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MBA Admission 2023: Check Deadlines, Entrance Exams, Admission Process & Top Colleges

Sakunth Kumar
Sakunth KumarUpdated On: March 24, 2023 07:08 pm IST

MBA Admission 2023 in India will be done through a detailed and elaborate process, which involves an entrance exam as well as college-wise selection rounds. Check the detailed MBA Admission 2023-25 here.

MBA Admission Process 2023

MBA Admission 2023: Are you planning to pursue an MBA (Master of Business Administration) from IIMs or other management colleges in India? If yes, you must have a complete awareness of the MBA admission process, a list of good MBA colleges, management entrance exams, and others.

Not all the business schools in India follow a similar pattern of the MBA admission 2023 process and different components determine the eligibility of candidates for admission to an MBA course. In general, the top B-Schools follow a four-step process for giving admission to MBA courses. The MBA admission season generally starts from September to November and lasts until May to June.

The major difference between various B-Schools regarding the MBA admission process 2023-25 is the acceptability of MBA entrance exam 2023 scores. 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. This article contains everything you need to know about the MBA admission process 2023-25.

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MBA Admission 2023: Application Deadlines for Top MBA Colleges

The table given below provides a list of some of the leading MBA colleges in India along with their MBA admission 2023 last date. Candidates seeking admission in B-Schools, must ensure that they appear for the required MBA entrance exam 2023 and apply to the institute before the given deadline:

Name of the MBA College

Application Status

Exam Accepted

Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon



Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur



SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai



XIM-Xavier University Bhubaneswar



ICFAI Business School, Gurgaon



ICFAI Business School (IBS), Hyderabad



International Management Institute (IMI), Delhi



Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies



IMT, Ghaziabad



International Management Institute, Bhubaneswar



International Management Institute, Kolkata



T A Pai Management Institute



Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai



IIT Roorkee - Department of Management Studies



Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi



Shailesh J Mehta School of Management (SJMSOM), IIT Bombay



IIT Delhi - Department of Management Studies



IIT Kharagpur - Vinod Gupta School of Management



NITIE, Mumbai



Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani



IRMA, Anand



Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Goa



IIT Madras - Department of Management Studies



Institute of Management, Nirma University



Loyola Institute of Business Administration



K J Somaiya, Mumbai



Institute of Management - Christ University



BHU - Banaras Hindu University



XISS - Xavier Institute of Social Service



How to Apply for MBA Course 2023?

The points mentioned below give a detailed analysis of the application process for MBA 2023. Candidates aspiring to enroll in an MBA program in the upcoming academic session must go through all the factors regarding the application process listed here.

  • 98% of MBA colleges in India accept online applications for admissions. 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 heading such as ‘Admissions 2023’, ‘Apply Now,' ‘Register Now,’ ‘Online Application Form,’ ‘Click Here to Register,’ etc.

  • Students will have to fill in all the personal, educational, and work experience details asked in the application form.

  • Most B-schools consider the score of any of the national or state-level management entrance exams for admissions. Therefore, students need to submit the score of the entrance exam and roll number along with the online application form.

  • A valid e-mail ID and mobile number are mandatory to fill out 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 a Credit/ Debit Card or Net Banking.

  • Certain B-Schools 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: Direct MBA Admission Without Entrance Exam

MBA Admission 2023 Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for MBA admission 2023 in India include the educational details, such as aggregate marks in Class 10th & 12th, Graduation, lower and upper age limit, nationality, valid scores of entrance exams, and more. Candidates seeking admission in the academic session 2023-25 must meet the following requirement listed below:



Class 10th & 12th Scores

Those who have completed 10+2 education from a recognized board with aggregate marks of 50% can apply for admissions.

Bachelor's Degree

Graduation in any stream with a 50% minimum aggregate marks from a recognized university (45% for reserved categories).

Final Year Graduation

Candidates who are in the final year of their graduation can also apply for admissions in 2023. However, the admission will be confirmed after they provide the final degree as proof.

Entrance Exam Scores

Students with a valid score in any of the management entrance exams such as CAT/ XAT/ CMAT/ GMAT/ MAT/ ATMA/ NMAT are eligible to apply for admissions.

Note: The eligibility criteria for admissions vary as per the college. Make sure to check the eligibility criteria mentioned on the official website of the MBA college to which you are applying for admission.

