MBA Admission & COVID-19: Check latest updates on Welingkar Mumbai PGDM Fee, Admission Status & Recommendations for Aspirants

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May 8, 2020 spoke to Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research (WeSchool) Mumbai to check latest Admission Status, Fees, New Batch start date and more in view of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 and the AICTE notification with revised Academic Calendar 2020-21. Welingkar is complying with AICTE guidelines in regard to session commencement and fee refund.
Welingkar Mumbai Admission 2020

Due to disruption caused by the COVID-19, MBA & PGDM Admission 2020 process has been delayed. To streamline, on May 1, regulatory body AICTE issued a notification with revised Academic Calendar 2020, Online Classes and Fee guidelines for B-schools. Read more. So, how are leading B-schools planning to complete their Admissions, and when are they planning to start new batch? To answer these queries with authentic information, is interviewing Official Spokespersons from leading B-schools.

For this article, published on May 8, 2020, we spoke to Prof Dr Deepa Dixit, Sr Associate Dean Accreditations and Associate Professor, Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research (WeSchool) Mumbai to check latest Admission Status, Fees, New Batch start date and more. Read on to get updated with latest developments at WeSchool Mumbai.

Q: Please tell us the current status of Admission 2020 process?
A: The Institute has completed the selection process, part of which was conducted online. It ended on April 15,2020.

Q: So, have you declared final Admission List?
A: We are yet to declare the Results.

Q: What steps should your selected students take like fee submission?
A: Applicants should keep their first instalment for the Fees of the Institute they have applied to ready. Processing an educational loan may take some time in the given situation, so they could check the formalities and keep whatever is required ready for applying if they plan to go for a bank loan. Documents needed should be kept ready. Scanned copies of the same should be kept handy.

Q: Please share your Fee details, last date to submit, and refund process?
A: Our Annual Fees is Rs 5,50,000 plus Rs 4,000 library deposit and Hostel Fees as may be applicable.

We will follow the refund policy as prescribed by AICTE. According to the current notification, last date for full refund of fees after deducting Rs 1,000 against cancellation is July 25, 2020.

Q: So, when are you planning to start the new batch?
A: As per AICTE notification, new batch could start around August 1, 2020, subject to of course new developments of the pandemic and government announcements.

Q: Will you start with Online classes?
A: There is certainly a possibility of engaging via Online Platforms. Basis current scenario we believe it could be a Hybrid Approach.

Q: Are you planning Pre-MBA Orientation classes…
A: Yes, we are considering this.

Q: To close, will you like to share any other details with MBA Aspirants?
A: The overall admissions and results have been delayed across institutes and Regulators have shared a schedule which applies uniformly.

So, aspirants should take their decision considering these aspects and not panic or fall prey to rumours. They should rely on direct communication from the institution on their website and credible channels only.

Students enrolling this year will be in the workplace after two years, by which time industry and workplace will be ready and rearing to accept workforce that is prepared with new skills needed in the workplace. One thing that is certain is students will have to accept the need to move away from herd mentality and focus on building skills that contribute to the economy.

So, this was Dr Dixit from Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research (WeSchool) Mumbai sharing the latest Admission Status, New Batch start date and more.

Continue reading to know all about Programs, Rankings, Placements and more at Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research (WeSchool).

Welingkar Mumbai closed its application process on February 14, 2020 for PGDM admission 2020 after giving the last chance to apply. The institute had announced the exam score cut offs for shortlisting the candidates as well as the GD-PI dates in different cities for admission to its Mumbai and Bangalore campuses. Eligible candidates needed to submit admission applications till February 14, 2020 at an application fee of Rs.3000/-.

Welingkar is one of the leading B-schools in India and shortlisted the candidates on the basis  CAT 2019, XAT 2020, CMAT 2020 and ATMA exam scores for Admission 2020.

