Reservation in MBA Entrance Exams: Criteria and Guidelines

Abhinav Chamoli
Abhinav ChamoliPublished On: August 24, 2020

Many MBA entrance exams in India offer seat reservation for candidates belonging to various categories. This article contains detailed information about reservation in MBA exams. Find out the eligibility criteria, percentage reservation and application for reserved category candidates in MBA exams.

Reservation in MBA Entrance Exams

Master of Business Administration (MBA) is one of the most coveted degrees in the world. It is a globally-recognized course and is considered the gateway to the leadership posts in reputed private and government organizations. In order to join an MBA course in India and tap into the various career opportunities available after MBA, candidates have to take part in the MBA admission process. This would be to appear for the various MBA entrance exams that are conducted for admission to MBA colleges throughout India.

Various entrance exams are conducted for MBA admissions in India. These may be conducted by national bodies, state-governed bodies or individual institutes. In order to appear for these entrance exams, candidates have to ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria or requirements, which differ by the exam as well as by the category of candidates (General / Reserved / Female etc.) applying for the exam. Some candidates may be given reservations to boost their participation, as per government requirements.

Depending upon the exam, various relaxations are provided for reserved category candidates in MBA entrance exams. These relaxations may be in the form of a lower application fee or a reduced minimum percentage criterion or reserving a certain percentage of seats for reserved category candidates. In this article, we explore the various criteria and guidelines of MBA entrance exams meant for reserved category candidates.

Reserved Categories for MBA Entrance Exams

The exact categories of candidates that may be given reservation in MBA entrance exams are different for each exam. It usually depends on the exam-conducting authority and the government regulations put in place by the central as or state government. Some MBA entrance exams conducted by private institutes do not have any criteria for reservation.

Some of the categories of candidates that are commonly given reservation in MBA entrance exams include the following.

  • Scheduled Caste (SC)
  • Scheduled Tribe (ST)
  • Other Backward Classes (OBC)
  • OBC-NCL (Non-Creamy Layer)
  • Person with Disability (PwD) / Physically Disabled (PD) / Physically Handicapped (PH)
  • Economically Weaker Sections (EWS)
  • Dependants / Wards of Defence Personnel
  • Migrants from Jammu & Kashmir
  • Residents of the state conducting the exam (State-Quota) etc.

How to Apply for Reserved Category Seats in MBA Entrance Exams

Candidates who wish to apply for reserved seats in MBA entrance exams must note the following details.

  • Candidates are provided with the option to select their category while filling up the form for the MBA entrance exams.
  • Various options of categories are provided, depending upon the exam.
    Entrance exams that do not have any reservation may also ask for the category of the candidate. Candidates must confirm the availability of reservation from the examination brochure.

  • Candidates must be careful while choosing the category as the exam may not have the provision of changing it in the future.

  • Candidates will be required to upload a scanned copy or send a photocopy of the valid certificate for their selected category with the application form. The certificate must be issued and attested by the authority concerned.

  • The original certificate proof for the category will be required during counselling and/or admission.

  • Candidates who fail to produce the required documentation will be considered only for General / Unreserved (UR) seats.

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MBA Eligibility Criteria For Reserved Categories

Reserved category candidates may be provided relaxations in the eligibility criteria in certain MBA entrance exams. Given below is the eligibility criteria for reserved category candidates as specified by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

  • Candidate must have a bachelor's degree course of at least 3 years duration in any stream.

  • Candidate must have received at least 45% aggregate marks in the qualifying bachelor's degree. This is the minimum specified requirement. Some colleges may specify a higher percentage requirement.

  • Candidates from all streams are eligible to apply.

Reservation Criteria for MBA Entrance Exams

The table below contains the reservation criteria for various MBA entrance exams.

Exam

Reserved Categories

Percentage of Seats Reserved

CAT

SC

15%

ST

7.5%

NC-OBC

27%

PwD

5%

EWS

10%

CMAT

SC

15%

ST

7.5%

OBC - Non-Creamy Layer

27%

PwD (in each of the above categories)

5% in each category

MAH MBA CET

Maharashtra State

85%

Backward Classes (only under Maharashtra State Seats)

SC: 13%

ST: 7%

VJ/DT (NT-A): 3%
(Vimukta Jati / Denotified Tribes Nomadic Tribes)

NT-B: 2.5%

NT-C: 3.5%

NT-D: 2%

OBC: 19%

TOTAL: 50%

Foreign Nationals / PIO (Persons of Indian Origin)

15%

Ward of NRIs

5%

Institute-Level Seats

20%

EWS

10%

Orphan Candidates

1%

Minority Seats

66% reservation in minority institutes

J&K Migrants

1 seat above sanctioned intake per institute

SNAP

SC

15%

ST

7.5%

DAC (Differently-Abled Candidates)

3%

Wards of Defence Personnel

5% (in select courses only)

Kashmiri Migrants

2 seats per course

International Candidates

15% above the sanctioned intake

IRMASAT

SC

15%

ST

7.5%

NC-OBC

27%

DA

3%

IIFT Exam

SC

15%

ST

7.5%

OBC

27%

PwD

5%

EWS

10%

Additionally, there are a number of exams which do not offer any reservation based on the category of candidates. Some of these MBA exams are mentioned below.

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MBA Entrance Exam Application Fee For Reserved Category Candidates

Given below is the MBA entrance exam fee for the reserved category candidates

Exam

Application Fee for Reserved Categories

CAT

Rs. 950
(for Sc / ST / PwD candidates)

CMAT

Rs. 800

MAH MBA CET

Rs. 800
(Only for reserved category candidates from Maharashtra)

SNAP

Rs. 1,750

IRMASAT

Rs. 750

IIFT Exam

Rs. 1,000
(for SC / ST / PwD candidates)

MAT

Rs. 1,650

ATMA

Rs. 1298
25% discount provided for Female candidates
50% discount provided for candidates belonging to NE states

XAT

Rs. 1,700

MICAT

Rs. 1,985

IBSAT

Rs. 1,800

NMAT by GMAC

Rs. 2,000

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Popular MBA Colleges in India

The table below contains some of the colleges in India that are popular for their MBA courses.

CollegeLocationCourse Fee
(in Rs. lakhs)
Poddar Group of Institutions (PGI)Jaipur2.00
Faculty of Management Studies (FMS)Delhi0.20
GITAM Deemed UniversityBangalore7.20
Management Development Institute (MDI)Gurgaon17.50
KIIT School of Management (KSOM)Bhubaneswar12.60
SRM University Delhi NCRSonepat3.00
Lovely Professional University (LPU)Jalandhar5.80
Bangalore Institute of Management Studies (BIMS)Bangalore5.40
Amity University ManesarGurgaon8.64
The ICFAI UniversityRanchi2.64

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FAQs

How much reservation is offered to EWS candidates in MBA Entrance Exams?

EWS candidates are generally offered 10% reservation in MBA Entrance Exams

What is the CAT Application Fee for SC / ST / PwD Candidates?

SC / ST/ PwD candidates have to pay Rs. 900 application fee for filling the CAT application form.

Do all MBA entrance exams have reservations?

No. There are many MBA entrance exams such as MAT, ATMA, NMAT, XAT etc. that do not have any reservations.

How many seats are available for All India candidates in MAH MBA CET?

A. 15% of the seats in MAH MBA CET are open for All-India candidates from outside Maharashtra state.

Does IRMA offer admission on management-quota seats for its PGD in Rural Management (PGDRM) course?

No. There are no management-quota seats available for PGDM at IRMA, Anand.

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