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Updated: May 10

Written by Trinav Rattan

Many top Indian B-schools accept GMAT scores, particularly for their executive MBA programs or specialized courses designed for professionals with work experience. These programs are highly valued for their global orientation, flexibility, and focus on leadership and management for experienced professionals. Here's a list of top MBA colleges in India accepting GMAT scores, primarily for their executive or specialized MBA programs:


1. Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad & Mohali (Exp: 2+ years): Known for its one-year Post Graduate Program in Management (PGP), ISB specifically targets professionals with work experience. The school has a strong focus on leadership and innovation.


2. Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs): Several IIMs offer executive post-graduate programs (EPGP) or PGPEX (Post Graduate Programme for Executives) for professionals with significant work experience. Notable among these are:

  - IIM Ahmedabad (Exp: 4+ years): Offers a one-year full-time MBA (PGPX).

  - IIM Bangalore (Exp: 5-12 years): Offers a one-year full-time MBA for executives (EPGP).

  - IIM Calcutta (Exp: 5+ years): Has a one-year MBA for Executives Programme (MBAEx).

  - IIM Lucknow (Exp: 5+ years): Offers the International Programme in Management for Executives (IPMX) at its Noida campus.


3. XLRI Jamshedpur (Exp: 5+ years): Offers the General Management Program (GMP) for working professionals, which accepts GMAT scores. It’s a fifteen-month, full-time residential program.


4. SP Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai (Exp: 5 years): Offers a Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) for professionals with work experience. GMAT scores are accepted for admissions.


5. Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon (Exp: 2-3 years): Offers a National Management Programme (NMP) and Post Graduate Programme in Energy Management (PGP-EM), both of which are tailored for executives and accept GMAT scores.


6. Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi & Kolkata (Exp: 3 years): Known for its MBA in International Business (IB), IIFT offers seats to candidates with GMAT scores, particularly for NRI/Foreign nationals, but also has provisions for Indian residents in certain categories.


7. Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai & Gurgaon: Offers a one-year full-time Post Graduate Program in Management (PGPM) for candidates with work experience, accepting GMAT scores for admission.


8. Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi: While traditionally known for accepting CAT scores, FMS has also started considering GMAT scores for its executive programs. When considering these programs, it's essential to check the specific eligibility criteria, application deadlines, and program structures, as they can vary significantly from one institution to another. Additionally, given the competitive nature of these programs at top B-schools in India, a strong GMAT score, along with relevant work experience and a compelling application, will be crucial for securing admission.

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