Important Dates:

  • GDPI Shortlist: February 18 to 21, 2020
  • GDPI Dates: March 6 to March 22, 2020
  • GDPI Centers: Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata
  • Completion of Admission Process: April 15, 2020
  • Academic Session 2020-21 Commencement: August 1, 2020

Programmes offered
S. P. Mandali's Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research (WeSchool), offers 2 year full-time, AICTE recognized, Post Graduate Diploma Management (PGDM) Programs in Business Analytics and Research, Business Design, E-Biz, Retail, Healthcare, Rural Management, Media & Entertainment and PGDM Core. The B-School has campuses in Matunga, Mumbai and at Electronic City, Bengaluru.

Welingkar/WE School Mumbai -  USPs & Highlights

  1. Best Location for MBA: Based in Mumbai, the Financial Capital of India, We School has developed strong corporate linkages. This helps students in Placements, Updated Curriculum and Faculty from Industry. WE school also has a campus in Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India.
  2. Top Industry-Linked MBA: Recently, WeSchool has been honored with AICTE-CII Award for Best Industry-Linked Institute for Management. It has received similar awards in past too.
  3. High Placements: Over the years, Welingkar Mumbai and Bengaluru have recorded consistently high placements. For Mumbai campus, Domestic Average salary in Placement 2019 was Rs 9.25 Lakhs. The highest domestic salary stood at Rs. 15 Lakhs.
  4. Widest Choices of Specializations: Apart from core areas like Marketing, Finance, HR, Operations etc, We School also offers PGDM in Business Analytics, Business Design, E-Biz, Retail, Healthcare, Rural Management, Media & Entertainment.
  5. Ranked Among Top 100 B-Schools: Welingkar is recognised among the top 100 B-Schools as per the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) conducted by Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India
  6. Best Performing Institution:WeSchool has been honored as the 'Best Performing Institution Innovation Council’ of West Zone (WRO) by the Ministry of Human Resources Development - Innovation Cell (MIC) in coordination with AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) and also awarded the AICTE-CII IndPact Award for Best Industry-Linked Institute for Management (Established).

Moderate Fee at Welingkar
Welingkar, with its moderate PGDM program fee structure and high placements, is one of the renowned management institutes in India with high RoI. The programme fees for flagship PGDM programme and other expenses at Welingkar are lower than many top MBA colleges. The PGDM program fee is as below:

Fee Component
MUMBAI Campus Fee   
Bengaluru Campus Fee  
Tuition Fee (2 Years)
Library Deposit
4,000 (Refundable)
4,000 (Refundable)
Hostel Fee
1,80,000 to 3,00,000 (As per Accommodation) for two years (hostel is based  on availability)
Rs 2,98,200 for two years (hostel is mandatory)
5,000 (Refundable)
5,000 (Refundable)
Total Fee including Hostel Fee
12,89,000 to 14,09,000 for two years
14,07,200 for two years

Welingkar Placements
Over the years, Welingkar, Mumbai and Bengaluru have recorded consistently high placements.

Mumbai Campus

  • Domestic Average salary in placement 2019 has gone up to Rs.9.25 Lakhs from Rs 8.82 in 2018
  • The highest domestic salary in placement 2019 stood at Rs.15 Lakhs
  • Highest International Salary in Placement 2018 was Rs.21.29 lakhs.

Bengaluru Campus

  • Domestic Average salary in placement 2019 is Rs 8.78 lakhs from Rs 7.9 lakh in 2018
  • The highest domestic salary in placement 2019 is 13.6 lakhs​

Welingkar Admission Cut Offs
WeSchool announced cut off scores for all the exams which it accepts for admission. The selection process assigns significant value to academic performances, work experience, Group Activity, Personal Interview along with the entrance test scores.

Welingkar Cut offs for admission to PGDM 2020-22 were as under. Only the candidates above the minimum cut-offs in the acceptable entrance exam were considered for all the subsequent stages.

Shortlisting Criteria for GDPI- General Merit List Percentile Cut off based call
CAT 2019
XAT 2020
CMAT 2020
ATMA 2020
All Programs
All Programs
PGDM Healthcare
70 across all tests. Student with relevant education background like Pharma, MBBS, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, AYUSH, Biomedical and Lifesciences, IT/ Computer Science, Electronics etc., or with prior work experience in the healthcare field will be called for GDPI, if they have marked Healthcare as a preference.

