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MBA Admissions 2020: Top 100 B-Schools in India

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If admissions for MBA in IIMs or the top B-schools is the priority then perhaps you are in the right place. Normally, all the MBA colleges in India proceed with admission processes between March- May, every year. However, for the recent emergence of the COVID-19 crisis, most of the colleges have delayed admission processes for the new batch of 2020-2021. 

The regulatory body, AICTE recently notified all the Business Colleges with a new set of Admission Guidelines for 2020. Following which, all the privately run B-Schools have decided to begin admission from August 1. IIM Ahmedabad has already released the Final List for Admissions in 2020 and the other IIMs are to follow suit. 

Here’s a detailed account of all the application dates and closing dates of Top 100 Business colleges in India:

AICTE Announces Timelines for New MBA Batches of 2020

Here’s a detailed timeline of the admission processes and guidelines regarding MBA programs in 2020:

MBA Admission Guidelines Announced May 1, 2020
Last Date of AdmissionJuly 31, 2020
Last Date for Cancellation of ApplicationJuly 25,2020
Admission Fee deduction (in case of cancellation of applications)Rs 1000/-
Session CommencesAugust 1, 2020
Last Date for Submission of Graduation MarksheetsDecember 31, 2020
Last Date for Admission in Distance/ Open Learning of PGDM courses (2020 session)August 15, 2020
Last Date for Admission in Distance/ Open Learning of PGDM courses (2021 session)February 15, 2021

New Admissions Updates 2020: Top B-Schools of India

Many of the top B-Schools like XLRI, IIMs, SPJIMR, MDI etc. have closed their Application processes. Latest Updates on application status, fees, and start dates of batches are tabulated below:

InstituteAdmission StatusFeesStart Dates of Batch
IIM AhmedabadFinal Merit List (for admissions) released: May 8, 2020Full tuition fee: 23,00,000 (subject to increase by 5%-7% after inflation)August, 2020 (Tentative)
IIM CalcuttaFinal Result for MBA Admission 2020 relesed: May 22, 20202,00,000 (First installment)August 1, 2020
IIM BangaloreFinal Result for PGP Admission 2020 released: May 9, 202023,00,000 (Program fee)August 1, 2020
IIM Kozhikode

Declared offerlist/waitlist of candidates selected for PGP courses: May 14, 2020 

Online interviews conducted: May 11-May 16, 2020

16,10,000 (India Candidates) 24, 50,000 (NRI Candidates)August 1, 2020
IIM LucknowFinal Result for PGP Admission 2020 released: May 23, 202014,00,000 (Program fee)August 1, 2020
IIM Indore Final Result for PGP and PGP-HRM Admission 2020 released: May 22, 202016,10,000 (India Candidates) 24, 00,000 (NRI Candidates)August 1, 2020
IIM JammuFinal Result fof MBA Admission 2020 released: May 22, 202013,80,000 Program fees) First Installment: 2,30,500August 1, 2020
IIM SirmaurFinal Result of MBA (T&HM) program 2020 released: May 6, 202011,75,000 (Program Fees)August 1, 2020
IIM SambalpurFinal Selection List for MBA Admission 2020 released: May 22, 202013,00,000 (Program Fees)August 1, 2020
IIM AmritsarFinal Merit List for MBA Admission 2020 released: May 20, 202010,50,000 (Program Fees)August 1, 2020
IIM VisakhapatnamFinal Merit List for MBA Admission 2020 released: May 20, 202011,00,000 (Program Fees)August 1, 2020
IIM BodhgayaFinal PGP 2020 Merit List has been released: May 22, 202011,00,000 (Program Fees)August 1, 2020
IIM NagpurFinal Result for MBA Admission 2020 released: May 23, 202012,50,000 (Program fees)August 1, 2020
IIM TrichyFinal PGP 2020 Merit List has been released: May 22, 20201,25,000 (First instalment) 14,00,000 (Program Fee)August 1, 2020
IIM RanchiFinal Result for PGP/PGP-HRM Admission 2020 released: May 23, 202015,30,000 (Program Fees)August 1, 2020
IIM UdaipurFinal Result for MBA Admission 2020 released: May 22, 20203,35, 000 (First Year)August 1, 2020
IIM KashipurFinal Result for MBA Admission 2020 released: May 23, 20205,82,000 (First Year)August 1, 2020
IIM RaipurFinal Result for PGP 2020 Admission released: May 22, 202018,56,000 (Program fee)August 1, 2020
IIM ShillongFinal Result for the PG programme in Management Admission 2020 released: May 15, 202014,60,000 (Program Fee)August 1, 2020
IIM RohtakShortlist released: February, 20206,90,000 (First Year)August 1, 2020
FORE School of Management, DelhiFinal list of selected candidates for PGDM, PGDM-IB & PGDM-FM program released: May 6, 20203,99,500 (First Installment)August 1, 2020
Welingkar Institute of Management Selection ended: April, 2020 Results yet to be released 5,50,000 (Annual tuition fee)August 1, 2020
IMT GhaziabadOffers sent out based on First Merit List17,50,000 (Program fee)August 1, 2020
TAPMI (T.A. PAI Management Institute)Admission processes over by March 20207,00,000 (First year)August 1, 2020

List of Top MBA Colleges: Applications Ongoing, Apply Now, Last Dates

Tabulated below are the list of top B-Schools in India where application to MBA programs in 2020 are still ongoing:

