Pondicherry University MBA Admission 2020: Courses, Eligibility, Entrance Exam, Selection Process

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Pondicherry University offers MBA programs in various disciplines. The Management of School was the first B School to be established in the University in 1985 and it has been in the business of developing managers for the society since then. Pondicherry University’s Department of Management Studies (DMS) was the first academic entity that offers 2-year, full-time MBA Programs with specialization in functional areas such as Banking Technology, Tourism, International Business, etc. It is launching a 2-year, full-time MBA program with a specialization in Business Analytics.

For MBA, candidates must have passed Bachelor’s degree in relevant specialization with a minimum of 55% marks. The University takes admission in MBA on the basis of CAT Score. Candidates with valid CAT scores can apply on the University portal. Selected candidates will have to appear for GD/PI round in the University campus.The applicants have to pay the application fee of INR 1000 (INR 500 for SC/ST) before submitting the application form and INR 600/- (INR 300/- for SC/ST) in case of PG Diploma programme.

Pondicherry University provides full-time MBA programs in 12 different specializations, Ph.D. in 3 specializations and PG Diploma in 1 specialization which has around 540 seats as total intake.

Pondicherry University Courses Highlights 2020

Course OfferedMBA, Ph.D., PG Diploma
DurationMBA- 2 years
Ph.D- 3 Years
PG Diploma- 1 Year
Course TypeFull-Time/ Part-Time
SpecializationsMBA – 12
Ph.D. – 3
PG Diploma – 1
Eligibility CriteriaMBA-Bachelor’s degree
Ph.D- Master’s Degree
PG Diploma- Graduation Degree
Selection CriteriaMBA- Entrance Exam
Entrance NameMBA: CAT
Application ModeOnline
Admission LinkClick Here
Official Website

CourseAdmission Link
MBA/PGDM Admission Link

Important Dates

CAT Online Registration DateAugust 2020
CAT Online Registration Last DateSeptember, 2020
CAT Application Form08 Aug 2020
CAT Admit Card24 Oct – 25 Nov 2020
CAT Exam Date25 Nov 2020

Pondicherry University Fee Structure

The fee structure for MBA programme is given below:

Type of FeeTotal Fee
Registration FeeINR 200
Tuition FeeINR 20,000
Total FeeINR 24,925

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Pondicherry University Courses Details

Pondicherry University offers following programs under the School of Management for students with a bachelor’s degree:

Course NameSpecializationTotal IntakeEligibility CriteriaSelection Criteria
MBAInsurance Management45Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50%.CAT Entrance Exam + Interview
Consultancy Management-
International Business81
Tourism and Travel Management80
Banking Technology81
Business Administration153
Business Analytics30Graduate degree in B. Com/ BBA/ BCA/ B.Sc. (Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Science) / B. Tech or Master Degree with 50% marks
Ph.D.Operations & System1Master’s degree in Business Administration, Industrial Management, Production Engineering, Foreign Trade, Operations Research, Public Administration, Tourism, Hospitality, Hospital Management, etc. with a minimum of 55% of marks.Entrance Exam conducted by University + Interview
Human Resource5
Insurance/ Healthcare2
Banking Technology9MBA (Banking Technology)/ MBA (Finance/ Systems)/ Business Finance/ PGDM of IIMs/ equivalent Management Degree with Banking/ Finance specializations/ M.E./ M. Tech. (Computer Science/ Information Technology)/ M.Sc. (Information Technology)/ MCA / M.Sc. (Computer Science)/ other professional degrees like C.A., ICWAI, ACS, CAIIB, etc. with a minimum of 60% of marks
Tourism Studies-MBA Tourism, MTA, MTM, MA (Tourism), Master's degree in Hospitality Management, M.B.A with a minimum of 55% of marks.
International Business-MBA in International Business/ MBA in Marketing, , HR, Tourism, Finance, Systems, MIBA, Master’s degree in Foreign Trade or Economics or other relevant streams with at least 55% marks.
PG DiplomaForeign Trade-GraduationMerit-based
MBAPart-Time40Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks, two years’ work experience and currently working in an organization.CAT Entrance Test + Interview

Pondicherry University Eligibility Criteria

MBA (Part-time and Full Time)

  • Candidates who opt for admission into any of the MBA programs must have passed Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University/ Institute
  • Candidate must have scored at least 50% marks in order to become eligible for this course

The selection in MBA programme is on the basis of CAT Entrance Examination.

PG Diploma

Candidate must have passed Bachelor’s Degree from recognized University/College

The selection in PG Diploma Programme is Merit-Based

Ph.D Eligibility

Candidates who opt for Ph.D. in management must have passed an MBA or Master’s degree and depend on the relevant field they choose with a minimum of 55%.

