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October 21, 2020

MBA Admission 2021 dates, process and time lines are open for top B-schools, while the application process for admission to IIMs through CAT is closed.  MBA Admissions 2021 in IIMs had opened with the CAT 2020 exam schedule and closed on September 23, 2020. CAT 2020 exam will be held on November 29. Top IIMs like IIM AhmedabadIIM LucknowIIM Kozhikode among others have released the guidelines and process for MBA admissions 2021. Top PGDM colleges accepting CAT 2020 scores like MDI, SPJIMR, XIMB, Great Lakes Institute of Management among others have already released their MBA admission 2021 policy guidelines with shortlisting criteria and selection process.

 

The exam schedule for MBA colleges admission through XAT 2021, SNAP 2020, NMAT 2020, IBSAT 2020 has also been released. If you are looking for latest MBA Admission updates from the Top 100 MBA Colleges in India, you are on the right page. MBAUniverse.com has researched all Top 100 B-schools to share Admission Timelines, Fees, Batch Start date and much more.

 

MBA Admission 2020 in most of the top B-schools is closed. However, the MBA admissions 2020 in Maharashtra Colleges who offer admission through DTE CAP like JBIMS, SIMSREE, PUMBA are open as per the guidelines of the Regulatory Authority – AICTE. Details are given at the bottom of the page.

 

MBA Admission 2021 for Top 10 B-schools – Check Application Process, Forms, Dates
You must treat MBA Application Process as seriously as preparing for CAT/XAT or other MBA exams, because if you don’t apply to the right B-school, you will not get admission even if you have scored 99%ile! Also, each Application Form Fee for each MBA college admission is between Rs 1500-2500. If you apply to wrong college, you have wasted time and money. So, planning your MBA Application very carefully is key. Remember, getting into a good B-school is a long but fruitful journey.

 

If you are planning to explore MBA Admission 2021 in one of India’s top B-schools, read this article to know all about MBA application dates, notification, exams accepted and a lot more. MBAUniverse.com, India’s No 1 MBA Portal, will guide you on your journey. So, bookmark this page. We will be continuously updating this page to include each and every important MBA Admission 2021 Notification details. Let’s get started…!   

 

MBA Admission 2021: 3 Key Steps
Before we get into details, here is a quick overview of MBA/PGDM admission process.

  1. Select from 10+ MBA Entrance Exam: CAT is not the only MBA entrance exam. There are more than 10 important MBA Entrance Exams like XAT, IIFT Entrance Test, NMAT, TISSNET, SNAP, CMAT, MAT etc. Based on your likely CAT Percentiles and shortlisted B-schools, you must take atleast 3-4 Entrance Exams. To know more, read Top MBA Entrance Exams.
  2. Shortlist Your preferred MBA colleges & Apply: Apart from appearing in entrance exam, you must fill Application Forms for 7-8 MBA Colleges based on many factors. MBA colleges have different admission dates. If you are wondering how to shortlist B-schools for applications, don’t worry. We will guide you with a step-by-step and logical process. Remember, if you forget to apply to your preferred MBA colleges, you will not be considered for admission even if you score very high in CAT or other entrance exams.
  3. Prepare for Personal Interview Round: If you get a decent score and have applied to the right B-schools, you can be shortlisted for Personal Interview (PI) round for final selection. It consists of all or some of the following components namely Writing Ability Test (WAT)Extempore SpeechGroup Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI).  On the basis of your performance in this round final admission will be offered to you. While top IIMs like IIMA, IIMB, IIMC conduct their own Admission process, many new and ‘baby IIMs’ conduct Common Admission Process (CAP) 2021 which comprises PI and WAT for final selection. Remember, CAT exam scores carry only 30-50% weightage in final selection! So, don’t ignore this step.    

MBA Entrance Exams 2020-21
Let us look at each of the top exams and MBA colleges accepting them for admission in more detail.  

