Faculty of Management Studies (FMS):

The Faculty of Management Studies focuses on management education more than just business management. The commitment is thought leadership with a deep understanding of business. The approach to pedagogy combines fieldwork, case studies and instrumented feedback with a strong emphasis on concepts and theory. The intent is to encourage intellectual curiosity and open minds to the adventure of ideas.

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MDI Gurgaon

MDI is one of the top B-Schools of the country. MDI has the distinction of being the first internationally accredited Indian B-School. It was accredited by South Asian Quality Systems (SAQS) in 2005. The long term Education Programmes are accredited by Association of MBAs (AMBA), U.K.

The PG Programmes in Management offered by MDI are recognized and accredited by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) New Delhi.

Application Process

Step 1: Register for CAT 2018 and complete registration process by paying registration fee.

Step 2: Post registration for CAT, a candidate needs to apply separately to MDI Gurgaon in order to be eligible for the 2nd stage of Admission process.

Important Dates

  • MDI Gurgaon Application Starts 7th September 2018

  • Last Date to Apply for MDI Gurgaon 23rd November 2018, 17:00 hrs.

Application Fee

  • Online applications only.

  • Rs 3,000/-(Inclusive of 18% GST)

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  • Established in 1980, Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad (IMTG) is India’s premier AACSB accredited management school with a distinct focus on grooming leadership through Innovation, Execution and Social Responsibility.

  • An autonomous, not–for–profit institute, offering highly sought after postgraduate programmes over the past more than three–and–a–half decades, IMTG currently offers four AICTE approved programmes –

    • Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) Full Time,

    • PGDM Executive, PGDM Part Time

    • PGDM Dual Country Programme (DCP).

  • While the first three programmes are offered at the IMTG campus in Ghaziabad, Delhi NCR, India, the PGDM DCP is offered in collaboration with the IMT Dubai campus.

  • The Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) is the latest addition in the list which leads to PGDM Part Time.

Admission Test accepted:

  • For all the 4 campuses of IMT Ghaziabad:

    • CAT 2018 OR XAT 2019 OR GMAT (1 January 2015 – 28 February 2019)

  • For IMT Nagpur & Hyderabad campuses only:

    • CAT 2018 OR XAT 2019 OR CMAT 2019 OR GMAT (1 January 2015 – 28 February 2019)

Important Dates:

Application available from 23rd August 2018 to 22nd November 2018

Application Fee:

  • Rs. 2,000/- + applicable taxes

  • Online and Offline through demand draft Applications are accepted.

  • Demand draft should be in the name of “Institute of Management Technology” payable at Ghaziabad or Delhi.

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Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS):

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was established in 1936 as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work. In 1944, it was renamed as the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.  It is a deemed to be a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act (UGC), 1956.

The objective of TISS is to promote sustainability in higher education by responding to changing dynamics in society. TISS accomplishes this through development and application of knowledge to better the society by heralding sustainable development.

TISS Admissions 2019-2021:

TISS announced its admission to the 2019-21 batch for its Full-Time (Regular) Post-Graduate Degree Programmes (M.A., M. Sc., M.H.A., M.P.H.) offered from Mumbai, Tuljapur, Guwahati, Hyderabad campuses and other locations.

TISS 2019 eligibility:

Candidates having a bachelor's degree with minimum of 3 years duration or its equivalent (under the 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 or 10+2+2+1 year bridge course pattern of study or any other pattern fulfilling the mandatory requirements of 15 years formal education)  from a recognized university are eligible to apply.

TISS 2019 Important dates:

Application Starts

22nd October 2018

Last Date to Apply

Online: 10th December 2018

Offline: 12th December 2018

TISS-NET Test Date

Sunday, 13th January 2019

TISS-NET Test Time

2:00 pm to 3:40 pm (1 hour and 40 min)

TISS 2019 test structure:

The Test is Objective in nature and has questions related to General Knowledge; Analytical Ability, Logical Reasoning; and English Proficiency.


Number of Questions

General Awareness 40
Mathematical and Logical Reasoning 30
English 30



TISS 2019 Application Procedure:

  • Mode of Application: Online & Offline Applications are accepted.

  • Please note that candidates applying through the E-application form need not send the application form by post.

  • TISS-NET Application Fees:

    • Two modes of payment: Fees per programme:
      GENERAL candidates:

    • Online payment by Debit/Credit card/ Net banking: Rs. 1,030/-

    • Cash Deposit in any SBI Branch Rs. 1,000/- + Bank Charges.

SC/ST/OBC (NC) candidates:

  • Online payment by Debit/Credit card/ Net banking: Rs. 260/-

  • Cash Deposit in any SBI Branch Rs. 250/- Bank Charges

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Why should I read this blog?

The first step in taking a test is to understand the test-pattern. Once this is known, one will be able to identify the areas of preparation. Also, test-pattern helps in fine-tuning the preparation strategy. A few tests will have different sections and the others will have different kinds of questions. The fundamental concepts of Quantitative, Verbal, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning and General Knowledge will remain the same. Though, the application differs.

