Karnataka MBA Admissions 2021: Application Form, Important Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Selection Process, Counselling

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Content Curator | Updated on - Jun 3, 2021

Karnataka is considered the favourite destination to pursue MBA courses for students in India. MBA Admission in Karnatka will begin in June 2021

Every year, thousands of students take admission to MBA courses in the MBA colleges in Karnataka. Admission to MBA programs in Karnataka will be done based on the candidate's performance in Karnataka PGCET MBA 2021.

Karnataka PGCET is a State-level common entrance exam which is of 100 marks. For further details regarding Karnataka MBA Admissions such as important dates, application process, result, counselling etc. read the article given below. 

Admission Highlights

Karnataka MBA Admissions 2021: Highlights

The following are some of the highlights of the MBA course:

Course Level Postgraduate
Full-Form Master of Business Administration
Duration 2 years
Examination type Semester type
Eligibility Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline from a recognized university
Admission Process Karnataka PGCET
Course Fee INR 80,000 per annum
Important Dates

Karnataka MBA Admissions 2021: Important Dates

Applicants who are looking forward to admission to Karnataka MBA course need to keep a track on Karnataka MBA important dates provided in the table given below: 

Schedule Date
MBA PGCET Entrance exam notification date June 2021
Re-opening of online application August 2021
Last date to apply for exam September 2021
Availability of Karnataka MBA Admit Card October 2021
MBA PGCET Exam Date October  2021
Declaration of answer key To be announced
Declaration of PGCET results To be announced
MBA counselling date To be announced
Last date of counselling To be announced
Last date of reporting to the allocated college in Karnataka. To be announced
Eligibility Criteria

Karnataka MBA Admissions 2021: Eligibility Criteria

Candidates have to fulfil certain eligibility criteria given below laid down by the admission authority before filling the Karnataka MBA Application Form:

  • Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline from a recognized university. 
  • The candidate must have completed a bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years duration with 50% aggregate marks in all the subjects including the language subjects taken during the entire duration of course.
  • A candidate belonging to SC/ST ad category-1 of Karnataka must have minimum 45% aggregate marks in the UG course. 
  • Reservation is available for the candidate belonging to the state of Karnataka.
  • If a candidate wishes to pursue a part-time MBA program, then the eligibility criteria apart from the above points is- He should have worked in an establishment for minimum 3 years and the company should be at min 40kms distance from the MBA College.
Application Form

Karnataka MBA Admissions 2021: Application Form

Karnataka MBA Application forms can be filled Online. Check the Comprehensive Application Process below:

  1. Visit the official website of the admission authority. 
  2. Fill the application form. (There was a separate application form released for students who were COVID Positive)
  3. Fill all the personal and professional details. The aggregate marks in the UG course have to be entered correctly, do not round up the marks.
  4. Attach the scanned documents as mentioned.
  5. Submit the application form
  6. Pay the application fee online using Credit/ Debit Card/ Net Banking.
  7. The admit card/ hall ticket for candidates who have applied, will be released on the KEA website.
  8. After downloading the admit card students have to report to the respective centres to give the examination.
  9. The Answer Key will be released a few days after the exam day. If any candidate has any objection then, they can file the objection for the same within 3 days of its release.
  10. Candidates belonging to Reservation category submit the caste certificate or income certificate.
  11. Merit list will be declared on the KEA website. The selected candidates must confirm the seats before the last date will be released soon.
  12. The candidate must confirm the seat in the respective college by paying the 1st semester fees.

Documents to be submitted at the time of application

  1. SSLC/10th standard Mark sheet
  2. 12th standard Mark sheet.
  3. Qualifying examination mark card of the candidate.
  4. Study certificate of the candidate.
  5. If a candidate belongs to the reservation category then documents supporting the same should be submitted. (caste/income certificate)
  6. If the parents of the candidate have studied in the state of Karnataka for a minimum of 7 years, then a certificate of the parents from the institution they have studied must be submitted.

Documents to be attested during the time of Document Verification

  1. Final printout of the application form.
  2. Proof for having paid the fees.
  3. ‘PGCET 2021’ Admission Ticket
  4. SSLC / 10th Standard / Equivalent Examination Marks Card
  5. 12th Standard/ Equivalent Examination Marks Card
  6. Qualifying Degree Marks Cards of all the Years / Semesters
  7. For Part-time MBA, a minimum of 3 years of experience certificate.

Application fee

For General and OBC category INR 650
For SC/ST and Karnataka 1 category INR 500
Exam Pattern

Karnataka MBA Admissions 2021: Exam Pattern

  • The total numbers of questions are 100. There are 4 sections, each section contains 25 questions.
  • The exam is based on MCQ pattern. Thus each question has 4 options. Every candidate must choose only one option and mark the same on the given OMR sheet.
  • For every right answer, 1 mark will be awarded. No negative marking for wrong answers.
  • The paper should be completed within 2 hours.

