India’s Top 10 Business Schools that accept CAT Scores (Non-IIMs)

Friday, September 13th, 2019


India’s Top 10 Business Schools that accept CAT Scores (Non-IIMs)

MBA aspirants, especially the ones who are trying their hand at CAT for the first time, have two major misconceptions:

  1. Filling CAT form is enough. You have automatically applied to other colleges.
  2. Only IIMs are worth it. No need to apply to other colleges.

Both of the above statements are false and a lot of MBA aspirants make the mistake of not applying to a bunch of good colleges because of lack of information or by the time they find out about it – it is too late. I have made this video and written this blogpost in the hope that you don’t make the same mistake. Let’s address them one by one.

India’s Top 10 Business Schools that accept CAT Scores (Non-IIMs) – Video

Filling CAT form is not enough

While filling the CAT form, you are supposed to fill the names of the IIMs you are interested in. You are also supposed to fill the names of the courses you are interested in. By doing that, what you have done is – you have shown your interest in a limited number of courses at a limited number of colleges (IIMs). This is not an automatic application for all business schools. You will need to go to each and every college’s website that you are interested in and then fill the forms separately for them. Otherwise, you will not be considered by those colleges. I know it seems obvious to experienced CAT aspirants but I have seen a bunch of students make the obvious mistake and miss out on the deadlines so I thought it is important to clarify.

List of top 10 Business Schools that you should apply for

While there is no particular list that would fit for all aspirants, here are a few that I strongly recommend that you should check out. I have also added some data along with it so that it helps you figure out the colleges that you can target. Let me add, the data mentioned in most cases is indicative and obtained from official websites. For stuff like, percentile required – hard data is not available in most cases because these colleges do not declare such information in the public domain. Given below is a list of top 10 colleges that I find particularly useful for most CAT aspirants.

1. Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi

  • Fees: 47,780
  • Average Salary: 23.2 Lacs
  • Website: http://www.fms.edu/
  • Percentile Required: 98+
  • Application start date last cycle: 8th October 2018
  • Application end date last cycle: 20th November 2018

2. IIT Bombay – Shailesh J Mehta School of Management

  • Fees: 8.8 Lcs
  • Average Salary: 20.8 Lacs
  • Website: http://www.som.iitb.ac.in/
  • Percentile Required: 98+
  • Application start date last cycle: 7th January 2019
  • Application end date last cycle: 27th January 2019

3. S. P. Jain Institute of Management & Research

  • Fees: 16.25 Lacs
  • Average Salary: 22 Lacs
  • Website: http://www.spjimr.org
  • Percentile Required: 96+
  • Application start date last cycle: 20th Sept 2018
  • Application end date last cycle: 24th Nov 2018 ( 1 day before cat exam)

4. Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi

  • Fees: 8.8 Lacs
  • Average Salary: 18.47 Lacs
  • Website: http://dms.iitd.ac.in/
  • Percentile Required: 96+
  • Application start date last cycle: January 8, 2019
  • Application end date last cycle: January 27, 2019 Midnight

5. Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

  • Fees: 7.36 Lacs
  • Average Salary: 17.42 Lacs
  • Website: http://www.som.iitkgp.ac.in/MBA/
  • Percentile Required: 96+
  • Application start date last cycle: January 8, 2019
  • Application end date last cycle: January 27, 2019 Midnight

6. Management Development Institute, Gurgaon

  • Fees: 19.8 Lacs
  • Average Salary: 20.13 Lacs
  • Website: https://www.mdi.ac.in/
  • Percentile Required: 96+
  • Application start date last cycle: 11th Sept 2018
  • Application end date last cycle: 23rd November 2018

7. National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai

  • Fees: 8.1 Lacs
  • Average Salary: 19.77 Lacs
  • Website: https://www.nitie.edu/
  • Percentile Required: 96+
  • Application start date last cycle: 1st Nov 2018
  • Application end date last cycle: 7th Feb 2019

8. Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad

  • Fees: 17.5 Lacs
  • Average Salary: 12.5 Lacs
  • Website: https://www.imt.edu/
  • Percentile Required: 92+
  • Application start date last cycle: 4th Sept 2018
  • Application end date last cycle: 04th week of Jan 2019

9. International Management Institute, Delhi

  • Fees: 16.49 Lacs
  • Average Salary: 13.18 Lacs
  • Website: https://www.imi.edu
  • Percentile Required: 92+
  • Application start date last cycle: 11th Sept 2018
  • Application end date last cycle: 21st Jan 2019

10. Delhi School of Economics

  • Fees: 31,000
  • Average Salary(HRD): 10.68 Lacs
  • Average Salary(IB): 9.50 Lacs
  • Website: http://dsemba.in/
  • Percentile Required: 92+
  • Application start date last cycle: 15th Nov 2018
  • Application end date last cycle: 5th Jan 2019

I hope that you find this post useful and you will apply to these colleges before the last date is released. We have made a Crash Course for CAT 2019 to help you prepare for the CAT exam in the last 10 weeks. Details are given below:

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