MBA Admission 2021 applications for various colleges will remain open till the last week of May 2021. The application process for several MBA colleges such as IIM, XLRI, NMIMS etc. are already completed.
The MBA Admission 2021 is done on the basis of scores obtained in the MBA Entrance Exams, followed by the performance in WAT/PI.
Entrance exams for MBA Admission Process in various top MBA Colleges are CAT, MAT, XAT, SNAP, and alike. Candidates must keep a check of the MBA Entrance Exam Schedule and must prepare accordingly. The official notification for the CAT exam is expected to release in July 2021 and the examination will take place in November 2021. Students aspiring to pursue MBA or PGDM from the IIMs in India or the Top MBA Colleges in India need to keep a note of the minute details regarding application and exam dates, admission process, and many more.
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Top MBA Colleges: Application Deadline
The following table elucidates the MBA Application form 2021 dates for some of the top MBA Colleges in India.
|College||Exams Accepted||Application Deadline|
|IIM Ahmedabad||CAT/GMAT||December 23, 2020 - January 20, 2021 (Closed)|
|IIM Bangalore||CAT/GMAT||November 01, 2020 - January 04, 2021 (Closed)|
|IIM Calcutta||CAT/GMAT||May 10, 2021 (Closed)|
|XLRI Xavier School of Management||CAT/GMAT/XAT||August 23, 2020 - November 30, 2020 (Closed)|
|Indian School of Business, Hyderabad||GRE/GMAT||March 07, 2021 – April 25, 2021 (Closed)|
|SPJIMR, Mumbai||XAT/CAT/GMAT||September 28, 2020 – November 27, 2020 (Closed)|
|IIM Indore||CAT/GMAT||November 05, 2021 – December 24, 2020 (Closed)|
|IIM Lucknow||CAT/GMAT||February 05, 2021 – March 17, 2021 (Closed)|
|FMS Delhi||CAT/GMAT||January 07, 2021 – March 25, 2021 (Closed)|
|NMIMS||NMAT/GRE/GMAT||May 16, 2021 (Part-time MBA Applications Closed)|
|IIFT Delhi||IIFT/ GMAT||November 2020 – December 30, 2020 (Closed)|
|VGSOM (IIT Kharagpur)||CAT/ GMAT||January 05, 2021 – February 07, 2021 (Closed)|
|BITS Pilani||CAT/XAT/GMAT/BAAT||January 25, 2021- March 07, 2021 (Closed)|
MBA Admission 2021: Last Date to Apply
Although most of the IIMs have already closed their MBA applications 2021, many other top MBA colleges are still accepting MBA Admission 2021 applications for MBA as well as other types of MBA programs such as PGDM, Executive MBA, PGDM-EMP, the details of these colleges are curated in the table below:
|MBA College||Exam Score Accepted||Application Status|
|NIT Jalandhar||CAT, MAT, CMAT, GMAT||
May 25, 2021
|Calcutta University||CAT, XAT, MAT||
June 25, 2021
|IP University, Delhi||CAT 2020 Score||
May 30, 2021
|ICFAI Hyderabad||CAT, GMAT, NMAT, IBSAT||
1st week of July 2021- 2nd week of December 2021 (Applications to Open Soon)
|ICFAI Business School Gurgaon||CAT, GMAT, NMAT, IBSAT||
1st week of July 2021- 2nd week of December 2021 (Applications to Open Soon)
|NLU Jodhpur||CAT, MAT, CMAT||
June 15, 2021 (Open for MBA in Insurance)
|MANIT Bhopal||CAT, MAT, CMAT||
May 17, 2021 (Open)
|ICFAI University Jaipur||University Entrance Exam+PI||
July 26, 2021 (Open)
June 27, 2021 (Session III Admissions Open)
|University of Kerala||KU CAT||
July 17, 2021 (Open)
May 31, 2021 (Open)
|CUSAT Kochi||MAT, CMAT, CAT||
May 31, 2021 (Open)
|ARGUCOM Assam||MAT, XAT, CAT||
May 31, 2021 (Open)
|NHCE Bangalore||CAT, PGCET, MAT, KMAT||
|AIMIT Bangalore||MAT, CAT, CMAT, GMAT, KMAT, PGCET||
|LIET Hyderabad||TS ICET||
