Admission Process in Top MBA 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.

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

*For other colleges admission, please go through below table:

Top MBA Colleges, with their acceptability of different MBA entrance exam scores are:

Name of top MBA college Acceptable exam score for MBA admission MBA shortlisting process Final MBA admission process
FMS Delhi CAT Overall and sectional score in CAT GD, Extempore speech, PI
XLRI Jamshedpur XAT Overall and sectional score in XAT GD, PI
MDI Gurgaon CAT Overall and sectional score in CAT GD, PI
SPJIMR Mumbai CAT & XAT Profile based and Overall and sectional score in CAT & XAT 2 rounds of Group Interviews
IMI New Delhi CAT Overall and sectional score in CAT GD, Psychometric tests, PI
IMT Ghaziabad CAT & XAT Overall and sectional score in CAT & XAT PI round
NMIMS Mumbai NMAT Overall and Sectional Score in NMAT GD-PI-WAT
XIM Bhubaneswar CAT, XAT, X-GMT Overall and sectional score in CAT, XAT, X-GMT GD, PI
15 Symbiosis Institutes SNAP Overall and Sectional Scores in SNAP test GD-PI-WAT as per individual Symbiosis College policy

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