Documents Required for MBA Admission 2023

Here is the list of all the mandatory documents required to submit/ upload during MBA admission process 2023-25:

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)

MBA Entrance Exams 2023

Here is the list of popular MBA entrance exams 2023 along with important dates:

Name of the Exam

Registration Starting Date

Last Date to Apply

Exam Date

CAT 2023

First week of August 2023Third week of September 2023 November 26, 2023

IIFT 2023

September 30, 2022

November 24, 2022

December 18, 2022 (Concluded)

IBSAT 2022

January 6, 2023

February 3, 2023

February 3 & 5, 2023 (Concluded)

XAT 2023

August 10, 2022

December 11, 2022

January 8, 2023 (Concluded)

CMAT 2023

February 13, 2023

March 13, 2023

April 2023

SNAP 2022

August 4, 2022

November 24, 2022

December 10, 18 & 23, 2022 (Concluded)

ATMA 2023 (May Session)

March 8, 2023

May 21, 2023

May 28, 2023

KMAT Karnataka 2023

May 2023

June 2023

December 2023

KMAT Kerala 2023

January 9, 2023

January 20, 2023

February 19, 2023 (Concluded)


February 23, 2023

March 11, 2023

March 25 & 26 2023

AP ICET 2023

March 20, 2023

April 19, 2023

May 25 & 26, 2023

TS ICET 2023

March 6, 2023

May 6, 2023

May 26 & 27, 2023

NMAT by GMAC 2022

August 1, 2022

October 12, 2022

October 10 to December 19, 2022 (Concluded)

MAT 2023 (February Session)

  • PBT - December 27, 2022

  • CBT 1 - December 27, 2022

  • CBT 2 - December 27, 2022

  • PBT - February 14, 2023

  • CBT 1 - February 21, 2023

  • CBT 2 - February 27, 2023

  • IBT - February 8, 9, 15, 16, & 22, 2023, and March 2 & 4, 2023

  • PBT - February 19, 2023 (Concluded)

  • IBT - February 11, 12, 18, 19, & 25 2023, and March 5 & 7, 2023 (Concluded)

  • CBT 1 - February 26, 2023 (Concluded)

  • CBT 2 - March 4, 2023 (Concluded)

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How to Get into MBA Admission into IIMs?

CAT score is mandatory to get admission into 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. More details about the IIM admission process are elaborated on 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 MBA 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 scores for admission to MBA courses, and the admission process is similar to IIMs. In India, almost 3,000 business schools consider CAT scores for admission to management courses at the postgraduate level.

Before understanding the MBA admission process of IIMs, let us take a look at the list of IIMs, which is divided into three categories: Old IIMs, New IIMs, and Baby or Newest IIMs. The oldest Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) in India are popular for academic excellence. The New IIMs are set up in the last five to seven years while the Baby IIms are set up in recent years (3-4 years ago).

Old IIMs

New IIMs

Baby IIMs

IIM Ahmedabad

IIM Udaipur

IIM Visakhapatnam

IIM Bangalore

IIM Tiruchirappalli

IIM Sirmaur

IIM Calcutta

IIM Rohtak

IIM Sambalpur

IIM Lucknow

IIM Ranchi

IIM Nagpur

IIM Kozhikode

IIM Raipur

IIM Jammu

IIM Shillong

IIM Kashipur

IIM Bodh Gaya

IIM Indore


IIM Amritsar

Also ReadTop IIM Colleges - List of the Best IIMs in India 2023

MBA Admission Process for IIMs

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 2023 admission process at IIMs involves the following four stages:

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

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

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

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

If your final score after the above round is higher, you will get admission to IIMs. Makes sure you secure your allotted seat before the MBA admission 2023 last date.

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

MBA Admission 2023 in India for Other Top Colleges

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


Selection Process

Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon

MDI Gurgaon Selection Process

International Management Institute (IMI), Delhi

IMI Delhi Selection Process

Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Goa

GIM Goa Selection Process

Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai

GLIM Chennai Selection Process

Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai

JBMIS Selection Process

Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad

IMT Ghaziabad Selection Process

Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur

XLRI Jamshedpur Selection Process

National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai

NITIE Mumbai Selection Process

ICFAI Business School (IBS), Hyderabad

IBS Hyderabad Selection Process

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi

IIFT New Delhi Selection Process

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai

TISS Mumbai Selection Process

Institute of Rural Management Anand, Gujrat

IRMA Selection Process

SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai

SPJIMR Selection Process

Mudra Institute of Communication Ahmedabad (MICA)

MICA Ahmedabad Selection Process

Shailesh J Mehta School of Management (SJMSOM), IIT Bombay

SJMSOM Selection Process

Jiwaji University, Gwalior

Jiwaji University Selection Process

Kerala Agricultural University

KAU Selection Process

SRM University, Chennai

SRM Chennai Selection Process

Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, Chennai

HITS Chennai Selection Process

Kerala University, Thiruvananthapuram

KU Thiruvananthapuram

Also ReadList of Non-IIM MBA Colleges to Apply to Before and After CAT Exam

MBA Colleges in India Accepting Scores of Top Entrance Exams

The table below has a list of all the top MBA colleges in India that accept MBA entrance exams 2023 like CAT, CMAT, XAT, NMAT by GMAC, etc. Click on the links to know the colleges and the exams they accept.