|WUD Sonepat||CAT, MAT, XAT||
July 9, 2021 (MBA in Design & Strategy Management Applications Open)
|KSOM Bhubaneswar||CAT, MAT, GMAT, CMAT, XAT||
|ISM Ranchi||CAT, MAT, XAT, CMAT||
|FLAME University, Pune||CAT, XAT, MAT, CMAT||
May 31, 2021 (Phase V MBA General & MBA (CM) Applications Open)
|BITSOM Mumbai||CAT, GRE, GMAT||
|IMT Nagpur||CAT, GRE, GMAT||
June 15, 2021 (Open)
June 8, 2021 (Open)
|MRIIRS Faridabad||CAT, XAT, MAT||
July 31, 2021 (Open)
|AURO University||CAT, XAT, ATMA, MAT, CMAT||
|VISTAS Chennai||CAT, MAT, VEE, XAT||
|JMI New Delhi||CAT||
June 30, 2021 (Open)
MBA 2021 Applications Closed
|MBA College||Exam Score Accepted||Application Status for MBA/PGDM 2021|
|XLRI Jamshedpur||XAT, GMAT||August 23, 2020 - November 30, 2020 (Closed)|
|XUB-Xavier University Bhubaneswar||XAT, CAT, GMAT, and XGMT||January 10, 2021 (Closed)|
|SPJIMR Mumbai||CAT, XAT, GMAT||Up to March 15, 2021 (Closed)|
|IMI Delhi||CAT, XAT||Up to January 27, 2021 (Closed)|
|IMT Ghaziabad||CAT, XAT, GMAT||January 04, 2021- January 30, 2021 (Closed)|
|KIIT SOM||CAT, XAT, MAT, CMAT, ATMA, GMAT, KIITEE MBA||January 10, 2021 (Closed)|
|IMI Kolkata||CAT, XAT, GMAT||Up to 31 January 2021 (Closed)|
|IMI Bhubaneswar||CAT, XAT, GMAT||Up to 31 January 2021 (Closed)|
|IIM Rohtak||CAT||January 14, 2021 (Closed)|
|IIM Ranchi||CAT||March 20, 2021 (Closed)|
|TAPMI||CAT and XAT||October 15, 2020 to January 22, 2021 (Closed)|
|JBIMS Mumbai||MAH-CET, CAT||December 29, 2020 (Closed)|
|Faculty of Management Studies Delhi||CAT||December 2020 - January 15, 2021 (Closed)|
|IIT Roorkee||CAT||January 5- January 31, 2021 (Closed)|
|IIT Delhi||CAT||February 15, 2021- March 18, 2021 (Closed)|
|IIT Bombay||CAT||January 5- January 31, 2021 (Closed)|
|NITIE Mumbai||CAT||March 1, 2021 (Closed)|
|IIT Kharagpur||CAT||January 5- January 31, 2021 (Closed)|
|IIT Kanpur||CAT||January 5- January 31, 2021 (Closed)|
|IIT Dhanbad||CAT||Up to February 7, 2021 (Closed)|
|IRMA Anand||CAT, XAT, IRMASAT||February 2, 2021 (Closed)|
|BITS Pilani||CAT, CMAT||February 25, 2021 (Closed)|
|IIT Madras||CAT||January 5- January 31, 2021 (Closed)|
|GIM Goa||CAT, XAT, GMAT, CMAT||January 2021 (Closed)|
|Loyola Institute of Business Administration||CAT, XAT||January 20, 2021 (Closed)|
|Institute of Management, Nirma University||CAT||December 24, 2020- January 25, 2021 (Closed)|
|K J Somaiya Mumbai||CAT, XAT, GMAT, CMAT||February 7, 2021 (Closed)|
|Great Lakes Institute Of Management Chennai||CAT, XAT||January 2021 - March 10, 2021 (Closed)|
|FORE School of Management||CAT, XAT, GMAT||January 31, 2021 (Closed)|
|Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies||SNAP||March 31, 2021 (Closed)|
|IPE Hyderabad||CAT, XAT, CMAT, GMAT, ATMA, MAT||March 31, 2021 (Closed)|
|NIT Agartala||CAT, CMAT, GMAT, MAT||April 06, 2021 (Closed)|
|MDI Gurgaon||CAT, GMAT||April 23, 2021 (Closed)|
|IFMR GSB||CAT, XAT, CMAT, GMAT, ATMA, MAT||Round 2- April 20, 2021 (Closed)|
|NALSAR Hyderabad||CAT, CMAT, XAT, GMAT||April 24, 2021 (Closed)|
|Panjab University||CAT||April 30, 2021 (Closed)|
|ITM Navi Mumbai||CAT, XAT, MAT, CMAT, GMAT, ATMA, NMAT, MAH-CET||April 30, 2021 (Closed)|
|Thapar University, Patiala||CAT, MAT, XAT, NMAT, CMAT, GMAT||April 30, 2021 (Closed)|
|IIHMR University, Jaipur||CAT, XAT, NMAT, MAT, CMAT, ATMA, GMAT, IIHMR-U MAT||May 7, 2021 (Closed)|
MBA Entrance Exams
MBA Entrance Exams include CAT, XAT, SNAP, NMAT, IIFT, CMAT, MAT, ATMA, MAH-CET, TISS NET, IBSAT, IRMASAT, KMAT.
