MBA Admission Process 2020: Last Date to Apply, Eligibility, Selection Criteria, Top B-Schools

Sakunth Kumar
Sakunth KumarPublished On: September 25, 2020

MBA admission process for the academic session 2020-21 is open. Find out the detailed information regarding MBA admission process 2020 along with the list of some good B-Schools, entrance exams and admission requirements here.

MBA Admission 2020

Are you planning to pursue MBA from one of the best MBA colleges in India? If yes, you must have a complete awareness of the MBA admission process, list of good MBA colleges, management entrance exams and others. Not all the business schools in India follow a similar pattern of the admission process, and there are different components that determine the eligibility of candidates for admission to MBA course. In general, top B-Schools follow a four-step process for admission to MBA courses.

Since the Coronavirus outbreak occurred during the MBA admission season 2020, the admission process has suffered a major delay. While some MBA entrance exams such as CAT 2020 and CMAT 2020 were already conducted, others such as MAT 2020 and AIMA UGAT 2020 have been postponed. Colleges that accept CAT and CMAT are working on alternate measures to conduct the admission process. For eg. IIMs are considering conducting online interviews for the remaining shortlisted candidates. However, colleges accepting MAT and AIMA UGAT will have to wait for the exams to be conducted before they can begin the admission process.

MBA colleges will specify alternate admission pathways for students who are currently waiting to get admission in 2020. While the basic admission criteria will remain the same, we will probably see colleges moving many of the admission processes online. Some colleges may also waive some requirements for MBA admissions.

In order to know about the MBA admission process 2020 during the Coronavirus outbreak, you should be aware of the application process for admission to MBA course, MBA eligibility criteria, MBA entrance exams and MBA admission requirements. In this article, CollegeDekho has detailed the MBA admission process 2020 along with the list of some good B-Schools, entrance exams and admission requirements.

It is natural in this scenario for students to be concerned about how to take college admissions during the coronavirus outbreak. Students can fill the Common Application Form (CAF) of CollegeDekho and apply to 500+ partner colleges through the form. Students can also take advantage of the FREE student counselling provided by CollegeDekho to ask any queries or doubts regarding the changes in the MBA admission process.

MBA Admission Process 2020

The major difference between various B-Schools with regard to the MBA admission process is the acceptability of entrance test score. The subsequent stages of the admission process such as Group Discussion/ Written Ability Test/Personal Interview are almost similar in all the top B-Schools across the country. Let us start with the MBA application process to get more insight about MBA admissions 2020.

How to Apply for MBA Course?

98% of MBA colleges in India accept online applications for admission to MBA courses. The online application process is very easy, and all that students will have to do is visit the official website of the respective B-School. The online application link will be active on the homepage of the respective B-School website with the heading ‘Admissions 2019’, ‘Apply Now’, ‘Register Now’, ‘Online Application Form’, ‘Click Here to Register’ etc. Also, please note that MBA admission is open for 2020-21, Apply to reserve your seat‎.

Students can fill all the personal, educational, entrance exam details in the application form. Most B-schools consider the score of any of the management entrance exams. Therefore, students need to submit the score of entrance exam and roll number along with the online application form. Valid e-mail id and mobile number are mandatory to fill the online application.

Applicants can pay the prescribed application fee through the official website of the institute. The application fee payment can be done by using Credit/ Debit Card or Net Banking.

There are certain B-Schools that offer direct admission to eligible candidates. These candidates can submit the online application form and wait for a call from the respective institute. The admission may be based on merit/ GD/ WAT/ PI.

Also Read: Job Opportunities after MBA in India – Career, Scope and Salary

MBA Eligibility Criteria

The basic qualification required to join an MBA course in India is as follows:

  • Indian citizens as wells as international students are eligible to pursue an MBA course in India.
  • Students who wish to join MBA course must note that a Bachelor’s degree in any stream from a recognized university is mandatory to be eligible for the admission process.
  • The minimum percentage required in the Bachelor’s degree to take up MBA course varies from 45% - 60%.
  • A valid score in any of the management entrance exams such as CAT/ XAT/ CMAT/ GMAT/ MAT/ ATMA/ NMAT etc.,

MBA Entrance Exams for MBA Admissions 2020

Here is the list of popular MBA entrance exams for MBA admission along with important dates:

Name of the Exam

Last Date to Apply

Exam Date

CAT 2020

September 23, 2020

November 29, 2020

MAT September 2020

September 27, 2020

October 3, 2020

IIFT 2021

1st Week of November 2020

1st Week of December 2020

XAT 2021

November 30, 2020

January 3, 2021

CMAT 2021

December 10, 2020

January 24, 2021

MICAT 2021

4th Week of November 2020

2nd Week of December 2020

For the list of more MBA entrance exams and dates, check out Schedule of Upcoming MBA Entrance Exams in India.

How to Get Admission in IIM?

CAT score is mandatory to get admission in IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management). You can use the CAT Percentile Predictor to estimate whether or not you will be able to meet the IIM CAT cut-off criteria basis last year's trends or not. More details about the IIM admission process are elaborated below.\

At present, there are 20 IIM colleges in India and almost all the institutes open and close the PG management admission process simultaneously. Usually, the admission process at IIMs begins after the announcement of CAT results. The admission process will go on for months, as the selection process involves different stages.

Apart from IIMs, FMS of Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University will also accept CAT score for the admission to MBA course, and the admission process is similar to IIMs. In India, almost 3,000 business schools consider CAT score for admission to management courses at postgraduate level.

Before understanding the admission process of IIMs, let us take a look at the list of IIMs, which are divided into three categories: -

Old IIMs

The following are the oldest Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) in India which are popular for academic excellence.

New IIMs:

These institutes are set up in the last five to seven years.