Karnataka MBA Admissions 2021: Syllabus

The subject-wise syllabus of MBA courses in colleges/ universities in Karnataka is as follows:

Section Syllabus
Proficiency in English Language Synonyms, Antonyms, One-word Substitution, Idioms and phrases. Pairs expressing relationships, Grammar, Famous Books in English Literature, Sentence Correction
General Knowledge Puzzles, Diagrams, Analogy, Logic, Verbal Ability, Analytical Ability and Related Aspects
Test of Reasoning and General Indian Business Environment, Global Environment, Social Events, Cultural Events, Economics, Management, Political Events, Historical Events, Current Affairs, Sports, Awards, Personalities and Achievements, Science and Technology, Humanities
Quantitative Analysis Data Analysis and Interpretation, Statistics, Related Quantitative Aspects
Counselling and Result

Karnataka MBA Admissions 2021: Counselling and Result

  • The merit list will be declared on the official website.
  • The merit list is prepared on the basis of marks obtained by the candidate in the PGCET exam.
  • On the basis of the merit list, the counselling process will be conducted. The candidate has to choose the colleges he wants.
  • Two counselling processes are conducted.
  • Allotment of seats depends entirely on the priority of options given by the candidates as per the merit/rank.
  • The candidate must confirm the seat and the allocated college before the last day.
  • The dates for counselling are yet to be notified.
Seats Allocation

Karnataka MBA Admissions: Allocation of Seats

  • The computer starts the allotment with the Physically Disabled persons / Ex-defence as per their rank and options
  • All Reserved category candidates will first be considered for allotment in General Merit as per their merit and rank and as per the options given by them.
  • After the General Merit seats are exhausted the candidate belonging to the respective categories will be allotted the seats in their respective category as per their rank and as per the options given by them.

Karnataka MBA Admissions: Reservation of Seats

Seats are reserved for the following candidates

  1. Ex-Defence Special category
  2. Physically Disabled Special category
  3. Reserved category candidates (ONLY FOR KARNATAKA CANDIDATES)
  4. 70% of the seats are reserved for the students belonging to the state of Karnataka.

Karnataka MBA Admissions: FAQs

Ques. Which seats are available in the second counselling?

Ans. The following seats are available for Karnataka MBA Admissions: 

  1. Un-allotted seats of First Round.
  2. Newly Added seats, if any.
  3. Cancelled / Surrendered Seats.
  4. Choice 3 and Choice 4 Seats.
  5. Choice 1 and 2 seats – Not paid the fees.
  6. Consequential Vacancies.

Ques. What are the instructions for the exam?

Ans. The exam is MCQ based, which should be filled in OMR Sheet. The paper should be written in black/blue pen only.

Ques. How should the payment be done for the application fee?

Ans. The step-by-step process for the payment of application fee is given below: 

  • Candidate has to download/print the Challan of specified Bank from the KEA Website which is in Triplicate. (Banks will be notified by KEA)
  • In the Challan, the details of the candidate will be pre-printed, such as Name, PGCET No, College / Course Allotted details, Fee to be paid, Bank Account Number.
  • Candidate has to confirm the printed details and affix the signature on the Challan.
  • After downloading the Challan, the candidate has to pay the prescribed fee in any nearest branch of that Bank for which challan is downloaded.

Ques. How many colleges participate in the exam?

Ans. All the government, private and deemed institutions participate in the process. Some of the top colleges are mentioned above.

Master of Business Administration [MBA] : 274 answered questions


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● Top Answer By Revaansh Khurana on 23 Jul 21

Ans. Alliance University Bangalore now offers an MBA instead of the earlier DGDM degree through its two schools; Alliance School of Business and Alliance Ascent College. Make sure first which one you are applying to. Alliance University once used to be one of the best management institutes in Bangalore but now has lost its credibility among the students due to various reasons.  As for the placements, it is still decent according to the latest reports of the institute. For the year 2020, the university reported the highest salary and the average salary of the MBA programs to be INR 22.6 lakhs per annum and INR 7.6 lakhs per annum respectively. The fee structure for MBA at both the schools at Alliance University is given in the table below – Particulars Alliance School of Business Alliance Ascent College Tuition Fee INR 13.50 lakhs INR 9 lakhs Registration Fee INR 50,000 INR 50,000 The university offers hostel accommodation and charges INR 81,000 and INR 96,000 for double occupancy and single occupancy rooms respectively for 6 months at its Central Campus. When looking at the fee, the Return on Investment (ROI) does not look great. Many other universities will provide better exposure.Read more
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Ques. How is Fore School of Management for a PGDM? How are the placements for marketing students?