Here is a detailed schedule of MBA admission 2021 deadlines and registrations dates for MBA entrance exams. The table below includes the last dates for MBA Entrance Exams 2021, along with the entrance exam syllabus and prerequisites discussed in the sections later.
MBA Entrance Exam Schedule
|Exams||Registration Dates||Exam Dates|
|CAT 2021||July 2021||November 2021|
|XLRI XAT 2022||2nd week of September 2021||1st week of January 2022|
|SNAP 2021||2nd week of August 2021||2nd week of December 2021|
|NMAT 2021||July 2, 2021||October 4, 2021-December 17, 2021|
|IIFT 2021||December 30, 2020 (Closed)||January 24, 2021|
|CMAT 2021||March 01, 2021 (Closed)||March 31, 2021|
|MAT 2021||PBT- May 24, 2021 (Open) CBT- June 7, 2021 (Open)||PBT- May 30, 2021 CBT- June 13, 2021|
|ATMA 2021||April 18, 2021 (Closed)||April 25, 2021|
|MAH-CET 2021||April 2021||May 2021|
|IBSAT 2021||1st week of July 2021||4th week of December 2021|
|IRMASAT 2021||February 2, 2021 (Closed)||February 18- 19, 2021|
|KMAT 2021||March 17- March 28, 2021 (Closed)||April 11, 2021|
|TISSMAT 2021||January 25, 2021 (Closed)||May 08, 2021 (Exam postponed, new dates TBA)|
|VMOU MET 2021||February 17, 2021 (Closed)||Exam postponed, new dates TBA|
|UPES MET 2021||May 11, 2021 (Open)||TBA|
|HPU MAT 2021||June 10, 2021 (Open)||TBA|
MBA Admission 2021 Quick Facts
- The eligibility criteria for MBA Admission 2021 is a bachelor’s degree from any stream, with an aggregate of 50% (5% relaxation for reserved classes).
- Top MBA colleges will accept MBA Admission 2021 applications only if a candidate has scored 60% or more in bachelors. Know More: MBA Eligibility
- MBA Entrance Exams: CAT, XAT, SNAP, NMAT, IIFT, CMAT, MAT, ATMA, MAH-CET, TISS NET, IBSAT, IRMASAT, KMAT.
- MBA Colleges with Applications Open: Banasthali Vidyapeeth, ARGUCOM Assam, CUSAT Kochi, NIT Kurukshetra, Christ University.
- MBA is a professional degree of 2-years in the stream of management offered by top colleges like IIMs, IITs, Great Lakes, Symbiosis Pune, and others. Check: Top MBA Colleges in India
- MBA Admission Fees at all these colleges range between INR 2-30 LPA. Check: MBA Fees
- As per academicians, only choosing the right B-School can give that edge to a career path even after a candidate scores 99% in CAT.
MBA Entrance Exam Syllabus
All of the MBA entrance exams have a different exam pattern in terms of the weightage of certain sections, number of MCQs, and marking scheme, but each MBA entrance exam has a common list of topics and subjects that are asked every year. We have curated the list of common MBA entrance exam subjects and topics below as per the latest MBA exam pattern.