PGDM Programs Intake
Welingkar offers wide range of seven 2 years full time PGDM programs in the key management areas. Following are the intakes in various PGDM programs, offered by Welingkar:

PGDM Program Name
Mumbai Campus Intake
Bengaluru Campus Intake
Post Graduate Program in Management (PGDM)
Post Graduate Diploma in Management E-Business (PGDM E-Business) 
Post Graduate Diploma in Business Design (PGDM – Business Design) 
PGDM Research and Business Analytics 
PGDM Healthcare Management 
PGDM Media and Entertainment 
PGDM Retail Management
PGDM Rural Management

PGDM Specializations Offered by Welingkar
Welingkar's PGDM specialization areas are - Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, and Operations. The institute aims to nurture students as competent future managers with leadership abilities and an innovative mindset combined with exposure to real-life business scenarios.

Welingkar PGDM Admission 2020: GD-PI
Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research Mumbai and Bengaluru Admission Criteria is a two-step process involving the Shortlisting criteria based on entrance exam score and the GD-PI process. The institute conducted GD PI in four cities as per following schedule:

GDPI Dates & Venue 2020
March 7, 8,14,15
Depending on Shortlisted numbers choosing the given city
March 6, 7, 8
March 7 & 8
March 21, 22
Completion of Admission process
April 15, 2020
Final Admission Result
Yet to be declared

Application Process
The application process at Welingkar was online and the application fee of Rs.3000 had to be paid online

How to Apply for Admission at Welingkar, Mumbai
Applying to Welingkar’s 2 Year Full-Time PGDM Programs was an easy and systematic process.  Application for PGDM Admission at Welingkar Mumbai could be submitted online. The application process is given below:

  • Log on to the Welingkar website
  • Register and Create an account
  • Purchase the application form for Rs. 3000/- online
  • Once you pay the application form fee, the form number and password is sent to you on your registered email id
  • Save the form number and password and mention your form number in all your future communications with the institute

Welingkar Admission Eligibility

  1. The candidate must hold a bachelor's degree of minimum 3 years duration, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA
  2. The graduation must be completed by June 2020
  3. The candidate should have appeared in one of the following exams - CAT 2019/XAT 2020/CMAT 2020/ATMA (Feb 2020 or GMAT (Taken from 2017 onwards) and must score positive to become eligible for admission.
  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 were also eligible to apply for Admission 2020.

The PGDM programme at Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research Mumbai is AICTE approved with good learning experience. The pedagogy includes lectures, on-field industrial projects, simulation games promoting cross-functional leadership which is delivered by outstanding academicians and renowned Industry experts from leading companies. Welingkar benchmarks its syllabus as against top International and Indian Business Schools

Welingkar has various centres of excellence for development of students including Development Center, Finance GYM, Finance Lab, organizes industry Roundtables / Alumni Roundtables

The International Collaborations of Welingkar include Prominent Partners for specific projects - VMS- MIT, USA ( for Venture Mentoring Services); Harvard Business School for Colloquium on Participant Centered Learning; Linneaus Palme Scholarship program, Malardalen University, Sweden; Media Lab, MIT, USA for Design and Innovation Initiatives & MIT Redx for Innovations in Healthcare space; Centre for Creative Leadership, USA on the Global Citizen Leadership Program. CCL provides training for Fortune 500 companies.

Partner Universities of Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research Mumbai  for Student Exchange include Audencia Nantes, France; VHL University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands; University of Haifa, Israel; Ben-Gurian University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel; Tel Aviv University, Israel; IDC Herzliya, Israel; Copenhagen Business School, Denmark; Malardalen University, Sweden; Grand MacEwan College, Canada; Otto Fredrich Universitat, Bamberg, Germany; IESEG School of Management, France; Curtin University, Australia; University of Western Australia, Australia; University of Lincoln, UK, Sogang University, Korea among others.

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