MBA Admission Process

MBA admission process in top MBA colleges opens every year in the month of July/August and closes after 2-3 months from the opening date. While IIFT, IIMs, XLRI, NMIMS, SIBM among others open their admission process in July-August, other top MBA colleges like FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IMI, IMT begin their admission process in September-October and close it in December. If you are planning to do MBA from one of the top MBA colleges in India, you must be aware how to take admission in MBA college and understand very well the MBA admission process of the MBA college where you want to apply. 

All the top MBA colleges have one or other different component that determines the eligibility for MBA admission and a different MBA admission procedure. To know the MBA Admission process 2022 you should also be aware about the procedure for MBA Entrance Exams. You need to appear in one of these MBA entrance exams to get through the MBA admission process of the B-school.

Although MBA admission process in India for all the top MBA colleges is almost similar, the difference is their acceptability of MBA entrance exam score. For example, IIMs accept CAT exam score, XLRI accepts XAT exam score, NMIMS accepts NMAT exam score, Symbiosis accepts SNAP exam score, IIFT accepts its own IIFT entrance exam score and so on so forth. 

MBA Admission Process in Top MBA/PGDM Colleges
MBA colleges like FMS Delhi, IIFT Delhi, XLRI Jamshedpur, MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR Mumbai, NMIMS Mumbai, IMI New Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad, IITs follow the 4 steps Admission process to their flagship MBA/PGDM programmes.

While FMS, MDI, IMI, IITs accept only CAT scores, XLRI accepts only XAT score. SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB, TAPMI, and many other top MBA colleges accept both CAT and XAT scores. NMIMS accepts score of NMAT by GMAC and 15 Symbiosis colleges accept only SNAP test scores. However, despite accepting scores of different MBA entrance exams, the rest two steps of admission process namely Shortlisting and final admission round are similar to a large extent and are conducted individually by the respective B-school  

The top MBA/PGDM colleges, with their acceptability of different MBA entrance exam scores are:

Name of top MBA collegeAcceptable exam score for MBA admission MBA shortlisting processFinal MBA admission process
FMS DelhiCATOverall and sectional score in CATGD, Extempore speech, PI
XLRI JamshedpurXATOverall and sectional score in XATGD, PI
MDI GurgaonCATOverall and sectional score in CATGD, PI
SPJIMR MumbaiCAT & XATProfile based and Overall and sectional score in CAT & XAT2 rounds of Group Interviews
IMI New DelhiCATOverall and sectional score in CATGD, Psychometric tests, PI
IMT GhaziabadCAT & XATOverall and sectional score in CAT & XATPI round
NMIMS MumbaiNMATOverall and Sectional Score in NMATGD-PI-WAT
XIM BhubaneswarCAT, XAT, X-GMTOverall and sectional score in CAT, XAT, X-GMTGD, PI
15 Symbiosis InstitutesSNAPOverall and Sectional Scores in SNAP testGD-PI-WAT as per individual Symbiosis College policy
IRMA AnandCAT, XATOverall and sectional score in CAT, XATAppear in IRMASAT, GD, PI
MICA, AhmedabadCAT, XATOverall and sectional score in CAT, XATAppear in MICAT, GD, PI
TAPMI, ManipalCAT, XATOverall and sectional score in CAT, XATGD/PI
IMNU, Nirma University, AhmedabadCATOverall and sectional score in CATGD/PI
GIM GoaCAT, XAT, CMATOverall and sectional score in CAT, XAT, CMATGD/PI
K J Somaiya, MumbaiCAT, XAT, CMATOverall and sectional score in CAT, XAT, CMATGD/PI
Great Lakes ChennaiCAT, XAT, CMATOverall and sectional score in CAT, XAT, CMATGD/PI
IFMR, ChennaiCAT, XAT, CMATOverall and sectional score in CAT, XAT, CMATGD/PI
BIMTECH, Greater NoidaCAT, XATOverall and sectional score in CAT, XATGD/PI
LIBA ChennaiCAT, XATOverall and sectional score in CAT, XATGD/PI
Jagan Institute of Management Studies, RohiniCAT, XAT, MAT, CMAT, ATMAOverall and sectional score in CAT, XAT, MAT, CMAT, ATMAGD/PI

MBA Admission: Four Step Process

MBA Admission process in India in all the top MBA colleges is a four step process. These 4 steps of MBA admission process are applicable to all the MBA colleges including IIMs who offer admission after a rigorous selection process to select the most suitable candidate. 

Step-1: Register & Apply for MBA Entrance Exam
The admission process in top MBA colleges open in August/September first week and closes in November last week. Candidates desirous of seeking admission in top MBA colleges should register and apply for the relevant MBA entrance exam like CAT/XAT/IIFT/NMAT/SNAP within the specified registration window. Most National level MBA entrance exams like CAT, XAT close the registration process in September and November respectively. Usually the CAT registration process remains open for 45 to 50 days.

Step-2: Appear in MBA Entrance Exam
Those who want to pursue management course PGDM/MBA programme from top MBA colleges must appear in CAT, XAT, NMAT or other relevant entrance exam.

Common Admission Test (CAT), will be held on November 25, 2018 and XAT 2019 on January 6, 2019 for admission to 2019-21 batch

Step-3: Shortlisting Process

After declaration of MBA exam result in January, most of the top B-schools will shortlist the suitable candidates for final admission round on the basis of exam scores, academics, diversity, work experience among other parameters as per the respective B-school admission policy and weightages. The process is completed by each institute individually.

Step-4: Final Admission Process- GD-PI-WAT Round
All the shortlisted candidates shall have to appear in the Group Discussion (GD), Written Ability Test (WAT) followed by Personal Interview (PI). Some of the B-schools like FMS will conduct GD & Extempore before PI round while few other like MDI will conduct GD-PI and a few like IMI will conduct Psychometric test also. Some of the IIMs like IIM Shillong, IIM Kozhikode also conduct GD round based on the WAT. On the basis of their performance in final selection round, weightage awarded to entrance scores, academic profile & diversity, work experience and gender diversity, final merit list will be generated and admission offers will be made by the respective B-school.

IIMs Admission Process
20 IIMs announce their admission process and criteria after the CAT registration begins. While older IIMs announce their admission process in a few days from the date of commencement of CAT registration, newer IIMs announce their admission process a little late. The admission process includes the CAT cut offs, admission eligibility, shortlisting criteria and weightages and weightage to different components in final selection round.. Read More on IIM Admission Criteria

IIMs in India

IIMs in India can be divided into 3 categories – Old IIMs, New IIMs and Baby (Newest) IIMs. Following are the category wise division of IIMs:

7 Old IIMs

  • IIM Ahmedabad
  • IIM Bangalore
  • IIM Calcutta
  • IIM Lucknow
  • IIM Kozhikode
  • IIM Indore
  • IIM Shillong

6 New IIMs

  • IIM Kashipur
  • IIM Raipur
  • IIM Ranchi
  • IIM Rohtak
  • IIM Tiruchirappalli
  • IIM Udaipur

7 Newest (Baby) IIMs

  • IIM Amritsar
  • IIM BodhGaya
  • IIM Jammu
  • IIM Nagpur
  • IIM Sambalpur
  • IIM Sirmaur
  • IIM Visakhapatnam 

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