MBA Admission Process

MBA admission process is a 5 step process which is applicable to almost all the MBA colleges in India. The admission in the management courses is provided on the basis of national level management exams such as CAT, SNAP, XAT and so on.

Step 1) Register and Apply for Entrance Exam

The admission process in top MBA colleges open in August or September first week and closes in November last week. Candidates who desire of seeking admission in top MBA colleges needs to register and apply for the relevant MBA entrance exam like CAT/IIFT/NMAT/SNAP/XAT within the specified registration window. Most National level MBA entrance exams like CAT, XAT close their registration process at the end of the year that is September and November respectively. Usually the CAT registration process remains open for 40 to 50 days. Each exam has its own format and requires a different approach but more or less the course and preparation remains same.

Step 2) Appear in MBA Entrance Exam

Those who want to pursue management course PGDM or MBA program from top MBA colleges must appear in CAT, XAT, NMAT or other relevant entrance exam. Common Admission Test (CAT), usually are held in November. Some Top colleges have their own specific national level entrance exam such IIFT for IIFT Delhi/Kolkata or SNAP for Symbiosis Colleges.

Step 3) Shortlisting Process

After declaration of MBA exam result in January, most of the top B-schools shortlist the suitable candidates for final admission rounds on the basis of their exam scores, academics, diversity, work experience among other parameters as per the respective B-school admission policy and weightages. This process is completed by each institute individually and in a different manner and then the shortlisted candidates are called for the GDPI process.

Step 4) Final Admission Process- GD-PI-WAT Round

All the shortlisted candidates then are needed to appear in the Group Discussion Round (GD), Written Ability Test (WAT) followed by Personal Interview (PI). Some of the B-schools like FMS will conduct GD & Extempore before PI round while few other like MDI will conduct GD-PI and a few like IMI will even conduct Psychometric test also. Some of the IIMs like IIM Shillong, IIM Kozhikode also conduct GD round based on the WAT exam. Some colleges like NMIMS Mumbai have a Case Discussion Round instead of GD where the group of 10-12 people are given a short case to discuss.

Step 5) Merit List and Admission Offer Letter

On the basis of the candidates performance in GDPI round, weightage awarded to entrance scores, academic profile & diversity, work experience and gender diversity, final merit list are generated and admission offers are made by the respective B-schools. The candidate need to accept the offer and pay the fees in stipulated time given by the institute to confirm their admission. Though the top B-schools charge a huge fees but educational loans are easily available to the students without any collateral security which has allowed to avoid lack of money as a barrier for higher education.

Along with merit list the B-schools also release a waiting list because it happens that the candidate is selected in two B-schools so he will be opting for the better one. So for the 2nd B-school that seat goes to the person who was in the waiting list. So even if you are not in the merit list but in the waiting list there are chances you may get admission depending on the movement of the Waitlist.

Candidates have to bring the documents which are given below at the time of admission to the allotted institutions: Entrance Exam Admit Cards, Entrance Exam Score Cards, 10th/12th Mark Sheets & Passing Certificate, Passport-size Photograph, Bachelor Degree Mark Sheets, Bachelors Degree Provisional Certificates if any. Some colleges might even ask to submit them online rather than prior to bringing them on the joining date.

We hope that this gives you a clarity about the admission process.
Still if you have any doubts regarding the admission process or any doubts pertaining to any particular college please feel free to contact us.

Author: Pamela Gupta

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