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Top Colleges Accepting GMAT
April 18 2024

The Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) is increasingly becoming popular in India with a lot of MBA colleges using GMAT scores for admission to their management courses. In fact, in quite a few B-schools in India (more than 100), GMAT has replaced previously popular entrance exams like MAT, CMAT etc.

Here's a list of all the top MBA colleges in India using GMAT scores and also a look at the range of GMAT scores (cut off) required to get admission: ISB, Hyderabad campus & Mohali campus ISB has established itself as a world-class business school from the time it started offering management programs in 2001.

It now has two campuses - in Hyderabad and Mohali. Both the campuses use GMAT scores for admission to their 1 year Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP.) S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai A globally top-ranked b-school, S.P.Jain's 2 year Post Graduate Diploma in Management is equivalent to an MBA and accepts GMAT scores apart from CAT & XAT scores.

GMAT score required for SP Jain, Mumbai: At least 650 for Indian applicants & 600 for international candidates IIM, Ahmedabad It is only IIM Ahmedabad's Post-Graduate Programme in Management for Executives (PGPX) that accepts GMAT scores for admissions. The other 2 year programs like PGP & PGP-FABM accept only CAT scores for Indian applicants.

GMAT scores are accepted only for international or overseas candidates Average GMAT score range for IIM-A's PGPX: 695 - 728 IIM, Bangalore The one year Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Management (EPGP) offered to professionals with 4 - 12 years of work experience, requires a GMAT or GRE score.

Average GMAT score for IIM Bangalore's EPGP: 710 Great Lakes Institute of Management  Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai, was established in 2004 by the Visionary Management Guru Padma Shri Dr. Bala V Balachandran – JL Kellogg Distinguished Professor of Accounting Information & Management, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, USA.

  • Great Lakes was founded with the objective of creating management professionals equipped to navigate the business challenges of the future.
  • The institute is one of the pioneers in introducing the one-year full-time MBA (PGPM) in India.
  • Great Lakes has also been responsive to changing industry dynamics by being the first to introduce specializations such as Analytics, AI, Machine Learning & Blockchain in management programs.
  • With a global faculty pool, innovative curriculum, application-oriented teaching-learning pedagogy, and strong engagement with corporate leaders, Great Lakes provides a holistic learning experience to its students right from day one.

Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon, was founded in 2010 as the 2nd campus to Great Lakes Chennai. The Gurgaon campus was strategically set up in the industrial hub of the country – Delhi NCR – to engage extensively with the established Fortune 500s and new-age businesses in the region.

Aspects evaluated together during the application phase: 1. Past Academic Performance 2. Professional Track Record (for candidates with work experience) 3. Application Essay – Statement of Purpose (PGPM Only) 4. Diversity 5. Entrance Test Scores – CAT, XAT, GMAT, CMAT (best score would be considered in case multiple scores are submitted)

Aspects evaluated through AWT: 1. Reasoning Skills 2. Clarity of Thought 3. Written Communication Skills

Aspects evaluated through PI:

1. General & Business/Industry Awareness 

2. Attitude, Motivation & Thought Process 

3. Initiatives taken during Past Academic days and at Workplace 

4. Past achievements

5. Leadership potential Great Lakes Admissions process in its entirety aims to select well-rounded, highly motivated, and consistently high-performing individuals for its programs solely on the basis of overall merit. The process has no provision for reservations of any kind and all applicants are evaluated on a fair basis. To encourage diversity in class, the Great Lakes Institute of Management also offers diversity and merit-based scholarships worth up to INR 2 Crores for the PGPM program. 

Application Deadlines for Admissions Cycle 2 App. Deadline: PGPM & PGDM:  March 15, 2024

Apply Now SDA Bocconi Asia Center:

SDA Bocconi is a leading institution that is an extended version of the famous SDA Bocconi school of management in Italy.

SDA Bocconi School of Management is currently ranked 3rd Business School in Europe by Financial Times and holds the Triple Crown Accreditation - AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS.It follows a similar curriculum and international standards to their  International institutes. Some of the top recruiters that come here are H&M, PWC, Ador Group, ICICI Bank, SDF, Bausch & Lomb, KPMG, L&T, Tolaram, Deloitte USI, Ernst and Young, Future Group, Vodafone Idea, etc.

Courses Offered International Master in Business – IMB (Previously PGPB)
Fees Rs. 18.60 LPA
Average Placement Rs. 12.3 LPA
IMB 2024-26  No. of Seats 330 students.
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Masters Union

Masters’ Union is India’s premier postgraduate program in technology and business management. Led by industry veterans trying to rethink management education from the ground up, Masters’ Union creates a unique platform for motivated and ambitious individuals to emerge as contemporary leaders at the intersection of business and technology. Equipped with an internship-style curriculum that is driven by CXOs and stalwarts across diverse industries along with many tech-driven co-curricular engagements, we foster a culture of learning by doing through real-world experiences. Here’s what a student at Masters’ Union can sample. Core Concentrations:

  • Marketing, Branding and Design 
  •  Finance and Fintech
  • Management and Strategy
  • Computing, Business Analytics and Statistics 

Skilling Concentrations:

  •  Communications  
  •  Design and User Experience
  • Programming and Software Development

Industry Concentrations:

  •  Banking, Private Equity and Venture Capital
  • Advanced Data Analytics 
  • Digital and E- Commerce
  • Product Development and Management 

In addition to classroom instruction, our planned interventions give our students several avenues to apply their knowledge in a real-life scenario.  MU Interventions:

  • Masters’ Union Investment Fund
  • Venture Initiation Programme
  • Master-led Bootcamps
  • CXO Shadow
  • One-on-one mentorship
  • Hackthons
  • And more!

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T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) is a self-governing private business school in India. It was founded in 1980 and is located in the Karnataka university town of Manipal. It is India’s fifth management institute to be accredited by both the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

Some Highlights from the Institute 

The T. A. Pai Management Institute has a 37-year legacy rooted in a value system that inculcates ethical behavior, respect for diversity, and a desire to excel in all aspects of life. The institution is proud of its unbroken 35-year placement record and 5000+ alumni, one-fifth of whom are currently leading at the CXO level.  TAPMI is accredited by both the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA). It is consistently ranked in the top 1% of B-Schools in India.  TAPMI has become a constituting institution of the Manipal Academy of Higher Education as of August 1, 2021. (MAHE). As a result, TAPMI will no longer offer PGDM programmes and will instead offer MBA degree programmes, subject to appropriate regulatory approvals.

MBA Programs Offered

TAPMI provides four full-time MBA programmes lasting 2 years: MBA MBA(HRM) MBA (BKFS) MBA (Marketing)

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BITSoM is a new-age business school offering industry-immersive business education for tomorrow’s leaders in the heart of the business capital of India, Mumbai. BITSoM is a first-of-its-kind institute nurtured by BITS Pilani, an Institution of Eminence. It offers a two-year residential MBA degree in which distinguished leaders from different walks of life have designed immersive and future-ready programs for the changemakers of tomorrow. It has also signed Memorandums of Understandings(MoUs) with top of the funnel such Global B-Schools as London Business School. BITSoM accepts CAT, GMAT, or GRE scores for its MBA program.

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Anisha Mukhija

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