Online exam vs Offline exam

Online exam vs Offline exam

Online exam vs Offline exam

There are number of management entrance exams conducted across the year in India with most of the exams being conducted in online mode while some of them are conducted offline and a few have an option of both offline and online mode.

Here is a list of top PG level management entrance exams in India:



Exam mode : Online

Common Admission Test (CAT) is biggest and most significant entrance exam in India. Almost all the top business schools across India accept CAT score with IIMs being the most notable among the list. MDI, FMS, IMT, XLRI, SP Jain also accept CAT score.

CAT exam consists of three sections : Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC), Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning(DILR).

It carries total 100 questions and total time limit is 180 minutes.


Exam Mode : Online

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is second to CAT and is conducted by AICTE. More than 500 colleges accept CMAT score in India.

Exam is divided in four sections : Quantitative technique, Logical reasoning, Language comprehension, General Awareness.


Exam Mode : Online

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur and score of this exam is valid for more than 100 colleges with XLRI being the most notable one.

This exam has four sections : Quantitative Ability, English Language & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, GK & Essay.

Essay section is used only after candidates have been shortlisted for XLRI courses. Test duration is 170 minutes.


Exam Mode : Online

Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) is primarily held for admission in Symbiosis International University which has 15 colleges under it.

It consists of four sections: General English, Quantitative Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency, General Awareness: General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Business Scenario and Analytical & Logical Reasoning.

Time limit is 120 minutes.

Also read : Competition in CAT Exam


Exam Mode : Online

NMIMS Management Aptitude Test (NMAT) is held by GMAC and it’s score is accepted by multiple B schools like NMIMS, SRM university, IBS.

It consists of 120 questions to be solved in 120 minutes.

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Exam Mode : Offline and Online

Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is conducted by AIMA and score of MAT is accepted by 600 institutes.

It has 200 questions and 120 minutes is time limit.


Exam Mode : Offline

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) is conducted for admission in IIFT only. It has 200 questions with 120 minutes being the time limit.


Exam Mode : Online

MICAT is entrance test for MICA’s two-year Post Graduate Diploma in Management – Communications (PGDM-C). Candidates first need to apply with CAT, XAT and GMAT. All applicants are then called for MICAT.

It is held over 125 minutes with 2 sections in it.

As we can see from the above list most of the exams are conducted online and the reason behind it quite simple; it saves many resources and it is convenient for authorities to conduct exam online with respect to paper corrections and supervision.

A great advantage of online testing is its accessibility to students with disabilities. Computers can be customized to cater to those with various physical disabilities. The physically disabled students have limited access to such traditional methods of educations and examination. Reaching the campus, writing the papers could be an obstacle for them.

The online exam systems offers the speedy and accurate solutions within desired time limit. The assessment is fast, reliable and accurate unlike in offline mode of examinations.

In offline mode one has to mark the answer very perfectly in form round form and the answers once marked cannot be changed again, which is one of the major defects in paper-pen test. A physical campus, requirement of adequate faculty and study material, seating arrangements etc. are all mandatory for the offline mode.

Internet connection has always been one of the major drawbacks of online exams. Connectivity can be a serious disadvantage of online testing. A student’s internet connection either in a school lab or at home can drop at any time for various reasons.
Offline examination on the other hand is one where a student has to physically present to undertake the exam.
Online Exam have the eliminations for subjective topics like drawing, diagrams.
Whereas one can add all subjective questions in traditional pen-paper test.

Online examination is also the more expensive option, which often deters many institutions from adopting it. Technical glitches in the system might cause loss of data and time. Online examination can be stressful if one does not have a habit of sitting in front of a computer for hours causing headache. In addition, it is difficult for candidates if one is not familiar with the technology of computers and internet.

Both the modes of exams have their own pros and cons but as we as a nation are moving towards digitalization, it is safe to say that we can expect more exams to be conducted online in future.







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