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Direct MBA Admission Without Entrance Exam

Good opportunity to get Direct MBA Admission 2020 without Entrance Exam Scores is offered by many MBA Colleges in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic. AICTE has also issued guidelines for the management colleges to offer direct MBA admission 2020 without entrance exam score.

AICTE Guidelines on Direct MBA Admission

In its circular notification dated August 19, 2020, AICTE has issued following instructions which are applicable to all the MBA/PGDM institutes in India:

  • As MBA entrance tests could not be conducted due to fear of spread of Corona Virus in many States, nor there is any indication whether it will be conducted finally, AICTE has considered alternative proposition through which selection of the students could be made for admission into PGDM course which will benefit both the Institutions as well as the students.
  • In the current scenario, the PGDM / MBA institutions are allowed to admit the students on the basis of marks obtained in qualifying examination by preparing a merit list in a transparent manner. If vacant seats are still available, candidates shall be selected based on the merit in the qualifying UG exams.

However, most of the top MBA colleges like IIMs, XLRI, SPJIMR, MDI among others have already completed their admission process and have commenced the academic session, it may not be possible to get direct admission in any of the top MBA colleges without entrance exam nor is there any facility of direct MBA admission in best college with low fees like FMS. Many Private Universities and other top B-schools do offer Direct MBA Admissions.


Due to Covid-19 pandemic, MBA admission and session commencement is delayed in almost all the MBA colleges. As such more opportunities with direct MBA admission without entrance exam and without the GD/WAT process have come up for the 2020-22 batch. Not only in India, but also across the world, many Universities and colleges are offering direct MBA admission without GMAT or GRE entrance exams.

Read this article to understand key facts and procedure about Direct MBA admission without entrance exam.  


Direct MBA Admission without Entrance Exams: Key Facts

  • 20 IIMs only accept scores of CAT. The exam is held by IIMs in last week of November or first week of December.
  • According to AICTE (Ministry of HRD), PGDM B-schools have option to accept any of the 6 national tests: CAT, XAT, CMAT, MAT, ATMA or GMAT.
  • Top Private Universities like NMIMS and Symbiosis International University, XUB conduct their own exam.
  • Many Private Universities like UPES Dehradun, OP Jindal University, Shiv Nadar University, and Amity University hold their own test number and you can take the test any time after application. Read more & Apply to UPES DehradunOP Jindal UniversityShiv Nadar University.
  • Many MBA colleges like SOIL offer PGP/PGDM courses and no national exam is needed for admissions here. Read more & Apply to SOIL PGP.
  • Many colleges that are not within Top 100 B-schools offer direct MBA admission without entrance exam to complete their seats quota. They guide students to take exams like MAT or ATMA to complete procedure.
  • If you are looking for direct MBA admission without entrance exam, avoid Admission Agents or Consultants. Send your query to colleges directly.
  • Remember that Exam Scores are NOT important for Admissions into B-schools ranked after Top 50. They generally give Admissions even at very low percentile. So, its better to take easy MBA Exam like MAT, CMAT or ATMA. There are many benefits. Check Exam Details here.
  • Top MBA Colleges offering Direct MBA Admission without Entrance Exams
    To help MBA aspirants to locate and choose the MBA college offering direct MBA admission without entrance exam, list of such institutes/universities with fee is given below:

    University/MBA college

    Admission Status

    School of Inspired Leadership – SOIL, Gurgaon

    Open / Apply Now
    Regenesys Institute of Management Mumbai Open / Apply Now

    Amity Global B-school School (Amity University) in Delhi NCR, Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai and many other locations


    CII School of Logistics, Amity University, Noida

    Open / Apply Now

    Birla Global University Bhubaneswar

    UPES School of Business: UPES University Open / Apply Now
    O P Jindal Global University Open / Apply Now

    School of Management and Entrepreneurship, Shiv Nadar University, greater Noida

    Open / Apply Now

    GIBS Bangalore

    Open / Apply Now

    IIBS Bangalore

    Open / Apply Now
    Mody University School of Business  Open / Apply Now

    So, while direct admission in MBA without entrance exam in top 50 MBA colleges in India may not be possible, there are many options. There are many MBA colleges in Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad where direct MBA admission opportunity can be explored. 

