TAPMI Manipal Admission 2021: Check Eligibility, Criteria, Cut-off, Fees, Placement


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January 20, 2021
TAPMI Manipal is closing application process for its PGDM admission 2021 on Feb 2021. TAPMI offers 2 year full time PGDM, PGDM (BKFS), PGDM (HR) and PGDM (Marketing) programmes. TAPMI will shortlist the candidates for final admission round on the basis of Profile and CAT 2020/XAT 2021/GMAT scores and will select and make final admission offer on the basis of seven components in final selection round
TAPMI Manipal Admission 2021

TAPMI Manipal, one of the most preferred management institutes in India, is open for a few days with its application process for admission to PGDM 2021-23 batch. TAPMI will accept scores of CAT 2020, XAT 2021 and GMAT for admission to all the four PGDM programmes commencing 2021. The deadline to apply for admission at TAPMI is Feb 2021.

The T. A. Pai Management Institute has a legacy of 36 years rooted in value system imbibing ethical behavior, respect for diversity and zeal to excel in every aspect of life. The B-School has unbroken placement record. Out of its 5000+ alumni, one-fifth are currently leading at CXO levels.

TAPMI is one among the few institutes in India and among 5% of the top B-Schools worldwide to have been accredited with the international Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, the oldest and toughest accreditation in the world of business education. It is also the 5th institution in India to have both the AACSB as well as Association of MBAs (AMBA) accreditation. TAPMI featured in the recent QS Masters in Management category with TOP 150 rank for the consecutive year. In National Institutes Ranking Framework (NIRF), TAPMI stood at 27th position this year.

TAPMI offers Experiential Learning and facilitates students to explore themselves. The programs (academic as well as extra-curricular) are designed to enable students recognize their strengths. Modules such as BrandScan, LADC, SMIC, Samnidhy, TAPMI Finance Lab, QOTB and student clubs & committees ensure that every student gets ample opportunity to develop into a multi-faceted industry-ready manager. 

TAPMI Offers 4 Full Time PGDM Programmes
TAPMI offers four full time PGDM programmes namely:

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM);
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management – Banking and Financial Services (PGDM-BKFS);
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management – Human Resource Management (PGDM-HRM)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management – Marketing (PGDM-Marketing).

All the four PGDM programmes at TAPMI are approved by AICTE including the recently launched PGDM in Marketing.

TAPMI Admission process 2021: Important Dates

TAPMI Admission Application Commencement
October 15, 2020
Last date to Apply for TAPMI Admission 2021
Feb 2021
Communication about TAPMI Admission Process Stage-2 shortlist
Post CAT 2020 Result and Post XAT 2021 Result declaration
Stage-2 of TAPMI Admissions Process
To be announced later
TAPMI Admissions Final Selection First List Announcement
March 22, 2021
Commencement of PGDM First Year Term I
July 1, 2021

TAPMI PGDM: “Leadership through Value Creation”
TAPMI’s Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) program focuses on “Leadership through Value-Creation”. The program aims to create “Value Leaders” via. in-depth 360° understanding of business through cross-functional integrated learning. PGDM at TAPMI is designed to push students to go beyond their constraints and redraw their boundaries to achieve excellence in business.

PGDM-Marketing: “Value creation through growth”
PGDM Marketing at TAPMI is a unique 2 years full time management programme with enhanced focus on selling & sales management. It aims to produce quality graduates to take up leadership roles in sales. The programme is designed keeping in mind the requirements of the industry and the current trends.

The extended internship provides hands on industry experience. The students get mentoring by alumni holding senior marketing positions. Students get the opportunity to learn through simulations and live projects. The advisory board consists of industry professionals and offers relevant career advisory support. Industries are showing interest in the placement of students from this programme.

TAPMI USPs: Alumni, Young Leader Programme, Global Exposure
TAPMI has 5000 successful alumni across the world with more than 1/5th currently leading at CXO levels. The PGDM offers Young Leader Program for focused on developing leadership abilities through Paid Executive Internship with CXOs in term VI for eligible candidates. With a global exposure at top universities and institutes abroad, TAPMI offers personalized attention for capability assessment and development through FAS, CAS and LADC.

TAPMI PGDM Program is accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Association of MBAs (AMBA) and National Board of Accreditation (NBA).

The programme fees payable for different PGDM 2021-23 programmes at TAPMI Manipal is as under:

Programme Programme Fee (Rs. in Lakhs)
PGDM 15.1
PGDM (BKFS) 15.1
PGDM (HRM) 15.1
PGDM (Marketing) 15.1
TAPMI Placements
The institute has a legacy of unbroken 100% Placement record for the last 34 years.

TAPMI Manipal student has grabbed salary offer of Rs. 20 lakhs in the placement 2020 while the average salary has gone up at Rs.11.50 LPA in 2020 from Rs.11.06 LPA last year. A total of 423 students were placed across 102 companies. 76 students accepted pre-placement offers. BFSI has turned out to be the largest recruiting sector with 28% placement offers.

