List of Top MBA/PGDM Colleges In Karnataka based on 2020 Ranking

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The top MBA colleges in Karnataka include premier institutions like IIM Bangalore, T.A Pai Management Institute and many other top public MBA colleges. Management has always been one of the most lucrative professions in India. 

  • Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore is definitely the crown of the state of Karnataka. It is currently the best MBA college in the entire country, as it is ranked first by NIRF National ranking survey.
  • Among the deemed universities offering MBA courses in the state of Karnataka, Christ University, Alliance University and Manipal University are the top MBA institutions in the state of Karnataka.
  • Among the private MBA colleges, T. A. Pai Management Institute, Acharya Institute of Management and Science and The Oxford College of Engineering are some of the top rated colleges in the state of Karnataka.
  • About 21 MBA colleges in Karnataka provide MBA courses through distance learning mode.
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Top MBA colleges in Karnataka: Rankings

Many renowned ranking agencies in India conduct ranking surveys every year to rank the top MBA colleges in India. The rankings are based on various parameters that differ from agency to agency. Here we have provided the rankings of top MBA colleges in Karnataka by some of the most renowned ranking agencies.

Top MBA colleges in Karnataka: NIRF Ranking

National Institutional Ranking Framework, also known as NIRF is the most renowned ranking survey in the nation conducted by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. Here we have provided the top MBA colleges in Karnataka by NIRF.

College NameNIRF 2019 All India RankNIRF 2018 All India RankChangeAnnual Fees
IIM Bangalore12+1INR 10,90,500
T. A. Pai Management Institute3376-100-INR 7,00,000
Alliance University42Not Participated-INR 6,75,000
  • IIM Bangalore climbed to the topmost position of the NIRF ranking list this year, hence becoming the BEST MBA college in India by dethroning IIM Ahmedabad. IIM Bangalore had previously held the second position in NIRF rankings.
  • T. A. Pai Management Institute and Alliance University were the other top MBA colleges in Karnataka ranked by NIRF. Both of the colleges were not ranked by NIRF in the previous year.

Top MBA colleges in Karnataka: Times B-School Ranking

Times B-School ranking surveys are known to be one of the most accurate ranking surveys when it comes to MBA college rankings. These surveys are based on the various parameters including Selection Process, Learning Experience, Faculty, Infrastructure and living experience, Fee structure.

Here we have provided top MBA colleges in Karnataka according to Times B-School survey 2019:

College NameAll India Rank 2020All India Rank 2019ChangeAnnual Fees
Alliance School of BusinessNot Participated19-INR 6,75,000
PES University2627+1INR 4,50,000
Presidency University School of management3638+2INR 3,00,000
AIMS Institute Bangalore5947-12INR 4,50,000
Acharya B-School4854+6INR 4,05,000
Dayanand Sagar College of Management & Info TechnologyNot Participated80-INR 63,750
Karnataka Law Society's Institute Of Management Educational And Research82820INR 2,10,000
Institute of Business Management and Research7797+20INR 1,54,390
The Oxford College of Engineering96100+4INR 70,000
  • Of the 12 MBA colleges from Karnataka ranked by Times B-School survey, Alliance School of Business holds the top position in the list. The B-School holds 19th rank all over India.
  • Of all the 12 colleges, only 2 were out of Bengaluru city, rest 10 were all from Bengaluru. Those two colleges are Karnataka Law Society’s Institute Of Management Educational And Research, Belagavi, and Institute of Business Management and Research, Hubli.
  • Some of the top MBA colleges from Bengaluru which were ranked by Times B School are Presidency University School of Management, Bengaluru, International School of Management Excellence, Bengaluru, Acharya Institute of Management and Sciences (AIMS), Bengaluru.

Top MBA colleges in Karnataka: India Today Ranking

India Today magazine conducts annual surveys every year to rank the top educational institutes in India in various domains such as B.Tech, MBA, etc. These surveys are based on various parameters like Learning Experience, Living Experience, Placement Performance, Selection process, and Future Orientation. 

The following table provides the data for top MBA colleges in Karnataka by India Today amongst the top 100 MBA colleges in the country.

College Name2019 All India Rank2018 All India RankChangeAnnual Fees
T. A Pai Management Institute, Manipal19190INR 7,00,000
Institute of Management, Christ University5257+5INR 3,79,000
AIMS School of Business6752-15INR 4,50,000
Manipal Institute of Management9792-5INR 3,19,000
  • 8 colleges were ranked amongst top 100, of which, 6 are from Bengaluru and 2 from Manipal.
  • T. A Pai Management Institute, Manipal holds the top rank in this list. It got 19th rank all over India. It has maintained its last year rank this year too.
  • AIMS School of Business shows the biggest drop, dropping 15 positions from 52 to 67.