● Top Answer By Khushi Chitra on 22 Jul 21

Ans. One of my friends is from this institute, so I might be able to help you with your question. FORE School is one of the country's top business schools.  For the 2017-19 academic year, four marketing students were paid INR 31 LPA. Jumbo Group, Philips, J K Type, HUL, Gen pact, Gen pact ERC, EY GDS, Deloitte, KPMG GS, and others visit campus for placement drives every year.  The course is very well structured. The faculty members along with permanent professors, also have guest lecturers from top marketing firms in India and abroad. PGDM from Fore School of Management : Total course fee 15 lakhs Seats available 180 Top recruiters Adani Group, Amazon.com, Asian Paints, Berger Paints, Coca-Cola, Colgate Palmolive, Deloitte,etc Highest salary package 31 lakhs Average salary package 10 lakhs Overall Fore university of management is a good option to go for. You’ll not regret later, I can assure you that. It will help build your career so you could succeed in life.Read more
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Ques. How is MBA curriculum and college life at CUSAT, is it hard to get admitted? How are the placements for previous batches?

● Top Answer By Ritika Ghosh on 20 Jul 21

Ans. CUSAT is worth spending your 2 years of MBA. School of Management Studies, CUSAT is one of the most reputed B-schools in Southern India, therefore considered a very good place to study.  The campus is quite large and welcoming along with the quality education. The college owns an ample amount of well-qualified faculty members, thereby giving you complete knowledge regarding the particular field.  The placements earlier were organized for a particular field. But now, there is a single placement cell and a placement officer heading it. This has increased the placement offers for the students. Numbers of offers made 300 Number of students placed 306 Highest CTC offered INR 15 LPA Average CTC offered INR 4.7 LPA The environment of the college gives you a chance to work for your holistic development along with the curriculum. Also, the college offers decent placement opportunities in the most prestigious companies across the country.  So if you have thought of getting admission into the School of Management Studies, CUSAT, for your MBA, you can go for the option without any second thought.Read more
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Ques. What is the fee structure for MBA in BITS Pilani?

● Top Answer By Ankita Sinha on 19 Jul 21

Ans. The fee structure of an MBA in BITS Pilani is almost similar to that of the engineering fee structure. The points below give a detailed overview of the regular MBA fee structure of the institute, along with some additional fees. For each semester, the tuition fee for MBA is 1,78,000. This is quite affordable, compared to the MBA fees of other premier institutes in India. The hostel fee of BITS Pilani is about 35,000 per semester, including all facilities like room charges, mess, electricity, etc. There is a one-time admission fee of 35,000 taken at the beginning of the MBA course. An additional fee of 50,000 is charged for the Practise School fee if you wish to enroll in it. This fee is charged in the second year of the course. The overall fee for an MBA in BITS Pilani sums up to be about 9 Lakhs in total.Read more
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Ques. Which college is good for MBA, Nirma University, Symbiosis Pune or Narsee Monjee Mumbai?

● Top Answer By Ketaki Sircar on 17 Jul 21

Ans. It's not fair to put Nirma into the same category as NMIMS Mumbai and Symbiosis Pune. First and foremost, as many other students have remarked. As one of my friends studied at NMIMS, I would suggest you go for it. Since under the SIU banner you did not name a particular college, I assume it is SIBM Pune.  The principal reason NMIMS scored over SIBM is its advantageous placement in Mumbai's financial centre.  It's an hour and a half drive from commercial and industrial areas like the Bandra Kurla Centre, Southern Mumbai, and Navi Mumbai. This allows students to go to high-profile companies such as SEBI, TOI, and JPMC for industrial trips. Since NMIMS has more than 500 batch sizes, it continues to produce better average packages from other institutes in the same league.  The reputation and connection that NMIMS enjoys to the industry is a testimonial.  Categories Nirma University SIBM Pune NMIMS Mumbai Course Fee 10.04 lakh 19.22 lakh 6.04 lakh Highest CTC 12 LPA 28 LPA 13-15 LPA Average CTC 8.5 LPA 16 LPA 8-10 LPA Recruiting Companies Zydus, Adani, Kotak, Axis Bank, etc. Mindtree, Crisil, HSBC, Asian Paints, etc. Berger, ICICI Bank, CitiBank, Hindustan Unilever, etc. Over the years, NMIMS has demonstrated its success at national and international competitions. Some of the events in which our students have fared better with all the participants from the above-stated institutions include RB Mavericks, HUL Carpe Diem, and SABMiller's Brew-a-career.Read more
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