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Top MBA Colleges with Low Academics
May 10 2024

After the Announcement made by IIM Ahmedabad regarding their admission criteria where high weightage has been given to 10th,12th, and Graduation marks which have kept many students worry- So here is the list of top B-School with Low Academics.

How to perform better in GDPI to get selected in IIMs


Though IIMs are tough with Low Academics, with Moderate academics you may reach IIM Calcutta, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Indore, IIM Shillong, IIM Lucknow, and new IIMs.(criteria of IIMs take even Gender diversity and academic background into consideration, hence academics should not be considered as sole criteria)

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Let us have a look at Top MBA Colleges with Low Academics:

S.No College Location Exam Accepted
1 XLRI Jamshedpur XAT
2 FMS Delhi CAT
3 MDI Gurgaon CAT
4 NITIE Mumbai CAT
6 SJMSOM, IIT Bombay Mumbai CAT
10 XIM Bhubaneswar XAT/CAT/X-GMAT
11 IMT Ghaziabad CAT/XAT/GMAT
13 KJ Somaiya Mumbai CAT/CMAT/MH CET
15 Great Lakes Institute of Management Chennai/Gurgaon CAT/XAT/GMAT
18 Welingkar Mumbai/Bangalore CAT/XAT/CMAT/MAT
19 IFIM Business School Bangalore XAT/CMAT/MAT
20 SIBM Bangalore SNAP
21 IFMR Chennai CAT/XAT
22 BIM Trichy CAT
23 SIOM Nasik SNAP
24 DSM, DTU Delhi CAT
25 Fore School of Management Delhi CAT
26 NMIMS Bangalore NMAT
27 IMT Hyderabad/Nagpur CAT/XAT/CMAT
28 Alliance Bangalore CAT/XAT/CMAT/MAT/ATMA/GMAT


Know more about the college:

X.L.R.I (Xavier School of Management), Jamshedpur

XLRI was formerly known as Xavier Labour Relations Institute. It was established in 1949. It is approved by AICTE and credited by NBA, AMBA, and AACSB. They offer specialisation in business administration, human resource management and general management. The Institute gives students box placement support and global visibility.

Every year some of the reputed companies visit the campus for placements. They are best in the field of HRM. Recruiters include JP Morgan Chase, TATA Hitachi, TCS, VLCC, ITC, Muthoot Fincorp, Infosys DCG, Dell, ICICI Bank, Trident, Goldman Sachs, Cognizant, Amazon, Axis Bank, L&T ECC, KPMG, Hexaware, HCL, Tech Mahindra, OYO and Byjus, etc.

Exam Accepted: XAT, GMAT
Courses Offered: PGDM
Fees: Rs. 23.15 lakh 
Average Placement: INR 29.89 LPA
No. of Seats: 180 to 240


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FMS (Faculty of Management Studies), Delhi

FMS is considered one of the best B-School in terms of ROI. It is one of India's oldest colleges, founded in 1954 and owned by the government. To apply in FMS students need to register and fill the application form along with the Rs.1000 application fee payment. Candidates get shortlisted through CAT scores go through Extempore and GD-PI to get admission.

FMS GDPI information

Some of the top recruiters are Flipkart, Microsoft, Airtel, Capgemini ELITE, Amazon, Shell, American Express, IDBI Bank, JP Morgan chase, Edelweiss Capital, Axis Bank, India Bulls, SBI Capital Services, Cadbury India Limited, Kellogs, ITC, Maruti Udyog Limited, Nestle, TATA Motors, P&G, Whirlpool, Gillette, GSK, IBM Consulting, Wipro, TCS, etc.

Exam Accepted CAT
Courses Offered MBA
Fees 2 Lakhs
Average Placement INR 34.1 LPA
No. of Seats 251+ 63 Supernumerary Seats


MDI (Management of Development Studies), Gurgaon

MDI is a private business school established in 1973. The campus in Gurgaon is spread over 37 acres of land and provides excellent infrastructure. It is the first B-school that earned AMBA accreditation. For final selection shortlisted candidates through CAT go through GD-PI.

Some of the top recruiters of MDI Gurgaon are Deloitte USI, OYO Rooms, KPMG, JP Morgan Chase, Airtel, KPMG, American Express, Accenture, Hinduja Group, Infosys and Bain Capability Centre.    

Exam Accepted: CAT
Courses Offered: PGPM/PGP-HR/PGP-IM
Fees: Rs 19.8 Lakhs
Average Placement: INR 27.67 LPA
No. of Seats: 480


National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai

National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) is a top B-School formerly known as National Institute for Training in Industrial Engineering. The institute was established over 50 years ago by the government of India. NITIE Mumbai is an autonomous body under the Ministry of HRD. It is a reputed postgraduate institute located in Powai near Vihar Lake, Mumbai. NITIE is AICTE approved and the courses of the college are NBA accredited. The college is recognized by the ministry of HRD as the center of excellence in the country along with the 6 IIMs, 7 IITs, and IISc. 