College NameApplication Status/ Last Date
I P UniversityOpen/May 25, 2020
Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management StudiesFrom May 2020
Regenesys Institute of ManagementOpen
SSN School of ManagementOpen
MET Institute of ManagementOpen
Birla Global UniversityOpen
Chetana’s Institute of Management and ResearchOpen/May 15, 2020
Amrita School of BusinessOpen
SOIL Institute of ManagementOpen
CHRIST - Deemed to be UniversityOpen
Jaipuria (Noida, Lucknow, Jaipur and Indore)Open/Closing Soon
National Institute of Financial ManagementOpen/Closing Soon
Lexicon MILEOpen
VIPS (Technical Campus) Delhi School of BusinessOpen/Closing Soon
GITAM UniversityOpen
Rajagiri Centre for Business StudiesOpen/Closing Soon
XIMEOpen/Closing Soon
EDIIOpen/Closing Soon
GITAM School of Business (Bengaluru)Open
GITAM Business School (Hyderabad)Open
Globsyn Business SchoolOpen/Closing Soon
NIAOpen/May 18, 2020
Nalanda University: School of Management StudiesOpen
IESOpen/May 25, 2020

Admissions for MBA: How to Apply

Application process for MBA colleges is not complicated in case all the guidelines are clearly understood and followed. The steps for application are stated below:

  1. Submit application for admissions
  2. Score well in recognised entrance exams for MBA: CAT, XAT, or MAT
  3. After being shortlisted appear in WAT (Written Aptitude Tests), Group Discussions (GD), PI( Personal Interview)
  4. Accept admission offer after final selection.

Admissions for MBA: A Step-wise Guide

Below is a step-by-step guide to follow for MBA applications:

Check the Eligibility Criteria for MBA

  • Minimum score of 50% (aggregate) in graduation from a recognised college in India 
  • There is no age limit as of now, so final year students can also apply.

Check all the Prerequisites for MBA Entrance Examinations

  • Appear in entrance examinations, applicable for admission in an MBA college
  • Entrance exams for MBA Admission: CAT, XAT, MAT, NMAT, SNAP
  • MBA entrance exams accepted by institutes: 
    • CAT: 20 IIMs
    • XAT: XLRI
    • SNAP: 16 Symbiosis Institutes

Shortlisting and WAT-PI/GD

Specific criteria for shortlisting is subject to change with varying colleges on the basis of academic records, diversity in previous work experience and scores of entrance exams

  • For IIMs, meeting the sectional cut-offs is mandatory for being shortlisted
  • Top MBA colleges actually require scores to surepass the cutoffs for ensured shortlisting

Final Selection 

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

Accept Admission Offers and Pay Fee

  • Receive and accept admission offer
  • Make payments admission acceptance fee within the scheduled date 

Admission Criteria: Top Business Colleges

Top MBA colleges follow a pattern for the entire selection process. 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 admission process followed by Top B-Schools in India:

MBA CollegeAccepted Entrance ExamFinal Selection Process (GD/WAT/PI)
IIM AhmedabadCATWAT (AWT) and PI
IIM (Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, Indore)CATWAT and PI
FMSCATGD/Extempore and PI
XIM-Xavier UniversityCAT/XATGD/WAT and PI

Top 10 Cues: Make or Break MBA Admissions

Listed below are 10 most vital aspects of MBA colleges that you need to explore before applying for admission:

Check 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 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.

Calculate tuition fee

Tuition fee for MBA in India may range between 2 lakhs and 25 lakhs. The tuition fees are relatively low, however additional charges make up to 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 rankings and accreditations of universities

Some of the credible ranking systems are NIRF Rankings by Government of India and Business 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 specialisation. 

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

Older the management institute, 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 

Good ambience is one of the chief factors that helps create a milieu for students and adds to a great learning experience. For that the infrastructure pertaining to classrooms, auditoriums, libraries, healthcare facilities need to be prim and proper.

Top Business Colleges: Admissions Closed

Some of the top Business colleges which have closed down all application processes are tabulated below:

MBA CollegeAdmission StatusLast Date
IIMsClosedSeptember 25, 2019
XLRIClosedDecember 10, 2019
IMT GhaziabadClosedJanuary 30, 2020
SPJIMRClosedNovember 22, 2019
MDI GurgaonClosedNovember 22, 2019
FMS DelhiClosedNovember 25, 2020
IIFT Delhi
ClosedOctober 25, 2019
IMI New DelhiClosedJanuary 21, 2020
XIM-Xavier UniversityClosedJanuary 7, 2020
NMIMSClosedOctober 2019
DMS IIT DelhiClosedJanuary 31, 2020
SIBMClosedDecember 13, 2019
SJMSOM-IIT BombayClosedJanuary 31, 2020
K J SomaiyaClosedFebruary 6, 2020
FORE School of ManagementClosedJanuary 25, 2020
GIMClosedJanuary 3, 2020
TAPMIClosedFeb 2, 2020
MICAClosedJanuary 17, 2020
IRMAClosedJanuary 18, 2020 
KIIT School Of Management - KSOMClosed January 31, 2020
MDIClosedJanuary 31, 2020
SIBMClosedJanuary 15, 2020
IFIM BangaloreClosedFebruary 17, 2020
NITIEClosedFebruary 3, 2020
SDA Bocconi Asia CenterClosed-
WelingkarClosedFebruary 14, 2020
LIBAClosedFebruary 24, 2020
BITS PilaniClosedFebruary 25, 2020
SDMIMDClosedFebruary 28, 2020
Great Lakes Institute Of ManagementClosedFebruary 28, 2020
PES UniversityClosed-
VIT University Closed-
Sri Balaji University (BIMM, BIMHRD, BIIB, BITM)Closed-
IMT Dubai MBAClosed-
O P Jindal UniversityClosed-