Baby IIMs or Newest IIMs:

These institutes are set up in recent years (3-4 years ago).

The preliminary shortlisting/selection process of candidates in all the IIMs is similar, but the subsequent stages of the admission process are different. The preliminary stage of the selection process at IIMs is to ensure and determine a candidate’s eligibility for MBA admission in an IIM. The MBA admission process 2020 at IIMs involves the following four stages:

Stage I – Determining Eligibility for MBA Admission: A graduate from any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks at UG level is eligible to apply for IIM CAT entrance exam.

Stage II – Apply and Appear for CAT Exam: All the eligible candidates must apply for the CAT exam.

Stage III – Shortlisting by IIMs for MBA Admissions: After the announcement of CAT results, IIMs will release the first shortlist for MBA admission 2019. In the process of shortlisting eligible candidates, IIMs will independently award weightage to CAT 2019 exam score, academic diversity, gender, work experience and academic profile etc., Some IIMs shortlist the candidates only on the basis of CAT score. This is also based on the CAT exam analysis.

Stage IV – Final Round of IIMs MBA Admission Process: The shortlisted candidates will be called for the final stage of the selection process that involves WAT (Written Ability Test)/Group Discussion/Personal Interview. Popular IIMs give higher weightage to GD/ PI that CAT score.

If your final score after the above round is higher, you will get admission in IIMs.

Note: The shortlisting/ selection criteria, weightage etc., are announced independently by the respective IIMs after the announcement of CAT results.

Also Read: How to Initiate, Lead and Conclude a Group Discussion (GD)?

MBA Admission Process in India for Other Top MBA Colleges.

Almost, all the other business schools follow a similar pattern of the selection process for MBA course that involves entrance test score, GD/ PI/ WAT. Here is a list of some of the business schools and their selection process.

Selection Process
Management Development Institute (MDI), GurgaonMDI Gurgaon Selection Process
International Management Institute (IMI), DelhiIMI Delhi Selection Process
Goa Institute of Management (GIM), GoaGIM Goa Selection Process
Great Lakes Institute of Management, ChennaiGLIM Chennai Selection Process
Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), MumbaiJBMIS Selection Process
Institute of Management Technology (IMT), GhaziabadIMT Ghaziabad Selection Process
Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), JamshedpurXLRI Jamshedpur Selection Process
National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), MumbaiNITIE Mumbai Selection Process
ICFAI Business School (IBS), HyderabadIBS Hyderabad Selection Process
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New DelhiIIFT New Delhi Selection Process
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), MumbaiTISS Mumbai Selection Process
Institute of Rural Management Anand, GujratIRMA Selection Process
SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, MumbaiSPJIMR Selection Process
Mudra Institute of Communication Ahmedabad (MICA)MICA Ahmedabad Selection Process
Shailesh J Mehta School of Management (SJMSOM), IIT BombaySJMSOM Selection Process
Jiwaji University, GwaliorJiwaji University Selection Process
Kerala Agricultural UniversityKAU Selection Process
North Bengal University, SiliguriNBU Siliguri Selection Process
Punjabi University, BhatindaPU Bhatinda Selection Process
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, HyderabadJNTU Hyderabad Selection Process
SRM University, ChennaiSRM Chennai Selection Process
VelTech University, ChennaiVelTech Chennai Selection Process
Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, ChennaiHITS Chennai Selection Process
Kerala University, ThiruvananthapuramKU Thiruvananthapuram

Documents Required for MBA Admission 2020

Here is the list of all the mandatory documents required to submit/ upload while taking MBA admission:

Documents Required for MBA Admissions
  • Entrance Test Score Card and Admit Card
  • Bachelor’s degree Certificate/ Marks Sheet
  • Higher Secondary Certificate (Class 10) and Senior Secondary School Certificate (Class 12)
  • Category Certificate (If Required)
  • Identify Proof (most probably Aadhar – Xerox copy)
  • Work Experience Certificate (Only for those who have work experience)

Important Tips for MBA Admission 2020

Candidates can follow some of the important tips mentioned below to increase their chances of getting an MBA admission.

  • The candidates need to aim for getting a good score in the management entrance exam.
  • Apart from appearing for a single entrance exam, it is advisable to take multiple entrance exams to increase admission chances and enhance knowledge.
  • Do not aspire for only one top institute, you will have to make a list of top B-Schools to increase the chances of admission.
  • If you want to achieve an MBA seat in top B-School, be ready to migrate to large cities such as Bangalore, Delhi etc.,
  • Participate in Group Discussion and Personal Interview with utmost confidence. Always try to grab the opportunity to express your ideas in GD. Try to give logical explanations and answers in GD and PI.
  • Before taking admission in any institute, visit the campus to have more clarity and a better understanding of the respective institute.
  • Explore the placement record of the institute over the last three to four years.
Tips for MBA Admissions
Preparation Tips for Online GD / PI for MBA AdmissionsHow to Start Lead and Conclude a Group Discussion
WAT Tips & Tricks for IIMs and Top MBA CollegesTips to Appear for MAH MBA CET in Online Mode

Also Read: CAT Score vs Percentile

Getting admission into a good MBA college is not as hard as it is often made out to be. If you keep a steady head, plan ahead, be practical while shortlisting the colleges and courses that will be the most beneficial to you and follow the proper process, you are sure to find yourself enrolled in one of India’s top B-Schools. Remember that doing proper research will help you avoid any roadblocks that may arise in the MBA admission process.

You can fill the Common Application Form (CAF) and apply to the popular MBA colleges in India. For all admission-related inquiries, you can contact our student helpline at 1800-572-9877. CollegeDekho wishes Good Luck to all those aspiring to get MBA admission.

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