The institute has been ranked 12th among all the Management Institutes and ranked 36th among all the Engineering Institutes in the country as per the NIRF Ranking. Moreover, the institute was ranked 8th in Career 360 B-school rankings in 2018. NITIE PG courses are in the field of Management and Industrial Engineering, as well as in the field of Fellowship programs. The PG programs are offered in many specializations such as Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering, Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial Management, Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial Safety & Environmental Management, Postgraduate Diploma in Material Management and Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management. Other courses are Fellowship program in Management and Postgraduate Program for executives for visionary leadership for manufacturing (PGPEX-VLFM)

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Management (PGDIM),
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Manufacturing Management (PGDMM)
Exam Accepted: CAT
Courses Offered: MBA/PGDM
Fees: ₹21.77 Lakh
Average Placement:  INR 31 LPA
No. of Seats: 304


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Symbiosis Institute of Management, Pune

Symbiosis Pune is one of the top B-school of India established in 1978. This privately-owned college provides MBA and Executive MBA. Shortlisted candidates by SNAP go through the GD-PI to get final selection.

They offer specialization in Marketing, Finance, HR, Operations, Operations Management, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Accenture, Bajaj Finserv, Google, Shell, Barclays, IDFC Bank, Mahindra Comviva, Mindtree, Reckitt Benckiser, Trafigura Global, Societe Generale, Vodafone, and Walmart are among the top recruiters.  

Exam Accepted: SNAP
Courses Offered: MBA
Fees:  INR 22.2 lakh
Average Placement: INR 28.16 LPA
No. of Seats: 300


IMT (Institute of Management Technology), Ghaziabad

IMT Ghaziabad is one of the best Business schools in India and has been awarded the prestigious AACSB accreditation. It has been consistently ranked among the top 10 B-schools by various credible ranking agencies like Business Today, CRISIL, and has extensive industry partnerships in the Business school arena.

The Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad provides PGDM in  Marketing, Finance, and PGDM-Banking, Insurance, and Financial Services (PGDM-BIFS). Some of the top recruiters at IMT Ghaziabad are Deloitte, PwC, Google, L’Oréal, JP Morgan, Britannia, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, SAP, and Accenture.  

Exam Accepted: CAT/XAT/GMAT
Courses Offered: PGDM
Fees: 20.6 L - 20.8 L
Average Placement: INR 17.6 LPA
No. of Seats: 480


Goa Institute of Management Goa Institute of Management (GIM, GIM-Goa) is an autonomous leading B-School, located in Goa, India. GIM, Goa offers two years full-time Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) in Healthcare Management and Big Data Analytics. It also offers part-time PGDM course for working executives. Goa Institute of Management is an autonomous institute and GIMS is accredited by  All India Council of Technical Education of the Government of India (AICTE) for offering PGDM courses. GIMS has collaborations with many institutes like Antwerp, Universidade Católica Portuguesa ( MBA Catolica ), Warsaw University of Technology Business School (WUTBS, Warsaw) and  The University of Kansas, USA. Goa Institute of Management has world-class infrastructure equipped with the computer lab, library, hostel, sports etc.

Courses Offered:

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM),
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Healthcare Management (PGDM-HCM)
Exam Accepted: CAT/XAT/CMAT
Courses Offered: PGDM, PGDM-HCM
Fees: INR 18,31,200
Average Placement: INR 21.70 LPA and INR 26.50 LPA
No. of Seats: 300


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K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research

K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research was established in the year 1981 is located in the heart of Mumbai. The institute was started with a vision to build a world-class research and teaching institute that’s global in the reach of ideas. The college is affiliated to the University of Mumbai and approved by AICTE. Moreover, SIMSR is certified as ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 29990:2010 by Bureau Veritas Quality International. Among the many surveys that are conducted by different brands, SIMSR has been awarded as ‘Super League 2’ by ‘Business Standard’ in the 2017-2018 year and also bagged the position 54th by NIRF 2019. According to a survey of Outlook, the institute has been ranked 30th in the country and also bagged the 28th spot by ‘The Week’ magazine among the top management colleges in India.
Courses Offered:
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management(PGDM)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management Executive
  • Part-Time Masters
  • Doctoral Programme in Management
Exam Accepted: CAT/CMAT/MH CET
Average Placement: INR 16.38 LPA

TAPMI Manipal

TAPMI is the fifth institution to have dial accreditation of AACSB(Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and AMBA (Association of MBAs) established in 1980 by Shri T.A. Pai. TAPMI conducts student and faculty exchanges with Sheffield Hallam University, UK, Macquarie University, Australia, and the Asian Institute of Management, Manila.

They offer specialization in Consulting, Baning and Financial Services, Human Resources, and Marketing. Some of the top recruiters are Accenture, Dell, Amazon, Flipkart, Zoho, Practo, Radio Mirchi, Goldman Sachs, Citi Bank, CRISIL, IBM, Infosys, HDFC, HSBC, Titan, Salesforce, Tata motor, Volvo, etc.