  • MBA without CAT Score
    If you think that admission in MBA without CAT score is not viable or there are no colleges offering MBA without CAT score, you may not be right. In fact as there are many MBA colleges without entrance exams, similarly many top universities and colleges offer MBA without CAT score. On the contrary these top MBA colleges do not accept CAT score for MBA admission. Although they do not offer MBA without entrance exam, but they strictly offer MBA without CAT score.


    If you did not appear in CAT exam but took other MBA entrance exams or wish to go for MBA without entrance exam and are now looking for MBA colleges without entrance exams like CAT, a list of top 10 MBA colleges and universities offering MBA without CAT score and accepting other exam score or conducting own MBA admission test, is given below:  

    MBA College/University

    MBA Programme Offered without CAT Score

    MBA Exam Score Accepted

    Indian Institute of Foreign Trade-Delhi/Kolkata/Kakinada

    MBA (IB)

    IIFT Entrance Exam

    NMIMS University, Mumbai


    NMAT by GMAC

    XLRI, Jamshedpur



    JBIMS, Mumbai University



    Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Pune



    SCMHRD, Pune



    Xavier University, Bhubaneswar


    X-GMT, XAT (CAT also accepted)

    Christ University, Bangalore


    All National MBA entrance exams

    Direct MBA admission through Management Quota
    There are many MBA colleges with Management quota in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and other states. In Maharashtra there are the Institute level seats. You may get direct admission in top MBA colleges through Management quota or Institute level quota seats.


    Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) Maharashtra has confirmed that clarified 20% institute level seats can be offered through Management Quota. The instructions issued by DTE for MBA admission through Management quota seats or Institute level seats are that the Director/Principal of the respective Un-aided Management institute shall invite applications for the seats available by giving publicity in at least two newspapers and on the website of the Institute.


    Information brochure/prospectus of the Institute, which specifies rules of admission, should be published well before the commencement of the process of admission for the Institute Level/Minority Seats. All the information in the brochures should also be displayed on the Institute’s website for MBA admission through Management quota seats. MBA aspiring candidates fulfilling the eligibility criteria shall apply directly to the Director/Principal of the respective institute for admission. 

  • Similar admission opportunities also exist in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and other States.  

    MBA/PGDM Admissions Open 2021 | Apply Now!
    IMI New Delhi, PGDM Admissions 2021IMT Ghaziabad Common Admissions 2021
    GIM Goa, PGDM Admissions 2021 OpenLBSIM Delhi, PGDM Admissions 2021 Open
    BIMTECH Greater Noida, PGDM AdmissionsIFMR GSB-KREA University, MBA Admissions 2021
    BIM Trichy MBA Admissions 2021Xavier University MBA Admissions 2021
    SIBM, Bengaluru, MBA Admissions 2021IPE Hyderabad PGDM Admissions 2021
    SDA Bocconi Asia Center, IMB Batch 2021-23SDMIMD Mysore, PGDM Admissions 2021
    DSB-VIPS Technical Campus, PGDM 2021-23NBS Ahmedabad, PGDM Admissions Open
    JIMS Rohini, Sec-5, PGDM Admissions 2021-23NDIM New Delhi, PGDM Admissions 2021-23


    Direct MBA admission to NRI/PIO/Foreign National candidates
    MBA admission for NRI candidates without entrance exam or direct MBA admission for Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) candidates may be possible in many MBA colleges. There is reservation of seats also for MBA admission to Foreign nationals, NRI candidates, PIO candidates in most of the University MBA colleges and AICTE approved PGDM B-schools.


    In the MBA colleges in Maharashtra, eligible NRI candidates may be offered MBA admission against the Institute Level Seats in Unaided Institutes.


    The eligibility Criteria for admissions against seats for NRI/Foreign National/Foreign Student/ PIO/Children of Indian workers in the Gulf countries is that they should have basic educational qualification of graduation as specified. In case they have not appeared in any entrance exam for MBA admission, they may alternately appear in CET conducted by the Association of all colleges of a particular type in the State.


    So, if you are looking for Direct MBA Admission without Entrance Exams, there are many options. Ask MBAUniverse.com or visit College website and contact the Admission Office directly.