CAT 2018

CAT 2018 Test Pattern – There are three sections as seen:

Section No. Section  Time
Section 1 Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 60min
Section 2 DI & LR 60min
Section 3 Quantitative Ability 60min
    • Each section will have a time limit of 60 minutes i. e. you cannot switch between sections.

    • The sections will be in the same order as shown in the table.

    • The TYPE-IN-THE-ANSWER-QUESTIONS (TITA) questions will continue to feature in CAT 2018 as well.

    • Each correct answer to a question in the exam will carry 3 marks.

      • For MCQ type questions, each incorrect attempt will lead to a negative marking of 1 mark.

      • For non-MCQs or TITA (Type In The Answer) questions there will be no negative marking.

    • CAT 2018 will continue to have the basic on-screen calculator.

CAT 2018 Exam Details

CAT 2018 will almost follow the CAT 2017 pattern.

CAT 2017 Pattern:

S.No. Section MCQs TITA Total number of Questions Total Marks Time allotted for each section (in minutes)
1 Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 24 10 34 102 60
2 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 24 8 32 96 60
3 Quantitative Ability 27 7 34 102 60
Total  75 25 100 300 180

NMAT 2018

  • The NMAT by GMAC™ exam is computer-delivered and gives each candidate a randomly generated test from a pool of questions, delivered one-at-a-time.

  • The NMAT by GMAC™ exam has three sections –

    • Language Skills

    • Quantitative Skills

    • Logical Reasoning.

  • Refer the below table for a detailed break-up of number of questions and allotted time.

Sections Questions Allotted Time
Language Skills 32 questions 22 minutes
Quantitative Skills 48 questions 60 minutes
Logical Reasoning 40 questions 38 minutes
Total 120 questions 120 minutes
  • Test takers can choose the order of sections.

  • Each of the three sections is individually timed.

  • Test takers need to answer and review the questions of a particular section within the allotted section time.

  • Marking Pattern:

    • +3 for a correct answer.

    • No negative marking for incorrect answer.


    • Test takers need to answer the questions of each section within the allotted section time.

    • Once the test taker completes a section, whether the test taker selects to move to the next section or if time runs out, the test taker will not be able to return to that section.

      NMAT 2018 Exam Details

SNAP 2018:

  • Nature of Question Paper / Topics and Marks Allotted

Section Normal Questions Special Questions Total Questions Total Marks
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability 30 5 35 40
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency 30 5 35 40
Analytical & Logical Reasoning 30 5 35 40
Current Affairs 20 5 25 30
Total 110 20 130 150

SNAP 2018 test will be computer based test.

    • SNAP Test duration is of 120 minutes.

    • SNAP Test is an objective test.

    • Each question has 4 responses (Only for Normal Questions).

    • Candidate should choose an appropriate response

    • Normal Questions carry 1 mark for each question and Special Questions carry 2 marks for each question.

    • Each wrong answer attracts 25% negative marks for Normal Questions and for Special Questions also.

    • For special questions in each section will have blanks where answers will have to be entered by the candidate by using the virtual keyboard.

      • For example, if question is “What is the capital of Australia?”

      • The candidate needs to enter the answer as CANBERRA by using the virtual keyboard.

SNAP 2018 Exam Details

IIFT 2018:

  • IIFT is known to alter its test structure every year and also it has a differential marking scheme which makes it one of the competitive entrance tests.

  • IIFT 2017: Each question had 4 options and carried negative marks of 1/3rd of the allotted marks for each question.

  • IIFT Test 2018 Duration: 2 Hour (10am - 12 noon)

  • IIFT Test 2018 Mode: Paper based

  • IIFT 2018:

    • The admission test is a multiple choice objective type written test (in English) of 120 minutes. 

    • As per IIFT website, this year Test pattern shall consist of questions covering English Grammar, Vocabulary and Comprehension, General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation and Quantitative Analysis.

  • IIFT 2017 PATTERN:

Section Detail No of Questions
1 Reading Comprehension 16
2 Verbal Ability 20
3 General Awareness 18
4 Quantitative Ability 20
5 Logical Reasoning 20
6 Data Interpretation 20
IIFT 2018 Exam Details

XAT 2019:

      • XAT Test Mode: Online

      • XAT 2019 overall pattern remains same as XAT 2018 but NO ESSAY.

      • XAT 2019 shall consist of the following sections only: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, English Language & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, GK.

      • XAT 2019 is three hours.

      • XAT 2019 marking scheme:

        • All questions carry EQUAL marks.

        • Leaving a question UNATTEMPTED may result in a DEDUCTION OF 0.05 MARK.

        • However, this deduction will not apply for a MAXIMUM OF 8 UNATTEMPTED QUESTIONS. The negative marking is 0.25 marks per question.

        • There shall be no Negative Marking for Part II, the GK.

      • The questions in the four sections are in the MCQ format with 5 options each.

XAT 2019 Exam Details

XAT 2018 Pattern:


Section Section Name Number of questions
Section-I Verbal and Logical Ability 26
Section-II Decision Making 21
Section-III Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 27
  Total 74

PART II: GK and essay writing. GK had 25 questions.

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