Selection Process in top B-Schools in India

Different B-Schools follow different selection process, including different management entrance test scores for selecting candidates in to their MBA programs. In this article, we try to clarify the selection process in the top B-schools across India.


There are so many standardized Management Entrance Tests that are accepted by b-schools across India.  Some of them are Common Admission Test (CAT), Xavier Admission Test (XAT), Management Aptitude Test (MAT), Common Management Admission Test (CMAT), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) etc.  The performance in these entrance tests are given heavy weightage in the selection process.  Many times, candidates' academic performance at the graduate level (and sometimes even at 10th and 12th level) is also taken in to consideration to predict the academic potential and success of the candidates. 


Candidates are short-listed based on the above-mentioned criteria and then called for further elimination process.  That may include Group Exercise (such as Griup Discussion, Case Discussion, Issue Discussion, Extempore etc.), and Personal Interview (PI).  Several top B-schools have also started including one more criteria (it may be an additional criteria or a subsitute criteria) known as Written Ability Test (WAT).


When candidates are successful in all these stages, they are given an admission offer.  While, it may seem pretty straight-forward, there is a lot of confusion among the MBA aspirants as to which B-schools follow what process.  In the table below, we bring to you the parameters that have been used by top B-schools for the final selection process -


Sr. No.

B-School Name

Accepted Test(s)

Group Discussion

Personal Interview

Written Ability Test

1 IIM Ahmedabad (PGP) CAT No Yes Yes
2 IIM Ahmedabad (PGP-ABM) CAT No Yes Yes
3 IIM Bangalore CAT No Yes Yes
4 IIM Calcutta CAT No Yes Yes
5 IIM Lucknow CAT Yes Yes Yes
6 IIM Lucknow (PGP - SM) CAT Yes Yes Yes
7 IIM Lucknow (PGP - ABM) CAT Yes Yes Yes
8 IIM Indore CAT No Yes Yes
9 IIM Kozhikode CAT No Yes Yes
10 XLRI Jamshedpur (PGDM) XAT Yes Yes No
11 XLRI Jamshedpur (PGD-HRM) XAT Yes Yes No
12 FMS, New Delhi CAT Extempore Yes No
13 JBIMS, Mumbai MH-CET Yes Yes Yes
14 MDI, Gurgaon CAT Yes Yes No
15 MDI, Murshidabad CAT Yes Yes No
16 SPJIMR, Mumbai CAT, XAT No Yes Yes
17 IIFT, New Delhi & Kolkata IIFT Test Yes Yes Yes
18 IIM Shillong CAT No Yes Yes
19 IIM Ranchi CAT No Yes Yes
20 IIM Ranchi (PGD-HRM) CAT No Yes Yes
21 IIM Raipur CAT No Yes Yes
22 IIM Rohtak CAT No Yes Yes
23 IIM Trichy CAT No Yes Yes
24 IIM Udaipur CAT No Yes Yes
25 IIM Kashipur CAT No Yes Yes
26 DMS, IIT Delhi CAT Yes Yes No
27 SJMSOM, IIT Bombay CAT No Yes Yes
28 VGSoM, IIT Kharagpur CAT Yes Yes Yes
29 DoMS, IIT Madras CAT Yes Yes No
30 DMS, IIT Roorkee CAT Yes Yes No
31 DIME, IIT Kanpur CAT Yes Yes No
32 IIM Nagpur CAT No Yes Yes
33 IIM Vishakhapatnam CAT No Yes Yes
34 IIM Bodh Gaya CAT No Yes Yes
35 IIM Amritsar CAT No Yes Yes
36 IIM Sambalpur CAT No Yes Yes
37 IIM Sirmaur CAT No Yes Yes
38 IIM Jammu CAT No Yes Yes
39 IMT Ghaziabad CAT, XAT, GMAT No Yes Yes
40 NMIMS Mumbai NMAT Case Discussion Yes No
41 TAPMI Manipal CAT, XAT, GMAT No Yes Yes
42 SIBM, Pune SNAP Group Exercise Yes Yes
43 MICA, Ahmedabad MICAT; CAT, XAT, GMAT Group Exercise Yes Yes
44 XIMB, Bhubaneshwar (MBA-BM) CAT, XAT, GMAT No Yes Yes
45 XIMB, Bhubaneshwar (MBA-HRM) CAT, XAT, GMAT No Yes Yes
46 SCMHRD, Pune SNAP Group Exercise Yes Yes
47 Goa Institute of Management, Goa CAT, XAT, GMAT No Yes Yes
48 Great Lakes (GLIM), Chennai & Hyderabad CAT, XAT, GMAT, CMAT Yes Yes Yes
49 NITIE Mumbai CAT Yes Yes No
50 BIMTECH Greater Noida CAT, XAT, GMAT Yes Yes No
51 IISc Bangalore CAT, GMAT, GATE Yes Yes No
52 FORE School of Management, New Delhi CAT Yes Yes Yes
53 LIBA, Chennai CAT, XAT Yes Yes No
54 IBS, Hyderabad IBS Test, CAT, GMAT, NMAT Yes Yes No
55 TISS, Mumbai TISS-NET Yes Yes No
56 ISI (Kolkata) IIM (Calcutta) IIT (Kharagpur) Own Test No Yes No
57 IRMA, Anand CAT, XAT, IRMA Test Group Exercise Yes Yes
58 IFMR, Sri City CAT, XAT, GMAT, GRE No Yes Yes
59 NIRMA Ahmedabad CAT No Yes Yes
60 IIFM, Bhopal CAT, XAT Yes Yes No
61 WeSchool, Mumbai CAT, XAT, CMAT, ATMA, GMAT, MH-CET Yes Yes No