Top MBA colleges in Karnataka: ROI (Return on Investment) 

ROI, actually known as Return on Investment, is one of the most important parameters one has to look at before selecting any college. Especially because for expensive degrees like MBA, almost all the colleges, including government colleges, demand very high fees. In such a scenario, ROI gives you an idea of which college will give you better value for money. It is the ratio between the average placement package and average annual fees.

The following table provides a comparative analysis of some of the top MBA colleges in Karnataka on the basis of ROI (excluding IIM Bangalore) :

College NameAverage Placement PackageAverage Annual FeesROI Rank
Christ UniversityINR 6,85,000INR 3,79,0001
TAPMIINR 11,06,000INR 7,00,0002
CMS Business SchoolINR 7,50,000INR 4,95,0003
Alliance UniversityINR 10,14,000INR 6,75,0004
SIBM BangaloreINR 9,79,000INR 8,20,0005
AIMS BangaloreINR 4,92,000INR 4,50,0006
  • Christ University is the best MBA college in Karnataka on the basis of ROI. Though all the colleges are expensive, its fee is comparatively lower than the other colleges, but it provides a good placement package. 
  • T.A Pai Management Institute is the second-best B-school in Karnataka with an ROI percentage of 158%. 
  • AIMS Bangalore ranks in the bottom among the top MBA colleges in Karnataka in terms of ROI.
  • SIBM Bangalore provides a good placement package but it is a very expensive college.

Top MBA colleges in Karnataka: Admission Process

There are 368 MBA Colleges in Karnataka including the best IIM of India i.e. IIM Bangalore. The admission process is mostly through entrance exams.

public/private mba college in karnataka
  • IIM Bangalore follows a centralized counseling process on the basis of CAT Score for admission to MBA courses.
  • Most of the private colleges also follow various entrance exams like CAT, MAT, etc.
  • However, some colleges also have their own entrance test, while some others follow spot examination process followed by counseling.

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

IIM Bangalore is currently the top-ranked MBA college in India on the basis of NIRF rankings. It was given the top rank in 2016 too, while it was ranked second for consecutive two years in 2017 and 2018.

  • It provides three types of MBA courses on the basis of time span: 2 Years Full-Time Course, 1 Year Full-Time courses, 2 Year weekend run courses.
  • It provides MBA courses on various specializations like Decision Sciences, Economics and Social Sciences, Entrepreneurship, Finance and Accounting, Information Systems, Marketing, Organizational Behavior, and Human Resource Development, Production and Operations Management, Public Policy, Strategy.
  • Admission to IIM Bangalore is done through CAT Entrance Exam, which is conducted every year for admission to various IIMs in India.
  • Placement records of the B-school have always been phenomenal. The institution has always achieved above 90% placement, most of the time it goes up to 100% placement. 

The following table shows the data for the average placement package for various PG(MBA) courses of the institution:

Academic YearNo. Of students placedNo. Of offers madeAverage CTCMedian CTC
PGP 2017-19411488INR 24.54 LPAINR 23 LPA
EPGP 2018-196464INR 26.28 LPAINR 25 LPA
PGPPM 2018-191214INR 19.64NA

The following graph shows the sector-wise placement of PGP program at IIM Bangalore 

IIM Bangalore Sector-wise Placement

Source: Official Website

Some of the top recruiters of IIM Bangalore are mentioned below: 

AirbusDeloitteGenpact
ICICI BankInfosys ConsultingAxis Bank
AmazonAccenture Tech StrategyHDFC Bank

Alliance School of Business, Alliance University

Alliance School of Business is the MBA Centre of Alliance University. It was ranked 42nd among the top management colleges in India by NIRF in 2019. It was ranked 19th all over India by Times B-School survey under management institute category, and 3rd all over India under Private University category.

  • The university provides an MBA degree with the following specializations: Marketing, Finance, Organizational leadership and strategy, Operations, Retail, Banking and Financial Services, Hospitality, Entrepreneurship, and family business, International Business, and Communications.
  • For Admission, Alliance School of Business conducts its own admission test, Alliance Management Aptitude Test (AMAT). But it also accepts the scores from entrance exams like GMAT/MAT/CAT/NMAT/XAT/CMAT etc. The candidate will have to appear in any one of the following entrance exams to apply for admission. The eligibility criterion for application is a minimum of 50% in graduation.

The following table shows the percentage of students placed in different sectors for MBA courses in the current academic year.