Exam Accepted: CAT, XAT, GMAT
Courses Offered: PGDM, MBA
Fees: ₹ 8,67,000
Average Placement: INR 14.6 LPA
No. of Seats: 360


Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, Mumbai

Prin. L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research is one leading B-School in India. The institute was established in the year 1977 and is also part of S.P.Mandali, Pune. The Prin. L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research is one of the best private institute located in Mumbai now known as WeSchool.

WeSchool is a prominent institute governed by S.P.Mandali, Pune with the accreditation of AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education), MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development), GOI (Government of India). Over the years WeSchool has been awarded many awards.  In 2018 the institute has been awarded as the Best Management Institute (Pvt. Tier 1) at 39th BMA Corporate Leadership Awards 2018 for Academic Excellence, champion of rural markets 2018 by economic times etc.

The campus of WeSchool is fully wi-fi enabled for the student, faculty & other staff members. Classrooms and Seminar Hall of the institute are well furnished with modern infrastructure & facilities. The Library of WeSchool has a vast collection of books, reports, journals, and periodicals. The library of WeSchool consists of all prescribed Textbooks & Reference books. The campus also has a well-established Cafeteria located within the campus by providing a wide range of foods.

Courses Offered:

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM)
  • PGDM Retail Management, Business Design,
  • PGDM Media & Entertainment
  • PGDM Rural Management

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Shailesh J Mehta School of Management (SJMSOM), IIT Bombay

The Indian Institute of Technology - IIT Bombay is one of the first and oldest IITs in India which was set up in 1958. The IITs in India are synonymous with innovative and quality technical education which is not an exception of IIT Bombay as well. The institute authorities felt the need for quality education in management for the commercializing and global expansion of technological innovation.

This was only possible if the students are trained with proper business management training. With this aim, in 1995, the Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management started its journey as a part of IIT Bombay. SJMSOM offers various courses such as MBA, Executive MBA, Fellowship Programmes, and more to build the business leaders of tomorrow.

This b-school under the professionalism of IIT Bombay has now emerged as one of the top B-Schools in India. The alumni of the school have marked their prominent presence on a global scale. Some students are well settled in the western countries and some are handling some top positions of some top Indian companies. 

Courses offered:

  • Masters of Management Programme
  • EMBA Programme,
  • Doctoral Programme
Fees: ₹8.00 Lakh
Average Placement: ₹ 30.35 L
No. of Seats: 152

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Fore School of Management

FORE School of Management also known as FORE, is a non-profitable Institute in South Delhi, Delhi, India. It was incorporated in the year 1981. FORE School of Management is a B-School in Delhi NCR. It was ranked 43rd all over the country by NIRF. The institute offers Management programs such as PGDM, PGDM-IBM (International Business), PGDM-FM (Financial Management), PGDM-BDA (Big Data Analytics), Executive PGDM, and Fellow Program in Management (FPM). The institute also accepts the XAT and GMAT scores.

Students with a minimum of 85%tile and 650 marks in XAT and GMAT respectively will also be eligible for applying to the PGDM course. Shortlisted candidates will be considered for a business awareness quiz, essay writing (WAT)/Extempore/Group Discussion followed by personal interview. It also provides 3 diploma courses and all the courses are AICTE approved. The highest salary a student of FORE got is 30 LPA and the average salary of FORE increases every year. In recent times, FORE has established itself amongst the top B-schools in New Delhi.

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NMIMS Mumbai

The first step for NMIMS MBA Admission is to apply for NMAT by GMAC. The last date of NMAT is Nov 20, 2020. It will be conducted for 88 days from Nov 4, 2020 to Jan 30, 2020. After registering for NMAT, candidates need to apply for MBA at NMIMS using their NMAT registration number. The university has maintained an outstanding placement record over the years. About 166 companies participated in the campus drive this year. The MBA program has recorded the highest salary package. Students are offered jobs in various sectors including financial services, Banking, Insurance, education, power, Logistics, Consulting, IT, Analytics, E-Commerce, Media, Pharmaceuticals, telecom, and many more.

Some of the top recruiters are ICICI Bank, Honeywell, Wipro, L&T Infotech, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Capgemini, Aditya Birla Capital, HDFC bank, Maruti Suzuki, Cognizant, Deloitte, Max Life Insurance, IBM, OYO, AVIVA India, etc. Following are the placement highlights of the university:

SVKM’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies established in 1981, is one of the leading B-Schools in the country. It has expanded into a multi-campus deemed to be a university. The institute offers courses UG, PG, Diploma, PG Diploma, Integrated and doctoral programs across the fields of Law, Management, Engineering, Commerce, Arts, Science, etc. NMIMS also provides excellent placement and internship opportunities to its students under reputed companies.

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The above list is based on the Admission Criteria as of last year. Any changes in the upcoming season's admission criteria of any of the B-School may lead to changes in the table. 

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