|Number Systems||LCM and HCF||Percentage Calculation|
|Profit and Loss||Simple And Compound Interest||Speed, Time, And Distance|
|Ratio and Proportion||Linear and Quadratic Equations||Binomial Theorem|
|Bar Graphs||Line Graphs||Pie Chart|
|Tables||Column Graph||Venn Diagrams|
|Arrangements||Prepositions||Data Arrangement and Puzzles|
|Logical Sequence, Matching & Connections||Number & Letters Series||Clocks & Calendars|
|Grammar Usage||Reasoning||Sentence Correction|
|Fill in the blanks||Idioms||Paragraph Summary|
|Facts/Inferences||Meaning-Usage Match||Synonyms & Antonyms|
Current Affiars and GK
|States & Capitals||World Summits||Famous People & Achievements|
For Entrance Exam Wise Syllabus, Check:
|CAT Syllabus||MAT Syllabus||XAT Syllabus|
|CMAT Syllabus||SNAP Syllabus||NMAT Syllabus|
|MAH-CET Syllabus||ATMA Syllabus||TANCET Syllabus|
MBA Entrance Exam Prerequisites
- Before appearing for any MBA entrance exams, you should follow a set of prerequisites discussed below:
- Prepare a list of MBA colleges you want to apply for, and the entrance exams they accept.
- The top MBA entrance exams include: CAT, XAT, MAT, NMAT, SNAP
- Check the eligibility and admission criteria for all of these MBA entrance exams. Check: MBA Eligibility article to know the eligibility criteria for different MBA entrance exams.
- Some of the entrance exams are of the national level and are accepted by the majority of MBA colleges, while others such as MAH-CET 2021 are state-level entrance exams that will be accepted by state colleges.
- MBA entrance exams accepted by institutes: CAT: 20 IIMs, XAT: XLRI, SNAP: 16 Symbiosis Institutes, NMAT: NMIMS.
MBA Admission Process 2021
Check MBA Eligibility
- A minimum score of 50% (aggregate) in graduation from a recognized college in India.
- There is no age limit as of now, so final-year students can also apply.
- In some MBA programs, such as Executive MBA, a minimum work experience of 2-3 years is required.
How to Apply for MBA Admission 2021?
MBA application process 2021 for MBA colleges is not complicated in case all the guidelines are clearly understood and followed. The steps for application are stated below:
- Apply for admissions
- Score well in recognized entrance exams for MBA: CAT, XAT, or MAT
- After being shortlisted appear in WAT (Written Aptitude Tests), Group Discussions (GD), PI( Personal Interview)
- Accept admission offer after final selection.
MBA WAT- PI/ GD
Shortlisted candidates are invited to take part in the final selection procedure that includes WAT, PI, and GD in certain cases.
- IIMs conduct WAT(Written Ability Test) and PI (Personal Interview) for final selections.
- In certain IIMs GD( Group Discussions) are also conducted.
For information about the latest GD topics for MBA Admission 2021 rounds, and how to prepare for personal interview rounds check:
|MBA GD Topics||How to Handle Surprise Questions in GD/PI|
|80 Current GD Topics for MBA 2021||Top 30 Questions to be asked in PI|
|Tips to crack virtual GD/PI||13 Must Do Things to Crack GD/PI/WAT|
MBA Admission 2021: Counselling
After you have been shortlisted for final MBA admission, you are required to go through a round of admission counseling, which is nothing but submission of important documents such as certificates of previous examinations, personal ID proofs, MBA application forms.
The candidates are then asked to pay the admission fee within the scheduled date and accept the MBA college admission.
MBA Admission Criteria 2021: Top Business Schools
Top MBA colleges follow a pattern for MBA Admission process 2021. The shortlisting process is based on scores obtained by students in MBA entrance exams accepted by an institute, followed by Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD), and PI (Personal Interview).
Tabulated below are the details regarding MBA admission process followed by Top B-Schools in India:
|MBA College||Accepted Entrance Exam||Final Selection Process (GD/WAT/PI)|
|IIM Ahmedabad||CAT||WAT (AWT) and PI|
|XLRI||XAT||GD/WAT and PI|
|IIM (Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, Indore)||CAT||WAT and PI|
|SPJIMR||CAT/XAT||GD and PI|
|MDI||CAT||GD and PI|
|FMS||CAT||GD/Extempore and PI|
|IMI||CAT||GD/WAT and PI|
|IMT||CAT/XAT||GE/WAT and PI and PI|
|IIFT||IIFT MBA Entrance||GD/WAT and PI|
|SIBM||SNAP||GD/WAT and PI|
|XIM-Xavier University||CAT/XAT||GD/WAT and PI|
|NMIMS||NMAT||GD/WAT and PI|
MBA Colleges in India Accepting Various Entrance Exam Scores
Here is the list of top MBA colleges in India categorized on the basis of entrance exam scores they accept. You can check these links before you apply to different MBA colleges for MBA Admission 2021.
