which means its a combination of both hardwork and intelligence and certainly not for everyone. Students need more 99 to 100 percentile to get into any of the IIM’s spread across the country.

Over 2 lakh students compete in CAT Exam every year, so the examination is both tough and competitive.

Examination Paper Pattern of CAT 2017:

S. No.

Section

Number of Questions

Duration in minutes

1

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

34

60

2

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

32

60

3

Quantitative Ability

34

60

 

Total

100

180

Participating Institutes for CAT :

  1. Post Graduate Programmes in Management:
Institutes: Programmes: Website Addresses:
IIM Ahmedabad PGP, PGP-FABM, ePGP www.iima.ac.in
IIM Amritsar PGP www.iimamritsar.ac.in
IIM Bangalore PGP, PGPEM, PGPPM www.iimb.ac.in
IIM Bodh Gaya PGP www.iimbg.ac.in
IIM Calcutta PGP-PGDM www.iimcal.ac.in
IIM Indore PGP (Indore, Mumbai), EPGP, PGP-HRM www.iimidr.ac.in
IIM Jammu PGP www.iiml.ac.in/jammu
IIM Kashipur PGP, EPGP www.iimkashipur.ac.in
IIM Kozhikode PGP www.iimk.ac.in
IIM Lucknow PGP, PGP-ABM, PGP-SM www.iiml.ac.in
IIM Nagpur PGP www.iimnagpur.ac.in
IIM Raipur PGP, PGPWE www.iimraipur.ac.in
IIM Ranchi PGDM, PGDHRM www.iimranchi.ac.in
IIM Rohtak PGP, EPGP, EPGPX www.iimrohtak.ac.in
IIM Sambalpur PGP www.iimsambalpur.ac.in
RGIIM Shillong PGP, PGPEX www.iimshillong.in
IIM Sirmaur PGP www.iimsirmaur.ac.in
IIM Tiruchirappalli PGP, PGPBM www.iimtrichy.ac.in
IIM Udaipur PGP www.iimu.ac.in
IIM Visakhapatnam PGP www.iimv.ac.in

 

NMAT: (CAT Vs NMAT)

NMAT by GMAC is considered for admission into NIMIMS for its Management programmes in Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad Campus. NMAT is being conducted by GMAC and is considered by 16 B-Schools in India.

NMAT are considered tougher than CAT exams today. Earlier, the CAT exams were more difficult than NMAT exams. The Best part of NMAT is that candidates can schedule the order of the 3 sections and choose in which order you want the questions to come. NMAT exam can given for 3 times and allows candidates to give the exams in 3 attempts. Due to the difficulty level of the exam, most people are able to crack the exam only after a attempting once as they get a experience of how the exam is. It also gives a chance for students and candidates to prepare for the exam better next time and students are able to crack the exam the second time. This is not necessarily a ritual, but given the difficulty level of the exam, one can expect tough questions as over the last two years NMAT is considered more tough than CAT, especially the Quantitative Aptitude section

Mode of Exam: The exam is conducted as a Computer based test.

Examination Paper Pattern of NMAT:

Sections Questions Time
Language Skills 32 questions 22 minutes
Quantitative Skills 48 Questions 60 minutes
Logical Reasoning 40 Questions 38 minutes
Total 120 questions 120 minutes

 

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Institutions, colleges and universities that accept NMAT:

  • SVKM’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad
  • Xavier University, Bhubaneswar
  • MISB Bocconi, Mumbai
  • ICFAI Business School (IBS), Hyderabad and other locations
  • Alliance University, Bangalore
  • BSE Institute Limited
  • Amity University, Delhi NCR
  • Thapar School of Management, Chandigarh
  • SRM University, Chennai, Delhi NCR Sonipat
  • Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida
  • University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun
  • Woxsen School of Business Management, Hyderabad
  • BML Munjal University, Delhi
  • VIT University, Vellore
  • ITM Business School, Navi Mumbai
  • Mody University, Rajasthan
  • GITAM School of International Business, Visakhapatnam
  • Hyderabad Business School,
  • GITAM University, Hyderabad

Final Verdict on CAT vs NMAT: Both CAT and NMAT are poles apart. CAT is the king of all management exams. NMAT is much subordinate in comparison to CAT. However, getting NMIMS is certainly a matter of repute and you can give both exams like CAT and NMAT. If you are having difficulty with CAT, why not try NMAT? Cracking CAT comes with intense competition as lakhs of students apply for CAT. NMAT is equally difficult. However, there will be lesser competition in getting into NMIMS. So something is always better than nothing. NMIMS fees is very high and may be as high as IIM’s. So education in NMAT score accepted institutions too wont be very cheap. So don’t be mistaken into believing that NMIMS is cheap. Besides, NMAT is conducted in several countries and is open to foreign nationals too. Completing Management programme from NMIMS will certainly help you getting into the best companies out there with good pay packages. If you are hell bent on getting into IIM’s that certainly you must work for it. If you are among the chosen few, you can achieve the feat of getting into IIM’s.

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