Siddhant Gupta


If you thought that the decision of whether or not to do an MBA was tough – think again! Because usually the trickier part is deciding which B-School would best fulfill your requirements, under the constraints that you are faced with. With over a thousand B-schools in India vying for your attention and each publication and institute coming up with its own list of B-School rankings, the information at hand seems to increase the confusion rather than diminish it.

Pursuing an MBA is not an end in itself, unless you pursue a program that is respected and recognized. While the decision to apply to a specific B-School would ideally depend on your requirements from an MBA course and personal constraints that you need to take into account, there are certain generally accepted parameters that play an important role in all ratings. Some of the more important ones are:

But then the next question that comes to mind is that if the criteria for ranking B-Schools are more or less uniform, then how come each survey throws up a different rank list. From the subjectivity inherent in survey methodology and in the data itself, to matters that require individual judgment (and yet others that incite personal bias!), there is enough scope to use similar tools and yet come up with a different product each time. And that is precisely why it is important not to bother about the exact ranking of any one or two surveys but to take into account the general opinion of a few put together.

The following grading of B-Schools has been compiled by Team MBAGuru with inputs from over 50 alumni of leading B-Schools, most of them involved closely with the industry and the B-Schools in various capacities ranging from faculty positions to campus recruiters on behalf of their companies. The grading also makes use of the inputs received from hundreds of Rooters who have successfully made it to some of the top B-Schools in India mentioned in the list below.

All the B-Schools within a category are comparable and very close in their scores on nearly all the crucial parameters such as Campus Placements, Faculty, Curriculum, Industry Interaction, Industry Perception, Infrastructure and Strength of Alumni Network, amongst others. We hope that the same will help you in the selection process for the B-Schools that you should be applying to.

Crème de la Crème

(IIM Ahmedabad) Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
(IIM Bangalore) Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
(IIM Calcutta) Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta
(ISB, Hyderabad) Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad
(FMS, Delhi) Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi
(XLRI, Jamshedpur) Xavier’s Labour Relations Institute, Jamshedpur
(IIM Lucknow) Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow
(IIM Indore) Indian Institute of Management, Indore
(SP Jain, Mumbai) SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai 
(IIM Kozhikode) Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode


(NITIE Mumbai) National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai
(IIM Shillong) Indian Institute of Management, Shillong
(IIFT Delhi) Indian Institute of Foreign Trade
(MDI, Gurgaon) Management Development Institute, Gurgaon
(JBIMS, Mumbai) Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai
(NMIMS, Mumbai) Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai
(XIM, Bhubaneswar) Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar
(TISS,Mumbai) Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
(SIBM, Pune) Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune
(IRMA, Anand) Institute of Rural Management, Anand (Gujarat)
(IMT, Ghaziabad) Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad
(MICA, Ahmedabad) Mudra Institute of Communication, Ahmedabad
(SJM-SoM, IIT Bombay) Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay
(SCMHRD, Pune) Symbiosis Center for Management and Human Resources Development, Pune


(DMS, IIT Delhi) Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi
(IMI, Delhi) International Management Institute, Delhi
(KJ Somaiya, Mumbai) KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai
(VGSOM,IIT Kharagpur) Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
(TAPMI, Manipal) TA Pai Management Institute, Manipal
(UBS,Chandigarh ) University Business School,Chandigarh
(Nirma, Ahmedabad) Institute of Management, Nirma University, Ahmedabad
(SIIB, Pune) Symbiosis Institute of International Business, Pune
(GIM, Goa) Goa Institute of Management, Goa
(Great Lakes, Chennai) Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai


(DoMS, IIT Roorkee) Department of Management Studies, IIT Roorkee
(Fore, Delhi) FORE School of Management, Delhi
(IBS, Hyderabad) ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad
(We School, Mumbai) Welingkar Institute of Management, Mumbai
(LIBA, Chennai) Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai
(DoMS, IIT Madras) Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras
(BIM, Trichy) Bharathidasan Institute of Management, Trichy
(IIFT, Kolkata) Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), Kolkata Campus
(IIFM,Bhopal) Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal
(SIBM, Bangalore) Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Bangalore


(IFMR, Chennai) Institute of Financial Management and Research, Chennai
(LBSIM, Delhi) Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, Delhi
(IISWBM, Kolkata) Indian Institute of Social welfare and Business Management, Kolkata
(SDM-IMD, Mysore) SDM Institute For Management Development, Mysore
(FMS-BHU) Banaras Hindu University Faculty of Management Studies, Banaras
(DOMS-IISC, Bangalore) Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
(NIBM, Pune) National Institute of Bank Management, Pune
(BIMTECH, Greater Noida) Birla Institute of Management and Technology, Greater Noida
(XIME, Bangalore) Xaviers Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Bangalore
(IMT, Nagpur) Institute of Management Technology, Nagpur
(RGIPT, Rae Bareli) Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology
(MHROD / MIB, Delhi University) MHROD / MIB – Delhi School of Economics, Delhi
(IMDR, Pune) Institute of Management Development + Research, Pune
(MFC, Delhi University) Department of Financial Studies : University of Delhi, South Campus
(MBE,Delhi University) Master of Business Economics : University of Delhi, South Campus
(GBO,SRCC Delhi University) Global Business Operations : Delhi University, North Campus
(IME, IIT Kanpur) Industrial and Management Engineering, IIT Kanpur
(ITM, Navi Mumbai) ITM Business School, Navi Mumbai


(SIMSREE, Mumbai) Sydenham Institute of Management Studies and Entrepreneurship Education, Mumbai
(Amrita, Coimbatore) Amrita School of Business, Coimbatore
(Kiams, Harihar) Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies, Harihar
(DoMS, NIT Trichy) Department of Management Studies, NIT Trichy
(XISS, Ranchi) Xavier’s Institute of Social Sciences, Ranchi
(SIMC, Pune) Symbiosis Institute of Media + Communication (PG in Communication Management)
(MBA, BITS Pilani) Management Group, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
(PUMBA, Pune) Department of Commerce and Management Studies, University of Pune
(SCIT, Pune) Symbiosis Center for Information Technology, Pune
(SITM, Pune) Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management, Pune
(SIOM, Nasik) Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management, Nasik
(HCU, Hyderabad) Hyderabad Central University (HCU), Hyderabad
(AIM, Kolkata) Army Institute of Management, Calcutta
(DAVV, Indore) Devi Ahilya University, Indore
(CRKIMR, Mumbai) Chetnas R. K. Institute of Management Studies and Research,
(BIT, Ranchi) Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi

Top MAT Colleges

(BIMM, Pune) Balaji Institute of Modern Management, Pune
(Christ, Bangalore) Christ College, Bangalore
(ABS, Bangalore) Alliance Business Academy, Bangalore
(SIES, Mumbai) SIESCollege of Management Studies, Mumbai
(IPE, Hyderabad) Institute of PublicEnterprise (IPE), Hyderabad
(St. JCC, Bangalore) St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bangalore
(NDIM,Delhi) New Delhi Institute of Management, Delhi
(EMPI, Delhi) EMPI Business School, Delhi
(JIMS, Rohini) Jagan Institute of Management Studies, Delhi
SCMS, Cochin
(IIRM,Jaipur) Indian Institute of Rural Management, Jaipur
(SCMLD) Sadhana Centre for Management + Leadership Development, Pune


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