Placement 2020 Highlights

  • Large batch of 430 students, 5 Opt out, 423 Placed
  • Average Salary for PGDM BKFS goes up to Rs.12.7 LPA from Rs.11.30 LPA last year
  • Average Salary for PGDM goes up at Rs.11.4 LPA from Rs.11.06 LPA last year
  • Highest Salary recorded is Rs.25 LPA
  • 78 PPOs were offered out of which 76 PPOs were accepted
  • PPOs Average Salary is Rs.12.9 LPA
  • 102 Companies participated in Placement 2020 making offers
  • BFSI emerged as highest recruiting sector with 28% share
  • Top Recruiters include Alien Technology, Arcesium, Bajaj Finserv, Deloitte, Exide Life Insurance, Capgemini, EY, Future Generali, ITC, L&T, J P Morgan Chase, Tata Capital, Titan, Wipro among others
  • For BKFS programme top recruiters included JPMC, MindTree, Moody’s Analytics, Tata Capital, Tresvista, Virtusa among others.

RoI Up at 135%
Not only the average and highest salary packages have gone up in final placement 2020 at TAPMI Manipal, the RoI after the program as compared to before the program has gone up by almost 3 times


Top recruiters in TAPMI Placement 2019 include Amul, Accenture, Britannia, Citi Bank, Citi Corp, Deloitte, EY, Godrej, Grant Thornton, HDFC Bank, HSBC, ICICI, ITC, J P Morgan Chase, Salesforce, Titan, TresVista and Value Labs among others. Read More

TAPMI Intake
TAPMI Manipal has following programme wise intake:

Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM)
Post Graduate Diploma in Management-Banking & Financial Services (PGDM – BKFS)
Post Graduate Diploma in Management-Human Resource Management (PGDM – HRM)
Post Graduate Diploma in Management-Marketing
(PGDM – Marketing)

How to Apply for Admission?
Application for PGDM Admission 2021 at TAPMI should be submitted online. Last date to apply for admission is Feb 2021. For all the 4 PGDM programmes, there is one common application form.

TAPMI Application Fee
The application fee at TAPMI is as below:

No. of Programmes Applied for
Application Fee
GST Charges
One PGDM Programme
18% GST Extra
Two PGDM Programmes
18% GST Extra
Three PGDM Programmes
18% GST Extra
Four PGDM Programmes
18% GST Extra

Key Points to Note in Application Process

  • The application fee is to be paid online and is non-refundable
  • To apply for admission in TAPMI you should click on Admissions and enter your details in the window that opens with the click. It will lead you to application form.
  • TAPMI does not accept application in hardcopy mode. All applications must be submitted online.
  • Candidates have an option of making payment for application through online/credit card/debit card or using online banking payment facility.
  • The procedure may be changed depending on the developments that may arise.
  • There is NO 'Management Quota' at TAPMI for any of the PGDM programmes.

TAPMI Last Date to Apply: Feb 2021
TAPMI is to close the last date to apply on Feb 2021 for PGDM Admission 2021. The Application should be submitted online. TAPMI will accept CAT 2020 score and XAT 2021 score in admission. If you have appeared in either of the two exams or both of the exams you can apply for admission 2021. 

TAPMI Admission Eligibility

  1. TAPMI eligibility criteria require that the candidate must hold a bachelor's degree of minimum 3 years duration, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA
  2. TAPMI uses CAT/XAT/GMAT scores for shortlisting the candidates for Post-graduate Programmes in Management. Accordingly, the candidate should be registered for CAT 2020/XAT 2021 or Taken GMAT and must score well to become eligible for admission.
  3. If the candidate is awarded grades/CGPA instead of marks, the equivalence to determine PGDM admission eligibility would be based on the equivalence certified by the institution/university from where the bachelor's degree is obtained. In case the institution/university does not have any scheme for converting the CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by TAPMI by dividing the obtained CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the resultant by 100 to confirm the Admission eligibility of the candidate. 
  4. A candidate appearing for the final year bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed the degree requirements and are awaiting results is also eligible to apply for TAPMI Admission 2021.
  5. It is mandatory for a final year student, who is provisionally considered eligible by TAPMI and offered admission, to submit the mark-sheet and degree certificate of the final year bachelor's degree examination latest by the stipulated date as announced by TAPMI.

TAPMI Profile Based Shortlisting: For Candidates with 20 Months+ Work Ex
For candidates with work experience of two years or more as on March 31, 2021, TAPMI follows profile-based shortlisting. Following parameters are used for Profile Based shortlisting:

  • Valid CAT/ XAT/ GMAT scores (whichever is higher)
  • Academic profile (10th, 12th, Graduation, overall academic performance etc.)
  • Quality and Duration of work experience (type of company, total experience, etc.)
  • Extra-curricular achievements if any.

Students will be informed on the shortlist decision through email/sms to their registered email id and phone number.