List of MBA Colleges Accepting 80-90 Percentile in CAT

List of MBA Colleges Accepting 70-80 Percentile in CAT

List of MBA Colleges Accepting 60-70 Percentile in CAT

List of MBA Colleges Accepting 50-60 Percentile in CAT

Top B-schools that Accept CAT Percentile Below 90 other than IIMs

Top Ten Non-IIM Colleges that Accept CAT Scores in India

Top MBA Colleges accepting CMAT Scores

Top Colleges Accepting AIMA UGAT

Top 10 Colleges Accepting NMAT by GMAC Score

Top MBA Colleges Accepting MAT Score

Top MBA Colleges Accepting ATMA Scores

List of MBA Colleges Accepting Karnataka PGCET

List of MBA Colleges Accepting 50-60 Percentile in CMAT

List of MBA Colleges Accepting 80-90 Percentile in CMAT

List of MBA Colleges accepting 60-70 Percentile in CMAT

List of MBA Colleges Accepting 70-80 Percentile in MAT

List of MBA Colleges Accepting 80-90 Percentile in MAT

Top MBA Colleges Accepting XAT Score and Cut-Off

MBA Colleges Accepting IBSAT Score

Colleges Accepting SNAP Scores

List of MBA Colleges Accepting KMAT Kerala Rank/ Score

Top MBA Colleges Accepting MAH MBA CET Scores

Important Tips for MBA Admission 2023

Candidates can follow some of the important tips mentioned below to increase their chances of getting admission into MBA courses:

  • 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 a top B-School, be ready to migrate to large cities such as Bangalore, Delhi, etc.,

  • Participate in Group discussions and Personal Interviews 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 to 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.

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Getting admission into a good business school is not as hard as it is often made out to be. If you keep a steady head, plan, 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 admission process for MBA.

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You can fill out 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. We wish good luck to all those aspiring to get admission into MBA courses!


What is the distance MBA 2023 admission process?

Distance MBA 2023 admission process includes the selection of candidates based on merit and academic profile or scores of entrance tests. The selection criteria are decided by the institutions themselves. Shortlisted candidates can be given direct admission or called for a personal interview. 

What is MBA admission 2023 process in IIMs?

The MBA admission 2023 process in IIMs includes mandatory submission of CAT scores. The admission process begins after the declaration of CAT results. IIMs will then shortlist candidates based on CAT exam score, academic diversity, academic profile, work experience, categories and gender. Then finally, candidates will be called for a writing ability test and personal interview.

What is the MBA admission 2023-24 last date for applications in India?

The MBA admissions 2023-24 last date in India differs as per institutes and colleges. IIMs will tentatively close their MBA admissions by September 2023 while other business schools will close applications between November 2023 to January 2024. Students must shortlist the universities of their preferences and keep a track of the dates.

When will MBA admissions 2023-24 start in India?

The MBA admissions 2023-24 start in India from September to November in Indian business schools. The starting dates keep varying from one university to another therefore students must constantly check the website so as not to miss the application starting date.

What are the documents required for MBA admissions 2023-24 in India?

The documents that are required for MBA admissions 2023-24 in India are admit card and score card of entrance examinations, class 10th and 12th mark sheets and certificates, bachelors degree mark sheets and certificates, category certificates, work experience certificates for working professionals, and identity cards such as Aadhar card.

How to apply for MBA admissions 2023 in India?

You can apply for MBA admissions 2023 in India by filling out the application form available on the college website. You can the application process from the official website of the college. You must fill in all the personal and academic details and work experiences. Besides the scores of entrance tests also have to be submitted. 

What entrance exams are conducted for MBA admission 2023 in India?

Some of the popular entrance exams conducted for MBA admissions in India are CAT, MAT, XAT and CMAT. Many institutes conduct entrance tests for direct admission such as IIFT 2023. Students can also appear for international level MBA entrance tests such as the GMAT, the scores of which are accepted by Indian business schools.

What is the MBA admission 2023 process for well-known MBA colleges in India?

The MBA admission 2023 process for well-known MBA colleges in India includes qualifying in any one of the management entrance tests like CAT, MAT, SNAP, ATMA, etc. The subsequent stages of MBA admissions include group discussion, writing ability tests and personal interviews. After completion of all the stages, the students will be finally selected for MBA admissions 2023.

What are the good colleges for MBA admission 2023 in India?

Some of the well-known colleges for MBA admission 2023 in India are IIM Bangalore, IIM Ahmedabad and ISB Hyderabad. Some of the other MBA colleges that are popular are XLRI Jamshedpur, SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade Delhi, School of Business Management- Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies and  Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad. 

What exams are conducted for MBA admissions in India?

Some of the exams conducted for MBA admissions in India are CAT, MAT, XAT and CMAT

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