Top 10 Cues: Make or Break MBA Admission 2021
Listed below are the 10 most vital aspects of MBA colleges that you need to explore before applying for admission:
- Check The Eligibility Criteria
Different MBA colleges have different eligibility criteria for admission, regarding entrance exams accepted and scores required. For instance, IIMs accept CAT scores whereas Symbiosis requires SNAP scores. Thus, the exams students take decide their eligibility for admission in a particular B-school.
- Select the Type of Program: MBA vs PGDM
There are many top B-Schools in India offering either MBA or PGDM courses. FMS Delhi, XLRI, and Symbiosis Pune offer PGDM courses whereas the recent IIM Act suggests IIMs will provide MBA courses. Hence, before applying students need to check the type of degrees offered by the institute of their choice.
|NIT MBA/PGDM Colleges in India||IIT MBA/PGDM Colleges in India|
|IIIT MBA/PGDM Colleges in India||IIM MBA/PGDM Colleges in India|
- Calculate Tuition Fee
The tuition fee for MBA in India may range between INR 2 lakhs to 25 lakhs. The tuition fees are relatively low, however additional charges make up for the quantum of program fees. In such cases, students have to check the entire program fee, followed by the fee breakdown before applying for admission.
Check: MBA Colleges with Affordable Fees (1-2 lakhs per year)
- Check Rankings and Accreditations of Universities
Some of the credible ranking systems are NIRF Rankings by the Government of India and India Today Rankings. Students can look for MBA colleges based on their rankings through these systems to decide upon.
- Check Faculty Based on the Chosen Specialisation
Faculty is the core of an MBA program. The pedagogical effectiveness of a university is carried forward by the faculty itself. So, before applying brush through the faculty profile to ensure they have impactful experience in the chosen specialization.
- Choose from a Preferred Set of Cities or Top Universities
The fact that MBA is a professional course, its credibility lies in upscaling employability. This means the chosen MBA college needs to be in a bustling pro-business city or industrial hub. This collaterally affects employability and increases job opportunities by four-folds.
- Check for Alumni History
The older the management institute, the wider is its alumni base. Developing a network with alumni of a B-school helps in gaining insights, ultimately adding to career growth.
- Evaluate Infrastructure and Facilities
The good ambiance is one of the chief factors that help create a milieu for students and adds to a great learning experience. For that, the infrastructure of classrooms, auditoriums, libraries, healthcare facilities need to be prim and proper.
MBA Admission 2021: FAQs
Ques. What is the fee for MBA Admission 2021?
Ans. The fee ranges from INR 10- 25 lakhs in different MBA colleges for MBA course admissions.
Ques. Can I apply for MBA Admission 2021 now?
Ans. This depends on when you are reading the question. MBA session generally begins around May-June and interviews and all processes are mostly completed by May. So if this is the stage, you can check out at the college website whether you can apply now or not.
Ques. What is MBA admission process 2021?
Ans. MBA Admission process varies from college to college. Mostly it includes Entrance Exam, Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD), Personal Interview (PI). Many colleges ask for work experience and also consider 10th and 12th marks for the final selection.
Ques. Which is the best MBA college for direct MBA admission 2021?
Ans. To pursue a direct MBA or MBA without an entrance exam, some of the best colleges include SOIL Gurgaon, UPES Dehradun, OP Jindal Global University, etc.
Ques. Is any college good to do an MBA?
Ans. All colleges are not the same to pursue an MBA Program. Each college has its advantages or disadvantages. Students are advised to check the rankings, fee structures, and eligibility criteria before taking admission to a college.
Ques. Are MBA Entrance exams 2021 tough?
Ans. Yes, competitive exams such as CAT, GMAT, etc., are tough. It is because lakhs of people apply for the exams and hence the admission process is long and tough so that only deserving and hardworking candidates are admitted
Ques. Can I apply for MBA Admission 2021 with less than 50% marks in graduation?
Ques. Which top MBA College has the lowest MBA Admission 2021 fees?
Ques. Is GD/PI necessary for MBA Admission 2021?
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Ques. Can I apply for MBA Admission 2021 if I am working currently?