SPJIMR Revises PGDM Admission Policy for Batch of 2021-2023; Details here

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SPJIMR Mumbai has revised the admission policies for the PGDM batch of 2021-23 owing to its selection criteria and admission process.

SPJIMR Mumbai has now devised an admission policy that makes CAT 2020 as the sole gateway for admission in the PGDM program of the institute. With an intake capacity of 240 domestic students, GMAT score is acceptable with a minimum score of 690.

Until now, the institute accepted CAT, GMAT and XAT scores for admission to its PGDM program. However, the institute will not be accepting XAT 2021 scores for selection at any stage of the admissions process in 2020. 

Registrations for SPJIMR Mumbai Admission 2020 will open on September 28, 2020 and will close by November 27, 2020.

SPJIMR Mumbai: Latest Admission Process Explained 

The institute has set 3 major factors for admission to PGDM programs which are as follows:

  1. Qualifying Examination: This year only CAT 2020 and GMAT scores will be valid for admission. XAT 2021 scores will not be valid anymore for admission to SPJIMR Mumbai's PGDM program in 2021. Earlier, it accepted XAT, CAT and GMAT scores for admission. 
  2. Cutoff: SPJIMR Mumbai has set the minimum overall CAT 2020 cut-off as 85 percentile, while minimum sectional cut-offs as 75 percentile. The minimum overall GMAT cut-off will be 85 percentile and 690 as the overall GMAT score. The minimum sectional cut-offs in GMAT is 75h percentile for the Verbal Reasoning section (V-35) and Quantitative Reasoning section (Q-49).
  3. Profile-based Interview Calls: SPJIMR Mumbai will continue with profile-based interview calls for students showcasing consistently good academic record, relevant work experience, and personal/ professional achievements.

Although a candidate's performance in CAT 2020/GMAT will not be a criterion for a profile-based call from SPJIMR, applicants need to meet qualifying scores in one of the entrance exams. 

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Candidates who are not extended profile-based calls will be shortlisted based on their profiles and their CAT 2020/GMAT scores.

SPJIMR PGDM: New 3-Stage Admission Policy

SPJIMR Mumbai is one of the top-ranked business schools in India with an excellent placement record widely known for its high cutoffs in merit-based selection process that goes at par with that of the IIMs. .

The merit-based selection process is split in 3 stages: profile-based shortlisting, shortlisting based on profile + CAT/GMAT scores and the interview process.

Profile-Based Shortlisting and Early Interview

Applicants are shortlisted on the basis of their profiles apart from meeting the qualifying scores in any of the entrance exams. The profiles are scored and the applicants are sorted into two groups: Profile based and Profile-cum-score based.

Applicants who are shortlisted in the first group will be called for an early interview. The shortlist is based on their profile considering factors like:

  • Consistency of academic record
  • Relevance of work experience for the specialisation
  • Versatility and achievements

It will give this NIRF 18th Rank management institute an opportunity to stagger interviews and ensure that the process remains robust despite the large number of applicants.

On account of the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure the safety of participants, interviews for PGDM 2021 -2023 SPJIMR will conduct interviews online.

Profile-Based Shortlisting and Performance in Entrance Exam 

Once applicants receive their entrance exam scores, this round will be conducted where candidates will be called for interviews on the basis of their profile as given above, along with their performance in the entrance tests.

Entrance Test



CAT 2020

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

Quantitative Ability

CAT Percentile









GMAT Percentile





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In the present COVID-19 state, SPJIMR will continue with the aforementioned admission process or use alternatives. This may require additional information from the applicants for any other appropriate mechanism depending on the nature of the guidelines issued by the government or state authorities.

SPJIMR PGDM: Interview Process 

SPJIMR's interview process comprises a WAT round, a psychometric test, and two group interviews with a panel. The institute does not conduct a personal interview or group discussion round in SPJIMR's admissions process.

  1. The WAT round requires applicants to write a short essay on topics that are most commonly abstract in nature with a 300 word limit. Candidates are given 30 minutes for the WAT along with a psychometric test.

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  1. SPJIMR conducts two group interview rounds with a panel comprising SPJIMR professors. The first interview round usually lasts for 30 minutes, and from each group, only a few are selected for the second round of group interviews. 

The admission rounds will be conducted in mid-January to late-February and selected candidates will receive admission offers to SPJIMR's two-year PGDM program. The selection will find a basis in composite score of applicant’s profile, academic record, entrance test scores (CAT/ GMAT), work experience (if any) and performance in the two rounds of group interviews.