The selection in Ph.D programme is on the basis of Entrance Test conducted by University followed by Interview

  • 70% weightage is given to the performance in Entrance Exam
  • 30% weightage is given to performance in Interview

Note: Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 55% to take admission in the Banking Technology course.

Pondicherry University Selection Process

The selection for the MBA course is completely based on the CAT exam. Candidates will be shortlisted through CAT score followed by counseling where group discussion and personal interview will be considered.

Pondicherry University MBA Cut-Off 2019

Tabulated below are the MBA cut-offs of the year 2019 for Pondicherry University:

Courses2019 Cut-offs
Banking Technology70
International Business70
Tourism Management70

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CAT Exam

CAT (Common Admission Test) is the national level management Entrance Exam in India, conducted by one of the older IIM’s on a rotational basis. Around 2.4 lakh candidates register for the exam every year. The notification of the CAT 2020 exam is expected to release on last July 29, 2020. Application Form will be available from the first week of August 2020. Candidates having a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50% marks can apply for the exam as per CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria.

  • General/OBC candidates have to pay the application fee of INR 1900 while SC/ST/PWD/EWS aspirants are required to pay INR 950.

Exam Pattern:

  • The mode of the exam would be a Computer-based test which is of 3 hours duration and each section will be allotted 1 hr. time limit.
  • A total of 100 questions for 300 marks will be asked in the exam, among them 75 MCQs with negative marking and 25 Non-MCQs with negative marking.
  • The exam syllabus will be divided into different sections such as Quantitative Ability, Reading Comprehension, Verbal Ability and Data Interpretation as well as Logical Reasoning.
  • There would be +3 marks for each right answer and -1 for each incorrect answer.

Exam Centers:

Below given are CAT Entrance Exam Centers that candidates can check:

AllahabadKaraikalMahe/ ThalasserySambalpur
BhubaneswarKolkataNew DelhiThiruvananthapuram
ChandigarhKakinadaPort Blair(Andaman’s)Vishakhapatnam

Pondicherry University Application Process

Candidate needs to follow the below-given steps in order to get admission in this University:

  • Application form to be submitted online through the University Website ( by following the instructions posted therein.
  • The Candidates have to submit applications for each of the MBA programs separately.
  • Fill up all columns with complete and correct information after going through the prospectus. Incomplete/ wrong information will entail rejection of the application. Any claim based on wrong information/ course code/ center code/ category (OBC/SC/ST/EWS/Gen), etc. will not be entertained at a later stage.
  • The aspirants can also apply for more than one course. Before applying for another course the candidates may ensure that there is no “overlap of entrance exams among the courses to which they have applied”. If the candidate could not take the entrance exam for the particular course(s), due to such overlapping, then the university will not be responsible.
  • Application fee of INR 1000 (INR 500 for SC/ST) to be paid online by following the instruction available on the University website in case of MBA and Ph.Dprogramme. In case of PG Diploma programme, application fee of INR 600/- to be paid in case of General Category and INR 300/- in case of SC/ST category
  • After proper filling of the application form online and payment of fee online, the candidate can download their printable application from the university website by following instructions therein.
  • The Hall Ticket will be uploaded by the University after closing of the application registration process.

Documents Required:

  • Signature of Applicant
  • Color Passport-size photographs
  • Disability certificate (if applicable)
  • Scanned Signature
  • Caste Certificate (If applicable)

Pondicherry University MBA Reservation Details

  • 20% of the reservations are given for Pondicherry UT candidates in MBA (Business Administration) course.
  • 15% of seats are reserved by the University for SC candidates and 7.5% for ST candidates
  • 27% of the seats are reserved for OBC category according to instructions given by Govt. of India.


Ques. Can anyone take admission in MBA at Pondicherry University?

Ans. Yes, anyone can take admission in this University if he/she fulfills the criteria of the programme.

Ques. How can candidates get admission in this University?

Ans. The candidate can fill the application form by visiting the University’s website for getting admission in any programme.

Ques. What is the eligibility of MBA course in this university?

Ans. In order to become eligible for this course, the candidate must have passed Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50% and must have obtained a valid score in CAT.

Ques. Can foreign students also apply for an MBA at Pondicherry University?

Ans. Yes, foreign students can apply with certain eligibility criteria, for more details visit the university website.

Ques. What is the application fee that candidates need to pay for an MBA course?

Ans. The candidate needs to pay INR 1000/- (in case of General Category) and INR 500/- in case of SC/ST candidates.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College



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