ASOB Bangalore MBA Placement Statistics

Source: Official Website

The top recruiters of Alliance School of Business Bangalore are tabulated below: 

AmazonAxis BankHDFC Bank
Paytm Payments BankAllegis Global SolutionsGoldman Sachs 

Christ University

Christ University is a private deemed university in Bengaluru, Karnataka. It is one of those MBA colleges in Karnataka which has a very good ROI Score. It is a NAAC accredited institute with an ‘A’ grade.

  • The institute provides MBA courses on specializations like Marketing, Finance, Human Resource, Business Analytics, Lean Operations, and systems.
  • It also provides MBA + MS degrees in association with Virginia Commonwealth University, USA.
  • Admission to Christ University in MBA courses is done on the basis of entrance exam scores, followed by an admission test. The candidate scoring the prescribed cutoff will have to fill up the application form available on the university website.
  • During the recent MBA campus placements, the total number of companies visiting the college was 142. The highest package offered was INR 13 LPA, while the average CTC was 6.85 LPA.
  • Some of the top companies recruiting from the college were ABRL, HCL, Accenture, Oracle, HDFC, OYO Rooms, Himalaya Drugs, HUL, HP, Bajaj Finserv, IBM, etc.

The following graph shows the total number of students present in its MBA program: 

Christ University MBA Students Strength 

Source: Official Website

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Top MBA Colleges in Karnataka: Entrance exam wise

The top MBA colleges in Karnataka take admission on the basis of entrance exam scores. the most common entrance exams for admission to MBA courses, which are taken on all India basis are PGCET, CAT, MAT, CMAT, and GMAT. Apart from these, there are some institution-specific entrance exams too like AMAT (Alliance Management Aptitude test for Alliance University), XAT (Xavier Aptitude test), etc.

Top MBA Colleges in Karnataka: Accepting PGCET

Karnataka PGCET is a state-level entrance exam conducted for admission in courses like MBA, MCA, M.Arch in Karnataka colleges. The conducting body of this exam is the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA). The exam is scheduled to take place in the month of July in an offline mode. More than 200 public and private colleges in Karnataka participate in this exam.

Some of the top MBA colleges in Karnataka offering admission under PGCET are mentioned below:  

  • ISBR Business School
  • AIMS Institute
  • International School of Management Excellence
  • Acharya Institute of Technology (AIT Bangalore)
  • Indus Business Academy 

Top MBA Colleges in Karnataka: Through CAT

CAT or Common Admission Test is the premier entrance exam accepted all over India for admission in management courses. Over 600 institutes participated in the exam and are conducted on a routine basis by the IIMs. One out of ten students scores above 90 percentile in CAT. 

Some of the top MBA colleges in Karnataka accepting CAT score are mentioned below: 

  • IIM Bangalore
  • Christ University
  • T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI)
  • ISBR Business School
  • Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship 

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Top MBA Colleges in Karnataka: Placement wise

Placements are the most important criteria to look at when it comes to selecting any college. The placements for MBA have always been known for high-paying jobs, but all the colleges cannot provide such high salary jobs as expected from them. 

  • IIM Bangalore is the best management college in Karnataka offering an average salary of INR 24.5 LPA and a median salary of INR 23 LPA. 
  • T.A. Pai Management Institute also ranks among the top management colleges with an average salary of INR 11.06 LPA. 
  • Some of the top recruiters include names like Amazon, Goldman Sachs, HDFC Bank, Paytm, ICICI Bank, Accenture, Genpact, among many others. 

The following graph shows the comparison of the placement scenario of the top MBA Colleges in Karnataka in graphical form

CTCs offered by Top MBA Colleges in Karnataka

Source: Official Websites

The specialization one chooses to pursue MBA matters a lot when it comes to placement. Check the links given below for more information: 

Top MBA Colleges in Karnataka: FAQs

Ques. Which sector has the maximum recruitment percentage for MBA students from IIM Bangalore?

Ans. A bulk majority of the students from IIM Bangalore are recruited in the Management Consulting sector, which comprises 35% of total recruitments.

Ques. Which degree from Alliance University is better? MBA or PGDM?

Ans. MBA is a master's degree while PGDM is a Diploma degree, both are different, however, they do provide similar job opportunities. Alliance University provides both the degrees with good placements for both, it depends on you whether you need a master or a diploma.

Ques. Which is the top government MBA college in Karnataka?

Ans. IIM Bangalore is undoubtedly the top government MBA college in Karnataka.

Ques. Which are some good Private Universities in Bangalore providing MBA degrees?

Ans. Alliance University and Christ University are the top Private Deemed universities in Bangalore providing MBA degree,

Ques. Do freshers get placed in campus placement after an MBA from Christ University?

Ans. Though it depends, more often than not, they are placed during campus placements.

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