 

Top MBA Entrance Exams

Exam
Top MBA Colleges
Registration & Application Dates
Entrance Exam Date
20 IIMs, FMS, SPJIMR, MDI, IITs, IMI, NITIE, IMT
August 5 to September 23, 2020
November 29, 2020
XLRI, XIMB, XIME, IMT, TAPMI
September 12 to November 30, 2020
January 3, 2021
NMIMS, VIT, SPJIMR, XUB, ISB
September 14 to November 20, 2020
November 4, 2020 to January 30, 2021
SIBM Pune, SCMHRD, SIIB, SIBM Bangalore
September 24, to November 28, 2020
December 20, 2020; January 6, 2021; January 9, 2021
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade Delhi/Kolkata
Yet to be announced
Yet to be announced
K J Somaiya Mumbai, GIM Goa, IFMR Chennai, Welingkar Mumbai
November 1, 2020 (Tentative)
November 30, 2020 (Tentative)
MAT 2020-21
(Dec 2020, Feb 2021, May 2021)
More than 100 B-schools including Balaji University (BIMM) Pune, Jaipuria Noida, NDIM Delhi
Oct 12 to Dec 11, 2020 Nov 21 to Dec 15, 2020

Source: MBAUniverse.com Research. Dates may change due to COVID 19. Read More about important MBA entrance exams

 

Let’s now understand the important application dates and expected cut offs in top MBA colleges in India so that you can apply in time.

 

Top MBA Colleges Application Form
Application Forms for top MBA Colleges Admission 2021, accepting different entrance exam scores are either open now, or will open shortly. MBAUniverse.com has researched the MBA colleges admission application form opening date and B School admission deadlines for top 100 MBA colleges with admission open with each of the exams, as below.

 

MBA Admission 2021: Admission through National Level Exams

 

1. CAT 2020
IIM-CAT is the largest MBA entrance exam in India with more than 500 B-schools accepting its score for MBA admissions. Around 2.30 lakh candidates have applied for CAT 2020. Application form schedule for top B-schools accepting CAT exam score by percentile is as under:   

Likely Cut off percentile
Colleges
Application start date with B School Admission Deadlines
90+
IIMs, FMS, SPJIMR, MDI, NITIE, IITs, IMI
August 2020 to November 2020
80+
Great Lakes Chennai, TAPMI, GIM Goa, IRMA, FORE, LBSIM, BIMTECH, Welingkar
October 15, 2020 to January 15, 2021

20 IIMs: Application Dates
Do you know that IIMs do not release their separate application dates. You have to apply for them as part of CAT 2020 Application Form. CAT 2020 Registration Form contains single application form for all the 20 IIMs. So, when you fill the CAT registration and application form, you will automatically apply to IIMs without filling any separate application form or paying any extra application fee. The application was open from August 5 to September 23, 2020. All the 20 IIMs release their cut offs and admission policy before CAT exam. Since last year, IIMs have reduced their CAT cut offs to 85-90 or less percentile from 95+ in earlier years.

 

Top CAT Colleges
Other than IIMs, following are the top 10 MBA colleges accepting CAT 2020 score with Cut Off Percentile for Admissions 2021. You should match your likely CAT 2020 percentile and apply to the right B-schools only. This will save you money and a lot of effort. MBAUniverse.com will guide you with a step by step MBA application form filling process.                                               

MBA College

Cut off percentile

Application start date with B School Admission Deadlines

FMS Delhi

97+

October 19 – November 30, 2020 (Likely)

SPJIMR, Mumbai

85+

September 28 – November 27, 2020 | Apply Now

MDI Gurgaon

90+

September 16 – November 27, 2020 | Apply Now

IIT-Delhi, Bombay, Kharagpur, Madras

90+

January 5– January 31, 2021 (Likely)

XIMB, Bhubaneswar

90+

September 25 – December 9, 2020 | Apply Now

IMI New Delhi

90

September 12 – December 7, 2020 | Apply Now

IMT Ghaziabad

90

September 14 - November 27, 2020 | Apply Now

NITIE Mumbai

90+

November 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021 (Likely)

Great Lakes Chennai

85

September 5 – November 22, 2020 | Apply Now

TAPMI Manipal

85

October 15 – December 11, 2020 | Apply Now

Source: MBAUniverse.com Research. Dates may change due to COVID 19. Read More

 

2. XLRI XAT 2021
XLRI Jamshedpur is one of the Top 5 B-schools in India, ranked just after IIMA, IIMB and IIMC. It has excellent Placements and a very strong alumni body. XLRI HR program is ranked ahead of even top IIMs. XLRI will conduct XAT 2021 exam on January 3, 2021 for admission to 150 MBA colleges in India. You need to apply for each college separately for admission 2021 apart from appearing in XAT 2021. Top MBA colleges in XAT 2021 with expected cut offs and important application dates are as below:

MBA College
Cut off Percentile
Application start date with B School Admission Deadlines
XLRI Jamshedpur
95
September 12 – November 30, 2020
XIM Bhubaneswar
90
Open | Apply Now
XIME Bangalore
80
October 10, 2020 – January 20, 2021
90
September 14 – November 27, 2020 | Apply Now
GIM Goa
85
October 15 – December 10, 2020
FORE School of Management, Delhi
85+
October (2nd Week) – December (4th Week) 2020

Source: MBAUniverse.com Research. Dates may change due to COVID 19. Read more about XLRI and XAT 2021, including exam pattern, registration process and important dates.

 

3. NMAT by GMAC
Global body GMAC, which conducts the GMAT exam worldwide, holds NMAT exam for MBA admission to NMIMS University and other good MBA colleges in India. Top colleges with application dates & expected cut offs for MBA admission 2021 are:

MBA College
Cut off Percentile
MBA Application dates
95
September 19 – December 14, 2020 | Apply Now
SDA Bocconi Asia Centre, Mumbai
85
October 15, 2020 – January 15, 2021 | Apply Now
VIT Vellore
80
September 20 – November 30, 2020 (Likely)
SOIL Gurgaon
75
October 15, 2020 – February 20, 2021 | Apply Now

Source: MBAUniverse.com Research. Dates may change due to COVID 19.

 

Apart from the above, NMAT score is accepted for specialized programmes offered by SPJIMR Mumbai, ISB, XUB, TAPMI Manipal, IFIM Bangalore among others. Applications for the admission are open for a longer period for these programmes. Read more about NMAT 2020, including exam pattern, registration process and important dates.

 

4. SNAP 2020
Symbiosis International University (SIU) Pune conducts SNAP test for MBA admission to 16 Symbiosis institutes located across India. The application for each Symbiosis Institute should be submitted separately with the SNAP exam 2020 application form by paying extra application fee.

MBA College
Cut off percentile
MBA Application Dates
SIBM Pune
97
September 24 – November 28, 2020
SCMHRD Pune
96
September 24 – December 5, 2020
SIIB Pune
93
September 24 – December 15, 2020
89
September 24 - December 15, 2020 | Apply Now
88
September 24 -December 15, 2020 | Apply Now
SIOM Nashik
89
September 24 - December 10, 2020

Source: MBAUniverse.com Research. Dates may change due to COVID 19. Read more about SNAP 2020, including exam pattern, registration process and important dates.

 

CMAT and MAT are two popular MBA Entrance Exams. CMAT is conducted by AICTE, the regulatory body, and MAT is conducted by AIMA, the association of Indian B-schools. After taking CAT, if you also register for CMAT and MAT, it will ensure that you will be eligible for all Top 100 B-schools accept these 5 -- XLRI, IIFT, TISS, NMIMS, and Symbiosis University B-schools.

 

5. MAT 2020-2021
MAT is one of the popular MBA entrance exams for MBA Admissions 2021. AIMA will conduct December 2020; February 2021 and May 2021 MAT exams for admission 2021. Top 10 B-schools like SPJIMR, MDI, IMI, IMT don’t accept MAT. Here is a list MBA colleges accepting MAT with cut offs and likely application dates:

MBA College

Cut off percentile

MBA Application Open – Close Dates

Balaji Institute of Modern Management (BIMM), Sri Balaji University, Pune

80

October 1, 2020 – February 15, 2021

JIMS Rohini, New Delhi

80

October 15, 2020-January 31, 2021

Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida

80

October 15, 2020 – January 31, 2021

NDIM New Delhi

80

October 15, 2020 – February 15, 2021

Source: MBAUniverse.com Research. Dates may change due to COVID 19. Read more about MAT 2020, including exam pattern, registration process and important dates.

 

Top College Specific MBA Admission 2021

 

1. IIFT Admission 2021
IIFT New Delhi is regarded as one of India’s Top 15 B-schools. Specific MBA Admission test is conducted by NTA for Indian Institute of Foreign Trade MBA (IB) Admission. There are two campuses of the IIFT University – IIFT Delhi and IIFT Kolkata. Single exam is conducted for admission to both the campuses.

