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Best non CAT Colleges for MBA Admissions

So, you just appeared for CAT 2015 and are not confident of making the final cut for admissions? Don’t worry, your MBA admission journey doesn’t need to end here!

Dec 1, 2015 17:33 IST
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Best non CAT Colleges for MBA Admissions
Best non CAT Colleges for MBA Admissions

So, you just appeared for CAT 2015 and are not confident of making the final cut for admissions? Don’t worry, your MBA admission journey doesn’t need to end here!

If you think you are not going to score beyond 98 percentile required for admission to premier management institutes, then it’s time to start looking at other options to pursue your MBA dream. Without a shred of a doubt, IIMs are one of the best management institutes on offer in India. However, the keyword to focus here is ‘one of the’; there are several other MBA colleges that are equally good when it comes to academics, faculty, teaching pedagogy, infrastructure and most importantly placements. In fact, many have noted that the newly setup IIMs are no match for established management institutes like XLRI, IIFT, FMS or TISS. Many of these institutes and colleges do accept CAT exam score for admission, but in addition to it they also conduct their own entrance tests or consider the score of different renowned examinations for admission process. To help you pick the right non-CAT MBA college, we have compiled a list of such institutions with all the important information.

Best non CAT Colleges for MBA Admissions

K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai (SIMSR)

Affiliated to Mumbai University, SIMSR is listed among the best management college of India. The institute offers AICTE approved and SAQS accredited management programmes that are at par with those offered by top business schools in the world. The institute’s management programmes also enjoy NBA accreditation. Currently, the institute offers two-year full-time PGDM programme, three-year part-time MBA programmes and a 15 month Executive MBA programme with different specializations.

  • Eligibility: Any candidate holding a valid Bachelors degree with minimum 50% marks is eligible for admission to MBA programme at SIMSR, Mumbai.
  • Admissions: Candidates are selected for admission on the basis of CAT/CMAT/MH-CET score. Final selection is based upon candidate’s performance in case analysis and personal interview rounds.
  • Placements: With more than satisfactory placement record of 99% in recent years, the SIMSR has been highly successful in securing rewarding careers for its students. The dedicated external relations department, which takes care of placement activities; organizes regular workshops, on-campus interviews and GD/PI and soft skills training for students. Top companies participating in placement sessions at SIMSR include Accenture, ANI, Asian Paints, Bajaj Allianz, Berger Paints, CRIS, DHL, Fortis Hospitals, HCL, Godrej, GE, Coca Cola and others. The average placement salary on offer stands at 8.25 Lakhs.

National Insurance Academy, Pune (NIA)

National Insurance Academy is one of the most well known Business Schools in the country. The NIA was set up under the ambit of LIC, GIC of India and other public sector insurance companies in collaboration with Ministry of Finance. Over the years, the institute has established itself as the sole provider of qualified management professionals in India in insurance domain. The NIA also has MoUs several international universities for student and faculty exchange programmes that offer excellent industry exposure to NIA students. The institute offers two-year full-time MBA programme.

  • Eligibility: Any candidate with a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with minimum 50% marks is eligible to apply for management programme at NIA.
  • Admissions: Candidates are shortlisted for admission process on the basis of CAT / CMAT / XAT scores. Final selection will depend upon candidate’s performance in GD/PI rounds. Past academic record and relevant work experience will also be considered in the admission process.
  • Placements: Backed by an active Placement Cell, NIA has been able to ensure 100% placement record for its students over the years. The placement cell provides soft skills training, time management workshops, language programmes and pre-placement talks to prepare students for the job market. Top recruiters hiring candidates from NIA include Bajaj Allianz Insure, New India Insurance Company, United India Insurance Company, Oriental Insurance Company, Cognizant Technologies, Accenture and others. Average placement salary offered to candidates stands at 6.11 Lakhs.

Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development, Pune (SCMHRD)

Part of the Symbiosis International University Group of Institutions, SCMHRD is one of the most well-known B-schools in India offering management courses tailored for need the domain of Human Resources. With collaborative partnerships with leading universities, IT institutes and corporate; SCMHRD has earned respectable name and trust in the market. SCMHRD offers full-time two-year general MBA programme along with a two-year full-time MBA in Infrastructure Management and 1-year PGDM programme in Business Analytics. The institute also offers PGDM programme with unique specialization options.

  • Eligibility: Any candidate hold a Bachelor’s degree with minimum 50% marks from a recognized university is eligible for management programme at SIBM, Pune.
  • Admissions: Symbiosis International University conducts SNAP (Symbiosis National Aptitude Test) to shortlist candidates for admission to MBA programmes offered at SIBM, Pune. Final selection of the candidate will depend upon performance in WAT and PI rounds.
  • Placements: With an active placement cell, SCMHRD has been able to secure 100% placement for its students in recent past. The placement assistance offered by the institute includes organizing pre-placement talks, workshops and seminars along with regular industrial visits. Top companies visit SCMHRD for placement session and notable among them include Deloitte, L&T Infotech, JP Morgan, HSBC Bank, Ranbaxy, Intel, Idea, Flipkart, Unilever and others. The average package offered during placement sessions stands at 11.95 Lakhs.

Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune (SIBM, Pune)

Listed as the best management college in Pune, SIBM is the one of the most popular management institutes of India. The institute offers two-year full-time MBA and PGDM programmes as its main offering in the field of management education. In addition to this, Symbiosis Institute of Business Management also provides 1-year part-time MBA programmes with specialization in HRD, Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship, Operations Management, Marketing Management, Financial Management and Family Business. Working professionals can also join the 30 months executive MBA programme at SIBM.

  • Eligibility: Any candidate hold a Bachelor’s degree with minimum 50% marks from a recognized university is eligible for management programme at SIBM, Pune.
  • Admissions: Symbiosis International University conducts SNAP (Symbiosis National Aptitude Test) to shortlist candidates for admission to MBA programmes offered at SIBM, Pune. Final selection of the candidate will depend upon performance in GE-PIWAT process.
  • Placements: One of the key factors behind SIBM being one of the top private MBA Colleges in Pune is its impeccable placement record. With consistent 100% placement record over last decade, SIBM has been able to secure placements for its students in mid and high positions in top companies from India as well as abroad. Top recruiters who participate in SIBM placement sessions include CRISIL, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Asian Paints, Wipro, JPMorgan, Idea, ICICI Bank, Ernst & Young, Pepsi Co India, Deloitte, Infosys and others. The average salary package offered during placement session stands at 13.3 Lakhs PA.

Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai (JBIMS)

JBIMS is listed among the top management colleges in India and has been recognized internationally for training students with necessary professional skills. The institute offers MBA programme in association with the University of Mumbai and aims at the development of entrepreneurial spirit among candidates. JBIMS offers two-year full-time Master of Management Studies programme along with three-year part-time programmes like Masters in Information Management, Masters in Marketing Management, Masters in Financial Management and Masters in HRD Management.

  • Eligibility: Any candidate with a valid Bachelor’s degree with minimum 50% marks is eligible for admission to MBA programmes at JBIMS, Mumbai.
  • Admissions: JBIMS considers MH-CET/CAT score for short-listing candidates for admission to its MBA programmes. Final selection will depend upon candidate’s performance in GD/PI/WAT rounds. For foreign candidates, GMAT exam is compulsory.
  • Placements: JBIMS has exhibited phenomenal placement record in the recent years. The institute has been able to secure 100% placement for its students with top brands. Top companies who hire candidates from this institute include Aditya Birla Group, AEGIS, Air India, Bajaj, Axis Bank, American Express, GENPACT, Yes Bank, NIIT, Tata Motors, Indiabulls, Standard Chartered, Phillips, Reliance and others. The average placement package stands at 17.42 Lakhs PA.

MICA, Ahmedabad

Set up in 1991, MICA is primarily an educational institute dedicated to offering of strategic marketing and communication programmes to its students. As far as management education is concerned, this autonomous institute offers AICTE approved two-year full-time PGDM programme in Communications, which is recognized by AIU (Association of Indian Universities) and, therefore, considered as equivalent to MBA degree. MICA also has partnership and collaboration several national and international institutes for faculty and student exchange programmes.

  • Eligibility: Any candidate with a valid Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification in any discipline from an institute/university recognized by AIU is eligible to apply for PGDM programme at MICA.
  • Admissions: MICA conducts its own entrance exam MICAT, to induct student in the PGDM Programme. MICAT is conducted in two stages, the first being a written test aimed at assessing logical reasoning, analytical ability, written communication skills, verbal ability, divergent thinking and general awareness of the student about the communications industry. That is followed by a Group Exercise round and Personal Interview for final selection.
  • Placements: The exemplary placement record of MICA has played a very important role in its popularity. The Career Planning & Development Cell of the institute is dedicated to offering placement assistance to the students and it includes pre-placement talks, tests, group discussions and on-campus interviews. Major companies visit MICA campus for placement drives; the notable among them include Amazon.com, Cadbury, Britannia, GE Capital, Axis Bank, HT Media, Pfizer, Airtel, Mahindra, Hindustan Unilever Limited and Flipkart. The average salary package offering during placement drives stands at 11.4 Lakhs PA.

Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar

Part of the Xavier Associate Management Schools and Xavier University in Bhubaneswar; XIMB is listed among the finest B-Schools of the country. The institute has a separate entrance exam in the form of XAT, which is considered to be at par with CAT in terms of difficulty and competition. The institute enjoys SAQS accredited and has MOUs with 10 international universities for international exchange programs. Currently, the institute offers two-year full-time MBA programmes with specialization in Global Management & Leadership, Human Resource Management, Rural Management and Human Sustainability Management.

  • Eligibility: Any candidate with a valid Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with minimum 55% marks, are eligible for admission to MBA programmes at XIMB
  • Admissions: Admissions are granted on the basis of XAT exam score primarily, followed by a WAT and PI rounds. The institute also accepts CAT/GMAT/X-GMAT scores for admissions.
  • Placements: The well-organized placement cell of XIMB organizes a pre-placement event called ‘Xuberance’ to prepare students for the recruitment sessions. The Xuberance event includes pre-placement talks, industry interactions and other similar events. In the past, top companies like Amul, Wipro, Apollo Hospitals, Yes Bank, Bajaj Allianz, Tata Steel and Axis Bank have participated in placement drives at XIMB. The average salary package offered during placement sessions stands at 12 Lakhs PA.

With CAT already concluded, if you feel your performance was not up to the mark to make the final cut for IIM admissions; it is time to substantiate your chances of admission with non-CAT MBA colleges as mentioned above.

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