TAPMI Admission Criteria
TAPMI Admission Criteria 2021 will be a two step process involving the Shortlisting criteria based on profile and entrance exam score and the Final admission selection Criteria based on other key components apart from entrance exam score:

1. TAPMI Shortlisting Criteria
The first part of TAPMI Admission criteria is the shortlisting criteria before final selection round. TAPMI will shortlist the candidates on the basis of following parameters:

  • TAPMI follows Profile-based shortlisting.
  • Profile considered for shortlisting consists of valid CAT/ XAT/ GMAT scores (whichever is higher), academic profile (10th, 12th, Graduation), work experience (type of company, total experience, etc.), extra-curricular achievements if any.
  • The Statement of Purpose plays an important role in shortlisting.
  • Shortlist for each program is separate and independent of each other.
  • Shortlist in one program does not guarantee shortlist for the other program.
  • For candidates with work experience of 20 months or more TAPMI follows profile-based shortlisting.
  • Students will be informed on the shortlist decision through email/sms to their registered email id and phone number.
  • TAPMI will consider aggregate scores and not sectional scores of the applicants in the acceptable entrance exams for shortlisting.
  • Applicants may submit more than one entrance test score. TAPMI will consider the best test score for shortlisting.

Final Admission Selection Round: Key Changes
This year, in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, TAPMI has made significant changes to the Admission selection rounds. The second round of interviews will be in online mode completely. In addition to these, the WAT is dropped, instead English Proficiency Test (EPT) is conducted. Further, the Group Discussion (GD) is now changed to Moderated Group Discussion (MGD). Further details are mentioned below.

  • Post short-listing, applicants will be called for the final selection round (PI Round)
  • All the shortlisted candidates are eligible to go through the final selection round by TAPMI, the dates will be announced on December 15 2020.  to be held in January-March 2021
  • Final selection is based on CAT/XAT percentile/ GMAT Score, Academic Performance, Work Experience, Statement of Purpose, Written Ability Test (English Proficiency Test), Moderated Group Discussion (MGD) and performance in Personal Interview (PI)
  • The MGD-PI-EPT will be held Online this year.
  • Final selection of the candidate is based CAT/XAT/GMAT (Overall Percentile); Verbal Ability Percentile; academic profile; work experience; EPT Score; MGD Score and PI Score.  

EPT Process at TAPMI
English Proficiency Test (EPT) assesses the English proficiency across listening, writing, and reading skills of the applicant.

MGD Round at TAPMI
Moderated Group Discussions (MGD) at TAPMI aims to evaluate ability of the applicant to interact within a group and enrich the discussion. MGD aims at evaluating applicant’s skills in Problem Solving, Confidence and Assertiveness, Persuasion, Collaboration and Communication. Topics for MGD will be based on current affairs/ issues debated in last five years. An important change for the forthcoming process is to restrict the number of candidates to 6 per group and have the discussion moderated by the faculty panel.

PI Round at TAPMI
TAPMI will be conducting Behavioural Personal Interview to understand the applicant’s attitude towards management education.  TAPMI will evaluate applicant’s ability in terms of Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Leadership, and Communication.

TAPMI Admission Cut Offs: For Candidates with Less than 20 Months of Work Ex
Following overall minimum percentile in the CAT/XAT/GMAT entrance exam should be scored by the applicants to get shortlisted for final admission process by TAPMI Manipal. The exam wise admission 2021 score cut offs are based on aggregate percentile score although candidates should also score well across the sections of the entrance exam.These cut offs are expected to be applicable for the applicants with less than 20 months of Work experience.

Cut off Percentile/score
CAT 2020 
85 percentile
XAT 2021
85 Percentile
630 Score

TAPMI Admission Academic cut offs 2021
You should have scored following minimum percentage of marks from class 10 onwards to get admission in TAPMI Manipal

Graduation 60% Marks
Class XII 60% Marks
Class X 60%

Step by Step TAPMI Admission Process
Following steps are included in the TAPMI Admission process:

  • Step 1: Must have registered and appeared in at least one of the entrance exams – CAT 2020; XAT 2021; GMAT
  • Step 2: The candidate should apply to TAPMI Manipal online by using the common application form by December 11 2020.
  • Step 3: Candidates are short-listed for EPT-MGD-PI round from among the eligible candidates who have a valid entrance exam score and have applied to the programme of TAPMI. The Personal Interview process will be conducted typically in the months of January/March 2021 and will be common for all the PGDM Programmes at TAPMI. The exact details will be made known on December 15, 2020.
  • Step 5: The final selection is based on a diverse set of attributes which includes performance in entrance exam, performance in PI round, academics, Work Experience among others. After the PI round, admission offers are made by TAPMI to successful candidates.
  • Step 6: Final Admission Offer will be made to the candidates in the last week of March 2021 on the basis of Final Score arrived after awarding the weightage scores on all the components.

T. A. Pai Management Institute, known as TAPMI is located in the student city of Manipal, Karnataka. The PGDM programmes at TAPMI are AICTE approved and learning experience at TAPMI is good. Established in 1980, TAPMI is one of the leading management institutes in India and 5% of the business schools world- wide,to have been accredited with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Accreditation. TAPMI is also the 5thinstitution in India to have both the AACSB as well as Association of MBAs (AMBA) accreditation. It has also featured in the Top 150 category in the QS ranking for the consecutive year.

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