Top Indian B-schools accepting GMAT scores

Top Indian B-schools accepting GMAT scores

ISB Mohali campus The Mohali campus of the Indian School of Business, one of India’s top B-schools

MBA schools accepting GMAT scores in India – the scenario 10 years back

An MBA from India through the GMAT route was, till about a decade back, an exercise in futility. At that point in time, ISB (Indian School of Business) Hyderabad had just about begun offering its renowned PGP program, and the most popular route for getting an MBA in India was to get one right after graduating from one’s bachelor’s program through the CAT route. Appropriately, almost all students with GMAT scores in India chose to go abroad.

 The scenario today – vastly different

Today, however, almost all top schools offer admission to MBA programs for experienced professionals through the GMAT route. The ISB PGP is a top choice, and so are the IIM PGPX programs. The list of top schools doesn’t end there, though, and newer names are being added every year. The programs are win-win propositions for the schools offering them as well as for applicants. While schools can extend their MBA offerings to cover experienced executives, professionals from different industries can now avail of these offerings to give a boost to their careers and set themselves up for leadership roles around the 5-7 experience level.

A list of top schools in India accepting GMAT scores is as follows:

B-school nameLocationAvg GMAT scoreAdmission requirements (beyond a bachelor’s degree)Web URL
ISBHyderabad7122 years of work-exwww.isb.edu
IIM-AAhmedabad7137 years of work-exwww.iimahd.ernet.in/programmes/pgpx.html
IIM-BBengaluru7027 years of work-exwww.iimb.ernet.in/postgraduate/epgp
IIM-CKolkata7185 years of work-ex, GMAT score not older than 3 yrshttp://programslive.iimcal.ac.in/pgpex/overview
IIM-LLucknow7006 years of work-ex, GMAT score not older than 3.5 yrswww.iiml.ac.in/post_graduate_program_ipmx_brochure.html
SPJIMRMumbai6805 years of work-exwww.spjimr.org/pgpm/pgpm_home.asp
XLRIJamshedpur6605 years of work-ex, GMAT score not older than 3 years/XAT scorewww.xlri.ac.in/scripts/GMP-Home.php
IIM-IIndore6905 years of work-ex, CAT/GMAT scorewww.iimidr.ac.in/iimi/pages/programmes_main/epgp.php
Great LakesChennai6502 years of work-ex, GMAT/CAT/XAT scorehttp://greatlakes.edu.in/programs-pgpm/index.php

Applying to these schools – points to keep in mind

Some points to note when looking at this list and evaluating these schools:

-The GMAT averages are only indicative – getting a GMAT score that is around the average may not make the      applicant
competitive at the corresponding school. Similarly, getting a score that is somewhat below the average may not
necessarily make the applicant non-competitive at the corresponding school

-The GMAT averages are high for the top 5 schools on this list. Therefore doing well on the GMAT is important. Also, while only
some schools mention this fact, but most on the list above will not look very favorably at GMAT scores that are more than
3 years old.

-When applying to these schools, take all stages of the application process extremely seriously. Some applicants in the
past have assumed (to their dismay) that as they fare well on basic parameters (academics, work experience, GMAT scores),
the application process will be fairly seamless. Nothing could be farther from the truth – having good credentials helps
one clear an initial filter, but creating a strong application and then putting in a correspondingly strong performance
in the admissions interview is absolutely critical

Evaluating your chances at these schools? Not sure if you are a good fit? GyanOne offers comprehensive, expert-driven services for each of the schools on this list. Contact us today to schedule a free profile evaluation/discussion session.

6 Comments

  1. saakshi jain
      June 17, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    I am doing my second year degree currently. i am planning to give my GMAT next year. If I give my GMAT next year and get into some institute will the institute still take me after two years while i work and get my job experience for two years in India? If not, which of the best colleges take students after 16 years of education without job experience ?

  2.   December 20, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Im doing my bsc 1st year.planning for gmat in future.if my score is good also is there a compulsory rule that I should have a work experience..??

  3.   February 19, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    Thanks for sharing this information. My younger sister also wants to pursue MBA form reputed B-school. I am sure this article will be helpful for her to clear her doubts.

  4. Dhruv Arora
      June 20, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    GyanOne, is 680 enough for applying to IIMs and ISB? Also I want to take up your admissions consultant service. What is the process?

  5. Srushti Patel
      May 15, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    Thanks for sharing this information..

  6.   October 10, 2018 at 11:05 AM

    Thank you for sharing the list of Top Business Schools accepting GMAT. I would like to mention that SDA Bocconi Asia Center formerly MISB Bocconi, can also be added to this list as it accepts GMAT for International Master in Business (IMB), a top postgraduate program in Mumbai. SDA Bocconi Asia Center features a world-renowned international faculty, state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities, and a curriculum that will propel you out in front of all your peers for a successful, exciting and competitive life.

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