Popular Private MBA Colleges in India Apart from IIMs

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The Indian Institute of Management may be the ultimate destination of every MBA aspirant in India, but it is also a reality that not all make it to the IIM campuses. There are many MBA colleges in India who are good and well reputed if not better than IIMs, in fact some are at par with the IIMs, in terms of courses, infrastructure, faculty and placement record. For example SPJIMR, FMS or MDI run neck to neck with top IIMs with regards to the above mentioned criteria.

Admission process of these popular private MBA colleges in India is same as IIMs, i.e. entrance exam, group discussion (GD) and personal interview (PI). Some of them also conduct other personality assessment exercises like essay writing and group activity.

In this article we have listed 12 popular private MBA colleges in India apart from IIMs which you can target this admission season. If you are planning to pursue MBA with a specialization, these colleges be your best option. Take a look at them to understand their selection criteria, admission process, and fees.

Management Development Institute, Gurgaon: Management Development Institute, Gurgaon or MDI offers PGPM, PGP-Human Resource Management, PGP-International Management, PGP-Energy Management, PGP-Public Policy Management, PGDM-Executive and Fellow Programme. Admission to MDI is done on the basis of CAT/GMAT scores and Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi: Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi or IIFT Delhi is India’s top management school for International Management. It offers MBA in International Business, Executive PGD in International Business, Executive PGD in International Marketing, Executive PGD in International Financial Strategies, along with Doctoral and other Certificate programmes. Admission process of IIFT includes an inhouse entrance exam and GD/PI.

Narsee Monji Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai: Narsee Monji Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai or NMIMS offers MBA programmes in varied fields like Law, HR, Pharmaceutical Management, Entrepreneurship & Family Business and Social Entrepreneurship. NMIMS also offers PhD programme and certificate courses in Business Analytics, Data Science, etc. Admission process includes NMAT by GMAC exam and GD/PI.

SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai: Apart from PG Diploma Programme, SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai or SPJIMR offers PGPM, PGPM in Global Management Programme, Executive MBA and Certificate and Doctoral programmes. Admission to SPJIMR requires you to have appeared in the qualifying entrance exam. GD/PI is an integral part of SPJIMR admission process.

XLRI-Xavier School of Management: XLRI-Xavier School of Management is considered India’s best management institute for Human Resource Management. This top ranked b-schools offers PGDM, PGDM-General Management, PGDM-Business Management, PGDP (Executive) and Fellow Programme. XLRI conducts an inhouse entrance exam, XAT, as part of its admission process. It also accepts GMAT score for admission.

Institute of Management Technology: Institute of Management Technology or IMT has three campuses in India – Ghaziabad, Hyderabad, Nagpur and one campus overseas in Dubai, One of the older management institutes, IMT offers PGDM Full Time, PGDM Executive, PGDM Part Time, and PGDM Dual Country Programme. Admission process includes selection on the basis of entrance exam score and GD/PI.

Symbiosis Institute of Business Management: Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM) is one of the constituent institutes of Symbiosis International University (Deemed). It is one of the few management institutes which offer MBA in Innovation & Entrepreneurship. SIBM’s admission process includes entrance exam, GD and PI.

Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research: The Welingkar Institute is one of the very few management institutes which offer programmes in a wide variety of specialization; from e-business to rural management. Some of the courses are: PGDM, PGDM e-Business, PGDM Business Design, PGDM Research & Business Analysis, PGDM Healthcare Management, PGDM Media & Entertainment, PGDM Rural Management and PGDM Retail Management. Apart from these PGDM programmes, Welingkar also offers Executive and Certificate programmes. Admission process includes entrance exam and GD/PI

IRMA, Anand: Institute of Rural Management Anand or IRMA, is famous for its Rural Management programme. IRMA’s admission process is a bit different from other MBA institutes. Under IRMA admission process, CAT and XAT scores are the qualifying marks. Those who meet the qualifying CAT and XAT cut off for that particular year are eligible for IRMA’s own entrance test called IRMASAT. After clearing IRMASAT, the candidates have to clear GD/PI.

MICA, Ahmedabad: MICA offers PGDM Communications. Like IRMA, MICA’s admission process is different from other MBA entrance exams. To pursue MICA’s PGDM Communications programme the candidate will be required to appear in CAT, XAT or GMAT to be eligible for MICA’S own entrance exam MICAT. GD/PI forms the latter part of MICA admission process.

Take a look at selection criteria and admission procedure of some of the popular private MBA colleges:

Institute name

Entrance Exam

Approximate Course Fee (MBA/PGDM)

Management Development Institute, Gurgaon

Group Discussion/Personal Interview

Rs 25 Lakh

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi


Group Discussion/Personal Interview

Rs 15.2 Lakh

Narsee Monji Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai


Group Discussion/Personal Interview

Rs 17.5 Lakh

SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai


Group Discussion/Personal Interview

Rs 16.25 Lakh

XLRI-Xavier School of Management


Group Discussion/Personal Interview

Rs 16.8 Lakh