 

You do not need to apply separately for IIFT MBA (IB) Admission 2021. When you register and apply for IIFT entrance exam, by default you will be considered for admission to both the IIFT campuses. Important details about application dates and cut offs are:

  • Likely Application dates: October first week 2020 to November last week 2020
  • Cut off: 95 Percentile for Delhi campus; 92 percentile for Kolkata campus Read More

2. TISS Admission 2021
For those MBA aspirants who are keen on MBA in Human Resource Management (HRM), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai is a dream campus. TISS will likely to conduct TISSNET 2021 on January 9, 2021 for admission to all the Masters (M.A.) programs (considered equivalent to MBA) offered by TISS at its all the campuses. M.A. programs of Tata Institute of Social Sciences are highly sought after Masters Degree courses for the candidates seeking career in management and other branches. 

  • Likely Application Dates: October 15, 2020 to November 30, 2020
  • Cut Off: Varies for different programmes and different campuses. It is higher at Mumbai campus Read More

3. ICFAI B-schools Admission 2021 through IBSAT 2020
IBSAT is an important online computer based MBA entrance test for MBA admission 2021 in 9 ICFAI Business Schools (IBS) located across India. IBS Hyderabad is regarded as one of Top 30 B-schools in India. IBSAT is conducted by ICFAI Foundation and the entrance exam dates for MBA admission 2021 are December 26 & 27, 2020.

  • Application Dates: July 1 2020 to December 16, 2020
  • Cut offs: Varies for 9 ICFAI B-schools in the range of 65 to 80 percentile Read More

MBA Admissions 2021 in Top Colleges: State Level Entrance Exams
In addition to National MBA Entrance exams like CAT, CMAT and NMAT, there are many State level MBA entrance exams. MAH CET, which is accepted by JBIMS Mumbai, is most important of them.

 

MAH-MBA-CET 2021
MAH CET 2021 will be conducted in March 2021 for admission to MMS/MBA/PGDM programmes in more than 330 MBA colleges in Maharashtra

  • Top Colleges: JBMIMS Mumbai, SIMSREE Mumbai, PUMBA Pune, K J Somaiya Mumbai and 300+ MBA colleges located in Maharashtra
  • Admission Dates: Through Centralized Admission Process to be conducted by DTE Maharashtra in June – July 2021.
  • When to Apply: Application dates are open from mid January 2021 to Last week of February 2021 for Mah-Cet Exam. If you wish to apply with CAT/XAT/CMAT score, applications will open in May/June 2021 for CAP. Read More

Personal Interview Round in Top MBA Colleges
All the top MBA colleges shortlist the candidates on the basis of entrance exam score for final selection round. This process begins from January in IIMs and in other top colleges in the month of February/March. There are two or three parts of Interview round depending upon the admission policy of the B-school. For example FMS Delhi interview round comprises – GD, Extempore and PI; most IIMs conduct WAT & PI while the institutes like MDI conduct GD-WAT and PI. A candidate is expected to be well prepared for this round as it is awarded high weightage in final admission process. Read More

 

We hope you found above information useful for your MBA Application planning. So go ahead and shortlist your 10 B-schools and start preparing for their applications. MBAUniverse.com will continue to update this page with complete information as soon as MBA Admission Notification and B School Admission deadlines with MBA Application Form Dates are released by other top MBA Colleges which are in the process to release their admission calendar 2021. 

 

List of Top Colleges with MBA Admission 2020 Open
You can still select the College for your MBA Admissions 2020 from the list below as the MBA admission process 2020 is open in them for few more days. Check B-school Admission 2020 status below:

College Name
Admission Status and Last Date
Apply Now
JBIMS Mumbai
October 2020 second week
Apply through DTE CAP
SIMSREE Mumbai
October 2020 2nd week
Apply through DTE CAP 2020
PUMBA Pune
October 2020 2nd week
Apply through DTE CAP 2020
Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDII)
Open
Birla Global University, Bhubaneswar
Open
Nalanda University: School of Management Studies
Open
MET Mumbai
Open
RV Institute of Management, Bangalore
Open
Rajalakshmi School of Business
Open
School of Business - Mody University
Open
Dayananda Sagar University, Bangalore
Open
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